The Vortex of Madness and Other Planar Perils (for AD&D)
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Written by Chris Pramas
96 pages, $17.95
The Vortex of Madness and Other Planar Perils is a set of five separate but linked adventures set in the outer planes. The adventures are designed to be separated from one another or run together -- more on that below. The cover proclaims that these adventures are "For High Level Heroes!" -- but there are no recommended levels to be found within. My estimation is that you would want to be at least 9th and probably at most 14th level to adventure in these areas -- lower level adventurers will not have the spells and abilities to handle the challenges within. Adventurers of much higher levels would need to have the challenges boosted in power to give them a run for their money.
Adventures are structured as more than just "dungeon crawls" -- encounters are not just monsters to fight, although they are completely statted out if the inevitable ensues. The adventures themselves present five unique areas for PCs to explore:
- "The Vortex of Madness" -- A magical prison in Limbo, holding a prisoner whose name is known to AD&Ders clear back to owners of Eldritch Wizardry. This mind-warping location provides a tie-in adventure to connect all of the other locations together.
- "The Citadel of Gith Reborn" -- A fortress on the Astral Plane containing rebellious Githyanki fighting to overthrow . . .
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Article publication date: July 14, 2000
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