What's Next for the Hydra Collective
Robert here again, stopping by to share some great news with all of you. Even as the Slumbering Ursine Dunes is rushing towards completion we're getting our ducks in a row for future projects. As such, we're happy to announce that the Hydra Collective will be working with Jason Sholtis, author of the Dungeon Dozen (http://roll1d12.blogspot.com/) and his new blog They Stalk the Underworld (http://theystalktheunderworld.blogspot.com/), to produce a full-length module of his adventure Operation: Unfathomable, a truncated version of which appeared in Knockspell #5 back in 2011. Having run Operation: Unfathomable as the start of his long-standing G+ campaign (which I had the good fortune to play in), Jason's boundless imagination couldn't help but expand on the material found in Knockspell, adding new dungeons, underworld weirdness, and a full wilderness area above the scenario. You'll probably even see some of those monsters that Jason's been teasing in his new blog.
Speaking of Jason, that's not the only announcement we have to make! If, with your help, we manage to beat the odds and unlock our sixth stretch goal for Bad Rajetz and the Frog Demon Temple Jason Sholtis will do the art. That's a prospect that I'm very excited about, not only because Jason's the right man for the job but also because as a player in the Hill Cantons campaign Bad Rajetz has always been one of my favorite adventure sites and has many mysteries we never managed to uncover (and that I desperately want to know!).
Now let me step out of the way and let Jason speak for himself with an introduction to Operation: Unfathomable:
Operation Unfathomable began its life as a short Swords & Wizardry adventure in Knockpell magazine, published back in 2011. Intended as a one-shot convention game, first level PCs pressed into service by a wicked Sorcerer-King scrambled frantically around the Underworld in search of their terrible master's lost relic. A vast subterranean environment of mythic otherness distinctly weirder than traditional Underdark-type settings, the Underworld is usually only visited by fully-fledged heroes, come to throw their mastery of sword and spell against perils spewed forth directly from Primal Chaos, the very substance of creation still cooling at the heart of the world. Fortunately for the PCs, they have been preceded by a powerful, experienced party now lost, but believed to have destroyed many of the horrors standing in the PCs' way.
In the time since, I used the Operation Unfathomable adventure as the starting point of my long-running Google Hangout campaign, in so doing greatly expanding the scope, contents, and complexity of the scenario. Now PCs must vie with no less than three terrifying Chaos godlings and their respective flocks, Shaggath Ka the Worm Sultan, Nul the Mindless One, and the newly-spawned Thrantrix the Ineffable, an infant deity in desperate need of affirmation and (possibly PC) worshippers. Further complicating matters, the seemingly friendly and charming Science Fungoids have recently expanded their inquiries into the area of human biology for purposes they prefer not to discuss and actively seek volunteers for their unsavory experiments. Strange beings from beyond space and time and several other competing parties seek the same relic as the PCs and may aid or impede them dependent upon player handling of these potential encounters. All this takes place in an environment unfettered by conventional physical laws, where the threat of a Chaos storm is ever-present, and a procession of glowing skulls roams about harvesting the heads of the fallen for an unknowable purpose.
Thanks for your support, everyone. Now let's see if we can unlock more awesome material from Chris, Jason, and Luka!