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The Landing at Ervindale

During the night, an air ship has crash landed in the middle of a pig farm situated on the outskirts of the sleepy village of Ervindale. The local guards have just begun an investigation into what happened exactly. Can the party of adventurers figure out what has happened without disturbing superstitious villagers?

The Landing at Ervindale is a one-shot adventure for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition that I wrote as part of the Dungeon Master Jam, coordinated by DrBackflip. The overall theme of this competition was to write an adventure that centred around the “arrival of an empty ship”.

Rather than wanting to write a nautical adventure, I instead interpreted the theme by using an airship manned by wizard scholars that were in the process of transporting a clutch of phase spiders. Having the phase spiders break out of their restraints meant that the ship could crash land into the village, and since phase spiders can phase in and out from the Material Plane into the Ethereal Plane, I thought this would be a perfect way to showcase how the ship could be seen as being empty.

The adventure was released as part of a compliation, and can be downloaded at the DM’s Guild here.