This blog entry picks right up from our last romp into 'The Haunted Valley' here on this blog.
The biggest factor in blogging is the time factor & this is especially true when one wants to return to an OSR campaign set up that tugs at one's brain such as David Baymiller's Haunted Valley entries. And this brings up 'The Curse & The Tower' an adventure hook, encounter, & idea all in one. 'The Curse & The Tower' its perfectly the parameters that David set out; "The setting itself is a small haunted French valley in the year 1627 AD. Originally I had intended to make the valley generic in descriptions of year and trappings so that it could be set anywhere from dark ages to the 1800's but I set that aside as I found setting in a specific year and location gave me more focus."
And its this focus that translates so well into using Clark Ashton Smith's Averoigne stories & situate them on the far side of the valley.
The Haunted Valley could easily be added into the World of Greyhawk as a sort of buffer between Greyhawk & Averoigne. Greyhawk & Mystara have been under the influence of the wizard-noble Stephen Amber (Etienne d'Amberville). So that perhaps the Ambers own the Haunted Valley as a sort of run down supernatural piece of haunted noble holding. Reading through the Averoigne stories gives a good overview of such a haunted mini capmaign landscape.
'The Curse & The Tower' can be hooked up to back end of X2 Castle Amber by Tom Moldvay giving more credence to back end of X2 allowing some of the more robust end's the wizard-noble Stephen Amber (Etienne d'Amberville) or his family's holdings to come to light. And those holdings could provide as much adventure fodder as the known world material.