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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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Jenny G August 16, 2016 1:06 pm UTC
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
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
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
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
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
I chose to do it before (see my later comment)
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Julie Y August 26, 2016 3:19 pm UTC
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
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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