Dwellers of the Forbidden City

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Dwellers of the Forbidden City
Dwellers of the Forbidden City.jpg
Type Adventure module
Code/ Abbreviation I1
Author(s) David Cook
First Published 1981
Series I
Classification Canon

Dwellers of the Forbidden City is an adventure module for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, set in the game's World of Greyhawk campaign setting. The module was published in 1981 by TSR Hobbies, Inc. for the first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules.

Dwellers of the Forbidden City was written by David Cook with cover art by Erol Otus and interior art by James Holloway, Jim Roslof, Harry Quinn, and Stephen D. Sullivan. The adventure was first used as a tournament module at the Origins Game Fair in 1980.

The module was originally intended to bear code S4, but this code was re-assigned to Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth before Dwellers was published. As published, the adventure bears the code I1 and is the first in the I (Intermediate) series of modules, a group of mostly unrelated adventures.

In The Scarlet Brotherhood accessory by Sean K. Reynolds, the Forbidden City was named Xuxulieto and the mountain range it lies in is called the Xaro Mountains.

Table of contents

  • note there was no actual table of contents printed in the module.
Chapter Page
Background 2
Notes for the DM 2
Notes for tournament play 3
Start 4
The Forbidden City 11
Lair of the Treemen 13
Court of the Master 14
Bugbear Brigands 17
Ruins of the Mongrelmen 18
The Bullywug Stockade 20
The God of the Bullywugs 21
The Swamp Horrors 22
New Monsters 24


Design: David Cook
Development: Harold Johnson, Lawrence Schick
Able Assistance: Jon Pickens, Mike Price, Jean Wells
Editing: Harold Johnson, Allen Hammack, Roberta ReilLey, Edward G. Sollers, Steve Winter
Cover Art: Erol Otus
Interior Art: James Holloway, Jim Roslos off, Erol Otus, Harry Quinn, Stephen D. Sullivan
Playtesters: Helen Cook, Allen Hammack, Harold Johnson, Jeff Klinzman, Tom Moldvay, Lawrence Schick, Jean Wells, Skip Williams
Typesetting: Dianne J. Burke Key line: Joyce A. Kress, Laura Roslos , Mary Hendryx photography: Joyce A. Kress

Distributed to the book trade in the United States by Random House, Inc., and in Canada by Random House of Canada, Ltd. Distributed to the toy and hobby trade by regional distributors.

product number 9046 394_51424-6TSR0550 ISBN 0-935696-33-4

Cover text

Somewhere in the heart of the steaming jungle lies the answer to the whispered tales - rumors of a magnificent city and foul, horrid rituals! Here a brave party might find riches and wonders - or death! Is your party brave enough to face the terrors of the unknown and find - the Forbidden City!

Parts of this module were used in 1980 for a major East Coast convention tournament. Information is presented here to reconstruct this exciting tournament and even more has been given to expand play. Here characters may adventure several times in a unique and interesting mini-campaign. Included in this module are background and tournament notes, referee's keys, new monsters, pre- generated characters, and eight different maps.

Notable nonplayer characters

New monsters


Dwellers of the Forbidden City was ranked the 13th greatest Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time by Dungeon magazine in 2004, on the 30th anniversary of the Dungeons & Dragons game.

Creative origins

Dwellers of the Forbidden City began as part of a campaign run by David Cook before he worked for TSR, meant to evoke the feel of Robert A. Howard's Conan stories. Cook used the "main hall" of this adventure as part of his application to work for TSR. When it was accepted, he expanded on it, adding the city and the mongrelmen.


  • Cook, David. Dwellers of the Forbidden City. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR Hobbies, 1981.
  • Mona, Erik, James Jacobs, and the Dungeon Design Panel. "The 30 Greatest D&D Adventures of All Time." Dungeon #116. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, November 2004.

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