The Net Book of Plots – Volume 3

———-========== The NET.PLOTS.BOOK ==========———-
Volume III
Compiled by Phil Scadden and Aaron Sher

Editors Note:

Compilation of this volume was originally started by Aaron Sher and has been
completed by me. It contains plot and scenarios for mostly for fantasy RPGs but
some from other genres have also been submitted. (Come on other-genre players –
get you contributions in for Vol IV). Plots have been presented in no particular
order but there is a large Appendix which is a compilation of the responses to
the “On the road you meet…” thread in I have made only
minimal changes (spelling usually) to the material as received. I hope everyone
finds this enjoyable and useful.

Authorship of individual plots have been accredited individually with email
address where I had them (missing from some collected by Aaron – if you can
supply please email me). Author attribution is at the top of each plot.Authors
appreciate feedback – if you use any of these try telling the author how you

Finally, my thanks to all who submitted these plots and especially to Aaron Sher
who dreamt up the Net.plot.books in the first place.

Phil Scadden P.Scadden@LHN.GNS.CRI.NZ 18/2/94

Bring in (temple) auditors
Ben Davis


Local temple (agricultural type goddess) been generally lax and living it up,
not actually doing much work in the way of religion. One of the PCs knows
someone in this temple – is asked to do a favour. The major temple of the same
religion is sending round a small group to “inspect” all the little provincial
places. The report will be both a financial one (audit) and a load of interviews
with the congregation. If the report gets done properly (ie truthfully) all the
priests are in big trouble.

What the PCs are asked to do is to help alter the way the report gets done. The
problem is that _a_ report has to get done, that killing the visitors is a
massive no go, and that the PCs are going to have to alter the perception of the
temple and the surroundings without the visitors realising.

In the version we ran, the PCs got a hand from the priests in that the priests
took care of the congregation (by buying them all drinks etc) and the party only
had to deal with the visitors. They did this by finding out some background (5
visitors), and then seducing 2, getting 1 blind drunk, bribing one, and
blackmailing the last. Thus the report was written by the right people, and no-
one’s suspicions were raised.

Misplaced Poison
Ben Davis


Staying in pub – landlady’s daughter comes back from playing on the beach in the
early morning to collapse – initial thoughts are that she’s ill, further
investigation will reveal she’s been poisoned.

Turns out the kids (small group on beach) found a rowing boat aground, with a
case in it. They nicked the case, found it was full of food, and eat it several
die, all very ill (they didn’t eat much of the food ’cause they didn’t like it –
unusual taste).

Food was being dropped off to be picked up by a caravan passing nearby, where it
would be swapped for an identical case (unpoisoned) and sent on to its buyer, a
powerful alderman (or equivalent) in a nearby town.

So – to help out the landlady the PCs have to sort out a number of things owner
of the boat, realise a caravan was going to be nearby at the time, find out from
the merchant where the food was going, make all the right connections. They
should then meet up with the alderman, who’ll realise the attempted
assassination attempt (especially if the PCs have still got a sample of the food
– its a delicacy that’s his favourite and that no-one else likes), and may ask
the Pcs to sort out who was behind the poisoning. This will now entail crawling
around the city getting the poison analysed, tracing the boat, the buyer of the
poison and so on. Who’s behind it is up to you (as is everything else really) –
I had his son responsible (via a long and convoluted chain.) ================================================================================

Stuck with the ancestors
Ben Davis

Any PCs are dealing with some nomadic tribe (in my version, they were trying to set
up a trade deal with them). Problem – chiefs brother has disappeared in
mysterious circumstances (surprise me) and, guess what, the tribe is mourning
and is not prone to doing business – so, if the intrepid PCs can rescue the
brother, everyone’ll be happy.

The brother has in fact tried to visit the ancestral plane to find out loads of
Good Things, meet ancestors etc. He got the instructions from a ghost in an old
ruined hill fort, which he got the location of from a diary he bought from some
other nomads (the PCs can sort all this out with the right clues). He went to
the hill fort, summoned the ghost, and got the spell to open a gate to the other
plane. Unfortunately, the ghost being a miserable bugger, and the brother being
of the trusting and slightly awed sort, the ghost withheld how to get back “for
a laugh”. So, the brother successfully built the gate, went to the ancestral
plane, only to discover he couldn’t get back. The PCs had better be more
ruthless when talking to the ghost or exactly the same’ll happen to them,

The way this scenario goes depends very much on what the PCs do –
when I ran it, the main feat was getting to the hill fort and talking to the
ghost – rounding up the components for the gate and rescuing the brother were
fairly simple compared to that.


Rescue from Water World
Ben Davis


PCs are asked/hired to go and pick up (if they have a starship) or escort on a
liner (if they haven’t) four people from a nearby system. Ideally, get them to
agree before they have much chance to do any background research.

The world they’ll be going to is a Balkanised water world. The four people
they’re meeting are political dissidents from one of the governments, a
theocracy. The starport is in a different country, a bureaucratic obsessed blood
pressure inducing place.

Unsurprisingly, the four dissidents don’t turn up for the rendezvous. Depending
on things, they’ve either
-been put under house arrest
-been arrested by the bureaucracy for a minor traffic violation (driving a
powerboat without due care and attention)
-or something similar.

The governments concerned (make the planet have at least 4 or 5 for fun) should
be sufficiently twitchy that, when the PCs do eventually find out where these
people have got to, they can’t just steam in with guns blazing. ’cause the
military are on standby most of the time, and all hell’ll break loose. The way
my PCs got them out from house arrest on a floating hydroponics plant (remember,
its a water world, makes life _much_ more difficult) was to hack into the
theocracy’s job allocation computer, have all four of them transferred on a
Police boat (so as not to attract attention) to a nearby oil rig, and took the
boat in transit during an electrical storm (weather conditions on a slowly
rotating (40hr day) water world)

Just for comment, we were using a 2300AD/old Traveller(TM) hybrid (2300AD
characters, Traveller universe, hybrid gear with a touch of Cyberpunk(TM) for
good measure.)

Jan Garefelt


The PC:s get kidnapped in their youth, before starting their career as
adventurers. (This of course makes it difficult for the players to choose a
scholarly profession, but it is not impossible.)

The kidnapper (in our campaign his name was Barbarossa) is really a slaver who
enjoys tormenting his captives before selling them off in a slave market in a
country faaar from the respective PC:s home.

After x years of slavery in {a coal mine, a salt mine, the fields picking
cotton} our heroes get a chance to escape. The escape can be an adventure by

The PC:s may be from any part of the world. (They may even have problems in
understanding each others language in the beginning.) After successful escape
they by incident see Barbarossa. The word “revenge” suddenly appears in their

What can they do to hurt the seemingly too powerful slaver?

Will the REAL John Smith please drop dead?
Graham Wills


The PCs find a freshly dug grave, haunted by the ghost of the victim, who will
follow them around and wake them at nights wailing “John Smith killed me; avenge
my death”. They are also hired to hunt down someone who robbed a rich merchant.
His name was John Smith. Whatever. Eventually the PCs will go looking for John
Smith. He is a local farmer, totally innocuous, who lives on a rather isolated
farm near a dangerous area.

When they find him, he tries to zap them with a nasty wand, but after one
charge, he drops it and attacks with a sword. He is berserk, but has very few
hits and dies rapidly. When they get back to town they are told that while they
were gone John Smith left on a boat/caravan/pogo stick. They are confused. They
are even more confused when they are attacked by John Smith.

A shape changer/illusionist has got hold of a neat magic item that is supposed
to make people believe they are someone else. Unfortunately the item is broken
and makes people believe they are one particular person … namely John Smith,
the first person the item was used on. Undeterred, our villain controls numerous
people, making them John Smiths and occasionally taking on the John Smith
persona to do dirty deeds. Even when there are obviously far too many John
Smiths, he’ll keep doing this, as people will be reluctant to kill someone who
could be their wife, brother or mother!

The PCs will have to tackle numerous John Smiths of varying dangerousness and
capture them, determine whether he’s a stupid peasant or a high-level evil
genius and deal with the situation.

This is great for low-level types without spells that could solve the problem
rapidly. High-level PCs would just do a Detection type spells and wrap up.

A Dangerous One Night Stand
Author: Charles W. Manry Jr.


Setting: Town with 1 or more tavern’s, meeting places, etc.
Target is male Pc.

A Pc is on the make, ie. looking for love. A woman comes in and looks over the
place and picks one of the Pc’s. She grabs ’em and asks him to come back to his
place. They get into a very *nice* coach. If the Pc asks any questions about
the woman’s background she’ll say that she is a wealthy widow (she is lying!).
One into the carriage she becomes all hands. Once home, a nice large mansion,
she ignores the servants strange looks and drags Pc up to the bedroom where a
night of passion will commence.

The punch line: The lady is really the wife of mayor/prominent community
leader/miliary leader/etc who has been cheating on her. She’s out to get
revenge! The night with the Pc is the method of her choosing!

In the morning the servants, who do their best to ignore the Pc’s presence, will
come in and straighten up. They will fold the clothes and bring breakfast. In
the middle of breakfast the husband will come home. The wife will get out of
bed and start throwing their freshly folded clothes all over the bedroom. Mean
while, one of the servants will tell the husband that his wife has company! The
husband will charge into the bedroom and try to kill the Pc. This will be
occurring while the wife is saying to her husband, “Serves you right for
cheating on me!”, “He was much better than you”, “Oh! I never new what I was
missing until last night”, etc. This causes the husband to go into blind rage
causing him to not fight up to this full potential.

The Pc can try to fight if he gets his weapon. Once this occurs the
husband will calm down and fight to the best of his ability. If the Pc does
kill or wound the husband the wife will attack the Pc. She really still loves
the husband (all well as a few other women!) and will try to protect him. At
this point the Pc becomes just a tool for her revenge. She does not care what
happens to him….

Flee!!!! The husband will chase the Pc into the streets and then stop
saying that he’ll get revenge!

Either situations can cause a man hunt for the Pc. The city guards will be
brought into the situation. If caught, you can toss ’em jail, strip them of
$$’s and items, etc. If they flee the town, bring this sub-plot back into play
every time they return to the town. Or send mercs. after the Pc’s party to
bring back the one Pc to “justice”.

Have fun with this one. Make ’em pay for fooling around with out thinking too
much! 8^).

Magna Carta? Not with this emperor!
David Kurt Spencer


This was designed for a rather high level party in a very politically unstable
world. The local government is being treated unfairly by the big federal-style
empire ruling over them and the neighboring cities. The cities are currently in
a state of alliance in trying to overthrow the central government, not through
civil war (unless it comes to that) but through diplomatic means. The scenario
is that the Emperor has a mysterious covert army, made up of people with
assassin-type skills (in RM I use NightBlades). This army kidnaps the Emperor’s
heir’s fiancee and tells her that they are revolutionaries supporting the
revolutionary alliance. The Emperor then sends a small army force to each city
to take the local government people into custody for questioning concerning the
kidnapping, since he has found “clues that implicate them…” His plan is to
take them into custody, then release the girl who will swear to her grave they
were revolutionaries who kidnapped her, and thus he will have no recourse but to
execute the troublesome barons. The Barons obviously are not going to go
peacefully but then again they don’t want an all out war. Have the Barons get
some advanced notice somehow (spies with magic communication or whatever) so
they can prepare. In my world I also had Paladins roaming the streets who
supported the Empire. Now the Baron sends the city into an uproar to fight off
the Emperor’s troops. Catch is, the shadow army is here to catch the Baron
alive (poison arrow comes to mind). As for what the PCs are doing, in my
campaign they were rabid revolutionaries and they ran around killing Paladins
and Emperor’s troops until they saw the Baron and managed (plot catch) to see a
guy aiming an arrow at him. They save the Baron’s life and the Baron thanks
them…and asks them to do him a favor. He’s seen them working in the streets
and knows they are good, plus they just saved him. He asks them to go to the
capital city, speak to some of his spies there, and find out where the heir’s
fiancee is hidden. If they free her and convince her that the people behind her
capture weren’t rebels but someone else in disguise, then the Emperor will have
to call off his troops and a war can be prevented. In my campaign they were also
asked to delay the Emperor’s reinforcement troops so they couldn’t get to the
city before the Barons were proven innocent. Note, this will probably not be
possible without the PCs having access to some sort of teleportation/
instantaneous travel…

Misplaced journeys in time and space
Loren Miller


Background: setting 1998 earth, with incompetent bureaucracy ruling the USA, has
already scuttled NASA and decided to go with a space program under direct
congressional control (!). The ship travels by exploding fusion devices behind
it and travelling forward on the strength of the blast. Obviously it has a very
strong shield on the back. Obviously it is not aerodynamic.

The ship’s mission is to go to Alpha Centauri and gather data on whether or not
the system is suitable for human habitation (earth is becoming uninhabitable
because of pollution and mismanagement).

The characters all have hidden motives, as they are all agents of one or another
secret society in the fragmented USA government. They have to depend on a
navputer+, a navigational computer that is programmed to take care of all their
needs. πŸ˜‰

The problem is that Djin wants to look at the world after 500 years, and to play
off the humor of all these relics of ancient days wandering around in the brave
new world of 2500 AD. Since the trip to AC will only take about 9 years of
objective time, what to do?

I’m getting an evil idea…

The Navputer+ gets close enough to Alpha Centauri to check it out. Orders sent
in the mean time by genius senator Orrin Hatch’s subcommittee on efficient space
exploration have downgraded the importance of human observation on this task.
Quickly confirming that there is no suitable planet for life, the Navputer
decides to continue on to Barnard’s star before waking up the crew!

The crew awakens and starts working, then discovers that the starfield is all
wrong and they’re not in the solar system they expected, then they notice that
huge gas giant in orbit. They discover a planet in the habitable zone, though
calculations are difficult because of that huge companion planet. They also
discover that they’re short on fuel to get back. If they just head back they’ll
take about 100 years to make it the 9 ly (or so) back from Barnard’s star. After
much racking of brain they find a black hole passing by the solar system, just a
little bit off the plane of the galaxy, and decide to use the black hole’s
gravity to give them a boost back towards Sol (it’s going that general direction

Anyway, after much panicking and gnashing of teeth they go for it. Only
complication is that the acceleration is going to be so strong that no human
will be able to pilot through the black hole. They’ll have to go into cryo and
let the navputer (the one that didn’t wake them up last time) do the steering,
and don’t have a big window for operations on the other end either, since food
is running short.

And finally, the experiment backfires again, though the trip is made at near
light-speed (about 9 years) unpredictable time “currents” around the black hole
make them *go away* for 500 years.

Finally, the heroes awake in the solar system, speeding past Neptune at .9C. Can
they slow down in time to stop at earth, or do they have to depend on earth to
save them? They’ll probably try to pull another deceleration manoeuvre, but this
time the only available large body is the sun. Can it stop them without killing
them (is the nuclear shield on the back large enough to shield them)?

At long last the heroes arrive on earth, only to find it is 500 years later,
nobody knows them, and their ship is an interesting relic. Their knowledge of
Barnard’s star is dated. The only unique information they have is on the black
hole and the time dilation they experienced. It might be worth big bucks, but
how to use the information? 1. Maybe they can create some kind of time-stasis device? The rest of the
campaign could be a struggle to protect the invention and become industrial
magnates, then eventually rulers of their own demesne, perhaps to sit on the
first galactic throne, all the time struggling against industrial espionage,
cults of personality, eco-terrorists, interstellar teamsters, and the adoring
2. Or maybe another black hole is approaching some important planet
(earth?) and the original crew’s data can help them divert it. But the Navputer
was sold for scrap long ago, and the tapes are covered with dust (or were caught
in a flood) since they were stored by an incompetent bureaucrat. The characters
search for the Navputer, which is now running some children’s ride in
Spielbergland, etc. You get the idea.
The possibilities, especially for satire, are endless.

The Wayward Princess and the Church of Evil
Robert T. Fanning


The king or some important noble’s daughter was drawn into an evil religion,
which involves drugs, orgies and other corrupting influences. He wants her
back, but she doesn’t want to come, enjoying it as she is. In reality, she
is being kept around to encourage his good behaviour, but they won’t
hesitate to kill her ( even though she doesn’t know it ). If the party
attempts to get her back, she will use the first opportunity to betray them
or escape, but won’t do this until the worst possible moment. She could
leave a few tokens on the trail which the PC’s would miss. The PC’s have no
reason to suspect her. The best way to portray this is to have the
princess, etc being given the best possible quarters for her “prison”, which
she doesn’t leave. She could also have gained formidable spell powers in a
few months of casting spells within the ethos. This will annoy the players
if they need to take her back to get their reward, especially since they
have made another enemy in the form of the corrupting religion. The
princess can deliberately deceive the players into believing her innocence.
A few red herrings, such as the evil church actually sending out assassins
to kill her, instead of recovering her ( which of course, she doesn’t
believe until it is too late after she manages to escape and go back. )

The reason for this is that the king wasn’t behaving himself by sending
adventurers after her, especially if the King has just blown it before by
standing up to the evil church because he has come to the decision that he
might have to take the risk and they are about to carry out their threat
because of it, which makes time very crucial.

The best way to give them a time limit is to set a special event upon which
the princess is to be unknowingly sacrificed. If the PC’s fail to pull it
off in time, they get no money for their trouble, make an enemy of both the
king and evil church, as well as probably being suckered with a powerful

Honor Among Thieves
Wayne J. Rasmussen.


This is a short adventure for a group of low level PCs. There should be at
least one mage, one rogue, and one cleric in the party. The adventure takes
place in the small town/village of Hartthorn.

Scenario Description:
A halfling thief named Freebag, was once a trusted member of a thieves guild.
Then one day he stole a very large sum of money from the guild. He is currently
in the process of leaving the area where the guild operates. In a village to the
east (Dar-Town is its name) Freebag spent a night in a safe house. While there
he heard of about a wizard who was selling a magic item in Hartthorn. Since
Hartthorn is a growing town and has no guild (the local leader is very strict on
thieves) Freebag decided to go there. Besides, it gets him farther away from
the guild. Freebag meets a small group of halfling fighters and merchants on the
way which let him travel with them. Mostly due to racial trust reasons. He
arrives at Fred’s in Hartthorn at start of this adventure.

While Freebag was making good his escape, the guild didn’t stand idle. Using
some of their special methods they have placed the rumour about a magic item for
sale in Hartthorn knowing if Freebag heard the rumour he would go after it.
They have done several things like this in all areas out around the guilds area
of operation. They not sure of his whereabouts, but, need time to get agents
into position. A group of these agents arrived in Hartthorn several days ago.
With the agents are two guild members who know Freebag. They will identify
Freebag and stay out of his sight while the other agents do their plan.

The plan is to get the money back by counter-ripoff. Due to the local political
situation, the agents do not want to incur the wrath of the local leader. They
want to get the money back peacefully. The rumour is that a MU is selling a
Girdle of Storm Giant Strength for 4000GP. Interested buyers are to contact a
man named Logard at Fred’s. The agents will recover most of the money and let
Freebag go. If forced to, they will use violent means to recover the money.
Players could disrupt this plan….

Players don’t hear the rumor, *THIS IS IMPORTANT*, but, overhear the
conversation between Logard and Freebag. If they players decide not to get
involved the events still happen, but, the PCs go on their way. It is nice to
have some adventures which the players decide whether or not to get involved
with. In my game, they didn’t pursue them the first time this was run. I
expected the thieves to act as thieves, instead they just hung around waiting
for the GM to lay an adventure in their lap.

PLACES IN TOWN used in this adventure:
Hartthorn Inn: Nice inn, average costs, there is a room for gambling,
individual rooms and a dinning room with the best local food (very good and some
unusual local items.)

Hastings Inn: Poor inn, average costs – substandard rooms, some low life types
in here. Especially the owner! He is an evil low level mage. Hartthorn was built
over the remains of an enemy fort (wooden fortress) which was destroy in a war
150 years ago. The leaders of the winning army were forewarned not to explore
the underground area beneath the fortress. A few years ago, while digging a
large wine cellar, the owner discovered at passage into the area beneath the
fortress. He now charges 1SP or more to let adventures adventure within. The
local leader knows about this but is not concerned.

Ki Rin House: Part of a chain of fine inns and hotels which all go by this
name. This place is two story building, continual lights surround the entire
building and very experienced guards patrol inside and out. Customers are
searched going in and weapons are checked in and locked up. The all doors to all
rooms are in view of each other. Frequented by merchants, mages, and anyone who
can afford the stay (1GP per night at least, meals 1-5 gp). The are mostly good
sorts here. The owner and his wife are powerful in their class. Thieves would
best stay away from here! The owner pulls in a good 120 GP to 200 GP per day

Fred’s: In my world, Fred is a god of drinking/pleasure. Many go here to drink
and have a good time. Fred was used in several games throughout the U.S military
in the 70’s.

Stable: Good stable, excellent horses for sale!

NON-PLAYER CHARACTERS in this adventure:
Freebag male 1/2ling thief, suberb dexterity, leather amour, foil,
dagger, +1 cloak of protection. Member of the Guild gone bad. Stole from the
Guild and is on the run. He is greedy and loves to flash his wealth around. He
will buy women drinks and try to seduce them. He gambles heavily. He is
staying at the Hartthorn Inn.

****The Guild’s Agents****

Logard male Human Fighter, powerful, nasty, chainmail, long
sword- (2xspecialization with Long sword), dagger, longbow, lance, 1 magic
potion perhaps

Melitiak Male Human Magic User, say 5 spells available and a magic item

Xilia female 1/2elf Thief moderately good, magic weapon

Trank male elf Thief moderately good, magical leather armor and a weapon

Eifpak male human Cleric. Good. Plate & sh, Potion
of powerful healing

GoMoku Male Human Thief, newbie, Potion of powerful

****End of Guild’s Agents****

The Adventure:

A group of 1/2lings arrive in town. Most are fighters, but one is a thief
(Freebag is his name) who has stolen mob money. One of the party members thieves
sees this halfling spending platinum and gold at Fred’s. He is buying a man
(Logard is his name) drinks and is talking to him. Freebag gets information
about a magic item for sale (if the players overhear, don’t tell them what type
of item unless they are reluctant to do anything). Freebag tips Logard with
10PP and leaves. A woman (Xilia is her name) talks with Logard for a few
seconds then leaves Fred’s while Logard stays and enjoys Fred’s.

Freebag goes to the Ki Rin house to buy a girdle of Storm giant strength which he
heard was for sale. The halfling will be negotiating with a mu (Melitiak by
name) to by a magic item from him (Melitiak is actually a member of The Guild
trying to get the money back peacefully by counter-ripoff). The halfling states
he must go to his hiding spot to get the large sum of money being asked for the
magic item(4000GP). The two agree to meet back at the Ki Rin house in 24 hours.
This should give the party plenty of time to ripoff Freebag. The hiding spot is
in his room at the Hartthorn inn. The guild didn’t know what room he is in and
they don’t want to do anything that might look like active thieving if they did.
This could put legal/political pressure on the guild.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN Possible actions:

* 1 *

If the party rips-off the halfling Thief, The halfling’s body will be found in
two days in his room murdered (Large lumps on his head are found and his wrists
are rope burned. His throat was slit). With the mob money is evidence letting
the group know that this money belongs to a major thieves guild (Insert Guild
name here!). The mob money totals 4500GP (11JS 48JC 210PP 1150GP). JS is a
Jade Square and is equal to 100GP. JC is a Jade Circle and is worth 25 Gold

If the guild has to kill Freebag, they will hang around town and try to figure
out who has their money. If anyone in the party starts to by expensive stuff or
shows off hidden wealth they will become suspected by the guild. If the group
approaches Melitiak to but the girdle of Storm giant strength at this time they
will become suspect. The guild will sell the girdle in this case and get their
money back. This way they succeed in their mission. If the guild suspects
party members they will follow them around and watch them. They may try to
kidnap a party member to get the money back. At worst they will attack them or
enspell them somehow.

When the guild agents get their money back they will leave the town through the
south gate into the fields and then to the wilderness. The guilds agents escaped
to the south and entered an environment controlled by woodland creatures or a
high level magic-user and /or Druid. If the PCs kills a deer hunting for food
(or other woodland types) the group will be geased/quested to kill a creature
which has been killing woodland creatures or hurting the forest. The creature
is a basilisk. The group will find signs of it in an area one day, if they
camp/sleep near this area the basilisk will find them at night. If they find
the lair they could be in trouble! (in it’s lair there is some treasure 2000
silver pieces, 400 electrum, 200 gold, 50 platinum, 1 scroll of protection from
undead, and a +1 short sword. there is also a treasure map to a nearby tomb
which contains 20 ghouls, 2 shadows, 14 wights, 1 ghast, and 1 wraith. The map
doesn’t mention the undead or that it is a tomb.)

If the group tries to find out who killed the halfling they will get the
following information: Freebag came into town with a group of halflings. The
halflings are staying at the Hasting’s inn. Freebag stayed at the Hartthorn

Other information found out below if they investigate.

The other halflings will say that Freebag was hauling a heavy wooden chest on
his horse. Freebag joined them in Dar-town and came along for strength in
numbers and racial trust reasons. They know nothing else.

