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StylinLP38
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:30 am    Post subject: Request assistance with 576 CY TOEE Politics with Verbobonc Reply with quote

I started a conservataion over at Dragonsfoot with krebizfan and Slice812. We have some some really good idea's on connections to 576 cy Verbobonc from the Temple of Elemental Evil. I am hoping that someone already developed this and could please share for our Greyhawk campaigns.

The modules say there is someone is assisting the TOEE in the big city.
Who is that and what is he assisting with?
Name, class, level, history, politics?

It was considered that spies in Verbobonc is a more subtle Temple so there are several minor traders and bar workers who are affiliated with the Temple. At least one of these needs to have a source within the guards or army so the Temple can be prepared if another attack is launched.

I have referred to the 50+ page PDF Verbobonc guide that was inspired loosely by Return to TOEE and it is filled with NPC's. There is no suggested agents of the Temple but it does describe a fractious city ready to accept competent leadership from outside such as the Temple might have offered had the Lareth plan reached its intended objective. With the cosmopolitan city of the size and influence and location of Verbobonc, there would be much more than a someone. I would imagine there would be a cult or some other such organization tied the TOEE (even if the minor members werent aware of it)

The type of villain in Verbobonc seems to be a decision for the DM based on how the campaign is supposed to go. A high level important figure leading the EE cult would probably result in a battle in the palace as a coup is started which the PCs can either support or stop but the PCs will need a lot of levels before they can impact it. Multiple low level spies could lead to a undercover style game as the PCs find clues about supporters within the Temple and then flip the supporters in Verbobonc to catch the next group of EE cult leaders in whatever additional nests they may have.

Good choices for the support for the supporters of the Temple would include:

Third or fourth in command of the Guards: High enough to know all the secret plans and also to let Temple personnel slip through but not already in charge. Likely to lead rebellious portion of the Guard in support of the restoration of Bonnie Prince Lareth.

An assistant to the City Mayor (or equivalent): Able to keep anyone from noticing recruits from the Bandit Kingdoms heading to the Temple and helping divert supplies to the Temple. Big caravan goes to Verbobonc and this person alters the records so a portion slips out of the warehouse again unnoticed. Ready to take over control of the city and indulge in some petty revenge.

The potential NPCs for these slots and how they relate to the various factions from the Temple and the various evil nations that are all intervening in the growth of the Temple and subversion of both Furyondy and Verbobonc.
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rasgon
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fate of Istus mentions a high priest of Iuz living in Verbobonc in secret. This priest, whose true name is Helthrax, is explicitly not allied with the Temple of Elemental Evil at the time that adventure is set (between 576 and 582 CY, according to The Adventure Begins) because it's said that Iuz "has wasted too many years on the Temple of Elemental Evil and the insecure plans of Zuggtmoy's followers."

That suggests that in earlier years, however, both Iuz and Helthrax would have been supporters of the Temple, so it seems likely that Helthrax could be assisting the Temple of Elemental Evil in 576 CY. Helthrax has many evil servants and it's said that his "spies are everywhere." Helthrax is a 12th level cleric of Iuz.
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StylinLP38
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Rasgon, that helped a lot. I own this module and found who you are referring to. This gives me a lot to work with.
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JasonZavoda
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm working on a detailed description of Verbobonc for a combination of Sargent's Night Below and the T1-4, A1-4, GDQ1-7 supermodule series. You can find them on my blog Hall of the Mountain King if you are interested.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Jason. I found your website and found them invaluable.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JasonZavoda wrote:
I'm working on a detailed description of Verbobonc for a combination of Sargent's Night Below and the T1-4, A1-4, GDQ1-7 supermodule series. You can find them on my blog Hall of the Mountain King if you are interested.



Ok you just majorly piqued my interest on the combination of Night Below, T1-4, A1-4, and GDQ1-7. Definitely going to check out your blog.
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