The Immortal Storm (module)

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The Immortal Storm
IM1 TSR9171 The Immortal Storm.jpg
Code IM1
Authors Frank Mentzer
First published 1986

The Immortal Storm is a 1986 adventure module for the Immortals Rules expansion to the Basic Rules of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Plot summary[edit]

The Immortal Storm is a scenario for novice Immortal-level characters. Immortals from the five spheres of power (matter, energy, thought, time, and entropy) must stop a cosmic storm. To do so, the characters must quest through the planes to obtain the Key to Eternity.[1]

A supernatural storm threatens the entire multiverse. Mysteriously, a supernatural eye sits in the center of the storm watching the Hierarchs, who cannot dissipate the storm.[2] Nix, the Hierarch of Entropy, wants the player characters' help to rid the multiverse of the malignant maelstrom which threatens all of space and time.[3] At last, the eye gives the Hierarchs a puzzle, which they use to test the player characters to determine their fitness for the mission. By solving the puzzle, characters learn their roles in the quest. Having solved the puzzle themselves, the Hierarchs impart this knowledge to characters regardless of their performance.[2]

The party then seeks necessary items in the planes; searches in New York and Chicago precede the climax.[2] When the Immortals visit the plane of technology, their powers cannot help them.[3] At the conclusion, the characters guard the Hierarchs as they destroy the storm.[2]

Publication history[edit]

IM1 The Immortal Storm is a 40-page booklet with an outer folder published in 1986. It was written by Frank Mentzer, with cover art by Larry Elmore and interior art by Valerie Valusek and Larry Elmore.[4] This module was the first produced for the D&D Immortals Rules set, designed for a party of Novice Temporals, the lowest level of Immortal character.[2]

Reception[edit]

In his review for White Dwarf, Graeme Davis compared the premises of The Immortal Storm and Star Trek: the Motion Picture, noting logical flaws: "everybody knows Our Heroes will get the mission no matter how badly they do [on the test]"; the storm lists the things needed to destroy it.[2] He also felt that searching for items wastes the scope of Immortal characters, and that having characters deal with the storm directly would greatly improve the scenario. Davis finds the different planes' presentation imaginative, despite a plane consisting entirely of music staves and populated by sentient musical notes that "smacks more of Dr. Seuss than D&D".[2] He further criticized the air-filled tunnels in the Plane of Earth that help its inhabitants move about, and ridicules the adventure's climax: "Our Heroes happen to need something from this humble little plane of ours, and as everybody knows, if it's vital to the survival of the multiverse, well gee whiz, it's just gotta be in the USA. I must admit, though, having an inter-planar gate on the New York subway might explain a thing or two."[2] Davis felt that newly-Immortal characters' powers were "severely wasted by sending them on a trip down the shops. I'm sure that it would have been possible to come up with something a little more grand in scale for the first Immortals module."[2] He consequently senses a hurried quality about the module's production, concluding that "the module does have its moments, but my overall impression was one of disappointment".[2]

Tom Zunder reviewed The Immortal Storm for the British magazine Adventurer #6 (January 1987).[3] He commented on the cover art, recalling the cover of Day of Al'Akbar, saying "here we at last have a sexy elf and a hunky bloke to go with the bosom brigade. Can't really complain about this cover too much really, the molten lava they walk around in almost-naked does after all give a hint as to the magnitude of adventure to expect. This is, after all, the first of the Immortal scenario packs, and we're all expecting something rather epic. We are not to be disappointed".[3] He comments on the scope of the adventure: "A solution of riddles, the Immortals game takes D&D to its ultimate conclusion, magic and technology become truly intermingled in the mechanics of D&D sorcery. The strange thing is, that when PCs can transfer across the planes, pluck starfire from flaming suns and use wishes like ship computers, it all becomes absolutely excellent fun. The setting is so cosmic, it's a totally different game, and a very appealing one."[3] He calls the Immortals' visit to the "dour" plane of technology "one of the best bits of the adventure" and notes that "New York City is a dangerous place for stranded Immortals".[3] Zunder concluded the review by saying: "Frank Mentzer has come up with a really good one here, a scenario so far beyond Basic D&D as to really be a totally different game and setting altogether. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this, but I found the ideas really good fun and was tempted to go and play the game really and properly... I guess that's a yes for the Immortal D&D owners, and a suggestion to the lower levels that they might skip the intermediate stuff altogether and have an ogle at this little lot".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 143. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Davis, Graeme (December 1986). "Open Box". White Dwarf (Games Workshop) (84): 4. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Zunder, Tom (January 1987). "Shop Window". Adventurer (Mersey Leisure Publishing) (6): 11. 
  4. ^ Mentzer, Frank. The Immortal Storm (TSR, 1986)