Dead By Dawn
A Chaos Scar Adventure for 2nd-Level Characters
by Aeryn "Blackdirge" Rudel
"Dead By Dawn" takes place in a long-abandoned temple dedicated to the worship of the demon prince Orcus. The temple has been given a new and dire purpose by a chaos shard whose malignant energy has been strengthened by the lingering evil of the demon prince's temple. Each night, the shard fills the surrounding forest with the siren call of dark power. Now a group of brave adventurers have discovered the abandoned temple, just as the shard's call grows to a new peak. "Dead By Dawn" is a Chaos Scar Side Trek/adventure for five characters of 2nd level.
The trees of the forest suddenly give way to a large, bare clearing dominated by a weed-choked temple. Its peaked roof, festooned with demonic gargoyles, is largely intact, although its windowless walls are cracked and crumbling. The main entrance to the temple, two mammoth, ironbound doors, yawn open, exposing nothing but darkness beyond. Although obviously abandoned and in disrepair, the structure exudes a quiet malevolence made all the more haunting by the waning light of the setting sun.
(For details on the Chaos Scar and its environs, read the Chaos Scar introduction and check out the map of the entire valley. Then check out and join the Chaos Scar group on the D&D Community pages.)
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About the Author
Aeryn "Blackdirge" Rudel is a staff writer and editor for Goodman Games, a freelance writer and RPG designer, and the editor-in-chief of the 4E magazine Level Up. He has been a professional game designer since 2005, and his recent author credits include Blackdirge's Dungeon Denizens, Critter Cache: Daemons, and Hero's Handbook: Tiefling. Aeryn currently lives in Modesto, California with his wife Melissa, a nongamer whose tolerance for her husband's geekery borders on the supernatural.