Hartthorn inn: Owner says that he was quiet and paid in advance for his room. He
felt that Freebag had molten gold in his pocket. His daughter (wench) served him
dinner normally. The wooden chest is not in his room.
Wench @ the Hartthorn Inn: Mentions the dinner and wine and that he gambled
after he ate. She will point out a gambler she last saw Freebag with.
Gambler @ the Hartthorn Inn: States that he played cards with him and broke
even. Halfway into the game some other men wanted to join so he gave up for the
night. The men who join the game had been staying in this inn. The two men are
GoMoku and Eifpak. He will give descriptions of the two men. GoMoku and Eifpak
are camping outside of town since Freebag was killed.

Stable man found knocked out: He was guarding the place was knocked out. Nothing
is missing. Freebag’s horse is in here. If the hay in the horse stall is
searched they will find the Scroll mentioned above.

A speak with dead performed on Freebag will work if they ask questions about his
murder and who killed him. This is the easiest way for the group to discover the
murderers. Note: the murderers are staying at different inns and they will
leave town if other members of the guild group are caught.

* 2 *

If the group doesn’t rip off Freebag for the money, the transaction for the
girdle will go on as planned. The Guild will get it’s money back and Freebag
will go on his way with a fake girdle of Storm Giant Strength. Freebag will
quickly figure out that the girdle is a fake and will leave the area under the
Guilds control ASAP. The guild will not take any further action against Freebag
unless he stays in the area. In this case they will have him murdered.

It is possible that the group will try to rob the mage of his money instead.
They must try this outside of the Ki Rin House, Else they will most likely die.
The mage will be surrounded by his friends when he exits the Ki Rin House so if
he is attacked the group should expect some back attacks. If the group wants to
follow him out of town use the plan in the paragraph below.

The Guild group will regroup and leave town two hours after the sale of the
girdle. They will exit through the south gate. If they notice anyone
following, they will move forward quickly and try to setup an ambush. If the
group catches up before the ambush, they will try to run. After having run away
from the group once the PCs gets attacked at night at their camp (unless they
appear to strong to handle) or the group is ambushed the next day. Each member
of the Guild group has 20PP on them. The last guild member will have the chest
of mob money.

* 3 *

If the group tries to get the Girdle from Freebag (non-stealthily) he will first
try to sell it to them for 6000GP. If attacked he will offer to give them some
very interesting information if they let him go (A scroll written in Thieves
Cant relating the safe house in Dar-town). Second, he will boast of his new
found strength and warn the group not to attack him. He will also inform them
of his expertise in fighting with the foil (a lie). If this doesn’t work he
will run away, fighting only if there is no other choice. The group will figure
out the girdles quality quickly.

Temple Raid
Wayne J. Rasmussen.


Suggested requirements: This adventure is for a group of thieves of low-mid

Scenario Description: An evil god of thieves demands a sacrifice of a thief
to satisfy his needs. He would desire a non-guild thief, but, any thief
will do. The clerics of this god are trying to find a thief/thieves to
sacrifice. One of the higher level clerics is attempting to get the PCs
into the temple by pretending to be a thief and stating he has knowledge of
rich treasure within it.

Places in the scenario:
Temple of Stoth: A large building with several towers. There are guards below
and apparently none on the outside or at the upper floors of the tower.

NPCs in the scenario:
Matar: Male Human Cleric, Medium level, good leather amour, Gauntlets
of climbing, Ring of feather falling, Platinum ring set with an opal, necklace
of gold and jewels worth 5000gp+, silver bracelet with turquoise setting,
Magical silver lock picks which add +5% of all thieving skills. All his pouches
have material components for clerical spells. He will have at least two hold
person spells and one dispell magic spell memorised.

Stoth: god of thieves- Purpose: to control all Thief related activity.
This is not lawful, this is a selfish power hungry god who doesn’t care who
he steps on! He sees crime as anti-law. Notes: Thieves guilds which pay
dues are left alone. In those guilds which pay, many members are also
worshipers. Guilds which don’t pay are considered enemies. Non-guild
thieves which are not worshippers are enemies. Enemies are to be “converted”
or removed from the business. Almost all member guilds have clerics in
them, who control or manipulate the guild. The clerics have some thief
skills as well as normal clerical spells, but, they are limited to thieves
weapons and armour. Occasionally, Stoth (his clerics) demand a sacrifice of
enemy thieves.

New Items:
Magic lock picks: Giving to loyal clerics of Stoth who have performed a
remarkable act of thieving. They add 5% to all thieving skills.

The Adventure:
PC Thieves find an NPC Thief (Matar) who wants to raid/burglarise a temple of
Stoth (a nasty god of thieves). They will meet him in any of a variety of
places: a bar, the guild headquarters, adventuring, etc. They have been
targeted for sacrifice. He tries to enlist the aid of the group by speaking of
great riches and magic items!

WHAT COULD HAPPEN Possible actions:

* 1 *

* . * KEY:
* . * * = Stone Wall
* . * .. = Heat Trail
* . * M = Magic User
* . * C = Cleric
******* . ******* F = Fighter
* M > . < T * T = Thief * C <........> C * — = Balcony Ledge
* C > < C * >
* T < > F * < = Curtain/Tapestry ******* ******* >
* *
* *
* *
****** ******
* *
* Balcony *

If the group goes with him, Matar will insist the group not go through the from
doors as they are guarded. He will recommend climbing the walls up to any of
the balconies which are on the upper levels. He will claim the riches are kept
up there. The guards/clerics will notice Matar’s movement and will be waiting
the groups arrival at a balcony. Matar will not be the first person to the top
of the balcony, unless the group insists. The first person to reach the balcony
will sees the heat trail(s) (if he has infravision) upon entering the first
hallway, which is dimly lit by candles, he will see heat trails which led to two
tapestries. One is on the left side of the hallway, while the other is on the
right side. Behind these there is Stoth worshipper’s “sacrificial welcoming
committee”. They will attack to capture the characters using magic, lasso, and
subdual damage. The should get surprise on the PCs unless the see the heat
trails. Other guards/clerics will arrive if the combat last a long time. The
PCs should concern themselves with escape.
Methods of Escape: A) Climb back down the wall they came up on. This will be the easiest method
to escape. They will have a free round of climbing if they run immediately
(they do no other actions) upon seeing the heat trails. If they don’t see
the heat trails tough luck. At the bottom of the wall below the balcony a
glyph will have been placed after they reached the balcony by a cleric. The
glyph is a paralysing glyph. Saving Throw negates the effect. They will be
pursued for at least 12 turns. The clerics may use find the path to get

B) Attack and defeat the welcoming committee, and escape by racing through the
maze of the temple. This should not be easy because of their unfamiliarity
and the hosts familiarity. This is stupidity on the players part, but, who
knows, they might get lucky.
C) Magic might work. Teleportation or other device such as flying. The PC
should not go to any place public to hide because they will be found. The
clerics have watched them for some time and know their usual public hangouts.
Same goes for their homes. If the PCs have several safe houses which are not
guild related, they might get away with it. Hanging out at a good aligned
temple will protect them from the clerics for sure. Other will depend on the
relationship between all those involved.

If the PCs escape there is a chance that one of their other plans will succeed
in getting them a thief. The chance is 1-5 on a D6 that the players will be
left alone. If a 6 is rolled, the clerics will summon a demon to grab a PC and
return with it alive to the temple. The demon can’t enter any good temple, or
within 200 feet of the alter of a non-evil god.

All those thieves who do not escape will be killed that night! Other classed
characters which might somehow be with will be quested to act as a guard for the
temple. This quest will last as long as if the player was charmed, but, at -2
on his intelligence. At the end of this time the may leave.

* 2 *

If the PCs won’t come with him, he will break down and cry. He will claim that
he was quested by a good aligned cleric to get back a magical holy item from the
evil temple. He has tried, but, can’t get past a trick lock mechanism on a
sliding metal door. The door has a lock on both sides which must be picked at
the same time. The locks reset if the door isn’t open or the other lock isn’t
unlocked immediately. He needs at least one other thief to help him. He is
willing to let the thief have any and all treasure found inside except the item
he needs.
If the PCs buy this, goto to #1 above.
If they don’t buy this, goto #3 below.

* 3 *

Earlier in the evening/day, a thief picked pockets on a non-thief PC in the
group. The thief (Matar) will now show the thieves this item. They will
recognise the item as belonging to the character. Matar will tell them to come
with him and raid the temple or this person will suffer dearly. The character,
has not been really kidnapped for fear of provoking what ever guild might
represent that PC’s class.
If they buy this goto #1 above.
If the PC’s threaten Matar back, he can be convinced to take the characters
to where the PC is. This is Another trap.
If they PC’s fail to get involved, the clerics will react as follows. Roll 1d8 1. Nothing.
2. The next time any of the players commit a theft within the city. The
city guard will get tipped off and the PC will get arrested.
3. The temple will send clerics and thieves to rip off the players homes while
they are adventuring in or out of town. This will happen as long as the PCs
are in town or they join the Temple or one high priest of the church is
killed by any means.
4.Rumours will be spread around the city which will caused people not to trust
them or take their eyes off their activities. The guards will search their
Homes whenever a crime is reported, Merchants will be extra careful around
them, etc. Good deeds performed by the PCs will reduce this.
5. The clerics will ask the PCs to join the church of Stoth. If they accept,
great. If not, roll again.
6. The church of Stoth will hire assassins to kill the PCs. One attempt only.
7. The PCs will find a map detailing a wizards keep and its defences. The map
will be correct, but, the magical defences will be wrong in a very bad way.
8. Problems with the Thieves guild. If the PCs are members roll 1d4) 1. Money is stolen from the guild, PCs help search for it. The money is
found in their home(s).
2. Another Thieves guild has started up. PCs must decide which guild they
will support. The church will really support the guild which the PCs
are not a part of.
3. A guild member joins the group for a city adventure. During the
adventure, someone they encounter is killed. They guild is under
pressure to give the city the killers. The PCs are given over. They
have a chance to prove themselves. The guild member belongs to the
4. PCs are ordered on a mission which, unknown to the guild leaders is a

If the PCs are not members of the guild they will be offered to join, stop thief
activities in town, or leave.

Map of the Magician’s Lair
Matthew Norman Carlson


The PC’s find a map to an abandoned underground lair – including some
description of the resident of the lair. They recognise the resident and
know that he is long dead (perhaps a high level MU). The map details the
caverns to a great extent (perhaps leaving out some key rooms). The map also
neglects to mention the many traps set throughout the lair – or perhaps
mentions one or two giving the PC’s a false sense of security. As for
monsters, are undead boring? They still be around from the MU’s days.
Perhaps rodents, snakes, spiders as well. For the main villain a wight or
perhaps a very minor demon (trapped on this plane with the appropriate wards
– “You have entered a room with a large circle engraved on the floor. You
notice this circle because it lights up as the fighter walks into it. The
room suddenly becomes very dark and you hear a low growling laughter.”). Or
perhaps the MU is not dead, only very old and quite insane – thus maybe he
has neglected to memorise his higher level spells and sits quietly on his
throne waiting to die (thus not such a formidable opponent). Or perhaps his
last opponent turned him into an ogre or a doppelganger or whatever you want
(maybe using divine intervention to end his spell casting ability).


Space Metal Missing
Soren Parbaek


A company has lost contact with a mining planet about 12 h away from the main
base. The mining base is mining a valuable metal. There has been some problems
with the production in the last 2-3 month, and the last time the transport ship
returned, it returned with only a fraction of the normal production.

The PC’s are going with the normal transport ship out to the base after a
briefing at the main base.

At the base when they arrive with a complete record/file from HQ. The base
personnel are waiting to fill the transporter as usual. (Yes, as usual…) The
players are invited by the base commander to get the usual tourist guide in the
mining complex. All of the 20 persons on the mining base are equipped with the
usual transmitter, that gives possibility to know where they are at all times.
(Only the base commander can get into this program) When the players are shown
the production facility, an accident happens on a random mining level, where the
leading geologist accidentally falls into the main elevator, where he is crushed
under the stones under the transport up to the production hall. The players in
the production hall will be able to see the bloody stones, and they will think
that this was *NOT* an accident. The base commander breaks down when he sees hes
good friend crushed under the stones, and the base doctor will have to put him
to sleep for 12 h. This should cut most of the party’s resources. (This is meant
as a delay and an obstruction for the players) Most of the valuable information
is bound to the commanders personal password.

All the records on the station are *NOT* falsified and they show that there has
been no problems with the station. They have delivered the normal production at
the normal times.

Sidetrack no. 1: The dead geologist, has a photo of a beautiful girl standing on
his bed table, but his personal record shows no such thing. His record has not
been updated by the commander since the connection with the girl happened under
his 2 month leave, from which he has returned from for only 3 weeks ago (He came
out with the last transporter)

Sidetrack no 2: The dead geologist had been offered an other job by another
company. (At the same place where his girlfriend works..). It is a research job,
and he would have taken it when his contract was finished, because he likes to
do research better then to do mining.

Sidetrack no 3: He is doing some research in his spare time together with 2
other scientists at the base. They are working on an analysis of crystals
electronic possibilities. They have found a interesting crystal in a meteorite
on the surface, and is now making some tests…

Solution: The dead geologist *WAS* an accident. The mining station *HAS*
delivered its regularly normal production. At the HQ there was a smart
programmer, that has falsified the messages from the mining station and
redirected the valuable metal to his own bank account.. This should bee easily
found out if the players check the messages logs in the HQ and the base. The
players messages is getting edited before they get through to HQ and HQ’s replay
is also getting edited by the programmer before it is sent back to the players.
This will allow the players to get most of the info they need to find out what
is wrong..

I spun a few threads more myself, when I ran the scenario. It took my
players 12h of very exiting and good roleplaying to find the solution. They
did *NOT* like the solution, but if you build it logically up, and make the
communication lines heavy (Long replay times: The computer for the personal
files at HQ has gone down, and is first up in an hour… etc…)

My mining base was a large asteroid with no atmosphere, so the players could
only move in the base and the mining shafts. The mining was run by robots and
the persons at the base were there to plan the mining, maintain the robots and
operate the refinery.

The Isabel Piece
Luis E. Torres


This adventure was originally made for the BOOT HILL western game, but it can be
adapted to any western game campaign.

Promise City, Summer of 1890.
The party has just arrived at Promise City, in El Dorado County, Texas, looking
for Ben Cartwheel, an old friend of one of the PC’s father, and rancher of
Promise City. When they get into the town, they see a man dressed in black, with
milky white skin, harassing a young lady in her mid-twenties. The party should
confront the man, who leaves, but not before saying the PCs will pay for this
(There should be no fight, though; we’ll need this character for later).

The woman is none other than Elizabeth Cartwheel, Ben’s daughter. She takes the
party to the Cartwheel ranch, a few miles out of town, where they meet Ben. He
explains that the man in black name is Montgomery, and he is Mr. G’s right hand.
Mr. G is a mysterious and prominent rancher in Promise City, and he “owns the
town”. He seldom leaves his ranch, The G ranch, and is rarely seen. Ben also
tells the party about the news of the last two days, mainly, the disappearance
of the town judge, Judge Parson, and also about the kidnapping of the Indian
Chief Sitting Bear, from the Indian reservation to the north of El Dorado

The party will probably accept Ben’s invitations and stay for the night. Next
day, they will go to town, and, quite by chance, they will stumble upon Judge
Parson’s wagon, a few hundred yards from the road. Next to it is Parson’s body,
shot. Examination of the wagon shows that two people were riding on it, one of
them the judge. Marks of horses are seen around the wagon. A few feet from it,
the party finds an Indian feather, the type of feather worn by Indian chiefs.
And they find a small cigar stub.

If the party informs the sheriff, he will say he’ll conduct an investigation,
but will be suspiciously uninterested. If the party searches the Judge’s office
(inside the Promise City Court Room), they will find a clipping from an old
newspaper quoting some words from chief Sitting Bear, which are underlined: “…
white men have arrived here, sick and bleeding, and we have done for them what
we could, but they died here, sharing their last secrets with me…”. They also
find a map, with a red line connecting Promise City with the reservation, and a
name: Richard Flynn.

What’s going on:

In the summer of 1880 Richard Flynn, a known thief and outlaw, robbed the
Promise City branch of the First National Bank. At the moment the bank vault was
holding an important shipping of money coming from California, as well as a
number of valuables, the most important of which was a golden necklace speckled
with precious stones, the Isabel Piece. The Isabel Piece, an invaluable work of
art, originally part of queen Isabel of Spain’s personal jewellery, made
expressly on the fifteenth century, and supposedly stolen from the Royal Vault
in 1624, had been found by chance among the ruins of an old Mexican town in the
middle of California. Now, while the Spanish Crown, the Government of Mexico,
and the United States waged diplomatic wars to keep control of the newly found
necklace, the necklace itself was being transported to the East coast to be
displayed in a museum. During the Piece’s two-day stay at Promise City, the
outlaw Flynn and the two members of his band somehow slipped into the bank and
parted, taking almost all of the money and, of course, the Isabel Piece.

During their escape, Flynn and one of his henchmen were wounded. While under
subsequent pursuit by the regular Army division that was supposed to have kept
the money safe, Flynn divided his band, sending the henchman that hadn’t been
wounded in a different direction, to throw off the pursuit. This ploy worked to
a great extent; when the Army finally captured the diverting outlaw, Flynn and
his remaining man had a good four hours advantage. The Army threw itself again
on pursuit. Many hours later, when it was obvious for Flynn that he was going to
be captured, he and his underling hid the booty somewhere along the road. Having
ridden themselves of this bulky weight, they were able to escape and where never
seen again.

The captured outlaw, the one who had been sent as a diversion, was put on trial,
presided by Judge Parson. Parson was not an honest person, and he saw this as
the chance to get his hands on the booty and disappear. The problem was, he had
to find out where the money was hidden. To this end he interrogated the outlaw,
who didn’t know where the booty was, but said Flynn’s plan was to lay low in the
Indian reservation for a while. Parson conveniently kept this information a
secret. The outlaw was finally found guilty of robbery and hanged, although the
money was never found.

Ten years go by. In 1890, Judge Parson finds a newspaper article written by a
bold young reporter who managed to get inside the Indian reservation and
interview Chief Sitting Bear. One particular sentence in the article struck
Parson: “… white men have arrived here, sick and bleeding, and we have done
for them what we could, but they died here, sharing their last secrets with

Convinced that those words meant that Chief Sitting Bear had a clue to Flynn’s
final destiny and to the location of the treasure, Parson went to the Indian
reservation pretending to be a friendly reporter, and interviewed the Chief
about the secrets whispered by those white men. Confronted by the Chief’s
refusal to disclose the dead’s secrets, and already without doubt that those
“white men” had been Flynn and his henchman, because of the similitude in the
dates, Parson dropped the pretence and kidnapped Chief Sitting Bear, taking him,
bound and gagged, back to Promise City.

What Parson didn’t know is that for the last ten years he had been closely
watched by Mr. G. Mr. G, being wealthy, and also being a jewellery admirer, had
secretly hired Flynn to sneak into the bank and steal the Isabel Piece for him.
The plan went wrong when Flynn, consumed by greed, decided to take not only the
Piece, but also the money, and to doublecross Mr. G. After Flynn’s escape and
disappearance, the location of the treasure was as much a mystery to Mr. G as it
was to Parson. However, Mr. G was convinced that Parson knew something
important, and kept a watch on him. That precaution finally paid off.

While returning from the Indian reservation with Chief Sitting Bear, Parson was
ambushed by Montgomery and murdered. Chief Sitting Bear was then taken to the G
Ranch, where he was going to be interrogated.

The Investigation:

Sooner or later the party will start investigating on its own (you should try to
push them a bit). They can ask Ben Cartwheel about who Richard Flynn is, or they
can go to the Promise City Times newspaper (the “newspaper” is published weekly
and is about two pages long). Anyway, they should easily find out about the
Isabel Piece robbery and the mystery of the Flynn treasure. The cigar stub
should point to Montgomery, who usually smokes expensive cigars (you can change
this clue for something more subtle). Of course, if Montgomery is involved, then
Mr. G also is. That would explain why the sheriff is so uninterested in the

After one or two encounters with Mr. G’s men (who by now have figured that the
party is meddling around), the party should be ready to sneak into the G ranch
(a big complex surrounded by a wooden fence and guarded by G’s men) and save
chief Sitting Bear. (the rescue should be where lots of the action will go).

After being saved, the chief tells the party that Flynn was really with him ten
years ago, and he mentioned that “some important Promise City rancher” had hired
him to steal the Piece, and that he had doublecrossed this rancher. Flynn also
told the chief the location of the treasure, and he tells the players about it.
(you should make the location of the treasure a cryptic message which the
Indians would not be unable to understand because they don’t know the proper
names; for example “three gun-lengths north of the division of the river of the
Griffin”, where Griffin is the name of a small town; otherwise, you will have to
explain WHY the Indians haven’t dug the treasure by themselves!)

The party travels to the cave, possibly having one or two encounters on the way.
There are several possibilities here: a) The party finds the money and the Piece. Meanwhile, Montgomery has been to
the Cartwheel Ranch, and he has taken Ben and Elizabeth as hostages, in exchange
for the Piece. This is when the final showdown with Montgomery should take
place. Note that Mr. G will probably be a long term campaign enemy.

b) The party finds the money, but not the Piece. As it turns out, the Chief had
had the Piece all along, planning to use it to fund an Indian rebellion. The
only reason he gave the party the location of the treasure was because it would
have been too suspicious to keep quiet after all that has happened. The party
does not know any of this and will be baffled when Montgomery tries to exchange
his hostages for an item the party does not have.

c) While camping on their way to the treasure, the chief makes a fire, to “keep
warm”. When the party finds the treasure, an Indian band appears, and surrounds
them. The chief then proceeds to explain that the money and the Piece will fund
the rebellion, and takes the money with him, leaving the party gagged or
whatever. This makes for an interesting situation; now the party must find the
escaping Indians, while evading Mr. G’s men, and trying to save Ben and
Elizabeth at the same time. Alternatively, the party may want to help the
Indians in their attempt at escaping their small reservation, and restoring
their rightful lands.

Bandit chase for a fistful of taxes…
Mark A. Thomas


This scenario is designed for lower level characters, however it could be
modified to suit higher level groups. The campaign setting is low magic, and
powerful magic in the hands of the group will make this more difficult to
run. This takes place in and around a small city in the center of a large
rural agricultural area. There are several small hamlets and villages within
a few days ride of the city.

The party is sitting in their favorite bar/temple feeling bored when the
pounding of hooves and the shouts of guards draws their attention outside.
Just as they make it out the door, they see a large group (15 or so) of
armed riders charge out the nearby city gate, pursued by a small number of
city guardsmen. The guardsmen return shortly, and if the players inquire,
they can discover that the local tax collector was just robbed and this
year’s revenue from the annual sheep tax was stolen.

Within an hour or so, a guard captain should start visiting various taverns,
announcing a generous reward for the return of the strongbox. The characters
should notice that there is little interest among the locals to pursue the
fleeing tax monies. Questioning locals will reveal that the thief is a well
known bandit that has plagued the town from time to time, He has a fairly
nasty reputation and has killed at least 8/10/14/22 men (depending on who
you talk to. 6 is the real number).

Once the group decides to actually go for the raiders, they should have
little trouble following the trail. It leads straight across country for
several days riding. If the characters are familiar with the area, they will
realize the trail is leading to a tiny village nearby. Sometime before
reaching the village, the party should lose the trail when crossing a river.
further efforts to pick it up should prove to be very difficult. Hopefully
the party will head into the village.

The party should arrive in the village near dusk and find it to be very
deserted looking. The only building that shows any light is the small
fortified tavern at the far end of the village. The tavern is a two story
affair, with rooms above a common area on the first floor. If they go in,
they will find only the tavern keeper standing behind the bar. He will
appear to be nervous and occasionally dart glances in the back room behind
the bar. He will claim to have seen no strangers in town and try to get rid
of the party with the “we close in 5 minutes” bit. Should the characters
check the back room, over the barman’s protests, they’ll discover 3 bandits
holding the barman’s wife at knifepoint.

The bandits will threaten the barman’s wife and one of them will whistle
loudly. In short order several more bandits will appear from upstairs and a
few more will enter through the back door. Finally a group of 8 or more will
enter through the front door, dragging the unconscious body of anyone that
was watching outside. The leader of the bandits is in this last group. He is
a rather twitchy looking fellow, armed with a rather large bastard sword and
chainmail. The rest of the bandits are in either leather, scale or chain.
Most are armed with broadswords and short bows. The bandit leader is
mid-level fighter (or high enough that the party will not succeed in taking
him out without help). Most of the bandits should be low level fighters or
thieves. There is at least one with some knowledge of magic. All told there
are 15 bandits plus a leader. Quite a group, but they don’t look like much.
Should the players decide to fight, they should be quickly and mercilessly
pummelled into unconsciousness. This is the ideal course πŸ˜‰ Should they not
fight, the bandits will chose one or two characters to rough up with the
goal of starting a fight. The characters will be prevented from leaving, and
eventually, a fight will start.

