Friday, July 12, 2019

Recaps & Roundups part 26: Supplement III - Eldritch Wizardry 2nd printing

From the second printing onwards, Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardry features some text under the entry for the Codex of the Infinite Planes that wasn't in the first printing. This text is often referred to as the Tzoonk Fragmet, and I'll reproduce it below:

In any event, the Codex of the Infinite Planes somehow survived the cataclysm, for the Wizard Tzoonk, before his disappearance recorded the following:

"... and thereupon the voice belled forth in tones of hollow iron and spoke of the Coming of the
City of the Gods. Such future events interested me not, no I gave the command: 'Answer in th ..
.' (here the fragment becomes entirely illegible) . . . so knowing both the secret and the spell
which would unlock the Way to this horde of the Demon Prince Nql . . . (another break in the
writing unfortunately occurs here). . . gathered the nine as required and proceeded forth. With
me in addition were the dyoph servants necessary to transport the Code, for I would not leave it
behind on even so perilous a journey as this." (Here the entire fragment ends.)

This is obviously very much open to interpretation, but if I had to take a stab, it begins with a wizard named Koontz seeking information. He might be using divination magic, or possibly the Codex itself. Either way, he's told about the future coming of the City of the Gods (which might refer to the Dave Arneson module), which is of no interest to him. He learns the "secret and the spell" which would open the way to the horde of the Demon Prince Nql (which may or may not be that entity's entire name), and goes off to do battle with "the nine" at his side. These nine might be the "dyoph servants" required to transport the Codex, or they might be other henchmen or fellow adventurers. Tzoonk takes the Codex with him on his adventure, and the story ends there. I'd be inclined to say that he failed in his confrontation, and that "Nql" now holds the Codex.

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