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EX2 The Land Behind the Magic Mirror (1e)

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Your adventures have taken you to strange places before, but in the eyes of your experienced party, few of these places are as unusual as the bizarre Land Beyond the Magic Mirror. Here the delightful and the light-hearted often hide great challenges and dangers; here you will journey through a landscape unique among fantasy role-playing scenarios.
 
This adventure was first conceived by E. Gary Gygax as part of the Greyhawk Castle dungeon complex and has been the source of challenge and fun for many skilled players of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game. It is finally available to all players and can be added to your existing campaign with ease.
 
"The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror" is designed so that it may be used with its companion scenario, EX1: "Dungeonland." Still, "Land Beyond the Magic Mirror" may easily be played on its own, and should offer hours of excitement in its strange landscape!
 
Product History
 
EX2: "The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror" (1983) is the second "EXtension" to Castle Greyhawk published by TSR. It appeared in 1983.
 
Sources. "The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror is based on Lewis Caroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). This module ended a year of literary adaptations from TSR, which had already seen Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) adapted as EX1: "Dungeonland" (1983) and Romeo & Juliet adapted as UK1: "Beyond the Crystal Cave" (1983).
 
A Shared History. "The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror" largely shares its history with "Dungeonland." Together, they represented the public's first look at Gary Gygax's Castle Greyhawk - though only through the intermediary of distant "demiplanes" that you could get to from the Castle.
 
Gygax's final AD&D book, WG6: "Isle of the Ape" (1985), would feature one more demiplane, also based on a literary source.
 
Expanding Greyhawk. The mysterious beings Murlynd, Keoghtom, and Heward are all mentioned in "Mirror." Gygax explains who they are in "Greyhawk's World" in Dragon #71 (March 1983). Short answer? They're quasi-deities - not demi-gods and definitely not "heroes."
 
New Monsters. Among the new monsters introduced in EX2 is the "lightning quasi-elemental," which inhabits the boundary between the air elemental plane and the positive material plane. The lightning elemental's appearance marked the first real usage of a new theory for the elemental planes that Gygax had introduced in Dragon #73 (May 1983). There he posited the existence of eight "quasi-elemental planes," each located between an elemental plane and either the positive or negative plane.
 
The Adventure Continues. "Land Beyond the Magic Mirror" can be connected directly with "Dungeonland." Though Gygax had once hoped Castle Greyhawk would be published in the early 80s, by the time EX2 was published, he said "that is likely to be years from now." It would in fact be seven years before the publication of Greyhawk Ruins (1990), which wasn't even directly based on Gygax's original game.
 
About the Creators. "The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror" was the final adventure release from a busy period of Gygax's creativity which also produced Monster Manual II and three other adventures. After that, only a few more Gygaxian Greyhawk adventures would appear, and those only with the help of Rob Kuntz and Frank Mentzer.
 
About the Product Historian
 
The history of this product was researched and written by Shannon Appelcline, the author of Designers & Dragons - a history of the roleplaying industry told one company at a time. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon.appelcline@gmail.com.
 
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