Savage Tide

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The Savage Tide was the final Adventure Path that Paizo published for Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, and in many ways it laid the framework for their own use of the gaming style in the future Pathfinder model. It first debuted in Dungeon Magazine #139 (October 2006), and ran until the final print issue of Dungeon, #150 (September 2007). It ran concurrently with a series of articles in Dragon Magazine called "Savage Tidings", which fleshed out various elements of the setting proper.

Plot Summary[edit]

The party travels to the Isle of Dread, and discover a plan by Demogorgon to unleash a literal plague of malevolence-inducing madness on the multiverse, leading to a climatic showdown in the Abyss. It's a campaign that runs from 1st level to 20th level.

The story nominally takes place in the Greyhawk campaign setting, but is designed to be easily adapted to any of the other Dungeons & Dragons settings such as Forgotten Realms or Eberron. Much of the action is staged on the Isle of Dread, and Dungeon editor Erik Mona stated that, partially because of this, the campaign would contain a number of Mystara references, including specific monsters which had not previously appeared in the then-current edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

The campaign begins in the city of Sasserine and nearby environs, where the party discovers the first clues about an impending disaster called the Savage Tide. The action then moves to the Isle of Dread for the middle portion of the series, and the party must deal with the dangers of the island and unearth more information about the Savage Tide. After a short stop in the depraved pirate city of Scuttlecove, the final third of the campaign takes place in the Abyss, where the party must find a way to stop the Savage Tide and confront its architect.

The Savage Tide Adventure Path consists of the following installments:

Chapter Title Authors Illustrators Levels Issue Date
1 "There Is No Honor" James Jacobs Ben Wootten; Dan Scott (cover); Robert Lazzaretti (cartography for entire series) 1–3 139 October 2006
In this opening adventure, the characters are drawn into a murderous family feud. Undead pirates and a powerful thieves guild feature heavily.
2 "The Bullywug Gambit" Nicolas Logue Warren Mahy, B. Wootten 3–5 140 November 2006
Hired to find a missing brother, the characters discover a secret hideout and witness the effects of the Savage Tide.
3 "The Sea Wyvern's Wake" Richard Pett W. Mahy, B. Wootten 5–7 141 December 2006
The characters begin their journey to the Isle of Dread; the lost city of Tamoachan and a monstrous sargasso are featured highlights.
4 "Here There Be Monsters" Jason Bulmahn W. Mahy, B. Wootten 7–8 142 January 2007
Shipwrecked on the Isle of Dread, the characters travel south along the coast to the colony of Farshore.
5 "Tides of Dread" Stephen S. Greer, Gary Holian W. Mahy, B. Wootten 9–10 143 February 2007
Warned of an imminent attack by a pirate fleet, the characters seek to fortify the colony of Farshore.
6 "The Lightless Depths" F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter W. Mahy, B. Wootten 11–12 144 March 2007
On a quest underground to seek the source of mysterious pearls, the characters discover a horrifying city of slumbering aboleths.
7 "City of Broken Idols" Tito Leati W. Mahy, B. Wootten 13–15 145 April 2007
Still seeking clues to the mysterious pearls, the characters travel to the taboo central plateau of the Isle of Dread, to confront the terrible creatures that live there.
8 "Serpents of Scuttlecove" James Jacobs, Richard Pett W. Mahy, B. Wootten; Tomás Giorello (cover) 15–17 146 May 2007
The characters once again board the Sea Wyvern, this time to sail for Scuttlecove – a hideous city of pirates, slavers, cannibals, and worse – in search of clues to the final Savage Tide and the rescue of their patron.
9 "Into the Maw" Robert J. Schwalb W. Mahy, B. Wootten; Mark Sasso (cover) 17–18 147 June 2007
The party sails into the Abyss itself, seeking to infiltrate a demonic prison fortress and turn its fiendish factions against each other.
10 "Wells of Darkness" Eric L. Boyd W. Mahy, B. Wootten; Andrew Hou (cover) 18–19 148 July 2007
To learn the secret of stopping the Savage Tide, the party must free Shami-Amourae, succubus-goddess and former consort of Demogorgon, from the Wells of Darkness, deep in the Abyss.
11 "Enemies of My Enemy" Wolfgang Baur W. Mahy, B. Wootten; James Ryman (cover) 19–20 149 August 2007
Our heroes travel to Hades, Arborea, and the depths of the Abyss in order to recruit allies against Demogorgon from the eladrin court, demons, and even other demon lords.
12 "Prince of Demons" Greg A. Vaughn W. Mahy, B. Wootten; Wayne Reynolds (cover) 20 150 September 2007
In the final chapter of the Savage Tide Adventure Path, an army of demons and eladrin stands ready to mount an assault on Demogorgon's Abyssal realm of Gaping Maw. The party must take advantage of this distraction and prevent Demogorgon from activating the Savage Tide and driving a world insane.

Savage Tidings[edit]

The first issue of Savage Tidings appeared in Dragon Magazine #348, and ran until the magazine's final print issue, #359. Whilst not part of the series, Dragon #336's article on the Demonomicon of Iggwilv also comes in handy.