Exterior[edit | edit source]
The front of this temple was a plaza with four finely crafted statues of dragons that stood atop ornate stone pedestals. These statues were about 10 feet (3 meters) tall, 20 feet (6.1 meters) in length, and weighed about 3 tons (2,700 kilograms). Each was worth roughly 5,000 gold pieces.
These sculptures represented the four primary types of chromatic dragons — red, black, blue, and green — and were each the color of the dragon they represented. They were enchanted by the cultists and together acted as a beacon, drawing dragons to the location. They then continued to exert their influence over them, making the dragons subconsciously unable to abandon the temple for long periods, as well as subconsciously evasive of the plaza itself. If any of them were destroyed or removed from their pedestal, this effect would end.
Interior[edit | edit source]
The opening entryway into this temple branched off into three paths, two of which did not have enough room for dragons to squeeze through. Straight north, the entryway opened to the temple's central cavern. The hallways to the left and right of the entryway lead to the living quarters of the Dragon Cult's witches or "high priestesses" and priests respectively.
- Priest's Quarters
- This room had a very high ceiling, about 60 feet (18 meters) tall. It had murals depicting red, blue, green, yellow, and white dragons soaring high above the sky. The upper walls and ceilings had many niches for the Dragon Cultist's gargoyle minions to hide in. Long after the cult abandoned the temple this room had debris scattered about, especially along its walls and in its corners. Along the eastern wall of this living quarter was a hidden door, opening to a stairway that branched south and north. Taking one either back outside to the plaza or to "inner sanctum," the most rear of the lava caverns, respectively.
- Oracle's Quarters
- Like the previous room this one had a hidden door, but along its western wall. This led north to an elevated terrace filled with stone benches and arches, 15 feet (4.6 meters) above the ground, overlooking the central cavern in witch the witches practiced their craft. Towards the end of the terrace (point "A" on the map) it sloped gently and had steps carved into it.
- The Cavern of the Oracle
- This central cavern was huge, large enough for a dragon, and had two openings. One was located in the ceiling and had a trapezoidal shape, while the other was a volcanic vent on the ground (point "13" on the map). The area around the ceiling opening was tiled in such a way that it evoked dragon hide. The volcanic pit had a shaft that was 50 feet (15 meters) deep, connecting to live lava, and had hot acrid smoke billowing out of it regularly.
- Outer Chamber
- To the far right of the Cavern of the Oracle was another (point "15" on the map), that like the terrace was 15 feet (4.6 meters) above the ground. It was filled with stalactites and stalagmites, many as large as temple columns, as well as animal bones.
- Inner Sanctum
- A 10 feet (3 meters) climb within the outer chamber lead to yet another cavern, where iron chains ending in dragon-sized manacles were mounted on the wall. These manacles lacked any key and locked when closed.
History[edit | edit source]
Around the 10th century DR, members of the Cult of the Dragon came to the Thunder Peaks area. Eventually this cell of the Dragon Cult discovered the partially flooded crater of Mount Drakkor Rouge and the rocky island-like landmass in its center. The cell's witches believed that the sulphurous vapors within the lava caverns of that rocky landmass would help them to prophesize the future. So the cultists set to work constructing a long bridge over to it, paved a steep path out of the volcanic rock, and finally carved out the temple itself.
Some time between the Year of the Molten Man, 1151 DR and the Year of the Agate Hammer, 1174 DR, some evil force overran the temple and forced the Dragon Cultists to abandon it. The gargoyles they had introduced to the area continued to live in Mount Drakkor Rouge, turning the abandoned temple into their lair. They primarily nested within the former quarters of the Dragon Cult's witches, though some lived in the former quarters of the Dragon Cult's priests.
In the 12th century DR,[note 1] after the stone golem known as Awtawmatawn was destroyed its pieces were scattered. The golem's creator Valmous would go on to hide its head within the temple's volcanic pit, along with a stone wizard locked box containing the Tome of Shaping Secrets.
In 1358 DR,[note 2][note 3] an adult red dragon known as Flashfire was drawn to the temple by its beacons. He settled within it, making the "inner sanctum" his lair. He went on to subjugate the gargoyles that laired within the temple, making them his minions. Flashfire then made the inhabitants of Volkumburgh, a village north of Mount Drakkor Rouge, aware of the temple and demanded a monthly tribute from them in the form of five sheep.
Inhabitants[edit | edit source]
Appendix[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Canon material does not provide a year for the events described in The Shattered Statue that take place 200 years prior to the module itself. However, it is stated on page 3 that a "King Proster" commissioned the Awtawmatawn. The only known Proster from this period of publishing was Proster Obarskyr and page 77 of the The Grand History of the Realms dates his reign as lasting from 1122 DR – 1164 DR.
- Canon material does not provide a year for the events described in The Shattered Statue, but through extensive research this wiki has estimated a date. The explanation for this date is divided into three points:
(1) Page 16 of The Shattered Statue (February, 1988) describes the destruction of Phlan by dragons as having occurred "several years ago." Since the conflict "Dragon Run" did not exist until The Moonsea, this has to be referring to the Flight of the Dragon (1356 DR), which was introduced in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set.
(2) The Savage Frontier (August, 1988), is set in 1358 DR and has Amelior Amanitas refer to its events in past tense.
(3) Page 18 of The Shattered Statue describes the Cult of the Dragon as having long had no presence in Volkumburgh Vale, but TSR Jam 1999 has the cult re-establishing themselves there in 1359 DR.
(4) In conclusion, all together this info suggests that The Shattered Statue takes place in 1358 DR.
- Page 16 of The Shattered Statue states that Flashfire, "...came south several years ago in the dragon invasion that destroyed the city of Phlan on the shores of the Moonsea." Describing the event known as the Flight of Dragons, which occurred in 1356 DR. However, that page also states that Flashfire only moved into the Temple of the Dragon Oracle recently. For more information on this, see Note 2.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Shattered Statue
References[edit | edit source]
- John D. Rateliff ed. (1999-02-22). TSR Jam 1999. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 2. ISBN 0786914459.
- Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by Steve Perrin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 18. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by Steve Perrin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 16. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by Steve Perrin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by Steve Perrin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 24. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
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- (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by . (TSR, Inc.), pp. 2–3. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by . (TSR, Inc.), p. 6. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.