I think I was in the Villiage of Hommlet once, but that was back in the early, early days of the game.
So I have to admit I really want to run it now. Though I want to tie it in to my current D&D5 game.
Trouble is that the characters are now already 7th level and in the middle of the Slave Lords. I didn't want to start with T1 because for me it was more important to start with B1 and B2.
So I have the T1-4 supermodule on PDF, but there is a lot going on that I am not a fan of. Not that it isn't good, it is, but not what I need or want. Plus I am no fan linking Zuggtmoy to the temple. Her powers are not elemental in nature. Plus I always liked the idea that some remnant of Tharizdun especially in the guise of the Elder Elemental Eye. Maybe this is an elemental themed patron for a warlock. The idea is of course to play into the larger "Come Endless Darkness" plot line. So yes this evil is related to the larger evil. Which might be Tharizdun. At least that is what I have always considered over the years. Turns out that +Joseph Bloch agrees with me. I already did S4 and WG4, so I guess I am going in reverse.
As usual I have an embarrassment of riches. Too much material actually.
I found some 5e Conversion notes that look really nice.
And I have a lot of choices when it comes to plots, ideas and adventures.
Of course I will use T1 The Village of Hommlet and likely a good portion of T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil. Given my particular desire to make an easy job far more difficult I am also going to look at versions for other editions.
- WGR5 Iuz the Evil (2e)
- Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil (3e)
- The Village of Hommlet (4e)
- The Elder Elemental Eye (4e)
- Elemental Evil - Princes of the Apocalypse (5e)
While doing some research, I discovered this blog post, http://sagaworkstudios.blogspot.com/2014_08_01_archive.html that talked about T2 The Temple of Elemental Evil as promised back before T1-4 came out. It is a very interesting read to be honest. That is where the image above came from.
Here are some other posts I consider "must read" on my goal to build this gigantic conspiracy of evil.
- Grognardia: Retrospective: The Temple of Elemental Evil
- Greyhawk Grognard: More on the Temple of Elemental Evil
- Greyhawk Grognard: DMing into the Depths of the Oerth, Part III 1/2
- Greyhawk Grognard: From Hommlet to Tharizdun, by way of Tsojcanth
- Greyhawk Grognard: Thoughts on the Elder Elemental God
So it is settled. Zuggtmoy is out. Tharizdun is in. What is his plan?
Simple. He wants out. He has convinced all these different evil factions to blot out the sun and deliver the essences of gods to him they think they are going to obtain godhood, but in truth they will be freeing him. Maybe each has a piece of the Elder Elemental Eye. Lolth has Air, Orcus has Earth, Dagon/Hydra has Water and someone else has fire. I kinda want it to be Asmodeus. But I am leaving out the mindflayers. Why Air for Lolth when she is underground? Air represents what she has lost. Plus I like tying her to the Queen of Air and Darkness.
This will also let me try some of the new material coming out for 5e. Like +Mark Craddock's Dhampir TK Monk!
What have your experiences been? What should I watch out for?