Fate of Fools: Two Tests of Wits and Wiles in the Young Kingdoms
Fate of Fools (Pawns of Destiny) is a combined adventure/supplement for use with Elric!¸ Chaosium's revamped version of their popular Stormbringer game based on the worlds created by author¸ Michael Moorcock. Stuffed into the 62 pages are two adventures and snippets of information concerning fascinating locations that provide settings for many of Elric's epic adventures.
"All Humans are enmeshed by powers¸ circumstances¸ and wills greater than they. A few bear this burden humbly. Beacause they do not struggle against fate¸ they find it to be of no consequence. Some feel the burden to keenly¸ and take refuge behind cynicism¸ envy¸ and indifference. Others try to calculate what profit can be gained at every turn¸ or choose a narrow¸ zealous commitment to an idea or religion. So we twist and struggle until we die. When we reflect we revere as almost mystical those who stay true to their feelings and are lucky enough.
Two ELRIC! Adventures -- Strange apparitions haunt the city of Raschil. An unusual source commissions the adventurers to stop the phenomenon. They journey to the famous university of Casandria and there attempt to gain possession of a Melnibonean Relic. Only the Book of Brilliant Things can staunch the flow of mysterious events and aid a friend in need. A lovesick young nobleman finances a search across Ilmiora¸ the Sighing Desert¸ an the Weeping Waste in search of his true love. They must quest for a magical Lute¸ and ancient Hymn¸ and a Troubadour with no equal to restore a love lost. This traveling adventure makes a good introduction to the northern realms. Maps included in this book portray a portion of the Northern Continent¸ and summary plan of the University of Casandria¸ details of the library¸ and city maps of Ilmar on the Pale Sea¸ Raschil¸ and Casandria. There are also many new illustrations and statistics¸ several new spells¸ and other source materials. The events in this book are set one year prior to the events in Michael Moorcock"s novel Elric of Melnibone. Similarly¸ Chaosium supplements Sorcerers of Pan Tang¸ Perils of the Young Kingdoms¸ Sea Kings of the Purple Towns and Melnibone are set in this same prologue period.