But recently I paid close attention to a Cha'alt session report from the Mixed DM's blog. Its his use of ACK's that grabbed my attention. I said my good nights got my Christmas hugs & paid for everyone's tab.
Adventure events are moving way too fast but there's been a few changes in the ACK's line since I last looked. Namily the AX4: Ruined City of Cyfandir (ROC) book,AX3: Capital of the Borderlands, & finally Secrets of the Nethercity. What does any of these books have to do with B2? Well, these books are a sort of ACK's homage to B2 Keep on the Borderlands. These books tie right back into Barbarian Conquerors of Kanahu which is a perfect mate to Cha'alt. But AX3: Capital of the Borderlands has some killer source material to fill in desert sands of Cha'alt.
The ACK's books are set in a twilight or late Roman Empire sort of fantasy time period. This is perfect for an alien desert world.
From the desert setting of the ACK's books to the smoldering remains of an Elven empire too the fact that Secrets of the Nethercity could be used build the underground dungeons & remains of Venger's alien cities.
So how does this tie in with my campaign events in California & the Slavers? Quite easily actually. The Slavers of AD&D Slavelords series of modules (A1-A4) have been taking full advantage of the Cha'alt dimensional rift that's opened up in Las Vegas. They've been raiding the california coast & their forces have taking slaves here & there. What their really interested in is aquiring xanthium-183 that's been filtering through the California underworld.
What the slavers forces have been avoiding is the Hyperborea armies that have been raiding parts of California. This campaign is set during the opening salvos of Ragnarök when the Hyperborean armies that have been waiting for the stars to be right come to the surface to wage war upon humanity.
The appearance of the Cha'alt dimensional tear & the Lovecraftian masters has stirred the alien humanity & blood of the Hyperboreans! The time of the gods death is upon humanity & the chosen of the god's champions now walks among men. But their fighting each other instead of the enemies of humanity! So these campaign events are eluded to in Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea & I'm using that game as part of the basis for this on going campaign.
But the clock is ticking for Cha'alt is doomed as well!