Saturday, April 1, 2017

[D&D] World of Greyhawk Artifact Locations

The artifacts and relics described in the AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide might just be my favorite part of the game. They're full of flavor and personality, and they help give shape to a campaign to make it about something more than just an endless grind of aimless "murder-hobo" thing-killing and stuff-taking. By dropping hints to the location of one of these items, or putting one of them in the hands of an enemy, the stakes are instantly raised and the game starts being about something.

In order to facilitate the notion of the artifacts as a central, defining feature of the campaign I went through the list in the DMG (plus a few from beyond it) and decided where at least most of them are currently located within the World of Greyhawk setting. Once placed, rumors can be dropped, and curious parties can seek them out or stumble upon them. Conceivably the entire campaign could center on a race between the forces of good and evil to recover (or prevent the other side from recovering) as many of these as possible in anticipation of the "shift in the magical fabric of the cosmos" expected to occur in conjunction with the thousandth anniversary of the Invoked Devastation and Rain of Colorless Fire...

[Note: some of these locations are canonical from published adventures; others are allusions to unpublished adventures, or were added by me to published adventures, or are allusions to adventures I've already written, or may write some day...]

Axe of the Dwarvish Lords - in the Kraken City beneath the Nyr Dyv
Baba Yaga's Hut - in the possession of Iggwilv the Witch-Queen
Cat's Eye Ring - in the possession of Rexfelis, the Cat Lord
Codex of Infinite Planes - in the City of Brass on the Elemental Plane of Fire
Crook of Rao - on a demiplane accessed from the depths of Greyhawk Castle
Crystal of Ebon Flame - in the Vault of the Drow beneath the Hellfurnaces
Cup & Talisman of Al'Akbar - in the casbah of Khaibar between Ull & the Dry Steppes
Daoud's Wondrous Lanthorn - in the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth in the Yatil Mountains
Eye & Hand of Vecna - on Fomalhaut
Fragarach, the Answering Sword - in the dungeons beneath the Temple of Elemental Evil
Heward's Mystical Organ - in the dungeons beneath Greyhawk Castle
Horn of Change - in the possession of Basilev, Mage of the Valley
Invulnerable Coat of Arnd - in the lair of the Dark Druids of the Gnarley Forest
Iron Flask of Tuerny the Merciless - in the Riftcanyon
Jacinth of Inestimable Beauty - in the Forgotten City of the Suloise in the Sea of Dust
Johydee's Mask - in the lost city of the Suloise in the Suss Forest
Kuroth's Quill - in the viscinity of Narwell on the Wild Coast
Mace of Cuthbert - in the possession of Hazen, Canon of Veluna
Machine of Lum the Mad - in the City of the Gods north of Blackmoor
Queen Ehlissa's Marvelous Nightingale - in the Garden of the Plantmaster within the Lost City of the Elders
Mighty Servant of Leuk-o - in possession of the Celestial Emperor of Suhfang
Recorder of Ye-Cind - on the Great Moon, Luna
Ring of Gaxx - in the tomb of Acererack in the Vast Swamp
Rod of Seven Parts - at various places on the continent of Aquaria (& beyond)
Silver Key of Portals - in a chapel to the forgotten demigod Dalt, somewhere in the Cairn Hills
Sword of Kas - in the possession of the Grandfather of Assassins (i.e. Grennel, Herzog of the North Province)
Teeth of Dahlver-Nahr - on a demiplane accessed from the depths of Greyhawk Castle
Throne of the Gods - in the mountains south of the jungles of Hepmonaland
Vorpal Sword - on a demiplane accessed from the depths of Greyhawk Castle
Wand of Orcus - in the possession of Orcus the Demon Prince
Zagyg's Spear - formerly in the possession of Melf of the Green Arrow, now lost

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