Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Three Side Wars of DA2 The Temple of The Frog By Dave L. Arneson and David J. Ritchie For Your Old School Campaigns

"Green Death...
That's what old hands call the Great Dismal Swamp. For centuries, this tangled maze of sluggish watercourses, stagnant ponds, and festering marshes has defended Blackmoor's southwestern frontier. Large armies and smaller parties have disappeared altogether inside its vast, dripping, claustrophobic corridors. Among those who have dropped from sight in the arboreal hell is young Risa Aleford, one of Blackmoor's most important leaders. Carried off to the sinister City of the Frog, she is now being held by the eccentric Monks of the Swamp. By making the baroness captive, the deranged monks have seriously weakened Blackmoor at a time when enemies already threaten it from all sides. Yet, even as the froggies gloat, the king of Blackmoor dispatches a small band of bold adventurers to the rescue. Deep into the Great Dismal Swamp they must go - far from sunlight and sanity - there to seek and save the captive baroness from the foul Monks of the Swamp. There to find - the Temple of the Frog."

Froggies are the most dangerous & yet highly underrated cult of villains ever to come out of original Dungeons & Dragons. These mind bending bastards are the evil ying to the cosmic horror of the Egg of Coot's yang. The Beagle is one of the most important ships ever to fall from the skies of Blackmoor.

Yet the froggies are only the tip of the spear when it comes this cult's influence. Their influence is everywhere throughout the Dismal Swamp but the Lovecraftian elements don't end there. Straight up over the years the legacy of both the Beagle & Dave L. Arneson and David J. Ritchie creation is the world wrecking horror of the Froggies. They use the technologies of the Beagle to transform the surroundings into cult holdings. There's one character whose influence is behind everything in DA3 & well beyond. That's Saint Stephen of The Rock, all of his machinations behind the scenes & around his holdings of the temple.

Given the range & breath of the events of GW1 Legion of Gold By Gary Gygax it makes perfect sense that The Froggies could have sent a plane hopping strike force equipped with sympathetic Bullywugs  mercenary forces to Greyhawk.

Since the crash of the Warden science vessel & the warping of reality because of the engines of the ship there have been a number of interested parties wanting the artifacts of this vessel. Froggies would have prime reason to raid another vessel of superior advanced tech. The warp gates onto Gamma Terra are another rung on the ladder of the chaos & madness that surround this vessel.

The fact is the Egg of Coot has been counting on this & planning far in advance with its own machinations with Reaper's cyborgs quietly planning ambushes in the out reaches of Greyhawk. The fact is that Egg has many forces in reserve waiting to gate into the fray. The egg is very powerful & could overwhelm players with its forces. I still love these figures from the 1/72 Multiverse blog's Egg of Coot miniature post from 2016.

The Egg  is the  real menace right behind The Reaper's forces but PC's can't be counted out from getting caught in the cross fire of this three sided war.  Veggie Pygmies forces could be warping into Amazing Adventures! rpg 20's, 30's, or even the 40's! Advanced technologies & fire arms are not going to make a difference. Magick might be the great equalizer for this whole event.

The very nature of the Egg of Coot is to mettle with lots of elements to create as much chaos as possible. This could put the players into mortal danger but what if Saint Steven continues his machinations on Greyhawk? The Warden science vessel is the perfect base for him to expand his empire. Given the very easy access to the cybernetic & medical facilities he would easily be able to create all kinds of followers for Mystara, Greyhawk, & even Gamma Terra. Stephen of the Rock would fit right into a wasteland. The warden offers the perfect opportunity to cement his hold on one of these places. 

Saint Steven is one of the most underrated villains in Dungeons & Dragons history. He is one of the most dangerous players in the game of the planes. He's keeps gathers more followers & creates cells of Froggies where & when he feels their needed.  But he & his band of followers are only one cult & there are others who are gathering as events unfold. Note that much of this campaign is from notes that I've used in the past & much of it has been gathered from a wide variety of OSR sources. But next is who benefits from the fall out of events from S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks By Gary Gygax. 

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