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Lords of the Cruth Lowlands: flow chartby Giampaolo Agosta
I put together this flow chart of the main parts of the adventure. I made it primarily to highlight connections which are not yet in the document -- essentially the plot is currently limited to the quest items I've put in the Ruins of Achelos part -- for future development, but it can also serve to clarify the flow of the adventure (or, more correctly, the possible flows of the adventure), for the time being.
Adventures/encounters are grouped geographically, and connected by plot threads labeled with either the quest name or patron. Colors are used to make plot threads more evident.
Essentially, the adventure starts in Nova Achelos with the clean-up mission (Riverside Slums), then may follow several directions. The primary plot in the current document is the Undead Menace caused by the Vampire Lord in the River Keep, with the involvement of the Sons of Night, followed by the exploration of the upper course of the Achelos River, leading to Kurest Hurgon.
Other plot threads include:
- The Achelos Outlaws: this is a straightforward mission to find the hidden camp of the outlaws, rout them and/or capture their mysterious leader.
- The Bell of Chardastes: recovering the artifact from the ruined Cathedral turns into a mission to prevent a major invasion from Limbo which leads the characters to the Tomb of Trinkla the Black Seer.
- The Loggers' Guild persistent problems caused by the Wee Folk of the Fey Mound leads the PCs to the Riverfork Wood. They may have to perform tasks for the rulers of the Fey in return for logging rights, but in the end they will discover the existance of the Turnwood, and the massive magical powers it holds.
- The Regalia of Achelos: Natalia Ivanovich wants to reclaim her family's position in Traladara/Karameikos, and needs the Regalia of Achelos for this purpose.