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It is Tenarlian, the winter solstice. On this, the longest night, the veil is at its thinnest. The demons who created the world wait at the barriers to burst through and spread misery and woe. Strange beasts stalk humanoid prey, seeking the flesh born of civilization. None are safe on this eve.

As such, the elves eat a meager meal and then retire to their rooms in silence, allowed only a single candle to light their way. It is best to not attract the notice of the dark things that linger, so they hide. In the morning, there will be feasts of celebration as the sun returns. First, however, they must survive the night.

Tenarlian is your heavy metal elf Christmas adventure for 5e and is available two different ways for you convenience. First, you can buy a traditional PDF over at Drive Thru RPG and Itch, complete with premade characters to make this one shot as easy as possible to run. It contains two beautiful maps of three story Elgolor manor, as well as new monsters, magic items, and a grim dark adventure to keep your holidays jolly.

Tenarlian is also available for our Traveler’s Guide to Samsarras subscribers. You can run it right from our website with the help of our interactive map and links for your players to their own hub of resources. You also get access to the rest of our Traveller’s Guide content, which includes piles of monsters, lore, adventure hooks, and so many maps.

Whichever you choose, be careful. If you come into Samsarras on this, the longest of nights, I can’t promise you’ll leave.

Digging in the Sand

Bones. So many bones. How many people have been buried here?

You find a rusty long sword and a small, golden vulture head worth 250 gp.

Red Sand

The sand here on the edge of the sacrificial ground is loose and looks recently churned.

Vulture Priest

The Vulture Priests are the enemy of knowledge and enlightenment. They seek to bring the eternal silence, the end of all things. Decay and obedience is their only god.

Armor Class 6 [13]
Hit Dice 1 (4hp)
Attacks 1 × Beak (1d4 or by weapon)
THAC0 19 [0]
Movement 120’ (40’)
Saving Throws D12 W13 P14 B15 S16 (1)
Morale 8 (11 when at their temple)
Alignment Lawful
XP 10 
Number Appearing 2d4 (1d6 × 10)
Treasure Type D
Immune to the Divine: The spells and powers of clerics and paladins have no effect on them.
Weapons: They frequently use wickedly curved daggers, which they use for sacrificial purposes.
Soul Clouders: There is a 10% chance that any Vulture Priest can use the sleep spell once per day. The targets are still awake, but they are beset by such a deep depression that it has the same effect as sleep. They may only watch what unfurls around them.