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The Asylum of Heartville


The staff at the Heartville Home for the Deranged are kidnapping townsfolk!  What could a mental hospital want with perfectly ordinary citizens?  What secrets are held within its walls?

The Asylum of Heartville is an adventure designed for Pathfinder Second Edition.  It is intended for characters of 1st or 2nd level, and should ultimately raise them roughly to 4th level by its end.

Heartville is a sleepy town in a temperate and forested region of the fantasy campaign setting of your choice, whose problems radiate from a mental asylum about a mile to the north. The Heartville Home for the Deranged is run by the sadistic Dr. Rosalie von Breck and her team of researchers, who have delved so deep into the root causes of insanity that they themselves have fallen into its trap.

Unbeknownst to the citizens, von Breck now regularly kidnaps and torments innocent people for her own dastardly research. The party's mission is to put an end to von Breck's torturous methods and free her victims.

Several plot hooks are provided to help guide the players toward the asylum, which is fully detailed. Many important townspeople, as well as the complete asylum staff, are also detailed, and you're encouraged to add your own NPCs into the mix as well.


  • A terrifying adventure for unsuspecting low-level characters
  • 3 full-page, beautiful, meticulously hand-drawn maps
  • Plot hooks, wrap-up food for thought, and open follow-up questions
  • Several new hazards, traps, alchemical items, and dozens of fleshed-out NPCs
  • Detailed notes on all locations, NPCs, and items
  • Conspiracy theories, inconceivable evil, and memorable characters!
  • Fantastic creatures, dastardly illusions, deadly traps, and tons of treasure!
  • Gorgeous easy-to-read layout, typeset by hand in LaTeX
  • Spell-checking! I promise!

Author's note:  Thanks for checking out Heartville.  This is an opening adventure to my own world of Tol-Ruune (though you can play in whatever setting you wish), which I've now been detailing for nearly two decades.  I hope you enjoy playing it at least as much as I enjoyed writing it!  -- ari5av

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Joe C October 05, 2022 8:10 pm UTC
How many pages is this adventure?
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J. Leif S November 13, 2022 10:01 pm UTC
On the sidebar "Product Information" it currently says 24 pages.
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Joe C November 18, 2022 3:37 pm UTC
Oh thanks! I never notice that sidebar. Awesome.
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