Dretches in the Garden is a Fifth Edition adventure for three to seven characters of 1st to 2nd level, and is optimized for four characters with an average party level (APL) of 1. Characters who survive this adventure should earn half of the XP required to reach the 2nd level.

This adventure takes place in a recently abandoned botanical garden. This adventure assumes placement in the DMDave Worlds’ Blutstrom campaign setting. However, it can just as easily be placed in any campaign setting that has a moderately wealthy city or the ruins of one.


This adventure takes place in a botanical garden named “Blackwood Gardens” after the Blackwood noble family. In recent years the old garden has fallen into disrepair from neglect. A local druid named Clover has been quietly tending to its plants.

Now, a pack of dretches have holed up in the old botanical garden, cultivating demonic plants and animals at the behest of a lamia named Castys. The demons proved too difficult for Clover to deal with on her own.

You can learn more about Castys in the follow-up adventure Snakes in a Bar where she is featured.