I'm glad I found this thread. Was only thinking he other day how similar the story is to LOTR. Elves, one mask to rule them all, marsh lands, etc etc. Also how I remember that this book was more impossible than Havoc to finish, due to the unlikeliness of finding the orb. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
This book is just stupid, I mean why would the ruler of a city be duped into thi blatant assassination attempt in the first place when they could send some other heroes to do their bidding? Although overall the adventure was good it wasn't good enough to justify its difficulty betterb played with multiple adventurers and a loade3d dice. I don't play with multiple characters to make the book any easier, justto make the book more interesting, like Crypt of the sorcerer the book just about scrapes it by chaetin, or bending the rules and using loaded dice.