|Hacking up rats has never been so much fun!|
I really enjoyed your module. The story might not sound original on the surface, and employs a lot of fantasy tropes, but it's well-told. As you mentioned below, it's clear that you try to put a twist on all of the fantasy tropes that you wield. The result is a fresh and engaging tale that got my youthful adventurer off the ground and on his feet in tales fit for bards. The entire module is meticulously polished, and was a blast to play through.
Combat is most definitely very challenging. Heeding your warnings about combat difficulty, I brought a level 2 fighter/rogue that I had from another module into this game. The module seemed very well-balanced for him. In fact, in a lot of ways, the module seemed custom-made for my character. I've never made so much use of usable items like choking powder, potions, etc. And because he had good use magical item ability, he was also able to make heavy use of magic wands against foes. The result was a really dynamic combat experience that I found really enjoyable. My character would probably do better if he had a henchman to tank for him, but he held his own.
Mysterious desert ruins!
Thanks for the fun module! I'm eager to see what the next chapter will bring for my character and his companion!