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The Dragons Legacy


An Adventure for Four 13th-Level Characters

Introduction
TheRageofDragonscompelsmanystrangeeventstooccuracross thebreadthofToril,anditdoesnotspareWaterdeep.Yetwhile mostassumethethreattothisjeweloftheSwordCoastwillcome fromthesky,evilisinsteadafootundertheground.TheCultofthe DragonscuttlesthroughthedarkenedhallsofUndermountainand rousesadragonslegacytowarditsownfoulends. TheDragonsLegacy isashortD&D adventureforfour13thlevel PCs and it is adaptable to levels 11 to 15. It takes place in Undermountain,thegranddungeonbeneathWaterdeep.ThisadventureassumesthePCs enterthefirstencounterfromthewestsideof thelargecavern onlevel1 ofUndermountain.Iftheydonot, modify theencounterstosuit yourneeds.Level1Cavern:Part1andLevel 1 Cavern:Part2 describetherest ofthiscavern.See thosearticles andRoom21:MovingDay beforerunning thisadventure. Insomerespects,thisadventureisbackward.Insteadofslogging throughadragonsguardianstofightthedragoninitslairatthe endoftheadventure,thePCsbattledragonsfirstandthroughout

the adventure. The adventure features a dracolich, and that encounterisalsointhebeginningoftheadventure,butanother encounterwithadracolichcanhappeninthemiddleoftheadventure,andonecouldoccurattheend.Theadventurederivesthis structurefromthenatureofdracolichesandfromtheCultofthe Dragonsrelationshipwiththem.Becauseadracolichcanariseagain fromthecorpseofanotherdragon,theCultoftheDragonhas chosentoseparatethedracolichanditsphylactery,thuspreventing bothfrombeingdestroyedinoneattack.ThePCshavethechoiceof strugglingthroughseveralencountersinonego,makingeach encountermoredeadlyastheirresourcesdiminish,orofusinghitand-runtacticsattheriskoffacingmoredracolichesandmore organizedresistance.

Preparation
Aswithearlierareas,theareasdetailedhererequiretheuseofthe PlayersHandbook, theDungeonMastersGuide, andtheMonster Manual, plusyoushouldfamiliarizeyourselfwiththeintroduction

Additional Credits
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tothisseriesofarticlesonthewebsite<http://www.wizards.com/ default.asp?x=dnd/ru/20050309a>.HavingaccesstotheDraconomicon wouldbeusefulforthedracolich,aswell. To get started,printouttheadventure, includingthemaps.Read through scenario the atleastoncetofamiliarize yourselfwiththesituation, threats,and major nonplayer characters(particularlytheir motivations).Sometextis designatedasplayerinformationthatyou canreadaloud orparaphrasefortheplayersat thepropertimes.

But Its 1374!


The events of this adventure assume the year is 1373 DR andthat theRageofDragons stilltakesitstolluponToril.If youvealreadyadvanced your campaignbeyond thisyear, you can still use this adventureas written. The Cult of the Dragon stillusesthe Rageas an intimidation tactic againstthe dragons,because the dragons cannot know whether it has ended.PCswho somehow learn that this is howtheCulthas workedits will with the drag onsmight convincethe blue dragons to turnagainst their benefactors. Of course, the enemyofthePCs enemy isnt necessarilytheirfriend....

Adventure Background
In1373DR,theRageofDragonsonceagainmakesitsmarkupon Faern,andastheinhabitantsofWaterdeeplooktotheskiesin fear,theyblindthemselvestoagrowingthreatbeneaththeirfeet. ForcenturiesHalasterhasusedportals andothermagictoensnare creaturesandtraptheminUndermountain,andlongago,heimprisonedAragauthos,anoldbluedragon,inacavernonthethirdlevel ofUndermountain.Aragauthoslivedinthedungeonfordecades, trappedinacavernonlevelthreeandsurvivingoffthewalking foodhandoutsbroughttohercavernbyHalastersdeviousteleport rings.DuringHarvestidefouryearsago,citizensofWaterdeep watchedinaweasAragauthosburstfromtheseacavesandflewhurriedlysouthalongtheSwordCoast.HalasterscontrolofUndermountainhadbeenbrokenwhilehewasheldcaptiveelsewhere,and thebluedragonatlastescaped.(Formoreinformation,download DungeonCrawl:UndermountainStardock fromthePreviousEditionsDownloadssectionofthiswebsiteatthefollowingURL: <http://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/2/fr_downloads/tsr9538.zip>. Despitehercountlessthoughtsandthreatsofrevengeagainstthe MadMage,Aragauthoshasnotreturned.Yettheoldblueleft behindalegacythatcontinuestoaffectUndermountain.When Halastercapturedher,shewasonthevergeoflayingaclutchof eggs.Herchildren,whichnumberedanamazingsixhealthyblue wyrmlings,hatchedintoalifeofimprisonment.Knowingshecould notfeedsomanyoffspring,butunwillingtoharmanyofthem,she starvedherself,killingfoodonlyforthehatchlingsandeating stonesandearthtosateherownhunger.Whenatlastshecouldno longerstandprivation,sheforcedheryoungoutintoUndermountainandadvisedthemtoremaintogetherforsafetyandtobetter theirchancesinhunting. The fivedragon siblingsdid their as mother As they bid. grewolder and larger,theywould periodicallyreturnto their mothers cave, bringing with them gifts of food.Unfortunately,greedeventually overtookaweoftheirmother,andthe blue dragonsthoughttokill Aragauthos takehertroveoftreasure.Aragauthoseasily and rebuffed their effort,slayingone of herchildren before forcing them to retreat.Assherantedat theirtreacherous nature,shewarnedthem nevertoreturnlestshekillthem all, andherchildren never did. Fornearlyahundredyears,Aragauthossfiveremainingchildren

The Map
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wanderedUndermountaintogether.Althoughmanytimestempted topartcompany,theirsafetyinnumbersandanoathtocleaveto eachotherhaskeptthesiblingsatight-knitgroup.Changinglairs regularlyandmovingfromleveltolevel,thedragonshavelivedon therun,rarelyallowingthemselvesthepleasuresofbuildingahoard orenjoylongperiodsofsleep. Many times they attempted to escape Undermountain, but Halastersmagic hung like chain a about their necks. When Halasters Harvestideoccurredfouryearsago,they hadtheopportunitytoflee, butbythistime,theyhad acceptedthatescapewasimpossible. ThavokDrusuvious,Wearerof Purplefor Waterdeepcellof the theCultoftheDragon,hadcome thecity to inthehopesofturning Aragauthos into adracolich,butherflight from the citylefthim withoutguidance.Justas1373began,Thavokdiscoveredthediaryof a long-dead adventurer a in bookshop. describedan It encounter with five juvenile blue dragons in thedepths of Undermountain. The adventurer andherallieswere already beleagueredby groupof a trolls whenthe dragons appearedandattacked.The adventurer alonesurvived,butfornolonger thanadayor so,becauseherdiarywas dis covered and retrieved fromUndermountain byotheradventurers. Thediarys description ofthe closeteamwork ofthe dragons intrigued Thavok greatly, and findingthebook the of Rage on eve the ofDragons,abookthatdescribedwhatcouldonly bethechildrenofAragauthos,seemed toThavok sign a fromSammaster himself. ThavokDrusuviousgatheredhisforces,andinsmallgroupsthey enteredUndermountainandbeganthesearchforAragauthoss legacy.SpreadingoutfrombothSkullportandtheentrancebeneath theYawningPortal,thesearchwasremarkablybriefandcostthe cultonlysomecoinandthelivesofacoupledozencultists.This culledtheweakfromtheirranks,andexperiencesinUndermountainhavemadetheremainingcultistsexceptionallystrong anothersignoftheprovidenceoftheirtask.Havingdiscoveredthe dragons,Thavokbeganwarynegotiations,usingnewsofthelegendaryRageofDragonstocompeltheAragauthosschildrento listen.Thavoktoldthemthatbecomingadracolichwouldfreethem frombothUndermountainandtheRage,andlearningoftheirignoranceoftheirmothersfate,heclaimedthatjustsuchatransformationhadfreedAragauthos.Thavokbroughtthedragonsbackto theirmotherscavernandusedherabsencetosupporthisclaims. Pleasedtoatlasthaveaccesstotheirmothershoardandtohave eagerhumanoidportersforhertreasure,thedragonsagreedto listentomoreofthecultistsclaims. Sincethen,theCultoftheDragonhasworkeditswilesuponthe dragons,butitwasntuntilrecentlythattheyfinallyachievedsuccessinconvincinganyofthedragonstobecomeadracolich.With theRageofDragonsinfullswingonthesurfaceandthesiblings feelingitspullupontheirsouls,theCultoftheDragonusedthe dangeroftheRagetoputdoubtandfearinthedragonsminds. BeingovertakenbytheRageonthesurfacewouldbedangerous

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enough,butchargingoffintoUndermountainaloneisathought noneofthemcanbear.AndsothedragonsacquiescedtotheCult. TheCultandthesedragonsnowoccupyasmallportionofthe firstlevelofUndermountain.Thavokmovedtheiroperationthere tofacilitatecontactwithothercultistsinthecityaboveandtoallow thedragonstoburstupthroughtheYawningPortalonceallbecome dracoliches.Onedragonhasalreadymadethetransformation,and Thavokcurrentlypreparestheelementsnecessarytotransform another.Thavokisntcertainwhatexactlyheandthedracoliches willdoonceescapedfromUndermountain,buthesconfidentthat providencewillrevealtheproperpathwhenthetimeisright. IfthepartyattemptstoteleportinUndermountain,thespellsgo awryduetothewarpedmythaloftheplace.Thedisorientedparty landsrightinthemiddleofthefirstencounterofthisadventure. Shouldtheyretreattothelargercavern,readRoom22and Room23forencounterstheymighthavethere.

