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City of AbolethsD&D Insider Article
Paragon-level Adventure Seeds
by Bruce R. Cordell

Aboleths are some of the most powerful and dangerous creatures most adventures will ever face. Few things could be more terrifying than probing into the heart of an aboleth lair in search of the nightmare creature and its brood. That's exactly what heroes may be called upon to do when faced with the challenges, encounters, and new varieties of aboleths presented in these adaptations from Bruce R. Cordell's novel City of Torment.

The aboleth’s three eyes blinked in unsyncopated rhythm. Two eyes swiveled to fix on Anusha, and one stared at Yeva. The creature charged. Its tentacles lashed across the width of the corridor. The air around it churned with a fine mist of slime, and it gave voice to a terrible keening ... . As it swept past, Yeva glared at the monster, her eyes achieving a lethal focus. A barrage of rainbow colors swept across the aboleth. It shuddered and twisted as tears and cuts spontaneously appeared on its skin in a dozen places. Dark blood oozed forth to mix with the aboleth's coat of slime.

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    About the Author

    Bruce R. Cordell is an Origins and ENnie award-winning game designer whose long list of professional credits include the new Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, Keep on the Shadowfell, Draconomicon I: Chromatic Dragons, and Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead. Bruce is also an author of Forgotten Realms novels, including City of Torment, the second book in the Abolethic Sovereignty series.