Scales of War
Treasure of Talon Pass BtS
I had the opposite problem with timing on this one that I’d had with Rivenroar. In Rivenroar, the heroes were hot on the heels of the hobgoblins, yet the prisoners had been there four days? With this one, I initially said that the survivor had wandered for some time before the PCs found him (in the opposite direction from the caravan attack to boot) and it was even more time before he told them the story, yet the PCs showed up within hours after the orcs. Oops.
As this was to be a short bridge between parts of Scales of War, took out many of the encounters. The undead seemed pretty random, so just removed their rooms from the top floor, and kept the rooms but removed the undead from the bottom floor. Had heard one of the gameday dragons had resulted in a lot of TPKs & had personally fought a young black with a 4th-level party which had been a tough slog, so removed the dragon. Ran this shortly after Draconomicon had come out, so thought about replacing it with wyrmlings, but ultimately decided against. Wanted focus to be orcs vs kobolds, and then on crazy wizard. Made the wizard a kobold. Removed arbalesters & spiretops. With removal of dragon’s cave, shortened hallways. Since pack zombies & arbalesters were introduced in this adventure, put an arbalester up with the wizard in final room & replaced decrepit skeletons with pack zombies.