Aragauthoss Children
AragauthoslaidsixeggsshortlyafterherarrivalinUndermountain. Layingsixeggsisunusualforadragonandhavingthemallliveto hatchisnothingshortofmiraculous,butAragauthosspleasureat thisblessingfromTiamatsoonsouredassherealizedthatcaptivity wouldpreventherfromprovidingforthemandraisingthemproperly.ThetruthofAragauthossfearsisnowevidentinheroffspringsquirkypersonalitiesandrelianceupononeanother. Athanaxus: Immediatelyrecognizableduetoherlackofhalfher tail,Athanaxuswassecondtohatchfromheregg.Alwaysscheming andgreedy,shelosthalfhertailaspunishmentforstealingfrom hersistershoard.Sincethen,Athanaxushasheldherlarcenous instinctsincheck,butthishasntkeptherfromtryingtogetthe besttreatmentfromtheCultoftheDragon. SeeAreaKformoreinformationaboutAthanaxus. Auriovos: Firsttohatchamongthesiblingsandalwaysthe strongest,itwasAuriovossrighttobethefirstamongthemtobe transformedintoadracolich.Alwayssomethingofabullyamong hisbrothersandsisters,AuriovossagreementwiththeCultofthe Dragonledalltheotherstofollowsuit.Nowanundeadcreature, Auriovosfindsbeingadracolichsurprisinglyagreeable.Hisfearof deathtransformedintoanembraceofthatstate,andherevelsin thepowersathiscommand. SeeAreaBformoreinformationaboutAuriovos. Blitsenax: TwintoDundrendon,Blitsenaxrarelyleaveshisside. Nervousandfidgety,Blitsenaxisusuallythefirstofthesiblingsto warntheothersofathreat,althoughsheoftenwaitstoreacttoit untilDundrendonisready.Blitsenaxbearsagrudgeagainsther sister,Athanaxus,overabitoftreasureAthanaxusstolefromher twentyyearsago.Althoughbothlostthetreasurelongago,toBlitsenaxthewoundisstillfreshbecauseshefoundthepunishment metedouttoAthanaxusunsatisfactory. SeeAreaAformoreinformationaboutBlitsenax. Dundrendon: Dundrendonhatchedalmostsimultaneouslywith hissisterBlitsenax,andthetwodragonsarenearlyindistinguishable fromoneanotherdespitetheirdifferentgenders.Theirsiblingdragonshavenodifficultytellingthemapart,butthehumancultists oftentrytoobservethetwobeforeaddressingthemtodetermine theirpropernamesandthusavoidoffense.Dundrendonhasproved lessintelligentthanBlitsenaxindeedtheleastintelligentofallthe siblingsandhisslowermindresultsinmuchslowerreactionsthan thenervousBlitsenax. SeeAreaAformoreinformationaboutDundrendon. Krakestros: Krakestros speaks little,preferring instead to watch andwait. Ahunterandstalkerbynature,Krakestrosoftenleft his siblings so that he could wander on hisown for short periods. WhereasBlitsenax actedas thesiblings guard,Krakestrosoftenacted intheroleofscout.Evenso,Krakestrosspenchantforsolitudehas had noeffectonhisloyaltytohissiblings.In fact,he isthemost loyal andprotectiveofthe group,andit isthatconflicting senseof loyalty thatalwaysbringshim backfromhisquietwanderings. SeeAreaCformoreinformationaboutKrakestros. Thantanaton: Lasttohatchandalwaysthemostfoolishofthe dragons,ThantanatondiedinthejawsofhismotherwhenthesiblingdragonsattemptedtokillAragauthosandstealherhorde.His bonesweredevouredbyAragauthoswhenshehadalongspellwithoutfood.

Adventure Hooks and Tie-Ins


TheadventurebeginswhenthePCsarriveinthecavernofthefirst encounter.Hereareafewwaystogetthemtothatpoint: ThethreepreviousUndermountainarticles,Rooms2123,were designedtoleadplayerstobecomeinvolvedinthisquest.In essence,theactivitiesoftheCultoftheDragonandthebluedragonsleadaropertofleethelargecavern,whichinturnresulted inthedestructionofanencampmentofkobolds.PCswhoinvestigatethecaverncomeacrossanotherroper,thistimedead,and sometracksthatimplythatwhateverkilleditcamefromthe cavernofthefirstencounterinthisadventure. TheactionsoftheCultoftheDragonhaventgoneentirely unnoticed.ReportsfromaSkullportagentofKhelbenBlackstaff andinformationfromDurnanattheYawningPortalhavebeen collectedandleadtheLordsofWaterdeeptobelievethatsomethingofimportishappeninginUndermountain.Thediscovery ofanadventurersdiaryinthequartersofThavokDrusuvious, longsuspectedtohavetiestotheCultoftheDragon,clinchesit. Unfortunately,Halasterswardspreventtheuseofspellstoexpeditefindingthecultistsbeforetheyexecutetheirplans,andsothe LordsofWaterdeepfindthemselvesforcedtohirebandsofreputableadventurerstoferretouttheCultinUndermountainand putanendtotheirplot.ThePCsmightbesuchaband.Alternatively,theymightencountersuchadventurerswhileontheirown forayunderWaterdeepandbetoldthewhereaboutsofthecavern bytheseadventurerswhofoundthemselvesunfitforthetaskof takingonfivedragonsandauncountednumberofcultists.

Scaling the Adventure


The Dragons Legacy is designedforapartyoffour 13th-levelPCs,butwithalittle workit canbeadaptedfor use by of PCs 11th- 12th-level or to PCs of 14th- 15th-level. to First, adjustall NPCcharacterlevels upor downasappropriate bya numberequaltothatwhich the average party level of your group deviates from13.Dont forget modify amount to the of treasurefoundas well.Specific changes to the adventure include thefollowing: 11th- to 12th-level PCs: Remove Blitsenax from Area A andstation her in AreaF. ReduceAuriovoss hitpointsby 40duetobattlewoundshesuffered testing dracolich his body. Remove the half-blue-dragon pyrohydra fromArea I. 14th-to15th-levelPCs:Put threehalf-blue-dragonyrthaks inAreaF.

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Area A: Guard Cavern (EL 13)


WhenthePCsapproachthisarea,readorparaphrasethefollowing. Thecavernflooraheadshowsclearsignsofhabitationbysome creature.Itbearsclearclawmarksofsomelargecreaturecapable ofscoringthestone. Blitsenaxand Dundrendon guardthiscavernfrom intruders. Not long ago harriedroper they a awayfrom end the eventhis of cave, tually killingit.Findingitstastenottotheirliking, they cutout its gizzard split the and gems found they there among two the of them.NowDundrendonnapsupon thehoardprovided tohimby the splitting ofhismotherstreasureswhileBlitsenaxquietly paces, not wantingthenoiseofherclaws on stone awaken the to her brother. IfthePCsrecentlyengagedinabattleorotherloudnoiseinthe cavern(ListenDC10modifiedbydistance),thedragonshave moretimetoprepare.Bothcastshield onthemselvesandhide,waitingforthePCstoapproach. Alarm Spell: Blitsenaxcastanalarmspellonthepartofthe cavernthePCsmustusetoapproach.IfanyPCentersthearea,Blitsenaximmediatelyreceivesamentalalert,andsherousesher

brothertohelpherinvestigate.Theyapproachwithasmuchstealth astheycanmuster.Informedthatcultistswillfalltotheirknees uponseeingthem,theyattackifanyPCdoesnotimmediatelyshow suchbehavior. Blitsenax: Accustomedtoaction-filledlifewhilewandering Undermountain, Blitsenaxiseagerfora fight,butshedelays actionuntilDundrendonsinitiative. When sheattacks, shefirst fliesover PCsand the then turns about tobreathe lightningupon them. Blitsenax breathes lightning often possible exhorts as as and herslow-witted brotherto do thesame.TorepresentBlitsenax, youcanusetheLargeBlue Dragon miniature(38/60)from Deathknell .

Blitsenax

CR 11

Femaleyoungadultbluedragon LELargedragon(earth) Init +2;Senses blindsense60ft.,darkvision120ft.,keensenses; Listen+24,Spot+24 Aura frightfulpresence(DC21,150-ft.radius) Languages Common,Draconic,Elven AC28,touch11,flat-footed26 hp189(18HD);DR 5/magic Immune electricity,paralysis,sleep SR 19 Fort +15,Ref +13,Will+15 Speed40ft.(8squares),burrow20ft.,fly150ft.(poor);Flyby Attack Melee bite+23(2d6+6)and Melee 2claws+22(1d8+3)and Melee 2wings+21(1d6+3)and Melee tail+21(1d8+9) Space 10ft.;Reach 5ft.(bite10ft.) BaseAtk +18;Grp+28 AtkOptions Cleave,PowerAttack SpecialActions breathweapon SorcererSpellsKnown (CL3rd): 1st(6/day)alarm,shield,Tensersfloatingdisc 0(6/day)dancinglights,detectmagic,ghostsound (DC12),mage hand,resistance Spell-LikeAbilities (CL5th): 3/daycreate/destroywater (DC21) AbilitiesStr23,Dex14,Con19,Int14,Wis19,Cha14 SQsoundimitation(DC21) FeatsAbilityFocus(breathweapon),Cleave,Fly-ByAttack,Hover, Multiattack,PowerAttack,WeaponFocus(claw) SkillsBluff+20,Concentration+13,Diplomacy+13,Hide+5,Intimidate+14,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+11,Listen+24,Search+22, SenseMotive+24,Spellcraft+22,Spot+24 BreathWeapon(Su)80-ft.line,onceevery1d4rounds,10d8electricity,ReflexDC25half Dundrendon:Dundrendonnapsonhisshareofhismothers hoard,relyingonBlitsenaxtoalerthimofanydanger.Incombat, thedim-wittedDundrendonsimplymovestowardtheclosestfoe andattacks.BlitsenaxscreamsordersathiminDraconicwhilehe fights,andDundrendonhappilyobeysthem,althoughusuallya roundlaterthanBlitsenaxwouldlike.TorepresentDundrendon, youcanusetheLargeBlueDragonminiature(38/60)from Deathknell.

Area A Relevant Checks


Listen DC Varies: The PCs might hearBlitsenaxpacingif theyhave not alreadyalerted hertotheirpresence(whereupon holds Blitsenax she still). is trying toMoveSilentlyasshe paces because Dundrendon is sleeping.Remember tofactor the PCs distanceinto the DC. SurvivalDC20: A character withthe Track feat makea can Survival check to determine that the claw marks on the ground were made the on previous daybut that other marks weremade several daysoreven weeks earlier.Themarks seem to indicate circlingorpacing rather than movement with anydestinationinmind. They looklike theclaw marksof a dragon.

Area A Summary
Creatures: (2)See areadescrip tions and the Other Cavern Inhabitants sidebar. Traps: An (1) alarm prospell tects cavern the approaching the encounter. Terrain: Cavern Floor: DC 10 Balance check charge run. to or Cavern Ceiling: DC Climb 25 checkand DCincreasesby +5if surface slippery. is Cavern Wall: points vary Hit basedonthickness(hardness8), Climb 20. DC Fungus Forest Squares (see map): Costs2squaresofmove ment enter difficult to this terrain. Note the that dragons cannot burrow through stone the the of cavern the or dungeons. Lighting Conditions: s. Darknes Magic:Faintabjuration(the alarm spell) treasure. plus Detectable Alignments:Mod erate (both evil dragons). Secrets: None. Treasure: (14,500 gp) See below.

