Ancient Empire of the Troglodytes

Explore the hidden secrets of one of the world's oldest empires

Ages ago, when humans lived in caves and stared in wonder up at the glistening night sky, the ancient troglodyte empire of Ssar’targontha thrived and prospered in the deep places of the world. For thousands of years, from atop their gloom-shrouded ziggurats set at the very centre of the canal-ringed cities, the empire’s high priests used the life-essences of enslaved and sacrificed elementals to build monuments to their demonic overlord and crush their enemies.

By Matt Morrow

By Matt Morrow


But nothing is forever. Rebellion and civil wars wracked the empire and precipitated its long, but inevitable, fall into ruin and decay. Now, nothing remains of Ssar’targontha but ruined cities squatting in immense caverns, discarded treasures and near-forgotten knowledge of an elder time. Ancient Empire of the Troglodytes gives you, the busy GM, the tools to integrate the empire of Ssar’targontha into your campaign. Whether you want to run an entire adventure amid the empire’s crumbling ruins or to add depth to your campaign’s elder history, Ancient Empire of the Troglodytes is for you!

In Your Campaign

Ancient Empire of the Troglodytes gives you, the busy GM, the tools to set exciting, flavoursome adventures amid the ruins of ancient Ssar’targontha long fallen into decay and darkness.

Within these pages you’ll find information on the troglodytes’ ancient sites of power, their traps and guardians, treasures both magic and mundane as well as a selection of adventure hooks, whispers and rumours as well as dungeon dressing tables and even player options designed to enable them (or their enemies) to harness the powers of the fallen, elder folk!

Integrating ancient Ssar’targontha into your own campaign world is straightforward and easy. The troglodytes held power in the impossibly distant ancient past long before the civilisations of man—or even the long-lived elves and dwarves—arose upon the surface. As such, placing adventure sites both small and large in deep, isolated caverns far from the sun’s warmth should prove little obstacle for the GM.

The information herein gives you the tools to reveal as much—or as little—of this ancient, scarcely imagined past as you desire. PCs can stumble upon some remote outpost of the empire or even explore the ruined, gloom-shrouded streets of one of its major cities, depending on how much focus you wish to focus on this forgotten civilisation.

Alternatively, the party could even explore the so-called Twilight City  buried deep in the megadungeon of Gloamhold. Founded by refugees after Ssar’targontha’s fall was well underway, the Twilight City shares much in common with its mighty progenitor and many secret lie awaiting discovery therein.


Praise for Ancient Empire of the Troglodytes


“…this cements John Bennett’s reputation as an author who gets darker fantasy and horror even further: Were I to describe this book’s flair, it would be a mix of Kenneth Spencer/Mr. Kortes and Nicolas Logue/Richard Pett. Yes, I’m not using these comparisons lightly – this book is awesome in all the right ways: Smart, concise…and it takes essentially the key-components of RSP’s product-lines and combines them into one glorious book.”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars + approval)


A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by John Bennett

Released 25 June 2015; Pages 20

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