Friday, April 9, 2021

OSR Commentary - Weird Tales Judges Guild Wilderlands of High Fantasy- S3 'Expedition To The Barrier Peaks' By Gary Gygax & 'The Sea Wolf's Daughter'

" I just discovered my spot illo of the Zirconium Suit for the AS&SH 2E adventure The Sea Wolf’s Daughter bears an uncanny resemblance to the Powered Armour in S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks!"
So Glynn Seal of Monkey Blood Designs drops this on social media. And your thinking so what?! Big deal?! Well over the last couple weeks St.Jude's AS&SH Bundle of Holding has players around my area going through a bit of Sword & Sorcery campaign whip around. 

So what its a little 'Easter Egg' for the Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea rpg adventure 'The Sea Wolf's Daughter'. Well don't be so quick,  the Zirconium Suit is one of the highest level artifacts in the AS&SH rpg itself. So is there a connection between S3 'Expedition To The Barrier Peaks' By Gary Gygax  & Judge's Guilds Wilderlands of High Fantasy?! 

Is there far more going on here then meets the eye?! Was the 'Warden' of S3 from an alternative timeline or Earth?! A place where mankind & the Hyperboreans were engaged in exploration & battle with something far more sinister?! Not only do I think so but we get a glimpse of the sort of alien menace in S3. Something went terribly wrong aboard the science vessel in S3. 

But what does any of this have to do with the Wilderlands of High Fantasy?! Well quite a bit one of the advantages of the Wilderlands is the placement of Blackmoor within the Wilderlands. There's a perfect spot within the campaign setting for it. 

That means there's also a perfect spot as well for the module DA3 City of the Gods by Dave Arneson, & David J. Ritchie. Harvard Blackmoor's Blog goes into a deeper dive into the background here.  Could the Lovecraftian horror aboard the 'Warden science vessel' be the real face of evil across the Nexus Gates of the Wilderlands?! And could this be the horror that the 'gods' of DA3 have been preparing for?! 

If these campaign over arching adventures are happening across nexus gates & planar barriers does this menace  tie into some of the revels that we've seen recently within the Hidden Serpent & other B1 In Search of the Unknown sequels?! Did Vespero the Antiquarian  have it right all along?!  For Lamentations of the Flame Princess could this actually tie into a Nexus Gate that we see in World of the Lost?! It's very possible indeed. 

Could Roghan the Fearless and Zelligar the Unknown stumbled into not only several money making & power climbing situations in B1 but ultimate have stumbled into several world shattering issues at once?! Anything is possible. In the past The Secrets of Acray from Vacant Ritual Assembly issue #2 held some of the secrets for a set up similar to this one. 

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