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Dundrendon

CR 11

Maleyoungadultbluedragon LELargedragon(earth) Init +0;Senses blindsense60ft.,darkvision120ft.,keensenses; Listen+12,Spot+12 Aura frightfulpresence(DC21,150-ft.radius) Languages Draconic AC26,touch9,flat-footed26 hp189(18HD);DR 5/magic Immune electricity,paralysis,sleep SR 19 Fort +15,Ref +11,Will+13 Speed40ft.(8squares),burrow20ft.,fly150ft.(poor) Melee bite+24(2d6+6)and Melee 2claws+22(1d8+3)and Melee 2wings+21(1d6+3)and Melee tail+22(1d8+9) Space 10ft.;Reach 5ft.(bite10ft.) BaseAtk +18;Grp+28 AtkOptions Cleave,PowerAttack SpecialActions breathweapon SorcererSpellsKnown (CL3rd): 1st(6/day)alarm,shield,Tensersfloatingdisc 0(6/day)dancinglights,detectmagic,ghostsound (DC12),mage hand,resistance Spell-LikeAbilities (CL5th): 3/daycreate/destroywater (DC21) AbilitiesStr23,Dex10,Con19,Int8,Wis15,Cha14 SQsoundimitation(DC21) FeatsAbilityFocus(breathweapon),Cleave,Multiattack,Power Attack,WeaponFocus(bite),WeaponFocus(claw),WeaponFocus (tail) Skills Bluff+14,Concentration+14,Diplomacy+14,Intimidate +19,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+12,Listen+12,Search+12,Sense Motive+12,Spellcraft+12,Spot+12 BreathWeapon(Su)80-ft.line,onceevery1d4rounds,10d8electricity,ReflexDC25half Treasure:DundrendonandBlitsenaxeachhaveasmallhoardof treasuretosleepupon, eacha shareoftheirmothersgreatwealth. Thehoardscontain3,200gp,490sp,1,000cp,5gore-coveredgems worth 50gpeach(fromtheroper),a broochofshielding, ofdrydust n e s s periaptofhealth,pipesofthesewers, and2emptypotionvials , a (thepotionsinsidelongsincedestroyed auseofdestroywater). by Development:DundrendonandBlitsenaxhavenointentionof fightingtothedeath,buttheyarealsounwillingtosurrender.If eitherisdamagedtobelow20hitpoints,bothfleetowardAreaF, roaringawarningtoAuriovosastheygo.However,ifthePCskill DundrendonorBlitsenax,thelivingsiblingfliesintoamurderous rageandthrowsitselfuponthePCs,attackingthePCwholanded thekillingblowtotheexclusionofallothers.Onlydeathofthe dragonorthePCsendsthismanicattack. Unlesstheparty employedsilence spellsforthedurationofthe

battle,itslikelythatbothAuriovosinAreaBandKrakestrosin AreaCheardthebattle(DC30Listen).Ifso,Auriovossendshis undeadtolurethePCstohim,hopingtodrawwhateverthreatens theCultsencampmentawayfromthepreparationsforKrakestross transformation.Forhispart,Krakestroscalmlyalertsthecultistsin AreaEtoanattackandthenprepareshimselfforbattlebycasting shield andhidingamongthestalagmitesinthecave. IfthePartyRests:Ifthepartyretreatstorest, thecultistsfrom AreaEmovetoguardAreaA,andAuriovosandhisundeadmove outintothelargercaverntofindandattackthePCs.

Area B: Auriovoss Lair (EL 14)


WhenthePCsapproachthisarea,readorparaphrasethefollowing. ThefollowingtextassumesAuriovosheardthePCsbattlewithhis siblingsandthatthePCsdidnotfleetorest.Ifconditionsaredifferent,modifytheread-aloudtextandtheencounterdetailstosuit yourneeds. Thecavesplitsintotwoirregularpassageshere.Onecontinues straightandtheotherrunstotheleft.Suddenmovementinthe tunnelstraightaheadcatchesyoureye.Anenormoustwo-headed shapeloomsinthecavernhallandanothertwostandjustbehind it.Evenasoneoftheettinskeletonsheftsajavelintohurlatyou, theothertwobehinditturntorundownthepassage. Havetheplayersrollforinitiative.Theettinskeletonsareunintelligentdespitetheirseeminglyorchestratedbehavior.Auriovos instructedthefirstettinskeletontoattackanynondragonsitfound intheoutercavern,anditinstructedtheotherstoreturntoitonce theyhadbeenspotted.InthiswayAuriovoshopestodrawthePCs awayfromtheothercultistsandforceaconfrontationinhislair. EttinSkeletons(3): Thefirstettinskeletonhurlsjavelinsatthe PCsandthenwadesintobattleswingingitsmorningstars.Theother twoettinskeletonstrytoflee.Rollinitiativeforeachettinskeleton separatelyandcontrolthemseparatelyintheinitiativeordertogive yourselfthebestchanceofmovingoneintothetunnelanddrawing thePCstowardAuriovos. UsethestatisticsintheMonsterManual forettinskeletons (page227).Torepresenttheettinskeletons,youcanuseEttinSkirmisherminiatures(52/60)fromDeathknell. Auriovos: AuriovosawaitsthePCsinthefarendofthecavern, havingmovedtheresincehearingthePCsbattlewithhissiblings.

Area B Summary
Creatures: (4)Threeskeletal ettinsandAuriovos. Traps:None. Terrain:CavernFloor: DC 10Balancechecktochargeor run. Cavern Ceiling: DC 25 ClimbcheckandDCincreases by+5ifsurfaceisslippery. Cavern Wall: Hit points varybasedonthickness(hardness8),ClimbDC20. NotethatAuriovoscannot burrowthroughthestoneof thecavernorthedungeons. LightingConditions:Darkness. Magic:SeeTreasure. Detectable Alignments: Strongevil(theettinskeletons andAuriovos). Secrets:None. Treasure: (7,250 gp) See below.

Area B Relevant Checks


Knowledge(arcana)DC30:A PCwhosucceedsatthischeck understandsAuriovossnature asadracolichandknowsthe fundamentalsofhowitsinvulnerabilityworks.

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Hestandsstillattheentrancetohishoardcave,relyingonthedarknesstohidehim.Withhis120-footdarkvision,hecansilentlywatch thePCsenterwithoutfearofthemseeinghimuntilonegetswithin 60feet.AssoonasitseemsthatallthePCshaveenteredhislair, Auriovosleapsintotheairandfliestowardtheexit,hopingtoblock thePCsretreatandthenattack.Ifanyoftheettinskeletonsare stillalive,heordersthemtoattack.Auriovosuseshisbreath weapon,buthepreferstomakefullattackstoparalyzeasmanyfoes aspossible. TorepresentAuriovos,youcanusetheLargeBlueDragonminiature(38/60)fromDeathknell. destroyedafterthephylactery,thedracolichisdestroyedpermanently. ParalyzingGaze(Su) 40ft.,paralysis2d6rounds,FortitudeDC21 negates.Asuccessfulsaverendersacharacterforeverimmuneto thisdracolichsgaze. ParalyzingTouch(Su) Anycreaturehitbyameleetouchoramelee attack,paralysis2d6rounds,FortitudeDC21negates.Asuccessful savedoesntrenderanyspecialimmunity. Treasure:Auriovosshoardcontains2,400gp,1,500sp,abeadof force,a scrollof stonetoflesh,andascrollof blesswater. Development:IftheettinskeletonsarekilledandthePCs dontseemtobeenteringhiscavern,Auriovosuseshismimicry ability intone ominous to an chant has he heard cultists the sing, hopingthatthehumansounddrawsthePCs.Ifhemust,he movesouttoattackthem.Auriovosattackswithoutfearand until death because knows he that spirit be his can transferred to anotherbody. IfthePartyRests:Ifthepartyrests,theCultoftheDragon swiftlysetstowork.Cultiststakethecorpseofanydeaddragonto AuriovossphylacteryforAuriovostopossess.Theyalsocomplete theprocessofturningKrakestrosintoadracolich.Theybring KrakestrossphylacterytorestwithAuriovossandpositionany woundedlivingdragonwithAthanaxustoguardthem.Withtwo dracolichestoactasguards,thecultiststhenproceedintheirefforts tocreatemorephylacteriesforthelivingdragons.

Auriovos

CR 14

Maleyoungadultbluedragondracolich LELargeundead(augmenteddragon,earth) Init +0;Senses blindsense60ft.,darkvision120ft.,keensenses; Listen+22,Spot+22 Aura frightfulpresence(DC22,150-ft.radius),paralyzinggaze(DC 21,40ft.) Languages Common,Draconic,Elven AC29,touch9,flat-footed29 hp117(18HD);DR 5/magic,5/bludgeoning Immune cold,electricity,paralysis,polymorph,sleep,undeadimmunities(MM 317) SR 21 Fort +11,Ref +11,Will+13 Speed40ft.(8squares),burrow20ft.,fly150ft.(poor);Flyby Attack Melee bite+25(2d6+8plus1d6coldandparalysis)and Melee 2claws+24(1d8+4plus1d6coldandparalysis)and Melee 2wings+23(1d6+4plus1d6coldandparalysis)and Melee tail+23(2d6+12plus1d6coldandparalysis) Space 10ft.;Reach 5ft.(bite10ft.) BaseAtk +18;Grp+30 AtkOptions PowerAttack SpecialActionsbreathweapon,paralyzinggaze(DC21,40ft.) SorcererSpellsKnown (CL3rd): 1st(6/day)alarm,bane(DC14), shield 0(6/day)dancinglights,detectmagic,ghostsound (DC13),mage hand,resistance Spell-LikeAbilities (CL5th): 3/daycreate/destroywater (DC21) Spell-LikeAbilities (CL15th): 3/daycontrolundead AbilitiesStr27,Dex10,Con,Int14,Wis15,Cha16 SQsoundimitation(DC21) FeatsAbilityFocus(breathweapon),FlybyAttack,ImprovedNaturalArmor,ImprovedNaturalAttack(tailsweep),Multiattack, PowerAttack,WeaponFocus(claw) Skills Bluff+22,Concentration+13,Diplomacy+15,Hide+5, Intimidate+16,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+11,Listen+22,Search +22,SenseMotive+22,Spellcraft+22,Spot+22 BreathWeapon(Su)80-ft.line,onceevery1d4rounds,10d8electricity,ReflexDC21half Invulnerability(Ex) Ifadracolichisslain,itsspiritimmediately returnstoitsphylactery.IfanotherMediumorlarger dragonorreptiliancorpse lieswithin 90feetofthephylactery, thespiritinfusesit,risingasaproto-dracolich.Thisproto-dracolichhassomeofthequalitiesofadracolich,butitdoesnot gain thefullabilitiesofa dracolich for2d4 days. the If phylactery isdestroyedwhilethespiritiswithinorthedracolichis

Area C: The Transformation Chamber (EL 14)


WhenthePCsapproachthisarea,readorparaphrasethefollowing. ThetextbelowassumesKrakestrosheardthePCsbattlewithhissiblingsandthatthePCsdidnotfleetorest.Ifconditionsaredifferent,modifytheread-aloudtextandtheencounterdetailstosuit yourneeds. Thisroughlycircularcavernhastwoexitsbesidesthepassageby whichyouentered.Straightahead,adarkenedsetofstairsrisesup somedistance.Anaturalcaveopenstothewest,andfromfar downthatpassagecomestheglowoftorches. WhenthePCsreachthetransformationroomitself,readorparaphrasethefollowing.

Area C Summary
Creatures: (4) Three human 10th-level rogues Krakestros. and Traps: None. Terrain:Cavern Floor: DC 10 Balance check charge run. to or Cavern Ceiling: DC Climb 25 checkandDCincreasesby+5if surface slippery. is Cavern Wall:Hit points vary basedonthickness(hardness8), Climb 20. DC NotethatKrakestroscannot burrow through thestone the of cavern the or dungeons. Lighting Conditions: Br ght i (torches ensconced the in walls). Magic: Treasure. See DetectableAlignments:Fa nt i evil(humanrogues),moderate evil (Krakestros). Secrets: None. Treasure:55,100gpplusthe gear carried the by human rogues; see Treasure.

