Tuesday, November 1, 2011
DDA2 - Legions of Thyatis, Mystic reversal
This module in my humble opinion is not as good as DDA1 as far as the material it contains so it can not be mined for other uses as well as the first in the series. The plot is one that would be more to my liking as a player though. The module is less of a mix of combat and role playing though than it's predecessor. This module could actually be played with only a minimum of combat if the DM so wished and the players were cooperative and followed hints that were made.
The module focuses much more on the politics of Thyatis and role playing. I very much think that this module could have been combined with the first as the actual gaming material is sort of light in this one. I wonder if they were originally intended to be one and TSR asked it to be split or if they asked for a sequel and there was not much left to do but cleanup.
The module does provide us more material on the background and inner workings of Thyatis. If the DM wanted to make use of Thyatis as a base of operations then this module is one they will want to add to DDA1. I am not sure that I would like going into a city base of operations at such a low level. I guess I am stuck in the idea that you start in the village or town and eventually work your way to the big city but that is just me.
In the end I would suggest buying the module only if you have DDA1 already. It's strength is not going to be as a stand alone module but as a conclusion to DDA1. It does not have enough portable material to make it worth buying just for that reason either. I personally think I would use the modules as they are but up the level ranges and play Thyatis as a base of operations for some higher level characters.
From the back of the module:
"REVOLT OF THE GLADIATORS!
The corrupt Thyatian senator, Helenites Osteropolus, his latest scheme smashed by the adventurers and their gladiator allies, hatches a new plot to destroy the influence of the Order of the Sands (even, perhaps, to attack the Emperor himself!). Yet greater dangers lie ahead. If his plot succeeds, it will remove the guardians that protect the city from the creatures that lurk in the caverns and catacombs below. Can the players block his gambit? Will the wheels of justice grind small, or will the greasy palm of political corruption reach out and save the senator once again? YOU decide, in the chaotic swirl of the Thyatian capital's politics.
This module is designed especially for the DM who wants to sharpen his interactive skills.
- Recommended for four to six characters, levels 3-4
- Includes map of a realistic catacomb complex below Thyatis City
- Unique role playing climax tests players' integrity and skill
- New information on the military Legions of Thyatis
This module is a stand-alone sequel to DDA1: Arena of Thyatis."
Area of Effect: Individual or 6" Sphere
Casting Time: 6 Segments
Saving Throw: None
When this spell is cast the magic user will must choose between two options. They must decide if the spell will affect only them or if it will be an area of effect type spell. The spell will then prevent damage from spells and will in return heal the intended target.
Spells that would normally cause damage to the target will not cause them damage though the spell appears to function normally. The target will instead be healed one point per every level of the spell. Spells that do not do damage will not have their effect canceled. Spells that do damage and have another effect will have the damage canceled and still have the other effect occur unless it required the damage to occur.
If the spell is cast on just the caster the duration will be one round per level of the caster. If the spell is cast as an area of effect then the spell will prevent a number of instances of damage equal to twice the caster levels. In counting the number of instances of damage those that would affect the caster are not counted.
Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the write ups last, were all written up or conceived of back in the 80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :) Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.
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