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OA2 Night of the Seven Swords (1e)

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While Maeshi province revels in the festival spirit, clouds gather over the political scene. Two warlords are vying for control of this otherwise peaceful place, and you are guests of one of them. Sun Temple officials have offered complete support to the faction which successfully travels to Ito-jo Castle (said to hold relics of great importance to the Sun Temple), brings them back safely, and returns them to the Inn of the Globefish.

The plan is laid before you. You are to leave immediately under secrecy for the castle of the Ito clan, also known as the Seven Swords Clan. Find the relics, and return them to the renowned inn Doi no Fugu. Extreme caution is needed here, for your warlord's rival must not hear of this!

Is the castle really haunted? What lies in the caverns beneath it? Will Korimori's troops discover your plan and try to wrest the relics from you, should you even get that far? What will you find at the Inn of the Globefish? Come, honorable stranger- the Seven Swords await!

Product History

OA2: "Night of the Seven Swords" (1986), by Jon Pickens, David "Zeb" Cook, Harold Johnson, Rick Swan, Ed Carmien, and David James Ritchie, is the second expansion for the Oriental Adventures (1985) hardcover; it was released in December 1986.

Expanding Oriental Adventures. Where OA1: "Swords of the Daimyo" (1986) was an introductory adventure for Kara-Tur, "Night of the Seven Swords" instead is a mid-level campaign — making it both the first mid-level adventure and the first campaign for the setting.

Adventuring Tropes. "Night of the Seven Swords" is a series of four linked scenarios for Oriental Adventures. Most of the adventure is pretty traditional for early D&D, including a haunted castle crawl, a cavern crawl, and a wilderness crawl. However, there's also a backstory about lost relics and clan rivalries, while a series of encounters leads into a cinematically appropriate finale. As such, "Night of the Seven Swords" feels like a transition that's heading toward the 2e (1989-2000) style of adventuring, which would be more story-heavy.

"Night of the Seven Swords" focuses not just on the unique setting of Oriental Adventures, but also on its rules. In particular, honor plays a role at a few points in the adventure.

Expanding Kara-Tur. "Swords of the Daimyo" provided the first detailed expansion of the Kara-Tur setting with its description of the Miyama Province of Kozakura (Oriental Adventures Japan). "Night of the Seven Swords" continues the expansion of Kozakura, but focuses on a different province: Maeshi, a somewhat isolated part of the island.

About the Creators. Pickens and Cook oversaw the development of the book, while Johnson, Swan, Carmien, and Ritchie each wrote one of the four adventure-sections. Cook was of course the author of Oriental Adventures itself, as well as OA1: "Swords of the Daimyo".

About the Product Historian

The history of this product was researched and written by Shannon Appelcline, the editor-in-chief of RPGnet and the author of Designers & Dragons - a history of the roleplaying industry told one company at a time. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon.appelcline@gmail.com.

 
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48
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1.0
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0-88038-327-5
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