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X11 – Saga of the Shadowlord

Basic Dungeons and Dragons

  • Publisher: TSR
  • Rules: Dungeons & Dragons BECMI
  • Developer: Stephen Bourne

Expert Adventure:

0e-adv-x11 X11 Saga of the Shadowlord
0e-adv-x11 X11 D&D BECMI Saga of the Shadowlord

An insidious peril threatens the peaceful kingdom of Wendar. When a traitor stole the realm’s greatest treasure, the magical Elvenstar, disease, drought, and famine struck the land. For the first time in decades, hostile armies were poised to invade Wendar.

Yet even greater danger looms. The traitor has delivered the magical gem into the hands of the Shadow Lord, Wendar’s greatest foe. This evil being has returned from the dead to seek revenge on Wendar, and the Elvenstar is the key to an even more sinister plot.

You must evade the Shadow Lord’s army, penetrate his fortress, recover the Elvenstar, and foil this heinous plan!

An adventure for character levels 5-9

Product History

X11: “Saga of the Shadow Lord” (1986), by Stephen Bourne, is the eleventh adventure in the Expert Series for Basic D&D. It was published in July 1986.

More Epic! Following in the footsteps of X10: “Red Arrow, Black Shield” (1985), “Saga of the Shadow Lord” is another epic adventure that ups the stakes for a D&D Expert Level adventure. The entire kingdom of Wendar could fall because of the loss of an heirloom magic item, while the Shadow Lord of nearby Denagoth plots from beyond the Mengul Mountains.

With that said, “Saga of the Shadow Lord” is composed of what are essentially two item quests — each taking up half of the adventure book. The split of the module into two different adventures was not uncommon for TSR, since it’s how many older tournaments were structured … but it was somewhat unusual for a non-tournament adventure.

Adventuring Tropes. Although “Saga of the Shadow Lord” isn’t a large-scale sandboxed hex crawl of the sort found in X1: “The Isle of Dread” (1981) and several other “X” adventures, it still includes three different, smaller hex crawls, as the players work their way across the Known World. The adventure also contains an extensively detailed village and a few different “dungeons” of various shapes and forms. Overall, “Saga of the Shadow Lord” is a classic old-school adventure with a light layer of plot and story atop it.

Expanding the Known World. “Saga of the Shadow Lord” offers a major expansion of the Known World with its introduction of Wendar and Denagoth. These countries form a missing corner of the Known World, north of Glantri and west of Norwold.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to actually put together the three main maps of the area — from CM1: “Test of the Warlords” (1984), X1: “The Isle of Dread” (1981), and X11: “Saga of the Shadow Lord” (1986); they don’t quite fit together. Fortunately a variety of high-quality player maps that smooth out the edges exist on the internet.

If you agree with the supposition that the country of Ghyr is also in the north, there is one other adventure that’s set nearby: XL1: “Quest for the Heartstone” (1984).

Future History. The pregenerated characters from this adventure reappear in X13: “Crown of Ancient Glory” (1987), also by the same author.

X13 is set in Vestland and Heldann, a little bit south of Wendar and Denagoth, but other than that, TSR never again gave much attention to this corner of the Known World. Fortunately, fans have come to the rescue with a series of “fan gazetteers”. The first five are all closely tied to “Saga of the Shadow Lord”: GazF1: “The Realm of Wendar” (1986); GazF2: “The Denizens of Denagoth” (2006); GazF3: “The Northern Wildlands” (2006); GazF4: “The Hidden Treasure of Ghyr” (2006); and GazF5: “The Western Alliance” (2006). The rest of the fan Gazetteers focused more on Norwold, with the exception of GazF7: “The Heldannic Order” (2007), which might also be of use to “Shadow Lord” GMs.

About the Creators. “Saga of the Shadow Lord” was Bourne’s third book for TSR, and his third book published in 1986, following two AD&D releases. He wrote just one more TSR publication, the aforementioned X13: “Crown of Ancient Glory” (1987).

About the Product Historian

The history of this product was researched and written by Shannon Appelcline, the editor-in-chief of RPGnet and the author of Designers & Dragons – a history of the roleplaying industry told one company at a time. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon.appelcline@gmail.com.

