I've been battling a cold for the better part of three days now & my patience is razor thin. Its not razor thin with anyone in particular but with myself. If there's one unifying force of destruction in my old school & OSR campaigns its been various members of the classic Slavers of A0-A4: Against the Slave Lords.
But I find myself going over the notes of my Cha'alt/Godbound rpg campaign & thinking about the links between the Slavers & "X1: "The Isle of Dread" (1981), by David "Zeb" Cook and Tom Moldvay. What links you ask? Well, the fact that The Isle of Dread has appeared off of the California coast in my campaign. This campaign takes place during early stages the time of Ragnarok when the Lovecraftian forces of darkness are trying to retake the surface world. The Slavers forces are taking full advantage of this fact & raiding various towns along the California coast.
But this isn't the only island that's appeared deep in the waters of the andesite line that follows the western edge of the islands off California and passes south of the Aleutian arc. Nope the Isle of Purple Haunted Putrescence is also nearby & already causing havoc. The slavers know about the Cha'alt rift near Las Vegas but their not concerned. No their more concerned about the loss to profits that the monsters coming from the island are causing. Blood shed & mayhem are bad for business over the long haul. But along with natives, plants, animals, & native humanoids the slavers are interested in the magics of the X1 The Isle of Dread.
One of their number of slavers has heard rumors in the deep wastelands of the Cha'alt rift about a drug knon as This drug, xanthium-183, is known to many on as fuchsia malaise because of its lethargic effect upon the planet's humanoid population. Those imbibing it stare up at the fuchsia sky for hours at a time, mesmerized, until forced to mine zoth after running out of their precious drug."
Yes this spider is totally from new Venger Satanis Kickstarter
What nobody knows is that hover bike gangers & mauraders from Cha'alt with sacks of Fuchsia Malaise are already working their way through the underworld of Nevada & California. Their led by an evil wizard name Chang Fruc of the Evil Eye of Thrus. His forces tangled with the player's PCs two weeks ago. Chang is a former discipline of the Ixian wizard Xui Cor from Hyperborea. Chang was a product of the deep state wizard schools of Ix a nation of the blackest hearted necrcomancers to walk the planes Prime.
Meanwhile the slavers have been quietly selling many of those captured on raids to inhuman masters from the deepest pits of the inner Earth. But what's gonna happen when the players run into some of the forces of these factions?! Well tonight we'll find out!