Last night the Order of the Platinum Dragon crushed the gnolls working in Slave Pits of the Undercity and defeated the slavers! The slaves were freed, including some orcs which vowed to help the PCs when and if they could. Detailed maps were discovered and the group is off to stop an even larger threat.
Castle Amber, I made som changes in how monsters were dealt with and felt that last's night session was much more balanced. Plus a lot of great things went on.
I used gnolls instead of orcs. In truth I am tired of orcs and wanted something new. So I used a lot of material from +James Mishler's Hercynian Grimoire #1. I included his Gnoles, werehyenas, and even a gnoll assassin and a gnoll witch. It made for a lot of fun.
Since I am also tying in more to the Out of Abyss adventures I included some gnoll demonic adepts which was great fun. I took the old adage that the campaign is written by the paranoia of the players my oldest son decided that these demonic-gnolls must mean that ultimately demons are in control of the slavers. Sure. Let's go with that!
To really have some fun since there were ghouls in this adventure I added a Thoul enforcer. Now back in the day I always thought thouls were part ghoul, part troll and part gnoll, forgeting all about hobgoblin. So I decided I would honor my 35+ year-old mistake and have a thoul in my game that was decidedly gnoll in heritage. If you never played Basic/Expert D&D then you might not know the thoul. Well here is the man himself, Perdustin over at Thoul's Paradise to educate us on what is a thoul. Mine was a little different than the one in the BECM(I) Rules Cyclopedia.
Thankfully I found this great tool that helps create a D&D5 style monster stat block.
The characters are on their way to the Slaver's Stockade (A2) but along the way they are going hit our "Christmas Special" and have to deal with Krampus! Hey since I have the software open...
Here is Krampus.
Can't wait to tell you all about it!