When good turns fanatical, are you prepared to put a stop to it? Delve into the Temple of Luminescence and face many that would otherwise be allies. This high level adventure is coming soon for Fifth Edition from Jon Brazer Enterprises.
You would be forgiven if you were not aware that the kingdom’s forced still operated out if Watchtower Balleron long after the hobgoblins took it over. Few in the kingdom did, including the hobgoblins. The lower level had a secret door to a staircase that led to the caves below. The Stone Breakers, the Queen’s elite dwarven commandos, listening (aided by magic) to the hobgoblins plans from below, slipping into the watchtower itself when vital to the mission, and stealing maps and committing various acts of sabotage.
Because of the kingdom’s internal politics, the kingdom could not strike openly against the hobgoblins so the reigning queen took steps to make sure they were ineffective. She let them operate out of Watchtower Balleron as a concession to the local Lord since he was taking bribes from the hobgoblins. However, the queen had her people to think about and detached a small force to serve as an information source. So frequently when the hobgoblins go out on raids, away from the lord’s lands, they mysteriously found the local guards prepared for an attack.
Since the queen cannot act openly against the aggressors, she hopes a group of adventurers show up and handle the problem for her. One of her advisors suggested holding a fighting competition to attract such persons but to do so they need enough advanced warning to advertise the competition so they can attract such seasoned adventurers. As things stand, they fear that only new adventurers will be present and answer the call and will likely die in the fight. She may not have much choice, however, as keeping up current operations costs more than the kingdom’s treasury can afford.
Even then, once the hobgoblins are dealt with, the lord that was backing the hobgoblins will be upset and may have against the royal court or he may run away. To catch the lord, the queen knows she’ll need the help of the adventurers to keep her hands out of it. She may have to have the Stone Breakers leave evidence of the lord’s collusion with hobgoblins and escape before the adventurers show up. But then again, they are elite troops, specializing in information gathering, stealth, and subterfuge over combat. Should the queen’s roll in all of this be made public, there could be considerable complications for her.
LE large fortification
Government military overlord
Population 1,300 (1,000 hobgoblins; 100 dwarves; 200 other)
Captain Teurik Deathaxe, military overlord (LE male hobgoblin fighter 5 [13A: 3rd level leader])
Lieutenant Ooknar Bloodvengence, lead raider (LE female hobgoblin ranger 3 [13A: 2nd level archer])
Iknix Flamecloak, priest of goblinoid god (NE male goblin cleric 2 [13A: 1st level caster])
Lieutenant Harnask Silverheart, leader of the Stone Breakers (LG male dwarf rogue 6 [13A: 3rd level spoiler])
Be sure to also check out Fort Strange and let us know if you want to see more locations like this.
Not long ago we shared a new spell for Fifth Edition, the conjure minor celestials spell. We assume they didn’t include that spell and replaced it with spells that said a cleric can call up some spirit to fight for you to same room in the MM by not including good things to call up. I’m not a fan of those spells and enjoy calling up creatures to your side that can also have a conversation with you.
The MM does have some lawful neutral celestials that I cannot touch, but that doesn’t stop me from making my own. This one is the first, based upon my own interpretation of the plane of law that I mentioned a while back (and should get back to). I hope you enjoy the honor guard. It will be apart of the Book of Magic: Conjurable Creatures, due out early next year along with many of these other creatures we are posting here on JonBrazer.com.
Until the book is finished, please check out our other Fifth Edition books, like the Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1, available now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.
Honor Guard (Guardian)
Small celestial, lawful neutral
Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 38 (7d6 + 14)
Speed 20 ft.
STR 14 (+2) DEX 12 (+1) CON 15 (+2)
INT 8 (–1) WIS 11 (+0) CHA 9 (–1)
Saving Throws Con +4
Skills Athletics +4
Damage Resistance radiant; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Condition Immunities charmed, exhausted, frightened
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages all, telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 1 (200 XP)
Aura of Honor. The honor guard is a shining example of honesty. All Deception checks made within 10 feet of the honor guard have disadvantage.
Spiritual Weapon. The honor guard’s weapons instantly disappear when disarmed and reappear in the honor guard’s hands.
Multiattack. The honor guard makes two bayonet attacks.
Bayonet. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage.