The characters will wake several hours later with aching heads and bruised
bodies. The bandits will be long gone. As each wakes, they will discover
that any valuables they had have been stolen. They will also notice 2
strangers in the inn. The first stranger is a lean, hardbitten, cold eyed
human wearing dusty riding clothes and a suit of elvan chain. Slung over his
shoulder is a bastard sword with a rather unusual blade (dwarven steel, +2
damage due to hardness/sharpness, non-magical). The second is a tall, broad
shouldered elf, carrying a huge long bow (probably not anyone in the group
that could string it, much less fire it). He is dressed as a noble and looks
somewhat out of place. A glance outside will reveal that the characters
horses are still there, and there are two large well kept riding horses
there as well.

The strangers will be very reluctant to discuss themselves. The human in
fact will not give his name. They will ask about the bandits and try to
obtain all information they can from the party about their movements. They
will head out after the bandits once they have gotten all the info they can
from the group. Should the group suggest an alliance, the pair will resist,
but will eventually be convinced to let the party tag along. They will make
it clear that they are in charge and the bandit leader is theirs to
kill/capture. The bandits trail should be clear from the village, and the
party will quickly realize that the bandits are headed for an abandoned
orchard and farmhouse that lies a days ride away.

The party will arrive at the farmhouse and quickly discern that the bandits
are there. There are about 20 horses tied up in the barn and sounds of a
large group coming from the remains of the farm house. The elf will vanish
into the trees near the farm and the sword slinging human will start into
the farmhouse. The party should be forced to act quickly. In any case,
mayhem will soon start, as the sword swinger heads straight for the bandit
leader, who immediately attacks. The other bandits will spread out and a
general melee should ensue. The sword swinger will concentrate on the
leader, and the bowman hidden in the woods will do the same should the
chance arise, otherwise he will pick off bandits. The party should have
their hands full with the rest of the bandits. Should the party prove
successful, they will find the tax chest intact (magically sealed), and the
two strangers will show no interest in it. They will instead pack the now
dead bandit leader and several of his followers onto horses and leave
without a word. Should the party inquire, they will be informed that there
is a bounty offered for bandit in some nearby city. They will refuse a share
of the reward money. The adventure will hopefully end with the party
returning the tax chest, the strangers collecting the rewards on the
bandits, and everyone happy. Note that the players will find most of their
stolen belongings as well.

Behind the scenes:

The sword swinging stranger should be a mid-level fighter. He has the
advantage of being very dexterous and very practiced with his sword. In my
campaign, he fought as a fighter 2 levels above his current level with his
bastard sword. Also in the first round of combat he always gets the first
swing. He has the disadvantage of being non-proficient with any other weapon.

The elvan bowman is also mid-level fighter with the additional advantage
of having a good dexterity and maximum elvan strength. His bow is a custom
design which adds strength bonuses to damage. He gets an additional attack
per round with the bow, and is non-proficient with any other weapon.

The bandit leader is specialised in bastard sword. He has the benefit of a
good strength and constitution. He is also somewhat insane and enjoys


The strangers are both bounty hunters with personal grudges to settle as
well. The sword slinger’s wife was raped and killed by the bandit leader,
and the elf’s father was killed by him. Also the reward for the bandit and
several of his band adds up to 3 times the amount offered for the return of
the chest.

Side Plots:

The players get involved in bounty hunting via the two strangers. Someone
tries to stop the players from reaching the city with the chest. One or both
of the strangers are sorely wounded and the party decides to help them out.


For more info on the strangers and the bandits, watch “For a Few Dollars
More” with Clint Eastwood πŸ˜‰

An Air of Distrust
Wayne J. Rasmussen.



Scenario Requirements: The adventure is set for a group of thieves, who
might be part of a larger group of adventurers. The group should consist of
2-5 thieves of Low-mid levels. Multiclassed characters which having thief as
a class should be allowed. Non-thieves should not be allowed on this
adventure. The adventure is meant to be a short one which could be played
easily in one night.

Scenario Description:
Thieves hear of a magical or monetary prize to be gained from a well to do’s
house. While scouting around the house or when they start to burglarise the
place they meet a fellow thief. The thief will offer the group to join him
on the adventure, and will claim to have scouted the area out and have
information which will make the job easy. Unknown to the characters, the
thief is really a Djinni in disguise.

Places in the Scenario:
Well-to-do’ house: Called house in the text. A small manse with a wall
around it and a few guards outside. Inside there a creatures protecting the
owners wealth. The owner is a magic user who happens to be away at the time
of this adventure.

NPCs in the scenario:

Ah-Trah: A Djinni of the most powerful type. He is an ultra-genius,
and has the abilities of a high priest and wizard on his home plane. He is
noble and has a large number of servants. He likes to travel to the prime
material plane for fun every few years or so. If he gets killed there he
reappears on his home plane but can’t leave it for 1001 days. Many of the
items mentioned in this scenario were made by him. Including any rings of
wishing. The wishes can’t be used against him in any way (this includes his
servants and his possessions). He is on the current adventure to get his
ring of air elemental command back (he didn’t make it, it is a very powerful
item on his plane). He lost it when he died on his last trip to this plane.
If he is a friend for life of the group he will aid them when he can and
invite them to his castle or go on adventures with them every few years or
so. Some adventures could be on his own plane. Has the sword of the air
with him on this trip and a jar of Keoghtoms Ointment.

Birnleyas Corinthas: A thief which the PCs will meet during the ripoff
part of the scenario. He is around mid-level and is evil. He will think
nothing of stabbing the PCs in the back after the adventure, and won’t bear
his part of the combat burden. He has +2 leather armour, +3 dagger, Potion
of speed, and a potion of extra healing. He has an Superb strength, and
legendary dexterity. He fights with a dagger in each hand or with short bow.

New Items in the scenario:

Bag of the Winds: A magical pouch which when opened and a command word
is spoken will blow a very strong breeze in a specific direction. The
direction is fixed and can’t be changed. The breeze can be used to breakup
magical gases, such as a stinking cloud, or to power the sails of a ship.
The wind will last as long as the bag is open. There are a few rare
versions of this item which when used aboard a ship will lead a ship to a
specific preset location (a port or an island for example). This has been
used by navies to allow ships to return to port easily and magic user
pirates as a method of finding treasure they have buried on islands.
Dust of Dispelling Air Elementals: When this dust is thrown into the air a
blue field of shimmering energy will emanate from the dust. The dust will
cover a 20′ x 20′ x 15′ area. Each air elemental within the dust must face
a savings throw vs spells at -3. If failed the air elemental is forced to
return to the elemental plane of air. If saved, the creature is
unaffected. There is usually a pouch containing 1d4+5 uses of the dust.
This item doesn’t work on the elemental plane of air.

Potion of Protection from Dragons Breath: adds +4 to savings throw vs
any dragon breath for half or no damage! This is a very rare item made only
on the elemental plane of air. A flask will always contain just one dose.
The potion lasts for only 3-12 rounds.

Sword of Air: +2 weapon, +3 vs elementals, Powers: acts as a necklace
of adaptation if you have it on your person (even if in a scabbard), and
user can see through all fogs, mists, gases, even if they are magical, as if
they are not there. Although the sword must be drawn for the second power
concentration is not required.

Talisman of Proof Against Magic: an ornate necklace worn around the
neck which provides the wearer protection from one type of spell. Each
talisman is created to protect against only one type of magic. Examples of
type of magic are clerical spheres or any of the mages schools, but, only
one type. When a spell of the correct type is cast and the wearer is in the
area of effect, no effect of the spell will effect the wearer (even
beneficial spells). The talisman holds a gem of some high value in it which
is consumed when the user is protected. The talisman will not function
again until the gem is replace with the correct type of gem with a certain
minimum value. It takes at least a turn for a skilled jewellery maker to
replace the gem. The talisman in this adventure protects against Alteration

The Adventure

The PC thieves are at their local fencer of stolen goods selling their swag.
The fence can’t offer them as much as they want for their swag. To make up
for it he is willing to tell them some information which could make them
richer if they are willing to accept the offer. If they do, he will tell
the PCs about a shipment which came into town yesterday. One of his most
reliable agents spoke of a treasure which was taken to the house of a
wealthy man. Tell the PCs whatever amount of treasure it might take to get
them into the adventure, the treasure should not be reachable by the PCs!
The fence will also remark that the man left town via ship before sunrise
this morning. He suggests that the PCs could have an easy time ripping off
this mark.

Planning stage:

If the PCs investigate who owns the house they will find out the following.
The house is owned by Larthius, a young man who came into town three years
ago. He bought the manse with cash and has not had many problems. Rumours
state that one time a barbarian broke into the manse on a drunken rampage
but was killed by a lion guard. They can confirm that the man left town this
morning. If the PCs are guild members and investigating the owner they will
get the following as well. The owner does not pay the guild protection money
so it is okay to steal from him. About the barbarian, a thief overheard the
barbarian before he went into the manse claiming he once saw the man summon
a flaming demon. Also, a body was found later in the river which appeared
to be the barbarian. It had burns covering the body. The man has been seen
around a few magic component supply stores. A rumour at the guild is that
the guards at his gate in the wall are charmed. The guild will be able to
tell the PCs where the ship was going when it left with the man. It should
take at least 2 days for the man to reach the destination.

The ripoff:

While scouting around the house or when they start to burglarise the place
the PCs meet a fellow thief. The thief will offer the group to join him on
the adventure, and will claim to have scouted the area out and have
information which will make the job easy. The thief states that he has been
hired by an elementalist (a mage who has elemental based spells) to gain an
item from inside. If asked, he will tell them the item is a ring of
elemental command. His boss will pay with magic items if they will hire on
with him (he won’t say what the items are, but, promises the reward will be
worth the effort). He claims to have scouted out the area and needs the aid
of brave thieves. If they refuse the offer he will tell them to leave. If
they get hostile, he will fly away invisible and return to scare them away
with his abilities of illusion. If they accept, he knows all of the outside
layout and of some of the creatures inside. He will seek to avoid combat.
The thief will then tell the players his name “Ah-trah”. Ah-Trah is really a
Djinn. He will try and keep his identity away from the group. He is his
own master!

Ah-Trah will avoid combat and will take the PCs on a specific route. If the
PCs want to explore any other part of the manse the will find it extremely
difficult and VERY LETHAL. Use the following order of rooms, hallways, etc
to get the PCs to the final goal.

Over the Wall: The thieves climb over the wall of the manse into a garden
of strange plants. Ah-trah will warn them that Lions roam the garden.
There is nothing of value here. For encounters in this area roll once on
table A below and twice on Table B. For every 3 turns the PCs hang around
the garden roll again on Table A and B (once each). At the end of the
garden is a large crystal doorway.

Table A: Roll 1d6 1: Shambling Mound, # appearing 1,
2: Stirges, # appearing 2-5;
3-6: Lions, # appearing 1-2;

Table B: roll 1d6: Special effects, sounds, and sights 1: A large red flower is seen quickly snapping at a bat flying by. Upon
missing the bat, the flower appears to open up fully and turn in the PCs
2: The PCs discover the body of the largest lion they have ever seen. It
appears to have been crushed to death in a bloody fight.
3: Far off in the distance a very evil laughter can be heard. Perhaps the
sound of some summoned demon cheerfully torturing a summoner before taking him
back to the abyss.
4: You hear the sound of a nearby foots steps. If the PCs check they will
find one set of fresh footprints in the soft moist dirt of the garden heading on
the same path they are going. They will not find the person who made these
5: The ground opens up below the group. Roll 1d20 + 3. If this is
greater than the PCs dexterity he falls into a hole 15′ deep with 5′ of foul
water in it.
If searched, the PCs will find a piece of leather with marks on it. A
successful read languages will determine: 1) That the marks are those made by
barbarian tribes north of the city. 2) the marks say “”
6: Suddenly, the entire garden goes totally silent. No insects, birds, or
other animals are making any sounds. This lasts for 5 minutes.

The First Room or the Crystal room: Entering from the garden through a
large crystal doorway. This a 20′ x 20′ by 10′ room apparently made from
crystal. There are 2 other doors in the room, one on the west wall one on
the east wall. There are fresh muddy footprints leading to the west exit.
Ah-Trah goes to the west exit.


The First Hallway: A shiny brass hallway,50′ long, can be seen here. The
mud tracks continue here. If the PCs walk in the hall way, the hallway
rings/chimes like dozens of bells or chimes are being hit. Ah-Trah will fly
down the hallway, the PCs must move silently to avoid this noise. If the
PCs check for traps before they enter the hallway, they will discover the
sound property of the hallway. They can’t remove the chiming effect. If
the PCs make noise, the person in the next room will be alerted. If not,
the PCs will by 90% likely to get surprise on him.


The Second Room: This is 15′ x 15′ x 15′ room made of fine quality woods.
Various types of wood have been inlaid in the floor in a beautiful
patterns. On the floor is a pair of mud soaked soft shoes. There are two
other exits in the room. One north, the other West. PCs will go west.
If the PCs surprise the occupant: You see an average looking male elf
dress in fine leather armour sitting on the floor pulling on a pair of
shoes. He is surprised.
If the occupant is alerted: Above the door frame of the door the PCs
entered through is a male elf thief. He climbed up here when he heard the
noise they made. He will observe them to make sure they aren’t guards.
When he is sure they aren’t guards, he will reveal himself.

The thief is named Birnleyas Corinthas. He will ask to merge the two groups
(the PCs group and His group, which is himself) and to split any treasure
gained equally. If the PCs agree, he will join them.

If not, he will pretend to leave down the brass hallway. In a turn he will
come back down. He will follow the group, and when they ENTER the room of
Glass spiders he will drink his potion of speed and attack. He will get to
the PCs 3 rounds after they enter the combat with the glass spiders.

The Second Hallway: Just a normal stone hallway which leads to the room of
Glass Spiders below.


The Room of Glass Spiders: This is a 30′ x 30′ 15′ room made of granite
bricks. Inside the room the PCs see 3 dry corpses on the floor. Try to give
the impression that these are some form of undead, perhaps a strange type of
mummy. There is an exit on the north wall. The room contains glass spiders:
They are invisible spiders with invisible webs. The webs are very thin and
incredibly strong. Once stuck on a web, it can only be removed using wine
or other alcohol. Fire will just cause the webs to melt into a pool of very
stick mess. Magical blades will not stick to these webs. There is one glass
spider for each 2 creatures in the party. Poor amour, medium level, 1
attack per round, Damage 1+ special, Special defence invisibility makes them
much harder to hit in combat, and undetectable otherwise. Special damage is a S.T. VS
poison on the bite, failure causes poison damage of 1d3 per round for 4
rounds. Each bite causes this damage to be cumulative. Effect of the webs:
each round that a creature is fighting within the webs, he will get more
tangled in the webs. This has the effect of causing a cumulative -1 to hit
in combat and -1 to the creatures dexterity per round. When the dexterity
reaches zero, the creature cannot move. There is nothing of value on the
corpses or in the room. Ah-Trah will use his djinni powers in this room of:
Gaseous form to get out of the webs, and create wine to get the party out of
the webs.

The screwy hallway: This hallway corkscrews around. There is nothing of
interest other than that. NOTE: Ah’trahs knowledge of the inside ends here.

Puzzle Room One: The room appears to have only one doorway, which is the
doorway the PC entered through. The room is 30′ x 30′ by 15′ and is made of
large bricks of granite. A large iron balance scale(10′ tall, 10′ wide) can be
seen tilted to the right (unbalanced, there are more bricks in the right pan
than the left pan). In the center of the room is a pile of bricks. Each brick
seems to be exactly the same. Currently there are 11 bricks in the left pan and
24 bricks in the right pan.
Searching the room may find:
If the PC search the pile of bricks carefully (they must voice some strong
interest in it) the might note that most of the 100 bricks here are new and only
a few of them are scratched in anyway.
If the wall behind the scale is looked at it will seem a 12′ x 12′ section
of it is less perfect than the rest of the walls in the room.

TRICK: The scale is a puzzle lock. No PC skill roll (such as pick locks) will
open this lock. To open the lock the scale must be balanced AND have the
correct amount of weight on it. 10 bricks in each pan will open the lock and
open a passageway. The wall section behind the scale will appear to turn into
mud revealing a passage to the next room. Let the PCs have fun trying to get
through this one.

The Hall of Earth: This Hallway appears to be made from a very black claylike
soil. Walking on the ground here feels like your walking on the back of some
large living creature. Nothing else is in the hallway.

Puzzle Room Two: The hallway ends in a room 20′ square on each side. In the
room are two other exits, both exit are on the walls adjacent to the wall where
the PCs entered the room. So Three of the four walls have exits. If searched
for, there are normal chances to find the secret door on the forth wall. To open
the secret door, both locks on the other two doors must be unlocked in the same
round. A knock spell cast over both doors will open it, but, not if cast on the
secret door alone(the mechanisms are the two locks on the doors). By the way,
the locks reset each round, so one thief with picks can’t do it. Behind the two
doors are walls of solid granite. The secret door lead to the small hallway.

The small hallway: This hallway is only 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide. After the
party enters the secret door closes. At the other end of the hallway, embedded
in the wall, is a wall safe with a combination lock. This is a false safe!
When the party gets near the safe or opens the safe, the floor of the hallway
rotates downward creating a chute to the next room.

The final Room: The party lands in a smoke filled room. Small fires can be
dimly seen about. A loud evil laughter can be heard from above, and a voice
rings out “Another Group of fools to feed my hunger, I shall enjoy sucking
the marrow from your bones and making toothpicks from your souls” The room
goes quiet, and now the party sees before them a large demonic figure
dripping of oozes. This is an illusion, caused by the Efreeti. If the PCs
attack it, it will be dispelled revealing an enlarged(by 200%) Efreeti
standing in a mass of swirling fire and bright energy. Within the energy
field is a large golden ring. This is the ring Ah’Trah seeks. The ring is
also protected by the energy field which disappears when the efreeti is
killed. The field prevents the ring from moving by any means (wishes
included). It is impossible to get to the ring without killing the efritti!
The field covers the ring and flows to the efreeti. This prevents the
efreeti from going gaseous or invisible. Touching the energy field causes
heavy damage unless able to reduce the effect of a magical attack. The
flames around the Efreeti cause medium burning damage unless able to reduce
the effect of a magical attack.

If Birnleyas Corinthas is still with the group, he will avoid combat and try
to steal the ring by touching the energy field.

When the efreeti dies the energy field dies with him, leaving the ring free
to grab. The party will also discover a large diamond in the wall at this
point. Touching the diamond causes the toucher to Teleport to the Crystal
Room mentioned above. If Birnleyas Corinthas is still alive at this

point(in the crystal room), he will take his potion of extra healing (if not
used already) and attack the group. If he wins, the party is over. If not,
goto What Could Happen below.

What could happen after the adventure is over.

* 1 *

If Ah’Trah and the group find the ring of elemental command he will
offer to take the ring back to his master and will give them each a magic
ring of many wishes (2 wishes per ring) as payment. After they accept this
offer, Ah-Trah reveals his true form, laughs a lot and asks them to drop by
if they are ever on the plane of air (they are life friends).

* 2 *

If the group argues with him or asks to go to his masters place he will
place a bag of beans on the floor and fly away. If the group attacks him
manages to kill him after this they will find only his weapons, the
elemental ring of Elemental Command (AIR) will be gone! Killing him will
give the group enemy on the elemental plane of air, who will send an air
elemental after them once every 1d12 months. Re-roll a new 1d12 months after
each occurrence. The bag of beans will have 8 beans. * FIRST BEAN PLANTED will cause the ground to rumble and a large mound of clay to
rise out of the ground. It hardens in a round then starts to crack and fall to
pieces. Suddenly, a clay golem attacks the nearest party member if in sight.
If none are visible it will rampage the area. NOTE: don’t forget the special
rules for healing wounds from a clay golem!
* SECOND BEAN PLANTED in a 30′ by 30′ area many bamboo plants shoots up out of the
ground each will 6 to 20 feet tall. Damage 6d8 S.T. vs dexterity -4 for half
damage. If the group cuts down the 6′ long bamboo tree in the center they will
have a staff of wonder(25 charges). The tree radiates magic and must be cut
down before 1 turn elapses after it grows or all its charges are depleted.
* THIRD BEAN PLANTED: When planted and watered this bean will cause a large cloud
of black gas to appear within a 20′ radius of the bean. If the cloud is entered
you will be blinded (until cure blindness is cast on the character) and then
attacked by an invisible stalker. If the stalker wins, it will leave. If it is
killed, a triple Hit die double damage Stalker will haunt the nearest town until
killed. Whoever kills the second Stalker (the actual killing blow, use
individual initiative.) permanently gains the ability to attack any creature
whose origin is from the elemental plane of air without needing a magic weapon
to hit. Only one character gains this ability! DO NOT TELL THE PLAYER ABOUT
* FOURTH BEAN PLANTED: a pedestal appears out of nowhere and has several buttons,
switches, and levers. It will last for 2 hours then vanishes as suddenly as it
came. The buttons, switches, and levers have various effects. Some good, most
* FIFTH BEAN PLANTED: Nothing appears to happen. But if the bean is dug up a
chest will be found. They won’t find the bean! In the chest is a magical censor
with a magic rune on it. If read magic is used, the rune appears to say “Summon
and Be Commanded”. It is a censor of summoning hostile air elementals of the
strongest type.
* SIXTH BEAN PLANTED: a tree grows out of the ground. The fruit it bears
resembles diamonds. Every round several of the diamonds fall to the ground a
shatter, any picked by hand are normal diamonds valued at 1000 GP. 1d4 diamonds
can be picked per round by a character and there 25 diamonds in all. The GM
will tell players getting the diamond that they feel that they own all the
diamonds and should not share them with others. 3 turns after the tree appears,
anyone who picked a diamond will be quested (no Savings Throw! They lost the
chance to save by voluntarily grasping the diamonds.) to go to the nearest
temple of air (or other good church) and donate several magic items for
forgiveness (sin of greed) or they must volunteer for a quest or they can avoid
this if they are not ever greedy again (I mean be non materialistic! They must
be generous and give to charities any extra money. etc… Let them know what
their punishment will be if they fail!). If they choose the last and they fail
to be non-greedy, they will be punished by losing all their possessions (where
ever they maybe).
* SEVENTH BEAN PLANTED: in a 50′ radius of the bean 50 bookworms appear out of the
ground (good luck! HOPE YOUR MAPS or spell books DON’T GET EATEN!).
* EIGHTH BEAN PLANTED: a large hole (25 radius 50′ deep) appears. A very old
large white dragon is in the hole. It will attack directly and without much
thinking (it has been trapped for 100+ years and is very pissed!). It’s
treasure hoard is at the bottom of the hole and has normal non-magical treasure
plus the following: a wand of secret door and trap locating, a potion of
animal control, a potion of human control, a potion of frost giant control, a
potion of frost giant strength, a map to a girdle of frost giant strength which
can only be read by the first fighter or thief who tries to read it.

* 3 *

If the group finds out Ah-Trah’s true form (and Ah-Trah knows they know
his true form) before the ring is discovered, he will deny it and when the
group finds the ring will reward them with the following items: a ring of
feather falling, a flying carpet, 2 potions of gaseous form, a bag of the
winds, and a ring of 2 limited wishes (to be used for healing he says
firmly). He will not invite them to visit him on his plane in this case!

* 4 *

If Ah-Trah dies during the adventure, he will go back to the elemental
plane of air. The players are on their own. If they manage to get the ring
they will be approached by an agent of Ah-Trah’s very soon. In exchange for
the selling the ring they will each get a choice of one of the following
items (a maximum of 4 items for the group and no more than 1 per character,
no duplicate items): 1) a ring of three wishes(limited).
2) a carpet of flying.
3) a scroll of one spell, player’s choice from any spell in the books.
4) Sword of Air: see description in the text.
5) Pouch filled with Dust of Dispelling Air Elementals(6 uses): See description.
6) Potion of protection from dragons breath: see description
7) ring of flying.
8) ring of feather falling.
9) Talisman of Proof from Magic (Alteration): See description.

* 5 *

If the PCs die in the fight with the Efreeti, but, Ah’Trah wins and gets the
ring. He will use his wishing powers to bring the PCs back to life. The
wishing will be done back on Ah’Trahs home plane. The PCs will not have any
possessions from before. The wishing will be their reward. Some GMs might
give the PCs some other rewards as well, but, giving them their lives seems
good. Also, there will be a party in the players honor with many air
elemental types in attendance.

Gold Transport
Richard ?


From one place to another (fill in any appropriate places of your world)
goes a huge gold-transport (make up the reason yourself). The PC can act in
many ways: 1) As guards. (Prepare Transport, Guard Transport, Discover Plots
against Transport, etc) 2) As Robbers (!!?!, The transport is of a bad

Short plots
Mike Whitaker


Well, there’s the standard “save the world” goal… I’ve run a few of these
kind of campaigns, and I’ve found, as I acquire experience at it, that the
focus of this kind of campaign has switched from “‘Da Bad Guy’ is
threatening to destroy the world – kill him” (I’m sure it’s everybody’s
first mega-plot) to a more complex and involved kind of plot, in which the
players don’t get handed things on a plate… Ask my PBeM party!

