Fate of Istus

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Fate of Istus
Code WG8
Rules required Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Campaign setting World of Greyhawk
Authors Nigel Findley, Dan Salas, Stephen Inniss, Robert J. Kuntz
First published 1989
Linked modules

Fate of Istus[1] is a multipart adventure for the 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. This is accomplished by goddess Istus's re-evaluation of the inhabitants of Oerth and making changes to the abilities of each character class.[2]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Fate of Istus is a series of 10 linked adventure scenarios, each one intended for player characters a different character class, and set in a different city from the Bandit Kingdom to Furyondy to the Wild Coast.[3] As part of the plot, the goddess Istus has inflicted the world of Greyhawk with a plague to cull out the weaker adventurers.[3]

A deadly plague has stricken civilization; the players suspect this is a sinister test of some sort and venture out to stop it.

Table of Contents[edit]

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 Masque 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

Notable nonplayer characters[edit]

  • 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

Publication history[edit]

WG8 Fate of Istus was written by Nigel Findley, Dan Salas, Stephen Inniss, and Robert J. Kuntz, with a cover by Daniel Horne and interior illustrations by Karl Waller, and was published by TSR in 1989 as a 128-page book.[3]


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


See also[edit]

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Nigel Findley, Dan Salas, Stephen Inniss, Ropert J. Kuntz (1989). Fate of Istus. WG8. World of Greyhawk: TSR, inc. p. 127. ISBN 0-88038-712-2. 9253XXX1401. 
  2. ^ The Acaeum page on the World of Greyhawk Series
  3. ^ a b c Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 117. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 

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