Our eleventh one page adventure (OPA) – download bite-sized inspiration for your RPG sessions!
The journey of Quickphix leads him to find another roadside dungeon. He is challenged to defeat three plant-based champions in pursuit of some legendary artefacts. Have fun!
Recommended RPG: D&D 5e, but easily adaptable to others
Number of players: 2-3
Duration: long (4-6 hours)
The locals had been murmuring about Smilax’ Challenge. Apparently, anybody who is able to get through Smilax garden and reach their house in the middle gets to claim one of three wondrous gifts: The Blade of Grass, the Thorns of Kinship or the Cape of Vines. Anybody who fails the challenge is shackled to the garden for a full year, forced to tend to it and its master. I had no idea whether these magical items were worth it, but I’m not one to turn down a challenge by a fellow magician. I strolled up to the overgrown structure. A shield at the entrance informed me on the conditions of the challenge: I had to feed a bit of blood and then I was free to enter. I was asked to seek out the three champions of the garden before I could proceed to the center of the garden.
In this one-page adventure, your party of brave adventurers is asked to take on Smilax’ challenge. Three champions guard the path to Smilax’ house, each of them has their own idea on what it means to be a just person. Can they be overcome, or will you end up in servitude to “The Wandering Gardens”?
Hints, notes and ideas for this One-Page Adventure
To streamline the adventure or shorten it, the garden can just be a collection of rooms in linear progression – the circular shape is just for flavour.
The champions artefacts, the blade, cape and thorns are a reflection of how they view strength. Hence, if the party hungers for RP moments, have them engage the champions on these ideas.
The final fight with the Thorns of Kinship is incredibly deadly, especially if the players aren’t used to work together. The DM can weaken the switching place ability by restricting its use or giving it a recharge timer.