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Races of Stone
Raiders of the High Citadel



Despite their majesty and beauty, mountains can prove deadly and unforgiving, and not just for casual visitors. Even natives succumb to the dangers presented by such terrain from time to time. In this web enhancement adventure, the local goliath tribe has mysteriously lost several members, and the mountain dwarves have lost contact with their high citadel. Can the PCs find the source of the problem and correct it before more dwarves and goliaths are lost?

Races of Stone introduces a new mountain-dwelling race called goliaths. Designer Skip Williams offers a complete short adventure for 9th-level characters that shows the perils that even the best-prepared denizens of the mountains can face and that you can use to introduce goliaths into your campaign. Download it and jump-start using Races of Stone.

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Raiders of the High Citadel

The mountain dwarf stronghold known as Durimek lies high in the mountains -- far higher than even the mountain dwarves find comfortable for extended stays. For centuries it has served primarily as a resting place for the dead. Because limestone of excellent quality is plentiful in the adjacent caverns, however, a small colony of miners has traditionally lived in the stronghold alongside the clerics and warriors devoted to guarding the dead.

Because the mountains around Durimek have always been prone to minor earthquakes, maintaining the stronghold requires a great deal of effort. But since the location has always been quite secure (or so the mountain dwarves thought), they have thus far been willing to make the necessary repairs every few decades.

After the most recent earthquake, however, the situation changed. No word has been received from the citadel at Durimek since that event, and parties sent to assess the situation have not returned. Worse still, several members of a nearby goliath tribe disappeared during a hunting expedition. Now, both the dwarves and the goliaths are in search of heroes to locate their missing comrades and find out what has happened to Durimek.

About the Authors

Skip Williams keeps busy with freelance projects for several different game companies, and he was Dragon Magazine's Sage for eighteen years. Skip was a codesigner of the D&D 3rd edition game and the chief architect of the Monster Manual. When not devising swift and cruel deaths for player characters, Skip putters in his kitchen or garden. (His borscht gets rave reviews.)

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