The Iron Prison

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The Iron Prison
Eamon adventure #116
Author Sam Ruby
Released June 1986
Revised 6 September 1992
EAG number 116
EDX number 09-04
EDX set The Sam Ruby Adventures
Native format Apple DOS 3.3
File Eamon 116 - The Iron Prison.dsk

The Iron Prison is an Eamon adventure written by Sam Ruby.


From the introduction:

In the beginning, a group of highly-powered beings came to the world. They were gods, and they were called the Valar. The most powerful of them was Melkor, but he envied the others and coveted their powers.

And then, other races were born. Amongst these were the Elves, and they were wise and skillful. Their greatest smith, Fëanor, created three gems — the Silmarils — which shone with the light of stars. But Melkor lusted for them, and he took them, and fled to the north. And the light of the world was diminished.

From that day on, he was called Morgoth, the Black Enemy. He built a vast underground complex, and it was named Angband, the Iron Prison. Above Angband he raised Thangorodrim, the Mountains of Tyranny. From his stronghold, he made war upon all that would not call him king. He set the Silmarils in an iron crown, and it never leaves his head.

Morgoth created foul creatures to fight for him: Orcs, cruel mockeries of the Elves; Trolls, as tough as the stone from which they came; Werewolves, the giant wolves (his special pets); and the great worms... Dragons. Many spirits were seduced by Morgoth, and used their great power to terrorize and fight Morgoth's enemies. Among these were the Balrogs, the demons of flame, and the Vampires.

Now, the final war is brewing. As the armies prepare for battle, you are summoned by Manwë, the King of the Valar, for a special mission. You must infiltrate Angband and retrieve the Silmarils. Of course, this is extremely dangerous, for Morgoth has a great host of monsters which he commands. And none who have entered Angband have come out alive.

You will not be without aid. Manwë is sending his herald to help you, and Este, the goddess of healing, gives you a healing potion. It can only be used once, so use it wisely!

You travel for days through forests until you come to the edge. In the distance you see Thangorodrim, and the entrance to Angband.

May the Valar give you strength!


Adventure map by Frank Black

EAG president Tom Zuchowski wrote a walkthrough for The Iron Prison that was published in the December 1999 issue of the Eamon Adventurer's Guild Newsletter. Zuchowski notes that the adventure is quite challenging and that if you play through it without the aid of a walkthrough you're likely to die several times before you succeed.

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