If you’re a fan of my work, or just awesome stuff in general, you’ll be excited to know that Under the Devil’s Thumb has finally reached the light of day within the pages of Eldritch Lairs. The book is home to many other great adventures written by James Haeck and another by Mike Shea as well, but UtDT was written by yours truly. Should you pick it up with reckless abandon right now? Probably. For those of you who aren’t so quick to jump the gun, allow me a paragraph or two to convince you.
Under the Devil’s Thumb is an adventure for 5th level characters set in the Southlands and centers around intrigue in the plague-stricken city of Highgate. Within its walls are a bevvy of unscrupulous types vying for their place among the ranks of Nakresh, the demon-god of thieves. Are those aforementioned ne’er do wells types somehow connected to the sickness throughout the city? Probably.
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There’s plenty of backstabbing, puzzles, traps, and nasty things awaiting players below the city within the gauntlet of the thieve’s guild. Players will be tasked with finding a way in and once there, obtaining all 5 keys to open the vault and with their lives and hopefully some treasure too. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a chamber with a 4ft tall obsidian skull that requires magical gems be inserted into its 3rd eye, if that’s your sort of thing. There’s also plenty of plot points to build from and hook into existing campaigns and adventures as well.
You can pick it up for D&D (5e) or Pathfinder and although it’s not required to run the adventure by any means, if the Southlands campaign setting is new to you be sure to check it out. There’s also a a nice cheap little PDF that details creating Southlands heroes for 5e to get you started.
If you’ve played in or ran my adventure Tomb of Tiberesh you’ll see some continuity here as well. It’s worth mentioning again that there are other very fun adventures within this book that aren’t mine, this book contains dozens and dozens of hours of content. I hope you’ll check it out!
Until next time, game excellently with one another!