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Frozen Castle - Expanding Tyranny of Dragons

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Tyranny Expanded: A Return to Skyreach Castle! 

The loss of Skyreach Castle in Hoard of the Dragon Queen was a major setback to the Cult of the Dragon, but still only a setback. The cult is determined to retake the castle and claim Tiamat's lost treasure buried in its frozen walls and cloudstuff vaults, but they aren't the only ones. Giants and creatures of the frozen wastes wish to claim that wealth themselves!

This 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure is designed for 10th- and 11th-level characters, and is set in the Forgotten Realms. 

Get your giant on, and surprise your players with a chunk of Tyranny of Dragons that they can't find in the book!

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December 22, 2017 8:14 am UTC
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I bought this almost a year ago and just realized a huge plot hole. Skyreach was near Parnast which is located near the Greypeak Mountains, the castle would be heading back the the Well of Dragons to make the deposit which would be Southeast of the area Parnast is in. But this adventure has it set in the Spine of the World which is way up in the Northwest.

So if everything I said is true (and it is) then the logic on which this adventure was built is void and thus makes no sense. That aside though, the adventure really is well build and lore friendly hen it comes to the frost giant culture among other things. I'm just saying that the adventure has no way to actually happen if Skyreach has no reason to be in that area at all...
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Jenny G December 22, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
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Ah, but remember, in HotDQ, regarding "Negotiating with the Cloud Giant", even when he was alive, Blagothkus would happily go up north where he's massing his own small army.

If the Cult betrays and kills him, or if the adventurers kill him, Blagothkus is a ghost and commands the castle. That's why as it says in the beginning, "In the most likely outcome of that adventure, the giant spirit that controls Skyreach Castle guided the fortress to the Miklos Glacier, far into the frozen North." Naturally he wants to get revenge on the cult or adventurers by bringing the treasure/castle to his only allies.

I mean, the writers don't know how you ended your particular copy of HotDQ -- if you ran it at all. So, it's up to the DM to smooth as needed. if you want a frozen adventure with giants, this is how you get one.
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December 23, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
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it says in the book that he just crashes the castle if he is killed, not that he drives it a certain direction then crashes it. As far as the Frozen castle thing says, when he crashes the castle it crashed in a location it wouldnt have been anywhere near at the time.

However as a DM its not too hard to change how the whole thing happens, its not too big a change although the distance is still an issue, plus the castle only moves when fueled by magic items being fed into it.
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Jenny G August 16, 2016 1:06 pm UTC
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Question for others running this: How are you handling Blagothkus's interactions with the frost giants? It sounds like he's asking Brunvild for help to resurrect the castle.

Do you think Blagothkus can just order the frost giants around, given their positions in the Ordning? But if so, that doesn't leave much role for the party as helpers (if that's what they choose to do).

To look at it another way, what would happen if the party did nothing or wasn't there... I guess giants/orcs vs. cult, right?
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Julie Y August 26, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
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Blagothkus may outrank Brunvild, but he's on Brunvild's home territory, so that evens out the balance of power somewhat. You could even have them make those points during an argument scene ("I outrank you!" "You may be higher in the Ordning, but this is my hall!").
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Jenny G August 26, 2016 3:52 pm UTC
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Makes sense, thanks for the suggestion! I also figure Blagothkus is the one coming with a rather steep request, so Brunvild has a different kind of power in that situation.
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Jenny G August 10, 2016 10:40 pm UTC
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For those of you who want a way to run this even though in your game, the castle didn't crash after all, here's how we're handling it...

This expansion assumes the castle crashes full of treasure. I know that's the most likely outcome, but in my game, it went differently. After things went crazy with the cult and they defeated Glazhael, they convinced Blagothkus to drop them AND Rezmir's stolen treasure off in their home city.

So, since I still needed a crashed castle for this to work, I had Blagothkus proceed to the Misty Forest to pick up Neronvain's shipment, before the cult caught wind of his betrayal. Then they sent Arauthator (or Arveiturace if your group already killed Arauthator) and some cultists to attack the castle, successfully crashing it into the glacier.

From there we're proceeding as usual. Fun times!
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Jon G August 03, 2016 6:51 pm UTC
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I'm just finishing up running this, and I've used it as a transition adventure between Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamat. The module says it's for 10th level characters, but my 8th level party of 5 has had no problems. My party had befriended Blagothkos (the cloud giant owning the castle), and during the battle with the dragon at the end of HOTDQ, I had the dragon escape, team up with another dragon dispatched when the cult heard from Roth Modar that the castle was in danger (via sending), and the two dragons brought down the castle then with the PC's in it, and it crashed - setting the stage for Frozen Castle. I had them discovered badly injured and unconscious by Dalo, and the woke up in his care. He described the lay of the land and the various destinations to be explored. I'm running the showdown battle at the end using the Unearthed Arcana mass combat rules ("When Armies Clash" article) ... i don't know how you would be expected to run this showdown at the end reasonably using regular...See more
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Ernani J June 28, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
Its better play this before or after Rise of the Tiamat? Thanks for the info.
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Jon G August 03, 2016 8:11 pm UTC
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I chose to do it before (see my later comment)
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Julie Y August 26, 2016 3:19 pm UTC
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I placed it during the Rise of Tiamat, when the party was level 10.
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Mike V May 12, 2016 3:29 am UTC
Can you play this module on its own and not as part of the tyranny of dragons?
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Jon G August 03, 2016 8:10 pm UTC
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You could, but the hook would be a little out there .... "you've tried to take over a flying castle battling an evil cult, but the cloud giant that owns it has crashed it, and now you need to recover your castle again..."? And you'd need highish level characters.
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