Ascent to the Depths of Dread

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Discover the forbidden tower’s secrets! Brave the depths of darkness!

Embark on a chilling journey with an immersive adventure designed for characters levels 8-10. This gripping tale takes your party on a quest to uncover the mysteries of the Forbidden Tower and confront the nightmarish creatures lurking within.

This adventure is for 4–5 characters, levels 8–10.

Ascent to the Depths of Dread
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  • Multiple Accessible Formats: Designed to accommodate accessibility for all players.
    • Dyslexia-Friendly PDF
    • ePub
    • Plain Text
    • Audio (In Progress. Purchasers will get notified when updated.)
    • Digital Braille
  • 3D Dynamic Encounters: The adventure uses a unique navigation method to track movement on a spiral ramp.
  • Engaging Narrative: Navigate a panicked crowd, confront terrifying monsters like the talontulas, and descend into the depths of the Forbidden Tower to confront the dreadfallen.
  • Diverse Adventure Hooks: Choose from various adventure hooks, from seeking powerful artifacts to responding to distress calls, ensuring a customizable and engaging experience for your party.
  • Representation and Accessibility: Embrace inclusivity with considerate mechanics for players with disabilities or different mobility needs.

Adventure Synopsis

Witness a mysterious explosion at the Forbidden Tower and embark on a perilous journey to seal its dark power. Navigate through panicked crowds, confront undead horrors, and seal the gateway to the Negative Material Plane before it’s too late. Along the way, uncover the tower’s dark history and confront the ethereal figures of its builders.

3 New Undead Monsters

  • Dreadfallen: A formidable undead mass of body parts, ready to challenge even the bravest adventurers.
  • Dreadfallen Creeper: Twisted remnants of former adventurers, extensions of the dreadfallen’s collective.
  • Talontula: a pair of zombified hands with blood, linked at the thumbsDisembodied hands that fly like butterflies and crawl like spiders, choking their victims and piercing them with thumb mandibles

Are you ready to brave the unknown and emerge victorious?

Also included: 4K combat maps in gridless and square formats.


Make Lives Better through Roleplaying Games

This adventure is one piece of a movement within the TTRPG community to invite, encourage, and include those who have not been, both in the TTRPG community and nearly everywhere in real life. Wyrmworks Publishing is dedicated to using TTRPGs to help you make lives better, to provide tools, training, and a community to this end. We believe that this will extend far beyond the ever-growing TTRPG community as more and more people learn, grow, and give and receive acceptance.

To that end, this adventure includes disabled NPCs just like in real life and includes encounter notes to account for for disabled PCs.

Wyrm’s Workshop Sidequest: Personalized D&D Design Experience

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Are you ready to actively shape the narratives of tabletop roleplaying games? Wyrm’s Workshop Sidequest is your exclusive invitation to become a key contributor to the expanding Andovir accesspunk campaign setting.

How It Works:

  • Monthly Credits: As a Young Dragon or higher patron, receive monthly coupon codes to accumulate credits for your creative endeavors.
  • Direct Collaboration: Engage directly in the creative process, working with Dale, co-owner of Wyrmworks Publishing.
  • Affordable Enough for Multiple Entries: Sidequest reduces costs by using stock art where available instead of commissioned art. Your creations will be showcased in the Lair and possibly featured in our store, marketplaces like DriveThruRPG, and even our Ready-to-Roll adventure series.

In the past, submissions have all included disability, neurodiversity, and/or mental or chronic illness. We are happy to include those concepts with your submission, but they aren’t necessary. We are building a world that welcomes all people. We will collaborate with you to ensure the creation of content that is free from any potential issues.

Why Choose Wyrm’s Workshop Sidequest?

  • Affordable Creativity: Sidequest offers a more budget-friendly option for patrons to actively participate in crafting TTRPG content.
  • Community Contribution: Contribute directly to our accesspunk campaign setting, and support the diversity and inclusivity of our content.
  • Content publication: See your creations published in The Dragon’s Lair, our premier digital compendium, and possibly in future publications.
  • Credit as a creator: Be credited as the creator of your design in any publications featuring your content.
  • Comprehensive formats: Receive your final design in PDF, txt, and mp3 audio formats, along with a custom color illustration.
  • Commercial license: Receive a commercial license to use the finished product and accompanying artwork.

Terms & Conditions for Wyrm’s Workshop Sidequest:

By participating in Wyrm’s Workshop Sidequest, you certify that you have legal rights for the commercial use of all content submitted. You grant Wyrmworks Publishing permission to use the submitted content for publication in the Lair and potential future works. While we won’t publish submitted photography, we may use artistic likenesses. Wyrmworks Publishing retains all rights to works created via this process but will credit you as the creator in any publications using the content. You will receive a commercial license to use the finished product. Please note that editorial adjustments may be made for game design, cultural sensitivity, or compatibility with the Andovir setting, while still considering your preferences.

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Brace (half-orc cleric)

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Brace is a half-orc cleric who is missing his right hand due to amputation. He wears platemail with yellow accents and has a round shield strapped to his handless arm. He also wears a ring that dispels his doubts and insecurities about his self-worth. Brace has a unique ability called Better Together, which allows him to strengthen his friends by creating a magical connection among them for 10 minutes. Brace struggles with intrusive thoughts about his own self-worth, especially related to his sense of masculinity and being worthy of love.

