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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: Slave to the Forge by Lucas Elijah Friedman

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Today we present the last of five finalist, and you can watch for information on how you can vote for your favorite entry. Our final entry comes from Lucas Elijah Friedman—congratulations!

BACKGROUND

High atop a lonesome, snowcapped mountain range, a village perches — Bellows Bluff, a town wreathed in perpetual smoke. At its heart sits a furnace that burns as hot as dragonfire, the source of the hamlet’s unlikely prosperity. There are scores of legends surrounding the forge, but all pale in comparison to the truth of its construction.

Half-elf town elder and part-time pyromancer Aelisia Wintrish hides a terrible secret. Many years ago, she captured a wyrmling magma dragon named Fernax, blinded it, and imprisoned the beast beneath her forge and laboratory, binding its fiery essence to runic furnaces. Its burning heart powers Bellows Bluff, channeling flame hot enough to craft masterwork arms and armor (and to power the town’s famous steam baths).

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: Lair of the Toymaker by Stephen Rowe

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Each day this week, we’ll post one of the finalists, and then we’ll set up a voting process so that you, our readers, can vote for your favorite entry. Our next entry comes from Stephen Rowe—congratulations, Stephen, for joining our other three finalists with your entry!

Lair of the Toymaker­

Background: In Bemmea, magical playthings and trinkets of questionable quality are all too common. Natives leave such dross for the tourists, and seek only the work of the Toymaker for their children.

All would be stunned to learn that the mysterious recluse is no man or mage. Sanadeen, the Toymaker, is a copper dragon claiming the ancient tunnels that survived the Isonade’s touch. After losing his mate, the depressed dragon spent many human lifetimes finding solace in creative arts originally meant to delight his wyrmlings. His lair filled with the fruits of his labor— from intricate dancing constructs, to ridiculously colored rubber balls that never ceased bouncing.

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: Rotting Within the Forest by David Adams

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Each day this week, we’ll post one of the finalists, and then we’ll set up a voting process so that you, our readers, can vote for your favorite entry. Our next entry comes from David Adams—congratulations, David, for making it to the finals!

Rotting Within the Forest CR 12


As the twisted trees of the Forest of Forgetting begin to thin, the ground underfoot softens. In moments you stand at the edge of a wide clearing, a half sunken tower peering out from beneath a murky bog. Buzzing insects flit about the dark waters of this deep pond and its festering sodden edges, and a putrid odor lingers in the air.


The clearing spans 10 yards east to west, with a small stream feeding the fetid bog that occupies the entirety of the open area. A deep pond fills the center of the clearing and most of the 150 feet or so that the area is open north to south. The outermost 25 feet of the large bog is shallow. Deep bog terrains covers all the remaining ground that the pond does not occupy. The top 40 feet of a ruined tower jut out from the northwestern edge of the pond, leaning slightly toward the murky waters below. A small window sits just above the waterline and serves as an adequate entrance for the kobolds that live within. From that window a staircase winds the circumference of the tower to a waterlogged chamber below and a makeshift guard post at its apex.

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: The Black Crater of Blinder’s Keep by Christopher Lockey

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Each day this week, we’ll post one of the finalists, and then we’ll set up a voting process so that you, our readers, can vote for your favorite entry. Today’s entry comes from Christopher Lockey—congratulations, Christopher, for being another of our finalists!

The Black Crater of Blinder’s Keep (CR 14)

Rumors surrounding a mysterious calamity at Blinder’s Keep have surfaced in the streets of Zobeck. And travelers from each corner of the Crossroads share tales of a terrible wind northwest of Runkelstad, where the forlorn Keep and its haunted hamlet have sat in ruin for generations. Something stirs in the shadows of Blinder’s Keep. And whatever it is, it spells doom for the fair folk of Midgard…

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: Ice Bridge by Ronald Corn

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Each day this week, we’ll post one of the finalists, and then we’ll set up a voting process so that you, our readers, can vote for your favorite entry. Today’s entry comes from Ronald Corn—congratulations, Ronald, for gaining one of the coveted finalist positions!

Ice Bridge Encounter


After a grueling climb, you finally reach the summit of the icy southern peak. Staring out across a great expanse, you can barely make out a cave mouth carved into the side of the next rise. Unfortunately there is only one way to reach the next peak or the cave mouth; by a long bridge made of ice.

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