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I started playing D&D in 6th Grade. That would be 1981 when I was 11 years old. The person who exposed me to D&D was my older cousin Trace. He still runs his weekly D&D game with his friends to this day in Huntsville, Alabama. For a long time he was a key event planner for the gaming convention in Huntsville. While doing this, he was able to coordinate the guests of honor that came to the Con to help draw more participants. This would have been in the early 90’s. My uncle worked for NASA at the time (he’s now retired) and Trace was able to get Bob Salvatore to attend the Con with the promise that a full-access tour of the NASA facilities would be included in the trip. We’re talking visiting areas that the general public weren’t able to visit with the standard tour.

An unexpected, but cool, outcome to this was that Trace and Bob became friends at a time when Bob’s career was just beginning to take off. Trace even went and spent one Thanksgiving with Bob and his family one year! One day when I was at Trace’s house visiting he got a call from Bob and I was able to talk to Bob for 30 or 40 minutes on the phone. It was so cool!

Another cool thing that Trace did for me was to get my first edition of The Crystal Shard signed by Bob!

What does this have to do with the topic at hand? Good question. Not a whole lot other than I thought about all this while I was scouring the internet for stats on Drizzt and thought it would help add to my RPG street cred!

Now to the real point of the post. When I created the Pulp Hero Team that accompanied my last post, I thought it would be cool to create a team of High Fantasy/Swords & Sorcery heroes to use as Player Characters. I mean, how fun would it be to go through a One Shot using Gray Mouser, Aragorn, and Gandalf as PC’s! Or to play through one of the dungeon crawls just released in Tales from the Yawning Portal using Elric, Drizzt, and Conan!

My research around the net has uncovered the following trove of characters for both D&D 5e and Savage Worlds.

Lord of the Rings characters for Savage Worlds

Another version of Aragorn for Savage Worlds

Drizzt Do’Urden for D&D 5e

Statting out Conan for D&D 5e

Another version of Conan for D&D 5e

Statting out Elric for D&D 5e

Fafhrd & Gray Mouser for Savage Worlds (There’s also more versions of them in the Savage Worlds product called Lankhmar: City of Thieves)

Harry Potter characters for D&D 5e

Finally, here are links to fillable character sheets for both systems so that you can use the links above to craft your own all-star adventure group for your home-brew games.

Savage Worlds Fantasy Companion Fillable Character Sheet

D&D 5e Fillable Characters Sheets

 

Here are the character sheets for the Pulp Hero super team presented in individual files:

Indiana Jones

The Phantom

Lara Croft

Doc Savage

This is the final version of the Adventure called “The Blasphemy of Pavel”.

The Blasphemy of Pavel v3

I began with the 5e Dungeon Masters Guide (DMG), graph paper, pencil, and some dice using the tables on page 290. I completed about half of the dungeon only fudging rolls when I encroached upon the edges of the graph paper. I got about half-way finished and decided to jump ahead to the other tables to see what kind of dungeon I was creating. On the “Lair” table I rolled “Barracks where the lair’s defenders are quartered”. While looking through the tables, my mind was drawn to the “Temple or Shrine” table and I rolled “Central temple built to accommodate rituals”. The blending of these ideas made me think of a militant, religious order like the Knights Templar. I decided to check out the monster tables to try and see what sorts of monsters might be good to populate the dungeon with. As I perused the tables, the picture of the Bone Devil on page 308 caught my eye. I decided to get the Monster Manual (MM) and read about the Bone Devil.

While looking up the Bone Devil I came across the Death Knight and the Chain Devil as two candidates for Bosses. While reading the description of the Death Knight, the idea began to form of the plot that would result in the final product. I liked the idea of an Order of Good Knights descending into the stuff of Conspiracy Theory and Secret Society-type corruption. Having the Chain Devil be the cause of this fall fit right into the dungeon.

As I went back and finished rolling up the dungeon, I came up with religious practices that might go on in this shrine. I knew I needed to have the Knights as cultists in the dungeon. I also knew I wanted to have 3 Boss Battles. The first one I determined would be against Pavel. I learned from Ed Wetterman from a conversation as well as an adventure he ran at this year’s Genghis Con, that nothing stirs the Party as much as a good old Philosophical-style Moral Dilemma thrown in their lap. I thought it would be interesting to see if the Players would try and determine whether or not Pavel was beyond redemption. There’s no clear answer presented, but all options would be playable. A good DM/GM could also have Pavel say certain things that might raise such questions amongst the Party. I also gave Pavel a sword from both systems which are obviously versions of Stormbringer. Will this doppelganger of Elric suffer a similar fate here?

The third Boss Battle was a no-brainer – Chagûl the Chain Demon. But what could the second one be. While looking through the MM and the Savage Worlds Fantasy Companion (SWFC) cross-referencing monsters, I must have either made my Notice roll or succeeded on my Difficulty Class roll, because I happened to notice that both systems have Archmages. After reading both systems stats – BTW, I think a cool Con game would be to run this adventure in both systems back-to-back just to experience the differences between two similarly designed adventures and how the two games play out – I decided to model the Archmage on Rasputin. I thought that it would be a cool second Boss Battle.

I finished rolling all of the dungeon except the very top part that connects to the Underdark. By that point, I knew the general plot and had ideas on how to key the dungeon.

I hope you enjoy this and decide to play through it. If you do, or just want to share your own random dungeon, please let me know!