The stone-paved roads of the Everwood county have kept the North free and prosperous for generations. Safe and fast passage through the dark and deep northern forests have been important trade routes for merchants and highways for armies.
For three winters the roads have not been safe anymore. A group of bandits has been ambushing and attacking caravans on the Everwood roads and grown more powerful and bold more recently. The bandits use magic to prepare their ambushes, defeat any opposition and to escape without a trace.
Three years ago a private mining survey crew, working under a contract for the Corporation, found a cavity inside an asteroid in the asteroid belt. The cavity was found in initial density scans because of its unusually symmetrical shape surrounded by a layer of high-density silicates. The scan data was sent to the contractor, and the Corporation immediately claimed over the mining operations. Radio contact with the mining vessel was lost soon after the data was received.
For unknown reasons, the contracted mining crew decided to initiate excavations, before the Corporation vessel arrived. The mining crew bore a tunnel through the asteroid, reaching the cavity in a matter of days. According to the biometrics and sensor recordings salvaged from the remains of the mining ship and the crew’s skinsuits, the crew had built a temporary airlock inside the asteroid and breached the cavity just hours before the Corporation vessel arrived on site.
It was immediately obvious that something was wrong and a hazard control unit consisting of four military-grade hybrids and a synthetic was sent to secure the area. The site was secured and contained, but with heavy casualties. The operation was successful thanks to the support of the ship’s AI and the synthetic crew member, who seemed to be immune to the psychogenic effects of the organism, later designated as Echidna, found inside the asteroid. –
It is said that the West entrance to the ruins of the lost city of Volodor is guarded by a terrible monster that hides in the shadows of the Orchard of Bones. The orchard was once one of the beautiful underground fruit gardens of the Lost City, but now a large beast keeps its lair there in the tunnels under the orchard.
Two trolls, Lurgo and Brux, use an old stone bridge to trap and ambush unwary travelers. The trolls hide in the woods at both ends of the bridge and when a promising prey is passing the bridge the trolls attack at the same time from both directions.
The trolls try to try to capture their prey alive and take them to their lair. Trolls like to eat their food fresh, but they will kill anyone who
fights them with fire, acid, or magical weapons. The trolls will chase any characters who escape for three turns and then give up and
return to the bridge.
This map was originally published on Patreon with the support of my awesome patrons in October 2018, and you can find high-resolution map packs with a one-page adventure, and virtual tabletop ready maps also on DrivethruRPG.