Ill Gotten Gains
An introductory adventure for warriors of light and darkness in the world of Eorzea
This adventure is designed for a party of 5 first level adventurers and aims to be 2 to 4 hours in length. The adventure is designed with newer players in mind who may not have much experience with DnD 5E or Final Fantasy XIV. It has been written to make session preparation as simple as possible by providing references and maps where possible. As always, this module is a framework and can be adjusted as you see fit to fit your table and play style.
Recommended Resources: DnD Player's Handbook (5e), Monster Manual, and FFXIV Player's Handbook
Adventure Summary (Player Safe)
Welcome to Ul'dah! The City of Gold offers enticing opportunities for adventurers of all walks of life. One rumor in particular is making the rounds in the bustling streets. A caravan has been ambushed en route to the city, its drivers and valuable cargo lost somewhere in the Sagolii Desert. Anyone able to find out the whereabouts of the missing, and who is responsible for their disappearance, would certainly prove their merit. Can your party of adventurers get to the bottom of the mystery and earn a reputation in the City of Gold?
GMs please proceed to the next page for a breakdown of the adventure and its scenes.
The rest of this page is left intentionally blank to avoid spoilers for players.
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Adventure Summary (GM)
The party begins in Ul'Dah where you can utilize one of the provided plot hooks or devise your own to direct the party to the Quicksand Tavern where they will meet the quest giver 'Red'. Red provides the group with background information about the caravan that was ambushed and sets them to the task of recovering two employees who were escorting the caravan, Roaring Wave and Osgar, along with some of the stolen weapons from the caravan. Roaring Wave and Osgar are being held as forced labor by the group responsible for attacking the caravan, The Golden Sashes, who are working to forward a deeper plot put into motion by the Syndicate.
The Party is pointed towards the bustling Sapphire Avenue Exchange where they will interact with merchants and food vendors to get a lead as to Roaring Wave's whereabouts and get a little bit of a feel for the city and its denizens.
The lead will guide them deep into the questionable neighborhood of the Goblet, a suburb of Ul'Dah where many of its citizenry live. There they will find the Oasis Apothecary, a shop the Golden Sashes use as a front to move their illicit goods. In the shop they will have an encounter with the gang and recover the first of the missing persons. After some discussion with Roaring Wave, or interrogating any surviving gang members, they will be told about the Golden Sashes' main hideout.
Following the information provided leads the party to the concealed entrance of the Golden Sashes' true hideout, the Goblet Sewers. In the hideout they will navigate challenging terrain and encounters, making their way to the back storeroom. There they will encounter the Golden Sash boss and recover Osgar. Investigating afterwards they will uncover more of what is occuring in the city, and learn that the Syndicate are the puppetmaster pulling the strings of something much larger. The party will then have to decide what to do with this knowledge, and with the stolen goods found in the hideout.
This should provide a spring board for future adventures and act to get the party interested and involved in the events that are/or will transpire in Ul'Dah.
This module was designed to focus on the adventure itself and seeks to provide a minimal context for the locations, people, and events it utilizes from the FFXIV universe. It is recommended to check out any of the locations you are unfamiliar with in game or to do additional research so you can adequately describe and improvise events or interactions appropriately.
Gil to Gold Conversions
This module assumes a 1:1 equivalence between Eorzean Gil and Gold. Any prices of goods can be referenced from the PHB.
- The Quicksand. A busy tavern in Ul’Dah where adventurers often come to find work.
- Sapphire Avenue Exchange. A large open air marketplace where many goods are exchanged.
- The Goblet. A suburb of Ul'Dah where many of its citizens live in neighborhoods ranging from manor houses to hovels.
- Oasis Apothecary. A small potion shop in the Goblet. Thought to be a front for the golden sashes .
- Goblet Sewer. A labyrinth like system of tunnels and passages that run underneath the Goblet.
- Red. Secretive information broker working on behalf of Glittering Sands Trading Co.
- Roaring Wave. Captive Roegadyn employed by the Glittering Sands Trading Co. Bonded to Osgar.
- Osgar. Captive Hyur employed by the Glittering Sands Trading Co. Bonded to Roaring Wave.
- Nanabe. Lalafell merchant on sapphire avenue selling a variety of wares.