Where is it used?
  • Norwold Region – Levels 5-9 as Mystery in Wendar
TimelineAC 1004Norwold Region

Mystery in Wendar – A protective artefact of the nation of Wendar goes missing under mysterious circumstances. (X11 – Saga of the Shadow Lord – Levels 5-9)

Mystery of the Heartstone – A kingdom has issues a quest to find an artefact known as the Heartstone. (XL1 – Quest for the Heartstone – Levels 5-10)

Mystery of the Long Road – Take a shipment from the Heldannic Territories to Thyatis City. (Princes of the Apocalypse)

Mystery of the Travelling Dragonborn – Part 2 – The Caravans join up and travel deeper into the Norwold Region. (Tyranny of Dragons)

Rumour Only
Mystery of the Hidden Kingdom of Dragons – Dragon Settlements. First sightings of Hidden Dragon Settlements.
Mystery of the Iceshield Orcs – A mass migration of Orcs pass through the region heading north and disappearing from civilised lands.

Still to be Edited
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Icewind Dale – Peace Out
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Icewind Dale – Hunt for the Red Yeti
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Icewind Dale – Wolf Tribe Cannibals
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Icewind Dale – Behind Bars
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Icewind Dale – A Goliath Problem
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Icewind Dale – Dragonbone Stew

TimelineAC 1005Norwold Region

Mystery at Castle Naerytar – A mysterious haunted keep located somewhere in the Norwold Region. (Tyranny of Dragons)

Mystery in Wendar – A protective artefact of the nation of Wendar goes missing under mysterious circumstances. (X11 – Saga of the Shadow Lord – Levels 5-9)

Mystery of the Heartstone – A kingdom has issues a quest to find an artefact known as the Heartstone. (XL1 – Quest for the Heartstone – Levels 5-10)

Rumour Only
Mystery of the Alphatian Duellers
– Spring with an issues with magic duels and attitude from Alphatian wizards to Glantrian wizards. (Sprint Event – Wrath of the Immortals – B – Alphatia’s Pride)
Mystery of the Iceshield Orcs – A new settlement is finished and the White Orcs (Iceshield) have managed to and together all their tribes into the single settlement. The have called it Makkres in deference to their lost homeland. (Princes of the Apocalypse)
Mystery of the Missing Pilgrims – Summer with pilgrims from the Heldannic Territories disappearing while crossing the Ethengarian steppes. (Wrath of the Immortals)

Still to be Edited
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Sunblight

TimelineAC 1006Norwold Region

Mystery in Wendar – the elven nation of Wendar has put out a call to save their kingdom and the Callarii have answered with local heroes. (X11 – Saga of the Shadow Lord – Levels 5-9)

Mystery of the Heartstone – A kingdom has issues a quest to find an artefact known as the Heartstone. (XL1 – Quest for the Heartstone – Levels 5-10)

Portal Activation – Castle Naerytar – A portal under the castle has finally been activated. (Tyranny of Dragons)

Rumour Only
Mystery of the Missing Pilgrims – A group of special investigators are retracing the steps of the missing pilgrims. (Summer Event – Wrath of the Immortals – F – Heldannic Clerics Killed)

Still to be Edited
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Destruction’s Light

TimelineAC 1007Norwold Region

Berg of the Frost Giants – Talks with the Clans of Frost Giants located in the Norwold Region. (Storm Kings Thunder)

Mystery at Skyreach Castle – A floating castle has settled near a village in the Norwold Region. (Tyranny of Dragons)

Mystery in Wendar – With the loss of their protective Artefact, the elves of Wendar are in a war against the Undead. For the first time in their history they have turned to the Humans of the Heldannic Freeholds for assistance. (X11 – Saga of the Shadow Lord – Levels 5-9)

Mystery of the Heartstone – A kingdom has issues a quest to find an artefact known as the Heartstone. (XL1 – Quest for the Heartstone – Levels 5-10)

Rumour Only
The Day Magic Died
– The dragons are unusually quiet after gathering in numbers. (Hollow World Adventures)
Heldannic Knights vs the Great Khan – Heldannic Knights launch an attack on the Ethengarian clans. (Fall Event – Wrath of the Immortals – J – Heldanners Attack)

Still to be Edited
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Auril’s Abode

TimelineAC 1008Norwold Region

Mystery in Wendar – With the loss of their protective Artefact, the elves of Wendar are in a war against the Undead. All of Norwold has been invited to help against the forces of Denogath. (X11 – Saga of the Shadow Lord – Levels 5-9)

Mystery of the Heartstone – A kingdom has issues a quest to find an artefact known as the Heartstone. (XL1 – Quest for the Heartstone – Levels 5-10)

Still to be Edited
Icewind Dale – Rime of the Frostmaiden – Caves of Hunger

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Content Updates

  • 2022-08-20 – Linked into the timeline.
  • 2020-12-20 – Title changed from X11 to 0e-adv-x11.
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I am a long term gamer, I run 6 RPG's a fortnight, host board game, card game and LANs each about once a quarter and have an addiction to buying more games. Games I am currently running are Pathfinder (1st and 2nd Edition) and Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition).

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