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Welcome, delvers of lost places, to the Cursed Library of Gro'Thell - a place of learning and pushing the boundaries of what magic (and morality) can accomplish. In this 3rd-ish level  adventure for Shadowdark RPG you will explore a library filled to the brim with forbidden knowledge, treasure, and just a few too many oozes. But you should hurry, there's evidence that some other group has entered the library first and claimed the secrets therein for their own.

This 14 page adventure features:

  • 2 floors, connected by winding hallways and devious traps
  • 2 defined entrances - even more if your players are creative (or have explosives)
  • A new creature - the Arcane Ooze along with its 5 subtypes
  • NPC Crawlers both living and dead
  • Edible books (for those players that just have to lick everything).


I wrote this in part of a blog series and I was having so much fun with the maps I decided to turn it into a full mini-adventure. Primarily I'm testing out a style of presentation that I'm particularly pleased with - a descriptive system for the rooms in the more traditional style, along with a tag system for "what is in the room at a glance". I'd really love feedback on the layout, feel free to comment on the page.

If you enjoyed the adventure, please feel free to PWYW, but do not feel obligated to.

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Bob V May 07, 2024 8:07 pm UTC
Spoilers - You have been warned - For the last few days, I have soloed my way through The Cursed Library of Gro’Thell (16 pages, free/pay what you want at DriveThruRPG). This fantasy adventure is designed for ShadowDark RPG which I did use. I used the Bing Copilot as my solo engine. I picked out six characters to go through this adventure. The quest is to bring back books. They have travelled through the caverns and they tie up the patron’s donkey. They go up a steep passage and find themselves in Room #1. This room is quiet and has lots of books. They take the time to transport 105 books (and one scroll) back to the cavern, close to the donkey (but he can not reach them). When they get back to the same room they encounter Dalgauth the wizard skeleton. He says, “You have taken some of my books. Now you will die.” The PCs kill him.
In the second room, Erevan the cleric reads the writing on the wall. He makes his saving throw and does not get cursed. The PCs do find an expensive book in this room....See more
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