Ptolus: Monte Cook's City by the Spire

Dungeons & Dragons 5e on Fantasy Grounds

Dungeons & Dragons 5e

Fantasy Grounds

About the adventure

Explore a sprawling fantasy city, presented in amazing detail and steeped in lore and atmosphere. Delve into the extensive dungeons beneath its streets. And maybe, when you're ready, ascend the Spire that looms overhead, the heart of an ancient and restless evil. In Ptolus, the supernatural is expected and treachery lies around every corner—or is it that the supernatural lies around every corner and treachery is expected? Either way, the city of Ptolus abounds with danger, magic, intrigue, and above all, adventure. Ptolus isn’t just big—it’s alive. It’s a place you can inhabit—a place with atmosphere you feel. It’s fantastic, with street after street of amazing sights and ideas. It’s dynamic. Throughout Ptolus, wheels are in motion and new discoveries are being unearthed. But the story is yet to be told, and Ptolus is set up to make it your story. Want you join us? An Epic level 1-20 campaign played via Fantasy Grounds VTT and DIscord for voice!!

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How to prepare

You will need the following: - Fantasy Grounds Unity (at least a demo copy) installed and operational. I have a DM Ultimate License so no purchase is necessary by the players. - Discord, installed and ready to use for voice. - Proper Quality Mic with headset. - High Speed Internet Connection. I do not live stream or record any sessions without prior player consent.

What I provide

- Custom maps and Fantasy Grounds extensions to enhance play. - Syrinscape for theme music and sound effects. - All software and books needed via Fantasy Grounds. - I will input any characters submitted by PDF into Fantasy Grounds and provide images and tokens if not submitted by the player.

Gameplay details

We will cover all safety issues and concerns in session 0. - Expect your actions to have consequences. Don't be stupid. Play smart. If I give you lots of hints that opening the box will unleash fiery death. Don't open the box and expect to live. - I'm a story teller, the rule of cool applies. If it's cool, cinematic and epic, screw the rules- I'll probably allow it. If this grates against your rules lawyer soul...we are not meant to play together.

Content warnings
  • Death
  • Kidnapping
Safety tools used
  • Breaks
  • Open Door
  • Session 0
How will character creation work

What rulebooks should I use? You can use non-optional rules found in the Player’s Handbook, the Basic Rules, and all the books listed below. If a rule has been reprinted in a newer resource, you must always use the latest printing. • 5e Ptolus Guide & Ptolus Minor Species • Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons (FTD) • Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse (MPMM) • Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (TCE) • Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGE) Additionally, the following variant or optional rules are available: • Chapter 6: Customization Options (PH) • Customizing Your Origin (TCE) • Optional Class Features (TCE) • Variant Human Traits (PHB) (Absolutely no flying races will be allowed) Alignment Requirement: Any Starting Equipment: You will start with the basic equipment given to you by your class and background. Ability Scores: Ability scores can be generated using the 27 point buy as featured in the PHB. Hit Points: Maximum at 1st level, average each additional level. Backgrounds: Any from the source books listed above or any from the material in the Character Creation tab. Customizing backgrounds is allowed but must be approved by the DM, same with any player built custom backgrounds. You can create a character prior to game time either by Fantasy Grounds or by sending me a copy of them in a PDF on my Discord Server (message me for an invite). You will also be able to chat with other players there prior to game time. We will have a session 0 to iron out any remaining issues.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Medium
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Low
  • Experience Level: Open to all

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Ptolus: Monte Cook's City by the Spire

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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players
  • Experience required: Open to all
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