She & her husband Rick stopped in this afternoon to chat & play catch up. I mentioned cracking out the Clark Ashton Smith Zothique material & her ears perked up. Araa's got a score to settle with a Zothique wizardess when her family was sold into slavery. Since then she's been on a 'red blood' road of revenge. Its taken her from her native proto Slavic country to Hyperborea then to Zothique but her vengeance was never attained! We left our little group in a small village on the outer banks of a dead river. The wizardess is still operating out one of the numerous cavern complexes that was left unmarked from Tom Moldvey's B4 The Lost City.
The wizardess is a throwback to the older & far more Lovecraftian animal headed cults of B4 The Lost City. The Dungeon Master's Guide to Cynidicea A rules supplement for use in any Mystara(tm) campaign from the Vaults of Pandius site has some excellent ideas on this & other great B4 hooks that can be exploited. The lost city of the module exists in any number of realities & settings including Zothique. Why? Because the corruption of Zargon needs to be spread across the planes.
I replaced the Yuan Ti with serpent men & heightened the roll of the Aboleth in the lower levels below the pyramid. There's lots of potential here but the Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea connection is too strong to ignore in the player's minds. But which faction is the corrupt wizardess serving? I've got to contact some other folks & see if they want to resurrect this game? There a lot of prep work that I've got to do. Then there's the whole idea of scheduling. For the moment there's a lot of watch this space that's been in the air lately.