|Wait, the goblins took what?|
Humble Beginnings, by the author's description, is more of a sidequest than an actual adventure. You happen upon a girl in the woods who has recently been accosted by goblins. Assuming that you are willing to help her, you plunge into the caves in pursuit. Lowena, on the other hand, is a bit larger in scope. After accepting a caravan job, you quickly find yourself stuck in the middle of a distressing political conflict that threatens to destabilize an entire region.
The areas were beautifully rendered, with a number of little touches to bring the world to life. For example, a little housecat roams about in a bar, and seagulls fly overhead as you approach a sheer cliffside. Musical choices were also superb, with several stirring pieces that I don't normally hear in modules. I also really liked the setting: you are living in the remains of a toppled empire, with small fiefdoms (city-states?) representing the only meaningful government in the region. It reminded me a bit of the Nentir Vale, although with far less danger of the monstrous sort...and more of the political sort. It has a ton of potential.
|Breathtaking cliffs...and I love the seagull|