Snow-White Mini-Dungeon: The Army Surgeons
This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.
Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module.
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This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.
This “mini-dungeon” is actually, much like “The Spirit Bottle” a rather unique set-piece: The Klavekian kingdom is not known for being particularly welcoming regarding the stance towards non-humans – and this pdf puts the players in a situation, where they witness one of the more unsavory practices firsthand: Leikata and Ommella Ruumis are both retired army surgeons – and now they’re part of the Klavekian means to destabilize the “hostile” area called haunted forest, known hiding places of fey and non-humans alike…by controlling and re-animating zombies and sending them inside. The problem is: Something went wrong, big time, and now zombies roam…and the two clerics are locked inside their little abode, trapped by the undead and nearing death – in order to save them, the PCs will have to defeat the undead (potentially enjoying the neat plunder-table included)…and then make a decision…for while what the clerics do is not ethical, to say the least, they still follow orders and provide a service to the local populace by relocating the undead…
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to a beautiful 2-column full-color standard and the pdf comes sans bookmarks, but needs none at this length. Cartography is full color and surprisingly good for such an inexpensive pdf, but there is no key-less version of the map to print out and hand to your players.
Stephen Yeardley’s third mini-dungeon intended as a Snow-White tie-in is interesting mainly due to the moral conundrum and potential for consequences it poses. That being said, beyond the basic idea, it does feel a bit less imaginative than the superb first two Snow-White mini-dungeons, which would mean, I’d usually refrain from slapping my seal of approval on this. However, this is FREE, and as a free offering, it provides a fun, intriguing set-piece, well worth of 5 stars + seal of approval.
You can get this FREE mini-module here on OBS!