In the north stands a wonder of a lost age: a graceful, fortified stone bridge spanning a raging river. Legends say it was built by giants, but its history has been lost to the mists of time.
Once it connected two thriving jarldoms. Trade flowed across it, rich offerings were regularly made to the spirits of the bridge and waters, and tolls overflowed in its vaults. That was long ago. Now the bridge lies ruined, slighted in a last-ditch effort to repel an invading warhost. The invaders were stymied and the bridge, once a living wonder, was left broken and desolate.
In the years since, the folk of the nearby village of Brugard say the bridge has become a haunted place, full of ghosts that lure the unwary to their doom. They call it the Bridge of the Damned, and make the sign against evil should their gaze fall upon the cursed place. More recently, bandits have occupied the ruined bridge and used it to secure their ill-gotten treasure.
Persistent stories also claim that a lost trove lays hidden unclaimed somewhere in the bridge’s vaults. They especially speak of a golden fiddle that plays music so sweet it could make a stone weep. Will you brave ghosts and bandits to claim the treasures of The Bridge of the Damned?
The Bridge of the Damned is a Torchbearer adventure set in the Middarmark, but can be adapted to suit any Torchbearer campaign with a river that separates two warring nations, tribes or peoples.
In December 2018, I started working on this adventure collaboratively with Torchbearer fans via my Torchbearer blog. For inspiration, we started with an image of the Pont Valentré, a six-span fortified stone arch bridge across the Lot River to the west of Cahors, France.
We’ve developed the adventure quite a bit since December. Now I want to turn the adventure into a 5.5 x 8.5 saddle-stitched zine in the vein of my previous adventures, The Dread Crypt of Skogenby and The Secret Vault of the Queen of Thieves.
I’ve commissioned Kurt Komoda, the artist responsible for the amazing cover and much of the interior art of my Middarmark Gazetteer, to illustrate the cover of The Bridge of the Damned. I still need to commission a finished map and some interior art. I hope you’ll help me.
- Thor Olavsrud, February 2019
Risks and challenges
I’ve written several adventures and project managed or edited several others, so I have a good idea of the time and effort that is required. However, my day job is demanding and I don’t always have the free time to write that I would like. It’s doubtful that this would prevent me from delivering the project, but it may cause deadlines to slip.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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