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I7 Baltron's Beacon (1e)

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A strangely delivered advertisement has led you to a sage named Demetrios. He needs a rare component to complete a desperately needed potion. The journey to retrieve it will take you through a large, unexplored swamp to a ruined keep, the former headquarters of a vile cult that once claimed the lives of many innocent youths.

To solve the mysteries of "Baltron's Beacon," the characters must excel in handling wilderness, building ruins, traps, puzzles, and new monsters. This adventure, originally designed for tournament use, is now available for your own campaign.

An adventure for 5-10 characters of levels 4th-8th.

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Product History

I7: "Baltron's Beacon" is the seventh module in the Intermediate series of adventures. It was released in November 1985.

Cover. You could swear that is Tika Waylan on the cover, with the curly red hair and the warrior's outfit. Cover artist Larry Elmore did also draw many iconic pictures of the Dragonlance characters - including Tika - so who (besides he) is to say?

A Classic Dungeon Crawl. Though published in the mid-80s, "Baltron's Beacon" offers up a fairly standard dungeon crawl of the sort that could have been published almost a decade earlier. There's a limited backstory for how some of the inhabitants came to reside in the Beacon, but there's not much attempt beyond that to create an ecology for the dungeon.

Though the Beacon is set in a swampland, that wilderness is detailed with less than a page of random encounters. Instead, the adventure consists almost entirely of dungeon-crawling, including adventures through a gatehouse, a keep, and a couple of levels of actual dungeon. Traps and monsters abound, as you'd expect in a classic dungeon adventure! 

Unusual Accessories. "Baltron's Beacon" includes a few player accessories that were more common in the C-series ("Competition") and S-series ("Special") adventures than in standard TSR releases, including pregenerated characters; a player map; and a few pictures meant to be shown to players.

Expanding Greyhawk. When originally published, "Baltron's Beacon" was meant to be used "in any campaign or world setting." However, in the early 2000s, Gary Holian absorbed a couple of these "orphaned" TSR adventures into the Living Greyhawk campaign. Thus, both I2: "Tomb of the Lizard King" (1982) and I7: "Baltron's Beacon" are now a canonical part of Greyhawk's Keoland, as verified by references in "The Kingdom of Keoland" from Living Greyhawk Journal #1 (2000).

"Places of Mystery: Gateways to Adventure," published in Dragon #304 (February 2002), also by Gary Holian, verifies the placement of "The Hool Beacon" in Greyhawk and provides more background, much of it drawn from "Baltron's Beacon."

About the Creators. Philip Meyers was the original author of I4: "Oasis of the White Palm" (1983), which Tracy Hickman revised to be part of the Desert of Desolation trilogy. This was his one other major TSR publication.

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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January 6th, 2017
I have wanted a new copy of this adventure for a while and decided to pull the trigger considering the price was down to $4.99. My players and I have run this adveneture before, it is a real ringer in some areas and may be off by a few levels in diffi [...]
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September 9th, 2016
The elegant and simple, yet also surprisingly complex adventure within is a wonder to read, and astounding to play. The background is easy to fit into any world, whether it be a home brew, or one of the many D&D worlds. [...]
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