TLG 8221 DB2 Crater of Umeshti

This forum is a rarely properly updated forum that discusses everything we are working on at the Dens!
User avatar
Troll Lord
Greater Lore Drake
Posts: 3232
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 am

TLG 8221 DB2 Crater of Umeshti

Post by Troll Lord »

DB2 Crater of Umeshti

Saddle Stitched, $8.95, 24 pages

TLG 8221, ISBN 1-931275-57-2
DB2 Crater of Umeshti in PRINT

Thousands of years ago by the recollections of those elves still alive to recall the fable, a great time of tumult and chaos reigned across the universe. In that time the ancient citadel city of Umeshti was known as a bastion of civilization through the dark night of conflict and madness. Temples to the gods and towers of wizardry were erected, as were libraries and civic enterprises designed to preserve and protect the knowledge that the firstborn civilizations had worked so hard to gain. Art and science flourished, as did the first development of music and poetry. Travelers from far and wide, including those who traveled across the many planes considered Umeshti a home away from home, bringing esoteric relics and fantastic wealth with them.

As is often the case, this great civilization thrived and grew, until outside powers began to covet its success. Deities not worshipped within the city began to hurl curses upon its citizens, raining down deific plagues, or striking it divine storms and hordes of monstrous beasts. Despite this, the citizenry showed great inner strength and resolve, facing each new disaster with its own set of champions and brave protectors.

In the end, the sages are uncertain, but it is said that during a great war between the gods, a meteor was hurled at Umeshti, driving a shaft into the earth that stretched for hundreds of feet beneath the surface, completely obliterating all but the scantest trace of the powerful society which had once lived there.

All that remains now is a massive crater, high atop a mountain plateau, and the darkened shaft at the bottom of the crater, said to lead to treasures unimaginable and profound, if any survive to retrieve them.

In the millennia since the destruction of Umeshti, the gaping sink-hole at the center of the crater has been the source of much controversy and speculation. That the area surrounding the shaft left behind by the meteor is infested with all manner of monstrous beast and twisted goblinoid is well documented by those adventurers who have returned alive from expeditions to the crater.

The Crater of Umeshti is a good old fashioned dungeon crawl. Characters enter the Crater and delve into its depths. They find foes both great and small and face them in battles of blade or wit in order to relieve them of their treasure. They face puzzles, traps, and uncover secrets and mysteries which inevitably lead the characters to greater power and fortune. The Crater of Umeshti may be incorporated with its other parts into a fantastic campaign, leading characters from levels 2-5 to greater and greater strength and prestige.

The crater is designed with the intent of repeated forays into its depths using a nearby settlement of the CKs choice or the characters design to re-stock, refurbish and re-supply. This settlement may be found in pre-made adventure sourcebook of which there are many in both D20 and Castles and Crusades various product lines such as Yggsburg by Gary Gygax, or this authors own city settings such as Dro Madras or that incorrigible chain of cross dimensional taverns known by most as The Roadhouse and referred to by a knowledgeable few as Dirtys. See The Haunted Highlands by Troll Lord Games for more details on Dirty Bowbes Roadhouse and its environs.

The Crater of Umeshti: The Sinkhole, is a Castles and Crusades adventure for 4-6 characters of levels 3-5.The difficulty and level needed to overcome new obstacles increases as the PCs delve deeper into the sinkhole in the center of the crater. The adventure requires nothing more than the Castles and Crusades Players Handbook, however Castle Keepers or the CK may find the Castles and Crusade: Monsters and Treasure book by Troll Lord Games to be helpful in running the adventure.
_________________
The High Lord, Coburg the Undying

He who sits on the elephants back

Castle and Crusade Society
troll@trolllord.com
_____________________________
He Who Sits on the Elephants Back
The Troll Lord
Steve Chenault, President & CEO of Chenault & Gray Publishing, Troll Lord Games

User avatar
DangerDwarf
Maukling
Posts: 5284
Joined: Sat May 27, 2006 7:00 am
Location: East Texas

Post by DangerDwarf »

Not that I'm complaining or anything, but just how is it that you consistantly put out products that make me go:

"Damn, I gotta get that!"

*Earmarks another $8.95 to set aside for the trolls*

meepo
Red Cap
Posts: 233
Joined: Thu May 11, 2006 7:00 am

Post by meepo »

So this works alongside Haunted Highlands? Cool, there's another 9 bucks spent!

User avatar
gideon_thorne
Maukling
Posts: 6176
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 am
Contact:

Post by gideon_thorne »

meepo wrote:
So this works alongside Haunted Highlands? Cool, there's another 9 bucks spent!