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Thepassageyoutraveledtogetherecurvestotherightjustasit opensintoatorch-litchamberontheleft-handside.Thisroom, roughly50feetindiameter,holdsastrangearrayofitems.Atop aroughwoodentablesitsachestcarvedofivoryandbejeweled withsapphires.Nearby,atapestry,whichappearstodepictdragonsandspellcasters,drapesoverseveralstalagmites.Twosix-foot longpolesleanagainstthefarwalloveraheapofleatherstraps onthefloorbeneaththem. MakeSpotchecksforthePCsopposedbyHidechecksbyKrakestros andthehumanrogues.Ifthedragonandhisalliesarenotspotted, theyattackwhenaPCmovescloseenoughforatleastoneofthem tochargeinthesurpriseround.Otherwise,theyattackwhenaPC spotsthem. HumanRogues(3): ThesethreecultistsarefromAreaE.They drinktheirpotionsbeforeengagingthePCs.Whenthefightbegins, theyattempttoflankthePCssothattheycaninflictthemost damage.Fanaticandcrazed,theyfighttothedeathtodelaythePCs. Torepresentthehumanrogues,youcanusetheSlayerofDomiel miniature(12/60)fromUnderdark oranyofanumberofroguishlookingD&D miniatures.

Area C Relevant Checks


Knowledge(arcana)DC30:A PCwhosucceedsatthischeck canidentifythejeweledfalse chestasaphylactery. Knowledge(arcana)DC35: A PC succeeds this check who at to this degree canrecognize that becauseno light shines within the phylactery no dragons spiritresideswithinit. Spot DC Varies: Krakestros and the human rogues are hidingwhenthePCsenter.A successful Spot check can reveal them depending on theirHidecheckresults.

Krakestros CR 11
Maleyoungadultbluedragon LELargedragon(earth) Init +0;Senses blindsense60ft.,darkvision120ft.,keensenses; Listen+22,Spot+22 Aura frightfulpresence(DC21,150-ft.radius) Languages Common,Draconic,Elven AC 26,touch9,flat-footed26 hp 189(18HD);DR 5/magic Immune electricity,paralysis,sleep SR 19 Fort +15,Ref +11,Will +13 Speed 40ft.(8squares),burrow20ft.,fly150ft.(poor) Melee bite+23(2d6+6)and Melee 2claws+22(1d8+3)and Melee 2wings+21(1d6+3)and Melee tail+21(1d8+9) Space 10ft.;Reach 5ft.(bite10ft.) BaseAtk +18;Grp+28 AtkOptions Cleave,PowerAttack SpecialActions breathweapon SorcererSpellsKnown(CL3rd): 1st(6/day)alarm,bane (DC13),shield 0(6/day)dancinglights,detectmagic,ghostsound (DC12),mage hand,resistance Spell-LikeAbilities (CL5th): 3/daycreate/destroywater (DC21) Abilities Str23,Dex10,Con19,Int14,Wis15,Cha14 SQ soundimitation(DC21) FeatsAbilityFocus(breathweapon),Cleave,Fly-ByAttack,Multiattack,PowerAttack,Stealthy,WeaponFocus(claw) Skills Bluff+18,Concentration+5,Diplomacy+16,Hide+17,Intimidate+12,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+11,Listen+22,Move Silently+13,Search+22,SenseMotive+12,Spellcraft+22,Spot+22 BreathWeapon(Su)80-ft.line,onceevery1d4rounds,10d8electricity,ReflexDC25half Treasure:The ivory chestisa falsechestand doesnot In open. realityit is a phylacteryworth55,000gp intendedforKrakestross and use.Ignoringitsmagicproperties,thephylacteryis worth2,000gp, andthe sapphiresinsetin itare worth total of5,000 It isa a gp. Small objectwith hardnessof7and a 250hp.It weighs200 pounds. Theonlyotheritemofvalueintheroomisthetapestry,which depictsdragonsandwizardsinbattleandisworth100gp.Thepoles andleatherstrapswereusedtotransportthephylactery,andthe tapestrywastobelaidoverKrakestrosasaceremonialrobeashe madethetransformation.

Rogues CR 10
Humanrogue10 NEMediumhumanoid Init +9;Senses Listen+13,Spot+13 LanguagesCommon,Halfling AC21,touch14,flat-footed21;improveduncannydodge hp67(10HD) Resist improvedevasion Fort +6,Ref +13,Will+4 Speed30ft.(6squares) Melee +1shortsword +14/+9(1d6+2/1920)or Melee +1shortsword +12/+7(1d6+2/1920)and Melee +1shortsword +12/+7(1d6+2/1920) Ranged dagger+12(1d4+1/1920) BaseAtk +7;Grp+8 AtkOptions sneakattack+5d6 CombatGear potionofdisplacement,potionofshieldoffaith+4 Abilities Str12,Dex20,Con14,Int13,Wis10,Cha8 SQtrapsense+3,trapfinding Feats Improved Initiative, Improved Toughness, Two-Weapon Fighting,WeaponFinesse,WeaponFocus(shortsword) SkillsBalance+20,DisableDevice+13,EscapeArtist+6,Hide+19, Jump+16,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+7,Listen+13,Move Silently+18,Search+14,Spot+13,Survival+0(+2whenundergroundandfollowingtracks),Tumble+20 Possessionscombatgearplus two+1shortswords,+2mithralchain shirt,amuletofnaturalarmor+1,cloakofresistance+1,glovesof dexterity+2 Krakestros: Krakestrosattackswithquietfury,flankingwith therogueswhenpossible.Although adversetocatchingthe roguesinhisbreath weapon,Krakestrosdoesbreathonthemif anadvantageouslinehappenstoputtheminharmsway,trustingintheirability tododgethelightning.TorepresentKrake stros, youcanusetheLargeBlueDragonminiature(38/60) fromDeathknell.

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Development:Krakestrosisonthecuspofbecomingadracolich anddoesnotwanttodie.Ifreducedto30hitpointsorfewer,he grabsthephylacteryandfleestoAreaF,hopingtousethefogin thatchambertohidehimselfuntilhehasmorehelpfacingthePCs. WhileKrakestrosandhisalliesbattlethePCs,theothercultists fromAreaEcirclearoundthroughthestairwaypassagetodragoff thebodyofadragonthePCskilled(Auriovospreferably,butalso BlitsenaxorDundrendon).ThecultistswanttotakeittoAuriovoss phylacterysothathisspirithasanotherbodytopossess.IfthePCs avoidtheencounterdescribedabovebygoingupthestairsfromthe firstchamber,Krakestrosandtheroguesgotofetchthebody instead,andthePCsencounterthefightersandbarbariansinthe hallastheynearthetopofthestairs. Adragonbodyweighsroughly2,500pounds.Thismeansthatone ofthedragonscandragacorpseataspeedof5feetperround,two dragonscanmoveacorpseataspeedof30feetasaheavyload,and twoofthecultsbarbariansorfighterscandragthecorpseataspeed of5feet.Havingmultiplecultistsdraggingadragoncorpsedoesnt increasethespeed,buttwobarbariansorfightershelpingasingle dragoncanmoveitataspeedof20feetasaheavyload. IfthePartyRests:Ifthepartyrestsafterthisencounter,the cultistswilllikelygetsomedragonsbodytoAuriovossphylactery, and Thavok will complete the [RTF bookmark start: }OLE_LINK5 dracolich brew [RTF bookmark end: }OLE_LINK5necessarytotransformanotherlivingdragon.Then thePCswillfacetwodracoliches.ShouldthePCshavepossessionof theivoryphylacterywhenthedracolichbrewiscompleted,Thavok, hisapprenticeHurov,andanyremainingcultistsfromAreaE accompanyoneofthelivingdragons,whotravelscloseenoughtothe PCs(within90feet)tocompletethetransformation.Suchagroup thenattacksthePCs.

Area E: Cultist Camp (EL 14 or )


Area E Summary
Creatures: (4 none) Two or 10thlevel half-orc barbarians two and 10th-level human fighters. Traps:None. Terrain:Normal. Lighting Conditions:Br ght i (torches ensconced the in walls). Magic:SeeTreasure. Detectable Alignments: Faintevil(fightersandbarbarians). Secrets:None. Treasure:About10gp;see below.

Area D: Krakestross Hoard (EL )


WhenthePCsapproachthisarea,readorparaphrasethefollowing. Thisroughpassagedeadendsinaplacewherethefloorisstrewn withtreasure. ThetreasurecoveringthefloorisKrakestrosshoard.Fondof portablegoods,Krakestrosshoardhasrelativelyfewcoins. Treasure: Krakestrosshoardcontains240gp,aringofjumping, anadamantinebattleaxe,ascrollofstinkingcloud, andascrollof wallofstone.

Area D Summary
Creatures: None. Traps: None. Terrain:CavernFloor: DC 10Balancechecktochargeor run. Cavern Ceiling: DC 25 ClimbcheckandDCincreases by+5ifsurfaceisslippery. Cavern Wall: Hit points varybasedonthickness(hardness8),ClimbDC20. Lighting Conditions: Darkness. Magic: SeeTreasure. Detectable Alignments: None. Secrets: None. Treasure: (7,250 See gp) below.

Thetextbelowassumesthecultistsinthisareahavemovedoffto fightthePCsormovethecorpseofadragon.Ifconditionsaredifferent,modifytheencounterdetailstosuityourneeds. Fourdoorsopenintothesetwochambersconjoinedbyahallway. Theleft-handchamberonthemapservesassleepingquartersand kitchenforthecultists.Thecultistsusetheright-handchamberasa meditationandworshiproom.Neitherroomhasmuchofvalue;the cultists are accustomed to traveling light in Undermountain. Bedrolls,prayerblankets,andfurniturescroungedfromaroundthe dungeonsmakeupmostoftheobjectsintheroom.Theonlyother featuresofnotearetwoincenseburnersintheright-handchamber andsomecookingutensilsintheleft-handroom. Normally,thethreeroguesfromAreaCareherealongwithfour othercultists,twobarbarians,andtwofighters.YetifKrakestros heardoneofcombatsthePCsengagedinbeforereachinghim,the cultistshavemovedoutasdescribedabove.Ifthebarbariansand fightersareencounteredtogether(perhapsastheydragadragons corpse toward Auriovoss phylactery), they make an EL 14 encounter.Theirprimarygoalistodragthebodyofadragonto Auriovossphylactery,buttheyknowtheycantgetittherewhile beingattackedbythePCs.AssoonasthePCsappear,theystopdraggingthecorpse,buttheydefenditwiththeirlives. HumanFighters(2):Likethebarbarians,thesefighterswere recruitedintotheCultoftheDragonwithpromisesofgreatpower whenthedeaddragonsruletheworld,atimesuretocomesoonwith theRageofDragonsinfullswing.SinceenteringUndermountain, thesefightersandtheirbarbariancompanionshavesurvivedmany fellthreatsandnowrelyononeanotherandbelievefullyintheir cause.Theyfighttothedeathsolongasadragon,Thavok,orLucia isnear,buttheyotherwiseattempttofleetoAreaFifthingsgo poorly.Theydonotsurrenderbutinsteadfighttothedeathifhelp cannotbehadwithinthefogofAreaF. Torepresentthehumanfighters,youcanusetheMercenary Sergeantminiature(27/60)fromUnderdark oranynumberofsuitablefighter-lookingD&Dminiatures.

