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-->''A sinister force, long thought destroyed, stirs from the black hole that spawned it. Like an ebony darkness it prowls the land and safety is but an illusion, for it watches from every shadow and ponders possibilities.''

A classic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopRPG adventure module that was also adapted into a video game by Troika.

The {{Backstory}} tells of the TempleOfDoom dedicated to the Demon Queen of Fungi, Zuggtmoy (don't laugh, she's one ''mean'' [[TheManBehindTheMan hidden]] FinalBoss!). The forces of good [[SealedEvilInACan sealed and hid her inside her temple]] with the help of five powerful wizards. For many years the temple was quiet and the nearby village of Hommlet was prosperous, but there are signs of life in the temple yet...

The temple was divided into roughly five sections, one for each classical element and a fifth lowest for herself and her followers. A firm believer in [[SocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]], Zuggtmoy had the head priest of each upper level go through a near constant EnemyCivilWar to find out who was the strongest.

The Temple of Elemental Evil is part of the ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' setting.

In 2001, Wizards of the Coast published a novelization of the module, written by Thomas M. Reid, who also contributed to R.A. Salvatore's ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' novel series.

In 2002, a 3rd Edition revisit, fittingly titled ''Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil'' put a new temple inside of an extinct volcano, 25 years after the fall of the first temple, in in-game time. The new Temple was actually [[spoiler:an EvilPlan by [[EldritchAbomination Tharizdun]], god of Entropy, to escape his prison.]] This game in turn was remade as a [[GameMod fan module]] for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''.

A partial conversion of the original module for the 4th Edition rules, covering the first leg of the adventure in Hommlet, was distributed by Wizard of the Coast to RPGA members in 2009; of the rest, there has yet been no sign.

The 1985 tabletop version (pen, paper, and dice) has many of the tropes on the TabletopRPG and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' pages. The video game has its own set of VideoGameTropes, see ''VideoGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil''.
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!!The tabletop game provides examples of following tropes:

* AchillesHeel: The Goldenskull (if destroyed) to Zuggtmoy.
* CoolSword: Fragarach and its twin Scather.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Between the various incarnations of the module and his appearances in other material such as the miniatures spin-off game, the only thing consistent about Lareth's appearance is his long hair. Armor, facial structure and sometimes even hair color vary greatly.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: It's extremely difficult to do, but the module notes that the player characters conceivably ''could'' defeat Zuggtmoy in direct combat. If that happens, she'll be banished back to the Abyss like any other demon lord, but the Elemental Nodes will also be destroyed, the Golden Skull will be useless, and the Temple will have effectively been defeated once and for all.
* TheDragon: Hedrack, to the demigod Iuz.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Hoo boy. Just ''existing'' in the Elemental Nodes is enough to kill you by degrees... and that's if you manage to not run into the numerous dragons and other nasty creatures populating each node.
* FightingAShadow: Straight D&D case with Zuggtmoy. Reducing her HitPoints to zero isn't enough to permanently kill, but it does banish her to the Abyss for several decades, destroys the Elemental Nodes, makes the Golden Skull useless, and effectively ends the threat of the Temple once and for all. Destroy the Orb first, however, and then [[DeaderThanDead defeat her within 4 days....]]
** As is Iuz, but if you kill him, it causes him to spend a long enough time recovering that most of his followers leave him, weakening him further.
* HopelessBossFight: Hedrack may summon Iuz (or he may fail) in your battle with him, when you fight him...
** BigDamnHeroes: Then Saint Cuthbert takes him away (after they heal any damage he has done).
* TheMole
** Hommlet: traders Rannos Davl and Gremag
** Nulb: Otis, Mother Screng (Canoness Y'Day) and Hruda (Murfles)
** The Temple: Kella the druid, Smigmal and various monsters (jackalweres, a lamia and two werewolves)
* EnemyCivilWar: Encouraged by the fungus goddess between the elemental level priests.
* KillerGameMaster: This module would turn even Gandhi into one. Seriously. This module raises complaints, warranted and unwarranted, of TheGMIsACheatingBastard. Particularly when [[spoiler:the Temple's assassins start to come after you...]]. The module also included rules for replacement forces being recruited and actually explicitly said that the temple forces would increase by the same amounts if the {{PC}}s were not killing off monsters quickly enough. If the {{PC}}s spent a lot of time training, crafting or otherwise wasting time any non-unique enemies could be two or three times more numerous for instance fighting twelve trolls instead of the original four in the room. A creative GM would have no problem deciding the temple could go on the offensive when it's forces were sufficiently built up, completely changing the tone of the scenario from a standard, if well crafted, dungeon crawl to a desperate struggle to save Hommlet and Verbobonc from a massive onslaught.
-->GM: "After several weeks spent in Hommlet researching spells, training and crafting useful magic items for your assault on the temple, your peaceful interlude is interrupted by the panicked news from a farmer of a vast army of humanoids bearing the colours of the four temples sighted approaching the village..."
-->PC: "OhCrap...."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Jaroo Ashstaff decided only to have the top level of the temple cleared the first time.
** When Creator/GaryGygax ran this module for the first time with his original group, Rob Kuntz decided to run his character, Sir Robilar through the dungeons solo. He defeated the dungeon (a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in itself), but Gary, annoyed that Kuntz had run so rampant through the Temple, decided to bring down the long arm of the law to tear his castle down to its component bricks.
* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, evil players can get to ally with Zuggtmoy or Iuz and spread evil, but only in the Troika video game adaptation.
* SavageSetpiece: the rats.
* TempleOfDoom: The titular Temple of Elemental Evil.
* TitleConfusion: Just about everyone (even this article) leave off the "The" at the start of the title. The smaller font for it kinda encourages it.
* TokenEvilTeammate: several.
* TotalPartyKill: A common occurrence in the Temple of Elemental Evil.
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[[quoteright:199:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TempleOfElementalEvil.jpg]]

