Some of you may know I run a Sunday night Dungeons and Dragons campaign (specifically Pathfinder, with Roll20 for our virtual table top). If that’s not your thing, move along, nothing to see here.What follows is artwork I’ve created for the dungeons that the party has explored over the last two years or so. Mostly made on my tablet with Sketchbook Pro.
The party needs to use the stairs to move from floor to floor. But waiting in hiding are flying will-o-wisps, which can stun and enchant the party members, causing them to step off the stairs and fall into the water below. They don’t take any damage from the fall per se, but the Hook Horror Darkfiends that live in the pool will try to pull them under. Symbiosis! Once someone fails their save, the remainder of the party has to think fast to save their wayward member.
This encounter was very nearly the last of the party’s stalwart mage, Baden Switch.
The first run-in with the lich, the party got bottled up in one of the small tunnels that lead into the room. The lich cast Wall of Fire, filling the tunnel completely with opaque fire that does damage when you try and move through it, and the party had to retreat without landing a hit. The second time, they were prepared and executed good tactics, prepping spells and buffs, entering from multiple tunnels at once, using surprise to good advantage, and engaging with melee fighters immediately. On his first round, the lich cast Obscuring Mist, Quickened (minor action, effective spell level 4th), ran to the machine (move action), pulled a lever on it, and with scream of triumph, snapped the lever off completely. (standard, strength check DC 15).
“As everything in the chamber is shrouded in a dense white fog, you hear the machine roar to life, filling the echoing chamber with noise and making spoken communication difficult or impossible.”
It went badly for the party for a few rounds, but they still managed to unload a lot of damage, and at the end of the day liches just don’t have a lot of hit points. The rift that the glow was coming out of was an open portal to another dimension, and on a high roll every round the machine would summon undead through the portal. Which the lich could control (fun fact, they get Control Undead a certain number of times per day the way clerics get Channel Divinity). But, as it happened, the machine never hit its numbers and the party cast Chill Metal (2nd level) on the pipes going into the rift, mostly neutralizing it.
Having dispatched the lich, the party had the option to solve a puzzle to unlock the library, the room in blue behind the blue magical barrier on the first floor. Shown is a screenshot from our virtual tabletop, Roll20.
One of the very first handouts I made for the session. Map drawn on paper, then scanned and the folds and paper background were added digitally.
Dungeon map for a low-level side quest published by Paizo, “The Forgotten King’s Tomb.” Texture brush FTW.