I finally decided to run my players through as much of Darkness Beneath as they can survive (which will be less than I expect, if they stay true to form). I have to modify all of the maps to fit the town in my existing campaign, which has led me to discover some things I hadn't noticed earlier. So I joined these forums to ask some questions!
(Although I also thought I had joined the forums a long time ago, but apparently not.) *harumph* never mind that
First question! On the map for the Warrens of the Troglodytes (from Fight On #5), there is a symbol on the maps that I don't recognize. It's a circle within a circle. You can see two of them, for instance, in the hallways south of room #30. What're them thangs?
Let's see, where's me maps.... No, not those, I recognized those easy-peasy. I'm talking about these things...hang on while I put an image onto the innernets somewhere...dum de dum, jeez, photobucket doesn't work anymore, let's try Google Photos. Holy crap, I have photos online and I didn't even know about it! Never mind those, let's upload this thing...here we go:
Hope that's visible.
There, at the bottom of the image, in three separate locations. Not the trap doors, those have the Xs in them. The other things -- circles within circles. What're those? They baffle me. (I'm easily baffled. At least it's cheaper than booze though, amiright?)
Your pic isn't visible. But, I know what your're talking about. Those are sinkholes from above. In our world it was a swamp and the party actually accessed the dungeon from there in a session or two. I can't remember if the fact it's a swamp is derived from the module text or not.
...is my avatar visible, at least? I'm the one in the background, green shirt, white hat. I was DMing a group mostly over skype. The bald guy with the empty booze bottle on his head was one of my players.
Corpses! Another possibility I hadn't thought of. My own guesses were many and varied, such as:
Pools of water / wells / fountains Statues Latrines / biffies (these are biffies, in case anyone doesn't recognise the term) Barrels Altars Sentry positions Cooking fires with pots on them Shriekers or other types of enormous fungi
But of course, now that I know they're sinkholes from above I can find them mentioned in the manuscript. Area #34 states, for instance, that the occupants of the room "...can squeeze through the passage to 35 for fungus and down the opposing hall and sinkhole to hunt aboveground...."
I have run the Warrens level twice and it has been great fun both times. My daughter's party was poking around on level 1 and the Spawning Grounds at her high school so that was very cool. Those weird bio zombie dudes ripped one of them (a bird-man thief named Ponk) to pieces but the rest of the party is still prospering...they went through Melan's Beekeeper dungeon in his 'zine and now are in White Plume Mountain!