by Robert J. Schwalb
The legendary demilich Acererak was supposedly slain years ago by a band of fearless adventurers. But his legacy lives on. Could you be one of those touched by the demilich in some way? And is Acererak truly gone from this world?
Many dungeons fill the world, but few come close to the malice found in the Tomb of Horrors. The reputed resting place of the infamous necromancer, Acererak, the Tomb has tempted many heroes and fools alike into testing their mettle against the tricks and traps protecting the Tomb's fabled mithral vault. Nearly all have been found wanting. Regardless of how many descended into its labyrinthine corridors, fell victim to its innumerable hazards, or emerged maimed or mad, the dungeon has survived, promising the same death and despair as it always has to the next band that enters its darkened corridors.
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About the Author
Robert J. Schwalb contributed design to such books as the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide, Draconomicon I: Chromatic Dragons, Manual of the Planes, P2: Demon Queen's Enclave, Martial Power, Player's Handbook 2, Eberron Campaign Guide, Eberron Player's Guide, Divine Power, Adventurer's Vault 2, Draconomicon 2: Metallic Dragons, and Primal Power, as well as numerous articles for D&D Insider. Robert lives in Tennessee.
Rob would like to dedicate this article to the memory of Gary Gygax "for first planting the seed of Acererak in my imagination." He'd also like to thank Bruce Cordell "for making that seed grow and for writing the nastiest adventure I've ever had the pleasure to run."