XP3: The Citadel beyond the North Wind

Thralls of the Witch-King

There is a land far to the north, past the black hills of Lamu and beyond the frozen moors of Tharag Thule; a dreary land of mist and thunder, where the white people of Yg have dwelt since ancient times. The free men of Yg tremble when fools dare to utter the name of Arkanth Mal, witch-king of Galuga, for he is the greatest and oldest of the tyrants of this primeval land.

And now, the drunken bards of Tartuun whisper, the witch-king of Galuga seeks a new queen. For the minions of Arkanth Mal sweep across the borders of Tharag Thule and Lamu, slaying men and taking only young women as slaves back to Galuga, the Citadel beyond the North Wind!

Savage Swords and Sinister Sorcery

"The Citadel beyond the North Wind" is a stand-alone sword and sorcery adventure module, inspired by the pulp era tales of Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. Venture in the footsteps of Conan the Cimmerian, Satampra Zeiros of Uzuldaroum, Imaro of Nyumbani, and other fabled thieves, reavers and slayers!

Written for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the adventure in this book can be easily adapted to any fantasy roleplaying game ruleset or edition.

Book features:

  • A fully detailed sword and sorcery adventure for character levels 8-10
  • Wilderness travel and dungeon exploration, as well as chances to engage in diplomacy, subterfuge and investigation
  • As a regional sandbox, the module details the never-before-seen northern lands and races of the World of Xoth
  • Wilderness, palace and dungeon maps and encounter tables
  • Original artwork by Mark Allen

Get the PDF version

"The Citadel beyond the North Wind" is available as a 40-page bookmarked PDF. The price for the electronic version is USD 7.

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Get the print version

"The Citadel beyond the North Wind" is available in print as a 40-page saddle-stitched softcover from https://www.lulu.com/shop/xoth-publishing/the-citadel-beyond-the-north-wind/paperback/product-19zkemjv.html.

The price for the printed version is USD 15.


"Endzeitgeist" says in his GM's Magazine review (WARNING: SPOILERS) that "editing is top-notch" and that "The PDF comes fully bookmarked and the cartography and artworks are nice and serve to further enhance the sense of foreboding antediluvian antiquity". He continues: "Dauntingly old-school, the module (...) gives us a variety of different NPCs, potential plots and unique adversaries waiting in areas that -- via clever use of omissions, hinting at things, and linguistic skill -- manage to spark the creativity of all but the most burnt-out of DMs. The material herein could be seen as a rough skeleton of not a module, but rather a whole mini-campaign -- enough information is provided and the cultural peculiarities that so vastly enhance immersion are second to none".

Prince of Nothing has reviewed the book on his Age of Dusk blog and writes that "This adventure relies heavily on atmosphere and genre fidelity for its kicks and if you are board you are going to love it." He continues: "It is a credit to the way this adventure has been written that each is actually a different beginning that can unfold in a radically different way and despite its ambiguity this works becthe gazzeteer and the Citadel are presented as naturalistic locations." And concludes: "Are you looking for something that breathes, exudes and embodies the very soul of S&S, and are you alright with having to put a bit of energy into making it breathe? Then this is very much a thing to check out. In terms of atmosphere, general concept and strength of the encounters its on par with the best that Mr. Braten has delivered. In terms of table-readiness it is among the lower ones, although hardly unacceptably so."

Also check out the rave reviews of XP1: The Spider-God's Bride and XP2: Song of the Beast-Gods.

Supporting material

World of Xoth (Campaign Map)

Northern Regions of Xoth (Regional Map)