Test of the Warlords
CM1 Test of the Warlords
Code CM1
Rules required Dungeons & Dragons
Character levels 15+
Campaign setting Dungeons & Dragons
Authors Douglas Niles
First published 1984
Linked modules
CM1, CM2, CM3, CM4, CM5, CM6, CM7, CM8, CM9

Test of the Warlords is described as a campaign adventure for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. The adventure takes place Norworld, which is located in the north east corner of the Known World on Mystara. This campaign contains elements of hack-and-slash adventure, political intrigue, and full-scale war.

Table of Contents[]

Chapter Page
Prologue: how to run this adventure 2
The setting: outlining Norworld and the Empires 4
Nonplayer Characters: Introducing Kings and Lords 9
Landgrab: Beginning the Adventure 12
Major Events: Bringing Dominions Together 14
Norworld Encounters: Expanding the Campaign 18
War of the Crowns: Running Campaign battles 28
Epilogue: Continuing the Campaign 30


Design: Douglas Niles
Editing: Tim Kilpin
Cover Art: Clyde Caldwell
Interior Art: Jeff Easley
Graphic Designer: Ruth Hoyer
Maps: Diesel

Distributed to the book trade in the United States by Random House, Inc., and in Canada by Random House of Canada, Ltd. Distributed to the toy and hobby trade by regional distributors. Distributed in the United Kingdom by TSR UK Ltd.

product number 9117
ISBN 0-88038-116-7

Back cover reads[]

The king requests your presence in the honorable kingdom of Norwold. If you're worthy, you may be appointed lord of a dominion filled with friendly villages, sturdy fortresses, and raging bands of monsters.

Raging bands of monsters?

Well, yes, and you may have to lead your forces into a war or two. But you'll be ready for the challenge. You'll be ready for treacherous spies who conspire to steal your land. You'll be ready for a foul band of frost giants that raids your dominions. And you'll be ready for the inevitable clash of empires, the outcome of which may alter the fate of millions. You'll be ready!
Won't you?

Test of the Warlords includes a complete campaign setting, several new NPCs, dungeon and wilderness encounters, and guidelines for running a war between empires.

Notable nonplayer characters[]

  • King Ericall of Norworld: lawful 28th level fighter ()
  • Lernal the Swill: neutral 6th level fighter
  • King Yarrvik the Just: lawful 9th level fighter (Oceansend)
  • Tarn Oakleaf: neutral 24th level druid
  • Madiera the Counselor: lawful 21st level magic user
  • Christina Marie Alanira: Neutral 25th level magic-user
  • Alak Dool: chaotic 19th level magic user
  • Sir Ernest Day: lawful 16th level fighter
  • Rutter Dag: neutral 15th level fighter
  • Central Lane of Glantri: lawful 16th level cleric
  • Max the First: chaotic 15th level fighter
  • Alyssa Patrician: lawful 15th level fighter
  • Longtooth: chaotic 20th level thief
  • Mequisa, the Lawful:
  • Bethidia, the Neutral:
  • Chasandri, the Chaotic:

See also[]

  • List of Dungeons & Dragons modules