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What Waits in the Ruined Dwarf Stronghold?

Two hundred years ago, the great dwarf smith Durgeddin the Black built Khundrukar, a hidden stronghold for his war of vengeance against all orckind. For years Durgeddin labored, until the orcs discovered Khundrukar and stormed the citadel, slaying all within. Legends say that Durgeddin's masterful blades and glittering treasures were never found.

"The Forge of Fury" is the second in a series of eight stand-alone adventures for the Dungeons & Dragons game. It details Khundrukar's five extensive levels of fierce tribes, dangerous obstacles, diabolical traps, and monstrous creatures.

To use this adventure, a Dungeon Master also needs the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, and the Monster Manual.

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"The Forge of Fury" by Richard Baker was the second adventure module published by Wizards of the Coast for 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons. It follows "The Sunless Citadel" in a loosely linked eight-adventure series. The adventure is primarily a site-based dungeon crawl in the dwarven fortress of Khundrukar. Lured by legends of extraordinary blades made long ago by an extraordinary dwarven smith, the 3rd-level player characters arrive at the stronghold ruins and face tribes of goblins, orcs, and other monsters. It's a fun, solid adventure that has likely killed an appalling number of PCs.

Crawling the Dungeon. In 2004, "Forge of Fury" was ranked the 12th greatest Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time by Dungeon Magazine. It distinguishes itself less for truly innovative dungeon and encounter design than it does for providing a good, solid, old-school adventuring experience. Under the expectation that player characters will be spending most of their time fighting evil instead of recovering in a safe haven, the adventure focuses almost completely on the old dwarven stronghold and relegates the nearby base town of Blasingdell to a sidebar.

This is not an adventure that caters to bards who prefer to talk their way out of trouble.

Death Awaits You with Nasty, Pointed Teeth. One common criticism of "Forge of Fury" is that it teaches harsh adventuring lessons... through good old-fashioned character death.

The main entrance to Khundrukar requires movement past manned arrow slits, along with a clever defensive fortification that makes frontal assaults a very bad idea indeed. Encounters throughout the fortress reinforce this design approach, including one notable room that has gone down in gamer legend as a reminder that not every fight is a fair one: The unexpected CR 10 monster (in a 3rd-level dungeon!) is more than likely to catch adventurers by surprise. Should they survive, the low-level group is likely to remember that deadly high-level monsters can be encountered in unexpected places.

Second of Eight. This adventure for 3rd-level characters is the second in an adventure path that also includes the following titles, in order by level

  1. The Sunless Citadel
  2. The Forge of Fury
  3. The Speaker in Dreams
  4. The Standing Stone
  5. Heart of Nightfang Spire
  6. Deep Horizon
  7. Lord of the Iron Fortress
  8. Bastion of Broken Souls

About the Creators. Rich Baker started at TSR in 1991 and left Wizards of the Coast in 2011. In those two decades he worked on material for lines such as Spelljammer, Forgotten Realms, Ravenloft and Planescape. He also co-designed the Birthright campaign setting and the Alternity science fiction game.

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History and commentary of this product was written by Kevin Kulp, game designer and admin of the independent D&D fansite ENWorld. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to

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