Another classic is the ‘recurring enemy’. The low level players
offend/thwart a petty villainess in her first tentative steps towards a
master plan (say, trying to take over a small merchant house in the city).
Villainess is mightily p**sed at this, and proceeds to be a thorn in the
party’s side for the next ten levels, gaining experience and power as they
do. Throw in a fatal fascination or two (she is mightily smitten with the
party’s paladin, say) or even a family link (one of the party’s a relative
of hers) just to add spice, stir well….

Similar to that is the “all-pervasive’ enemy, a mysterious shadowy
organisation (say a slave dealing ring) with minor political aspirations
that seems to be everywhere. In the early stages, about one in every two
adventures the party has is generated one way or another by this group, and
slowly the party begins to put two and two together, until at higher level
they are seeking to wipe out this organisation…

Or how about the vengeance quest – an NPC close to the PC’s is killed, and
the PC’s seek vengeance, following the trail of the NPC’s killer through
various places, organisations etc..

Hey, I just thought (I’m typing this on the fly): Combine all four…. NPC
close to PCs is killed because she found out too much about the all
pervasive organisation (APO). PCs start on the vengeance trail, and
inadvertently thwart the recurring villainess (RV) on the way. APO recruits
RV (they share a common cause of wanting the PC’s out of the way) – better,
APO assist RV without revealing that they are the APO. Also da bad guy (DBG)
is using APO to further his plans for world domination, plans which RV
doesn’t necessarily agree with when she finds out (although it may take the
PCs time to discover this (they may think she works for the APO), and also
to find out what it will take to make her change sides – maybe the NPC is a
relative and the RV mistakenly blames the PCs for her death). Maybe factions
of the APO don’t agree with DBG’s plan either…

Ship of Undead
Stephen McLeod


Player has to go on a quest to visit the high holy spot of their Good
deity. In the course of the trip during a sea voyage they are beset upon by
a ship of the undead. Given that the ship’s complement is unbeatable, they
disable it at the helm or rudder and leave it to crash on the reefs.
Continue on with visiting the nice deity and when they finally arrive after
whatever other challenges you choose to put in their path (I used lots of
spirit things, including ghosts of monsters they had recently defeated and
of dead friends) they are told by the deity/priests that tho their actions
were commendable they must finish their business with the undead ship. It
seems that since it has grounded on the reefs whatever eldritch energies
went into powering it are now slowly puncturing a hole to the plane of the
undead. In my version, the ship is half filled with water and as the waves
pass over/through it the battles got very messy. In the end it was a second
wheel below decks that was the focus of the power, manned by a gent cursed
for killing women and children on a particular ship he plundered.

Wierdness in Klingon Space
Michael Sandy


For weird, have them get a message from StarFleet to patrol into Klingon Space,
(maximum priority command etc…)
Once inside Klingon space, they are no longer able to communicate with Fed
Space, (but may not realize this for a while under comm silence), and discover
no Klingon signals either.

Have them meet another curious ship from another culture which doesn’t know
what’s going on either. For extra weird, have that ship vaguely resemble the
ship they are in, but with identifiable differences…

Other ways it could turn out:

Actually, it was all the result of a botched experiment in a SuperCloaking
device that temporarily shifted the Klingon Empire out of time for two weeks,
four days, and seventeen minutes from mark…

And now they’re back! With several curious Romulan, Fed, and other ships
hovering over their capital planet…

Treasure Inn
Phil Scadden


This plot is a low-combat (no combat hopefully) test of the players ingenuity
and other skills. It described for a medieval period but could easily be
transported into most settings.

Outline: The players have a treasure map for stolen gold but on finding the
place, discover an inn has been built over the spot where the gold is buried.
The map describes the location of the treasure as 20 paces towards the river
from a gnarled willow, 2 feet beneath a large flat stone. This is now
manifestly beneath a room in the corner of an inn built on the river flat. The
room is dirt-floored and windowless, being used by the innkeeper as a holding
cell for guests that have exceeded their capacity somewhat and are in need of
protection, or have become belligerent and a nuisance to other customers. The
innkeeper is scrupulously honest and does not “roll” such guests but will
extract payment for any damages. The underground cellar of the inn narrowly
missed uncovering the gold, being under the adjoining room and an excavation
from the near wall would find the treasure after only a few feet of digging. On
the other hand, the innkeeper is not in the habit of letting guests into his

Background detail. This outline is particularly set up for characters who have
set themselves up as “the good guys” as it potentially involves an ethical
dilemma if your players enjoy such things.
Location. The Inn is situated on a route junction where a side stream
enters the main river. 2 days up river is the city where the gold originated.
The main route enters a hard gorged section of road below the inn and 6 further
days of travel brings the route to a major port city. The other route continues
up the side stream and over a low pass after a long day’s travel in lonely
country. Another day’s travel is required to arrive at the small sea port where
the characters will start from. This port town has grown enormously in the last
12 years since a pirate kingdom was destroyed allowing trade to flourish in the
southern ocean. Consequently this side route has grown much more important
allowing the inn to flourish. The innkeeper was a smithy by trade and his
services are valued by travellers. The inn stands by itself with no neighbours
or other business in very underpopulated country which makes it something of an
oddity in the world setting.
History. The gold is a booty from a raid on a goldsmith’s shop in the up-
river city 13 years ago. It was a bulk purchase to be shared with other
goldsmiths in the guild and was guarded by an apprentice whom the thief killed,
leaving a widow and 3 children. The thief ran into trouble though with a lame
horse near the inn site, and with the hue and cry close on his tail, he buried
the gold under a large flat stone before fleeing up the then little-used trail
to the small port. He covered his digging further by piling all the excavated
earth (a distinctive red) onto his cloak, then emptying it bushes nearby. His
luck really ran out though when he arrived at the small port and was arrested by
the guard for an earlier murder and was summarily executed. He did however have
time to make the treasure map and gave it to his lover, mother of his 2 year old
son. She would not have a bar of what she correctly guessed was stolen gold
though but is now very sick (beyond the means of the characters to cure). Her
son, now 15, is desperate to help her and has approached the party with the map.
They could be relatives or friends of a party member and the gold would be used
to buy a cure.
In the provost’s party, pursuing the thief was the murdered apprentice
goldsmith’s brother, a journeyman blacksmith. The party stopped at the route
junction on finding the lame horse while woodsmen in the party tried to find
which route the thief had taken. Answering a call of nature in the bushes, he
found the pile of red earth but told the provost nothing. After it was
discovered that the thief had already been executed but without any gold being
found, he made a shrewd guess about what the thief had done, but failed realise
that the earth had been moved into the bushes which he now turned over in what
rapidly became an obsession. To cover his activities, he built a small smithy to
service travellers coming up the gorge road, which soon became augmented by an
inn as the trade in the southern ocean made the route to the port town more
important while his digging was unfruitful. He even now hasn’t given up on
finding the treasure though he seldom is actively digging. His strange obsession
(which he wont reveal) means there are light-hearted stories about him searching
for a rainbow’s end, told at his expense by frequent travellers stopping at his
inn. The innkeeper is well-liked and married when his obsession cooled, now
having 5 children helping around the inn. He has also taken in his brothers
destitute widow and children who help out about the inn. The widow helps cook
and brew but this is a bitter come-down from her expectations in marriage to a
goldsmith and she frets for her 16 year-old daughter now serving behind the bar.
Her older sons are competent smiths under the innkeeper’s teaching. The family
all share the secret about the possibility of gold buried nearby but none take
this seriously.
The challenge for the players is compounded by fact that it would be very
unusual for anyone to stay more than 1 night so 2 nights without an obvious
excuse. This will result in some pretty blunt queries and suspicion of “casing
the joint” from people used to fending for themselves in an isolated spot.
Stories about the innkeeper’s strange diggings will be easily heard but no
one suspects what he is after. A reasonable number of people, many on very good
terms with the keeper will be present on any night, though all will be passing

If players come up with an ingenious scheme for getting the gold out and clear,
then good for them but I would be likely exploit any weakness in their plans to
set up a confrontation with the keeper and the widow. They are very unlikely to
try force unprovoked but will certainly put forward an impassioned case for
their rights to the gold – better life for daughter and sons, years of graft,
etc. Obsessions can be dangerous things though …

We Go To War
Phil Scadden


Involving players in a war is a pretty sure way to ensure a high combat session
or three. The problem is dealing with effect of a few players in a very large
battlefield. This can be done, but limiting players to attempting “key
objectives” is a good way to control the play. This approach is certainly helped
by a scenario that puts the player characters under the eye of a senior NPC.
Outlined below is an example of players involvement in a short war. In some
parts the players will be caught up in events; in others they have options not
to participate. The events assume both player participation and success right
through and is offered as a possible model that can obviously be modified and
improvised indefinitely. Note that in fact much the player involvement was from
their own ideas. I would always present the situation and see what they do with
it before offering “missions” in guise of a commander. While the events will
unroll whatever the player’s action really, it should help their enjoyment to
give tons of feedback on the effect of their actions (good and bad) so they feel
in the centre of activities.

1- First action: assumes the players are mounted. As they approach a road in a
border area, they will notice the odd refugee and ragged army groups on foot
moving away. A grim-looking senior army officer or noble is driving two carts
loaded with incendiaries (oil, naphtha, resin-soaked straw) against the flow.
Questioning anyone will tell of a massive invasion that has pushed in the border
garrisons. The cart commander will request the party assistance, since they are
mounted, in destroying a bridge over a nearby major river. The idea here is to
give the party exposure to a key NPC. The bridge is easily set ready to burn,
but the commander will delay the firing till last minute, allowing as many as
possible of the fleeing garrison troops across first. The border itself is a
mountain ridge and in one to two hours, companies of the invading army will be
seen in the distance on tops of the foothills. A largish company of defenders,
well armed and moving in good order is sighted but suddenly a company of the
cavalry from the enemy vanguard appears. A race to the bridge ensures with the
commander uneasily preparing to fire it. When only hundred metres away, it is
clear the race will be lost and the defenders turn at bay to face the cavalry.
Alone, they are outnumbered and lost, but they look capable … ? If the party
goes to assist, they may well swing the balance but the commander will
definitely fire the bridge rather than risk it being taken should the fight go
badly … After 4 rounds of combat, the enemy will suddenly be aware of the
risk of the bridge and try to disengage so as to rush it instead.

2- Under siege: The border defences have fallen back on a powerful fortress,
built in the rough terrain of a mountain range (other side of the valley),
protecting the road to the capital. The enemy army cannot forage through here so
must neutralise the fortress to protect the supply line. The commander of the
fortress however has discerned that the enemy has split with a force going down
valley and the long way round to take the capital by surprise or at least
prevent relief of the fortress. He decides to take a large force of mountain-
hardy locals through less-known routes to harry and hopefully stop this thrust
but this will leave the fortress very lightly manned. Players will not be locals
so will remain in the fortress. The man they helped at the bridge now commands
the fortress and will request them so they can help him with any ideas to make
it seem the fortress has more men than it really has. The enemy army has been
delayed crossing the river but all too soon they arrive. The fortress’ outer
wall has no moat but is too high for scaling ladders or grapples. The gate is
both powerful and a cunningly made death-trap. It opens into a gated courtyard
that would quickly be a killing ground if the main gate is forced.

Early stage ideas:
Players discover enemy magicians using some levitation or flying power in an
attempt to fix ropes on the wall.
A magically- or psionically- powerful party might like to battle enemy sorcerers
from spying, attempting to kill the commander etc.
Enemy might attempt parley with some bribe the GM knows might tempt the party.

Serious stuff: With no easy way in, the enemy gets constructing. Siege towers go
up which are well protected with fire-proofing to the front (ie water-soaked
wool, constantly dowsed). There are not enough forces inside to properly defend
the wall from these so this is serious. After anxiously watching a few days, the
commander decides a night-sally to fire them from behind is needed as they near
completion. A very powerful party might attack several, otherwise they will be
one of several parties sent out at midnight to attack. If one of several, they
will have to address coordination of the attacks.

3- Relief: The old commander’s gamble pays off and he successfully grinds the
flanking force to a halt and by message has warned the prince of it. He now
hurries back, while the prince sends most of his cavalry to engage this much-
delayed enemy and is able to gather a large relieving infantry force to aid the
fortress. The fortress gains hope from sudden movement in the enemy camps as a
defensive line is marshalled at right angle to the fortress to meet the threat.
Battle is joined but the fortress takes no part to begin with to avoid risk of
losing the gate. A sally force is prepared though and party is expected to be in
it. The arrival of the old commander with the remnants of his force at midday
forces the enemy flank so their line is slowly turned with its back to the
fortress. The enemy standard is right is front of the gate when the Prince
launches a furious attack on the centre. It is time for the sally. The players
are detailed to bring down the standard, others will chase the enemy general.
For a powerful party, the standard will be defended by enemies champions. The
standard will also be protected by anti-magic spells and possibly a duty
If the players succeed, then the enemy army will collapse into a rout, though
the Prince doesn’t have cavalry to exploit this much. If they fail, the enemy
will withdraw in good order though this probably wont interest the player
characters much. πŸ™‚
This scenario throws the players into a full-scale battle with a specific goal
and few gaming systems have rules for this so here are my ideas. The trick for
the GM is to create the battle about the players in an interesting way without
setting up a wargame table. I think the “fog of war” makes this possible – the
GM only has to describe the action in the immediate area about the players. You
can use the following table of results for a 6 sided dice to help lubricate the
imagination, thrown every few combat rounds. 1 Appearance of cavalry at charge range.
2 Troops on a flank of players collapse.
3 Troops appear to the rear.
4 Missile troops come to support
5 Infantry reinforcements come
6 A Champion arrives
Throw a D10 to determine whether the result is good is our bad (ie whether it is
friendly or enemy cavalry, friends or enemy that collapse at the flank etc.)
Since battle is going the way of the Prince then 1-4 means bad and 5-10 means
good. Adjust as required for any battle balance.
The second question about battles like this concerns battlefield morale
of NPC units both fighting the player characters and on the flanks. The GM might
just rule their morale in any way that makes the game interesting, but here are
some simple morale rules that can be used where gaming system doesn’t provide.
Rate NPC quality from 1 (fanatics) to 18 ( 14 year old conscripts).
NPC forces check morale when: * When about to engage enemy or on arrival of new enemy
* At every round when they are losing a fight
* When neighbouring friends are routed, (this can cascade)
Throw 3 dice:
add 1 for – secure flanks and rear (friends on three sides)
– champion or general in charge
– winning the fight
– charging
– every enemy unit seen routing in last and current round
– an enemy champion seen killed in last or current round
subtract 1 for – insecure rear
– every friendly unit seen routing in last and current round
– general or standard lost in last or current round
– a champion killed in last or current round
– being charged
-facing magical attack (including melee contact with lycanthropes)
-facing undead, golems or similar mindless opponents
– every 25% of unit or hit points (as appropriate) lost
(ie 50% lost is -2)
The last modifier only really can apply to NPC units in actually fighting
players – not to imaginary neighbouring units though the GM can adjudicate some
loses if dicing for them. Personally, I never check morale for flank units and
guess something fun but think it adds to game to check morale for the NPC that
the players face.
If the resultant score is less than the morale value then the unit routs. Use
any other reality appropriate (ie ensorcelled NPCs are like undead they never
check for morale).

Back to plots …

4- Impasse: The enemy has recrossed the river further down and linked with
remnants of the abortive flanking attack. They are growing in strength as
reinforcements arrive and rafts are constructed. Neither side can easily attack
the other across the river. The enemy has set up in a patch of high ground on a
river bend and the ground both up and down river is mostly swamps and marshes,
providing secure flanks. However, the swamps also preclude any foraging so the
enemy is dependent on the supply lines through the mountain border. The Prince
needs to dislodge the enemy from this ground though he suspects the swamps will
bring disease into the enemy camp before long but he faces the same risk. It is
decided to send spare strength across the river in small units to attack the
supply line and reinforcements. The party is asked to be one such group and
attack the supply line for as long as they can do reasonable damage safely.
The first part of the trip once over the river higher up is to avoid enemy
screening cavalry though these will be thinly spread. Increase the chance of a
siting by day compared to night. The rough hill country leading back to the
border will provide many suitable bases in form of caves (which may house the
odd monster) or secluded bushy glens. (Describe the country to the party and
then dice for finding a suitable occurrence every watch). A good map of rough
hill country will help enormously if you prefer to play this more detail (better
still, use a real map of an area you know well as this makes the description
much more vivid and helpful)

The supply line will at first be very lightly guarded. The party might encounter
in a day: say on a D6 (adjust for strength of party). * 1-2 – 2-6 supply wains with armed escort of 2-8 of low grade soldiers
* 3 – reinforcement group consisting of 3-6 men-at-arms with very low
morale levy of 16-24. (The best troops were with the original
* 4 – cavalry patrol of 8-10 riders
* 5 – 1-2 wains going other way with wounded, guarded by walking wounded.
* 6 – messenger on good horse. (Boring messages though … )
There is only light traffic, so 1/6 chance of one of the above per watch.
A 1/10 chance could be rolled for two groups instead of one within on the road
within hailing distance. The reinforcement groups are modelled on feudal levy –
a few proper fighting men from a lord’s following with a troop of untrained and
uninterested peasants. These could be expected to break if the men-at-arms are

After a week of raiding, the supply line will get better guarded. In second
week, the reinforcements will travel with the wains, so matrix could be: * 1-3 supply and reinforcements as above
* 4-5 cavalry
* 6 messenger
In third week, the supply will move in convoy * 1-3 4-12 supply wains with 30-50 of levy
* 4-6 cavalry patrols of 10-15 riders
At this point, the party can probably do little more and should return.

On return, they should find the enemy has succumbed to poor food and disease and
has pulled back with the Prince preparing to pursue. Another battle could be
fought in the hills, weighed heavily in the Prince’s favour, if the party hasn’t
done too well.

5 – Victory: This scenario is for a swashbuckling style with fast combat and
more concern for fun than realism at its deadliest. The enemy invasion is broken
and has fallen back inside its own border but the Prince has decided to press
the attack to annihilate the threat once and for all. The remaining enemy army
is now besieged in a fortress town, just inside the border while the Prince
demands handing over of the leaders and laying down of all arms. He judges he
probably has enough strength to carry the walls by assault though the cost will
be high. They learn (a prisoner, traitor, magical?) however of a drain leading
from inside the fortress into a moat that protects part of the wall. It is large
enough for a person to crawl through but involves swimming underwater to its
entrance and making the first part of the crawl underwater. (This is possible on
one breath but should require a difficult skill throw to avoid panic). An
initial scouting will reveal that the other end is blocked by an iron grille and
patrols move past the entrance very regularly. However, the Prince is planning a
pre-dawn assault on the walls anyway, and it seems that a party could slip out
of the drain unnoticed in the confusion of the attack and hopefully open the
gate. A certain element of trust is probably going to be necessary here for the
player to take this on πŸ™‚ – perhaps they would prefer siege ladders and burning
oil? Best of all is let coax the players into thinking up the scheme themselves.
(ie. they can be the bearers of the information about the drain to the prince,
discuss it with “him,” etc).
Assuming they take it on, they will need a means of opening the grille which
should be provided by the Prince if the party has not the means. A means of
breaking iron will come handy later too.
The wall has a structure of buildings on the inner side providing rooms for
archers to use arrow slits, stores of defensive equipment, stairs, access
passages and barracks. A good map of these (making up three levels, mostly one
room wide, two at the base) is needed. The drain grille will open into a ‘room’,
three sided and open to the inner court where the sewer ditch comes in. No
access to any other rooms in the level. It will be a reasonable distance from
the gate. The gatehouse itself will be on the middle level and accessible only
from an internal passage past barracks on this level.
So how do the players find fun instead of sudden death for their characters? My
approach was to play this as a series of running fights, with the players
thinking up every means of deception they could and thoroughly inventive spell
use. It is dark and confusion reigns with people running everywhere. The players
will encounter various groups soldiers, newly waken, rushing to man the wall on
the most part, parties carrying supplies of torches to help light the wall,
slaves carrying barrels of oil for throwing on attackers, messengers, comrades
assisting wounded off the wall etc. On encountering enemy, they will
automatically assume that part of the wall has been taken. They probably will
fight but only briefly if the party is getting upper hand, whereupon they will
turn and flee, calling for reinforcements. The party should be forced into every
trick in the book to delay or ward off pursuers – give the party plenty of
feedback that these are working. If they adopt disguise, then they should
encounter a captain who tells them to follow him – away from the gatehouse :-).
Of course, unless you have decided the enemy in non human, then they probably
will be mistaken for friends anyway unless they announce themselves as enemy.

The gatehouse will only have at most two occupants – they weren’t anticipating
needing the machinery at the moment! The gate itself is a counterweighted
drawbridge, operated by a chain windlass. It will take some time (say six
rounds) to lower the gate by windlass and it is not much use till it is
completely down. The defenders will notice the moment it begins to lower and the
party will find things very hot at the gatehouse door very quickly. Of course,
if the chain holding the counterweights is broken, the drawbridge will open very
suddenly. A picture of apparatus might help your players. There is but one
entrance to the gatehouse which probably will be crowded by enemy with the gate
down, but players could squeeze through the gatekeeper’s watch window – a 20′
jump into the moat. If any of your players fancies a glorious character death
then now is probably a great moment.

Becoming A Tribal Warrior
Phil Scadden


A tribal group that the party wants something from (eg. horses, specialised
bows, arcana) will only deal “Fingers of the Fist”. Ie, at least one member of
the party must successfully prove themselves as a tribal warrior for which there
is a traditional initiation. The traditional fighting band is the five strong
“Fist”, consisting of “fingers” (initiated warriors) and led by a “thumb” – the
eldest finger.

Normally tribesmen would go through initiation at 14-16 years old, so the
procedure shouldn’t be too dangerous but they may embellish the procedure
somewhat for outsiders. This can be used as to make use of some less frequently
used stats, eg. a rough ride to test horsemanship. A test of pain endurance
should be part of it. Tattooing or branding are obvious and could use things
like max-hit-points, constitution, mental stamina, stats for the test. A test
concealed to the players could be made by an estimate of the no. of times the
character has been wounded. While having limited playing interest, the resulting
brand might led to interesting plot developments “back home”. A more interesting
component of the test could be a stealing mission: a central totem of some kind
in the tribal villages is generally surrounded by curious pottery votive bowls.
The design of these bowls being distinctive to each village. The task is sneak
into a neighbouring village and pinch a bowl. Since the tribes live pretty much
at peace, spilling of blood much more than a bloody nose would be severely
frowned on and likely to cause blood feud. (The party may or may not be told
this depending on how you might like to develop this). This is naturally a game
played by the younger tribes people and the night guard on the totems would only
be 13-14, on possibly a new “finger”. Their preferred “weapon” against would-be
raiders is a foul yellow dye that takes a week or so to wear off. A person
marked with such a dye, would be a general laughing stock. A daylight raid would
be considered very daring though no especial guard is placed on the totem at day
and entry to the village could be gained on some other pretext.

The test should conclude with combat. Suggested is tackling a suitable large
predator – but with no armour etc., and only a dagger for a weapon.

An enemy (may be a monster as well as human) killed in honourable combat (ie the
enemy had a chance), may qualify the “finger” for a silver ring awarded by a war
council of “thumbs”. An extension of the plot here might be an incident that
lets the players become Ringed Fingers.

“Wolves” On The Pass
Phil Scadden


As a plot this is pretty sketchy, but is hopefully an antidote to the “wandering
monster” syndrome. Ie. “You meet monster x.” “We beat the stuffing out of it,
then proceed.” The idea is use weather and fatigue rules plus the wolves to
provide a night of high tension and brainstorming but perhaps surprisingly
little combat.

The idea is to get a trading mule-train over a broad mountain pass to the
plain’s people beyond as early in the season as possible. High profit is assured
by being the first trader of the season through, ahead of any big caravans. The
mountain pass is fast way through which a mule train of light, high-value goods
(ie spices, salt, liquors, specialised textiles) can exploit, returning later in
safety with first choice of furs and winter craft-goods in exchange. The players
may be doing it this on their own account if sufficient organised, or may be
paid as escorts. Either way, their return should be proportional to the number
of mules brought safely through the mountains. The hazards are cold and wolves,
though some rarer nasties might come into play. Instead of a single encounter,
the wolves will dog the party all the way, avoiding a fight but occasionally
making rushes in hope of panicking a horse or mule loose. They also will worry
the party at night, calling fatigue rules into play. Wind, rain and cold will
also take there toll, hampering defence efforts. I find turns of 3 hours from
6am to 6pm, and 4 hours from 6pm to 6am to be good for this type adventure.
Also, I wouldnt bother with the tedium of mule/horse v. wolves fights. Assume
that the wolves are opportunist and 4-8 will rush an opening. If it goes
well, then more will join in. Give the wolves a 1/6 say (better if mobility
reduced etc) per combat round of bringing down a mule if not interfered
with. Will retire immediately if resisted. If defenders say all go to protect
say the tail of train, then good chance that another group of wolves will
seize chance to attack elsewhere. The very first attack can be full-scale
(all the wolves) but wont last more than 4 rounds (probably less – as long
as it takes to realise that mules are defended). It will with luck πŸ™‚ though
panic your magic users into wasting a lot of power that they will have trouble

The wolves should perhaps be in inverted commas – because I don’t know or care
whether the behaviour I’m describing is “realistic” (not being part of the New
Zealand ecology!). Call them something else appropriate to your world if need
be. The party will pick up a wolf pack early in the piece. The pack is very
hungry though certainly not suicidally so, having unsuccessfully chased their
normal prey (deer or something else suitable) over the pass. They are NOT
interested in the humans, being too prickly for the amount of meat to warrant
the trouble unless conditions are very favourable. They are however very
attracted by the mules which they can easily outrun especially when laden with
about 200lb of goods. Any horses are also very good game in heavy snow, though
they will outrun wolves on hard ground. Attacking animals they will attempt to
hamstring or take out the jugular. Faced with humans, they will generally
withdraw, out of missile range if necessary. A human isolated even temporarily
from others will be game however provided odds of at least 4 to 1 can be brought
to bear. Wolves to the front will “face off” keeping out of weapon reach but
feinting lunges to help the attackers from behind. These will attempt
hamstringing, or a knock-down followed by worrying to the neck. At any concerted
attack on them, they will fade, especially if one their no. is hurt or killed.
They will eat their own dead quite happily when safe to do so. The pack animals
will be frightened and likely to bolt with each attack. Some kind of beast-
mastery/horsemanship should be tested on each occurrence unless the party have
devised foolproof tethering. If the wolves successfully get an animal, then the
party will have a respite of several hours. The attack will end when either the
wolves have eaten about one animal between two/three; they have lost a quarter
of their number; or easier game presents itself. (GM could be dicing for this or
just pretending – bring on the other animals when the party has had enough).

