Temple of the Gleaming Sands
By Skip Williams

The Temple of the Gleaming Sands has been empty for decades -- or has it? Could the tales of a devil dog that brings death to unsuspecting caravans in the dead of night have anything to do with this lost temple? Do the ubiquitous desert sands hide more than just ruins? Skip Williams offers an adventure for 5th-level characters that showcases the new material on desert campaigns from Sandstorm.

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Temple of the Gleaming Sands

Like most temples, the structure known as the Temple of the Gleaming Sands was originally dedicated to a deity. The site was in active use for many years, but eventually it was abandoned to the shifting sands. Perhaps keeping it supplied in such a remote location proved too difficult, or maybe the followers of a rival god sacked it and slew all its defenders. Whatever the reason for its abandonment, the temple has housed numerous beings through the years -- some powerful and some not.

Now rumors have begun to circulate about a massive devil dog that roams the desert at night. Like death on wings, it swoops down on campsites and slays desert travelers by the dozen. This creature has become the terror of caravan drivers and travelers for leagues around, though most do not know his true nature, and none know the location of his lair. Recently, however, the devil dog made off with a small fortune in jewels and rare spices when it wiped out a particularly rich caravan.

Who will seek out the night marauder and put an end to its depredations?

About the Authors

Skip Williams keeps busy with freelance projects for several different game companies, and he served as the sage of Dragon Magazine for eighteen years. Skip is a codesigner of the D&D 3rd edition game and the chief architect of the Monster Manual. When not devising swift and cruel deaths for player characters, Skip putters in his kitchen or garden (rabbits and deer are not his friends) or works on repairing and improving the century-old farmhouse that he shares with his wife, Penny, and a growing menagerie of pets.

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