Thursday, September 1, 2022

OSR Commentary & Reskinning of D3 Vault of the Drow By Gary Gygax

 As a member of a bold party of adventurers, you and your associates have trekked far into what seems to be a whole underworld of subterranean tunnels -- arteries connecting endless caves and caverns which honeycomb the foundations of the lands beneath the sun. Your expedition has dogged the heels of the Dark Elves who caused great woe and then fled underground

This blog post fills in some of what we talked about the last blog entry. Here we finally get the full threat of the Drow & their works that we see in this Gary Gygax classic. Gygax's writing & flexiblity is on full throttle in this tournament style model.  And we get the full extent of the underworld of D3 Vault of The Drow here. And since we're pickup from last blog post these are Myrkálfar straight out of Norse mythology & legend twisted by super science of space gods eons ago. We see this in the Myrkálfar's god  Atlach-Nacha.  Reskinning the Drow means that Atlach-Nacha's cult is going to be front & center throughout the module. The Drow's manipulation of the surface's Lovecraftian races is going to be fully exposed. 

And the alien nature of the Drow whose relation back to the surface world's Arthur Machan's White People is going to pretty evident. The Myrkálfar's god  Atlach-Nacha whose been brain washing people from the upperworld for eons. Possibly turning them into more of the Myrkálfar for the purpose of eventual invasion of the surface world. 

And this invasion promise works in the Myrkálfar's favor as the fire giants rush to thier banner. Because of the fact that  they see the springing up of cults across the planet. This ties back into A.Merritt's 'Moon Pool' & the caches of alien technologies from 'The Metal Monster'. 

The fire giants have been enslaving the various giant factions over the centuries after the events of Ragnarok on Hyperborea. And now with the Deep One push because of the events of the first part of D1-2. Things heat up because all of this  connects in with events from The Mystery At Port Greely. Why?! Because the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons version of Earth & Hyperborea are ripe for exploitation by the powers that be. 
The events depicted in D1-2 Descent Into The Depths of the Earth mark the adventurers passage from one set of events in the chain into another if they survive the experience. 

 D3 Vault of the Drow By Gary Gygax presents the next evolution in this chain of events marking it up and into a possible resolution. This is only the beginning of what set's up a possible invasion for Hyperborea with a multi sided war. And we're going to look at how & why it would be solid campaign. 

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