- Katherine. Hyur street food merchant who has seen someone matching description.
- Golden Sashes. An up and coming street gang that has been getting into increasing trouble.
- Syndicate. An extremely wealthy shadow organization ruled by the elite of Ul’Dah society. They often clash with leaders of state and seek to improve their own wealth and status.
One of the characters happens across a missing poster on one of the many marketboards of Ul'Dah. There appears to be a sizeable reward for tracking down two individuals. The notice mentions asking for someone named Red located at the Quicksand.
Upon entering the city, one of the guards asks the party if they have any information about a missing caravan. The authorities haven't been able to make any headway with the investigation yet and are seeking leads to provide to an information broker in the Quicksand named Red.
The party is tasked by the local authorities, the Brass Blades, to look into a missing persons case that has been filed. The Blades have other priorities to handle, and the party would be doing them a favor if they are able to find the missing individuals. They should seek out a red headed Hyur who normally hangs out in the Quicksand.
You enter a large round chamber lit by soft lamplight, a welcome change from the harsh sun and heat outside. It seems most of Ul'dah is here seeking respite. Drinkers, gamblers, and scarve-clad dancers mingle in the lowered central seating area, while others watch the crowd from behind the railing of the raised outer walkway. Weary adventurers meander around the bar and entrance to the inn, tended by a hasty lalafell.
The Information Broker
After a moment the party would notice their contact, the information broker referred to by one of the plot hooks.
The red headed hyur wearing a brown coat of well-worn leather leans against the railing along the raised landing of the Quicksand. He eyes the new party of adventurers that has arrived with piqued interest as he tracks their approach.Cracking an amused grin, he turns to face them, speaking up over the loud din of their surroundings. “And what can I do for you fine lot of adventurers? Surely you aren’t all here to wager your hard earned gil in a game of dice…perhaps you are interested in some of the lucrative information I have gathered? Not much that happens in this city escapes me. The name is Red by the way, pleasure to meet you.” He glances in turn to each party member, curious to see what their purpose was in seeking him out.
Interacting with Red:
- Red is the information broker tasked with recovering the missing caravan guards, Roaring Wave and Osgar, and the stolen weapons. When asked about work or the missing persons he mentions the below read aloud text. (See missing poster on page 9).
- His client is offering a 400 gil reward for finding and safely returning Osgar and Roaring Wave along with a 100 gil bonus for the stolen weapons.
- He is a gambler and will gladly gamble on simple dice games with the party for up to 25 total gil.
- He is a Ul'Dah local and well connected with shadier dealings of the city. He will gladly give general information about the area or state of things, but charges for lucrative secrets.
- If the group offers at least 20 gil in payment for additional information, gambles for additional info, or succeeds in a DC12 persuasion check he will provide the following additional detail.
"Ah so you are here about that! Well you see, about a week ago a trading caravan from the Glittering Sands Trading Co was attacked in the desert. They lost a shipment of weapons and other supplies that were bound for the brass blades. Two employees of Glittering Sands were not found among the dead guards, and have not returned. Rumor has it that the Golden Sashes, a local gang, are the ones responsible. They haven't been very careful hiding their involvement. You're likely to gather some leads as to where you might find them if you ask around the Sapphire Avenue Exchange." Red hands the group a missing poster with a sketch of the missing employees, Roaring Wave and Osgar. "My client is offering 400 gil for the safe return of the missing employees, plus a 100 gil bonus for the return of the weapons. Anything else you find is yours to do with as you wish."
Additional Information to purchase
"Small time crews don't usually pull something this brazen. This has the stench of the Syndicate all over it and they are ones to be careful with. Rumor has it, they nabbed a recruit recently from the thaumaturgy guild so I hope you have a way of handling destructive types."
Sapphire Avenue Exchange
Passing the large sandstone archway leads to a wide cobbled avenue littered with covered stalls containing various wares. Navigating the bustling street is a challenge, as throngs of people pass every which way, hurrying about their day to day business. Merchant voices sound out above the din of the crowd, inviting passersby to browse their goods.
See how the party is looking to investigate and allow them to follow natural conclusions to guide them towards the lead holding NPCs. Feel free to improvise or add interactions as you see fit. Below are some examples if the party needs some additional guidance:
- A DC 10 investigation check reveals that many people are walking around with skewers of meat from a covered stall down the avenue. The line for food is still long and they likely have seen many people who come through the area. Perhaps a good place to ask about the missing poster.
