Two rare books on loan are on their way to Frandor’s Keep in the
care of an elven scholar named Cyrn. They are a gift for a
noble’s daughter. Mercenaries are hired for the journey, but, their
skill cannot stop the onslaught of merciless bandits and something
else, more mysterious and much more deadly.
A lone, battered warrior stumbles for help. The books are gone, and so
is the elf. His friends are dying and all he can do is mumble a few
clues before his bleeding body can take no more and he slips into the
dark place at the foot of death’s door.
Who will answer this warrior’s pleas? Who will save his suffering
friends? Who will face the hideous creature? Who will return this
A scenario for a band of 7th to 9th level explorers
13 (very, very dense) pages plus cover
Author: Carolyn Stogdill
Contributing writers: Barb Blackburn, Jolly Blackburn, Steve Johansson
Technical Editor: Steve Johansson
In 2013 we held a mini adventure/encounter contest online. Entries were
to be designed for 6th to 10th level adventurers and situated somewhere
in the region around Kar Darkan, one of the waystations along the road
between Vew and Frandor’s Keep. This scenario was the second place
winner and originally published in KoDT
#199. Although this encounter is meant to expand the action of the
HackMaster immersive setting supplement Frandors
Keep, it can easily be dropped and dragged into any setting.
This product is colorized and has been re-edited to correct some
weaknesses in the published scenario.
In Frandor’s Keep, the existence of a hill giant is alluded to in
specific rumors (QI 13, KI 1) and is discussed in the writeup of area
Q13. One of his rocks landed within the Broken Hilt Tavern (M 12) and
is now displayed near the bar.
A preliminary writeup of the creature was printed in KoDT
#152, prior to the publication of Frandor’s Keep. We ultimately
opted not to include this giant in the adventure as confronting him was
well beyond the capabilities of any 5th level characters — the
top end of the scale for the challenges in this setting.
However, in completing this particular scenario, the players have
demonstrably acquired the capability of taking on greater challenges.
With this in mind, it seems appropriate to ‘reintroduce’ an updated and
expanded Nalagarl to the Frandor’s Keep setting.
You may employ this as a bonus scenario
(replete with a new Bait & Tackle section) for your campaign.