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"Come on," they said. "It won't be so tough, just stopping a slavery ring," they said.

"I don't know," you said. "Those slaves aren't even entirely human! How do we know they won't try to kill us?"

But you went, and now you're having second thoughts. There were the thieves in the lost crypts of Empyrea, raising hundreds of—no, that's too disturbing to think about. There were the three dragons who—no, that's too painful to remember too. Now there's this egg of the Phoenix. What does that have to do with anything? This was supposed to be a cut-and-dried stop-the-slavers job. Who said anything about retrieving lost artifacts?

Trudging through forest, traipsing through castles, trotting through dungeons, traveling through other planes: this has turned into more than your run-of-the-mill adventure. The compensation had better be worth it! Provided, of course, you're around at the end to collect your share.


Product History

I12: Egg of the Phoenix (1987), by Frank Mentzer & Jennell Jaquays, is the twelfth intermediate-level adventure for the AD&D line. It was released in March 1987.

Origins. The adventures that compose Egg of the Phoenix began life as a series of four standalone adventures written by Mentzer that were run as tournaments at Gen Con East I (1981) and Gen Con XIV (1981). These adventures were then released exclusively to RPGA members as R1: "To the Aid of Falx" (1982), R2: "Investigation of Hydell" (1982), R3: "Egg of the Phoenix" (1982), and R4: "Doc's Island" (1982). Today, they're among the rarest and most expensive of D&D modules.

Several years later, TSR decided to collect the four adventures as a mass-market "super module." Freelancer Jaquays was given the task of preparing the adventures for a combined publication—but may have misinterpreted the assignment by combining them into a single connected campaign. Jaquays also adjusted the adventures, including turning one of Mentzer's heroes into a villain.

Continuing the Intermediate Adventures. Egg of the Phoenix continued TSR's long-running "I-series" of adventures (1981-88). It was a close match for its immediate predecessor, I11: "Needle" (1987), which was also a series of loosely connected RPGA adventures by Mentzer.

After Egg of the Phoenix, the "I" series would dramatically change. I13: Adventure Pack I (1987) and I14: Swords of the Iron Legion (1988) were both full-blown anthologies, containing much shorter, totally unconnected adventures.

Adventure Tropes. Egg of the Phoenix is a classic D&D adventure that focuses largely on four major dungeons. With that said, there's a lot of variety in the dungeon design—which includes caves, fanes, and another plane—and there's also a teeny bit of outside adventure, a village, and some other action in interludes.

Expanding Greyhawk (Sort of). Egg of the Phoenix is set in the Union of New Empyrean, which was part of Frank Mentzer's own Aquaria campaign. In the early 80s, Gygax and Mentzer agreed to turn Aquaria into an eastern continent for the world of Oerth, but unfortunately Gygax left TSR before this could (officially) happen.

Monsters of Note. This adventure marks the first adventure appearance of the Princes of Elemental Evil, who were introduced in the Fiend Folio (1981).

Future History. Three items from Egg of the Phoenix—"Doc", the demon Grintharke, and the gate cube—reappear in FR5: "The Savage Frontier" (1988), also by Jaquays.

About the Creators. Frank Mentzer had just finished work on the D&D BECMI series (1983-86) and would soon be leaving for Gary Gygax's new company, New Infinities. He had little if anything to do with the revision of his original modules. Paul (now Jennell) Jaquays was just starting her freelance work with TSR. She also worked on DQ1: "The Shattered Statue" (1987) and M5: "Talons of Night" (1987) around the same time.

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Kevin K January 30, 2021 8:45 pm UTC
POD please!
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Mike C March 08, 2019 5:13 am UTC
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George F April 13, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
What are the chances of getting a PoD on this?
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George F November 13, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
The map booklet has been added!
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November 14, 2017 12:59 am UTC
I was quite happy to see this updated.
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George F October 19, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
10/19/2017 - still no ,map booklet
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August 12, 2017 1:34 am UTC
To confirm, it's still missing the map booklet as of 12 August 2017 (and I blew $6.31AUD).
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Steve W July 08, 2015 10:27 am UTC
Still not fixed as of 7th July 2015. At least DNDClassics were very prompt in refunding me when I told them. They say they're going to update the description to mention that the map booklet is missing, let's hope they do.
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Douglas B August 27, 2014 4:49 am UTC
The new scan is missing the 20-page Playing Aids booklet which contains the six pre-generated PCs and all the maps except for DM Map I (on the inner cover) and Players' Map XXIII (on the outer cover).

The original 2001 scan included this booklet: I hope Wizards of the Coast will fix the new scan, as it's otherwise superior to the old one.
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Andrew K October 07, 2014 6:18 pm UTC
"The new scan is missing the 20-page Playing Aids booklet"

Has this been fixed?
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October 08, 2014 11:13 pm UTC
No, still missing.
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August 26, 2014 12:01 pm UTC
I am not seeing the map booklet in this PDF. For example maps 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, ect.
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September 10, 2014 12:27 am UTC
They have been notified and are dealing with it.
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November 14, 2017 12:58 am UTC
This has now been fixed. I downloaded the updated files and verified they are in.
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