This is #2 in the series. 8)
_________________
"We'll go out through the kitchen!" Tanis Half-Elven

Peter Bradley
"The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout, 'Save us!' And I'll look down, and whisper 'No.' " ~Rorschach

User avatar
Rhuvein
Cleric of Zagyg
Posts: 10790
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Somewhere in Time

Post by Rhuvein »

gideon_thorne wrote:
This is #2 in the series. 8)

Uh huh - DB2. Would that be Dirty Bowbe 2?
_________________
Count Rhuveinus - Lejendary Keeper of Castle Franqueforte

"Enjoy a 'world' where the fantastic is fact and magic really works!" ~ Gary Gygax

"By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes:" - Macbeth
Count Rhuveinus - Lejendary Keeper of Castle Franqueforte

"Enjoy a 'world' where the fantastic is fact and magic really works!" ~ Gary Gygax

"By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes:" - Macbeth

Maliki
Lore Drake
Posts: 1523
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Maliki »

Rhuvein wrote:
Uh huh - DB2. Would that be Dirty Bowbe 2?

Man I feel dense , I couldn't figure out where the DB came from.

Thanks for clearing things up.
_________________
Never throw rocks at a man with a Vorpal Sword!

Maliki
Lore Drake
Posts: 1523
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Maliki »

btw

This sounds like another must have, keep them coming.
_________________
Never throw rocks at a man with a Vorpal Sword!

User avatar
Omote
Battle Stag
Posts: 11560
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am
Location: The fairest view in the park, Ohio.
Contact:

Post by Omote »

Wow, this sounds pretty cool.

Uh good ole fayshin dun-gin crawl is whut I'm lookin fer.

.........................................Omote

FPQ
_________________
> Omote's Advanced C&C stuff <
Duke Omote Landwehr, Holy Order of the FPQ ~ Prince of the Castles & Crusades Society
@-Duke Omote Landwehr, Holy Order of the FPQ ~ Prince of the Castles & Crusades Society-@
VAE VICTUS!
>> Omote's Advanced C&C stuff <<

User avatar
Jyrdan Fairblade
Unkbartig
Posts: 947
Joined: Thu May 11, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Jyrdan Fairblade »

This sounds very interesting. This history alone makes for a strong sell.

Bahamut
Skobbit
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Bahamut »

This really sounds cool. I already have Haunted Highlands on my "to buy" list. So much C&C goodness!

My Wallet of Holding is still waiting to hear when the CKG and CZ II will be arriving!

dcs
Red Cap
Posts: 282
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am

Post by dcs »

Maliki wrote:
Man I feel dense , I couldn't figure out where the DB came from.

I see DB and I think "database."
_________________
Pied Piper Publishing - Rob Kuntz's Pathways to Enchantment
Castle Zagyg - Yggsburgh Expansions

meepo
Red Cap
Posts: 233
Joined: Thu May 11, 2006 7:00 am

Post by meepo »

dcs wrote:
I see DB and I think "database."

Hehe...you're not alone. The former techie in me lives on!

User avatar
gideon_thorne
Maukling
Posts: 6176
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 am
Contact:

Post by gideon_thorne »

dcs wrote:
I see DB and I think "database."

Just think Doobie Brother and you'll have a good picture of the author.
_________________
"We'll go out through the kitchen!" Tanis Half-Elven

Peter Bradley
"The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout, 'Save us!' And I'll look down, and whisper 'No.' " ~Rorschach

jman5000
Ulthal
Posts: 496
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am

Post by jman5000 »

just think Doobie Brother and you'll have a good picture of many of the players

Akrasia
Red Cap
Posts: 223
Joined: Tue May 09, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Akrasia »

This looks cool.

However, the second last paragraph is rather difficult to understand!

Also, at one point the recommended level range is 2-5, but in the last paragraph it is listed as 3-5.

Sorry to nitpick.
_________________
While it is unlikely to interest most of you, here is my 'cunning' blog: http://dailyakrasia.blogspot.com/

Maliki
Lore Drake
Posts: 1523
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Maliki »

gideon_thorne wrote:
Just think Doobie Brother and you'll have a good picture of the author.

_________________
Never throw rocks at a man with a Vorpal Sword!

User avatar
Troll Lord
Greater Lore Drake
Posts: 3232
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 am

Post by Troll Lord »

This book will be turned over for editing on July 31st. It is scheduled for an October release.

Thanks,

Steve
_________________
The High Lord, Coburg the Undying

He who sits on the elephants back

Castle and Crusade Society
troll@trolllord.com
_____________________________
He Who Sits on the Elephants Back
The Troll Lord
Steve Chenault, President & CEO of Chenault & Gray Publishing, Troll Lord Games

Maliki
Lore Drake
Posts: 1523
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Maliki »

8)
_________________
Never throw rocks at a man with a Vorpal Sword!

User avatar
Rigon
Clang lives!
Posts: 7185
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Conneaut Lake, PA

Post by Rigon »

Looks like I've commited myself to investing in this series, so another "gotta have" for the ol' R-man.

R-
_________________
Rigon o' the Lakelands, Baron of The Castles & Crusades Society
The Book of the Mind
Castles & Crusades: What 3rd Edition AD&D should have been.
TLG Forum Moderator
House Rules & Whatnots
My Game Threads
Monday Night Online Group Member since 2007

User avatar
Troll Lord
Greater Lore Drake
Posts: 3232
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 am

Post by Troll Lord »

This book goes to editing on August 25.

