Suggestions wanted: Adventure set in Medieval Italy

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
I'm going to be in Italy for a month this summer with some college students and I thought it would be fun to run a short adventure for them in some of the free time we'll have.

I'm pondering cooking up something of my own creation, but I was wondering if there might be something in the vast array of D&D adventures that might fit the bill? (In the level 1-5 range).
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
I'm going to be in Italy for a month

I'm pondering cooking up something of my own creation
I would be such a bad player in this campaign.

I would totally play some sort of Fire-y Sorcerer, and every time I cast a fire spell at the monsters, I would shout, "Now that's-a spicy meatball!"

I know, I suck.

(On a semi-serious note, you could probably adapt the French medieval Castle Amber easily to Italian)
 

Sadras

Explorer
I'm going to be in Italy for a month this summer with some college students and I thought it would be fun to run a short adventure for them in some of the free time we'll have.

I'm pondering cooking up something of my own creation, but I was wondering if there might be something in the vast array of D&D adventures that might fit the bill? (In the level 1-5 range).
Apologies I don't have any adventure recommendations, but I do have an inspirational name and picture of a villain...

Prince diMalapietra.jpg

Innocenti di Malapietra

Viscount of Sirrechia, Governor of Caurenze, Viceroy of Ylourgne
One of Mystara's Glantrian Princes.​
 

Derren

Adventurer
What exactly do you consider "medieval"? That word gets thrown around a lot, but mostly people don't mean its actual time period when using it.
The early renaissance city state era of Italy might work well for an adventure. You might even be able to retool some technically greece inspired adventures by renaming the cities to Florence, Milan, etc
And of course every adventure featuring prominent trading cities will also work as all of them are basically copies from Genoa or Venice.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
Italy is lovely, definitely. I enjoyed it quite a bit (and the wine and grappa!)

I can't think of any D&D adventures that exactly match. I've heard that Sembia is the Italy-equivalent in the Realms. And there's always the old 2e Glory of Rome sourcebook. Going outside of D&D, Warhammer Fantasy's Italy is Tilea.
 

Numidius

Explorer
Hi. Italian forumer here. I have an idea for a D&D italian based adventure set in real history.
The year is 450 CE, technically just before the proper middle ages, the western roman empire is still going but crumbling under the assaults of barbarian tribes from the eastern europe.
The story revolves around Attila scourge of God and Pope Leone the Great.
Attila, king of the Huns, after destroying towns in northern Italy, is proceeding towards Rome, the eternal city of the emperors and the early popes. As a matter of historic fact, the actual emperor Valentiniano the Third has already fled, leaving Pope Leone the First as sole authority in Rome. The history goes that the Hun barbarians army is tired of conquers, sick from maladies, and Pope Leone I manages to persuade Attila to not raid Rome and return in his land (Hun-gary).
Here's the twist:
In Italy we had a pre roman civilisation, the Etruscan, which left many Necropolis (city of the dead, dungeon-like huge cemeteries all over northern and central Italy). The principal God of Hell and Afterlife, was Mantus, hence the name of the city of Mantua (Mantova) after him.
So, Pope Leone the (not yet) Great, sends the Pcs to the big Necropolis of Cerveteri (30 miles north of Rome, on the coast) to find the McGuffin of Mantus, hidden in the depth of the city of the dead, long gone, and now full of undead creatures, monsters, whatever, then bring it to Rome and defeat the army of Attila, which, IRL was very superstitious, but had an entourage of sages from Greece and Europe to advise and teach him. Now that I think about it, maybe Attila himself wants the Etruscan God artifact, and only the Pope knows where it lies buried. I suggest to use the Real map of Cerveteri Necropolis, in the adventure.

Sinopsis:
The Pc leave the city opening their way thru barbarians soldiers and shamans.
Pc arrive in the coastal town of Cerveteri (or Tarquinia): prepare for the dungeon exploration. Maybe followed by Attila's scouts and hunters.
Pc enter The Necropolis Dungeon. IRL there is an open part of it with huge steeple like tombs.. then the so called street of the dead leading to the underground section. See the actual map.
Maybe cultists or drow-like people in the underground part.
Pc retrieve what they are looking for and use it to try to scatter the sieging barbarian army.

Google: Attila king of Huns + Rome; Necropoli Cerveteri; Pope Leone the Great; Mantus etruscan god; etruscan italy.

