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Greetings folks! „Ruined Monastery” is a map of DM’s Essentials theme. With this month’s set of maps, we’ve prepared maps that every Dungeon Master should have at their disposal. They’ll be perfect for both one-shots and longer campaigns.


Explore the ruins of a monastery deep in the woods!

Recently the villagers from Blackwoode have reported hearing ominous-sounding chants coming from the direction of the ruined monastery. Decades ago, the place was a holy site dedicated to the worship of a benevolent god. Now, ever since the cult died out, no one remembers the deity’s name. So why does the ruined monastery seem to be a place of activity once again?

When you follow the trail through the woods, you first reach the temple. It’s nothing like the places of worship you’re used to. With a high vaulted ceiling supported by many pillars, it is a sight to behold. There’s a simple desk on the podium at the other end of the temple. The sanctuary is not covered by dust. Has it been used recently? If so, for what?

A door on the side of the temple leads to a corridor. Adjacent to it is a dining room and a bedroom with bunk beds. In the middle of the ruin, an overgrown garden appears to have seen better days. The rest of the monastery is in a terrible state. Only the foundation remains to tell the story of what the site once used to be.

But from the most ruined area, eight hooded figures now emerge. It seems that these cultists are the monastery’s current residents, and they don’t take kindly to you walking around their home. You’re in for a fight!

Adventure Hooks

  • The villagers of Blackwoode have reported strange chanting coming from the monastery in the woods. They have decided to pay passing adventurers to rid the ruin of the inhabitants who have made it their new home.
  • You’ve been investigating a cult that sends its members into cities to recruit new acolytes. What you’ve discovered leads you to the ruined monastery in the woods near Blackwoode. It seems you might have arrived at the right place!
  • A woman from Blackwoode comes to you, crying. Her son has gone missing! When you arrive at the village you learn that there have been many disappearances in the past weeks. Eventually, information leads you to the abandoned ruins of a monastery in the nearby forest.
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