D&D Adventures01/25/2002

Icy Heart

A new mini-module by Eric Haddock challenges PCs with a chilling adventure for this wintry season. The peaks of a nearby mountain range have been home to Krikk, an old white dragon, for as long as anyone can remember. Aside from claiming ownership of a few villages and settlements near her range, she hasn?t posed much of a threat or even taken much notice of political events around her.

Last week, a king's prophet had a vision of golems made of ice that wouldn?t melt smashing through the royal castle walls, and of crops frozen under sheets of ice formed by the white dragon's breath. Alarmed, the king has sent word that he desires someone brave enough to go to the dragon and find out whether she's about to attack. If she is, the party must stop her before it's too late. But, another prophet warns that the white dragon has an entirely different plot afoot, and that an icy grave awaits anyone who goes up the mountain.

The player characters have to figure out what's going on -- then decide on their own what to do about it, while the fate of a king and his castle hangs in the balance.

Drop this free online adventure into your campaign in any wilderness setting near a mountain village. Suitable for four high-level characters.

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The NPCs use the following item and spell in this adventure, but they can become available to your PCs as well.

Amulet of Freedom of Speech (Item)

This amulet allows the wearer to verbally communicate despite lacking the physical ability to do so. For example, an awakened animal or plant that could not normally form words can do so while wearing this item. Note that the amulet does not impart any language ability -- the wearer must have something to say.

Caster Level: 7th; Prerequisites: Craft Wondrous Item; Market Price: 5,000.

Ice Dragon (Spell)
Level: Dru 5
V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect: One Medium-sized animated dragon made of ice per 5 levels of the caster
Duration: 1 hour/level
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

This spell creates one or more Medium-sized mindless animated servants made of ice and shaped in the form of a dragon. The ice dragon does not have any of the special abilities of a dragon, it's merely animated ice that has taken the form of a winged dragon for aesthetic purposes.

The ice dragon obeys the commands of the caster and can fight on its behalf. Use the statistics for a Medium-sized construct in the Monster Manual, page 17. When not fighting, it behaves as does an unseen servant, performing one task at a time (repeatedly unless instructed otherwise). The ice forming the dragon is magically prevented from melting for the spell's duration.

The caster can influence the ice dragon to a range of 100 feet. If the ice dragon strays beyond that range, it freezes in place, looking exactly like a beautiful, very detailed ice sculpture of a dragon, frozen in whatever pose it held when it went out of range. If the temperature around the ice dragon is freezing or colder, the construct will remain intact even after the spell expires?but only as ice, not as an animated servant. That ice sculpture could be reanimated as an ice dragon in the future, if the spell is cast again.

The material component for the spell is one 5-foot cube of ice per dragon. Ice created magically is not sufficient?the ice must be formed with naturally-occurring water such as from a stream, spring, rain, or melting snow. The spell is, generally speaking, effective only in arctic environments that have large enough natural ice blocks to make ice dragons.

Krikk created this spell as part of a ritual to create ice golems.

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