I am finishing the last finishing touches on the "Giants and
Djinnis" adventure for Dungeons and Dragons. Its about the quest for
Atlantis and the ultimate relic thereof, the Crown of Aurelious the
Mighty, a supposedly awesome relic from the Second Age of the World
called "Stonesword". It starts out with a crazy old
Sage who's favorite hobby is Atlantean Lore and Arcana Knowledge.
He's also the Mayor and Chief Judge of a city called Silverhawk. He
often gets travelers brought up on charges in his court. When they
are found guilty he sentences them to these wild quests for this and
that related to Atlantis, which they say disappeared a thousand
Lately he's been sentencing groups of criminals to retrieve the 10
Scrolls of Aurelious which tell how to find Atlantis and get there
and find the Crown. He warns them to be careful of the Atlantean
Apes, also known as White Apes which dwell there and are large and
highly dangerous. But they are extremely valuable to a certain
Wizard if you can capture one alive for his zoo. Rumors of a gold
key that opens the room that the crown is in have sprung up lately.
The Sage has people looking for that too. Some say that Atlantis is
not in this dimension anymore but fades in and out every so many
decades. But nobody has claimed to see it for over 5 centuries maybe
more. Somehow its connected to Wizard Island in the middle of Crater
lake where the Soothsayer named "The Hermit" lives. Magic attempsts
to scry the answer come up with 'who knows?' answers and the like.
Some times you just have to get your hands dirty and go in person.
Everytime the judge sentences some people to this task of finding
the key and scrolls he gives them a piece of a map to get them
started and adds that he will pay them each 100,000 gold pieces if
they succeed in finding even one of the scrolls of Aurelious. Thus
far only a single fellow has returned, injured and in torn up rags
and dying. He barely made it back to the Sage. Driven half insane by
his horrible experience, his last words were:
"Beware the druid ruins...you can't go back once you go...and beware
the pool of blood" and than he died. He clutched a crude drawing on
a fragment of parchment. It is a map...to where?