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FRA2 Black Courser (2e)


The Purple Dragon is caged!

But Ra-Khati isn't out of danger. The evil Raja Ambuchar Devayam is holding the Dalai Lama to his promise. If the player-characters don't deliver Princess Bhrokiti and the Black Courser to him - and even if they do - the Raja's foul army will once again march on the Hidden Kingdom. What is it that Devayam really wants with Ra-Khati.

Only your PCs can discover the awful truth. When they do, their journey will take them to the farthest reaches of Shou Lung. Providing they can escape the diabolic assassin sent to stop them, they will find the lost city of Kuo Meilan. There they must penetrate to the lost city's wicked heart and find the Stone Sceptre of Shih. Only armed with this artifact, and the secret connecting it to Ambuchar Devayam, can they hope to save Ra-Khati - or themselves!

The Black Courser is the second adventure in the Empires Adventures Trilogy, taking place in the new Forgotten Realms campaign world territories described in The Horde campaign set. The Empires Adventures Trilogy is also set amidst the turbulent events portrayed in the Empires Novel Trilogy. This module can be played as a separate, stand-alone module or as a follow-up to Storm Riders.

Product History

FRA2: "Black Courser" (1990) is the second adventure in the "Realms-shaking" Empires event. It was published in July 1990.

Continuing the "FRA" Adventures. This module continues the "FRA" adventures, which were part of the Forgotten Realms Empires event of 1990. Here, the players are taken captive by the Mongol-like Horde and must lead them through Ra-Khati to Khazari — after which they can head out for some dungeoneering of their own. Along the way the PCs remain involved with the conflict between Ra-Khati and Solon, which is the focus of the "FRA" adventures.

A month after the release of "Black Courser", TSR would publish The Horde Barbarian Campaign Setting (1990); it gave all of the details of the Hordelands. Some monsters that didn't fit in the supplement were published as "A Hoard for the Horde" in Dragon #163 (November 1990). The "FRA" adventure series would complete that same month with FRA3: "Blood Charge" (1990).

The Novel Connection. This adventure parallels Dragonwall (1990), also by Troy Denning, which depicts the Horde's assault on Shou Lung's famous dragonwall. This second novel covered the Empires event from the viewpoint of Kara-Tur, continuing the varied looks at the story. Once more, this novel acts as a backdrop for the adventure, rather than being its focus — giving players more room to follow their own muse.

A few years later, David "Zeb" Cook wrote "Patronage" for Reams of Valor (1993), which depicts the attack on the smaller country of Khazari, which is an element of this adventure.

Expanding Oriental Adventures. As with "Storm Riders", this adventure suggests the use of the AD&D 1e book, Oriental Adventures. In fact, that hardcover sourcebook would probably be most useful for "Black Courser" because it's set partially in the lands of Kara-Tur.

Expanding the Realms. This adventure continues to detail some of the Hordelands for the first time ever, including Ra-Khati and Khazari. However it also moves into lands previously described in Oriental Adventures and Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (1988), adding new details to the country of Shou Lung.

About the Creators. Denning was one of the top event writers for the Realms at the time. He was one of the novelists for the Avatar event (1989), wrote the entire "FRA" series of adventures, and also authored the Dragonwall novel.

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