Shadowed Keep on the Borderland Retrospective

A couple of years ago, I wrote the Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands as a homage to the Moathouse from T1 The Village of Hommlet (perhaps a perfect low-level adventure). Before I started, I sat down and worked out what I wanted to achieve with the adventure and how I planned to achieve it. These four posts layout my evil scheme:

Campaign Components: Ironwolf Keep

A ruined monument to folly and ego, Ironwolf Keep stands atop an isolated bluff deep in a mist-wreathed forest. Sacked by marauding goblins decades ago the place was thought abandoned, but shadows now creep among the forest’s great boles and footprints have appeared on the single, overgrown track leading to the keep. Travellers have begun to disappear with alarming regularity from the nearby road and the local folk fear some slumbering evil has claimed the ruin as its own.

The Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands by Marc Radle

The Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands by Marc Radle

The Next Generation #3: Watchtower of the Bandit Queen

At the end of last session, we left the party resting in Piren’s Bluff. The lust for treasure burned deep within them, though, and so they quickly decided to return to the Shadowed Keep. During their last foray, they had explored the ruined donjon. Now, they turned their attentions to the watchtower…

Borderland of Adventure: The Next Generation

Shadowed Keep on the Borderland Backstory Case Study

Last time, I talked a little bit about the initial concepts of the Shadowed Keep of the Borderland’s various “adventure zones.”  Coming up with the basic themes for each area was relatively simple. What was a bit tricky was designing a backstory that both made sense and that the PCs would be able to discover during the course of the adventure.

By Marc Radle

By Marc Radle