Andalor, the mayor of the town of Redcliff, has mysteriously disappeared. Reports indicate that he may have gone to the long-abandoned Temple of Heironeous. But why? The place is haunted and cursed, and recently strange sounds and lights have emanated from it at night. The circumstances are worthy of investigation to be sure, but the mayor wouldn't venture up there of his own volition -- not at his age! Drop this free online adventure by Eric Cagle into an area of your campaign world where there is an extinct volcano surrounded by mountainous and hilly terrain. Suitable for four 10th-level characters.
Many long years ago, the town of Redcliff was besieged by an invading army of humanoids -- elves, dwarves, and humans. The townsfolk sought refuge in the mountains while the priests and other defenders at the Temple of Heironeous battled the besieging army. The invaders were repulsed, but the temple was never the same again. Declaring it cursed by the god himself, the priests abandoned it with all its contents.
Since then, the townsfolk have given the place a wide berth, believing it to be haunted as well as cursed. But for the past few months, there have been signs of supernatural activity there -- noises and colored lights at night.
Worse still, the mayor of Redcliff, a crusty old warrior named Andalor, disappeared last night after acting strangely for several days. Witnesses say they saw him heading for the temple in the middle of the night. As a former priest of that temple, he was bound to honor its closure. Why would he go there now, alone at night? Surely there is trouble afoot, and the temple is at the heart of it.
About the Author
Eric Cagle is a freelance game designer, previously associated with Wizards of the Coast's RPG R&D department. Recent credits include the Arms and Equipment Guide, Fiend Folio, design work for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, and the Urban Arcana setting for the d20 Modern Roleplaying Game. He's a frequent contributor to both Dragon magazine and the Dungeons & Dragons website.