Scarlet Citadel Session 6 – The Gaoler’s Demise

Two weeks ago, we continued my Scarlet Citadel campaign with the 6th full session. Hopefully these write ups will prove useful to others running the adventure. 

You can read earlier posts here. This post contains spoilers for Scarlet Citadel.


This week we had four players. We kicked off with the characters returning to the Citadel ruins and discovering a recently extinguished campfire – did it belong to the bandits they’d encountered last session or someone else? 

Entering the dungeon again by the previously buried staircase, they decided enough was enough and it was time to face the Gaoler and deal with him once and for all. This time, they did much better, finally killing the psychopathic torturer and destroying his animated wheel and brazen bull. Allia jemmied the brazen bull open and found a tin dog figurine of wondrous power (from Vault of Magic) inside. I don’t do it every time but I do like to reward players who search in odd places for treasure with minor loot or clues.

The Gaoler is defeated. Map by Jon Pintar

After a short rest, they returned to the Oubliette where Zombie Scar animated yet again. To make sure he remained dead permanently, the tiny Allia began dismembering the zombie ogre with a saw found in the torture chamber while the others opened the door to the Gaoler’s room and found his loot and macabre collection of body parts. I had a couple of sabre-toothed bats fly up from below, attracted by the bits of Scar that Allia was throwing down the hole. Since she was on her own, this gave her a bit of a shock! Once Scar was gone (for good?), the characters covered the pit with the table from the entry hall.

After a short rest, they returned to Charun’s shrine where they examined the statue and made an offering of blood and a gold piece at its feet. Then, they went back into the Holzanger crypt where they defeated the spectre and the shadows. Deciding not to push their luck further, they travelled back to Redtower so that Farthrum could level up to 3rd.


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Main image by David Auden Nash

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D&D gamer | Freelance game designer | Writer & publisher – Parsantium: City at the Crossroads

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