Fate of Istus

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Fate of Istus
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Type Adventure module
Code/ Abbreviation WG8
Edition 1st Ed Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Author(s) Nigel Findley, Dan Salas, Stephen Inniss, Robert J. Kuntz
First Published 1989
Classification Canon

Fate of Istus is a multipart adventure for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, taking place in the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. The module is designed for characters of any class or level, and was published as an in-game vehicle to explain the transition from the game's first to second edition.

Table of Contents

Chapter Page Author
Introduction 2
Ye Olde City's Sroll #1: Rockroost 3
Adventure #1: The Sage's Tower 6 by Nigel Findley
Ye Olde City's Sroll #2: Rel Mord 14
Adventure #2: Swords for Hire 17 by Dan Salas
Ye Olde City's Sroll #3: Jurnre 25
Adventure #3: Countdown in Jurnre 28 by Stephen Inniss
Ye Olde City's Sroll #4: Elredd 37
Adventure #4: Diambeth's Delving 40 by Nigel Findley
Ye Olde City's Sroll #5: Wintershiven 47
Adventure #5: Service for the Dead 50 by Nigel Findley
Ye Olde City's Sroll #6: Leukish 58
Adventure #6: The Garden of Evil 62 by Dan Salas
Ye Olde City's Sroll #7: Rauxes 26
Adventure #7: Down with the Wizard 72 by Robert J. Kuntz
Ye Olde City's Sroll #8: Chendl 83
Adventure #8: At the King's Right Hand 85 by Nigel Findley
Ye Olde City's Sroll #9: Verbobonc 93
Adventure #9: Iuz's Gambit 95 by Robert J. Kuntz
Ye Olde City's Sroll #10: Hesuel IlShar 105
Adventure #10: The Scarlet Musque 108 by Stephen Inniss
NPC #1: Cymbelline 120 by Nigel Findley
NPC #2: Alaric 122 by Dan Salas
NPC #3: Beastman Avatar 124 by Stephen Inniss
NPC #4: Arlina 126 by Nigel Findley
NPC #5: Narlond and the Prophet 127 by Robert J. Kuntz


Authors: Nigel Findley, Dan Salas, Stephen Inniss, Robert J. Kuntz
Coordinators: Bruce Heard, Karen S. Broomgarden Editing: Kim Mohan
Typography: Betty Elmore
Cartography: Diesel
Cover Art: Daniel Horne
Interior Art: Karl Waller

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. Distributed in the United Kingdom by TSR UK Ltd.

product number 9253XXX1401
ISBN 0-88038-712-2

Back cover reads

This collection of linked adventures takes characters from the Bandit Kingdoms to Furyondy to the Wild Coast, with stops in some of Greyhawks most exciting locales. But don't be fooled: This is more than just a travelogue.
A dread plague has struck the world of Greyhawk, and the adventurers must travel the length and breadth of the land seeking an explanation and a cure. This is no ordinary plague, but one that seems almost like a punishment - or a test - meted out by some greater power.
Should the characters fail to uncover the secret of this quest, the world of Greyhawk will be forever changed.
This epic campaign provides hitherto unknown details about the cities of Greyhawk and tests each major character class in the AD&D game.

Notable nonplayer characters

  • Cymbelline: Half-elf 9th Level thief/10th level bard
  • Alaric: Human 7th level fighter
  • Morgorath's Beastman Avatar: deity can appear as anything
  • Arlina: 12th level cleric
  • Narlond the white alchemist and the Prophet of Boccob: 18th level magic user

Retcons of Fate of Istus

Some parts of the adventure, notably the connection of the Scarlet Brotherhood monks with monks from the Oriental Adventures land of Kara-Tur and the loss of all monkish abilities, were ruled noncanon and contradicted in The Scarlet Brotherhood by Sean K. Reynolds (1998). The name of the archfiend "Baael" was changed to Baalzephon in Ivid the Undying by Carl Sargent (1995). In addition, the version of Verbobonc in Fate of Istus is different from the one in Vecna Lives! by David Cook (1990).


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