- If the players try to stop any of the local people in the market they are largely ignored as people hurry about their business. A DC 10 Persuasion or Intimidation check would have the locals pointing out Katherine’s Kebab stand as a good place to ask about seeing anyone due to the amount of people they serve.
- A DC 10 History or Perception check reveals that coin is king in Ul’Dah and if the players offer to pay for information (10 to 25 gil) from locals or bribe the street children with food they can likely receive information leading them to the above.
As they approach the stall and join the meandering line of hungry patrons, the group is enveloped by the smoky aroma of dodo meat grilled over an open flame. When they reach the front of the line, a dark haired hyur woman wearing a tan uniform and turban asks for their order.
The party will have to quickly explain their intent, or purchase an order if they hold up the line asking questions. If they are able to successfully describe the missing individuals or show the missing poster to Katherine read the following:
“Yeah I’ve seen the Roegadyn woman. She was a regular for a while, picking up food for at least ten people. She stopped coming around a few days ago, and they've had us deliver since then. Wouldn’t have guessed she was missing, but who knows, ya know? People 're always on the run from something around here. How about this? You go deliver their order and make sure she is okay. I will bring you the order and the delivery slip with the address.” Katherine steps out from the side of the stall with a large package of meat skewers with a delivery slip attached. The delivery slip has an address in the Goblet for Oasis Apothecary.
The tanned lalafell stands at the edge of her covered shop and shouts into the meandering crowd to attract customers “Fabrics, Dyes, Reagents! Win some favor with your partner with our limited time seasonal color! Potions and poultices to keep your adventurer happy and healthy!” She waves anyone she can over to browse her numerous wares
Interacting with Nanabe:
- Nanabe is glad to sell the adventurers any supplies they need and would gladly assist them with any information once they have made a purchase from her.
- She mentions that she had an unusual encounter with someone trying to sell a large amount of weapons in the market. It was unusual because the client, to her knowledge, works as an apothecary brewing potions. Why would they be selling weapons? She is able to provide the name of the shop, Oasis Apothecary, and its general location in the Goblet.
Optional Encounter: Street Children
Small packs of roving street children wander the marketplace looking to pickpocket a few gil to get a meal. Have a few children run up to one of the characters and distract them while the other children pick their pockets for coin. Make an opposed sleight of hand check against the affected character (Sleight of hand d20+2), if they are suspicious or taking some kind of preventive measure give them advantage on the check. The children attempt to run off with the coin if they succeed or fail. If the character manages to stop or detain the attempted theif they could be a source of information. If the character's wish to get the Brass Blades involved, the authorities would act indifferent and dismiss it as an everyday occurence. Unless of course the party is convincing or offering coin to remove such 'criminals' from the streets. Pressing things further could lead to an altercation with the Brass Blades and complicate things further as desired.
Following the directions they received, the party departs from the main path through the Goblet, making turn after turn onto smaller and smaller streets. The last turn takes them down a deserted looking alley, barely 15 fulms wide. A worn sign for the Oasis Apothecary hangs above a doorway at the alley's dead-end. The secluded shop looks run down, yet two armed guards wearing sashes of golden silk stand at either side of the entrance.
Approaching the Apothecary
- The guards will question anyone attempting to enter the shop and will be suspicious of anyone approaching to purchase wares as the shop is largely a front for the Golden Sashes.
- They will only permit one person inside if they are making a delivery for Katherine’s Kebabs unless convinced by other means, DC 10 Persuasion/intimidate/Deception. Failing the check the guards will tell the group to get lost or they will attack.
Inside the Shop
- The shelves are nearly bare and it is obvious that this place doesn’t serve as an actual potion shop.
- A sullen lalafell, Ashur, confronts anyone entering with a gruff demeanor, demanding they state their business and then begone. Ashur is suspicious of any attempted contact with Roaring Wave and will call for the guards to attack if anything is mentioned regarding missing weapons or the missing employees.
- The party would immediately recognize a roegadyn woman nervously moving and organizing crates of unknown goods as Roaring Wave, from the missing poster. If they approach her, she will awkwardly deny being missing while trying to covertly signal that they are in danger.