Fighters
Humanfighter10 NEMediumhumanoid Init +1;Senses Listen+5,Spot+5 Languages Common AC23,touch11,flat-footed22;Dodge,Mobility hp109(10HD)

CR 10

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Fort +12,Ref +7,Will+7 Speed20ft.(4squares) Melee +1 bane against humans bastard sword +18/+13 (1d10+8/1720)or Melee +1baneagainsthumansbastardsword +20/+15(1d10+8plus 2d6/1720;againsthumans) BaseAtk+10;Grp+15 AtkOptions PowerAttack CombatGear potionofcuremoderatewounds,potionofhaste Abilities Str21,Dex13,Con18,Int8,Wis12,Cha8 FeatsDodge,ExoticWeaponProficiency(bastardsword),Greater WeaponFocus(bastardsword),ImprovedCritical(bastardsword), ImprovedToughness(seeCompleteWarrior),IronWill,Lightning Reflexes,Mobility,PowerAttack,WeaponFocus(bastardsword), WeaponSpecialization(bastardsword) SkillsClimb+5,Jump+3,Listen+5,Spot+5 Possessionscombatgearplus +1baneagainsthumansbastardsword (glowsasbrightasatorchwhenwielded),+1fullplate,+1heavy steelshield,cloakofresistance+1,gauntletsofogrepower Half-OrcBarbarians(2): Usethestatisticsforthe10th-levelbarbarianprovidedonpage112oftheDungeonMastersGuide.Alternatively,youcansimplyreplacethebarbarianswithtwomore humanfighters. Torepresentthehalf-orcbarbarians,youcanuseHalf-OrcBarbarianminiatures(26/60)fromArchfiends,Half-OrcExecutioner miniatures(36/60)fromUnderdark,oranynumberofsuitablebarbarian-lookingD&Dminiatures. Treasure: Thesmallincenseburnersontalltripodsareworth5 gpeach.Currentlytheyrefilledwithaslow-burningincensethat produceslittlesmokeandapungentwoodyodor.

Area F Relevant Checks


ListenDCVaries:Ifanydragonsflapthroughthefog,a successful Listen check can revealtheirdirectiondependingontheirMoveSilently checkresults.

andguardianswarddoorwaysandchambersclosertowhereheand hisstudentsdotheirwork. Thespellscausealldoorswithinorabuttingtheirareatobe arcanelocked, andthefogreducesvisibilityto5feet.Inaddition, stinkingcloudspells(DC25Fortitudesave)blankettheareasnoted onthemap,severaldoorsarelostdoorsaspertheguardsand wards spell(DC25Willsave),andafewsquaresarecoveredwitha suggestionspell(DC25Willsave)thatsuggeststhatthecreatureflee whenceitcameasfastaspossiblefor2hoursandnotreturn(the durationofthesuggestion effectis18hours).Thedragonsand cultistsareawareoftheseeffectsandtheirlocations. Development:Ifanyofthedragonsfledhere,theyattackthePCs oncethepartyentersthechamber.Usingblindsensetoknowwhere thePCsarefromadistance,thedragonsbreathelightningandfly throughthefog,hopingtobombardthePCswhilestayingoutof sightandreach.Ifpossible,thedragonstrytolurePCsintothe stinkingcloudandsuggestion areasbyusingtheirbreathweapons frombeyondthem.

Area F: Fog of War (EL Varies)


WhenthePCsapproachthisarea,readorparaphrasethefollowing. Animpenetrablefogfillsthischamberandpreventsyoufrom seeingmorethanafewfeetaheadofyourselves.Despitethehush ofthecoolfog,yougetthesensethattheroomisimmense. Thischamberandseveralbeyondarefilledwithfog.Theseareasare coveredwithpermanentguardsandwards spellsheightenedto9th leveltomakethemmoredifficulttodispelandtoincreasetheDCs oftheattachedeffects.ThesespellswereputinplacebyTrobriand, theMetalMage,whohashissecretschoolofmagicinroomstothe north(seepage28ofCityofSplendors:Waterdeep formoredetails). Thespellsaremeantmerelytodiscourageandconfuseanything comingfromthesouthtowardhiscomplex.Moreformidablespells

Area G: Guardroom (EL 13)


Thedoorinto chamber this from AreaF locked is viaarcanelock. Acultistwizard named Lucia guardsthisarea.Theloverof Thavok,she possesseswandofknock to a open door cultists the for and dragons whosaythe pass phrase, the In name Sammaster. of To helpherguardthispassage,Thavok hasalsoprovided Lucia with stonegolem a andthe ofThavoksapprentice, Hurov,a aid 5th-level wizard. WhetherthePCsknockdownthedoorortricktheirwayin,the stonegolemattemptstoblocktheirpassageandattacksanyone Luciaindicates.Fromsafetybehindthestonegolem,Luciahurls area-affectingspellswithoutfearofdamagingthegolem.Hurov aidsherifthePCsdidnothaveafightinAreaF.Otherwisethe noiseofthebattleinthefoggyroomspurredHurovtorunoffto warnThavokoftroublebrewing(aprocessthattakes7roundsas Hurovrunsthroughthehalls,leavingthedoorsopenbehindhim). Lucia: Usethestatisticsforthe10th-levelwizardprovidedon page125oftheDungeonMastersGuide.Inadditiontotheequip-

Area F Summary
Creatures: Varies. Traps:None. Terrain:Normal. LightingConditions:Darknessandthickfog. Magic:Moderateabjuration (guardsandwards),moderate universal(permanency). Detectable Alignments: Varies. Secrets:None. Treasure:None.

Area G Summary
Creatures: (3 or 2) A stone golem,a10th-level elf wizard (Lucia), anda6th-levelhuman necromancer(Hurov). Traps:None. Terrain:Normal. Lighting Conditions: Br ght i (torches ensconced in the walls). Magic:SeeTreasure. DetectableAlignments:Faint evil(wizards). Secrets:None. Treasure:Seebelow.

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mentlistedthere,Luciacarriesawandofknock with32charges remaining. TorepresentLucia,youcanusetheEvermeetWizardminiature (15/60)fromArchfiends.Alternatively,youcanuseanyofa numberoffemalespellcasterD&Dminiatures. Hurov: Usethestatisticsforthetypicalcultwizardprovidedon page272oftheFORGOTTEN REALMS CampaignSetting.Alternatively,youcanusethestatisticspresentedonthecardforthe[RTF bookmarkstart:}OLE_LINK4CultistoftheDragon[RTFbookmarkend:}OLE_LINK4miniature(48/60)fromArchfiends. (Althoughthatspellcasterisonly4thlevel,Hurovisnotexpected tobeamajorfactorintheencounterevenat6thlevel.) TorepresentHurov,youcanusetheCultistoftheDragonorany ofanumberofmalearcanespellcasterD&Dminiatures. StoneGolem: UsethestatisticsfortheStoneGolem(4/72)from theGiantsofLegendminiaturesset.Ifyoudonthavethatminiature,usethestatisticsfromtheMonsterManual. Treasure: Theonly treasureinthearea iswhatLuciaand Hurov carry. Development: Luciafightstothedeath,determinednottofail herlover.Hurov,ontheotherhand,istheleastcommittedtothe CultoftheDragoncause,andhefleestowarnThavokifthingslook bad.Ifcaptured,HuroviswillingtotellthePCsabouteverything, butonlyifhecanbeabsolutelycertaintheywontharmhimand willhelphimoutofUndermountain. If thePartyRests: If thepartyretreats andfindsa placetorest, Thavokfinishesthedracolichbrewheisworkingonandgivesitto Athanaxus. If the ivoryphylacteryisavailable to him,this trans forms her intoadracolich. Ifit isntavailable, this kills her, and Auriovossspiritcan possessherbody toriseas a dracolich.Oncehe hasdracolichally, a Thavoktakesthe creaturesfromArea the I, dracolich,andseeksthe PCs,hoping todestroythemonceandfor all. livingdragonsbeforeseekingoutthePCs.Ifhesnotwarned, ThavokmightbecaughtbysurprisebycannyPCs. Thavoksdenisas comfortableas hecan managetomakeit. Tattered tapestries hang from iron spikesdriven into thewalls, rugs coverthe floortosoak upthe damp,andhe evenhad has hismenset upa hammockinonecornersothathe andLuciacan sleepwithout lyingonthecoldstone.Continualflame spellscast on someofthe iron spikesbrightentheroom but addno warmth. In asmall side room to the north, Thavokhas set up his workshop,cloistering it fromthe restof theroomthroughtheuse ofsomemore tapestries raidedfromthedungeonas curtains. On thesetables,hehas spread outhisspellbookandthe materialsnecessary tomakedracolich brew. WhenthePCsapproachtheareaindicatedonthemap,reador paraphrasethefollowing. Thisroomswallsbeartatteredtapestriesattachedwithiron spikes.Eachironspikeglowswithawhiteflamethatdoesntseem toburnthefabricofthetapestries.Molderingrugscoverthe floor,andahammockmadeofropeandbigenoughtoholdtwo peoplehangsinonecorner.Atthefarendoftheroom,twolarge tapestriesdrapeacrossanopeninginthewallandcreateanother, smallerchamber. IfThavokisinthechamberandunawareofthePCsapproach,read orparaphrasethefollowing. Behindthosetapestriesyouseethe dirty fringeofsomeonespurple robesbrushingonthefloorasthepersonmoves.Amomentlater, youhear whatsoundslikeabsent-mindedmumbling. ThavokDrusuvious: Unlessalertedtoathreat,Thavokremainsconcentratedonthetaskofcreatingthedracolichbrew.Ifsurprised,he usesa wallofforce spelltosecludehimselfsothat hecanprepare himself forbattle.Ifhecan preparewithout usingthis tactic,he uses wallofforce toseparate oneor morePCsfromhiminbattle.Thavok makeswiseuseofhis spells,castingquickenedspellstofinish offfoes who seemclosetodeathorusingthemtomaintain offensiveon the roundswhenhe needstocasta defensivespell.He castssummonmonster VIIIearlyinthefight,andheevenusesvampirictouch onitif itseemsmorehelpfultohavehitpointsthanan allyinthe fight. Thavokisawanandgreasymanwithaslighthunchinhisshoulders.Hewearsthepurplerobesthatarethesignofauthorityinthe CultoftheDragon.Incombatheisboastfulanddramatic.For example,whenhedrinkshispotionshetossestheliquidintohis mouthandhurlsthepotionbottleawaytoshatteragainstthewall. TorepresenttheThavok,youcanusetheGrimNecromancer miniature(36/60)fromDeathknell oranyofanumberofevilspellcasterD&Dminiatures.

