Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Dungeon Crawl Classics Adventure Sketches: Part 2

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

 

 

Long before the rise of the first civilization, long before the birth of the elves, travelers from a distant world traveled to the land.  The travelers possessed technology that appears as magic and were able to transverse thousands of light years in a blink of an eye, by ‘folding’ the fabric of space and time.  The travelers made a miscalculation when plotting their coordinates; instead of arriving a thousand feet above the surface, the travelers arrived a hundred feet below the ground, in a network of caverns beneath a mountain.  The travelers’ ship was damage and unable to move through space and time.  Thus, the travelers set up beacons through the cavern and entered a great slumber, waiting for a rescue party to arrive… no rescue party came… nearly a million years passed. 

For over a millennium, the Grumpy Dwarves have lived in the Giant’s Head Mountain.  For as long as the dwarves could remember, it was forbidden to dig below the Giant’s Neck.  “There is great evil below the Giant’s Neck”, the old saying would go.  “If you dig below the Giant’s Neck, you will release evil upon the clan.”

When the King of the Grumpy Dwarves passed away, his only old son, Edgarr, inherited the rulership of the clan.  Edgarr was a young fool of a dwarf, suffering from a ‘short beard complex’.  Edgarr desperately wanted to prove that he was the greatest king of all.  One day, after eating exotic mushrooms, a vision came to Edgarr.  The vision told Edgarr that he will find great treasure underneath the Giant’s Head Mountain.

Despite warnings from his advisors, Edgarr ordered his dwarves to tunnel below the Giant’s Neck.  There, the dwarves uncovered a network of subterranean caverns; in the caverns grew strange flora, unlike anything the dwarves had seen before.  The dwarves delved deeper into the caverns and discovered a strange structure, covered with an exotic metal alloy.  The metal was light weight and flexible, yet stronger than the strongest steel.  King Edgarr was pleased with the find and commissioned his smiths to forge a crown from the metal.

Shortly after receiving the crown, King Edgarr fell ill; the smiths, who forged the crown, fell ill as well.  The group of dwarves sent to explore the caverns never returned.  An expedition of dwarves was sent to find the missing group.  Only half of the expedition returned alive and gave accounts of metallic beings and strange monsters lurking in the caverns.  The dwarves sealed the caverns off and buried the recovered metal deep within the earth.  The Dwarf King put a call out for adventurers and offered a reward of a thousand gold pieces to find and destroy the source of evil that lurks in the caverns beneath the Giant’s Neck.

 

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Beacon

 

 

 

In my last post, I posted some sketches for a third-party compatible Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure I am developing, titled ‘Beneath the Giant’s Head’.  In this post, I will showcase more sketches I drew for this adventure. 

 

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Farmer Grub

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Rexx, Farmer Grub’s Dog

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Murt the Storekeeper

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Elf Non-Player Character

 

 

 

Beneath the Giant’s Head. A second level adventure designed for a party of 5 to 10 characters that builds on the setting established in Fantastic Adventures and the Disgruntled Gong Farmer, a DCC adventure module I previously wrote.  My goal of designing ‘Beneath the Giant’s Head’ is to capture the ‘gonzo’ vibe of the 1970s role-playing games, by blending classic fantasy with elements of science fiction to create a fun and memorable old school gaming experience.

 

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Swarm of Insects

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Caverns Snakes

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Giant Worms

 

 

 

DCC Adventure: Beneath the Giant's Head

Giant Toad

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Dungeon Crawl Classis Adventure Sketches: Part 1

 I am currently in the process of writing a third-party compatible Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) adventure titled ‘Beneath the Giant’s Head’, which builds on the setting established in Fantastic Adventures and the Disgruntled Gong Farmer, a DCC adventure module I previously wrote.  ‘Beneath the Giant’s Head’ will be a second level adventure and will involve the characters exploring the caverns below the Giant’s Head Mountain to uncover the source of the ‘evil’ that has been unleashed upon the dwarves of the Giant’s Head Mountain.

 

‘Beneath the Giant’s Head’ is divided in two parts.  The first part will take place in the village of Greenleaf (the setting for the previous adventures), where the characters will receive a series of rumours concerning the Dwarf King’s efforts to dig below the Giant’s Head Mountain.  The rumours will occur over a span of several weeks, during which the characters will have the opportunity to interact with the villagers and will take part in mini adventures around the village.  Eventually, the characters will be summoned to the Giant’s Head Mountain on behalf of the Dwarf King, who is offering a generous reward for uncovering the source of the evil that has been unleashed upon his kingdom.

 

The five images below are for the first part of the adventure.

 

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Honey the Halfling

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Roth, the Bartender

 

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Fungus Monster

 

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Fungus Mini-Monsters

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Minister of the Church of Greenleaf

 

 

 

The second part of the adventure will involve the characters exploring the caverns below the Giant’s Head Mountain.  There, the characters will face the source of the ‘evil’ that has been unleashed upon the dwarves.  The below images represent non-player characters and monsters found in the second part of the adventure.

 

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Guardian

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Inn Keeper

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

King’s Advisor

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Cavern Fungus

 

 

 

Dungeon Crawl Classics: Beneath the Giant's Head

Salamander-Folk

Dungeon Crawl Classics ‘Beneath the Giant’s Head’ Maps and Sketches

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