Dungeon Crawl Classics #17.5: War of the Witch Queen (OGL) PDF

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An Adventure for Character Levels 7–9

For as long as intelligent races have inhabited the Northlands, the stinking sinkhole known as the Demesne of Baba Yazoth has drawn wicked villains of every sort. Baba Yazoth belonged to an informal coven of witches whose domain extended the breadth and width of the Northlands. The coven was arranged by rank, the lower ranks belonging to witches of lesser abilities and the thirteenth rank occupied by a creature known only as the Crone. Because only one witch can lay claim to each rank, membership in the coven is highly coveted by spellcasters across the North. Few know what became of Baba Yazoth, and even fewer know what rank she held among the Thirteen, but when the old witch abdicated her place in the coven, it triggered an arcane war amongst some of the mightiest spellcasters in the North. Through a twisted web of treachery, broken alliances, and outright murder, a young sorceress named Kyleth triumphed over more powerful mages and sorcerers, seizing the title of Witch Queen and laying claim to the Demesne of Baba Yazoth. Sent on a mission to slay Kyleth the Witch Queen, the heroes head toward the icy reaches of the Northlands....

  • A terrifying delve into the secret domain of a witch queen
  • A stand-alone adventure that can be played as a sequel or prequel to DCC #17: Legacy of the Savage Kings, or on its own
  • Three illustrated player handouts—including a deck of 12 cards that is used to determine the fate of the characters!
  • Produced exclusively for Dundracon 30, held February 17–20, 2006 in San Ramon, California

Writer: Harley Stroh
Cover Artist: Leo Winstead
Interior Artists: Ian Armstrong, Jesse Mohn, Stefan Poag
Cartographer: Jeremy Simmons
24 pages

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In northerly moors, evil witches are to be found. That might be enough to get the party heading that way... It is suggested that a well-balanced party is best for this adventure, but that there are some aspects best suited to a sorceror. If you don't have one, don't worry, they can be re-tuned to work with a wizard instead.

The DM's materials include scaling information, a wandering monster table, an adventure overview and the detailed backstory. Apparently there was an entire coven of witches living in the area, all evil, and they fell to squabbling. As a result of this, with plenty of treachery and broken promises as well as outright brawling, a young sorceress claimed the title of Witch Queen. Her hold over the title and the rest of the coven is still tenuous, and this looks like a good opportunity to rid the area of these evil witches entirely!

The adventure starts on the brink of a sinkhole in the moors, where the lair of the Witch Queen is believed to be located. It's wreathed in fetid mists and certainly sounds the part. How you get the party there, however, is left up to you. The first part of the adventure involves fighting and bypassing traps to actually get to the entrance of the lair itself.

The second part of the adventure begins when the party pass through a magic portal into the dungeons of the Witch Queen. That's when the fun starts. Traps and monsters abound, and it soon becomes clear that all manner of horrible things go on in these depths... and only after these have been navigated will the party be able to enter the final part, an extradimensional space where the Witch Queen herself is to be found. Needless to say she's none too happy about this and attempts to flee before she is killed, as she assumes anyone surviving thus far will be powerfull enough to send her for a dirt nap.

There's little in the way of follow-up adventure ideas, unless of course one of the party fancies becoming the next Witch Queen! This does present some intriguing possibilities... Resources include five pre-generated characters (which need transferring onto character sheets, they are a jumble as presented) and lots of 'this is what you see' pictures to display.

Overall, it's a tough but quite interesting delve, provided you like brimstone and the stench of sulphur! No doubt a great service would be done to all honest denizens of the area if the Witch Queen were to be overthrown...

Ok im stupid. Ive been looking for this so long that I got excited today when I found out it was available again in PDF at another place. I should have waited 30 seconds longer and searched for it here.

Still looking for a print copy of this if anyone wants to part with it.

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