Weather can be manipulated gloriously in this scenario:
Wind should make all missile-fire difficult. Rain should affect bowstrings and
Cold should affect all manual skills at very least.
Snow should affect mobility.

Here is an example crossing: A successful weather-forecasting will tell bad
weather on way, but they should clear the pass if hurried. Snow is encountered
in patches as the party climb through sparse timber – and suddenly they have a
wolf pack about them making good use of the cover to avoid missiles etc. while
making occasional lunges. (1 per turn at most). The sparse timber gives way to
thorn scrub as evening comes and party will take severe cold effects if they do
not camp here. Fire is possible but the timber disappears as thorn-scrub gives
way to snow-covered grasses and rock higher up. It gets very cold during the
night and the wolves make lunging attacks 1-2 per turns. The idea here is the
party becomes fatigued, spell-users cant replenish power etc. As each attack is
met, the wolves will melt back into the night, gathering in again an hour or so

The next day bodes bad weather as the wind rises and the sky darkens. As the
party trudge through heavy snow they should take further cold and fatigue
minuses while the rising wind will play havoc with missile fire. If they turn
back, then a heavy snowstorm will block the pass for nearly two weeks, while a
forecasting will still indicate they can cross before the storm hits. The wolves
are unencumbered and will tread quickly over the icy surface on the snow. They
will only attack 2-3 times today, but will aim at the horses. The broad pass,
fortunately relatively safe from avalanches, will be crossed in the late
afternoon and the storm gathers fury. The snow is not so deep on the southern
side and large rock formations and boulders make numerous sheltering points not
far down the southern side. GM might like some other nasties living in these
cave-like shelters though. It will be 4 freezing hours in pelting snow though
down to firewood. At least the shelters and weather will mean little attention
from wolves this night.

Next morning is somewhat warmer and the snow-showers give way to rain. By the
time the party gets down to the tree line it is pouring, making fire (which
they are probably reliant on) impossible without magical means. Hopefully their
magic- users will have had a night’s sleep by now :-). The wolf attacks will
get very intense in the timber (they are now really hungry), before perhaps
other easier game takes them away.

Defending The Coast
Phil Scadden


This plot is meant as a strategy exercise to give a change of pace for high-
status characters (ie the characters are recognised and respected).

The idea may be of use at a lower level. Characters with scrying and/or night
vision capacities will be especially useful.

Plot. A coastal region about a port town has become the target for foraging
pirates, based somewhere in a nearby archipelago. The lord in the town has asked
the characters to assist in setting up a defence against this menace. Mostly the
raids have been strictly foraging but a recent one overpowered a sleeping manor,
killing its owner and with all the young women carried off. For groups so
inclined this plot can easily include a simple board game based on the map, with
the turn being a week, and then dicing for if and where an attack will come. The
GM then looks at what the characters have put in place and adjudicates a result.
The GM can control events on a more abstract level if this doesn’t appeal – the
fun is in devising the strategy and counter-strategies. They should be thinking
up plans for watches, message passing, deployment of forces etc. A good place
for the characters to get directly involved is in attacking the boats themselves
while the bulk of the crew are raiding inland.

Here is a more detailed scenario as an example.

The Pirates. These are actually the losing navy from fratricidal wars on the
far continent preying mostly on their own countrymen’s merchant trade in
vengeance. They have 12 viking-style boats with crews of 20-40 each. The leader
is a cunning captain and will order appropriate measures against defences (ie,
they will understand a lit beacon and its implications as well as the intended
receivers). The coastal strip concerned is very convenient and it would be
difficult to go further afield. It is only due to a botched campaign against
them that they are forced to forage off the coast to this extent and the word
is forage as opposed to rape and pillage. The leader did not order the attack
on the manor and was not amused when he found out about it, guessing correctly
that it would result in stronger defences. The usual attack mode is to travel
well off-shore (though they have been slack so far) at day, then run ashore
pre- dawn. The raiding party goes inland while 5-9 remain to guard the ship,
usually lying slightly off-shore rather than beached. The raiding party will be
competent fighters though they will back off from significant resistance,
particularly if it endangers the ship. Animals are driven back to the ship on
the hoof, while anything else has to be carried on the raiders’ backs. If a
ship does not return or has encountered major opposition, then further raids
will remain well out of sight of land by day. If a second ship is lost, then
the raids will be carried out by two ships at a time to make a large combined
force with extra guards on the ship. The loss of four ships will force the
captain to move foraging elsewhere and raids will cease.

Resources. The town lord has a sizeable following of men-at-arms based in the
castle as well as three fighting ships, properly part of the navy. These ships
will outpace the pirates on short hauls, (less than 1 hour apart), due to
superior no.s of oarsmen but are no match for the longboat under sail as the
oarsmen tire. There are 20 villages/hamlets scattered about the coast that can
raise ill-trained militia at a push (ie with a backbone of real men-at-arms in
command) but mostly the villagers will be too concerned with protecting family
as they hightail out of it, probably driving herds if they have time. There will
be one or two manors of nobles near each village though and these usually retain
2-6 men-at-arms who can be commanded. The population will be generally
enthusiastic for measures to counter the pirates, particularly if they don’t
have to actually do the fighting. They will man look-outs and beacons reliably.

Any time a pirate is captured, there is a 50% probability of finding a chart
(providing the ship isn’t fired). This covers the coast and archipelago quite
well and while it wont locate the pirate base, it will be noticeable that part
of the archipelago is drawn in far more detail than the rest.

Travelling Companions
Phil Scadden


People met on the road, (random or otherwise), I have found to be great sources
of plot and fleshing-out material for the world. An encounter might begin with
hearing sounds of a fight round the next corner. On rushing up, the players find
a merchant’s caravan under attack. If they help, they will have a useful contact
who is probably well-disposed to try and reward them. If travel is dangerous in
your world, then locals on the move will be hoping to team up with a well-armed
party. This can get players away from the inevitable inns as plot starters. Eg.
” Well we are finally back in Jardor – these villages don’t change
” Same rotten-looking inn – lets see go chat up our good merchant Waller instead
and see if we can con a free meal and board”
GM – you go to Waller’s house.
” My friends! Newly arrived back in these parts? Come in, come in -I’ll get the
servants to send us some refreshments suitable for the travel weary. – Oh, I
would like you to meet the Lady Damier – we have just been discussing a certain
difficulty of her’s, haven’t we my dear. These good folk might be just the
people you need … ” etc etc.

When players get used to meeting fellow travellers on the road, then some not so
random ones can be throw in. Eg., a thief on the run; a mage burdened with some
powerful artefact that he/she cant properly control; a dying messenger etc. A
couple of good ones though are:
1 – THE SPY – so how do your good role players feel about king and country?
They meet with what appears to be a foreign merchant riding a single wagon,
along with his cook, apprentice and a mule skinner. In reality he is a spy,
sounding out local opinion on the rulers, gathering information on defences and
paying off his collection of local spooks. A false bottom in his wagon will be
full of money for the payoffs and bribes. The meeting will be on a wilder
stretch of road, and he will suggest the party travel with him – even offering
to pay. If the players are in their own country, he will be interested in their
opinions of the ruler (your players have some? πŸ™‚ ) and will be telling various
scandalous and completely untrue stories about them. If they are also
foreigners, he will be asking after any military information they may have
gathered in their travels, in a roundabout way. A lovely role for the GM. You
need plenty of events to create the GM-player dialogue. Here are some suspicious
ones that will help the players.
Attack – the wagon IS attacked. All of the spies party, even the cook,
reveal themselves to be very competent fighters needing little protection. They
may use some fairly rare and difficult weapons too.
Visitors – by day another well-armed man of same nationality will ride
up (actually he is part of the same party). He will be taken aback a little by
the party’s presence as he has important news of a hidden defensive fort near a
ford to impart. The spy will pretend he doesn’t know him but hail him as a
fellow-countryman, bidding him drink a toast in the wagon and share news of
home. Players will need some special listening skill and the language to hear
what they say. On leaving, he will nearly ride into the cook and they will curse
each other by NAME, despite never having been introduced. At night, a watching
party member might notice one of the spy’s paid spooks, ( a scruffy local
peasant ) creep into the camp to collect his pay and warn the spy of an army
patrol. If the players confront the spy over this, he will say the man is a
blackmailer, knowing of an unfortunate deal with a local lord and demanding
money not to tell the lord he is back.

If the players start getting obviously suspicious, the “merchant” will suggest
the road is safe now and they ride on unencumbered by him. If they still stick
around, he will sabotage his own wheel and beg the players ride to the nearest
village and send back a wheelwright. “Continue on then, don’t worry about me.”
If the characters leave but then watch from hiding, they will see the armed
horseman return and the “merchant” will trade clothes and places with him,
allowing the spy to continue overland while the others see to the wheel.

The spy scenario could be a prelude to the invasion plot, described in “We Go
to War”

2- THE UNWILLING BRIDE – a flash outfit of two coach/wagons led by an austere
old noblewomen will beg the party help protect them. She will tell them they are
taking a bride to her wedding in a nearby (about 2 days away) town and their
escort has unexpectedly had to pursue a known rogue with his cronies, who tried
to waylay them. The woman is the bride’s guardian aunt (she is an orphan) and
the wedding is an arranged one to another powerful family for mutual control of
the bride’s estate, enriching both families at the bride’s expense. The “known
rogue” was her real love (perhaps a Romeo from a despised rival family?) trying
to deliver her. The party also consists of several grooms, maidservants, an aged
valet (on the brides side in any encounter – he is loyal to her parents memory)
and two dour men-at-arms. The bride is desperate and while she will be unable to
appeal directly to the party, the valet will be her messenger and tell them of
her plight. While finding a way to spring the bride and reunite her with her
Romeo shouldn’t prove too difficult for the party, this plot should deal a mass
of consequences to the party. They will have gained some very loyal friends but
contracted two influential families of enemies. The region should become very
hot for the party with wonderful potential for a vendetta.


APPENDIX- “On the road you meet…”

On the Road you meet… The question
Phil Scadden


Road Some time back on the net, Chuck asked the question:
” The party in a fantasy campaign is travelling on a major road between two
large cities. The distance between cities is 10 days on horseback. My question
is, what could they possibly meet on the road? The few ideas I’ve come up with. 1. Caravans. Small, medium, and large. I don’t know if they would stop for any
traveller or not.
2. A man galloping fast on horseback (he is a messenger).
3. A guard patrol, who would look at the adventurers, and perhaps ask them
Any other ideas? – Chuck”

Well the net did indeed have some ideas. Some longer responses have been
included in the main section of the book – but here is a collection of shorter
responses. ================================================================================

“On the road you meet…” HMD
H.M. Dykstra

Road (1)
A travelling party crests a hill and comes upon a ford across a shallow quiet
river. There is a group of some 25-30 people standing in the water, all naked
save for masks/hoods. The group includes a variety of people from young children
up through stooped grandmothers. They are performing some kind of ritualistic
cleansing. As the party approaches, a stout, grizzled man steps out and invites
them to take the blessings of .
This would, of course, require the characters to undress and don the ritual
masks as well. The nature of the god and the ceremony itself would have to be
tailored to the campaign.
It is after dark, and the party has been delayed. They are riding along the road
in hopes to come to an inn that they expect to find. They come to a building
which gives forth warm light and the sound of players can be heard from inside.
The sign over the inn has been effaced by time.
If the characters enter, they will find good beer and wine, and simple but
hearty meals at a decent price. The crowd is friendly and jovial, and warm beds
and good fellowship are readily available. In the morning, the inn is gone and
the characters will awaken, cold stiff and hungry, on the bare ground. If you
want to make it really nasty, one or more of the characters may be stricken with
an irresistible urge to return nightly to enjoy the hospitality of the phantom
inn. Eventually, he will starve or freeze, and become one of the permanent
guests there.

And some short ones…

A group of pilgrims, travelling to a shrine or religious site, possibly for a
holy festival…or a human sacrifice.

A small footpath into the hills/woods/whatever, leading to a hermit’s house. The
hermit may be a sage, a crazed ex-magic-user, an alchemist, a witch…

A roadside gravesite. Lots of possibilities.

The ruins of a castle, city, or something, destroyed in war some hundreds of
years ago.

A small, untended shrine dedicated to a local demigod. Failing to make
donations could lead to bad luck. The wrong kind of donation could be worse
than none at all. (A few of these and your players will start to take more care
to learn something about the lands they are travelling through.)

A small, mysterious monastery, that welcomes travellers.

A witch-burning.

A small hamlet, burning and deserted but for a few dead peasants.


“On the Road you meet…” JSN
John S. Novak, III


Restricting myself to ‘civilized’ encounters (meaning, not animals, monsters, or
empty land formations) here’s what I can come up with:
Toll gate, or toll bridge. May be a legitimate government fine, may
be a bunch of brawny idiots with an attitude.
Travelling entertainer (bard, gleeman, minstrel, etc.)
Travelling group of ‘players’ (like a small acting and entertainment
company) or a small travelling circus.
Small band of brigands, waiting to prey on the caravans you had
An escaped criminal, fleeing from a city justice system.
The bounty hunter hired to collect the aforementioned criminal.
A pair of young newlyweds, fleeing their powerful, but opposing
families (see ‘Romeo and Juliet syndrome’)

Also remember that a major route between two large cities will probably be well
travelled by caravans, as you mentioned, and there would probably be small
villages and farming communities scattered through out. If the ground is not
farmable, there will be inns in place of the farming villages. Probably one
every eight hours of travel for a caravan, which might translate to two or three
a day for a small, mobile, party on horseback.
(That last is just a swag. It does sound like a lot of inns. But then, not too
many are going to be great huge ones.) ================================================================================

“On the Road you meet…” CH
C. Hartley

Road Quite a few good ideas gone in already so I’ll just list one of my favourites..

The Mountain Mirage – a creature that appears to each PC as whoever, including
animals, they would like to see at that time. If carefully used you can have it
lead away a PC thinking that he is following another PC they were looking for,
or whatever else springs to mind. This creature should make its entry at the
right moment, when tension is already building.

As the name implies I had it living high in a snow-filled mountain pass, but I
see no reason why it can’t have cousins that live in swamps, graveyards, old
ruins, etc… ================================================================================
“On the Road you meet…” JW
James Wallis

Road 1. Bandits. Obviously.
2. A group of travellers who have been attacked by bandits
3. A rag-tag rebel army led by a displeased noble or a dispossessed bastard
offspring of the local monarch, on their way to usurp the throne
4. A monk on a pilgrimage
5. Lots of monks on a pilgrimage
6. Ordinary folk on a pilgrimage
7. Lots of monks on a crusade
8. Gypsies, travellers, tinkers etc.
9. Other adventurers
10. Rich people fleeing an outbreak of plague in one of the cities 11. A runaway
12. An eloping couple
13. Irate family members pursuing the runaway child/eloping couple 14. The other
family pursuing the other half of the eloping couple
15. A hobbit inside a locked wardrobe. Well, we left him out there on the road
sometime in 1987, and someone’s going to have to let him out eventually
16. Snake-oil sellers
17. Religious revivalists
18. Tollgates, official or otherwise
19. Low-flying dog fighting magic carpets. Or a magic carpet dog fighting a
20. Packs of wild animals
21. Spirits of the departed, doomed to walk the road for eternity until someone
breaks the curse that holds them there.


“On the Road you meet…” TM
Theo Mora


Somebody in distress; bandits are going to do nasty things to him/her. Once
saved (if ever): he is going to introduce the party to the next adventure or to
an interesting subplot of whatever the current plot is, or just possesses the
clues to maybe successfully complete the present plot.

Alternative: he/she is very evil. Once saved, he/she invites the party to his
castle and makes disappear the party members one by one… a la Agatha
Christie… because he wants make a human sacrifice with them… Be sure to have
a NPC disappear early and reappear in due time to save the group, if they are
unable to get out of this by themselves. I used this plot, the group liked it
but I needed a Deus ex Machina In this plot the guy in distress must look nice
and not dangerous at all.


“On the Road you meet…” SZ
Stephan Zielinski


Actually, you can have a lot of fun with harmless loonies. The PCs are already
expecting to walk around a corner and find three witches hissing at them about
doom and goats and whatnot; an occasional red herring is amusing.
For example:
A pale little girl in a raggedly dress, sitting gravely by the side of the road,
who watches the PCs approach in silence, and says, “Tey’res marnsther’s down ‘at
way.” The PCs may question her, but eventually they’ll turn their backs on her–
which is when she vanishes. Guaranteed to slow down their march…

A large hunting dog, obviously the property of a noble, that runs up to a PC,
whining, and refuses to leave his side, casting fearful glances all about. When
the party stops to rest, the dog vanishes.

At a crossroads: a foot-high cross with a crucified rat.

A man in a chef’s uniform running down the road gibbering “The knuckles… the
horrible knuckles…” ================================================================================
“On the Road you meet…” SP
Samuel Penn

Road A lone pilgrim building a shrine to his god at the side of the road.

A burnt and gutted village/inn which has been recently attacked by
bandits/dragons/an army/undead whatever. Maybe it’s a regular occurrence in the

Inn run by thieves who rob likely looking travellers in the night (after
suitable doses of drugs in their sleep of course). Need some reason why they
don’t just kill the players of course.

Inn run by faeries just out to have a good time. When the characters wake up in
the morning, they find the inns moved/vanished, the residents have changed, or
any other worrying but non-fateful events. Faeries could make good use of
glamour et al to make anything appear as anything they want it to.

An army marching somewhere off to fight some war (or coming back from one).
Maybe first come across routing soldiers, then finally an enemy army in
pursuit/camped down whatever.

Massacred caravan.

An obviously marked trail just off the road leading somewhere. Someone in need
of help? A trap? A red herring?

No road. ie its vanished, gone, disappeared into oblivion. It just ends in the
middle of open plains. Maybe continues a few kilometres further on.

A herd of cattle crossing the road. They seem to appear some kilometres to one
side of the road, cross the road, and disappear several kilometres in the other
direction. Some form of rift in space/time leading to other worlds. (okay, so
I’ve stolen that from Mostly Harmless).

A lone horse, riderless. Still has saddle/saddle bags. Contents might give clue
to who the rider was, but not why he’s disappeared.

“On the Road you meet…”


God. He wants them to find this cup…[Ed. See “Monty Python and
the Holy Grail if you cant figure this out]
A new lake/chasm blocks the road…
Demons/Dragons have set up shop on the road. Steady supply of food.

Of course, more sensibly:
Many small towns, villages and homesteads, with associated townsfolk. Village
rumors and scandals can be a great add to a campaign. Gives and sense of the
real world existing. Not just BIG magic, monsters, cities. Normal people are
around too. They shouldn’t just be Background (or god forbid, cannon fodder).

And if you really want to confuse your players

Another city. Unmapped. Perhaps illusory, perhaps it only overlaps the world
once every hundred years or so. Or the players just get mislaid by bandits who
altered the road to lead to a previously abandoned city, lost to time (great for
BG). Imagine their surprise as they come to what they assume is the proper city
and find it completely abandoned (save for traps from the bandits). ================================================================================

“On the Road you meet…” TWW
Terrence W Wright


The remains of a small skirmish. Be sure to have several dead still steaming in
the morning mist (ie still warm). It works best if the PC’s are at war with
both sides (so they are not sympathetic to either side), then have a survivor
found from each side. Be sure to have both warriors promise whatever if the
PC’s will save them and eliminate the other. Also be sure to imply that someone
will be coming back here. Give experience if the Clerics administer last rites,
and if the PC’s are sufficiently solemn. There should be NO battle here. Just
role playing.

I pulled this one in one of my fantasy campaigns, and the PC’s saved both
survivors, only to find that the allies of one of the survivors had gone on to
the next town and looted it for supplies. (The nearest town happened to be a
PC’s hometown.)

“On the Road you meet…” BJD
Ben Davis


Inns with irritating/eccentric landlords (lights out at 10, temperance village,
demanding the PCs take baths, only food available is what you pick yourself,
that sort of thing)

Goats that go bleat in the night (in a threatening manner…)
(watch that blood pressure _rocket_ πŸ™‚ )

Shoe catastrophes (how many PCs have the gear to mend their boots ?)
or even worse, horse maintenance

Local Govt. representative charging them road tax (my lot thought it was a
bandit scam, and killed them…bad move). If they pay up, you can even give them
a road tax disc…

Helpful NPCs who just want to make their life easier (offering cups of tea,
somewhere to stay, in a quiet cottage in the woods, “if only you’ll chop some
wood sir, for I am frail” kind of thing – eccentric old ladies with too many
cats who really are just being nice)

Bridges down, flooded rivers, natural catastrophes in all shapes and forms
(especially irritating ones that are time consuming, or involve a change of
plan, without being life threatening)

“On the Road you meet…” CGP
Colin G. Peters


Travelling minstrels, as in bards, actors, etc… It’s used in oh so many plays
and movies (anybody see Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead? (bad spelling I
know) ).

Bandits. Used a lot I know, but you could make them original (or at least
interesting). How about a Robin Hood type band… Steal from the rich, give to
the poor, PCs are often rich πŸ™‚ :). This is especially good if the PCs are all
(supposedly) good and claim to support this kind of rampant do-goodery. Just
wait till they realize *they* are now the targets πŸ™‚

Monks or Pilgrims. These people can be nicely annoying to PCs. They may be
overfriendly, or attempt to convert characters, or ask for donations (travelling
Hare Krishnas anyone? πŸ™‚ ). Monks can also be really useful… they know all
kinds of stuff, or, if you’re into that kind of thing, they could be carrying a
holy relic around with them.

Tax collectors. At certain times of the year the Lord/Sheriff of a barony would
send people around to all the villages to collect the king’s taxes. These people
would be heavily armed and would carry a whole pile of money. The PC’s might be
tempted to turn bandit- even if they had good intentions. However, stealing
taxes is one of the best ways to incur the wrath of the local lord, because then
he must pay the king out of his own pocket!

The single, unassuming stranger. Who is he? He could be a wizard in disguise…
he could be a dishonoured knight… he could be a young man looking for
adventure and escaping a nasty past. Why not just have someone ask to accompany
the characters. Make the person act mysterious and listen to the players
speculate. Players have really good ideas sometimes πŸ™‚ (If they decide to kill
him for being mysterious then (a) your players are bloodthirsty and (b) this guy
could be a totally innocent traveller, perhaps with powerful friends).

Phil Scadden, Scadden Research
55 Buick St, Petone, Lower Hutt
New Zealand
ph (04) 568-7190, fax (04) 569 5016

The Net Book of Plots – Volume 4

———-========== The NET.PLOTS.BOOK ==========———-
Volume IV
Compiled by Phil Scadden

Editors Note:

Here at last is volume 4, the latest attempt to keep GM’s supplied with
inspiration. It contains plot and scenarios for mostly fantasy RPGs but at
last I have some cyper plots. (Now for some more horror and space adventures for
Vol 5). Plots have been presented in no particular order – if it isnt
written for your genre, try thinking of translating the core idea. I have
made only minimal changes (spelling and removal of trademarks etc. of a
certain gaming company) to the material as received. I hope everyone finds
this enjoyable and useful.

The book includes a very large appendix of ideas for starting out campaigns.
(seems to be the theme for this volume). Should be no excuse for the tired
old “you meet these people in a bar” hack.