-->''A sinister force, long thought destroyed, stirs from the black hole that spawned it. Like an ebony darkness it prowls the land and safety is but an illusion, for it watches from every shadow and ponders possibilities.''

A classic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopRPG adventure module that was also adapted into a video game by Troika.

The {{Backstory}} tells of the TempleOfDoom dedicated to the Demon Queen of Fungi, Zuggtmoy (don't laugh, she's one ''mean'' [[TheManBehindTheMan hidden]] FinalBoss!). The forces of good [[SealedEvilInACan sealed and hid her inside her temple]] with the help of five powerful wizards. For many years the temple was quiet and the nearby village of Hommlet was prosperous, but there are signs of life in the temple yet...

The temple was divided into roughly five sections, one for each classical element and a fifth lowest for herself and her followers. A firm believer in [[SocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]], Zuggtmoy had the head priest of each upper level go through a near constant EnemyCivilWar to find out who was the strongest.

The Temple of Elemental Evil is part of the ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' setting.

In 2001, Wizards of the Coast published a novelization of the module, written by Thomas M. Reid, who also contributed to R.A. Salvatore's ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' novel series.

In 2002, a 3rd Edition revisit, fittingly titled ''Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil'' put a new temple inside of an extinct volcano, 25 years after the fall of the first temple, in in-game time. The new Temple was actually [[spoiler:an EvilPlan by [[EldritchAbomination Tharizdun]], god of Entropy, to escape his prison.]] This game in turn was remade as a [[GameMod fan module]] for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''.

A partial conversion of the original module for the 4th Edition rules, covering the first leg of the adventure in Hommlet, was distributed by Wizard of the Coast to RPGA members in 2009; of the rest, there has yet been no sign.

The 1985 tabletop version (pen, paper, and dice) has many of the tropes on the TabletopRPG and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' pages. The video game has its own set of VideoGameTropes, see ''VideoGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil''.
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!!The tabletop game provides examples of following tropes:

