D&D 5E Enhancing Vecna: Eve of Ruin *SPOILERS*

dave2008

Legend
It makes for a lot of changes. As written, his masquerade has a bunch of errors (e.g. handwriting) that someone with superhuman intellect simply would not make.
I am already making lots of changes, this is fairly minor to me, actually extremely minor. I also dropped his Int down to 20 too.
 

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jayoungr

Legend
Supporter
The "evil campaign" thread seems like it might be of interest to those reading this one, so I'm dropping a link here:

 

Necropolitan

Adventurer
The "evil campaign" thread seems like it might be of interest to those reading this one, so I'm dropping a link here:

Thank you.

If anyone has any ideas on what would need to be changed/could be added to it feel free to post them.
 

Having now read through the book and digested its contents, I'm posting about the various settings that the book features. One of the points of the adventure is to showcase these settings, so I'm going to comment and grade them on how well they did so, and make suggestions on how to better get the overall "feel" of the settings when that is lacking.

Chapter 2: The Wizards Three

The first part of the Rod of Seven Parts is hidden in an isolated and secret meeting place for agents of Lolth known as Web's Edge, deep within the Underdark of the Sword Coast area of the Forgotten Realms.

Setting featured: Forgotten Realms/Underdark

Showcase Grade: 1/10

How they showcased the setting: With very little, actually. The location isn't very evocative of either the Forgotten Realms or even the Underdark. It could just as well be placed in any world where Lolth has worshipers, and there's no way of knowing without being outright told that it's located in the Underdark instead of, say, some small cave immediately accessible to the surface. The spider-dragon is at least reasonably cool, though.

How to showcase the setting better: Have the portal open some distance away from complex, so that the adventurers have to travel at least a bit through some Underdark locations to get there. Have them visit fungus-filled caves (perhaps one with a myconid settlement), meet a duergar or deep gnome trading caravan, or undergo a drow ambush. Anything beyond just appearing next to the door to the complex! Perhaps Alustriel's portal takes the party to her home city of Silverymoon, and the group has to make a bit of a longer, but more immersive, journey from there (I'll be suggesting such longer journeys for several chapters).


Chapter 3: The Lambent Zenith's Last Voyage

The second part of the Rod of Seven Parts is to be found within the body of the dead god Havock on the Astral Plane.

Setting Featured: Spelljammer

Showcase Grade: 8/10

How they showcased the setting: There's a Spelljamming ship, and it takes place on the body of a dead god. There are githyanki NPCs and another NPC disguised as a giff. All pretty Spelljammer-y!

How to showcase the setting better: A few more Spelljammer-specific creatures would have been nice. The main thing, however, is that the ship has crashed, so no fun sailing through the Astral. The party could definitely start some distance away and need to hitchhike or otherwise hire an actual functioning Spelljammer ship to get to where they need to go (although said ship would likely drop them off some distance away so as not to suffer the fate of the Lambet Zenith!), resulting in some swashbuckling attempted boardings and monster attacks. They could even start at the Rock of Bral and hire a ship there to really get a full, flavorful experience in the setting.


Chapter 4: The Ruined Colossus

The third part of the Rod of Seven Parts is located in the ruins of a huge warforged colossus in the Mournland of Eberron.

Setting Featured: Eberron

Showcase Grade: 10/10

How they showcased the setting: Exceptionally well. The Mournland is depicted very faithfully, and there are warforged featured prominently. The fact that portal is some distance away from the part of the rod the party is searching for means there is plenty of time for them to experience some of the setting's unique features. It's all very well done - someone very familiar with the setting must have been assigned this part.

How to showcase the setting better: It's really just quibbles, but they could have featured more Eberron-specific monsters (living spells come to mind). If you really wanted to go all-out, have the portal take them to a friend of one of the Wizards Three in Sharn, and then they can take a lightning rail to the edge of the Mournland. Throw in a couple of Sharn-specific and rail-specific encounters/adventures, and you've got a pretty decent taste of what Eberron can offer!

(As it's getting late and this post is getting long, I'll continue with the remaining settings in my next post)
 

Personally, I feel like the players have seen the Forgotten Realms and the Underdark many times before, so there isn't much point in showcasing them at all. And the Neverwinter start location is FR anyway, expanding on this might be a better way to showcase FR. You could put in stuff from the movie. I'm thinking of swapping out the Underdark section for something more exotic like Dark Sun or Stryxhaven. Although if you have and haven't run Rime of the Frostmaiden the city of Ythryn could be used. It's FR, more interesting and unfamiliar than the underdark, and not far off the correct level range so wouldn't need much work.

Another FR suggestion: Use the Doomvault (Tales from the Yawning Portal). Red Wizards are plenty FR.

I think what Chapter 3 mores urgently needs is a better boss monster. I'm thinking of using an Eldritch Lich instead of the boring hertilod.
 
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Personally, I feel like the players have seen the Forgotten Realms and the Underdark many times before, so there isn't much point in showcasing them at all. And the Neverwinter start location is FR anyway, expanding on this might be a better way to showcase FR. You could put in stuff from the movie. I'm thinking of swapping out the Underdark section for something more exotic like Dark Sun or Stryxhaven. Although if you have and haven't run Rime of the Frostmaiden the city of Ythryn could be used. It's FR, more interesting and unfamiliar than the underdark, and not far of the correct level range so wouldn't need much work.

Another FR suggestion: Use the Doomvault (Tales from the Yawning Portal). Red Wizards are plenty FR.

Yeah, I was going to mention that Neverwinter is in the previous chapter, but kinda skipped over that in order to focus on the Underdark side of things, as it's specifically called out in the location chart in the book's introduction.
 

Necropolitan

Adventurer
Since the adventure involves time travel to various eras and planes, I had a funny idea:

The PCs have to play a round of Dead by Daylight with a past version of Vecna.

The mechanics of Dead by Daylight could work as the basis for a miniquest and it'd give the party a taste of what the present version of Vecna can do without resulting in a TPK.

You could even have it represent when Vecna was trapped in Ravenloft and replace the Strahd section of the adventure. It'd also give an excuse for the DM to give the PCs information on Vecna from the past.
 


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