- Ashur (Scout MM p349, swapping the long bow for a short bow)
- He is protected by 3 Golden Sash Guards (Guard MM p347)
- Roaring Wave is friendly and will try to avoid the conflict and take cover as best as possible
- See page 9 for an encounter map
- Store Shelves: 2 potions of healing
- Guards: 3 short swords and 3 Golden Silk Sashes
- Ashur: 75 gil, short bow, 1 short sword
- Storage Room: 25 gil worth of potion reagents, several empty crates
Roaring Wave is thankful for the adventurers’ intervention. She or any captured enemies provide information on the following:
- She has been held captive and forced to work or her husband will be executed by their leader.
- She just moved all of the stolen goods to the Golden Sash’s hideout. It is located behind a waterfall in the goblet that leads to the sewers.
- Ashur was the one who led the attack on their caravan in the Thanalan desert where they were ambushed. They killed the guards, but said they had other plans for her and Osgar.
- She begs the group to please hurry and find a way to save Osgar from the Golden Sashes. They are planning something big soon and it sounds dangerous.
Milestone: Level 2
At this point the group should advance to level 2 and may want to rest before advancing their investigation to the next location.
Roaring Wave's directions take the party through quiet winding streets, past run down homes with boarded up windows. Though nobody appears to be around, the feeling of tracking eyes and moving shadows seems to linger about the party. Up ahead the street widens into a small courtyard. At its center, a waterfall cascades down from the sandstone ledge of the wealthier neighborhood above. As they approach the deluge, the party spots an obscured service path running behind the water.
Entering the Sewers
Hidden behind the rushing water is a narrow access tunnel that leads deeper under the sandstone of the goblet. This area is dimly lit unless otherwise stated. Following the access path around the corner leads to a rushing river with a steep falloff. See room 1 on the Goblet Sewers Map on page 10
Drawbridge Room A raised drawbridge on the other side of small channel of running water presents a challenge to continuing further along the path. There is a turning lever used to raise and lower the drawbridge that the party may be able to hit or magically manipulate. Trying to swim across the fast moving water channel would be a DC12 athletics check, with a failure resulting in the character being swept and held against a grate at the edge of the room taking 1d4 bludgeoning damage. This is a good spot for characters to creatively problem solve a solution to getting across.
Guarded Bridge Three Golden Sash guards (3 Thugs MM p350) are standing guard around a lowered drawbridge as they loudly discuss how to spend their share of the coin from this job. They will be alert if the group makes too much noise in their approach and will attack anyone who does not appear to be carrying supplies or wearing a golden sash. The enemies will use the bridge terrain to their advantage as best they can (Blocking the path, attacking from range, shoving anyone who tries to cross into the water, etc). Page 11 has a zoomed battle map for reference.
Makeshift Barracks This dark room has several metal holding tanks, filled with water, interspersed throughout. The Golden Sashes appear to have been using this as a makeshift barracks with bedrolls strewn about. Searching the room would reveal a small medical kit and healing potion which were leftover from healing one of the crew after the initial caravan attack.
Corridor The long corridor is well lit and well travelled. It leads to a pair of unlocked wooden double doors. If the party approaches stealthily they may be able to eavesdrop on the following conversation:
A callous voice can be heard expediting laborers on the other side of the doorway. “Hurry your arses up or I will turn you to ash like your defiant friend here! The syndicate is not patient! If we keep them waiting they will do even worse to you and anyone who ever knew you! Just think what they would do to that pretty Roegadyn wife of yours. Now get back to work!”
- Storeroom The double doors open up to reveal a large store room with stacks of crates arranged about. A few workers are hurrying about moving and organizing the crates. In the far corner, a dark robed Hyur wearing a golden sash berates Osgar next to charred remains. The party would recognize Osgar from their missing poster. Once the party is discovered the robed man and his two bodyguards attack. See page 11 for a battle map.
