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Wyrmskull Throne (2e)

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The Wyrmskull Throne - the ruling seat of the great dwarven nation of Shanatar - has been lost for five millennia. Now, rumors have surfaced that it has been found, and there are sinister parties that will stop at nothing to claim it. But the path to finding the throne is long and twisted, leading from a small village in the remotest regions of Tethyr to the bottom of the ocean! Those who follow it had best be prepared for the strange and wondrous - as well as enemies on every side - for it is no journey for the faint of heart.

The Wyrmskull Shrone is a companion adventure for the Forgotten Realms accessory Sea of Fallen Stars. It can be played as a stand-alone adventure or with the material presented in that volume.

Product History

"Wyrmskull Throne" (1999), by Steven E. Schend & Thomas M. Reid, is a Forgotten Realms adventure. It was published in September 1999.

Origins: The Fallen Stars Adventure. "Wyrmskull Throne" (1999) is a supplement for Sea of Fallen Stars (1999), published just one month earlier. It also was yet another support supplement for DMGR9: Of Ships and the Sea (1997), the latter-day nautical rules book for AD&D 2e.

Resurrected Races: Dwarves. Somewhat surprisingly, "Wyrmskull Throne" is also one of the major supplements for the dwarves of the Realms, following on FR11: "Dwarves Deep" (1990). That's because the whole adventure is a quest for a dwarven artifact, the eponymous Wyrmskull Throne. So, the adventure has plenty of background on the dwarves and their lost kingdom.

Adventure Tropes. Although the adventure admits that the idea is "much-cliched", the characters begin in a tarvern They're then sent on yet another artifact MacGuffin Quest, as they search for the Throne. Though the adventure is technically an underwater exploration, the mythal of Myth Nantar lets the GM handwave that because it has "many life-supporting functions".

Though there are lots of story-based encounters in "Wyrmskull Throne", the heart of the adventure is a pair of locale-based adventures: a ship delve and a tunnel delve.

The Media Tie-In. Sea of Fallen Stars and "Wyrmskull Throne" were complements to a Realm-shaking event, "The Threat from the Sea". The first book in the trilogy, Rising Tide (1999), appeared around the same time as "Wyrmskull Throne", but all three novels and the short story collected are advertised at the end of the book.

Eras of the Realm: 1370 DR. This is then a followup to "The Threat from the Sea", which is mostly set in 1369 DR.

Exploring the Realms. Early parts of the adventure focus on Tethyr. A small farming village called Torlath is the departure point for the characters, while the lost dwarven kingdom of Shanatar once lay beneath Tethyr (and the nearby realms of Amn and Calimshan).

However, the heart of the adventure takes place in the Sea of Fallen Stars and the realm of Serôs.

Artifacts of Note. This is another adventure from the late 2e period that focuses on an artifact recovery — and another adventure where the artifact was relatively unknown. The Wyrmskull Throne had been briefly mentioned before in "Dwarves Deep". Now, GMs got the full stats for the artifact, which can fly and throw lightning bolts(!).

The Throne makes a major return some years later in Storm King's Thunder (2016), but the modern-day authors seem to have forgotten that it can only be used by members of the Shanat bloodline.

Organizations of Note. Schend and Reid position "Wyrmskull Throne" as a struggle between "power groups" in the Realms. None of them are particularly notable, but it's nonetheless a good example of the importance of organizations in the Realms. The groups featured in "Wyrmskull Throne" are: dwarves of Clan Ghalmrin; the Knights of the Shield; Cowled Wizards of Amn; Dukars of the Nantar Alliance; the Morkoth of Olleth; and the Saratycoron.

About the Creators. Schend wrote numerous Realms supplements in the late '90s, from City of Splendors (1994) to Skullport (1999). Reid worked at TSR, then Wizards of the Coast, from 1991-2001 as a Designer, Editor, Creative Director, and Brand Manager (at various times). This was his only Realms book.

About the Product Historian

The history of this product was researched and written by Shannon Appelcline, the editor-in-chief of RPGnet and the author of Designers & Dragons — a history of the roleplaying industry told one company at a time. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon.appelcline@gmail.com.

 
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