The Sunless Citadel (2000) is an adventure module for Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition written by Bruce Cordell. It is the first in a series of linked modules. It received a reprint in the D&D 5th edition adventure compendium Tales from the Yawning Portal (2017).

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Plot[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Long ago, a great fortress built by a cult of the dragon Ashardalon sank into the earth in a forgotten cataclysm. Its ruins became known as the Sunless Citadel, and over the centuries numerous creatures made this place their home.

Twelve years ago, the druid Belak the Outcast discovered the Twilight Grove in the citadels depths. There he found the Gulthias Tree, grown from a wooden stake once used to slay an ancient vampire, and from which sprouts supernatural fruit known to cure any disease.

One month ago, four adventurers from the nearby town of Oakhurst ventured into the Sunken Citadel searching for the origin of the magical fruit. They never returned. It is up to you now, to find what is lost.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

The player characters explore the Sunless Citadel, where they encounter a kobold named Meepo. His pet white dragon wyrmling was stolen by goblins who live deeper in the ruins. Meepo's tribe are eager to have their captured dragon returned.

The party battles or parleys their way through the kobolds before encountering the citadel's goblin inhabitants.

Deep in the citadel lies the Twilight Grove, wherein lives the Gulthias Tree, still tended by the druid Belak.

Development[edit | edit source]

Reception and influence[edit | edit source]

The Sunless Citadel is linked to The Forge of Fury (2000), which was designed as a follow-on.[1]

Meepo the Dragon Keeper, a kobold character appearing in this adventure, was popular with players. In Dragon #359 (Sep 2007), Meepo appeared as the first entry in the article 1d20 Villains: D&D's Monst Wanted; Preferably Dead, a list featuring such legendary D&D opponents as Artemis Entreri, Acererak, Demogorgon, and Tiamat.

The fan-made 2003 video game Defense of the Ancients, which featured many characters named for existing popular fictional characters, features a koboldlike character named Meepo the Geomancer.

In 2017, The Sunless Citadel received a 5th edition conversion in the adventure anthology Tales from the Yawning Portal.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The adventure was published shortly after The Sunless Citadel and was designed as a follow-up to it." Tales from the Yawning Portal, p34.
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