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1158

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Leo_I

Enjoy Italy ;)
 
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robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
What exactly do you consider "medieval"? That word gets thrown around a lot, but mostly people don't mean its actual time period when using it.
The early renaissance city state era of Italy might work well for an adventure. You might even be able to retool some technically greece inspired adventures by renaming the cities to Florence, Milan, etc
And of course every adventure featuring prominent trading cities will also work as all of them are basically copies from Genoa or Venice.
Pre-Renaissance, Black Death era - which will actually be turning people into zombies (as in Zombicide: Black Plague).
 

Paul Farquhar

Adventurer
Ah, well I was going to suggest you convert the classic Doctor Who story Masque of Mandragora, but that is renaissance. But with artificers and firearms floating around, why not?

Or if you want something even more classical, try The Tempest by Bill Shakespeare. Technically, it's not actually in Italy, but the characters are Italian.
 

aco175

Explorer
gladiators and Colosseum fighting. Take pictures of the cool sites and add them to the NPC interactions and shops for visiting. A good fight night can be fit to your needs and players can come and go if you meet or lose people. Not sure on if you are touring with a group or working there and stationary, but something flexible to your needs would be great in case you wanted to go see sites and only played for a couple hours on a train or such.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
In Italy we had a pre roman civilisation, the Etruscan, which left many Necropolis (city of the dead, dungeon-like huge cemeteries all over northern and central Italy). The principal God of Hell and Afterlife, was Mantus, hence the name of the city of Mantua (Mantova) after him.
So, Pope Leone the (not yet) Great, sends the Pcs to the big Necropolis of Cerveteri (30 miles north of Rome, on the coast) to find the McGuffin of Mantus, hidden in the depth of the city of the dead, long gone, and now full of undead creatures, monsters, whatever, then bring it to Rome and defeat the army of Attila, which, IRL was very superstitious, but had an entourage of sages from Greece and Europe to advise and teach him. Now that I think about it, maybe Attila himself wants the Etruscan God artifact, and only the Pope knows where it lies buried. I suggest to use the Real map of Cerveteri Necropolis, in the adventure.
Love the idea of Etruscan tombs as an entry to a dungeon adventure. And perhaps a nearby monastery, fearing that the Christian god has foresaken the world (and allowed the Black Death to occur) has switched allegiance to Mantus and is trying to gain his favor (in nefarious ways - kidnapping children from the village for ritual sacrifice?)

I don't want to kick off anything too big - it's just for 2 or 3 evenings after all. But I think that's given me a great starting point. Thanks!
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
gladiators and Colosseum fighting. Take pictures of the cool sites and add them to the NPC interactions and shops for visiting. A good fight night can be fit to your needs and players can come and go if you meet or lose people. Not sure on if you are touring with a group or working there and stationary, but something flexible to your needs would be great in case you wanted to go see sites and only played for a couple hours on a train or such.
We're staying in one place so should be able to keep a group together :) . Thanks for the suggestions.
 

Numidius

Explorer
Love the idea of Etruscan tombs as an entry to a dungeon adventure. And perhaps a nearby monastery, fearing that the Christian god has foresaken the world (and allowed the Black Death to occur) has switched allegiance to Mantus and is trying to gain his favor (in nefarious ways - kidnapping children from the village for ritual sacrifice?)

I don't want to kick off anything too big - it's just for 2 or 3 evenings after all. But I think that's given me a great starting point. Thanks!
Sounds nicely grim :D

Some pics for the ambience:

A few medieval fortified villages on the hills around Rome/centre Italy and the Necropolis of Banditaccia* in Cerveteri**

*big bad banned bandit
**ancient Caere (vetera Caere in latin)
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
[MENTION=6972053]Numidius[/MENTION] - fan-freaking-tastic! So evocative. It's like you're reading my mind :) I picture the monks using stone from the tombs to enhance their monastery accidentally incorporating some arcane relic into the altar that has now been activated and is possessing the abbot and causing the change of allegiance.
 

Numidius

Explorer
[MENTION=6972053]Numidius[/MENTION] - fan-freaking-tastic! So evocative. It's like you're reading my mind :) I picture the monks using stone from the tombs to enhance their monastery accidentally incorporating some arcane relic into the altar that has now been activated and is possessing the abbot and causing the change of allegiance.
Glad you like those pics. I'm from Rome, so... proud also ;)

Btw, Mantus had a wife goddess: Mania, maybe it is her behind the evil happening...

https://esoterx.com/2013/05/23/the-etruscan-evil-of-mantus-and-mania-celebrity-couple-of-the-underworld/

Wiki page for Mantus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantus
 

Libramarian

Villager
Kidnap the Archpriest is an OSR adventure loosely based on the real historical kidnapping of Pope Martin I by order of the Byzantine Emperor Constans II.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Just rewatched “The Name of the Rose” and that was enormously helpful in getting a feel for the milieu!
 

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