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<snark>Smaug dies in The Hobbit.</snark>

As I re-read the classic book, I'm struck by the details that offer adventure opportunities. We learn what happens to Laketown, the Master, Bard and many others east of Mirkwood and in the shadow of the Lonely Mountain.

But it is this passage that I'm curious if The One Ring visits, set in the 60+ years between the end of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring

[The people of Laketown] removed northward higher up the shore; for ever after they had a dread of the water where the dragon lay. He would never again return to his golden bed, but was stretched cold as stone, twisted upon the floor of the shallows. There for ages his huge bones could be seen in calm weather amid the ruined piles of the old town. But few dared to cross the cursed spot, and none dared to dive into the shivering water or recover the precious stones that fell from his rotting carcass.

There is so much to enjoy in the above passage.

Is Laketown, Smaug and the region given much detail in The One Ring and if so, do we see opportunities to explore unanswered or open questions from the book and/or create new adventures in the region?

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A definite +1 from me. I was struck by the very same paragraph and have been planning an adventure round it for quite a while, with orcs and other dark creatures making sinister use of the bones. (That's why I've asked the following Q on SF&F: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/28850/… ) Looking forward to the answers. :) –  OpaCitiZen Jan 8 at 22:49
@javafueled do you have the over the edge of the wild book? –  Joshua Aslan Smith Jan 10 at 14:23
I do not, but this question also is backing as I consider my purchase. Also, I see there is a new supplement, LM’s Screen and Lake-town that should answer some questions, but I don't have that either. I'm more curious about the game canon, as I could just make up my own adventures. :) –  javafueled Jan 10 at 15:11
The release of the Loremaster's Screen and Lake-town intrigues me, but the content notes and even design videos are absent any mention of Smaug. –  javafueled Jan 17 at 15:12
@javafueled at this point I thinl we should mve the discussion to chat chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/11/rpg-general-chat –  Joshua Aslan Smith Jan 24 at 15:25
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There's a lot of possibility for creating adventure in that brief description of cursed dragon bones.

What form does the curse take? Is it on anyone who lingers to long? On any of the jewels? or bones and jewels? Is one of the jewels legendary?

Does someone steal the bones, knowing their cursed? and if so, why? What plans does the thief have? If s/he's selling to the the highest bidder, what is the bidder doing?

Could someone find a way to resurrect the dragon?

Maybe some of the poorer folk of laketown decide to live on the site... what happens to them? Maybe a tribe of Orcs?

Do the dragon bones cause a mutation in the fish?

Is the arrow that slew him still there? Is it a force for good, or evil? Would another dragon be interested in it?

Oh yeah, all kinds of possibilities....

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+1 for enumerating the just some of the possibilities in an evocative way. –  javafueled Jan 24 at 2:42
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