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The 7 Old Dungeons & Dragons Adventures That Should Get Remade

Jonathan Bolding | 24 Jun 2014 19:45
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The Lost City

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Wandering in the desert, lost and dying of thirst, the characters come upon a pyramid rising from the dunes. Their only hope for survival is to take shelter there, which kicks off the exploration of the bizarre interior - eventually revealed to be the long-lost city of Cynidicea. The place is populated by subterranean human tribes that do little more than farm fungus, worship forgotten gods, and get really high on odd narcotics. With awesome politics between the strange cults of the lost city's inhabitants, and the vast pyramid complex - not to mention the city buried beneath the dungeon - the dungeon was filled with intrigue and amazement. Not to mention the monster, Zargon, that the players slowly discover was the cause for the downfall of the city. As they become more powerful, they can eventually fight the cult that worships Zargon and kill the beast, giving the lost city another shot at its former glory.

So, yes: another from the "not your bog standard medieval European fantasy" category. Frankly, this is one of the strangest D&D modules ever published. So strange, in fact, that aside from its pyramid it's hard to say where the heck the inspirations for this odd place even came from. Like a fine wine, The Lost City has only gotten more attractive with age.

Sorry, did I mention that everyone in Cynidicea wears goofy animal masks? Well, they do.

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