Friday, October 21, 2011
The Apocalypse Stone, Babble
Before I ever knew what the module was about I fell in love with the title and the cover art is so grim you have to want to know more about it. I had thought it was a module dealing with either Hell or the Abyss for some reason. Though the nether planes and the those of light end up getting involved it is in the end it is all about the end of the world.
I don't want to give too much away but some spoilers may follow. The basic premise is that the players get tricked into giving away the stone that holds the world together. They are then given the task of trying to undo what they allowed to happen before it gets to a point where it can't be stopped or undone. The villain in this is classic in their motivation but maybe a little too angst ridden for my taste. The means used to trick the players is one I love though.
Given that this was released in 2000 and was one of if not perhaps the last 2e module I have to wonder if it was intended to allow campaigns to end so new 3e ones could begin. I have found nothing to market it as such but the timing and the purpose of the module seem to match up pretty good. I guess it could be happenstance but I tend to want deeper meanings in the events I notice.
Like I said the module was released for 2e and it is 96 pages long. The idea is one that this is not something that a DM will just want to throw into their campaign unless the end it to reset or end it. I thought a good use for it might be to run it in such a way that the players are living out the end of the world as it previously happened. The first thought was having it occur while researching the Rain of Colorless Fire in Greyhawk or something like that but try and do it in a way they did not know it was actually an historical event. I then added the twist in my mind that maybe it wasn't so historical or that they were actually there somehow and they might be pawns in some larger cosmos level event or that they might not know their full potential/history.
In the end the module might not be worth buying for everyone. If you are tired of the way things are going and you want to end the campaign or change things up enough to make a fresh start of it then buy it. There are some good points of the module that could be used elsewhere but overall it has a purpose and it is hard to use things from it beyond that purpose. I am really on the fence when it comes to recommending it.
From the back of the module:
"The end times approach...
To everything there is a season. Every campaign has to come to and end sometime, so why not go out with a bang? The Apocalypse Stone is an epic adventure to challenge high-level characters, but beware - it will destroy your world!
This adventure has it all: gods and devils, plague and pestilence, rains of fire, and world-shattering conflicts. Here is an opportunity for PCs to display undreamt-of heroism...or fall to ultimate defeat.
The Apocalypse Stone is a tool for Dungeon Masters to present extremely challenging encounters for high-level parties, to wrap up a long-running campaign...or both.
This adventure can be used with your own game world or any ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS setting."
Area of Effect: One Target
Casting Time: 1 Segment
Saving Throw: Halves
When this spell is cast the magic user will make the target creatures speech become incomprehensible to any that hear it. The target themselves will be able to understand what they are saying but will not be able to understand what others are saying.
The spell will only affect the communication with others. The casting of most spells will not be affected unless it involves communication with the target or a summoned creature. Some abilities such as turning undead could also be affected at the discretion of the DM. Attempts to write by the affected target will yield gibberish as well.
The duration will be a period of one turn plus one turn per level of the caster and an additional turn per point of intelligence of the caster. The target is entitled to a saving throw and if made the duration of the spell will be halved. Spells or other abilities that allow for comprehension of languages will not work as there is no language just garbled communication.
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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