A review copy of “Curse on Beregost – A Candlekeep Mysteries Bookend” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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Designed by: Daniel Kahn

Dan Kahn is one of my favorite D&D adventure designers, because he does exactly what I like to do: take published 5e campaigns and adventures and add a bunch of cool stuff! Curse on Beregost is an interesting expansion to the level 1 adventure in Candlekeep Mysteries (a “bookend” – ha), “The Joy of Extradimensional Spaces,” providing more context for the opening adventure hook, and a more satisfying conclusion.

Curse of Beregost is inspired by the opening adventure hook in “The Joy of Extradimensional Spaces.”

The adventure speaks of a cursed farming village suffering from withering crops and dying livestock, and the need to seek out a mage for help at nearby Candlekeep. In finding the sage they become trapped in a permanent Magnificent Mansion, having to collect puzzle books and fight off animated creatures in order to escape.

It’s a solid level 1 adventure in a whimsical (and dangerous) magical mansion; I ranked it at #9 out of 17 in my Candlekeep Mysteries ranking video.

In Curse of Beregost the party arrives in the ailing village, officially getting the quest to find the sage, Matreous, at Candlekeep. What the party doesn’t know, is that the village was cursed by a hag, at the behest of an angry villager.

The town mayor, Clarence is a classic capitalist villain, having used harsh taxes and punishing laws to build an extravagant inn in the middle of town. One villager lost his entire farmland to the project, and went into the woods to broker a deal with a hag, plummeting the entire town into an economically devastating spiral. Classic tale!

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After the events of “The Joy of Extradimensional Spaces,” the now level 2 party acquires a book on curses that identifies a green hag in the area, known for just this sort of scheme.

The party finds the hag lair in the woods near the town. It’s a small but well-constructed dungeon crawl, with a puzzle door, quicksand pits filled with crawling claws, and a final showdown with the green hag, Sally Pigtooth.

Level 2 PCs would not fare very well in a fight versus a CR 3 green hag (and her loyal shadow mastiff, whom she can resummon). In a fun twist, the party doesn’t have to fight her — like all hags, she’s willing to negotiate. She’s evil, but not brutally murderous, and she’d love a gig at the new Opulent Owlbear as a bartender, where she can hear all the villager’s sob stories and sow discontent.

If the party agrees, she’ll lift the curse, followed by what should be a hilarious scene as the PCs convince the mayor to hire the disguised hag.

It’s a fine adventure with a memorable ending (if the players go that route), though admittedly I’m a bit disappointed in how it utilizes Candlekeep Mysteries. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the mansion, or Matreous, or the wizards who created the mansion who are teased through that adventure.

The only connection between the two is to acquire a book on curses from Matreous’ dead body, who disappointingly dies off screen at the conclusion of the original adventure. Even if Matreous somehow survives, he doesn’t play a role in the finale. Plot-wise you could almost replace “The Joy of Extradimensional Spaces,” with several other adventures from Candlekeep Mysteries, resulting in a more modular approach to adventure design.

Pros:

  • Greatly expands the adventure hook from “The Joy of Extradimensional Spaces.”
  • Well-designed hag lair dungeon, with full color battle map (grid and non-gridded versions).
  • Memorable finale with hag negotiations.

Cons:

  • Lacks more meaningful connections to its progenitor adventure, “The Joy of Extradimensional Spaces.”

The Verdict: Curse on Beregost expands the level 1 adventure from Candlekeep Mysteries beyond the infamous library, providing a lengthier and more story-satisfying quest.

A review copy of “Curse on Beregost – A Candlekeep Mysteries Bookend” was provided by the publisher. Find more DMs Guild Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

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