* AchillesHeel: The Goldenskull (if destroyed) to Zuggtmoy.
* CoolSword: Fragarach and its twin Scather.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Between the various incarnations of the module and his appearances in other material such as the miniatures spin-off game, the only thing consistent about Lareth's appearance is his long hair. Armor, facial structure and sometimes even hair color vary greatly.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: It's extremely difficult to do, but the module notes that the player characters conceivably ''could'' defeat Zuggtmoy in direct combat. If that happens, she'll be banished back to the Abyss like any other demon lord, but the Elemental Nodes will also be destroyed, the Golden Skull will be useless, and the Temple will have effectively been defeated once and for all.
* TheDragon: Hedrack, to the demigod Iuz.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Hoo boy. Just ''existing'' in the Elemental Nodes is enough to kill you by degrees... and that's if you manage to not run into the numerous dragons and other nasty creatures populating each node.
* FightingAShadow: Straight D&D case with Zuggtmoy. Reducing her HitPoints to zero isn't enough to permanently kill, but it does banish her to the Abyss for several decades, destroys the Elemental Nodes, makes the Golden Skull useless, and effectively ends the threat of the Temple once and for all. Destroy the Orb first, however, and then [[DeaderThanDead defeat her within 4 days....]]
** As is Iuz, but if you kill him, it causes him to spend a long enough time recovering that most of his followers leave him, weakening him further.
* HopelessBossFight: Hedrack may summon Iuz (or he may fail) in your battle with him, when you fight him...
** BigDamnHeroes: Then Saint Cuthbert takes him away (after they heal any damage he has done).
* TheMole
** Hommlet: traders Rannos Davl and Gremag
** Nulb: Otis, Mother Screng (Canoness Y'Day) and Hruda (Murfles)
** The Temple: Kella the druid, Smigmal and various monsters (jackalweres, a lamia and two werewolves)
* EnemyCivilWar: Encouraged by the fungus goddess between the elemental level priests.
* KillerGameMaster: This module would turn even Gandhi into one. Seriously. This module raises complaints, warranted and unwarranted, of TheGMIsACheatingBastard. Particularly when [[spoiler:the Temple's assassins start to come after you...]]. The module also included rules for replacement forces being recruited and actually explicitly said that the temple forces would increase by the same amounts if the {{PC}}s were not killing off monsters quickly enough. If the {{PC}}s spent a lot of time training, crafting or otherwise wasting time any non-unique enemies could be two or three times more numerous for instance fighting twelve trolls instead of the original four in the room. A creative GM would have no problem deciding the temple could go on the offensive when it's forces were sufficiently built up, completely changing the tone of the scenario from a standard, if well crafted, dungeon crawl to a desperate struggle to save Hommlet and Verbobonc from a massive onslaught.
-->GM: "After several weeks spent in Hommlet researching spells, training and crafting useful magic items for your assault on the temple, your peaceful interlude is interrupted by the panicked news from a farmer of a vast army of humanoids bearing the colours of the four temples sighted approaching the village..."
-->PC: "OhCrap...."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Jaroo Ashstaff decided only to have the top level of the temple cleared the first time.
** When Creator/GaryGygax ran this module for the first time with his original group, Rob Kuntz decided to run his character, Sir Robilar through the dungeons solo. He defeated the dungeon (a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in itself), but Gary, annoyed that Kuntz had run so rampant through the Temple, decided to bring down the long arm of the law to tear his castle down to its component bricks.
* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, evil players can get to ally with Zuggtmoy or Iuz and spread evil, but only in the Troika video game adaptation.
* SavageSetpiece: the rats.
* TempleOfDoom: The titular Temple of Elemental Evil.
* TitleConfusion: Just about everyone (even this article) leave off the "The" at the start of the title. The smaller font for it kinda encourages it.
* TokenEvilTeammate: several.
* TotalPartyKill: A common occurrence in the Temple of Elemental Evil.
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19th Jul '15 5:55:34 PM WildCardCourier
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A classic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopRPG adventure module that was also adapted into a [[VideoGame/TempleOfElementalEvil videogame]] by Troika.

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A classic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopRPG adventure module that was also adapted into a [[VideoGame/TempleOfElementalEvil videogame]] video game by Troika.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: It's extremely difficult to do, but the module notes that the player characters conceivably ''could'' defeat Zuggtmoy in direct combat. If that happens, she'll be banished back to the Abyss like any other demon lord, but the Elemental Nodes will also be destroyed, the Goldenskull will be useless, and the Temple will have effectively been defeated once and for all.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: It's extremely difficult to do, but the module notes that the player characters conceivably ''could'' defeat Zuggtmoy in direct combat. If that happens, she'll be banished back to the Abyss like any other demon lord, but the Elemental Nodes will also be destroyed, the Goldenskull Golden Skull will be useless, and the Temple will have effectively been defeated once and for all.



