Cover of Rosethorn


Goblin attacks have always plagued the farmers and merchants who live and travel along the roads leading to Whitesparrow. But a recent rash of new attacks are something different. The goblins of one particular tribe have gotten particularly smart, attacking with careful tactics and cunning ambushes. The village guards haven’t been able to outwit the goblins, even when laying traps of their own and hiring mercenaries to stop them.

Even as goblins go, Rosethorn isn’t much to look at. He’s small and runty, and yet a lucky break placed him in charge of the Brownleaf goblin tribe. When he claimed a powerful magic relic from a dead wizard three months ago, Rosethorn found his intellect multiplied many times over. The world began to make a more intricate kind of sense to him, and he saw patterns in the ways other folk traveled the roads.

After hiring a spy in Whitesparrow to tell him which wagons to pursue, Rosethorn cunningly bribed the wagons’ guards to throw battles in the goblins’ favor. He then moved the lair of the Brownleaf tribe away from their dank caves and into the ruins of the Bearded Man—an enormous dead tree at the center of the Howling Wood. There, Rosethorn continues his campaign of ambush against the foolish villagers, increasing his wealth and power with each robbery.

Written By
Mike Shea
Published By
Indie Dev.
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Includes Characters?
Levels 2–5
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jdm2110 has played this adventure and would recommend it.

There is a mystery that takes some work from the DM to get running, but the boss fight at the end is pretty dramatic.

spoilers below

I made him a rogue and had him hide in the smoke., jumping down as the two bugbears start to go down to make sure he can get some sneak attack. Remember that the smoke gives disadvantage for the archer shorts, so this fight is way less threatening than it originally appears.