Dragon+ 13: Tomb of Horrors
For the Endeavor Issue of Dragon+ (Issue 13), I created several of the fiction pieces framing the various adventures from D&D Tales from the Yawning Portal. The following prefaced Tomb of Horrors:
Nubs sat in the corner of the Yawning Portal, sketching illustrations to accompany his tale. Nearly everyone had a tale to tell in the Portal, the gnome bard had found. But the act of sketching them out tended to draw an audience closer—and whether they paid for the privilege of hearing his tales, he could often at least sell the sketches for coin when he was done.
“There once was a crafter who specialized in miniature models of manors, villas, and even the occasional stronghold. Wealthy clients would commission these models to then take to their builders.”
From the first sketch the gnome drew: Wealthy merchants, eyes wide in appreciation, surround one such model: a rich villa fabricated down to the most exacting detail, including elaborate miniature furniture for the buyers to shift and move around, experimenting with potential layouts to their hearts’ content.
As with past Dragon+ fiction, I workshopped this piece with Adam Lee on the Dungeons & Dragons story team, then edited for this issue by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. My sincere thanks to them both!