A 5e Mini-Campaign
The Lagoon is a luxurious floating resort comprised of a flotilla of large, interconnected golden barges. A lavish, gold-plated hotel or an ivory-surfaced arena is set upon most of these mile-wide ‘islands’ and the resort has a widespread reputation for offering unforgettable holidays.
Part of the golden archipelago’s mystique seems to lie in the apparent lack of a fixed touring schedule. The Lagoon typically appears offshore from a major coastal city without much warning. Emissaries then contact the local authorities and before long fliers are being handed out in the wealthier parts of the city.
The resort offers restaurants, arenas and gambling dens catering for the rich. They also run a competition called Hostages on another group of artificial islands, which the party of adventurers may be able to join after meeting the Lagoon’s undead owner. Teams compete against savage opponents and each other for a grand prize of 1,000,000 gold pieces.
A group of 3-7 players of 9-13th level works well providing the party is operating as a party, which might include some characters buffing others before arena combats or trying to help out from the sidelines during a pit fight. Nevertheless, they will need to pick-up on most of the opportunities to gain items and advancement to stand much chance of winning in the Hostages competition.