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Gated Scene

Gated scenes remain hidden from PCs until an adventure hook from another scene reveals them. In Monsters in Merovia, for example, there are only a few adventure hooks that point to the villain's secret ritual chamber, and this ritual chamber is entirely optional for them to discover. Alternatively, gated scenes are inaccessible until the PCs do certain things in the fiction that change the state of the scene (they're heavily guarded, they're physically inaccessible without a key, or they're incomplete when first discovered). For example, if the PCs go to the Old Mill too early in Monsters in Merovia, the villain is not yet there to prepare the final ritual, because the PCs do not yet pose a threat to him/her; instead, the PCs discover adventure hooks that point to their secret ritual chamber.


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