Authorship of individual plots have been accredited individually with email
addresses. Author attribution is at the top of each plot. Authors appreciate
feedback – if you use any of these try telling the author how you did. IT

Finally, my thanks to all who submitted these plots. You make the
net.*.books possible. Of course my mail box is now open for contributions
to vol 5…

Phil Scadden P.Scadden@GNS.CRI.NZ 7/3/95

So where are we… and who are you…?
M. Taylor


Players are zapped to new low-magic fantasy world minus their memory and
anything metal they were carrying (If you are a kindly GM give magic
stuff a save to make the trip) and sporting a few new wounds (Its fun to
describe their injuries). In this new world they are poor, ill-equipped,
injured, they don’t speak the language(s), their spells don’t seem to
work as well and nobody likes the way they smell or they way they look
(“Why’s that short guy got pointy ears?”).

I ran this adventure by starting them in a cavern that looked like the
start of an underground temple complex and stuck a cave-in at the
entrance to the complex. I then suggested their last memories involved
ransacking an underground temple of some kind. This accomplished a few
important things: * An immediate goal – getting past the cave-in.
* An explanation of their injuries – they’d been set upon by
temple nasties.
* Some additional intrigue – the players didn’t realize they
in a new world until a few hours into the game.
* A justification of their teleportation – temples always have
weird, nasty, magic traps in them.
* Most importantly a reason to get out in the society of the new
world – to get men and equipment to get past the cave-in.
* Finally an excuse for a traditional dungeon bash when they’d
done the hard role-playing stuff.
Once they were past the cave-in I gave the players a fun time exploring
the temple complex as a reward. In short order they found an ancient
magic artefact and an idol that looked familiar. They united the two and
wham-bam they were back in the real-world — in the middle of the fight
they had fled from in the first place πŸ™‚

The reason I made the new world low-magic was to short circuit magical
short-cuts. The cave-in, the language barrier and other fun stuff could
have been circumnavigated by the right spells.

Run correctly this can be a really hard adventure, going into a new
world with little to no resources and little recourse to magic will
really stretch your players inventiveness.

Grishnak the Merciless
Bryce Harrington


This encounter was designed for a group of 4-8 low-mid level characters of
The encounter is intended to be challenging and to scare the pants off the
PCs. If they feel too cocky, they may not complete the adventure, or may
complete it too soon.

If the party includes a psionicist with the psionic blast power then the
part will have a much easier time with the encounter than otherwise, so you
may want to 1) disable the psionicist’s power somehow, 2) beef up Grishnak’s
immunity to psionics, 3) cheat on the power rolls. If nothing else, impose
the -7 penalty for trying to contact a monster, even though a hill giant may
still qualify as a humanoid.

If this adventure is too easy for the party, change the giant type to a
stone or fire giant. This *will* change the flavor of the encounter a bit.
One way to toughen up the encounter without changing the flavor is to give
the giant some helpers. A dozen goblins or orcs hanging around might slow
the party enough for Grishnak to get in a few good blows. Give him a couple
of ogres, too, and the party may have some difficulties. For a very high
level party, you may want to beef up Grishnak as a specialized fighter with
a high strength, high skills, and very high damage resistance.

It would work best if one of the party members is a dwarf; for a low level
party, spell casters or psionicists are a must.


Before starting the first encounter, it is important to build up a little
fear and respect in the PCs. Make them realize how tough this giant is by
rumors of its atrocities. Here are some rumors which I used in my campaign: – The town of Inglesham was attacked by The Giant on Middenmonth 8th. Death
tolls vary depending on the teller, but at least two score of citizens found
their way to Grishnak’s belly. Inglesham is shaken by the event, to say the
least, and is offering a huge bounty on Grishnak’s head. Some say that the
King himself will lead his forces to defeat the brute, others wonder why
their protector has not stepped forth to protect them.

– A young rag-a-muffin boy has been asking in the city of Sherborne for an
organization known as The Giant Killers. The boy says that his entire
family was eaten by a Giant named Grishnak the Horrible. His desire for
revenge is so strong that he will do anything for the organization if they
help him.

[Note: The PCs had just recently decided to name themselves Unar’s Hammer,
but had mistakenly spread several earlier names about, like Unar’s Giant
Foes and such. The townspeople were a little confused as to exactly what
this virtually unknown band’s name was.]


“Around noon you stop at a stream for lunch and a short rest. You’ve only
been there for a few minutes when you hear: “ …. … MEE
MIE MO MORPH, Me thinks me smell a Dwarf! I’ll grind his bones to make me
bread, but first, let’s go and bash ‘is ‘ead! .
Twisting your heads in all directions you finally spot the source of the
echoes as a tall humanoid shape on the top of a hillock several hundred yards
away flings his fist forward to release a huge boulder. Looking around
quickly for a place to hide you see a rocky hill on the south side of the
stream. Across, on the north bank, is a thick and gnarled stand of trees
and shrubbery. Upstream perhaps a hundred yards is a jumble of rocks the
stream flows through.”

Ask each player to write down what they do individually. Then have everyone
reveal their plans and move their characters appropriately. The rock will
come crashing down where the PCs were. Make a to hit roll against anyone
still there.

If the players are stupid enough to attack, then they should suffer the

Grishnak the Merciless.

Grishnak is really nothing more than a semi-tough hill giant. He’s been
ravishing the countryside and causing lots of local trouble.

Mediocre armour, (Many hides sewn together with chain mail, shields, and
metal plates); Good damage resistance; Weapons are: Fist, Club, or Rocks –
range 2-200 yards); Will also try to Grab.

Grishnak is selfish and cunning. He terrorises the local villagers (and
eats them, that’s especially annoying to the villagers). He is oddly simian
and barbaric in appearance, with overly long arms, stooped shoulders, and a
low forehead. He is about 16′ tall and weighs in at 4500 lbs. His skin
color is a dark tan; his hair and eyes are black as coal.

Grishnak carries a bag containing:
3 big rocks (2′ dia boulders)
1 Metal truck with 6lb copper, 10lb silver, 23 crown and
a dwarven gauntlet (copper, worth 100 gp)
3 Children’s toys – toy horse, wooden soldier, and a
wooden dragon, 1 short sword, blood stained,
but not rusty at all

Ideally, the PCs will run for the rocks. Grishnak will close, saying,
“Grishnak, now don’t squish food with rocks.” At the last minute, just
before the giant gets to the characters, he will suddenly stand up straight
and sniff: “Hmm, Grishnak smell pigs. Mmm, pork!” Grishnak will then
stride off across rough terrain quickly outdistancing the PCs.


Wait a few sessions before throwing this next encounter at them. The PCs
should hear a few of rumors about the monster’s depredation’s. Perhaps have
some offers of rewards be offered to them for the creature’s death. Here
are some of the rumors I gave out: – The giant killing specialists known as Unar’s Giant Foes are offered a job
to assassinate Grishnak the Merciless by a group of merchants in Caer
Shert. Grishnak has destroyed several villages in the Caer Shert region.
The organization is asked to report to The Benevolent Protectorate Order of
Grain Merchants in the city of Caer Shert.

– A band of ex-soldiers known as the Troll’s Nightmare were found dead in
the fields near the base of the Castle Oncliff. They had apparently been
stepped on by Grishnak.

– The town of Inglesham was attacked by The Giant on Middenmonth 8th. Death
tolls vary depending on the teller, but at least two score of citizens found
their way to Grishnak’s belly. Inglesham is shaken by the event, to say the
least, and is offering a huge bounty on Grishnak’s head. Some say that the
King himself will lead his forces to defeat the brute, others wonder why
their protector has not stepped forth to protect them.


“There seems to be some kind of obstruction in the road ahead of you and
you approach it with caution. Your stomach knots in horror at the
gruesomeness of the scene: To one side of the road are the crushed remnants
of a gypsy wagon. A horse still wearing its bridle and harness lays dead on
the opposite side of the path, and by the way its ribs have been caved in
and by the way the creature’s intestines have exploded from its abdomen you
figure that it must have been squeezed to death.

“Littering the whole area around the wagon are pools of blood and
assorted human body parts, and the way the skin has been torn and lacerated
from the bones, you realize that they had been physically wrenched from the
bodies to which they once belonged.

“Huge, 3′ long footprints have left indentations several inches deep in
the seemingly hard packed soil of the path. Several nearby trees have been
completely uprooted. A pile of boulders and a tree trunk, strangely
stripped clean of bark and branches, and well rounded on one end, lays a
ways off near the woods to the left. You make out the tracks of a single
wagon leading off to that forest, multiple trails of blood revealing the
wagon’s horrid cargo. Between the ruts are a single set of 3′ long foot
prints. The prints do not look to be more than an hour or two old.”

Grishnak, as the players should well be aware, has struck. A gypsy caravan
has been raided and its members carried off. It is expected that the
players will investigate. The path to Grishnak is 3 miles:

“You hesitantly enter the forest, but move fairly quickly, as a wide
path has been cleared already. You wonder how the wagon could possibly have
made it through the rough terrain.

“Proceeding through the forest you gradually come to an area where the
ground raises into rocky hills and cliffs. You stop suddenly as the smell
of burned hair and bone assaults your nose, followed by the pitiful sounds
of sobbing humans. A deep voice booms out, “Grishnak say shut up! Food
people giving Grishnak sore ears!” The screaming crescendos and then
suddenly stops. You appraise the surrounding terrain. To the right of the
trail is a 30′ high raised hill, to your left the ground is more level. The
sounds of a babbling brook come to you from your left. The path continues
ahead of you and then turns to the right at a point where the rocky hill
comes to an end. You think that Grishnak is right on the other side of the

The players can climb the cliff and view Grishnak from above if they are
quiet. They will be able to see that Grishnak has made a bonfire right
below the hill. There is a cave in the hill at this point and Grishnak
occasionally goes into it to get something. To one side of the fire, not
far from the cave entrance, is the battered remains of the wagon, and inside
of it are the limp (though living) bodies of 16 gypsies. A small pile of
gypsy heads can be seen next to the wagon. The gypsies seem to be in a
state of shock.

Grishnak is stupid, but not dumb. If attacked, he will defend himself
fairly well, but unfortunately he has not left himself a cache of rocks
nearby, and left his club at the scene of the crime to be able to pull the
wagon back. Grishnak will try to flee if he takes over 1/2 his hit points
in damage.

Here are some things for Grishnak to say:

“Where Grishnak club? Stoopid Grishnak lost club when took rolly box.”

“Where Grishnak rocks? No rocks? Oh, yeah, Grishnak empty bag for food


My PCs defeated the giant through a great plan, which took them 3-4 hours to
put together (no kidding!) The cleric cast silence, light, and heat metal
on the giant, in that order. As soon as the silence was on the giant, the
metabolic psionicist snuck in to the giant’s cave and attempted to use
double pain. Unfortunately the giant woke up at that point and the fight was
on. The light successfully blinded the giant, and with the silence as well,
it was mighty difficult for him to hit anyone (I think the only damage came
from the giant randomly backing into the fighter). Most of the damage came
from the fighter’s blows and the cleric’s heat metal spell. The
thief/psionicist kept failing to strike the giant with double pain, at least
until the very end.

The giant finally fell and the party was, to say the least, very excited.
They cut the giant’s head off and proceeded to carry it through the towns
Grishnak had terrorised.


There had been such a build up to the giant encounter that I felt there had
to be some sort of major rewards. Rather than simply giving out treasure, I
awarded fame. The party went around and collected bounties, and as they
travelled they were accepted as heroes throughout the lands. Here are some
of the rumors that the PCs received following their defeat of Grishnak:

– Word of the exploits of Unar’s Hammer has reached the Humber
coast and the cities of Yartshire and Sherborne. The tales of
the defeat of Grishnak the merciless are second only to the
stories of Gipin’s defeat of Navagoras the Magnificent.

– A group calling themselves “Heros of the Dark Fist” has claimed
responsibility for the defeat of Grishnak the Merciless. They say that
Unar’s Hammer had accosted them after their defeat of the giant, while they
were still weak, and stole the giant’s head. They proved their claims by
showing they had possession of Grishnak’s hands and feet.

Loren Miller


This plot assumes that player characters are members of an extended
family, or clan, and all live in the same castle/villa/manse. My
campaign is a RuneQuest campaign set in Carmania, which is a cold and
snowy land that was the heart of a splendid ancient empire conquered
and kept by warfare, and is now the heart of a growing merchant

Strange ship docks at the clan village, word is sent to the clan to
pick up Farwalker, the chief’s half-brother and wandering-merchant/
capitalist-oppressor-pig who has been gone for many years. He is sick,
very cold, and is clutching something in his hands. His hands cannot
be pried apart without breaking his fingers, something the chief (in
my campaign his nickname was Stoneface, but the PCs called him
“chief”) would be very upset about.

Chief installs his brother in a sickroom, and appoints a PC to
watch him, alternating with other family members. A rivalry would be a
good thing to encourage here, because it makes the rest of the plot

Word comes that someone has been killed in the village. PCs are
sent to investigate. Discover several brutal murders. Chase the
murderer around, path leads to the clan house/castle/villa/manse.

While the PCs are out of the room, the rival searches through uncle
Farwalker’s clothes and finds something, half of an ivory idol, and
removes it to his rooms. Then he comes back, pretending nothing has
happened. In the meantime, the murderer has snuck into the sickroom,
put out the lights, and is killing uncle Farwalker as the rival walks
in and lights a candle to see what’s going on. The murderer is a yeti
or some other huge, hairy, tough humanoid (in my campaign it is a snow
troll from the glaciers) which was looking for an idol that Farwalker

The PCs come in about the same time that the rival is being ripped
up by the murderer and join the battle. What happens after this is up
to you, but the PCs will probably discover the half idol, should
interrogate the rival, may want to find where the idol came from, may
want to return it, and may have to deal with more attempts to recover
the idol. And… the idol might be cursed, or blessed, or an
ingredient in a world-shattering magical ritual.

The Borrowers re-visited
Phil Scadden


Ever enjoy “The Borrowers” as a child? Consider the possibilities of suddenly
shrinking the players to say 15 to 40 cm. Cats, dogs, rats become serious
monsters, a 3 foot wall becomes a major obstacle. To get back to normal size
they need say a potion found only on a high shelf. Make this a test of
ingenuity with utilising ordinary objects. Any genre will do!

Jericho Jones and Kruger Bioprime
Colin Steele


A CP2020 scenario follows.
TRADEMARK NOTICE. Cyperpunk(tm) is a trademark of R. Talsorian Games Inc.

Copyright (C) 1992 Colin A. Steele

This document is free. Permission is given to redistribute it and/or
modify it under 2 conditions:

1. My name stays on it.
2. No profit is made from redistribution or modification.

This is not meant to be a fully fleshed-out adventure. There are many
gaping holes, that you, the GM, are gonna have to fill. My intention
was to create a framework which was sufficiently fleshed out to be
useful, but flexible enough to be adapted to your campaign.

Thanks, and enjoy.


Jericho Jones

Rocko, a small-time fixer known to one party member, contacts the
party with a “favor” to ask. He has a client, Malachi Jones, who
needs to have his son returned to him. To emphasize the “favor”
appeal, make one of the characters, preferably a nomad, somehow owe a
favor to Malachi Jones. If the characters are stupid enough to do
this as a “favor”, Rocko pockets a big wad of cash. If the characters
are smart, Rocko makes them the real offer. His client offers 10,000
eb for the return of Jericho Jones, the son of Malachi Jones, the
chief of the Jones Tribe. Jericho is hiding out in Sky Mesa, with the
tribe of nomads living in the area.

The characters accept the job, and travel to Sky Mesa.

They arrive in the middle of a firefight. The tribe of nomads living
in Sky Mesa is getting the shit kicked out of ’em by the local
wastelanders, the Fury. Jericho is nowhere to be seen. If the
characters look *specifically* at the Fury’s tactics, they’ll notice
that the Fury is being semi-methodical, as if looking for someone.
The characters join in on the side of the Sky Mesa tribe, of course,
and eventually chase off the Fury. Again, if the characters are being
careful and keeping their eyes open, they’ll see part of the Fury’s
gang hop in an AV-4. (An extremely odd possession for a wastelander
gang.) But, the AV-4 has no markings, and it speeds off into the night
before the characters can do anything more. The rest of the Fury
takes off in cyberbikes.

The massacre is a sight. Women and children are just so much
lunch meat. Many RV’s and trailers are ablaze. If the characters are
helpful, offering medical aid, etc., they will be taken to see
Jericho. Play the massacre up for maximum compassion effect.

The characters meet Jericho. Jericho explains that he and his father,
Malachi, had a huge falling out last year, and Jericho has been at Sky
Mesa ever since. Jericho was trying to prove to his father that
Kruger Bioprime, a mid-size multinational, is bad news. It’s obvious
that Jericho is a righteous dude. He cares about people, and is
trying to create a better life for the people of Sky Mesa. In fact,
he’s the de facto leader of the Sky Mesa tribe.

You ask, “Why is Jericho down on Kruger, when Kruger Bioprime has been
downright friendly with the Jones Tribe?” As part of a “multicultural
activism campaign” to “improve the public’s perception of Kruger
Bioprime”, they have been helping the Jones Tribe fight to regain some
land titles to property in Salt Lick.

Jericho never bought the corp’s bullshit. He has always suspected
something more sinister, but hasn’t been able to prove anything. To
boot, the corp has been winning some of the court battles, and the
Jones Tribe now has legal rights to some property in Salt Lick. That
makes it even harder for Jericho to talk sense to Malachi.

Jericho lays the cards on the table. He asks the characters to help
him find the dirt on Kruger. If the characters are of the mind just
to collect their money, Jericho will outbid his father – offering to
double their fee. Of course, he’s full of it. The Sky Mesa tribe can
only pay about 1/2 of the 10,000 eb the characters were originally
offered for the job. But anyhow, Jericho’ll play both on the
characters pocket book sense, and on their sense of justice. And, he
adds, if they can indeed turn the tables on Kruger Bioprime, the Sky
Mesa tribe will “owe them”.

Now if the characters just want to bag Jericho, fine. Let ’em.
They’ll have no problem bringing him in to ‘ole Pop. They’ll collect
their fee, and head off into the sunset. What they won’t know is that
the Sky Mesa tribe springs Jericho from incarceration in the Jones
tribe. Much later, they’ll read in the news about what Kruger
Bioprime is really doing in Salt Lick.


The Real Fax

Kruger Bioprime *is* bad news. They’ve got Malachi Jones on the
payroll, keeping him quiet and rich, while they wrestle deeds out of
the legal system and into Malachi’s hands. Don’t even ask what
they’re doing to the unwitting members of the Jones tribe.

The story goes something like this:

With some serious hush money, Kruger convinced Malachi to let them
build a secret R&D/training base on one of the parcels of land. The
base was completed over a year ago and code-named Cadence Canyon. The
original purpose of the base was lost when a violent internal coup put
Katherine Washington in power at Kruger. A smart Kruger exec, by the
name of Charles Marsh, was bucking to get a promotion to associate VP,
and took over as the Candence Canyon project leader. He realized that
Cadence is in the middle of nowhere, and has a more or less captive
population. It’s perfect for dumping hazardous waste, new product
testing, covert op training, you name it! Mr. Marsh sent several
memos around to this effect, which is perfect dirt for Jericho to dig
up. If he can.

Kruger planned to use the Jones tribe for product testing/op training,
and they’ve made good on the plan, so far. Malachi doesn’t know it,
but Kruger has already been testing a new virus on a small segment of
the Joneses. The virus hasn’t broken out yet, but it’s a new form of
anthrax which cannot live in soil. (Perfect for military
applications!) About 10% of the tribe is infected. Kruger plans to
try out their cure on 1/2 of the infected 10%, and let the other half
die to see how effective the virus is. (Kruger doesn’t know it yet,
but their manufacturing process is for shit, and this is the only run
of the virus that will be useful. It’ll take them about another year
to produce a second batch.)

Although Malachi doesn’t know about the virus, he suspects something
might be up. Kruger knows this, and when Malachi reaches the breaking
point, which they know he will, they’ll waste him. Then, according to
some keen legalese, the deeds revert to Kruger. Imagine that! Then,
Kruger can do whatever they please with the Jones tribe.

Through their two moles in the Jones tribe, Kruger learned that
Jericho was trying to dis ’em. Wanting to protect their investment,
Kruger ordered Malachi to “lean” on the Sky Mesa tribe. So, Malachi
hired the Fury. Big mistake. The Fury was too cybered up and
psychoed out for Malachi to control. Plus, their leader is kinda
greedy. So, when Kruger asked them to go ahead and waste Jericho, for
10,000 eb, they didn’t think twice. They took it upon themselves to
*wipe out* the Sky Mesa tribe, and put Jericho’s head on a stick in
front of their leader’s tent. Malachi realized his mistake, and,
wanting to save his son, hired the characters to kidnap him. He
doesn’t know that the Fury are playing both ends against the middle.



So, the characters team up with Jericho Jones! Now the fun starts.
They’ve got to get some dirt on Kruger, ASAP. In the previous
episode, the characters got hired to find Jericho and return him to
Malachi Jones. They landed in a firefight between the Fury and the
Sky Mesa tribe. Little did they know that the Fury were in the pay of
Kruger Bioprime *and* Malachi Jones. Kinda ironic, huh?

The Fury are planning another raid on Sky Mesa, and have some scouts
observing the movements of the tribe. If the characters move Jericho,
the Fury will know about it, and will attack at the first opportune
moment. Otherwise, they’ll stage an attack on the Sky Mesa camp the
night following.

Perceptive characters will know that a) they Fury were using an AV-4,
and b) they were hunting for someone. If the characters make a point
of it, one of the Sky Mesa bunch will volunteer a few digital photos
of the AV-4, taken during the raid. The characters may decide to
analyze these. Another clue: if there are any bodies of Furies,
perceptive characters who make a coupla’ skill checks will find out
that the Furies are sporting some keen *new* cyberware. Finally, if
there are any living Furies, they might be interrogated to reveal some
useful clues.

All of the clues will point the characters back towards a particular
fixer in Night City. From that fixer, they’ll be able to make the
connection to Kruger Bioprime.


A Thousand Words

The photo analysis will yield a vehicle ID number – but only after
some serious skill checks, time and cash. The characters can try it
themselves, using Photo&Film skill a program called DigiDesigner Pro,
and 8 hours. Or, they can call in some contacts to have it done, for
about 2000 eb. Once they locate the contact and upload the photos,
it’ll take 2 hours. If they use a contact, success is guaranteed (but
don’t tell them this).

The vehicle ID can be tracked down to a AV-4 reported stolen from a
Kruger Bioprime branch office in Night City six months ago. Included
in the NCPD files concerning the case are some interesting clues. The
case notes indicate that at the scene of the crime, investigators
found the tag symbol of the gang known as the Icemen. No gang members
could be apprehended for questioning, so the lead was never properly
pursued. In addition, a pattern of vehicle theft was developing,
though not necessarily correlated with the Icemen. AVs and expensive
cars were disappearing at a fairly high rate, for about 3 months
around the time that this particular AV-4 was stolen.

The next step for the characters might be to find and question some
Icemen. This should be fairly difficult. The Icemen are a small
gang whose primary reason for existence is to supply the members with
enough cash to support their drug of choice – ice. Ice is a
little-know, highly addictive hallucinogen. The users can be easily
identified by one of the drug’s side effects – the user’s skin
temperature is significantly lower than normal. With some street deal
and some luck, they might be able to hook up with Frost, the leader,
and chief junkie, of the Icemen. From her, the characters might be
able to find out that Micky hired the Icemen to do most of the vehicle
theft, including the AV-4 in question. Then again, Frost might just
decide that the Icemen need to have some fun, and jam on the
characters heads! GM’s discretion on this one.



If there were any of the Fury still alive, the characters might want
to squeeze a little information out of them. None of the ‘dorphed out
Furies is going to be of much value, but each successful
Interrogation/Intimidation/whatever skill check (average difficulty –
+15) will yield one of the following clues: 1. Zap was in Night City two weekends ago.

2. A bunch of Furies got treated to lots of shiny new cybergear at
a place called Rael’s in Night City.

3. Zap stole the AV while he was in Night City.

4. Zap and part of the gang did a road trip to Salt Lick three weeks
ago. While there, Zap said he had business to take care of and
left for a couple of days.

5. Zap says we’re supposed to kill Jericho Jones.

6. Zap’s input, Jet, broke up with him last week and moved to Night

Clue #1 can be used to search police records to find that a person
matching Zap’s description was picked up on disturbing the peace
charges in a Night City club called the Rainbow Nights. The
characters might be able to find out from a savvy waitress that Zap
was seen talking biz in the corner with Micky the fixer.

Clue #6 can be used to track down Jet, and find out from her that Zap
got a big wad of cash from “some fixer” to “waste Jericho Jones”.


Bright Lights

If the characters check out the cyberware on the dead Furies, and make
an average (+15) CyberTech skill check, they’ll determine that it’s of
local manufacture, and find out its serial number. They can chase
that down by either making the right connections (for 200 eb and an
average Streetwise or easy Streetdeal skill check) or by an difficult
CyberTech skill check. The designer is Rael Sanchez, a Night City
ripperdoc operating out of Rael’s Bodysculpting and Tatoo. (p. 98 in
Night City).

Time to head into the city! Note that the Fury is too dense to report
the characters’ movements to Kruger Bioprime. Their laced-out brains
are filled with only one thought – ultraviolence on Jericho Jones.

