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The Stone Sceptre has been recovered! But will it be enough to stop the Raja of Solon? Ambuchar Devayam has massed 10,000 zombies on Ra-Khati's border. Only Gaumahavi, the Great Dragon of the Purple Wastes, stands between him and the Hidden Kingdom. Yet even she cannot face Ambuchar alone, for the evil raja has recovered an archaic Imaskari relic that renders him invincible

If Ra-Khati is to be saved and the player characters are to escape the raja's curse, Ambuchar Devayam must be stopped. But how? The player characters' search for a solution will embroil them in Tulgan politics, lure them to the Red Mountain Monastery's forbidden halls, and lead them into ancient Solon itself, where Ambuchar's slaves - both living and undead - toil to make him even more dangerous.

Blood Charge is the third adventure in the Empires Adventure Trilogy, taking place in The Forgotten Realms campaign world territories described in The Horde campaign set. The Empires Adventures Trilogy is set amidst the turbulent events portrayed in the Empires Novel Trilogy. This adventure is designed for four to eight player characters of levels 7-10.

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FRA3: "Blood Charge" (1990), by Troy Denning, is the third adventure in the Empires adventure trilogy. It was published in November 1990.

Concluding the "FRA" Adventures. "Blood Charge" concludes the epic story of the "FRA" adventures, which tell of the conflict between the Hordelands countries of Ra-Khati and Solon. Here, the plauyers have the opportunity to influence the final battle between these countries … and engage in a final battle themselves with the evil leader of Solon.

The Novel Connections. As with the other "FRA" adventures, "Blood Charge" is set against the backdrop of the Empires trilogy of novels. The events here follow directly on from the events of Dragonwall (1990), where the Horde army was driven out of Shou Lung by Shou general Batu Min Ho. This gives the players the opportunity to rejoin the Horde … and possibly to convince them to become involved in the battle between Ra-Khati and Solon.

The horde eventually exits the adventure as they continue west, where they enter the pages of the final novel in the Empires trilogy, Crusade (1990), by David "Zeb" Cook, which was published in December.

Expanding Oriental Adventures. As with the previous adventures in the series, this one suggests the use of Oriental Adventures (1985), an AD&D 1e sourcebook. Spells and martial arts rules are both drawn from that book.

Expanding the Realms. This adventure continue to detail the Hordelands, which by now had received considerable description in The Horde Barbarian Campaign Setting (1990), by David "Zeb" Cook. As with the previous adventures in the "FRA" series, much of that detail is focused on the countries of Ra-Khati and Solon.

Future History. "Blood Charge" and Crusade together marked the end of the Empires event proper. However, TSR returned to the topic the next year with FR12: The Horde Campaign (1991). Where the "FRA" adventures only approached the events of the Empires novels peripherally, The Horde Campaign tackled them directly, detailing the battles of the Horde's military campaign and converting them to Battlesystem (1985, 1989, 1991). A final short story in Realms of Valor (1993) closed out TSR's coverage of the Horde.

The Hordelands of course remains a minor element of the Forgotten Realms setting that has been touched upon in more recent editions of D&D. Dragon #349 (November 2006) described the area fifteen years after Crusade in "The Horde" by Edward Bonny, Brian Cortijo, and Laszlo Koller; it was expanded with a 9-page web supplement. Then in Dragon #404 (October 2011), Wizards published "Character Themes: Fringes of Kara-Tur", by Chris Sims, which includes a Hordelands Nomad character theme.

About the Creators. Denning wrote all three of the "FRA" adventures as well as the Dragonwall novel. However, he'd probably become better known for what came next: his co-authorship of Dark Sun (1991) and his creation of The Prism Pentad series of novels (1991-1993) for Dark Sun.

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