Escape from Atlantis
Out of the submarine port hole, you spy something strange on the ocean floor: what appears to be an underwater city.
As you bring the sub closer, the layout of the city comes into view. There’s a large, perfectly symmetrical glass dome covering the city. It’s surrounded by five smaller domes, each one connected to the center by a glass tube.
You’ve discovered the lost city of Atlantis.
The Ghost Ship segues nicely into this adventure, and explains why you’re underwater in a submarine in the first place.
This adventure follows a semi-linear, open-ended storyline.
- The adventurers approach the city, and notice a submarine-sized tunnel with a sign above it that says, "Welcome to Atlantis." As they pull the submarine in, the door closes behind them, the airlock engages, and water begins draining out of the tunnel. A representative from Atlantis comes to greet them.
- The Atlanteans learn that the adventurers located a trove of gold from the Lost Isle. The coins are marked with the symbol of Atlantis. It’s treasure believed to have been lost to the seas ages ago.
- The King of Atlantis greets the adventurers, thanks them for returning the treasure, and invites them to stay for a feast in their honor that evening. He tells them to explore the city and spend the night.
- One of the smaller domes holds the entrance to the Mines of Atlantis, cut into the ocean floor below. The adventurers learn that rare element, Atlantium, is mined there. It powers the great technological achievements and advances of the city, and exists nowhere else in the world. The mine is in full swing, and one of the miners tells you they’ve been working overtime and pulling out more Altantium than ever before.
- In another small dome (either farming or science), you learn that less and less Atlantium is being shipped up, and as a result crop product/scientific experiments have slowed in the last few months. This is putting pressure on everyone, as they’re not generating enough food/medicine/etc.
- The King’s guard approaches, tells the adventures that they’re not allowed to be here. They’re arrested and thrown in a prison located in an abandoned section of the mines.
- The adventurers have to escape. Once they do, they walk by another cell that contains none other than the King of Atlantis himself.
- The adventurers learn that the "King" they met is a shape-shifting wizard from another realm who imprisoned the real King and took his place. He’s stealing Atlantium and shipping it off to where he’s from so that his people can also benefit. In doing so, he’s crippling the city of Atlantis.
- The adventurers must stop the imposter and free the real King. All of the guards are under the imposter’s control, are highly trained, and will be difficult to get past.
- The crab king
- Crab guards
- Atlantean guards
- The king
- Atlantean guards
- Atlantean citizens
Tips for the Game Master
- The imposter King and his guards are a race of crustacean hominids (crab-people or lobster-people). For added intrigue, don’t reveal this to the players initially, and let them discover it on their own.
- If you want to explore complex morality and the gray area of political disagreements, the adventurers can learn through NPCs that the land Atlantis is built on actually belonged to the crustaceans. It was stolen so that Atlantis could mine the Altantium. While they flourished, the crustacean empire has suffered in poverty for millennia. Who’s actually the villain?
Locations & Encounters
Here's an intro you can use if you need help getting started.
You live in the land of Farfaria, in a tiny little village nestled between a mountain range and a sweeping forest.
Rivers flow down from the mountains, cut through your village, and run through the forest, where they eventually connect with the ocean.
While Farfaria is a small and remote town, you're hardly alone. The woods and mountains are filled with amazing, magical creatures: elves, fairies, centaurs, and wizards. They're filled with dangerous creatures—thieves, giants, and ogres—too. The ocean to the south is home to mermaids, krakens, and other monsters of the deep.
Mysterious and exciting adventures always seem to find their way to your little village, where you and your friends are ready to help...
For added flavor, you can download a printable map of Farfaria.
Starting Encounter: Out of the submarine port hole, you spy something strange on the ocean floor: what appears to be an underwater city.
The Big Dome
- The Residence, where Atlantean citizens live.
- The Capital, home to the King and the palace, as well as the Atlantean Senate and government buildings.
- The Market, where residents purchase food, clothing, and other goods.
The five satellite domes are where work and education takes place. They’re connected to the Big Dome by glass tunnels that run in and out of the city.
The Mining Dome
The most dark and dingy of all the domes, this one features a series of tunnel entrances down into the subterranean mines. Off to one side is an old, unused entrance where that leads to the prison.
The Mines and Prison
The underground mines are a twisting maze of irregular tunnels hewn into the natural sediment below the city. The rounded walls are wide enough to fit about two people side-by-side, and leave just a few inches above your head. They’re lit by some sort of futuristic torch that cases a bluish-orange glow in the dimly lit tunnels.
Some tunnels connect with each other, while others are a dead end. It would be very easy to get lost down here without a guide.
The prison cells are carved out from the tunnels into the adjacent seabed. The bars are made out of some sort of advanced metal—likely Atlantium—that’s far stronger than the steel used in construction in Farfaria.
The Farming Dome
Atlanteans grow a variety of crops totally foreign to surface dwellers like the adventurers: sea weed variants, sea cucumbers, and colorful, coral-like plants. The also raise some oceanic livestock.
This dome is big, and well lit from powerful lamps affixed to the ceiling. There are few buildings here. It’s mostly open space.
The Science Dome
The Science Dome contains rows of buildings, each one focused on a particular area or specialty: engineering, medicine, aquanautics, and so on.
The buildings are simple by Atlantean standards, made of white, coral-like structures with simple spires on either side of the entrance. Inside, they’re well lit, and filled with tables and special equipment.
The Education Dome
The Education Dome houses the School of Atlantis, as well as a separate building for the college.
The buildings look relative similar to those in the Science Dome. There’s also a field for Horsehoe Crab Polo and various other Atlantean sports.
The Art Dome
In the Art Dome, the various artists of Atlantis create the beautiful architecture, sculptures, and paintings that abound the city. Imagine Rome, but with an aquatic flavor.