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Savage Swords Against the Necromancer

Savage Swords Against the Necromancer

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One hot night in the City of a Thousand Vices, the fates of three strangers become intertwined, as two chases, a kidnapping, and a hunt for fabled treasure fuse and transform into a mission to save...everyone. For as wicked as the denizens of Tozer may be, they pale in comparison to the sorcerer Oto Xar and the disciples of Gish. Come, weave a tale of blood-spattered heroes who pit rippling muscles and keen blades against otherworldly vengeance an eon in the making!

SAVAGE SWORDS AGAINST THE NECROMANCER is a reverent homage, meant to recreate the wonder and excitement of the weird tales that became popular in the pulp magazines of the 1930s. These stories of brawny warriors, black magic, and terrible monsters established the genre that later was dubbed Sword and Sorcery. Definitive examples of this literary style are the tales of Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard. Considering the zeitgeist and Howard’s relationship with H. P. Lovecraft, it is not surprising that elements of Cosmic Horror sometimes appear in Sword and Sorcery fiction, and likewise in this adventure.

SAVAGE SWORDS AGAINST THE NECROMANCER has been designed as a one-shot adventure full of danger and mayhem, for a long weekend or perhaps tournament play, but also should be easy to integrate into an existing campaign. It is intended for three or four player characters; three sample adventurers are included, for an instant start. Mechanical details have been constructed using the MYTHRAS game system from The Design Mechanism, and the write-up should translate well to other d100-style rules. This adventure should be suitable for players of any experience level, including those trying MYTHRAS for the first time.

Still not sure about this one? Download the FREE TASTER for a bit more--but beware of spoilers!

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clive W July 18, 2020 1:45 pm UTC
Hi guys, what's the page count for this if I might ask ?
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Matthew E July 18, 2020 2:05 pm UTC
Hi, author here! The PDF is 46 pages (this is always listed in the right pane on DTRPG). That amounts to 2 pages of front & back covers, 8 pages of character and monster stat blocks, and the remaining 36 pages of scenario, some of which you can see in the free taster. In my products I use a small font, narrow margins, and little to no art; it's meat, not filler. If you have any other questions, ask away. Cheers.
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Rob L July 13, 2019 10:47 pm UTC
The scenario hints at a really evocative sword & sorcery background world. Do you have any plans on more scenarios or gazetteer to develop it further?
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Matthew E July 16, 2019 9:43 pm UTC
Thanks for the kind words, Rob. Yes, you should expect more S&S scenarios set in this same world! In fact, one is in initial development presently, though it is #2 in the Big Release Schedule and will not appear for some time.

The goal for SSATN was to include a minimalistic yet flavorful setting that could be slipped into any S&S world (for example, one by another publisher, for a set of scenarios involving an arachnid deity's wife, ahem). The goal was specifically _not_ to thoroughly develop a setting and then write some scenarios for it. Future scenarios of the same genre will explore other parts of the world, and the larger setting will emerge organically. Yes, at some point we _could_ integrate all of the details into a gazetteer; it's a good idea, but presently it's not prioritized. The prime goal at Old Bones Publishing is to write interesting scenarios to support the excellent Mythras d100 system.

Cheers, and thanks for purchasing!

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