As a Halloween treat, we present the following. Kill the Messengers is a 1-hour Dungeons & Dragons encounter intended for 4–6 characters of 2nd level. It serves as an entertaining dénouement to "The Twisting Halls," an adventure in the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starter Set, but feel free to plunder it for your home campaign!
This is the encounter written for the Celebrity D&D Game event at Gen Con 2010, featuring R.A. Salvatore (creator of Drizzt Do’Urden), Ed Greenwood (creator of the Forgotten Realms world), and Larry Elmore (fantasy illustrator extraordinaire) as players.
In addition to the actual encounter, this booklet includes four pregenerated characters created using the rules and guidelines in the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game: a human cleric, a dwarf fighter, a halfling rogue, and an elf wizard.
You were sent on a quest by a dwarf merchant named Traevus to retrieve some stolen property of his—a strongbox taken by goblin marauders. You tracked the goblins to their cave and slaughtered every last one of them, but deep within their lair you found a secret dungeon complex. Therein you fought an evil necromancer and recovered the merchant’s box, inside which was a human skull.
As you leave the goblins’ lair, you hear the distant peal of thunder and the fall of heavy rain.
Christopher Perkins joined Wizards of the Coast in 1997 as the editor of Dungeon magazine. Today, he’s the senior producer for the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game and leads the team of designers, developers, and editors who produce D&D RPG products. On Monday and Wednesday nights, he runs a D&D campaign for two different groups of players set in his homegrown world of Iomandra.