Monday, October 1, 2012

Free Oe/1e/BX Mini-adventure: Sjaudrvergrhall
(for characters levels 4-7)

It's official! My viking mini-adventures are now a trilogy. Though the Great Kahn has closed submissions for his one-page dungeon contest with a Viking theme (the submission period ended last night), I did get my third one in before the deadline. The three aren't "officially" linked, and share little more than an Old Norse "vibe" and some names that sound like various items from the Ikea catalog. But there are three of them, and that's enough of a trilogy for me.

The first was The Tomb of Ludor the Beheader, centered around my draugr monster stats.

For the second, I again looked to one of the monsters from the Creature Compendium, and chose the red dwarf as a focal point of Þrymjahellir (Threemyahetler), who's name means both "cave of thunder" and "cave of lies."

For the third in the series, I found inspiration in Wagner's four-cycle opera Der Ring des Nibelungen. I started thinking "ring" and "dwarves" and that led me to today's entry... Sjaudvergrhall ("hall of the seven dwarves.") I really dig the backstory I came up with, so here it is in it's entirety...

Reginn, son of Hreiðmarr (king of dwarves), was a dvergr (dwarf) of not only great size, but of skill and wisdom. Dark in spirit and versed in magic, Reginn created a testament to himself in Sjaudvergrhall (“hall of the seven dwarves”)—a series of trials meant to test the bravest and most heroic of men, while proving the superiority of dwarvenkind.

Long did Sjaudvergrhall seem only legend, its location lost when Sigurd wielded Gram (the sword he used to slay the dragon Fafnir) and cut off Reginn’s head. But the roots of Yggdrasil (the world tree) have twisted and turned as they’ve grown over the ages, and passage between Midgard (the world of humans) and Nidavellir (home of the dwarves) now offers access to Reginn’s conceit.

A solitary cavern writhes for miles through the bowels of Myrkrbjarg (the “dark mountain”) until it arrives at Myrkrgrind (the “dark gate”)—the entrance to Sjaudvergrhall.

Sjaudvergrhall, like the first two in the viking trilogy, will be available for download on the Old School Adventures™ page. Or... to download Sjaudvergrhall now, click here.

Now, just a bit more housekeeping on this before I close for the day. I'd like to thank William Dowie (a.k.a. The Great Khan), not only for the cool Ramblings of a Great Khan magnet, but for the cool artwork created by his wife Mona. (Pics of all below).

1 comment:

  1. Good to see the pics of the envelope. Mona took pictures of each one before she sent them out, but our youngest child deleted them by accident. I am glad you enjoyed writing for the contest too, I hope you'll be as inspired for the next theme I think up!