C2: The Ghost Tower of
The Ghost Tower of Inverness is a very interesting adventure. The backstory to C2 has some fairly important implications for the history and development of Greyhawk, due to
age of Castle Inverness:
Know you that
in the elder days before the Invoked Devestation and the Rain of
Colorless Fire, when the ancient peaks of the Abbor-Alz still thrust
skyward sharp and majestic and
the Flan tribesmen were but newcomers to the land, there existed between
the Bright Desert and the mouth of the river Selintan a great fortress
called Inverness . . . Know you also that here was said to dwell
the great wizard Galap-Dreidel at the height of his power and glory, and
he did lift the Castle Inverness from the very foundation of rock upon
which it rested. [citation]
The Flan tribesmen were
at that time newcomers to the Flanaess, so there must have
been a Flan Migration prior to the Suel and Oerid Migrations
after the Twin Cataclysms. Where did the Flan arrive
from? Does a mythic Flan homeland exist, similar to the Oeridians'?
The Bright Desert already
before the time that Galap-Dreidel took residence in the Ghost
The Fortress Inverness existed
prior to the Migrations, when the Abbor-Alz were still young
mountains (in the way that the Rocky Mountains are still young
when compared to the Appalachian Mountains; a secondary corrolary
of note is that the Abbor-Alz mountains are ancient). Also
note that the background does not mention any ghostly phenomena,
and the surviving tower is not singled out in any manner (yet).
The tale suggests that
Galap-Dreidel discovered Castle Inverness; perhaps he built the
central tower as an addition to the already-existing fortress.
Galap-Dreidel may have been
Suel (assuming he wasn't Jewish ;-) ) since so many Suel names
are hyphenated, which would place the Suel in the Central Flanaess
much earlier than many have postulated thus far (perhaps he was
a contemporary of the outpost that eventualy became the Suss's
lost Suel city?)
[i can't recall where i read the idea that the Suss lost city was
ahead of the time of the Migrations, and was an outpost; anyone
Now, for my
misunderstanding/inspiration: I (mistakenly) thought that the keep was located
on the mouth of the Velverdyva River rather than the Selintan, and I
consequently placed the original location of Castle Inverness on the
banks of the Nyr Dyv somewhere near the future site of Dyvers, before
Galap-Dreidel moved it to the present site in hex A4-92 of the old
Darlene map (or 15 B1on the new Living Greyhawk map). For my
purposes, switching from the Velverdyva to Selintan doesn't change my
inspiration much, beyond moving the keep further to the east and south. This
is becuase my idea centers on Galap-Dreidel's original dungeons:
if Castle Inverness was moved from somewhere far away to it's
present location, perhaps his original dungeons were left behind, and an
enterprising DM could design them for intrepid adventurers to discover.
Some other thoughts on
If you decide that Inverness was always in
its present location and was never moved at all, the idea of a keep
being moved and leaving
behind dungeons that ache to be discovered could be applied
to Rary's tower, shifted from Ket to the Bright Desert.
What was it that dragged
Galap-Dreidel away on a trip to the north and west, "over the
River Selintan" (so it may not have been a far trip?), from which he never returned? Was he
going to the Isles of Woe, calling on Vecna (perhaps a social visit,
or one less so...), visiting that Suss lost city, exploring a Star
Cairn? Surely Hardby, Greyhawk, and Dyvers
didn't exist yet.
The mob destroys the castle,
but the keep ruins retain the Ghost Tower (the concept of a ghost
building is not exploited very well by the module and could be
expanded upon by a DM as well). I'm thinking of a cross
between C2 and a haunted/ghostly version of The Vanishing Tower of
Voilodon Ghagnasdiak, from Michael Moorcock's
short for Inverness-shire, a former county of northwestern Scotland;
it is also the capital of the Highland region of present-day
Scotland; lastly, an inverness is a loose belted coat having a cape with a close-fitting round collar
(think Sherlock Holmes)
The listing of players and PC's in the original
Dungeon Master's Log appears similar to the list of playtesters for C2, although it doesn't match exactly.
C2's inclusion of a fire giant, manticore, lurker above, umber hulk, wights, and gargoyles is also suggestive
(though by no means making the two a definite match).
It's worth comparing the limited edition, tourament version of C2
to the published module, keeping these suggestions in mind.
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