Area H: Thavoks Den (EL 15)


ThavokDrusuvioushastakenthisdistantchamberashisroomto providehimselfandLuciaprivacyandtogivehimsomepeacewhile heworksonthedracolichbrew.Whentheadventurebegins,the dracolichbrewrequiresanother10hoursofThavoksworkuntilit iscomplete,andThavokhasbenthiswilltothistaskanddemanded thathenotbedisturbed.Sinceheissofarawayfromareasof combatandisalsodistractedbyhiswork(5toListenchecks),itis unlikelythatThavokknowsaboutthePCsintrusionunlesssomeone comestowarnhim.HereceivessuchawarningifthePCsretreatto restorifHurovescapesthebattleinAreaG.IfwarnedthatthePCs arenear,hecastsspellsonhimselfinpreparationforbattle.Otherwise,Thavokcompletesthedracolichbrew andgivesittooneofthe

Thavok Drusuvious

CR 15

Area H Summary
Creatures: (1) A 15th-level necromancer. Traps:None. Terrain:Normal. LightingConditions:Bright (continualflame spellsonthe ironspikesinthewall). Magic: Faint evocation (continualflame spells)and treasure(seeTreasure). Detectable Alignments: Moderate evil (Thavok Drusuvious). Secrets:None. Treasure:Seebelow.

Humannecromancer15 NEMediumhumanoid Init +1;Senses Listen+3,Spot+3 Languages Chondathan, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Illuskan,Undercommon AC15,touch15,flat-footed13 hp114(15HD);regenerates1pointofdamage/hour Fort +13,Ref +11,Will+13 Speed30ft.(6squares) Melee mwkdagger+9/+4(1d4+1/1920)or Melee touch+8(spell) Ranged mwkdagger+10(1d4+1)or Ranged touch+9(spell) BaseAtk +7;Grp+8 SpecialActions SuddenSilentSpell,SuddenStillSpell

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CombatGear potionofbarkskin+3,potionofdisplacement SpellsPrepared (CL15th; prohibitedschools:enchantment,illusion): 8thhorridwilting (DC26,+2d6damageagainsthumansand elves),summonmonsterVIII 7thfingerofdeath [RTFbookmarkstart:}OLE_LINK14(2) (DC25[RTFbookmarkstart:}OLE_LINK13,+2d6damage against humans[RTF bookmark end: }OLE_LINK13 and elves)[RTFbookmarkend:}OLE_LINK14,quickened lightning bolt (DC19,+2d6damageagainsthumansandelves) 6thdisintegrate (+9rangedtouch,DC22,+2d6damageagainst humansandelves),maximized fireball (DC19,+2d6damage againsthumansandelves),greaterdispelmagic,repulsion (DC22), maximized vampirictouch (+8meleetouch;+2d6damageagainst humansandelves) 5thconeofcold (2)(DC21,+2d6damageagainsthumansand elves),quickened magicmissile (2)(5missiles,+2d6damageagainst humansandelves),wallofforce,wavesoffatigue 4thenervation (2)(+9rangedtouch),fireshield (+2d6damage againsthumansandelves),lesserglobeofinvulnerability,maximized rayofenfeeblement(+9rangedtouch),stoneskin 3rdfireball(DC19,+2d6damageagainsthumansandelves), lightningbolt (DC19,+2d6damageagainsthumansandelves),slow (DC19),stinkingcloud (DC19),vampirictouch(2)(+8meleetouch; +2d6damageagainsthumansandelves) 2ndblindness/deafness (2)(DC20),catsgrace,falselife,glitterdust (DC18),knock(2) 1stgrease,magearmor,magicmissile (2)(5missiles,+2d6 damageagainsthumansandelves),protectionfromgood,rayof enfeeblement (+9rangedtouch),shield 0detectmagic,rayoffrost (2)(+9rangedtouch,+2d6humans and elves), touch of fatigue [RTF bookmark start: }OLE_LINK16(2[RTFbookmarkend:}OLE_LINK16)[RTF bookmarkstart:}OLE_LINK15(+8meleetouch;[RTFbookmark end:}OLE_LINK15DC18) Abilities Str12,Dex14,Con18,Int22,Wis10,Cha13 FeatsBaneMagic(elves)*,BaneMagic(humans)*,CraftWondrous Item,GreaterSpellFocus(necromancy),ImprovedToughness**, MaximizeSpell,QuickenSpell,ScribeScroll,SpellFocus(necromancy),SuddenSilentSpell***,SuddenStillSpell*** * HeroesofHorror **CompleteAdventurer ***CompleteArcane SkillsBluff+6,Concentration+22,Diplomacy+10,Disguise+1(+3 acting),Intimidate+8,Knowledge(arcana)+18,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+11,Knowledge(geography)+13,Knowledge(history) +11,Knowledge(religion)+15,Knowledge(theplanes)+15,Listen +3,SenseMotive+6,Spellcraft+25(+27necromancy),Spot+3,Survival+0(+2onotherplanes,+2underground) Possessionscombat gear plusmasterwork dagger, ringofprotection+2, cloakof resistance ring mind +4, of shielding, rhomboid stone, pink ioun scarletand blue sphere stone, ioun pearly whitespindle iounstone Spellbook spellspreparedplus0acidsplash,arcanemark,dancing lights, detect poison, disrupt undead, light, mending, message, open/close,prestidigitation,readmagic,resistance; 1stalarm,comprehendlanguages,identify,shockinggrasp,Tensersfloatingdisc; 2ndarcanelock,continualflame,flamingsphere,foxscunning, gustofwind,ropetrick;3rdarcanesight,daylight,dispelmagic, Leomundstinyhut,tongues,windwall;4thdimensiondoor,ice storm,Otilukesresilientsphere,shout,wallofice; 5thlesserplanar binding,sending,telekinesis; 6thchainlightning,fleshtostone, symbolofpersuasion; 7thcontrolundead,delayedblastfireball, powerwordblind; 8thdimensionallock,polarray,symbolofdeath. Treasure: InadditiontoThavoksequipment,theroomcontains asmallchestcontaining550gp(thecellspaybox)andthedracolichbrew, whichifcompleteisworth5,000gp.Dracolichbrew isan ingestedpoisonthatdeals2d6pointsofConstitutiondamageon eachfailedsave.Itautomaticallyslaysthedragonforwhichitisprepared.Atthebeginningoftheadventure,Thavokispreparingitfor Krakestros.ShouldKrakestrosbekilledbeforethedracolichbrew is complete,heinsteadpreparesitforAthanaxus. Development: Thavokfightstothedeath,butifhebelievesthat othermembersofhiscultcellarealive,hemakesanefforttomove towardthemashefightsthePCs.IfheandLuciaareslain,thisCult oftheDragoncelldisintegrateswithoutitsleadership.Thedragons bullythecultistsforawhile,buttheyeventuallytireofitandattack them.Thisbattlecausesthedragonsandcultiststoseparate,bothof themwanderingoffintotheUndermountaintounknownfates.If LuciasomehowsurvivesThavok,thePCshaveearnedaneternal enemy.LuciawilldoallinherpowertothwartthePCswithout directlyconfrontingthemuntilshethinksshehasamassedenough power(anddracoliches)todoawaywiththempermanently. IfthePartyRests: IfthepartyrestsafterfightingThavokinhis lair,verylittlechanges.AnylivingfoesinAreasIandJremainhunkereddownunlesssomeonecomesandalertsthemtothethreat.

Area I: The Caves (EL 14)


ThetextbelowassumesthePCsdidnotretreattorestaftertheir encounterinAreaG.Ifconditionsaredifferent,modifythereadaloudtextandtheencounterdetailstosuityourneeds. IntheirmanyyearsofwanderingUndermountain,theblue dragonsiblingsneveroncesuccumbedtothetemptationofincest. Evenso,eachmadeafewattemptsatmating.Inmostcases,this occurredwithadragonlikecreaturethegroupencountered.Such couplingsrarelyresultedinlivingoffspring,andthedragonsnever tookthehalf-childrenwiththemastheytraveledoncetheygrew largeenoughtotakecareofthemselves.OnlyAthanaxustookmuch interestinthosetowhomshegavebirth,andshewouldoftensplit offfromtheotherstoseekoutheroffspringifshespottedsignsof theirpassagethroughthetunnels. WhenThavoklearnedofthesehalf-dragonorphans,heencouragedthebluedragonsiblingstomakepeaceablecontactwiththem sothattheymightaidtheCultoftheDragoncause.Noneofthe dragonsareparticularlyinterestedintheCultsgoalsbeyondhowit canbenefitthem,butAthanaxusdelightedatthethoughtofbringingherchildrenandniecesandnephewstogether.Herefforts gatheredthreeofthesecreatures:Twoareherownchildrenandone isthechildofAuriovos.

Area I Summary
Creatures: (3) A half-blue dragoneight-headedpyrohydra, ahalf-blue-dragon darknaga, anda half-blue-dragon yrthak Traps:None. Terrain: Cavern Floor: DC 10 Balance check charge run. to or Cavern Ceiling: DC 25 ClimbcheckandDCincreases by+5ifsurfaceisslippery. Cavern Wall: Hit points varybasedonthickness(hardness8),ClimbDC20. Lighting Conditions: s. Darknes Magic:SeeTreasure. Detectable Alignments: nt Fa i evil (half-blue-dragon eightheadedpyrohydra half-blueand dragon dark naga), moderate evil (half-blue-dragon yrthak) Secrets:None. Treasure: 17,000 see gp; below.

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Thethreehalf-dragonsliveinthesecaves,eachclaimingonespur ofthecavernsasitsown.Theyshareanuneasytrucewitheach otherandobeythedragonsonlysolongasfoodismadereadily available.ThethreesharethetaskofguardingAthanaxusslair fromintrusionbyanybutthebluedragonsorthecultists,whom theyhavelearnedtorecognizebysightandvoice. [RTFbookmarkstart:}OLE_LINK11 WhenthePCsapproach the area indicated on the map, read or paraphrase the following.[RTFbookmarkend:}OLE_LINK11 Thenarrowpassageyouhavebeenmovingthroughopensintoa largercavernthatbranchesoffinafewdirections.Aroundthe cornerofonepassage,youseewhatappearstobetheedgeofa doorsetinthestone. Thehalf-dragonsareawakeandalertafterhavingheardthecommotionofbattleinthehallstothenorth.WhenthePCsmovedown anyoftheirtunnelsorapproachthedoortoAthanaxusslair,two ofthemattack.Theyopencombatwiththeirbreathweapons, hopingtotakedownthePCsinonefellswoop.Thehalf-blue-dragon darknagastaysoutofthefightforthefirst2roundstocastshield and displacement. Half-Blue-DragonEight-HeadedPyrohydra: Thispurplish-blue monstrosityboundsoutofitscavetounleashitslightningattack. Onthefollowinground,itbreathesfireandattemptstocatchas manyofthepartymembersaspossible.Leastintelligentofthehalfdragons,ittriesnottohititsallieswithitsfierybreath,butsometimesitfailstoproperlyjudgetheirdistance.Torepresentthe half-blue-dragoneight-headedpyrohydra,youcanusethe[RTF bookmarkstart:}OLE_LINK17Behirminiature(66/72)from GiantsofLegend.[RTFbookmarkend:}OLE_LINK17 thisblue-greencreaturetowalkasitbattlesfoes,aprospectitdetests butsufferstoappeaseitsmother,Athanaxus.Itusesitssoniclance asoftenaspossibleagainstfoes.Torepresentthehalf-blue-dragon yrthak,youcanusetheBehirminiature(66/72)fromGiantsof Legend.

