System: 13th Age Glorantha
GM: Newt Newport
Why is your adventurer going to Orlanth Heights?
Is it to visit the Puppet Troupe Shrine?
Perhaps you are a Troll checking out the rumours of a Lead Mine on this hillside?
Do you seek Sorcerer’s Tower that is built on its edge?
Or perhaps you just want to get to its vantage point and throw magic stones across the gorge at the fort of the hated Lunars.
There are many reasons to go to the sacred cliffside that is Orlanth Heights. In this 13th Age Glorantha adventure, you will explore them.
No experience of Glorantha or 13th Age required. This adventure is designed as a straightforward introduction to both setting and system.
Glorantha is a psychedelic mythological fantasy setting, with more in common with Ancient Bronze Age than the Medieval Period. For more information visit its dedicated web site.
13th Age is Jonathan Tweet’s (3rd Edition D&D ) and Rob Heinsoo’s (4th Edition D&D) love letter to D&D. As well as the familiar classes, levels, armour classes and hit points, it has many rulings that make it a more story focused narrative game.
13th Age Glorantha mixes the two together. Its probably the most accessible version of Glorantha produced, with a system familiar to D&D fans adapted to tap into Glorantha’s exciting themes, such as fighting chaos horrors and going on magical Hero Quests.
Produced by the fine people who publish Call of Cthulhu, Chaosium Inc, this review on the Gnome Stew blog gives a more comprehensive rundown of the game.
System: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
GM: Newt Newport
In ancient times the Sorcerer Khalack Maeki established a lair under Terror Peak Mountain. Being of an evil bent, he enslaved the local Goblinoid tribes and waged war against the Elves of surrounding Scarwood. It said that he was amassing a vast army when an alliance of nearby High Elf Warlords attacked his mountain stronghold. Khalack was killed in the final assault by powerful magic unleashed by the High Elves, although the legend macabrely states that his body was never found. The Ring of the Elements, a powerful magical item which was said to be the source of his power, also went missing much to the annoyance of the High Elven Archmages.
Khalack’s dungeon lair under the mountain lay deserted for hundreds of years. Keeping its secrets and treasures, since the Elves who now controlled the woods around Terror Peak shunned its lightless corridors. Powerful magical wards left by their warlords sealed the dungeon.
Your group of adventurers have assembled in the town of Goldrush, a town of human opportunists, traders and ner-do-wells which lies on the edge of Scarwood. In a local tavern, you met a charming young Half-Elf called Melanda, who claims to know where there is a secret entrance, long hidden from prying eyes by her kin, to the Sorcerer’s Lair. She owes no allegiance to the guardians of Scarwood and is willing to show you for a cut of the treasure. True to her word she has led you through Scarwood safely and you now stand amongst the trees in the shadow of Terror Peak.
An adventure for up to five players with characters of 1st Level, with obvious influences from 80s British Fantasy gamebooks.