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Prepared!: The Impregnable Fortress of Dib

Cartography by Meshon Cantrill We were traveling the old trade road up near the Blind Hills when we found it: an overturned wagon in the ditch. Evas took to the shadows, scouted ahead, and returned with strange details. The wagon had been transformed—such that it appeared to be a fierce fortress. Signs of goblin-work were …

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Prepared!: The Vault of Pallon the Pious: A Fifth Edition D&D Location

Cartography by Meshon Cantrill True, I was hired to sail them out past the Witch’s Teeth. Four adventurers looking to earn a name; who was I to throw vinegar on their fancies? I took ’em within a rowboat’s jaunt of the place: the door on the rock. I know as much of the place as …

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Wedding Feast at Cana by Paolo Veronese

Prepared!: Dungeon Props

You’ve made a great dungeon. It has riveting plot hooks, compelling challenges, custom-made traps, and all the atmosphere of an ‘80s goth music video. Now what’s needed are a few flavorful bits to finish it off. Prepared! is here to help with a worthy dungeon prop ready to drop into your spelunking masterpiece. The Enigmatic …

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Prepared!: The Haunting at Velston

Traveling along a popular trade road, the party discovers a ruined village. Abandoned long ago, Velston now contains only the restless spirits of those who died in the village’s violent end. Prepared! offers the following small scenario for low-level characters. “Ain’t nobody in these parts willing to knock down what’s left of poor old Velston; …

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Prepared!: Not-Quite-Right Magical Treasures

For every successfully enchanted sword, there are a score of sputtering failures. A ring of great power must have several nearly mundane cousins—more suited to a smelter than a wizard’s finger. Sometimes your party’s actions deserve a reward that is heavy in flavor but light in power. Today, Prepared! brings you two items from the …

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Alchemist Symbol

Prepared!: The Forgotten Assistant

In great laughter, wonder, loss, and grief it is there—water at the corner of eye. —Archdruid Naqua of Tellwood Dungeon delvers discover that an abandoned alchemist’s lab has one remaining assistant in today’s elementally imbued scene. The Forgotten Assistant Your footsteps echo off the crude stone walls as you proceed down the corridor. Here and …

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Prepared!: Dungeon Props

You’ve made a great dungeon. It has riveting plot hooks, compelling challenges, custom-made traps, and all the atmosphere of an ‘80s goth music video. Now it needs few flavorful bits to finish it off. Prepared! is here to help with a worthy dungeon prop ready to drop into your spelunking masterpiece. The Enchanted Bookshelf Read …

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John Frederick Lewis, A Cairo Bazaar, The Dellal, 1875,

Prepared!: Not-Quite-Right Magical Treasures

For every successfully enchanted sword, there are a score of fizzled failures. A ring of great power must have unimpressive cousins—better suited to a smelter than a hero’s finger. Sometimes your adventurers deserve a reward that is heavily flavored but lightly powered. Today, Prepared! brings you two items from the catalogue of not-quite-right magical treasures …

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Fountain in Verona (original photographer Photographer: Riccardo Speziari)

Prepared!: Dungeon Props

You’ve made a great dungeon. It has riveting plot hooks, compelling challenges, custom-made traps, and all the atmosphere of an ’80s goth music video. All it needs are a few flavorful bits to finish it off. Prepared! is here to help with worthy dungeon props ready to drop into your spelunking masterpiece. The Broken Fountain …

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