Half-Blue-Dragon Yrthak

CR 11

LEHugebluedragon(earth)(augmentedmagicalbeast) Init +2;Senses blindsight120ft.;Listen+20,Spot+1 Languages Draconic AC22,touch10,flat-footed20 hp126(12HD) Immune electricity,gazeattacks,illusions,paralysis,sleep,visual effects Fort +12,Ref +10,Will+5 Weakness sonic Speed20ft.(4squares),fly60ft.(average);FlybyAttack Melee bite+19(2d8+9)and Melee 2claws+7(1d8+4) Rangedsoniclance+12rangedtouch(6d6sonic) Space 15ft.;Reach 10ft. BaseAtk +12;Grp+29 AtkOptions Snatch SpecialActionsbreathweapon,explosion Abilities Str28,Dex14,Con19,Int9,Wis13,Cha13 FeatsEndurance,FlybyAttack,ImprovedInitiative,Multiattack, Snatch SkillsHide+1,Listen+20,MoveSilently+17,SenseMotive+8, Tumble+9 BreathWeapon(Su)60-ft.line,onceeveryday,6d8electricity, ReflexDC20half Explosion(Su)60-ft.range,10-ft.radius,onceevery2rounds (countsasuseofsoniclance),2d6piercing SonicLance(Su)60-ft.ray,onceevery2rounds,6d6sonic Half-Blue-DragonDarkNaga: Themostintelligentbyfarofthe half-dragons,thiscreatureisthedaughterofAuriovos.Shehasno particularloyaltytotheCultortothedragons,butwhenAthanaxus approachedherwithanallianceproposal,shedecidedtoentertain theidea.Torepresentthehalf-blue-dragondarknaga,youcanuse theDarkNagaminiature(33/60)fromUnderdark ortheBright Nagaminiature(45/60)fromDragoneye.

Half-Blue-Dragon Eight-Headed Pyrohydra

CR 11

Malebluedragon LEHugedragon(earth)(augmentedmagicalbeast) Init +1;Senses darkvision60ft.,low-lightvision,scent;Listen+13, Spot+13 Languages Draconic AC22,touch9,flat-footed21 hp103(8HD);fasthealing18 Immune electricity,fire,paralysis,sleep Fort +12,Ref +7,Will+4 Speed20ft.(4squares),swim20ft.,fly40ft.(average) Melee 8bites+15(2d6+8)and Melee 2claws+9(1d8+4) Space 15ft.;Reach 10ft. BaseAtk +8;Grp+24 AtkOptions CombatReflexes SpecialActionsbreathweapons Abilities Str27,Dex12,Con22,Int4,Wis10,Cha11 FeatsCombatReflexes[B],IronWill,Toughness,WeaponFocus (bite) SkillsListen+13,Spot+13,Swim+27 BreathWeapon(Su)60-ft.line,onceeveryday,6d8electricity, ReflexDC20half BreathWeapon(Su)10ft.high,10ft.wide,20ft.long,allheads onceevery1d4rounds,3d6fireperhead,ReflexDC20half Half-Blue-DragonYrthak: Thecloseconfinesofthecavernforce

Half-Blue-Dragon Dark Naga


LELargebluedragon(earth)(augmentedaberration) Init +2;Senses darkvision60ft.;Listen+16,Spot+16 LanguagesCommon,Draconic,Elven

CR 10

AC18,touch11,flat-footed16;Dodge hp76(9HD) Immune electricity,mind-reading,paralysis,poison,sleep Fort +6,Ref +7,Will+8;+2againstcharm effects Speed40ft.(8squares),fly80ft.(average) Meleesting+11(2d4+6pluspoison)and Melee bite+6(1d8+3)and Melee 2claws+6(1d6+3)

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Space 10ft.;Reach 5ft. BaseAtk+6;Grp +16 AtkOptions poison(DC17,2d4minutesofsleep,initialonly) SpecialActionsbreathweapon,poison,spells SorcererSpellsKnown (CL7th): 3rd(5/day)displacement,lightningbolt (DC17) 2nd(7/day)catsgrace,invisibility,scorchingray (+8ranged touch) 1st(7/day)expeditiousretreat,magicmissile,rayofenfeeblement (+8rangedtouch),shield,silentimage (DC15) 0 (6/day)daze (DC 14), detect magic, light, mage hand, open/close,rayoffrost (+8rangedtouch),readmagic Abilities Str22,Dex15,Con16,Int18,Wis15,Cha19 SQdetectthoughts FeatsAlertness,CombatCasting,Dodge,EschewMaterials[B], LightningReflexes SkillsBluff+16,Concentration+15,Diplomacy+18,Hide+4,Intimidate+18,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+10,Listen+16,Sense Motive+14,Spellcraft+16,Spot+16 BreathWeapon(Su)60-ft.line,onceeveryday,6d8electricity, ReflexDC17half DetectThoughts(Su)continuousasdetectthoughts spell,CL15th, WillDC16negates Treasure: Thethreehalfdragonseachhaveaseparatehoard worthabout5,600gp.Intotal,thehoardscontain3,645gp,5,000 sp,5500cp,ajavelinoflightning,+1mithralshirt,ringoffeather falling,ropeofclimbing,silverravenfigurineofwondrouspower, and scrolloftreestride. Development: Frustratedthatthehumansseemtoberunning thingsandthatshehasbeenrelegatedtoguardduty,thehalf-bluedragondarknagacastsinvisibilityandfleesifreducedtohalfher hitpoints.Thehalf-blue-dragoneight-headedpyrohydraandhalfblue-dragonyrthak,ontheotherhand,areAthanaxusschildren, andtheyfleetoherlairifreducedto20hitpointsorfewer. IftheParty Rests: If thepartyretreatstosomesafeplaceforrest aftercomingthisfar,anysurvivingcultistsdeliverthe newsofthe deathofhersiblingstoAthanaxus,and carrying theAuriovossphylactery with them,theyseek final battlewiththe a PCs.Ifnooneis aroundtoinformAthanaxusofthefate ofhersisterand brothers andthe restofthe Cult, shewaits forseveralhoursbeforecallingout to her children. When she receives no answer,she retrieves Auri ovossphylacteryand investigates. IfthePCshave notreturnedby then, Athanaxusputsthoughtsofrevengeoutsofhermindandflees.

Area J Summary
Creatures: (1 more) or Athanaxus andperhapsoneormoreprotodracol iches Traps:None. Terrain:Normal. Lighting Conditions: s. Darknes Magic: Faint necromancy (d e s e c r a t e,moderate universal ) (permanency), andseeTreasure. Detectable Alignments: nt Fa i evil(desecrate),moderateevil (Athanaxus). Secrets:None. Treasure: (7,250 gp) See below.

placededicatedtoLolth,itswallsbearintricatewebcarvingsand spiderdesigns.Athanaxusremainsinthisroomatopherpileof treasureandattacksanyPCswhoenter. WhenthePCsapproachtheareaindicatedonthemap,reador paraphrasethefollowing. Spidersandwebsofcarvedstoneclingtothewallsandceilingof thischamberinanartfularrangement.Marringthisgrandeurare afewcracksandholesinthebas-relief.Atopapileofcoinsthat spillsouttotheedgesoftheroomstandsalargebluedragon.The grandeurofthiscreatureismarredonlybytheuglyscaronthe stumpofitstail. PermanentDesecrate: A desecratespellaffectsthisroom,thehall leadingtoAreaK,andAreaK.BecauseanaltartoLolthstandsin thecenterofAreaK,thespellcausesa6penaltyonturning checks,andtheareagrantsundeada+2profanebonusonattack rolls,plusitgivesthem+2HitDiceand+2hitpointsperHitDie. RememberthiswhenAuriovossspiritanimatesadragonsbodyas aproto-dracolich. Proto-Dracolich: Ifanycreatureofthedragontypedieswithin theroomthatconstitutesAthanaxusslair,AreaK,orthehallway leadinguptoAreaK,Auriovossspiritcanpossessit.Ifpossessed, thebodyrisesasaproto-dracolichonthefollowinground.Ifitis destroyed,Auriovossspiritreturnstohisphylacteryandisthus capableofpossessingthebodyofanothercreatureofthedragon type.Iftheproto-dracolichisnotdestroyed,itturnsintoAuriovos, whollyinbodyandmind,in2d4days. Usethetemplateintheappendixtodeterminethestatisticsof theproto-dracolich. Athanaxus:Athanaxusattacksinafury,butsherefusestoleave thechamberunlessitistomoveclosertothephylactery.Ifoneof herchildrenturnsintoadracolich,Athanaxusdoesnothingbut defendherselfforaroundwhilesheconsiderstheevent.Ifanycharactermovespasthertowardthephylactery,Athanaxusfollows,but shewaitsforthesymbolofdeathinAreaKtodoitsworkbefore enteringthatchamber. TorepresentAthanaxus,youcanusetheLargeBlueDragon miniature(38/60)fromDeathknell.

Area J: Athanaxuss Lair (EL 11 to 15)


ThischamberservesasAthanaxusslair.Sheneverstraysfarfrom itbecauseThavoktoldherthatifAuriovosshoulddie,thephylacterywillmakeheradracolichsolongassheremainsclose.Asthe leastfavoredofthefivedragons,hertransformationtodracolichdomwillcomelast,andsheseagertotakeadvantageofAuriovoss death.OfcourseThavokdidnttellAthanaxusthatsheneedstobe deadfirst,orthatshouldAuriovosbekilledandturnherbodyinto adracolich,hersoulwillnotbeincontrol.Forherpart,Athanaxus ispleasedtoremainnearherchildrenandawaitAuriovossdeathor herturn. ThechamberAthanaxususesasalairisthemostelaboratelydecoratedoftheroomsinthispartofUndermountain.Onceaholy

Athanaxus

CR 11

Femaleyoungadultbluedragon LELargedragon(earth) Init +0;Senses blindsense60ft.,darkvision120ft.,keensenses; Listen+22,Spot+22 Aura frightfulpresence(DC21,150-ft.radius) Languages Common,Draconic,Elven AC 26,touch9,flat-footed26 hp 189(18HD);DR 5/magic Immune electricity,paralysis,sleep

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SR 19 Fort +15,Ref +11,Will +13 Speed 40ft.(8squares),burrow20ft.,fly150ft.(poor) Melee bite+23(3d6+6)and Melee 2claws+22(2d6+3)and Melee 2wings+21(1d8+3)and Melee tail+21(1d8+9) Space 10ft.;Reach 5ft.(bite10ft.) BaseAtk +18;Grp+28 AtkOptions PowerAttack SpecialActions breathweapon SorcererSpellsKnown(CL3rd): 1st(6/day)alarm,bane (DC13),shield 0(6/day)dancinglights,detectmagic,ghostsound (DC12),mage hand,resistance Spell-LikeAbilities (CL5th): 3/daycreate/destroywater (DC21) Abilities Str23,Dex10,Con19,Int14,Wis15,Cha14 SQ soundimitation(DC21) Feats AbilityFocus(breathweapon),ImprovedNaturalAttack (bite),ImprovedNaturalAttack(claw),ImprovedNaturalAttack (wing),Multiattack,PowerAttack,WeaponFocus(claw) Skills Bluff+22,Concentration+13,Diplomacy+15,Hide+5, Intimidate+16,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+11,Listen+22,Search +22,SenseMotive+22,Spellcraft+22,Spot+22 BreathWeapon(Su) 80-ft.line,onceevery1d4rounds,10d8electricity,ReflexDC25half Treasure: Athanaxusstandsatopapileoftreasuremadeup whollyofcoins:100pp,3,000gp,30,000sp,and25,000cp. Development: ThePCsarentlikelytoendthisencounteruntil someonedestroysthephylacteryinAreaK.Ofcourse,doingsopresentsitsownthreat(seeAreaKfordetails). IfthePartyRests: Ifthepartyretreatstosomesafeplaceforrest withoutdestroyingAuriovossphylactery,adracolichcanlikely arisetofacethePCsagain.Ifanyofthecultistsorotherdragons arealive,theyandthedracolichseekoutthePCs.

