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The Ruined Tower of Zenopus Campaign: The Portmaster's Garden Palace

In my ongoing campaign centered on The Ruined Tower of Zenopus, Portown is called Bandar Arzoo in the local language. Ruling over the town is the Portmaster, Lord Atesh. His palace is more garden than not. The PCs have been called into Lord Atesh's office several times, but this time it occurred to me that I might need a map, in case they, oh, say, needed to fight their way out.
Most of this map is taken directly from Dyson Logos' The Palace Market, which had the open look I wanted, adjusted and edited to suit my purposes. 
The white areas are typical interior spaces, and probably contain offices, kitchens, storage, and other things I feel confident I can make up on the spot. There are a few rooms at the top of the map that are the Palace Guards' station, which can be accessed directly from the street. The big room with 9 columns is the ballroom, and the smaller space invader-shaped room with 4 columns is the Portmaster's office and suite.
Everything else is perfumed bota…
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The Ruined Tower of Zenopus Prep Notes, Part Six

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Room A
Rooms B-E
Rooms F & G
Rooms H-M
Rooms N-S3

Random Encounters
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I've provided 5e Stats for the hauntings and for standard wandering monsters, but not for a creatures unique to The Ruined Tower. You should go but it. Highly recommended.

The numbers are for a 1st level party of 3-5 characters; double them for a large or 2nd level party.
Unique encounters occur only once, and should be re-rolled afterwards.

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3-4. Stone Skeletons
5. Giant Rats
6. Giant Crabs
7-8. Smugglers
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10-11. Cleaning Cube
12.Unique: Split Shadows
13.Unique: Ghost Crabber
14. Sand Storm
15. Sea Fog
16.Unique: Armored Zombie
17. Unique: Abandoned Familiar
18. Scream
19. Green Flame
20.Unique: Green Flame Skeleton

1-2. 1d3 goblins on …