* FightingAShadow: Straight D&D case with Zuggtmoy. Reducing her HitPoints to zero isn't enough to permanently kill, but it does banish her to the Abyss for several decades, destroys the Elemental Nodes, makes the Goldenskull useless, and effectively ends the threat of the Temple once and for all. Destroy the Orb first, however, and then [[DeaderThanDead defeat her within 4 days....]]

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* FightingAShadow: Straight D&D case with Zuggtmoy. Reducing her HitPoints to zero isn't enough to permanently kill, but it does banish her to the Abyss for several decades, destroys the Elemental Nodes, makes the Goldenskull Golden Skull useless, and effectively ends the threat of the Temple once and for all. Destroy the Orb first, however, and then [[DeaderThanDead defeat her within 4 days....]]



** It is possible to win in Troika's version, but Iuz has high DR against non-holy weapons and non-ice energy damage. If you play well and use Scather, the elemental power gems (to summon high level demons) and magic missile your main obstacle is the time limit.
*** Normally fighting Saint Cuthbert himself is suicide (forty attacks a round in melee will obliterate any character) - however it is possible to kill him by using a specific spell and exploiting the poor AI. [[spoiler:Have one character use a missile weapon on him from a distance. Saint Cuthbert will charge the character and attack once (moving and attacking only allows one attack rather than the full attack allowance.) Have your caster cast Otiluke's Resilient Sphere on the character who shot him. This prevents the character from attacking but also prevents all damage to them. Saint Cuthbert will now futilely wail away on the sphere while your other characters pelt him to death with spells and missiles.]]
7th Mar '15 3:06:51 AM SeptimusHeap
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The Temple of Elemental Evil is part of the {{Greyhawk}} setting.

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The Temple of Elemental Evil is part of the {{Greyhawk}} ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' setting.
2nd Mar '15 6:44:32 AM SeptimusHeap
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A classic ''DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopRPG adventure module that was also adapted into a [[VideoGame/TempleOfElementalEvil videogame]] by Troika.

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A classic ''DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopRPG adventure module that was also adapted into a [[VideoGame/TempleOfElementalEvil videogame]] by Troika.



The 1985 tabletop version (pen, paper, and dice) has many of the tropes on the TabletopRPG and DungeonsAndDragons pages. The video game has its own set of VideoGameTropes, see ''VideoGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil''.

to:

The 1985 tabletop version (pen, paper, and dice) has many of the tropes on the TabletopRPG and DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' pages. The video game has its own set of VideoGameTropes, see ''VideoGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil''.
28th Jan '15 7:19:12 PM WildCardCourier
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The Temple Of Elemental Evil is part of the {{Greyhawk}} setting.

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The Temple Of of Elemental Evil is part of the {{Greyhawk}} setting.
setting.

In 2001, Wizards of the Coast published a novelization of the module, written by Thomas M. Reid, who also contributed to R.A. Salvatore's ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' novel series.



* AchillesHeel: The Goldenskull (If destroyed) to Zuggtmoy

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* AchillesHeel: The Goldenskull (If (if destroyed) to ZuggtmoyZuggtmoy.



* TheDragon: Hedrack, to the demigod Iuz

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* TheDragon: Hedrack, to the demigod IuzIuz.



* HopelessBossFight: Hedrack may summon Iuz (or he may fail) in your battle with him, when you fight him
** BigDamnHeroes: Then Saint Cuthbert takes him away (after they heal any damage he has done)
** It is possible to win in Troika's version, but Iuz has high DR against non-holy weapons and non ice energy damage. If you play well and use Scather, the elemental power gems (to summon high level demons) and magic missile your main obstacle is the time limit.
*** Normally fighting Saint Cuthbert himself is suicide (forty attacks a round in melee will obliterate any character) - however it is possible to kill him by using a specific spell and exploiting the poor AI. [[spoiler:Have one character use a missile weapon on him from a distance. Saint Cuthbert will charge the character and attack once (moving and attacking only allows one attack rather than the full attack allowance.) Have your caster cast Otiluke's Resilient Sphere on the character who shot him. This prevents the character from attacking but also prevents all damage to them. Saint Cuthbert will now futiley wail away on the sphere while your other characters pelt him to death with spells and missiles.]]

