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Fortress of the Yuan-ti (Dungeons & Dragons) Paperback – September 18, 2007


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  • Series: Dungeons & Dragons
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786943602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786943609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ARI MARMELL has contributed to scores of RPG and fiction products. His recent work for Wizards of the Coast includes the Complete Mage(TM) and Complete Champion(TM) supplements as well as The Sinister Spire(TM) adventure.

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On March 22, 1974, Ari Marmell was hatched out of an egg laid by a rooster on the night of the full moon. Due a mix-up, he wound up in the infant ward at a hospital in New York, where he was claimed as a (relatively) normal human and taken home. He and his family fled New York barely a year later, either because his father received a job offer in Houston, or because they were chased by angry mobs with pitchforks; reports are unclear.

For the next 27 years, Ari lived in Houston. His father told him bedtime stories when he was in preschool and kindergarten, stories without which he might never have become a writer. He received his first roleplaying game--the red Dungeons & Dragons boxed set--at age 9, and the AD&D Players Handbook followed less than a year later. He spent very little time on class work or studies for the next, oh, 13 years, instead spending his efforts on far more important things like fighting orcs, riding dragons, and rescuing extremely beautiful princesses.

Ari went to college at the University of Houston. He began in the Psychology program, but quickly changed his major to Creative Writing. It was in the first week of class that he met his wife-to-be, who goes by the name of George. (No, it's not short for Georgia, Georgette, Georgiana, or anything else that could possibly make sense.) It was also in college that he wrote his first novel, one that he is now determined will never see the light of day, and charitably calls a "learning experience."

In short, Ari graduated in late '96, married George in March of 1997, honeymooned in New Orleans, worked several jobs he hated for the next several years, and quit the last of them in 2000 due to ongoing health issues. During this time, he wrote four more novels, two of which are actually pretty decent. It was also during this time that he managed to break into the roleplaying industry, having attracted the attention of Justin Achilli (developer of Vampire: The Masquerade) with a project submission inspired by his trip to New Orleans.

He and George moved to Austin in mid-2001 so George could attend graduate school while Ari continued to work as a freelance writer. They live there today, along with a large orange cat named Leloo and a smaller gray cat named Pippin who seems unable to grasp the notion that strings, ribbons, and plastic bags do not make up a viable part of the food chain. His first published novel, Gehenna: The Final Night, appeared on shelves in January of 2004.

Today, Ari is shifting his focus from freelancing to more fiction and novel-writing. His second novel, Agents of Artifice, was released by Wizards of the Coast in February of '09. His third novel, The Conqueror's Shadow, was released by Spectra in February 2010. (This was his first published non-tie-in novel.)

Ari's forthcoming novels include The Warlord's Legacy (Spectra, early 2011), the Goblin Corps (Pyr Books mid- to late 2011), and Household Gods (Pyr Books, 2012). You can learn more about him, and keep up with his news and release schedule, at www.mouseferatu.com.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maurice G. Tousignant on July 21, 2009
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S P O I L E R - A L E R T

NOTE THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ SPOILERS AND/OR MAY PLAY IN THIS MODULE AT SOME TIME I SUGGEST YOU READ NO FURTHER.

Summary: The final module in a three part series that includes Barrow of the Forgotten King and The Sinister Spire.

This module contains right off where The Sinister Spire ended with the party stepping through the portal at the top of the Necromancer's Spire. Once through they find themselves in a valley with a small farming village which sits at the foot of a Giant Fortress carved into a Cliff Face. After a quick confrontation with a Naga and a Huge Snake the party learns this is Castle Serastis and that the Villagers are slaves to the Yuan-Ti lords of the castle.

From here the party explores the 6 levels of the Castle running into all manor or Yuan-Ti and their minions. Along the way they will fight a Giant T-Rex Skeleton, A Mindflayer, Various Lizardmen, a Fang Golem and lots more. They will also have the chance to work with some of the castles inhabitants that don't like the way things are going. Along the way the players learn that the Yuan-Ti stole the Forgotten Kings Bones (back to module 1 for that one) in order to use them to resurrect a long dead god, Sertrous. In order to disrupt the ceremony the characters will need to use various portals in the castle to go to bizarre lands and take on wild challenges like Living spells and a beholder and his Enslaved Yuan-Ti Igans.

As the party completes events that disrupt the summoning they are given action points which can be used to give them an advantage in the final battle. In addition they will find some items that are relics from the Forgotten Kings days that will also help them stop the ritual.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flizbap on May 2, 2013
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It fits in well with the other parts of the trilogy and is fun and easy to plop in anywhere in a campaign. Scalable, and well thought out.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James on July 11, 2008
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I have been playing D&D for 27 years give or take. Editions change but the core, the "adventure", has always been the most important part. Fortress of the Yuan-ti is the perfect climax to the other two adventures. No matter what edition D&D you play you can adapt this adventure to fit it. I highly recomend it!
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott Stokes on July 8, 2008
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I have to state up Front, I love this Race so any book about them gets a little bump. But the adventure is solid so if you like the Yuan-Ti or hate them tis a module you may want. It has a nice hook also.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew B. Brink on August 11, 2008
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Book is going to be a good adventure for my group as I have all 3 series books.
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