5E Scenarios in a Drow City

Jd Smith1

Explorer
Yes, I'm posting again.

So I fell in love with the Drow when the G & D series initially came out in 1979 (or maybe 1980), but I've never really gotten a good scenario outof them. I purchased Oones Drow City maps (For VTT, yiu cannot beat Oones for quality and price-friendly)


I have just about every scenario made for the Drow, which is not as many as you would think.

Now, what I am looking at is a take off of Drow Rising, in which the PCs travel to a Drow City to stop surface raids via assassination.

That's a good core plot.

The PCs will be high level (how high, I don't know, because they's about 12-15 sessions away), have no Drow PCs, and will have devices that hide their true alignments as CN. They will be masquerading as merchants, trades, or some such; their cover will be up to the players.

But they should have to spend some time in the Drow city, and there I am coming up with a blank. Being CE, Drow law enforcement should be inefficient, indifferent, and corrupt, except when it comes to keeping tabs on slaves or slave rebellions.

The city should be ripe for sidebar quests, but I can't think of a single one, and so far I haven't found a commercial scenario with much guidance.

Anyone run this sort of thing, or seen a good module to help?
 

the Jester

Legend
I'd recommend looking at the 4e adventure P2, Demon Queen's Enclave, for a great Drow-focused (section of an) adventure that really plays to their treacherous and politicking nature, putting the pcs in a position to make alliances while fully knowing they are going to get stabbed in the back in the end. Most of the 4e adventures are... not great... but P2, or at least the half that is focused on the Drow, is awesome.
 
You could always have a good ol'fashioned slave rebellion/revolution in which the enslaved concur the drow and put themselves in the ruling position and they rule justly. Also replacing the church and burning all imagery of lolth. Assisting in such a war could all on its own make for an interesting campaign filled with intrigue, demons, forgotten caverns, fights, high society rp, tge freeing of slaves, and possibly a really easy eventual transition into an even longer term campaign in the abyss (probably extending past level 20)
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
You could always have a good ol'fashioned slave rebellion/revolution in which the enslaved concur the drow and put themselves in the ruling position and they rule justly. Also replacing the church and burning all imagery of lolth. Assisting in such a war could all on its own make for an interesting campaign filled with intrigue, demons, forgotten caverns, fights, high society rp, tge freeing of slaves, and possibly a really easy eventual transition into an even longer term campaign in the abyss (probably extending past level 20)
I'm looking for sidebars within the city, not a central core to the scenario. Slave revolts very seldom win (in fact, the only one I can think of that was successful did so because the French troops were mowed down by native diseases), so that's out.

Plus I don't have infernals in my setting.

I just hate to waste such an engaging setting as a Drow city without having some sidebars in it.
 
I'm looking for sidebars within the city, not a central core to the scenario. Slave revolts very seldom win (in fact, the only one I can think of that was successful did so because the French troops were mowed down by native diseases), so that's out.

Plus I don't have infernals in my setting.

I just hate to waste such an engaging setting as a Drow city without having some sidebars in it.
Hmmm. You are correct. Even more rarely against a society ruled by drow. Still, the rarity should only amplify the heroicism of the event occurring. That said, sorry. I slipped up and missed that you were looking for more strictly side bar events.

Side note: demons are abyssals not infernals. Also lolth, though not born an abyssal entity, is an abyssal entity and a demon but also a goddess.

Hmmm. Sidebar event...a front being fought by the city perennially with a small mindflayer colony or a powerful aboleth? Perhaps mind controlled drow spies from both waging a proxy war in the city?
 
Yes, I'm posting again.

So I fell in love with the Drow when the G & D series initially came out in 1979 (or maybe 1980), but I've never really gotten a good scenario outof them. I purchased Oones Drow City maps (For VTT, yiu cannot beat Oones for quality and price-friendly)


I have just about every scenario made for the Drow, which is not as many as you would think.

Now, what I am looking at is a take off of Drow Rising, in which the PCs travel to a Drow City to stop surface raids via assassination.

