Excerpt from
Expedition to Undermountain

Heroes, beware. Undermountain awaits those foolhardy or brave enough to walk its passages, but step lightly and with care. Undermountain's welcome is not that of a gracious friend who seeks to make you comfortable. Learn more about this superadventure by reading a few excerpts, including the introduction, various adventure sections, plus a couple of encounters.

Introduction

Undermountain. The name conjures images of sprawling dungeoncrawls, fantastic adventures, insidious monsters, and wondrous treasures. Originally presented as a huge (really huge) adventure for the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, this expedition presents Undermountain as a grand adventuring area for any Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Undermountain contains nine main levels and more than twenty sublevels, connecting to more extensive dungeons and caverns, and ultimately to the Underdark. In other words, Undermountain is just too big to fully detail in any single volume.

Instead, this campaign adventure treats Undermountain as an unexplored underground region, a new realm that can attract characters for months or even years (as in the case of many nonplayer characters, or NPCs) of game time. It provides the plots, power groups, and lore to enable a Dungeon Master (DM) to detail any corner of Undermountain, to create a vibrant long-term adventure setting -- the ultimate dungeon crawl that feels realistic, exciting, and dangerous.

The encounters presented in this book are designed to take a party of player characters from 1st level to 9th or 10th level. If the characters in your campaign are already higher than 1st level, it's still possible to get a lot of play value out of this adventure.

Undermountain stirs beneath a large city in your campaign world. In the Forgotten Realms campaign, Undermountain stretches throughout the bowels of Waterdeep, the famed metropolis on the Sword Coast. In your game, it can exist beneath any large city you want, long known in rumor and legend or newly discovered and waiting to be explored.

The missions and possibilities are endless. This book brings Undermountain to life -- make it your own!


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