The "Q" in the module code is an abbreviation for "queen". It is the seventh module in an epic series of adventures set in the World of Greyhawk , beginning with raids by local hill giants and other events described in the G Against the Giants modules. This module sends the player characters to the Abyss to defeat the evil demigod Lolth of the drow. At the end of Vault of the Drow , the characters find an astral gate leading to the Abyssal realm of Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders, goddess of the drow elves and architect of the plot involving hill giants, frost giants, fire giants, kuo-toa and drow.
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Expedition to the Demonweb Pits is a super-adventure module for the 3. The adventure is designed for characters of levels 9— It involves the machinations of the demon lords Lolth and Graz'zt , and was heavily influenced by the adventure module, Queen of the Demonweb Pits.
Expedition to the Demonweb Pits revolves around the reading of the Dark Pact. The demon lord Graz'zt seeks to form an alliance with Lolth against Orcus. Lolth spurns his offer, and Graz'zt, not taking rejection lightly, now schemes to undermine Lolth. While he is doing this, Rule-of-Three spreads word among the drow that their goddess is coming to the Prime Material Plane to wage the eternity war against their hated cousins, the surface elves and their god, Corellon Larethian.
Their goal is to bring attention to Lolth in her own Demonweb and then use the mortals to embarrass her in the eyes of the other demon lords, while at the same time, sealing the Dark Pact of planar binding using the divine spark Lolth gives it. It is the PC's goal to prevent the reading of that pact. Expedition to the Demonweb Pits offers the characters many items, including two new legend items: Thaas and Spidersilk.
Thaas is an ancient magical elven bow dedicated to slaying demons. Spidersilk is a suit of fine armor for arcane spell casters that grants many spider-oriented benefits. The adventure was written by Wolfgang Baur and Gwendolyn F.
Kestrel , and was published in April by Wizards of the Coast. When asked whether this adventure was influenced by module Q1: The Demonweb Pits , designed as a revision, or a completely new expedition, Wolfgang Baur explained: "Of course Expedition was influenced by Q1 , since there would be no Demonweb Pits without that classic module.
But we took the plot in a new direction, focusing on Planescape elements such as the cities of Sigil and Zelatar, plus a wider web than the first one. Many elements carry across the history of the Demonweb: from 1st edition's Q1 , from "The Harrowing" in Dungeon magazine 84, and from 2nd edition's Planes of Chaos. It's a place that has grown over time, and we're continuing that exploration.
Possibly with more demons than usual. Expedition to the Demonweb Pits received a mixed reaction on its release. Wayne Tonjes described it as "very convoluted", with "a few too many places where the plot requires the players to make one specific choice to access key phases of the campaign.
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The Demonweb Pits
Expedition to the Demonweb Pits is a super-adventure module for the 3. The adventure is designed for characters of levels 9— It involves the machinations of the demon lords Lolth and Graz'zt , and was heavily influenced by the adventure module, Queen of the Demonweb Pits. Expedition to the Demonweb Pits revolves around the reading of the Dark Pact. The demon lord Graz'zt seeks to form an alliance with Lolth against Orcus.
Its precise location varies depending on which cosmology you look at; whilst it was presented as a layer of the Abyss in the Great Wheel , and maintained this state in the World Axis , it is considered its own unique plane in the World Tree of the Forgotten Realms - originally, it was an Abyssal layer there, too, but after the events of the Silence of Lolth , it was created anew elsewhere, although the original version can still be reached from the Abyss and it contains a portal to the new version. The Demonweb Pits are a huge inverted cone of webbing formed of planar materials and inhabited by spider fiends, drow petitioners and the Spider Queen Lolth. The goddess dwells in an enormous temple of black stone, fashioned in the shape of a giant black widow spider with a beautiful yet cruel drow woman's face for a head, which conceals the entrance. The temple moves about the web, spinning the stuff of the plane as it goes. The freed Demonweb Pits are a rocky plane of pits, craters, chasms and gorges, littered with the petrified forms of giant spiders, with comparatively smaller spiders notably songspiders crawling everywhere, leaving webbing all over the place. It has a distinct day and night cycle; by day, a distant red star balefully glowers over the landscape, whilst at night, a cluster of eight bright red stars, arranged like the eyes of a spider, hangs over everything.