Dungeon Crawl Classics #32:
The Golden Palace of Zahadran

An Adventure for Character Levels 14-16

Remember the good old days, when adventures were underground, NPCs were there to be killed, and the finale of every dungeon was the dragon on the 20th level? Those days are back. Dungeon Crawl Classics adventures donít waste your time with long-winded speeches, weird campaign settings, or NPCs who arenít meant to be killed. Each adventure is 100% good, solid dungeon crawl, with the monsters you know, the traps you remember, and the secret doors you know are there somewhere.

While investigating rumors of a dangerous blue dragon wreaking havoc in the deep desert, the heroes tumble under the sands into the magically sealed dome of an ancient palace. The temporarily weakened dome reseals above them, and they are left to explore the golden palace of Zahadran, once seat of power for the legendary Caliph Ardishir the Magnificent. But the dome is weak because it has been assaulted by the mythical storm demon Azi Dahaka and his trapped minions, evil creatures that were sealed under the magical dome to keep them from ravaging an unsuspecting world. To escape from the golden palace, the heroes must defeat Azi Dahaka and his minions, uncover long-buried arcane secrets, and close a gateway to the otherworld!


  • A "city in a bottle" adventure where the heroes must use their wits and swords to escape
  • A Persian theme that adds exotic flavor to a classic adventure
  • Six new monsters keep the players on their toes

Rules Set: d20 v3.5.

Áereth Map Grid: MM14.


  • RPG Now: 4 stars. "If you are looking for an exotic campaign setting adventure, it is a good idea to purchase the Golden Palace. It is a good idea to purchase it if you are running an exotic campaign setting and have no need for such an adventure, because the adventure reads so well and the names and gods are so easy to edit out, you will find a way to use it in a campaign setting."

Writer: Greg Oppedisano
Cover Artist: Michael Edwards
Interior Artists: Jason Edwards, Cliff Kurowski
Cartographer: Jeremy Simmons

GMG5031, 48 pages, $12.99.