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* HopelessBossFight: Hedrack may summon Iuz (or he may fail) in your battle with him, when you fight him
him...
** BigDamnHeroes: Then Saint Cuthbert takes him away (after they heal any damage he has done)
done).
** It is possible to win in Troika's version, but Iuz has high DR against non-holy weapons and non ice non-ice energy damage. If you play well and use Scather, the elemental power gems (to summon high level demons) and magic missile your main obstacle is the time limit.
*** Normally fighting Saint Cuthbert himself is suicide (forty attacks a round in melee will obliterate any character) - however it is possible to kill him by using a specific spell and exploiting the poor AI. [[spoiler:Have one character use a missile weapon on him from a distance. Saint Cuthbert will charge the character and attack once (moving and attacking only allows one attack rather than the full attack allowance.) Have your caster cast Otiluke's Resilient Sphere on the character who shot him. This prevents the character from attacking but also prevents all damage to them. Saint Cuthbert will now futiley futilely wail away on the sphere while your other characters pelt him to death with spells and missiles.]]



* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, evil players can get to ally with Zuggtmoy or Iuz and spread evil (I think)

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* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, evil players can get to ally with Zuggtmoy or Iuz and spread evil (I think)evil, but only in the Troika video game adaptation.



* TempleOfDoom: The titular Temple
* TitleConfusion: Just about everyone (Even this article) leave off the "The" at the start of the title. The smaller font for it kinda encourages it.

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* TempleOfDoom: The titular Temple
Temple of Elemental Evil.
* TitleConfusion: Just about everyone (Even (even this article) leave off the "The" at the start of the title. The smaller font for it kinda encourages it.
25th Jan '14 11:34:32 PM nombretomado
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** When GaryGygax ran this module for the first time with his original group, Rob Kuntz decided to run his character, Sir Robilar through the dungeons solo. He defeated the dungeon (a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in itself), but Gary, annoyed that Kuntz had run so rampant through the Temple, decided to bring down the long arm of the law to tear his castle down to its component bricks.

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** When GaryGygax Creator/GaryGygax ran this module for the first time with his original group, Rob Kuntz decided to run his character, Sir Robilar through the dungeons solo. He defeated the dungeon (a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in itself), but Gary, annoyed that Kuntz had run so rampant through the Temple, decided to bring down the long arm of the law to tear his castle down to its component bricks.
22nd Oct '13 6:18:50 AM supergod
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The TempleOfElementalEvil is part of the {{Greyhawk}} setting.

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The TempleOfElementalEvil Temple Of Elemental Evil is part of the {{Greyhawk}} setting.
22nd Oct '13 6:17:15 AM supergod
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A classic ''DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopRPG adventure module that was also adapted into a videogame by Troika.

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A classic ''DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopRPG adventure module that was also adapted into a videogame [[VideoGame/TempleOfElementalEvil videogame]] by Troika.
6th Oct '13 6:46:35 AM Koveras
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The 1985 tabletop version (pen, paper, and dice) has many of the tropes on the TabletopRPG and DungeonsAndDragons pages. The video game has its own set of VideoGameTropes. They're divided here for your reading pleasure.

'''Tropes in both versions'''

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The 1985 tabletop version (pen, paper, and dice) has many of the tropes on the TabletopRPG and DungeonsAndDragons pages. The video game has its own set of VideoGameTropes. They're divided here for your reading pleasure.

'''Tropes in both versions'''
VideoGameTropes, see ''VideoGame/TheTempleOfElementalEvil''.
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!!The tabletop game provides examples of following tropes:



* TotalPartyKill: A common occurance in the Temple of Elemental Evil.