Divine Shot. Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 20 ft./120 ft., one creature. Hit: 12 (2d10 + 1) radiant damage. After firing, the divine shot cannot be fired again until the honor guard takes a move action to reload.
As I said in my last blog about Tales of the Crimson Boar, our upcoming campaign mini-setting, our design team for this project includes some excellent writers, including several members of the Raleigh gaming community that originally conceptualized the Crimson Boar Inn. I want to take a few minutes to brag about each of the amazing team members and introduce them to you!
Michael Allen is a freelance designer and cartographer, and his work with Adventure-A-Week Games and other third-party publishers of RPG products is well-known. He is also the designer of JBE’s critically-acclaimed 1st-level Pathfinder module To Claw The Surface and the cartographer for The Gilded Gauntlet (as well as a contributor to that project) and Along Came A Spider. Michael’s full-color rendering of the Crimson Boar Inn was commissioned by Raleigh Tabletop RPGs in 2016, and we’re thrilled to have licensed that content for use in this product as well!
Claire Carrington is a published academic author and researcher who has contributed to several scientific periodicals and blogs in addition to her fantasy writing as a NaNoWriMo participant and avid roleplayer. A lover of all animals, especially reptiles and amphibians, she is also the founder and owner of Terra Ophelia Designs, which offers custom-built terrariums for your favorite scaly friends!
Nori Duffy has worked as a translator and ESL instructor across a wide range of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. A longtime RTR member who has made many a veteran GM facepalm with puns and spurious decisions at the gaming table, they are an avid fan of all things geeky and gamey.
In addition to designing RPG content (The World of Esaene and The Pellinen Islands), Brant Guillory has also written columns and reviews for Scrye, RPG.net, Battles! Magazine, and ConSimWorld. His games and designs have included commercial RPGs and wargames, academic training exercises, and training games for the NSA and National Defense University. He is the editorial director of GrogHeads.com and co-hosts their podcast (The GrogCast!) and video series (Dragon Up The Past) as well as organizing their wargaming program at the Origins Game Fair for the past 5 years.
Allan Hoffman’s prior credits as an RPG designer include contributions to Savage Mojo’s epic plane-hopping adventure Palace of the Lich Queen and their Suzerain rules supplement for playing demigods in Pathfinder, as well as room designs for JBE’s The Gilded Gauntlet. A seemingly-bottomless producer of ideas and words, Allan resides in North Dakota where he serves his community as a pastor.
Melissa Moritz has been playing, writing, designing and programming for roleplaying games since way back in the days of MUDs, MOOs, and MUSHs. Her blog, The Lonely Gamer Girl, is an excellent hub of resources for GMs. Melissa previously served as an organizer for Raleigh Tabletop RPGs prior to relocating to Ohio, and acted as showrunner for the inaugural season of The Contingent, RTR’s longest-running and most-popular Semi-Organized Play Campaign.
Cathy Nanni has been playing and running games for over a decade. An RTR member for over three years prior to relocating to Texas, she served as a Storyteller and creative consultant for The Contingent across four seasons of games, introducing a host of unforgettable characters and bone-chilling moments for our local player base (as well as a thigh-slappingly-funny session of Kobolds Ate My Baby! set in the Crimson Boar Inn!).
Randy Pinion is a longtime roleplayer and GM with a penchant for enormous, over-developed homebrew projects, as well as a previously-published satirist at Boston University’s Daily Free Press. The newest member of RTR’s Leadership Team, Randy has led the Tales of the Crimson Boar quarterly event going on two years now, and is also the creative force behind the wacky sci-fi hijinks of RTR’s newest Semi-Organized Play Campaign, Seek The Stars!
Christen Sowards is the owner of Lost Spheres Publishing and creator of the upcoming Pathfinder-compatible City of 7 Seraphs planar city setting. JBE fans will also recognize him as the author of Nine Lives For Petane. In addition to his work as a designer and publisher, Christen is an advocate for safe spaces in gaming. He resides in Utah with his husband James.
When you are talking high level NPCs, their stat blocks can take quite a bit of time to create. Take the one we are featuring today, the high priest of Lirikellein, the goddess of the sun in this adventure: a high priest should be one that has accumulated quite a bit of abilities and gear. Detailing all that requires time, time a busy GM doesn’t have. Just like making high level adventures take quite a bit of time.
