Welcome to the Tomb of Horrors
My party just finished their first ever run through the Tomb of Horrors. Well, finished is a term i use loosely. They walked away alive, so that's an achievement right?
The majority of the build is made from Hirst Art molds.The lava tile's are made from 4-Bot Industries molds.
Some of the dungeon dressings were made from Lady Sabelle Designs.
The Green Daemon Face was made and replicated by me.
Disclaimer: This post contains ALL THE spoilers. DO NOT PROCEED if you are planning on playing this dungeon. It's too much fun to spoil.
If you have not run this dungeon... get onto your DM :) It is player breaking, demoralizing, it will likely kill you, but the take away stories are great!
The module can be purchased HERE.
1. FALSE ENTRANCE TUNNEL 1
2. FALSE ENTRANCE TUNNEL 2
3. ENTRANCE TO THE TOMB OF HORRORS
4. FRESCO OF THE WIZARDLY WORK ROOM and 7. THE FORSAKEN PRISON
5. THE ARCH OF MIST
6. THE FACE OF THE GREAT GREEN DEVIL
7. THE FORSAKEN PRISON
8. GARGOYLE LAIR
9. COMPLEX OF SECRET DOORS
10. GREAT HALL OF SPHERES and 10A. Magic Archway
11. THE THREE ARMED STATUE
12. TRAPPED FALSE DOOR
13. CHAMBER OF THREE CHESTS
14. CHAPEL OF EVIL
14A. Opalescent Blue Altar:
14B. Archway of Glowing Orange
15. STONE GATE
16. LOCKED OAKEN DOOR
17. MAGICAL SECRET DOOR
18. FALSE CRYPT PROTECTED BY FEAR GAS
19. LABORATORY AND MUMMY PREPARATION ROOM
19A - The Large Vats
I provided actual jars for the players to stick their hands in :-)
Acid was vinegar
Dirty Water was coffee
The third jar contained a very sludgy combination of Corn Flour and water.
20. HUGE PIT FILLED WITH 200 SPIKES
21. THE AGITATED CHAMBER
23. THE CAVERN OF GOLD AND SILVER MISTS
23. FALSE/TRUE DOOR
24. ADAMANTITE DOOR
25. THE PILLARED THRONE ROOM
A. Devil Face
C. Charred Remains
D. Ebony Dais and Silver Throne
26. SMALL ROOM WITH A DOOR OF ELECTRIC BLUE
27. THE PORTAL OF SCINTILLATING VIOLET
A. The Chamber of Hopelessness
28. THE WONDROUS FOYER
29. THE VALVES OF MITHRIL
I didn't build this to the extent I would have liked. This is a very unique room that I felt would not be used in my modular setup if I painted and built it to the extreme. With that said I may redo this piece...
30 THE FALSE ROOM
a. The Bronze Urn
b. Granite Sarcophagus
c. Iron Chests
31. ONE WAY DOORS
32. SECRET DOOR
33. THE CRYPT OF ACERERAK THE DEMI-LICH
THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER
A summary of what happened... aka 'Why you don’t mess with wish magic!'
The stand out points from last nights session
Campaign History: The party were staying in the Deadly Depth Inn at the base of Mount Hotenow. An infant was kidnapped form the inn which the party later discovered was kidnapped by Drow. They chased those Drow down into the Underdark in a campaign that spanned the last year.
As they neared Menzoberranzan they encountered Bregan D'aerthe lead by Jarlaxle who gave them a choice. Die by our hands or enter the Tomb of Horrors and return to me the treasure you find.
This is how that campaign ultimately… sort of ended… well at least reset
/Fast forward to the last half of the Tomb of Horrors!
The sorcerer tapped the silver end of the scepter onto the door @29 teleporting himself naked back to the start of the dungeon.
The Barbaric Paladin who didn't pay attention to Sorcerer did exactly the same thing.
The Barbaric Paladin and Sorcerer proceeded to make their way back to the party stopping to fashion some socks and jocks out of the dead snakes. Unfortunately they lacked the necessary equipment to unlock the Obsidian door @24 making it impossible for them to return to the party.
As such they decided to investigate 23A. They opened the door and fell instantly unconscious for 8 turns. A juggernaut started rolling down the corridor towards them coming to a stop just in front of Sorcerer. Unfortunately for the Barbaric Paladin who was in front of Sorcerer and ultimately got squashed dead.
BOOM MY FIRST EVER PLAYER KILL
Sorcerer relayed this information to the team who we're all quite depressed with the exception of our now evil Sorcerer (he went through the wrong door earlier) who proceed to have a laugh about it with the local Nymph.
Monk, Cleric and Fighter proceeded into the treasure room (30). Spending about 3 hours tippie towing around for no reason as they were afraid the Metal Statues would come to life and destroy them. Fighter eventually popped the gold stopper on the smoking urn @30 releasing an Efreeti who granted him 3 wishes.
Wish1: I wish the Efreeti to follow me until the 3 wishes are granted.
Wish2: I wish for our entire party to be teleported to the start of the dungeon with all our gear, all our health and all our knowledge of the dungeon.
Sure no problems said the Efreeti.
The party blink and they are standing back in the gorge in from of Jarlaxle and some of his companions.
The party realize they are standing there naked next to a pile of chests which can only be assumed to contain all of their equipment.
At this point the players all went outside of the room to plan the 3rd wish. They obviously had a plan they did not want me to know about.
Jarlaxle proceed to offer the party a deal. Step away from the chests and he would let them live and he would arm them with standard armor and weapons of their choosing.
The party reacted in a way I did not see coming.
Jarlaxle came good on his promise. Members of Bregan D'aerthe appeared through a portal and surrounded the players. Two of the Drow came and took the chests of equipment away. The others provided armor and weapons to the party and were even nice enough to return the casters arcane focus.
The players then proceeded to go back through the portal that would return them to the Tomb of Horrors?
At this point in time the clever Fighter made his third wish.
Wish3: I wish the entire party was back at the Deadly Depth Inn in full health with all of the gear that Jarlaxle just took.
The player's blink and appear back at the Deadly Depth Inn. They are still wearing the same armor and carrying the same weapons that the Drow just gave them. Their original magical items are however missing?
Everyone look's confused except the Barbaric Paladin...
"Jarlaxle didn't take the gear... two random Drow did!"
And that is how this yearlong campaign just got randomly reset over nothing more than a conversation.
I'm sure everyone is now sitting down in a booth having a beer trying to convince the Barbaric Paladin, who took an Oath of Vengeance against the kidnappers, that they really don't care enough about the baby to go after her again...
Thanks for playing the Tomb of Horrors guys :) And perhaps next time...