The Decisive Battle
Golden Sash Thaumaturge (Hyur)
Dark Robed, wielding a staff
- Armor Class 11
- Hit Points 16
- Speed 30ft.
|DEX +1 |CON+1|INT+3|WIS+1|
Cantrips/Use at Will:
Fire Bolt/ Fire (D20+5 to hit, 6 fire damage) Frostbite/ Blizzard (DC13 Con Save, 4 damage and disadvantage on next attack roll)
1st level spells (2 spell slots):
Witch Bolt/ Thunder (D20+5 to hit, 7 lightning damage + spell effect)
Burning Hands/ Fire II (DC13 Dex save for half damage, 10 fire damage) Sleep (5d8 HP of creatures in effect fall asleep)
Potion (Restore 6 hit points as a standard action)
Two Golden Sash Guards (2 Thugs MM p350) will defend their leader to the death.
- Tactics: The thaumaturge will use cover and attack from range. He has a single potion and will heal if injured. The bodyguards will attack or take a hostage as a living shield trying to prevent the party from reaching their thaumaturge. They would set up to attack anyone running past them with an attack of opportunity.
The Spoils (Storeroom)
- The thaumaturge is carrying an important looking letter that says the following:
The letter is written on fine stationary and the penmanship looks distinguished. "Excellent work in procuring the requested shipment. See to it that the weapons are crated up and ready to be distributed to the resistance groups. The Sultana’s reign can be tolerated no longer and this should create a delightful uprising that will turn the populace in our favor. As for the Somnus, see that it is delivered to our distributor and you will be paid for your time. See to it that none of our product is lost, as your continued survival is contingent on its undamaged delivery. If you are able to demonstrate your ability and discretion with these tasks, then I forsee a very rich future for yourself and your crew.” It is not signed, but it is stamped with the seal of the Syndicate.
- The store room contains about 10 crates filled with various weapons of basic quality.
- There are also 4 smaller crates packed with Somnus, an illegal drug that causes visions and deep sleep. It is known to have a high value in the black market of Ul’Dah.
- In addition, one of the crates contains a finely crafted Cloak of Protection (+1 to AC and Saving throws).
- Osgar and any other surviving laborers are thankful for the rescue. He would ask where Roaring Wave is and that she is safe. Once he knows the way is clear he will leave with the party or depart on his own to find his wife.
Goblet Sewers (continued)
- Sludge Holding Pool The sludge and waste of the sewers seems to be siphoned into this room giving it an atrocious smell. A few small platforms are linked by metal grates a few fulms above the wastewater that surrounds them. A bright green mold seems to be flourishing on the moist air and fetid water. The algae floats in patches on the water’s surface and grows up along some of the moist walls. A DC10 perception check has the party notice that there appears to be something moving under the water, 3 Green Flans (3 Grey Oozes MM243) go about their business unless the party disturbs the water or the algae they feed on. A DC12 nature/medicine check shows that the algae has some medical properties and could be used to craft a healing potion with acid resistance.
A ladder hangs slightly out of reach above the final platform of room 6 leading to another room. This is a place for you to add an encounter or room of your own design to the dungeon. Hopefully it isn't filled with a secret society of tonberries or anything else sinister.
- Rusty Gate A rusted iron grate blocks the length of this tunnel. On closer inspection the bars are able to be bent or easily knocked away from their rusted holds. The party would notice the stench of sewage emanating from further down the tunnel.
Returning For Reward
- The party can now report back to Red at the Quicksand to receive their payment for rescuing Roaring Wave and Osgar. If they decide to bring the weapons back with them they would receive the additional payment as well. If the party decides to sell the weapons on their own or turn the weapons into the Brass Blade authorities they would be responsible for negotiating their own rewards. The street value of all the weapons would be around 150 gil considering they are stolen.
- The party can decide to handle the Somnus however they wish. It is branded with the Syndicate symbol and would likely attract retribution if they were caught trying to sell it or dispose of it. Turning it into the authorities would likely lead to it ending back out on the street as the corruption in the Brass Blades would see that it vanishes back to its rightful owner.
- The party could seek out more work in Ul’Dah or journey to other city states after demonstrating their ability to handle challenging work.
- The Syndicate could have gotten word that their plans were disrupted and seek to find out who is responsible as the party learns about the powerful organization in the shadows of the city.
- The party could buy into a life of crime by taking over the operations the Golden Sashes began and negotiate their place within the Syndicate.
Oasis Apothecary Encounter Map
Goblet Sewer Map (Full)
Goblet Sewer (Bridge Encounter)
Goblet Sewer (Storeroom Encounter)