This is time we are happy to save you, just like how last week we showed off a very old solar dragon. With Deadly Delves: Temple of Luminescence, we have worshippers of the sun goddess using a ritual to pull the world into the sun. Yourdley, the high priest of the temple is one of those people involved in this endeavor. Now before you say, “killing everyone on the planet is evil,” let me ask you, is trying to bring people closer to a good deity evil? I mean, sure, most don’t take being “closer” to a deity quite so literally, but is it possibly just a good act that you may not like? If you said, “yes it is still evil,” you are right; it is still evil. But it is an act of one that is deluded into thinking that that is what their deity wants. Those that believe it can see it as an “ends justify the means” situation. Others might even believe that anything done to bring people “closer” to their god as good. What does Yourdley believe? You’ll have to read the adventure to find out.
One final point, keen observers will note that this NPC is of a CR equal to its character level. Normally the CR is 1 less than their character level but this NPC has far more gear than a heroic NPC of that level. As such, this NPC is more difficult than its heroic counterparts, raising its CR by 1.
High Priest Yourdley CR 17
AC 27, touch 13, flat-footed 27 (+9 armor, +4 deflection, –1 Dex, +5 natural)
hp 216 (17d8+102+17 temporary)
Fort +19, Ref +6, Will +19; +2 vs. poison, spells, and spell-like abilities
Defensive Abilities defensive training, fortification 50%, sacred armor (+4, 17 minutes/day) Resist fire 20; SR 29
Speed 20 ft.
Melee +1 brilliant energy dispelling morningstar +23/+23/+18/+13 (2d6+12/19–20)
Special Attacks blessings 11/day (armor of flame, blinding strike, cleansing fire, fire strike), channel positive energy 9/day (DC 25, 6d6), hatred, sacred weapon (2d6, +4, 17 rounds/day)
Warpriest Spells Prepared (CL 17th; concentration +24)
6th—blade barrier (DC 23), harm (2, DC 23)
5th—flame strike (DC 22), righteous might, spell resistance, true seeing, wall of stone
4th—air walk, blessing of fervor APG, divine power, freedom of movement, spell immunity
3rd—bestow curse (2, DC 20), blindness/deafness (DC 20), daylight, invisibility purge, protection from energy (2)
2nd—align weapon, hold person (3, DC 19), owl’s wisdom, sound burst (DC 19), spiritual weapon
1st—bane (DC 18), command (2, DC 18), doom (DC 18), liberating command UC, sanctuary (DC 18), shield of faith, sun metal UC (DC 18)
0 (at will)—bleed (DC 17), detect magic, guidance, resistance, spark APG (DC 17)
Str 18, Dex 8, Con 20, Int 10, Wis 24, Cha 10
Base Atk +12; CMB +21; CMD 29 (33 vs. bull rush and trip)
Feats Combat Casting, Critical Focus, Dazzling Display, Deadly Finish UC, Extra Channel, Great Fortitude, Greater Vital Strike, Improved Critical (morningstar), Improved Vital Strike, Sickening Critical, Shatter Defenses, Skill Focus (Intimidate), Toughness, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (morningstar)
Skills Appraise +0 (+2 to assess non-magical metals or gemstones), Climb +3, Heal +12, Intimidate +26, Knowledge (religion) +10, Perception +13 (+15 to notice unusual stonework), Sense Motive +12; Racial Modifiers +2 Appraise to assess non-magical metals or gemstones, +2 Perception to notice unusual stonework
Languages Common, Dwarven
Combat Gear potion of barkskin (CL 12th, used); Other Gear +1 moderate fortification adamantine half-plate, +1 brilliant energy dispelling morningstar, belt of physical might +4 (Str, Con), cloak of resistance +2
Its that time of year again everyone.
*Time to brush up on our juggling?*
What?!? No. Well, not only that, but it is time for the Christmas in July Sale. Sure we said last year and the year before and the year before that that it is better than ever. Just like it was true then, it is even more true now. Why? Because we have more on sale than we did last year.
*Isn’t that just because you have more stuff than you did a year ago?*
Yes, thank you very much unhelpful voice in my head, that is true. We are talking over 200 PDFs that are 25% off.
*Wow! 25% off. That’s like … 75% of the regular price.*
Once again unhelpful voice, you are correct. And you can find these deals at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the Open Gaming Store. Let’s take a look at some of these awesome deals you can snag right now.
Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Book of Heroic Races Compendium (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Book of the River Nations (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Shadowsfall: Shadow Plane Player’s Companion (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1 (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 2 (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin (DriveThruRPG/Open Gaming Store)
The Pathfinder Bestiaries present dragons in 3 age categories—young, adult, and ancient—and give you enough information so that you can make it change age categories (and thus, change CR) up or down with only a little work. The thing is, “with only a little work” is more than opening up the Bestiaries and using what is there. So when Mike Welham wanted to include the full stats for a solar dragon that was of a different age category than the normal three, I was thrilled. This can be used by GMs everywhere, even if they do not run the adventure Deadly Delves: Temple of Luminescence. You already know how a solar dragon should look and act while still giving you stats for an age you didn’t previously have.
I am not saying what this particular dragon’s name is nor am I saying if this dragon’s alignment is the alignment in the adventure. I’m not saying whether I modified the skills, feats or sorcerer spells to be more in in line with the typical solar dragon. Dragons are individuals; they are all different. This dragon, however is exactly what you would expect from a a typical very old solar dragon.
Very Old Solar Dragon CR 17
AC 34, touch 6, flat-footed 34 (+28 natural, –4 size)
hp 310 (23d12+161)
Fort +19, Ref +15, Will +19
DR 15/magic; Immune fire, paralysis, sleep; SR 28
Speed 50 ft., fly 250 ft. (clumsy)
Melee bite +31 (4d6+18), 2 claws +31 (2d8+12), tail slap +29 (2d8+18), 2 wings +29 (2d6+6)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft. (20 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (120-ft. line, 18d10 fire, Reflex DC 27 half), channel life (9/day), channel radiation (DC 27), crush, primal fire, tailsweep
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 23rd; concentration +29)
At will—blight (DC 21), cup of dust APG (DC 19), detect magic, searing light
Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 13th; concentration +19)
6th (5/day)—contagious flame APG, disintegrate (DC 22)
5th (7/day)—break enchantment, dominate person (DC 22), wall of force
4th (7/day)—charm monster (DC 21), dimension door, fear (DC 20), greater invisibility
3rd (7/day)—dispel magic, fireball (DC 19), lightning bolt (DC 19), protection from energy
2nd (8/day)—continual flame, resist energy, scorching ray, see invisibility, shatter (DC 18)
1st (8/day)—charm person (DC 18), color spray (DC 17), mage armor, magic missile, shield
0 (at will)—bleed (DC 16), dancing lights, detect magic, detect poison, flare (DC 16), light, mage hand, read magic, touch of fatigue
Str 34, Dex 11, Con 22, Int 21, Wis 18, Cha 23
Base Atk +23; CMB +39; CMD 49 (53 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Maximize Spell, Multiattack, Power Attack, Quick Channel UM, Quicken Spell, Selective Channeling, Silent Spell, Spell Focus (enchantment), Toughness
Skills Diplomacy +32, Fly +12, Heal +28, Knowledge (arcana, geography, history, nature, planes, religion) +31, Linguistics +10, Perception +30, Sense Motive +30
Languages Auran, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Elven, Ignan, Sylvan, Terran
SQ no breath, starflight
Alien Presence (Su) A creature that fails its saving throw against a very old solar dragon’s alien presence is blinded for 5d6 rounds (or permanently if it has 4 Hit Dice or fewer).
Channel Life (Su) A very old solar dragon can channel positive energy a number of times per day equal to 3 + its Charisma modifier as a cleric of 11th level. This energy can be used only to heal living creatures.
Channel Radiation (Su) A very old solar dragon can use its channel life ability to instead channel radiation that deals an equal amount of damage to living creatures. A living creature that succeeds at a Fortitude save takes half damage.
Primal Fire (Su) A very old solar dragon’s breath weapon can affect creatures normally immune or resistant to fire damage. A creature immune to fire damage still takes half damage from the breath weapon (no damage with a successful saving throw). A resistant creature’s fire resistance is treated as 10 less than normal.
When the high priest of the sun goddess brings the planet and the sun closer together to spread his deity’s light to every corner of existence, the world begins to heat up dangerously. All attempts to breach the Temple of Luminescence and halt the magic powering this catastrophe have failed. The adventurers must perform a ritual known as the path of the sun and navigate the temple’s defenses to stop the high priest. But what appalling truths which led to this deadly incident will the adventurers uncover—and can they save the world before it burns?