If the characters pay a visit to Rael’s Bodysculpting, and make an
average (+15) notice skill check, they’ll see that Rael has some
concealed security cameras. If they grease Rael’s palm enough, or
intimidate, or whatever, he’ll let them take a peek at the footage
taken when the Furies came to visit. After about 2 hours of watching
the Furies bounce around the clinic, harass other customers, and have
black cyberware installed, they’ll catch Zap, the Furies’ leader, say
to Rael, “Good thing Micky gave us cash!” Hmm.


You’re So Fine

Characters who are fixers and are familiar with Night City will
automatically have heard of Micky. Characters with Streewise skill
will recognize her name on a successful skill check of average
difficulty. Micky is a fairly well-known edgerunner who works
primarily out of a dingy gym on the edge of the Zone.

To get info from Micky our heroes will either have to pay, bully, or
hack her data system. It’ll take some serious finagling to see Micky,
in any case. If Jericho is with the characters, she’ll take off and
order her bodyguards to kill Jericho. If not, she’ll demand 12,000 eb
for the information. She can be bargained down as far as 5,000 eb.
Or, the characters can try to intimidate/persuade/fast
talk/seduce/interrogate. But, she’s one tough cookie, and her
bodyguards won’t take kindly to interrogation or intimidation.

The characters could also try to wrest the data from Micky’s data

One way or another, the characters find out from Micky that Charles
Marsh hired her to deal with the Fury. (Jericho’s fears are indeed
true!) Micky has done other work for Mr. Marsh and Kruger Bioprime,
including the vehicle roundup carried out by the Icemen. Furthermore,
she knows that Charles is working on some sort of secret base. She
doesn’t know where. She’ll even reveal that Malachi Jones is paying
the Fury to lean on the Sky Mesa tribe. Micky thinks this is a truly
amusing state of affairs.

Jericho’s reaction to the information Micky provides is a mixed one.
Jericho is outraged at the news that his own father hired the
wastelanders to rough up the Sky Mesa tribe. He also doesn’t
understand why. Jericho is properly justified, and not unsurprised
when he learns that Kruger Bioprime is trying to kill him. It only
hardens his resolve to make Malachi see the light.

The real question is, do the characters think their job is done? If
the characters are of a mind to teach Kruger a lesson, then just push

Of course, Jericho feels that this is just tip of the iceberg, and
that they should try to push a bit further. He’ll try his best to
persuade them to do so, and if he can’t he’ll vow to “do it on his
own” if he has to. Once again, the GM should play this up for maximum
compassion/anti-establishment/potential-monetary-gain effect. If the
characters bag out, fine. Jericho promises to send his brother to pay
them (which he’ll do, but only with 5,000 eb.) They’ll read about the
battle that Jericho, the Joneses, and the Sky Mesa tribe fight against
the Kruger ops at Cadence Canyon.

If the characters want to continue, then Jericho decides it’s time to
tell Malachi. He’ll travel home to Salt Lick, and meet his father,
who is overjoyed to see him. They’ll go have a heart-to-heart. Since
Malachi doesn’t know that the characters are working for Jericho,
unless they told him, he’ll credit the characters’ accounts with
10,000 eb. If they don’t have an account, he’ll surreptitiously slip
’em the cash. Either way, they won’t find out about it until after
the next episode in the adventure.

Malachi and Jericho will emerge a couple of hours later, and call an
emergency meeting. The Sky Mesa tribe will travel down to Salt Lick
to join in.


The War Council

The chiefs of the Jones tribe and the Sky Mesa tribe have decided to
let the cat out of the bag. Malachi will announce, with great shame,
the whole story about Kruger to the tribes. He tells them about the
secret base, and about his suspicions. Jericho tells them about the
Kruger connection to the Fury attacks. The tribes are incensed!

A quick vote is taken by the tribes, and the decision is unanimous –
they must rid Salt Lick of Kruger Bioprime. They begin to draw up
their plans to do so.

Malachi takes the characters aside, and thanks them for returning his
son. He tells them about their payment, and tells them, gravely, that
he is forever in their debt for saving his son. He informs them that
they are not obligated to join in the battle against the Cadence
Canyon base. He offers them a car to return them to Night City, turns
on his heel, and leaves.

Now, what kind of people are the characters? Here’s the real test.
Do they leave the battered tribes to fight alone against the sinister
Kruger Bioprime? They might. In fact, it’s really good theatrics if
they do, and then have second thoughts, and come screaming back into
the middle of the firefight at Cadence Canyon, just in time to turn
the tide against the highly trained Kruger ops.

But, if they don’t, that’s OK too. They’ll read about the horrendous
battle at the podunk town of Salt Lick, and the allegations of the
Jones tribe that they were used as guinea pigs. Jericho will call
them three days later from a hospital bed, and tell them that their
payment is on the way. He also tells them that the tribes discovered
that the corp had infected some tribe members with the virus, and that
they had gotten the cure from a lab in the base. He thanks them, and
hangs up. The next day, an AV-4 – the same one that the Fury was
using – shows up, and a Sky Mesa nomad hands ’em the keys.


Cadence Canyon

The Jones and Sky Mesa tribes may have some difficulty in their
attack, because the Kruger facility is well guarded. Cadence Canyon
is at the end of a dirt road, off of what used to be highway 145.
Highway 145 winds out of Salt Lick to the north, towards the
foothills. It’s a narrow, two lane asphalt road badly in need of
repair. Boulders, rocky outcropping’s, and bare earth surround the
base, and the only cover is a few scraggly trees and bushes.

The tribes plan to attack at 1 AM. The Jones’s weatherman predicts it
will be a moonless night, so the nomads may be able to surprise the
guards and effect a successful breakin. Jericho will lead a
hand-picked band of Sky Mesa nomads in a stealthy rear attack, while
Malachi will take a much larger group and use them in a frontal

There are 6 guards, 2 “Section 7’s” (highly trained security ops), a
research team of 9, 4 administrative personnel, and 2 executives at
Cadence Canyon. A fairly sophisticated electronic surveillance
network monitors the facility at all times, which the nomads will have
to defeat or circumvent in order to get in.

It is a two-floor facility, with the labs on the ground floor, and the
offices on the second floor. There is an AV pad on the roof, and the
security team makes regular patrols in the AV (about every hour and a

The rest of the details are up to the GM…

Cast of Characters


ROLE: Nomad (65 Char. Pts)
INT: 6 REF: 10 TECH: 5
MA: 6 BODY: 8 EMP: 9

LIFT: 320 CRRY: 80

BTM: -3 IP: 0
SAVE: 8 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 20 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

family: +5 ( ) endurance: +4 (BODY)
awareness/notice: +3 ( INT) wilderness survival: +1 ( INT)
athletics: +9 ( REF) brawling: +2 ( REF)
driving: +3 ( REF) melee: +4 ( REF)
rifle: +3 ( REF) basic tech: +6 (TECH)

strength feat: +1 (BODY) swimming: +1 (BODY)
interrogation: +1 (COOL) oratory: +1 (COOL)
human perception: +1 ( EMP) interview: +1 ( EMP)
accounting: +1 ( INT) shadow/track: +1 ( INT)
stock market: +1 ( INT) fencing: +1 ( REF)
martial art(___________): +1 ( REF) pilot dirigible: +1 ( REF)
AV tech: +1 (TECH) first aid: +1 (TECH)
forgery: +1 (TECH) pick pocket: +1 (TECH)

CyberOptics: Infrared

Armor EV SP EB
Flack Vest 1 20 200

Dai Lung Streetmaster Med. AutoPistol +0 J E 2D6+3 12 2 UR 50m 250
H&K MP-2013 Lt. SMG +1 J C 2D6+3 30 32 ST 150m 450


ROLE: Nomad (65 Char. Pts)
INT: 7 REF: 10 TECH: 10
COOL: 5 ATTR: 10 LUCK: 3
MA: 8 BODY: 5 EMP: 7

LIFT: 200 CRRY: 50

BTM: -2 IP: 0
SAVE: 5 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 10 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

family: +5 ( ) endurance: +2 (BODY)
awareness/notice: +4 ( INT) wilderness survival: +3 ( INT)
athletics: +6 ( REF) brawling: +3 ( REF)
driving: +5 ( REF) melee: +1 ( REF)
rifle: +5 ( REF) basic tech: +6 (TECH)

resist torture or drugs: +1 (COOL) streetwise: +1 (COOL)
social: +1 ( EMP) accounting: +2 ( INT)
hide/evade: +3 ( INT) library search: +1 ( INT)
stock market: +1 ( INT) AV tech: +3 (TECH)
disguise: +1 (TECH) electronic security: +3 (TECH)

CyberAudio with: Wearman
Rippers (2D6 dam)
CyberOptics: Infrared

Armor EV SP EB
Kevlar T-Shirt 0 10 90

Militech Arms Avenger Med. AutoPistol +0 J E 2D6+1 10 2 VR 50m 250


ROLE: Nomad (63 Char. Pts)
INT: 6 REF: 10 TECH: 9
MA: 10 BODY: 6 EMP: 7

LIFT: 240 CRRY: 60

BTM: -2 IP: 0
SAVE: 6 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 0 | 20 | 20 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

family: +3 ( ) endurance: +2 (BODY)
awareness/notice: +8 ( INT) wilderness survival: +5 ( INT)
athletics: +3 ( REF) brawling: +3 ( REF)
driving: +3 ( REF) melee: +4 ( REF)
rifle: +5 ( REF) basic tech: +4 (TECH)

strength feat: +3 (BODY) oratory: +1 (COOL)
social: +1 ( EMP) botany: +1 ( INT)
education & gen. knowledge: +1 ( INT) history: +1 ( INT)
stock market: +1 ( INT) system knowledge: +1 ( INT)
dodge/escape: +1 ( REF) submachinegun: +2 ( REF)
forgery: +2 (TECH) gyro tech: +1 (TECH)

CyberOptics: Camera
CyberOptics: Targeting scope (+1 to smartgun att.)
Reflex Boost (Sandevistan – +2 init. rolls)

Armor EV SP EB
Hvy. Armor Jacket 2 20 250

H&K MPK-11 Hvy. SMG +0 L C 4D6+1 30 20 ST 200m 700


ROLE: Fixer (53 Char. Pts)
INT: 7 REF: 4 TECH: 6
COOL: 8 ATTR: 3 LUCK: 10
MA: 3 BODY: 2 EMP: 10

LIFT: 80 CRRY: 20

BTM: 0 IP: 0
SAVE: 2 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 5 | 5 | 5 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

streetdeal: +5 ( ) intimidate: +6 (COOL)
persuasion or fast talk: +3 ( EMP) awareness/notice: +5 ( INT)
brawling: +3 ( REF) handgun: +2 ( REF)
melee: +3 ( REF) forgery: +4 (TECH)
pick lock: +5 (TECH) pick pocket: +4 (TECH)

endurance: +1 (BODY) swimming: +1 (BODY)
oratory: +1 (COOL) chemistry: +1 ( INT)
composition: +1 ( INT) library search: +1 ( INT)
physics: +1 ( INT) programming: +1 ( INT)
stock market: +1 ( INT) martial art(___________): +1 ( REF)
pilot gyro: +1 ( REF)
CyberOptics: Infrared
CyberAudio with: Wearman
Rippers (2D6 dam)

Armor EV SP EB
Spiked Leather Jacket 0 5 150

Federated Arms X-22 Lt. AutoPistol +0 J E 1D6+1 10 2 ST 50m 150


ROLE: Fixer (50 Char. Pts)
INT: 7 REF: 5 TECH: 5
MA: 9 BODY: 4 EMP: 3

LIFT: 160 CRRY: 40

BTM: -1 IP: 0
SAVE: 4 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 0 | 20 | 20 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

streetdeal: +2 ( ) intimidate: +8 (COOL)
persuasion or fast talk: +4 ( EMP) awareness/notice: +3 ( INT)
brawling: +2 ( REF) handgun: +3 ( REF)
melee: +3 ( REF) forgery: +4 (TECH)
pick lock: +5 (TECH) pick pocket: +6 (TECH)

interview: +1 ( EMP) anthropology: +2 ( INT)
composition: +1 ( INT) geology: +1 ( INT)
hide/evade: +1 ( INT) zoology: +1 ( INT)
archery: +1 ( REF) martial art(___________): +1 ( REF)
pilot gyro: +1 ( REF) cyberdeck design: +1 (TECH)
electronics: +1 (TECH)
CyberAudio with: Radio Splice
Slice ‘n Dice (2D6 dam)
CyberAudio with: Digital Recording Link

Armor EV SP EB
Hvy. Armor Jacket 2 20 250

H&K MPK-11 Hvy. SMG +0 L C 4D6+1 30 20 ST 200m 700


ROLE: Solo (49 Char. Pts)
INT: 9 REF: 9 TECH: 3
MA: 3 BODY: 6 EMP: 5

LIFT: 240 CRRY: 60

BTM: -2 IP: 0
SAVE: 6 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 14 | 14 | 14 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

combat sense: +4 ( ) awareness/notice: +4 ( INT)
athletics: +5 ( REF) handgun: +7 ( REF)
martial art(___________): +5 ( REF) melee: +1 ( REF)
rifle: +4 ( REF) stealth: +2 ( REF)
submachinegun: +7 ( REF) weaponsmith: +1 (TECH)

swimming: +1 (BODY) intimidate: +1 (COOL)
seduction: +1 ( EMP) social: +1 ( EMP)
botany: +1 ( INT) chemistry: +1 ( INT)
shadow/track: +1 ( INT) dodge/escape: +2 ( REF)
operate hvy. machinery: +1 ( REF) paint or draw: +1 (TECH)
photo film: +1 (TECH)
CyberOptics: Infrared
Reflex Boost (Kerenzikov – +1 init. rolls)
Vampires (1D6/3 dam)

Armor EV SP EB
Light Armor Jacket 0 14 150

Fabrica D’Armes M2012 Hvy. Assault Rifle +2 N P 6D6+2 30 4 VR 400m1400
Dai Lung Cybermag 15 Lt. AutoPistol -1 P C 1D6+1 10 2 UR 50m 50
Sternmeyer SMG 12 Hvy. SMG -1 L E 3D6 30 15 VR 200m 500
H&K MP-2013 Lt. SMG +1 J C 2D6+3 30 32 ST 150m 450

Rael Sanchez

ROLE: Medtechie (62 Char. Pts)
INT: 7 REF: 4 TECH: 8
MA: 8 BODY: 7 EMP: 4

LIFT: 280 CRRY: 70

BTM: -2 IP: 0
SAVE: 7 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 18 | 18 | 18 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

medical tech: +5 ( ) human perception: +4 ( EMP)
awareness/notice: +3 ( INT) diagnose illness: +1 ( INT)
education & gen. knowledge: +7 ( INT) library search: +3 ( INT)
zoology: +1 ( INT) basic tech: +6 (TECH)
cryotank operation: +2 (TECH) pharmaceuticals: +8 (TECH)

stock market: +2 ( INT) teaching: +1 ( INT)
cybertech: +8 (TECH)

CyberAudio with: Phone Link
Rippers (2D6 dam)

Armor EV SP EB
Med. Armor Jacket 1 18 200

Dai Lung Streetmaster Med. AutoPistol +0 J E 2D6+3 12 2 UR 50m 250



ROLE: StreetPunk (65 Char. Pts)
INT: 10 REF: 5 TECH: 8
COOL: 7 ATTR: 4 LUCK: 10
MA: 9 BODY: 2 EMP: 10

LIFT: 80 CRRY: 20

BTM: 0 IP: 0
SAVE: 2 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 20 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

intimidate: +2 (COOL) streetwise: +3 (COOL)
persuasion or fast talk: +2 ( EMP) awareness/notice: +2 ( INT)
brawling: +2 ( REF) melee: +2 ( REF)
rifle: +2 ( REF) stealth: +6 ( REF)
submachinegun: +4 ( REF) pharmaceuticals: +3 (TECH)
pick lock: +1 (TECH)

CyberAudio with: Amplified Hearing
Vampires (1D6/3 dam)
Slice ‘n Dice (2D6 dam)

Armor EV SP EB
Flack Vest 1 20 200

H&K MP-2013 Lt. SMG +1 J C 2D6+3 30 32 ST 150m 450


ROLE: Corporate (51 Char. Pts)
INT: 7 REF: 5 TECH: 3
MA: 7 BODY: 4 EMP: 9

LIFT: 160 CRRY: 40

BTM: -1 IP: 0
SAVE: 4 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

resources: +6 ( ) personal grooming: +7 (ATTR)
wardrobe & style: +2 (ATTR) human perception: +5 ( EMP)
social: +1 ( EMP) persuasion or fast talk: +3 ( EMP)
awareness/notice: +1 ( INT) education & gen. knowledge: +4 ( INT)
library search: +7 ( INT) stock market: +4 ( INT)

anthropology: +1 ( INT) history: +1 ( INT)
wilderness survival: +2 ( INT) athletics: +1 ( REF)
dance: +1 ( REF) pilot dirigible: +1 ( REF)
AV pilot: +1 ( REF) submachinegun: +1 ( REF)
cyberdeck design: +1 (TECH) first aid: +1 (TECH)
pick pocket: +1 (TECH)

CyberAudio with: Amplified Hearing

Armor EV SP EB
Heavy Leather Suit 0 4 50

Arasaka Miniami 10 Med. SMG +0 J E 2D6+3 40 20 VR 200m 500


ROLE: Nomad (50 Char. Pts)
INT: 4 REF: 6 TECH: 5
COOL: 10 ATTR: 4 LUCK: 2
MA: 4 BODY: 6 EMP: 9

LIFT: 240 CRRY: 60

BTM: -2 IP: 0
SAVE: 6 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 5 | 5 | 5 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

family: +4 ( ) endurance: +3 (BODY)
awareness/notice: +4 ( INT) wilderness survival: +1 ( INT)
athletics: +7 ( REF) brawling: +4 ( REF)
driving: +5 ( REF) melee: +3 ( REF)
rifle: +6 ( REF) basic tech: +3 (TECH)

wardrobe & style: +1 (ATTR) intimidate: +1 (COOL)
perform: +1 ( EMP) anthropology: +1 ( INT)
hide/evade: +2 ( INT) AV pilot: +1 ( REF)
aero tech: +1 (TECH) cybertech: +1 (TECH)
pharmaceuticals: +1 (TECH)
Big Knucks (1D6 + 2 dam)

Armor EV SP EB
Spiked Leather Jacket 0 5 150

Kalishnikov A-80 Hvy. Assault Rifle -1 N E 6D6+2 35 25 ST 400m 550



ROLE: StreetPunk (35 Char. Pts)
INT: 4 REF: 3 TECH: 4
MA: 5 BODY: 4 EMP: 4

LIFT: 160 CRRY: 40

BTM: -1 IP: 0
SAVE: 4 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

intimidate: +1 (COOL) persuasion or fast talk: +4 ( EMP)
awareness/notice: +1 ( INT) brawling: +1 ( REF)
dodge/escape: +2 ( REF) handgun: +1 ( REF)
martial art(___________): +3 ( REF) melee: +2 ( REF)
submachinegun: +1 ( REF) pick lock: +2 (TECH)
pick pocket: +3 (TECH)

CyberArm with: Heavy Pistol

Armor EV SP EB
Heavy Leather Suit 0 4 50

Sternmeyer Type 35 Hvy. AutoPistol +0 J C 3D6 8 2 VR 50m 400
Sternmeyer Stakeout 10 Shotgun -2 N R 4D6 10 2 ST 50m 450



ROLE: Nomad (50 Char. Pts)
INT: 8 REF: 6 TECH: 7
MA: 3 BODY: 5 EMP: 6

LIFT: 200 CRRY: 50

BTM: -2 IP: 0
SAVE: 5 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

family: +5 ( ) endurance: +4 (BODY)
awareness/notice: +1 ( INT) wilderness survival: +4 ( INT)
athletics: +4 ( REF) brawling: +4 ( REF)
driving: +3 ( REF) melee: +7 ( REF)
rifle: +3 ( REF) basic tech: +5 (TECH)

personal grooming: +1 (ATTR) interrogation: +1 (COOL)
seduction: +1 ( EMP) persuasion or fast talk: +1 ( EMP)
accounting: +1 ( INT) geology: +1 ( INT)
language(___________): +1 ( INT) mathematics: +1 ( INT)
programming: +1 ( INT) teaching: +2 ( INT)
heavy weapons: +1 ( REF) pilot dirigible: +1 ( REF)
electronics: +1 (TECH)
Big Knucks (1D6 + 2 dam)
CyberOptics: Antidazzle

Armor EV SP EB
Heavy Leather Jacket 0 4 50

Uzi Miniauto 9 Lt. SMG +1 J E 2D6+1 30 35 VR 150m 475

Generic Kruger Solo

ROLE: Solo (65 Char. Pts)
INT: 7 REF: 8 TECH: 6
MA: 7 BODY: 6 EMP: 8

LIFT: 240 CRRY: 60

BTM: -2 IP: 0
SAVE: 6 REP: 0
Location: Head|Torso|R.Arm|L.Arm|R.Leg|L.Leg:
: 1 | 2-4 | 5 | 6 | 7-8 | 9-0 :
Armor SP: 0 | 10 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 :
:Light Ser. Cri. Mor0 Mor1:
Stun: 0 1 2 3 4 :
:Mor2 Mor3 Mor4 Mor5 Mor6:
Stun: 5 6 7 8 9 :

combat sense: +5 ( ) awareness/notice: +4 ( INT)
athletics: +4 ( REF) handgun: +6 ( REF)
martial art(___________): +3 ( REF) melee: +3 ( REF)
rifle: +5 ( REF) stealth: +6 ( REF)
submachinegun: +4 ( REF)

personal grooming: +1 (ATTR) strength feat: +1 (BODY)
oratory: +1 (COOL) streetwise: +1 (COOL)
gamble: +2 ( INT) hide/evade: +1 ( INT)
system knowledge: +1 ( INT) archery: +1 ( REF)
dance: +1 ( REF) pilot fixed wing: +1 ( REF)
basic tech: +1 (TECH) demolitions: +1 (TECH)
play instrument: +2 (TECH)

Reflex Boost (Kerenzikov – +1 init. rolls)
Vampires (1D6/3 dam)
CyberOptics: Infrared

Armor EV SP EB
Kevlar T-Shirt 0 10 90

Uzi Miniauto 9 Lt. SMG +1 J E 2D6+1 30 35 VR 150m 475
H&K MPK-11 Hvy. SMG +0 L C 4D6+1 30 20 ST 200m 700


Corporate Report: Kruger Bioprime

Industry: Biotech. Custom Organisms for the defense and agriculture

HQ: Dallas

Regional Offices: Night City, D.C., Chicago, Boston

Name & Location of major shareholder: Anthony Linsky, Geneva.

Employees: 1200; Troops: 110; Covert: 6


Kruger is a 10 year old company. Kruger specializes in
hard-to-design, hard-to-produce custom organisms for special
applications. Most of its business is with the US provisional
government. However, it is trying to diversify, hoping to be bought
out by Militech. It went public 5 years ago, and is doing well, but
not well enough to attract much new investment or interest. The Board
is hoping for a breakthrough with the Cadence Canyon project.

Equipment and Resources:

4 AV-4’s (legally owned)
2 AV-4’s (illegally obtained)
The home office and the Cadence Canyon facility have non-surgery
capable infirmaries.


Micky’s Data Fortress

**CV T***
** *** *
*X12 A *
** **

1,2,3,4 = MU
* = Data Wall
G = Code Gate
T = Terminal in Micky’s Office
V = Micky’s MetroCar
C = Security Cams in the Gym
L = Alarm

Data Walls: +4
Code Gate: +2
System INT: 3
System Skills:
Library Search
Stock Market

Defense Location Code Notes
Watchdog M1 A –
Killer IV M4 B –
Stun M3 – In M3

File Type Location Locked?
HomeWare interface questions Inter-Office M1 no
New ACS alias Inter-Office M1 no
C. Bazer address/phone # Inter-Office M1 no
zombie process Inter-Office M1 no
dial-in line changes Inter-Office M1 no
NEW OPTIONS & MORE Inter-Office M1 no
RE: Memorandum ambiguities Inter-Office M1 no

Micky’s Black Book Database M4 yes
Prime Client List Database M4 yes
Shit List Database M4 yes

Memo: creating warez that sells Business Records M1 no
Memo: dialogic stuff Business Records M1 no
Memo: CyDeck performance tests Business Records M1 no
Venn Diagram of Life Autumnal Business Records M1 yes
Q2 financials (draft) Business Records M2 yes

People we have Blackmail on Grey Ops M3 yes
Meeting reminder Grey Ops M3 yes
Did you get my voice mail? Grey Ops M3 yes
Kruger Grey Ops M3 yes

Financials Transactions M1 no
Balance Sheet Transactions M1 yes

Ray A Reaux


Tired of your old campaign? Are the PCs getting somewhat institutionalized,
with no new challenged. Do you want to create a new campaign world, but
still retain the old PCs. These are suggestions for switching campaigns
gracefully, but also spectacularly. The idea is to give a reason and
background for the shift, and make it something more than “Bob, the game
master is tired of his old campaign, so he said that we found a cubic gate
and want to go plane hopping.”