'''Tropes exclusive to Troika's adaptation'''

* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: You can only have up to 5 {{PC}}s and only have a maximum of 3 {{NPC}}s with you at any one time. The Circle of Eight mod allows you to replace the {{NPC}} slots with {{PC}} slots, allowing a party of up to eight {{PC}}s but you cannot go beyond this limit.
* BiTheWay: Depending on where you first speak to him, Bertram will either be interested in a male or female player character.
* DialogueTree
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In addition to the above, if you [[FightingAShadow "kill"]] Iuz it affects the ending
* FanSequel: Just one of [[http://www.co8.org Circle of Eight's]] many ambitious projects is to make hacks for other modules.
** They have actually completed a very promising TabletopGame/KeepOnTheBorderlands demo.
* GayOption: You have the option of developing a relationship with Bertram.
* HopelessBossFight: While not impossible, Iuz is extremely difficult for most parties to even think about beating.
* JokeCharacter: Ted, Ed and Ed.
* ModularEpilogue
* MultipleEndings: It's a Troika title.
* ObviousBeta: It's a Troika title.
* {{Roboteching}}: Magic Missile.
* RomanceSidequest: There are a few romance options in the game, including several [=NPCs=] who won't join your party. Of the joinable members there are 3 who can be romanced and your character may even get married to them. There are more options for male characters.
* SaveScumming: Doing the same thing keeps the results the same, but doing it slightly differently (say, attacking from the left instead of the right) will get a new result.
* TimeLimit: If you do decide to fight Iuz, you have only a short time to do so before he is teleported away.
* TitleConfusion: The subtitle "A classic Greyhawk Adventure" appears on the cover/disc, the first patch's installer and copyright screen, but is absent on the installer, title screen and the 2nd patch's installer. Interestingly the "the" at the start of the title (see up) is always present.
* WedlockBlock: Melanie's father will only let her get married to the player character if her older sister marries first, and if he thinks the character is sincere enough.
* WretchedHive: Nulb.

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* TotalPartyKill: A common occurance occurrence in the Temple of Elemental Evil.

'''Tropes exclusive to Troika's adaptation'''

* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: You can only have up to 5 {{PC}}s and only have a maximum of 3 {{NPC}}s with you at any one time. The Circle of Eight mod allows you to replace the {{NPC}} slots with {{PC}} slots, allowing a party of up to eight {{PC}}s but you cannot go beyond this limit.
* BiTheWay: Depending on where you first speak to him, Bertram will either be interested in a male or female player character.
* DialogueTree
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In addition to the above, if you [[FightingAShadow "kill"]] Iuz it affects the ending
* FanSequel: Just one of [[http://www.co8.org Circle of Eight's]] many ambitious projects is to make hacks for other modules.
** They have actually completed a very promising TabletopGame/KeepOnTheBorderlands demo.
* GayOption: You have the option of developing a relationship with Bertram.
* HopelessBossFight: While not impossible, Iuz is extremely difficult for most parties to even think about beating.
* JokeCharacter: Ted, Ed and Ed.
* ModularEpilogue
* MultipleEndings: It's a Troika title.
* ObviousBeta: It's a Troika title.
* {{Roboteching}}: Magic Missile.
* RomanceSidequest: There are a few romance options in the game, including several [=NPCs=] who won't join your party. Of the joinable members there are 3 who can be romanced and your character may even get married to them. There are more options for male characters.
* SaveScumming: Doing the same thing keeps the results the same, but doing it slightly differently (say, attacking from the left instead of the right) will get a new result.
* TimeLimit: If you do decide to fight Iuz, you have only a short time to do so before he is teleported away.
* TitleConfusion: The subtitle "A classic Greyhawk Adventure" appears on the cover/disc, the first patch's installer and copyright screen, but is absent on the installer, title screen and the 2nd patch's installer. Interestingly the "the" at the start of the title (see up) is always present.
* WedlockBlock: Melanie's father will only let her get married to the player character if her older sister marries first, and if he thinks the character is sincere enough.
* WretchedHive: Nulb.
Evil.
30th Jul '13 6:12:35 PM Andyzero
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* FightingAShadow: Subverted with Zuggtmoy. Reducing her HitPoints to zero isn't enough to permanently kill, but it does banish her to the Abyss for several decades, destroys the Elemental Nodes, makes the Goldenskull useless, and effectively ends the threat of the Temple once and for all. Destroy the Orb first, however, and then [[DeaderThanDead defeat her within 4 days....]]

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* FightingAShadow: Subverted Straight D&D case with Zuggtmoy. Reducing her HitPoints to zero isn't enough to permanently kill, but it does banish her to the Abyss for several decades, destroys the Elemental Nodes, makes the Goldenskull useless, and effectively ends the threat of the Temple once and for all. Destroy the Orb first, however, and then [[DeaderThanDead defeat her within 4 days....]]
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