That's a good core plot.

The PCs will be high level (how high, I don't know, because they's about 12-15 sessions away), have no Drow PCs, and will have devices that hide their true alignments as CN. They will be masquerading as merchants, trades, or some such; their cover will be up to the players.

But they should have to spend some time in the Drow city, and there I am coming up with a blank. Being CE, Drow law enforcement should be inefficient, indifferent, and corrupt, except when it comes to keeping tabs on slaves or slave rebellions.

The city should be ripe for sidebar quests, but I can't think of a single one, and so far I haven't found a commercial scenario with much guidance.

Anyone run this sort of thing, or seen a good module to help?
Wow. I dont know how i missed it readibg through the first time but you literally rule out slave rebellions (pretty much) right in the first post. Im sorry. Wow that was situationally a very ironically stupid thing of me.
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
Hmmm. You are correct. Even more rarely against a society ruled by drow. Still, the rarity should only amplify the heroicism of the event occurring. That said, sorry. I slipped up and missed that you were looking for more strictly side bar events.

Side note: demons are abyssals not infernals. Also lolth, though not born an abyssal entity, is an abyssal entity and a demon but also a goddess.

Hmmm. Sidebar event...a front being fought by the city perennially with a small mindflayer colony or a powerful aboleth? Perhaps mind controlled drow spies from both waging a proxy war in the city?
Now you're cooking!

I don't use any sort of demons or devils or other planes in my campaigns. I have enough trouble keeping tabs on one world. ;)
 
You could have a dispute between the high, middle, or both ranking levels of the priestly power structure (as drow are ruled by priestesses) of the city's military and the same present in its arcane leadership which is causing a hige amount of disfunction and cloack and dagger fighting and subterfuge.

Perhaps two very prominent members (one of each) are twin sisters who are rivals in the priesthood. Both having heavily involved themselves in one or the other side of the power structure. Both with followers.
 
I know you say you dont use demons or devils or other planes but what about a half demon. Draegloths are powerful half demons that drow societies create (always male) which are intended to be raised to be a rare exception to the rule of males never being involved in the leadership caste. They can hold a leadership role in many functional parts of society and can even outrank most (definitely not all) females. As a matter of fact they are not conceived except for that purpose (and also its a part of the rite of passage for a drow high preistess to ascend the throne).

Perhaps a priestess conceives an unsanctioned one as a part of a bid for power (and has been hiding out up until recently for 15 years, now returning with the adolescant and a message. Is she a false prophet? A wouod be usurper? What is the draegloth's strange purpose. What plot is in motion that he would be conceived), or perhaps one is conceved inexplicably and the city now has to wonder why on earth it was done. By whom? And how? Did she really even conceive a draegloth or is it all a deception somehow? Is the current priesthood hiding something?
 
Perhaps the city is hit by a mysterious plague from a rival spider entity to lolth and people are dying unexpectly from tiny spiders erupting from all orifices (perhaps attemtping to mock lolth. A grievous mistake if the party finds out who the offender is)
 
Oooooo

You could have a necromancer commissioned by the city to build a gigantic flesh golem intended to repel the surface invaders (like 15 stories high and requires circle magic) but he goes rogue and has his golem start attacking the city or some very important site for the cities resources or something.

BRING ON THE KAIJU
 
carlos-villas-burrowing-needle-golem.jpg
maybe something like this? Partially amorphous so that it can fit through corridors smaller than expected and make it very difficult to escape from/evade for long? Rellentlessly following people? And 15 stories tall when standing.
 
Somethung to take into consideration that you might find useful to you. Flesh golems of titanic size require an immensely powerful soul to be the controlling spirit. Could be a useful plot point.
 
Perhaps a corrupted spirit of a war hero from an army of the surface invaders was used? Doesnt have to have died recently. Could be a dude the current matron's mother fought?

Lots of ways it increase the depth of your plot's history are available with necromancy side stories and how long the conflicts have been going if you want.
 

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