Spidersandwebsofcarvedstonecontinuethroughthehalland intothechamberahead.Withinthatroomyouseeawidealtar ofblackstone,andatopitrestsacoffermadeofobsidian.You noteadarkredglowwithinthatpulsesslowlyjustbeforeaglowingyellowsymbolflashesintobeingonitsside! SymbolofDeath:Thavokhas placedasymbolofdeath upontheside ofthe phylacteryfacing the It issetto hall. trigger ifany nondragon andnoncultistwithin 30feetlooks atit(whichcan happeninthe hallleadinguptothe phylactery). The Fortitude tonegate save the effecthas aDC of29.The symbolisconsideredaCR 8trap. PermanentDesecrate: A desecratespellaffectsthisroom,thehall leadingtoAreaJ,andAreaJ.BecauseanaltartoLolthstandsinthe centerofthisroom,thespellcausesa6penaltyonturningchecks, andtheareagrantsundeada+2profanebonusonattacks,plusthey gain+2HitDiceand+2hitpointsperHitDie.Rememberthiswhen Auriovossspiritanimatesadragonsbodyasaproto-dracolich. Proto-Dracolich: Ifanycreatureofthedragontypedieswithin theroomthatconstitutesAthanaxusslair,AreaK,orthehallway leadinguptoAreaK,Auriovossspiritcanpossessit.Ifpossessed, thebodyrisesasaproto-dracolichonthefollowinground.Ifitis destroyed,Auriovossspiritreturnstohisphylacteryandisthus capableofpossessingthebodyofanothercreatureofthedragon type.Iftheproto-dracolichisnotdestroyed,itturnsintoAuriovos, whollyinbodyandmind,in2d4days. Usethetemplateintheappendixtodeterminethestatisticsof theproto-dracolich. Treasure:Theobsidiancofferisafalsechestanddoesnotopen. InrealityitisAuriovossphylacteryandisworth55,000gp.Ignoringitsmagicproperties,thephylacteryisworth2,000gp,andthe onyxgemsinsetinitareworthatotalof5,000gp.ItisaSmall objectwithahardnessof8and400hp.Itweighs100pounds.

Area K: Auriovos Phylactery (EL 8)


AuriovossphylacteryrestsinthechamberatopanaltartoLolth thatstandsinthecenteroftheroom.TheroomisdecoratedsimilarlytoAreaJ. WhenthePCsapproachtheareaindicatedonthemap,reador paraphrasethefollowing.ThetextassumesthatAuriovoshasbeen destroyedandthataPCiswithin30feet.Ifthisisnotthecase, changethedescriptionasnecessary.

Appendix: Proto-Dracolich Creature


Aproto-dracolichresultswhenadracolichiskilledanditsspiritpossessesthedeadbodyofareptiliancreatureorcreatureofthedragon type.ThedeadbodymustbelargelyintactandofMediumorlarger size;mostimportantly,itmustretainitshead.Thedracolichsoriginalbodyisidealbecausethedracolichcanpossessitautomatically. Withanyotherbody,thedracolichmustmakeaCharismacheck (DC10foratruedragon,DC15foranyothercreatureofthe dragontype,DC20foranyotherkindofreptiliancreaturesuchas agiantsnakeorlizardfolk).Ifthecheckfails,thedracolichcan neverpossessthatbody.Ifthebodyisthatoftheoriginaldracolich, itariseswithallitsoriginalpowers.Ifitisanewbody,itbecomesa proto-dracolich. Aproto-dracolichretainstheformofthehostbodyfor2d4days whileitacclimatesitselftothebody.Whileinproto-dracolichform, itretainsthememoriesandpersonalityoftheoriginaldracolich,but itderivesitsabilitiesfromthebodyitinhabits.Attheendofthe acclimationperiod,thebodytransformsinaburstofdarkpower, whollybecomingtheoriginalundeadbodyofthedracolichthatpossessedthedeaddragon,grantingallthenormaldracolichpowersand traits.

Area K Summary
Creatures: None. Traps:Symbolofdeath. Terrain:Normal. Lighting Conditions:Shad owy illumination (from the glowofAuriovossphylactery). Magic:Strong necromancy (Auriovossphylactery), strong necromancy (symbolofdeath). Detectable Alignments: nt Fa i evil (fighters barbarians). and Secrets:None. Treasure:SeeTreasure.

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Sample Proto-Dracolich
ThisexampleusesAthanaxusasthebasecreature.

Proto-Dracolich Auriovos (FormerlyA thanaxus) CR1 2


Femaleyoungadultbluedragon(proto-dracolich) LELargeundead(augmentedundead,earth) Init +0;Senses blindsense60ft.,darkvision120ft.,keensenses; Listen+22,Spot+22 Languages Common,Draconic,Elven;cantspeak AC 26,touch9,flat-footed26 hp 117(18HD);DR 5/magic,5/bludgeoning Immune cold,electricity,paralysis,polymorph,sleep,undeadimmunities(MM 317) SR 22 Fort +11,Ref +11,Will +13 Speed 40ft.(8squares),burrow20ft.,fly150ft.(poor) Melee bite+23(3d6+6plusparalysis)and Melee 2claws+22(2d6+3plusparalysis)and Melee 2wings+21(1d8+3plusparalysis)and Melee tail+21(1d8+9plusparalysis) Space 10ft.;Reach 5ft.(bite10ft.) BaseAtk +18;Grp+28 AtkOptions PowerAttack SpecialActions paralyzinggaze Abilities Str23,Dex10,Con,Int14,Wis15,Cha16 Feats AbilityFocus(breathweapon),ImprovedNaturalAttack (bite),ImprovedNaturalAttack(claw),ImprovedNaturalAttack (wing),Multiattack,PowerAttack,WeaponFocus(claw) Skills Bluff+22,Concentration+13,Diplomacy+15,Hide+5, Intimidate+16,Knowledge(dungeoneering)+11,Listen+22,Search +22,SenseMotive+22,Spellcraft+22,Spot+22 Invulnerability(Ex) Ifaproto-dracolichisslain,itsspiritimmediatelyreturnstoitsphylactery.IfanotherMediumorlargerdragon orreptiliancorpselieswithin90feetofthephylactery,thespirit infusesit,risingasaproto-dracolich.Thisproto-dracolichhassome ofthequalitiesofadracolich,butitdoesnotgainthefullabilities ofadracolichfor2d4days.Ifthephylacteryisdestroyedwhilethe spiritiswithinorthedracolichisdestroyedafterthephylactery,the dracolichisdestroyedpermanently. ParalyzingGaze(Su) 40ft.,paralysis2d6rounds,FortitudeDC21 negates.Ifthesavingthrowissuccessful,thevictimisforever immunetotheproto-dracolichsparalyzinggaze(butnotthatofits truedracolichform).Ifitfails,thevictimisparalyzedfor2d6 rounds. ParalyzingTouch(Su) Anycreaturehitbyameleetouchoramelee attack,paralysis2d6rounds,FortitudeDC21negates.Asuccessful savedoesntrenderanyspecialimmunity.

SizeandType: Thecreaturestypebecomesundead.Donotrecalculatethecreaturesbaseattackbonus,saves,orskillpoints.Sizeis unchanged. Attacks: Aproto-dracolichcannotmakecrushattacksevenifit wascapableofdoingsowhenthebasecreaturewasalive. Damage: Asuccessfulmeleeattackmightparalyzethevictim(see below). SpecialAttacks:Aproto-dracolichlosesanyfrightfulpresence, breathweapon,andcrushspecialattacksofthebasecreature.It cannotcastspellsorusespell-likeabilities,norcanitevenspeak. Paralyzing (Su): The Gaze gazeofa proto-dracolichsglowing eyes can paralyzevictims within40feetifeachvictim failsaFortitude save(DC + 10 1/2proto-dracolichs HD+proto-dracolichsChamodifier). the If saving throw issuccessful,the creatureisforeverimmune tothe proto-dracolichsparalyzing gaze(but notthat ofits truedra colich form). Ifitfails,thevictimis paralyzedfor 2d6rounds. ParalyzingTouch(Su):Acreaturestruckbyanyofaproto-dracolichsmeleeattackswithitsnaturalweaponsmustmakeaFortitudesave(DC10+1/2proto-dracolichsHD+proto-dracolichsCha modifier)orbeparalyzedfor2d6rounds.Asuccessfulsavingthrow againstthiseffectdoesnotconferanyspecialimmunitytolaterparalyzingtouchattacks. SpecialQualities: Aproto-dracolichretainsallthespecialqualities ofthebasecreatureandgainsthosedescribedbelow. DamageReduction(Ex): Aproto-dracolichhasdamagereduction 5/bludgeoning. Immunities: Inadditiontothestandardundeadimmunities,a proto-dracolichisimmunetopolymorph,cold,andelectricity effects. Invulnerability(Ex):Ifaproto-dracolichisslain,thedracolichs spiritinstantlyreturnstoitsphylactery.Fromthereitcanattempt topossessthedeadbodyofanotherMediumorlargerdragonorreptiliancreaturewithin90feet,perhapseventhebodyitjustleftifit remainslargelyintact. SpellResistance(Ex): Becomingaproto-dracolichincreasesthe basecreaturesspellresistanceby+3.Aproto-dracolichalwayshasa spellresistanceofatleast16. UndeadTraits: Aproto-dracolichpossessesallthetraitsof undeaddescribedintheMonsterManual glossary. Abilities:Being undead,a proto-dracolich noConstitutionscore has (use its Charisma score to determine the saving throw ofspecial attacks that previously relied upon Constitution). In addition, the basecreaturesCharismascoreincreasesby2. Otherwise,theprotodracolichsabilitiesscoresremain thesameasthebasecreature. Organization: Solitary. ChallengeRating: Sameasthebasecreature+1. Alignment: Sameasthepossessingdracolich. Advancement: LevelAdjustment:

About the Author


OnceEditor-in-ChiefofDragonmagazineandnowagamedesigner atWizardsoftheCoast,MatthewSernett wroteinaDragon editorialthattheresnothinginD&D helikesbetterthanwhenthe adventurersfleethroughthedungeon,runningpell-mellthrough trapsandpastmonstersbecausewhatchasesthemisworse.Whenhe wrotethat,MatthewwasthinkingaboutUndermountain.

Creating a Proto-Dracolich
Proto-dracolichisanacquiredtemplatethatcanbeappliedtoany Mediumorlargerreptiliancreatureordragon(hereafterreferredto asthebasecreature).Aproto-dracolichusesallofthebasecreatures statisticsandspecialabilitiesexceptasnotedhere.

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