Companionable Darkness

Rising Phoenix Games has released their third adventure in the Choose Your Destiny series of solo / 1-on-1 adventures. Compatible with fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons and set in Scarthey, University of the Arcane, Companionable Darkness continues on from Death Queen and Forest of Secrets, but you don’t need to have played those to enjoy this latest adventure, since a brief synopsis is provided.

Written by Thomas Davis, the adventure sets you off on a journey as the minder for the aged wizard Kelim. Things soon start to unravel though, and you’ll have to work hard to save the day.

Archchancellor Gwydion Ambrosius has sent for you, personally. He asks you to company a senior reader of the University of Scarthey on a journey through dangerous lands. Gwydion fears for the old wizard, whose frayed mind has suffered through the study of dark arts. Can you protect the wizard, your companions, and the wagon train you’re travelling with, or will darkness consume you all?

Companionable Darkness is a solo adventure for a 1st–3rd level cleric or paladin. The adventure consists of 64 entries (including the intro and conclusion), with new player options for the barbarian and bard classes. A successful run should take players around half an hour to complete, if you don’t fall foul of the traps and monsters that lie in wait! The More Adventure section allows you to extend the game far beyond that, as you work to protect the caravan you’re travelling with from the many dangers on the road.

Character Level: 1st–3rd
Character Class: Cleric or paladin
Play Mode: Solo / 1-on-1
System: D&D 5th Edition
Setting: Scarthey, the University of the Arcane

The adventure includes:

  • Exclusive Path of the Lone Wolf barbarian path
  • College of the Veiled Hand bard college
  • A new Campaign Boon, inspired by the adventure
  • More Adventure section, adding options to extend the adventure
  • Linked and bookmarked for ease of play

Companionable Darkness is available in pdf from DriveThruRPG, Paizo, the Open Gaming Store or the Rising Phoenix Games webstore.

Additionally, players new to D&D 5th Edition can download a FREE pdf of the Basic Rules (levels 1 to 20, covering the cleric, fighter, rogue and wizard characters) from the Wizards of the Coast D&D website.

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