Veralynn Sweetbriar (elf druid)

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Veralynn Sweetbriar is a high elf druid who lives with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is an elf with long brown hair and wears a green leaf-motif dress while sitting in a wooden wheelchair. Veralynn has a love for nature and spends most of her time communing with it. However, chronic pain, fatigue, intrusive thoughts, and confusion can get in the way. Veralynn uses assistive devices such as her Countryside Conveyance wheelchair and salve to manage her symptoms.

Rork (kobold druid)

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Rork is a red kobold who struggles with feelings of anxiety and panic disorder. He grew up in a large city but found it overwhelming and eventually left to live in the peace and quiet of the forest. Rork is a caring individual who enjoys getting straight to the point but is careful about how he spends his social energy. When he gets anxious, he will fiddle with a loose wicker ball attached to a belt by a rope, which is a chain of small hoops that he can spin around or unfold at his pleasure. Rork is happiest in the forest, surrounded by the soothing presence of woodland creatures, and he will avoid large cities or other loud and busy places as much as possible.

Donna Nason (dwarf barbarian)

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Donna Nason is a fierce Barbarian and a quadriplegic dwarf with black tattoos around her eyes, and she has three diagonal slash scars on her face. She has long rainbow hair on one side and a shaved head on the other. Donna wields a large bloody double-bladed axe while sitting in a rugged wheelchair. To help her move around and fight, she has a special wheelchair accessory called the “Wheelchair Ram”.

Jaydrey Forewood (Halfling Sorcerer)

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Jaydrey Forewood is a halfling sorcerer with a cleft palate, a split in her skin and skull on the front of her face that makes it difficult for her to blend into crowds. She has a background in herbal medicine and is known for her ability to grow a variety of herbs. Jaydrey’s parents died from a plague while helping others in a village, and she contracted the same illness while trying to save them. She was saved by a silver-haired woman who brought her to a mountain chalet and nursed her back to health.

Zilji Larka (gnome wizard)

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Zilji Larka is a rock gnome wizard with ectrodactyly, meaning he has shortened arms and missing fingers. He wears pink and gray clothing, a green wide-brimmed hat with attached small tools, and carries a tan backpack. He has adapted his spells’ somatic components to work within his physical range and uses Mage Hand to assist with tasks. Zilji is lighthearted, helpful, and enjoys challenging people’s expectations of him through humor.

Orrelius (human paladin)

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Orrelius is a battle-scarred human paladin, whose unwavering devotion to his divine calling has given him the strength to overcome countless trials. He carries a sword, braille book, and magic staff, as a result of his permanent blindness, and he is a formidable warrior and healer. Orrelius radiates a calm and reassuring presence, inspiring his allies to fight with courage and hope.

Lechlun Adarian (human wizard)

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Lechlun Adarian is a human wizard with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which results in unique facial features including underdeveloped cheekbones and jaw, downward-slanting eyes, and a notch in the lower eyelids. Lechlun’s most notable ability is his Oblivion manipulation, which allows him to cast powerful spells such as Sphere of Annihilation and Touch Oblivion.

Hadarai Liadon (elf rogue)

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Hadarai Liadon is a nonbinary (fae/faer/faerself) elf with alopecia areata, a hairless figure wearing a gold headband, white loose pants, flowing sashes, and carrying a rapier. Hadarai struggled with faer hair loss in the past but has since accepted it and presents themselves with either quiet confidence or as the loud center of attention, depending on the situation.

Rivaan Linxakasendalor (blue dragonborn ranger)

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Rivaan Linxakasendalor is a blue dragonborn ranger with diastrophic dysplasia, a type of dwarfism. She uses a wheeled sled as an assistive device for mobility and carries a shortbow, javelins, and a dagger for combat.

Veritas Cadell (tiefling rogue)

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Veritas Cadell is a tiefling rogue with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which affects its movement. Veritas uses forearm crutches to move around but can climb walls as quickly as it walks. Veritas is fascinated by ancient civilizations and cultures and works with archaeologists to uncover their secrets, while expressing deep respect for the creators of these ancient artifacts.

Eilwynn Ilaras (elf druid)

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Eilwynn Ilaras is a high elf druid who struggles with anxiety and worrying about the future. Her anxiety manifests as periodic episodes of panic and nervousness, which affect her concentration and ability checks. She overcomes these episodes by using breathing and grounding exercises with her staff or by shifting into her preferred wild shape of a wolf.

Aderyn Lloyd (half-elf rogue)

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Aderyn Lloyd is a half-elf rogue with fibromyalgia and other invisible disabilities, represented by their figure in a wheelchair. They are a skilled cartographer and love to explore and map out new places. Aderyn has a quick wit and is always ready for a challenge, whether it’s a physical one or a mental puzzle to solve. They have a rebellious streak and are not afraid to go against authority if they feel it’s necessary. Aderyn is fiercely loyal to their friends and will go to great lengths to protect them. They have a love for adventure and excitement but also value their independence and autonomy.