by Steve Winter
Something strange is happening at the warm and cozy Sunnyslope Inn: Winter has arrived early … several months early! The ground is thick with snow, clouds hide the sun, and Winter’s deadly grip is closing by the minute. What’s an adventurer to do?
It’s another Yule-themed scheme by Orcus’ Claws, of course, and it’s up to our intrepid heroes to solve the riddle of the untimely winter before they — and everyone at the inn — are frozen solid. As the cold and danger grow, the party must face Orcus’ Claws’ icy minions, including the diabolical Crueltide elves who sing jolly carols of mayhem and whose tasty candy canes are stained blood red!
Even after the chilly adventurers literally face the murderous claws of Winter, they still find themselves on Orcus’ Claws naughty list, and he’s ready to leave coal in all their stockings. So pass out the cookies, serve up some piping hot cocoa, and get ready to once more face the wrath of Orcus’ Claws in this lighthearted, holiday-themed adventure for a party of Tier 2 characters! (This translates to 5th to 7th level characters in Swords & Wizardry.)