Today the boys wanted to play some D&D for Father's Day. Really, how could I say no?
So we wrapped up the last bits of the return from White Plume mountain. The boys went and visited Crazy Omar to collect their reward. Omar got Whelm, as he wanted. They traded Blackrazor for an equally notorious weapon from my world, the crossbow "Bessie Mauler" (yes, yes stolen from the Riftwar Cycle, but to be fair I stole it from my old DM and I had no idea he had stolen from somewhere else).
Silver Princes and defeated Dragotha. They are a long way from The Caves of the Stinky Goblin (the first adventure of the Dragonslayers). I wanted them to feel like heroes.
Of course now they are a day's ride to the Horn of Iggwilv. Omar has told them that great treasure awaits them in Iggwilv's lair. They are free to keep the spell books, but Omar has his sight on "Iggwilv's Greatest Treasure" something so precious that she "wrapped in in gold". Well Omar, or the boys yet, don't know that the rumors of the greatest treasure are referring to Drelzna and she is wrapped in gold. Gold armor to be exact.
The made it up into the mountains. They know there is a Gnome kingdom located in the mountains and they have just been abused by a group of Stone Giants tossing boulders at them.
I have had S4 forever and it is great to finally get a chance to run it. I am using the original AD&D 1st ed version of this, along with the Iggwilv's Legacy update from WotC from 2007 (no longer online) and will include the Lost Temple of Tharizdun IF it seems like a good idea. This adventure should take us well into Gen Con.
There is a blue dragon in this adventure and one in the next one I am planning, Death's Ride. I am going to make them the same blue dragon. It would be good to give them a reoccurring enemy. And who better for the Dragonslayers than the Huge Blue Dragon Korbundar?
I am not planning on having them run into Iggwilv just yet. Mostly I am torn on whether or not to make into a witch (one of my versions) or make her into a wizard. She did study with the Circle of Eight and she does seem to be in every respect a wizard. The easiest thing to do is cheat and wait till I am running 4e and just make her into a Warlock/Wizard multiclass. A person of such history would be great to have in my games. Wilva though is not a do-er, she is a manipulator. She has pawns. I think this pic sums her up best.
I still have my Big PlanTM in motion for 4e and Iggwilv is a part of that. So she is manipulating the Dragonslayers now to get them in place for her take over of the Abyss. Turns out it will be their kids, but she can wait.
I just don't know if I can! I want to play this all now!