Dragon+ 13: White Plume Mountain
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 White Plume Mountain:
Fugitives occasionally made their way to the Yawning Portal, thinking to flee capture and even earn some coin down at the bottom of the well. Few returned. But even if justice was ultimately served, rangers and bounty hunters still looked to capture them before they ever headed down the well; they preferred justice served back in the towns where the crimes took place, and the victims could watch it delivered.
Durnan said nothing as the ranger entered his bar. He rarely did. Anyone who paid sufficient coin was given drink. Anyone who paid still more was granted access down the Yawning Portal’s well. Beyond that, the barkeep kept out of his patron’s affairs.
“I’m looking for someone.”
Although he’s not named, this piece continued the adventures of the ranger Gibbet, from Dragon+ Issue 9’s A Man and His Dog (though his blink dog remained behind, still recovering). 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!