Deadly Delves: Temple of Luminescence is an exciting deluxe adventure for 15th-level characters and includes in its 40 action-packed pages:
- 4 Fully-Statted New and Variant Monsters and NPCs—keep your players on their toes by having them face off against a very old solar dragon, a dwarven warpriest, an elven cleric, and a new type of demon
- 10 New Traps and a New Haunt
- 6 New Hazards to make the environment unique and interesting as the sun’s power scorches all within the temple
- A New Curse that prevents any kind of resistance to fire damage
- A New Ritual which lets the adventurers pass as one of the temple’s own
- A Beautiful Map with a GM’s version included in the adventure and a separate PDF that includes player-friendly versions of each map—perfect for play on your favorite VTT!
- 3 New Magic Items ideally suited to high-level characters
- Enough content to get your group of 15th-level PCs to 16th level, and approaching the level beyond
Not long ago we shared with you one of my favorite creations for 5e, the lantern archon. This little talking ball of light is a guide through the heavens and a great helper to servants of a deity. There’s just one little problem with it, a cleric has to be level 13 to summon one and they cannot cast resurrection that day if they want to do so. I mean, I like that little guy and all but not that much.
It never seemed fair to me that wizards and druids can conjure up some help at much lower levels, but not the cleric. In other editions clerics are just as good at calling up help from beyond as wizards. So it only seemed logical that I do something about it.
Conjure Minor Celestials
Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: 90 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour
You summon celestials that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. You choose one of the following options for what appears:
- One celestial of challenge rating 2 or lower
- Two celestials of challenge rating 1 or lower
- Four celestials of challenge rating 1/2 or lower
- Eight celestials of challenge rating 1/4 or lower.
A celestial summoned by this spell disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends.
The summoned creatures are friendly to you and your companions. Roll initiative for the summoned creatures as a group, which has its own turns. They obey any verbal commands that you issue to them (no action required by you). If you don’t issue any commands to them, they defend themselves from hostile creatures, but otherwise take no actions.
At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using certain an 8th level spell slot, you choose one of the summoning options above, and twice as many creatures appear.
Here’s the only problem with this spell, the MM as a total of 1 celestial you can conjure with this spell—the pegasus. Even worse, VGtM doesn’t add any. There are a decent number of beasts, fey (mostly evil ones), and elementals in that book, but not a single celestial a cleric can conjure up at any level. The flail snail is conjurable for wizards and druids (or crying out loud), but nothing for the cleric.
So I will continue to correct that oversight, both in our blog and in the book Book of Magic: Conjurable Creatures, coming late 2018/early 2019. This is without a doubt a book focused on spellcasting players, but it is also great for GMs as well. I mean, its a book of monsters; every GM can use more monsters, even ones that are primarily good ones. If you are a GM or someone that primarily players spellcasters, I hope you check this book out.
While you are at it, I hope you also check out all our other supplements for 5e. We have awesome adventures, radical races, and malicious monsters. Dive in at the JBE Shop.
One of the problems that annoys me the most about Fifth Edition is the lack of character choice you have. Beyond 3rd level, there are very few choices for a character to make. Even spellcasters, the classes with the most numbers of choices regardless of edition get far less choice compared to other editions. This means that every choice you do make has to be more meaningful, far less choices can be a cute throwaway choice done just for the fun of it.
That is what makes the conjure spells so much fun for spellcasters. They can change their choices just because it seems like a good idea at that moment. If this one is silly, that’s ok because the next time you cast it can be completely serious. So while you have the opportunity, why not conjure up a great dodo. Before you go, “Wait, what?!?” here it is…
Huge beast, unaligned
Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 152 (16d12 + 48)
Speed 30 ft.
STR 16 (+3) DEX 14 (+2) CON 17 (+3)
INT 2 (–4) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 5 (–3)
Saving Throws Con +6
Senses passive Perception 11
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)
Flapping Run. When taking a Dash action, a great dodo treats its speed as 45 ft.
Bill Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 36 (6d10 + 3) bludgeoning damage. On a successful hit, the target must succeed a DC 16 Constitution save or be stunned until the end of the great dodo’s next turn.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 42 (6d12 + 3) piercing damage.