Steve
_________________
The High Lord, Coburg the Undying

He who sits on the elephants back

Castle and Crusade Society
troll@trolllord.com
_____________________________
He Who Sits on the Elephants Back
The Troll Lord
Steve Chenault, President & CEO of Chenault & Gray Publishing, Troll Lord Games

User avatar
Troll Lord
Greater Lore Drake
Posts: 3232
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 am

Post by Troll Lord »

This book is on schedule for an October 20th release.

Thanks,

Steve
_________________
The High Lord, Coburg the Undying

He who sits on the elephants back

Castle and Crusade Society
troll@trolllord.com
_____________________________
He Who Sits on the Elephants Back
The Troll Lord
Steve Chenault, President & CEO of Chenault & Gray Publishing, Troll Lord Games

Maliki
Lore Drake
Posts: 1523
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Maliki »

I see its time for me to head to the FLGS and place some orders, by my count that makes 5 modules in between now and the end of Oct.
_________________
Never throw rocks at a man with a Vorpal Sword!

grrrowler39
Ungern
Posts: 93
Joined: Fri Jun 02, 2006 7:00 am

Post by grrrowler39 »

Oh Great!! Another module to add to the collection. Not that I am complaining - I love this stuff!
_________________
Cernunos

Master of Animals

User avatar
Troll Lord
Greater Lore Drake
Posts: 3232
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 am

Post by Troll Lord »

This book has been re-set for a November 3rd release.

Steve
_________________
The High Lord, Coburg the Undying

He who sits on the elephants back

Castle and Crusade Society
troll@trolllord.com
_____________________________
He Who Sits on the Elephants Back
The Troll Lord
Steve Chenault, President & CEO of Chenault & Gray Publishing, Troll Lord Games

User avatar
Omote
Battle Stag
Posts: 11560
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am
Location: The fairest view in the park, Ohio.
Contact:

Post by Omote »

Need more Haunted Highlands... *drools*

........................................Omote

FPQ
_________________
> Omote's Advanced C&C stuff <
Duke Omote Landwehr, Holy Order of the FPQ ~ Prince of the Castles & Crusades Society
@-Duke Omote Landwehr, Holy Order of the FPQ ~ Prince of the Castles & Crusades Society-@
VAE VICTUS!
>> Omote's Advanced C&C stuff <<

jman5000
Ulthal
Posts: 496
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am

Post by jman5000 »

I agree, after reading the first module, I'm in love with it. fantastic setting, and looking forward to much more. I'm REALLY toying with the idea of plopping this enmass right down in the blacktooth ridge area, more towards the north where the Outremere soldiers are crusading for more land...

(for those who have read the codex).

this is perfect stuff for this turmoil filled region...

Cheers,

J.

User avatar
Troll Lord
Greater Lore Drake
Posts: 3232
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 am

Post by Troll Lord »

This project is being printed now and should be out late next week (Dec. 6th time frame).

Steve
_________________
The High Lord, Coburg the Undying

He who sits on the elephants back

Castle and Crusade Society
troll@trolllord.com
_____________________________
He Who Sits on the Elephants Back
The Troll Lord
Steve Chenault, President & CEO of Chenault & Gray Publishing, Troll Lord Games

User avatar
maasenstodt
Hlobane Orc
Posts: 171
Joined: Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:00 am

Post by maasenstodt »

Any news? I'm eager!

User avatar
Omote
Battle Stag
Posts: 11560
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am
Location: The fairest view in the park, Ohio.
Contact:

Post by Omote »

According to Steve on DEC 4, Crater Umeshti was to be received in the Troll Dens on DEC 8. That's all I know.

.............................................................Omote

FPQ
_________________
> Omote's Advanced C&C stuff <
Duke Omote Landwehr, Holy Order of the FPQ ~ Prince of the Castles & Crusades Society
@-Duke Omote Landwehr, Holy Order of the FPQ ~ Prince of the Castles & Crusades Society-@
VAE VICTUS!
>> Omote's Advanced C&C stuff <<

Ghul
Ulthal
Posts: 575
Joined: Fri May 05, 2006 7:00 am

Post by Ghul »

...The crater is designed with the intent of repeated forays into its depths using a nearby settlement of the CKs choice or the characters design to re-stock, refurbish and re-supply. This settlement may be found in pre-made adventure sourcebook of which there are many in both D20 and Castles and Crusades various product lines such as Yggsburg by Gary Gygax, or this authors own city settings such as Dro Madras or that incorrigible chain of cross dimensional taverns known by most as The Roadhouse and referred to by a knowledgeable few as Dirtys. See The Haunted Highlands by Troll Lord Games for more details on Dirty Bowbes Roadhouse and its environs.

+++++++
Bold text emphasis mine. After reading Haunted Highlands, I must concur! At once I had plans within plans forming in my pea-brain on how I would fit Case's works into my Greyhawk/Yggsburgh campaign. Good call, Trolls!

--Ghul

Post Reply