In order to switch campaigns, “kill” the PCs. Actually put them in a no-win
situation where they will all die. Remember, you want ALL the players
DEAD! Leaving one or two alive can cause problems since he or she may want
to resurrect the dead PCs. Also, do not arbitrarily kill them, make them go
out with a BANG, not a whimper. It is kind of unheroic to be told “Well
John, you were walking in a dark ally, and some assassin snuck up behind you
and stuck a knife in you. You’re dead.”

[In my campaign, I had the PCs fight an entire wagon train of vampires and
attendant werewolves. However, the PCs, being their normal perverse
selves, almost destroyed the vampires. They tracked the wagon train back to
the nasties’ lair, which had an entire village of vampire and werewolves.
Even high level characters will be overwhelmed by an entire village of
vampires and werewolves, and the characters did destroy a lot of them in a
knock-down drag out fight, and they went out with a BANG.]

The idea of course is not to destroy the PCs but to give an imaginative way
to shift campaign worlds. So introduce several NPCs before they go to their
doom, and have one of them be a disguised demigod on a recruiting mission.
It would be great if the NPC is introduced early, (not as a demigod but as
someone of moderate competence but not overshadowing the PC), the rationale
being that he or she is scouting the PCs’ abilities. When a PC dies, the
NPC demigod collects their spirit/soul.

The follow-up campaign can start on a different plane or, as in my campaign,
sometime in the future. It is up to them to learn about the new world that
they are in, and the stranger the world from what they know, the more
interesting it will be for them to explore. This is a good opportunity to
“retune” the PCs, that is adapt their possessions to the new campaign by
removing unwanted items.

[I started with the same PCs finding themselves naked on top of a butte.
They saw two bodies near by, an unconscious man, and a summoning circle.
They later found out that they have been summoned by the three into their
future to either redeem or destroy their people. Turns out an evil force
called the Blood God had convinced humans to wipe out most of the other
races, and had then enslaved the humans, all but one nation of “good”
humans. The old gods were no longer worshipped, and forgotten.]

If you shift them into a campaign setting into the future, you can tantalize the
PCs with things familiar from their time. For instance:

[The PCs discovered that there was a “Tomb of Heroes” built just after their
“death” and dedicated to them for their heroic services in the past

History can also provide interesting side plots such as trying to get
information about what happened to their people, or even how to regain what
they have lost. For instance, to regain their favorite magic items, they
might have to look in old dusty tomes to find it, and once they do, how do
they get it back from whoever owns it now, if anyone. And their magic items
may now have history, after all would it not be interesting to know that the
that their +3 longsword named Brightwind was used in the Orc Campaign and is
now known by the Orcs as Crouch Splitter. You can also have the magic items
change, gaining/losing powers. Or else, as in my campaign:

[ The PCs went to the Tomb, where each found their best magic item from past
with a special supplemental power thrown in by the demigods so that they
could meet their god-ordained test. Along similar lines, they found that an
old NPC they knew, a dragon, was now the grandaddy of all dragons and the
only good dragon left alive.]

Prophecies and old histories work well. And what is written is never the
same as what actually occurred. You could have fun with the effects of
distortions on historical recollections. “Hmm, is that the church I
established. Their interpretation of my writings was never what I intended,
I guess I have to set them straight.” Or perhaps their battles have been
exaggerated out of proportion by minstrels. ” Hey, he’s singing about me
when I held the pass at Dragon’s Beak. Did I really hold it against 50
trolls by myself, I thought there were only 7, and I thought you were there

If you are prophecy minded, the PCs might have to unravel prophecies to
figure out why they are where they are. And if you do time translation,
since it is into the future, you don’t have to worry about paradoxes.

[ The PCs had to wade through old books of history they found in the Tomb of
heroes and tomb of kings to find out that their reason for being there was
to be judged by the gods. They found clues in old folk songs which spoke of
them and their deeds, as well as what the gods had inspired prophetic bards
to compose. They had to look at prophecies from the Red Book of Calcalsan
the Mad, an ancient prophet who lived after the PCs time, and was known for
his convoluted, but always correct prophecies.]

If you use this campaign shifting method, you need an epic villain,
something other than that nest of werewolves to kill. A quest format may be
appropriate where everything leads up to a final confrontation.

[In my campaign, the PCs were up against the Blood God who was an ancient
elf who had disguised himself as a human to lead the humans to destruction.
He wanted revenge because humans had destroyed his wife and nation in ages
past. The PC’s eventually got to the Blood God, after wading through giants,
dragons, and his ogre legions, but was at a dilemma as to what to do with
this elf, the last of his race. They chose to kill him instead of showing
mercy. The major gods judged humans as flawed and rabid, with no capacity
for mercy, and decided to destroy the world and remake it.]

This led to another, more spectacular way of changing campaigns.

[ In my campaign, several of the lesser gods, including the one who had
chose them, sided with the humans and took the most worthy of them with them
through a tunnel of light to another plane. So began a third campaign, the
exploration of a new world, rebuilding of a civilisation, and the evolution
of the PCs into demigod hood. ]

Sutekh and Adaz move house or Real Estate, cheap. Adventurer’s Dream
Jeff Stehman


[Editor’s note. What was written below was not intended for the
but as a kind of follow up on Jeff’s great net stories about Sutekh and Adaz
now happily married and living in the temple. The plot idea at end is a great
one and after talking with Jeff, decided that this was as good a way to
present it as any! Hope you find such housing for your PCs]

Now, Sutekh tries to be a reasonable man. Understanding that living on the
grounds of a temple in the boondocks is not his wife’s idea of paradise, he
agreed to quit his job and move to a city. He even went so far as to allow
her to make most of the arrangements for the move, hire the servants, etc.

He finds out, belatedly, that they are moving into a huge mansion they could
not reasonably be expected to afford. How are they managing this, he asks.
It’s being given to us, Adaz replies. Why, he inquires. We promised to
renovate the house and raise the standards of the neighborhood, she replies.
Oh, I see; and how, might I ask, are we going to do that? Don’t worry, she
answers, it will only be a few days work– maybe a few nights, too. Blink,
blink. Are there undead in this house?

Got it in one. It seems ancestors of some rather well-to-do family have not
been resting in peace. Many of them meddled in dark arts and set themselves
up as protectors of their own crypts. Over the years, this trickled down to
those who had nothing to do with light arts, much less dark arts. The
current heir is understandably a little upset, as he would is hoping for a
little peace and quiet upon his death. In order to break the curse, a new
family must take up permanent residence in the house. Naturally, no one is
that stupid, except Sutekh’s wife. The heir claims that the undead don’t
bother anyone as long as their personal space is not violated. (Over the
years their personal space has grown to encompass most of the house.)
Undead, however, are a rather touchy subject from Sutekh. He recently had
the crap beat out of him by one vampire, spent five weeks in an infirmary,
and then got bitten by another vampire. The heir promises that there are no
vampires in the family, but he is rather vague on what all is in there. Oh,
a variety of things, he says. Wee.

Adaz has apparently already taken the time to clear a wing of the house for
living space, while Sutekh is expected to take care of the rest of the
house. (Notice that he hasn’t actually volunteered for anything yet, nor
been offered a choice.) At least she has been kind enough for an old
clerical friend to help in this endeavour, but she sees this as an ideal
opportunity for her husband. You see, while staying at the temple, any
time he was called upon by king and country to use his talents as a spy, he
was gone for two weeks to two months. (Phantom Steed is his best spell;
cuts travel time *way* down.) And that was two or three times a year.
Inconvenient when one has a three year old son whose growth one would like
to witness. But now that is all a thing of the past. When he gets the
irresistible urge to fill his hand with steel, he need only walk down the

Yes, that’s right, it’s an adventurers dream home. What are you up to
today dear? I was thinking about flushing that wight out of the west wing.
Okay, but try not to be late for lunch. Heck, there’s even treasure in
those crypts.

Anyone want to buy a house *real* cheap?

The Changeling Curse
John Hays


The curse of an ancient evil Wizard King of an extinct, or nearly so,
race*, placed with his dying breath against the Human, Dwarven, and Elvan
races begins to rise after several centuries. A wizard, who was but a
young boy at the final battle has finally determined the location of the
Wizard King’s lab. Due to his advancing age and the dangers involved he
needs a party of adventures to retrieve the papers of the long dead King,
so he can determine the nature of the curse, and plan to defeat it.

* The race was a race of Changelings, capable of assuming the form and
specific appearance of any humanoid. The Wizard King planned to have the
Dwarves and Elves annihilate by having his race attack the two in the
others’ appearances. The Elves and Dwarves became so entangled in the
war, that they couldn’t see what was happening until the humans made them
listen and see what was happening. Then the three races joined forces to
eradicate the changelings.

Secret Nation
Alaric B. Williams


Netrunner PC is asked by journalist to intercept terms of treaty/declaration
of war due to be sent from enemy HQ to Whitehouse. PC is to hack into
communications node in the middle of the Pacific, set up a filter for that
message, and basically sit and wait for it. Simple enough.

However, while waiting, with a puff of error messages, a shocked looking NPC
materialises in the Node. He was connected through to his girlfriend on
holiday somewhere when the line broke up and he appeared here. He knows
little about comms and is mostly shocked. When the PC tells him to send a
hangup code, which should clear the problem, it doesn’t seem to work. Just
brings up cryptic error messages that give slight clue:

‘NODE #2342876123@NORTHPOLE – Invalid security access block, request
packet denied’

Typical computer gibberish. Anyway, the message duly turns up, and the PC
flits off to sell it to his journalist, who will publish it long before the
official release date, getting tonnes of money.

Anyway, a couple of missions later, the same NPC who was in the Node is
found in the PCs house – sitting in the lounge when the PC gets home. He is
a mostly cybernetic type, who head butted a speeding bullet a few years ago,
and has lost most of his personality. He is a programmed killing machine
under the control of a secret nation on the North Pole.

Anyway, he is very obtuse in talking, and sounds kinda mechanical and flat.
Answering all the PCs questions, although not very usefully, he takes the PC
outside to a small unmarked van. Any attempts at attack he will simply dodge
with unbelievable speed, thanks to his super hi-tech cyberware. If
necessary, he will pick up and carry the PC. But he will not hurt them.

When he gets them to the truck, inside is a powerful microwave transmitter
and a weird gadget, which is a very advanced network access device – it
scans in your entire molecular structure, converting you to energy in the
process. As you are actually in there rather than having senses fed back to
your brain through cables, the interaction quality is superb, plus the fact
that you can be rematerialised at another similar doorway.

This doorway leads to an assembly hall at the North Pole nation, who are a
secret society trying to sort out the screwed up economic state of the
planet for purely moral reasons. They have several underground bases, and
are alleviated of the problems of cold arctic conditions by having
everything exist in computers. They only materialise in the real world to
fix things and perform assassinations etc. in the real world. They have good
motives, but will kill, lie, and cheat to reach them.

Anyway, their interest with the PC is what was he doing intercepting that
treaty? They are suspicious that if they have successfully kept an entire
nation secret by keeping it solely in a few kilos of computer, another group
might, possibly intent upon world dictatorship, and they suspect the PC of
being an agent.

Which basically leaves the PC with a few choices: 1) Work out a way of convincing them of his purely monetary motives for
taking the data

2) Try and escape, possibly to alert world governments of the secret nation
if they are vindictive

3) While doing one of the above, stumble across a REAL other secret nation
devoted to world power!!!

4) Join the secret nation and get some cool software/cyberware,
becoming one of their real world operatives

UFO Conspiracy
Nils Jeppe


One neat plot idea I have for a Cyberpunk(tm) game, but haven’t tried yet, is
that the players have to uncover the UFO Conspiracy: The U.S. government, in
alliance with some other nations and large corporation’s, has made a secret
treaty with an alien race from Zeta Reticuli. The aliens offer the humans
technology; in exchange, they are allowed to abduct people and cattle and to
perform experiments on them, use women to implant alien foetuses (sp?), etc.
The government is trying to cover up this, of course, so the players will have
all kinds of fun with government, cooperation and later on, alien agents. The
scenario would include interviewing abductees, examining landing sites, or
perhaps even a crash site, breaking into corp/government data bases (to unearth
secret information), infiltrating military bases, and so on. It would probably
work best as a Cyber style games (or even Lovecraft Mythos games); and perhaps
shouldn’t be fashioned into your existing long term campaign, because it has a
VERY large impact on your world. Should be a cool one-shot or short term
campaign. PS, to get ideas I would recommend getting onto the various UFO
related newsgroups/echoes on the various networks.

Sheep killer
Mark Green


A small village named Stonemire is plagued by a series of sheep killings
during winter. A fair has stopped nearby whilst the mountain passes are
frozen. A friendly Troll living underneath a nearby bridge is arrested for
the killings. A Bugbear has moved into a nearby deserted Watchtower and when
vanquished has been feeding sheep remains to his guard dog. However, the
true killer is a werewolf travelling with the fair/circus. A final fight
takes place in an old windmill. I involved a sub-plot about a local Swanmay
living beneath a waterfall and a Kobold bandit group camped out on the
nearby frozen lake. The winter effects (icicles collapsing in the swanmay’s
lair, the frozen lake combat, the effects of snow on tracking) play a large
part in this scenario, which was paced for two start-up characters. They
must trade some maps found at the Kobold camp to their local Sage in
exchange for the loan of silver weapons to defeat the Werewolf. They find
out about this necessity in a book on Shapechangers in the Study of a Zombie
at the graveyard. Other plots abound in this sleepy village!

The Alchemist’s Palafitte
Mark Green

Building A Palafitte (Large wooden construction on stilts) sits out on a lake. It
was the Temple of an alchemist, and is shaped as a large cross. Each of the
four wings has an “elemental” theme; Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The central
Tower cannot be entered until a special elemental treasure has been
collected from each of the four quarters. The Palafitte is filled with
Manikins, animated human dummies who attack slowly, are highly armoured, but
have “strings” which can be severed. The central tower contains floating
globes which are the remnants of the soul of the old alchemist, and cast
spells at the party. This adventure was run for five startup characters.

Graeme Adamson with Karl Kaufmann


Scenario: The PCs have been transported to Earth, circa 1995, either on a
quest, or mysteriously for an unknown reason. They cannot leave until they
have recovered a plane travelling artefact (the Blue Velvet Orb), which is
located at the top of the Post Office tower in London (or city of your
choice), and used it at a particular location at a particular time (the
artefact will guide them there as the time approaches.

Start: They find themselves in a small room, and can hear a lot of noise
behind the single door. Behind the door of this storeroom is a huge hall
currently being used for a Fantasy Role-playing tournament. They will
likely get comments about their great costumes, and will initially hear
things coming from the 100 or so gaming tables like “Fireball! Hit the
floor!”. Feel free to embellish. If any trouble is caused, the police will
be called by the organisers.

Problems: 1: Magic spells and effects have a 25% chance of failure; if a spell
fails, there is a 70% chance of it doing something strange (like a Fireball
becoming a burst of flowers), a 25% chance of it fizzling, and a 5% chance
of it backfiring.
2: The Post Office tower is locked (mechanically and electronically) and
3: The PCs will speak English with a strange (noticeable) accent.
4: The will have to con some jewellers into accepting their gold/silver coins.
5: The appointed time is a week away, so they’ll have to find lodging.
6: The appointed time and place: Wembley Football Stadium at kickoff time
of the FA Cup Final – in the centre of the soccer field (and the tickets are
sold out).
7: All Earth items will disintegrate gradually after they leave.
8: All the usual problems you’d expect when a bunch of D&D adventurers go
wandering around a modern day city.
9: Clerics cannot regain spells. They can however use their learnt spells
(with no chance of failure, but they have to last a week).
This adventure was a classic in our campaign. The GM at the time is now
playing a woman the characters met at a fencing tournament they stumbled
onto, and who accompanied the party back. Some notable events: the paladin
scored a critical hit on an opponent at the fencing tournament, apologised
to the victim, who was badly winded, then did it again! (two twenties in a
row from an 8th level paladin with 18-odd strength – he was disqualified).
The party was arrested, and had to escape from Scotland Yard. The FA Cup
Final was delayed slightly after a Fireball went off (giving us enough time
to get to the centre of the field and go).

The Forgetful Queen
Graeme Adamson


This plot revolves around a low-level female PC. There can be other members
in the party, but this plot focuses on her.

BACKGROUND: The female PC believes she is the daughter of some low-class
rural folk in a small country. She is aware that she bears a resemblance to
the current queen who is married to a young king. The queen disappears,
believed kidnapped, and forces are mobilised to try to find the missing queen.

The PC, while adventuring in other lands, gets attacked several times by
assassins (more than several; more like many), and discovers from one of
them that they were hired to kill the queen by some of the nobles. This
should happen a number of times, making the PC and her companions very
annoyed. She is sure that she definitely isn’t the queen. In an attempt to
find out what’s going on, she returns to her home country (still under
attack from assassins).

There she is discovered by the local Thieves’ Guild, and they fill her in on
some of the details; namely: she is actually the queen, but was mind wiped by
the king’s Grand Vizier under orders from the king, after she discovered
some of the king’s nefarious dealings. She was given the memories of a rural
woman with an uncanny resemblance to her, and switched with her to keep her
in a safe place (ie. out in the country). Later he decided to kill her, so
as to bring suspicion of treason upon some of the more powerful nobles,
giving him the chance to eliminate them. The PC accidentally escaped though,
and found herself adventuring, while the rural woman’s body has now been
found, and all believe it to be the queen, except some nobles, who want to
kill the PC so as to be able to present two bodies and thwart the king’s
plot. The Thieves’ Guild offer to help because of the instability the state
of the country is causing to them.

They can smuggle the PC and her companions into the palace, where she can
confront the king and his crony. During the fight (or whatever develops), the
Vizier should get killed, to prevent him reversing the mind wipe. If the king
is killed, the throne passes to her, or alternatively to the next male heir
(GM’s choice).



A perennial favorite question on the net is ways to start a campaign. A
recent incarnation of this was from Joshua Felsteiner
( who wrote: [edited slightly] ” Hi , I am a
new GM who has formed a group. The problem is how to have the players start.
I don’t know how to tell the story of their arrival to the world! I mean how
they met or born? or are they already formed as a grouped from the beginning
and I should start from that point? I want to make it better than that. Any

Here is collection of responses to this question and similar. Have fun.

Talk about it startups
Brian Trosko


I stick the players alone in a room for 15 minutes to a half an hour at the
start of the first session, and let them ad-lib it out. When I get back from
the store, where I’ve bought munchies, they tell me, and I take that data
and use it for adventure hooks. The only catch it, the players themselves
have to be reasonable about it. It might work for you, but then again, it
might not.

Friendly startup
Mike Masten


The player characters could be childhood friends that decide they want to go
out adventuring together before they settle into permanent jobs or something
in their community.

They all could have known someone that was a mutual friend to them and this
friend was killed/kidnapped/whatever. Therefore, they decide to help this
friend in need or a relative of this friend if the mutual friend is dead.

“The room grows misty…” startup
Phil Scadden


An obvious way to start a campaign, and a mechanism very like that of plots
much loved by fantasy authors, is to simply announce as the party gather
round that they have been transported as of now, as is and as dressed,
straight into the fantasy world. This is probably best for shortish high
fantasy campaigns, as no opportunity to role-play anyone other than
themselves, but many players will enjoy this for a shorter period.

The extent to which they are exactly themselves can be varied. Within the
fantasy world they might suddenly find they have special powers, items on
them (eg pens, house keys, rings, etc) might be mighty items (as in Thomas
Covenant series) in the new world. Can also have tranformations from skinny
literature student to muscle-bound hulk with a innate sword-fighting skills.
I’d stick with personalities and particularly their real knowledge being

Language is special one. What I would do let them be aware that what they
hear other people speak is a strange tongue but within themselves, they can
understand the speech (except for words special to the fantasy setting that
wont translate). Eg “Graco” might be a monster from the GM’s drug-crazed
imagination – they might get descriptions of Graco from NPC or find out the
hard way but it wont translate. With a little practise, they will find they
can speak back but not words that dont translate. Eg “semi-automatic
rifle”, “saltpeter”, and “bidet” might be good words that fail translation!

A typical opening might be telling them, ” the room suddenly fills with
mist, and you feel the chill of an autumn night. Slowly the mist clears and
you find yourselves together within a circle of standing stones below a
bright night sky of strange stars. A eerie green fire licks at the standing
stones but even as you watch it grows dim and dies. You are obviously in a
high place, with deep valleys below you. Small clusters of flickering lights
indicate these are inhabited. As you look around to try and get your
bearings, you eyes are drawn to a dull light hanging over a mountain far
away. Sometimes red, sometimes greenish, the light seems somehow
unwholesome. You become aware of dark figures beyond the stone circle…”

Swinging this on players gathered to plan what do to and stopping the
narrative at that point is probably best way to introduce it. Enough has
been said to rouse the players curiousity. If they like the concept, you can
get into gritty detail of deciding what changes to make in the transition
(if any), high or low fantasy, assigning game values to their own
characters, etc.

Some thoughts on character death needed. Players are playing themselves and
are obviously likely to feel the world events somewhat more personally than
playing a made up character. Re-introducing a PC in another character isnt
quite the same either (but could be done, especially if the player didnt
enjoy playing themself). One option is to have players body slowly turn to
mist. To get the player back again should involve returning to gate,
expending gross power, and some drawbacks for the player concerned.

High fantasy (“we have brought here to save the world”) is probably best
setting but only if player enjoy a little railroading. A much freer campaign
could begin with hearing an NPC beyond the standing stones say: “Oh
(expletive fails translation)! This isnt who we wanted!”. They cant be sent
back but arent going to be persuaded to save the world either.

The real fun in this campaign setting comes from players trying to use their
20th century knowlege and technology in the fantasy world. I wouldnt rule
any technology out but would be very tough on adjudicating whether player
efforts would work or not. Playing fair, they should not bring in knowlege
from reference works that they didnt have in their memory at the moment the
game started. (A good reason for making the start a surprise and then
arguing for it). Ie they would have to know he formula for gunpowder etc.
off top of their heads when the game started to attempt it. Of course, the
GM can make life a little difficult without being obstructive with a little
care about what is in the game world. Eg (on gunpowder again), saltpeter
wont translate. Game world has never heard of it. Even if players knew the
gunpowder formula, do they know how to find or make potassium nitrate?
Likewise, steel (as opposed to wrought iron) may not be a known technology.
Do they really know enough engineering and metallurgy to create a furnace to
produce it? Of course, GM needs to bone up a bit on medieval technology but
since this is fantasy, only what the GM is confortable with need be there.
Consistancy is the thing.

Group Creation startup
Brian W. Gruidl


What I like to do is give my group a brief idea of what is in our world and
let them create for themselves. I’m VERY open to their embellishing, but
will not allow magic items, special powers, etc. I then talk to each player
and “tweak” the character to fit into a certain area of the world. When we
reach agreement, I let him (all men – SORRY) search out information about
his region, politics, etc.

With respect to getting the group together, I have set up an Order of the
Tree (historically significant), whose charter is to seek adventure. This
gets rid of the uncomfortable “you meet in a bar” scenario.

Adventurer’s children startup
Guy Robinson


They are the children, relatives or apprentices of an former party of
adventurers that have by and large retired or have been killed. It
therefore becomes natural that they might be gathered to attempt a to form a
second generation of that same party.

I would have the local survivors of the former party around to act as
mentors, role models and the source of an occasional hand if your players’
characters need to be rescued or ransomed. I would not make them too high
level (4-8 perhaps) so their capabilities are notable rather than

If you adopt this I recommend you work out what ended the adventuring career
of the original party and make up character sheets for them using the rule
book guidelines on creating experienced characters. Perhaps there are some
matters left over that will warrant the new party’s attention at some later

You could have local landmarks bear signs of their experiences like the
place where the houses that the vengeful dragon burned down but which were
never rebuilt or the temple built around a fabulous altar stone brought back
from an expedition.

Treasure Map
Jay S. Robinson


I’m starting a campaign tonight with a group of new players and was mulling
over the same question. I’ve come up with the idea that there used to be a
fellow we’ll call Bob. Now Bob had a lot of gold/treasure/ whatever and
wanted it to be safe so he hid it/buried it/etc. and made a map. He then
tore this map into x number of pieces and got rid of them. (He had x kids?)
Anyway, after generations have gone by, the PC’s find themselves in
possession of the pieces of the map, or at least a few of them. Those
pieces each contain enough info to get them to their home town, wherever
you’re starting them out at. (Let me guess, Shadowdale.) And if this sounds
too bland, have some of the PC’s not have parts of the map, but have vital
knowledge to the missing pieces. There are plenty of ways to elaborate…
Just an idea.

Kings choice startup
Craig L Wigda


The king summons several adventures for a mission (say 50) after a short
question and answer session you are asked to enter the door to your right.
And there is the party. Pick which characters are in the room in which order
and give them some time to talk to each other. Then the king comes in a
briefs them on their mission.

I have used this so I could have characters that were moderately experienced
but had not worked together. I hate it when I’m at a con and the GM says you
are a party of adventures that have adventured together for x number of
years. Then you all fight among your selves or do not act as a group.

New employer startup
Craig L Wigda


You are down and out on your luck or last party of adventures you worked
with are all dead/retired/kicked you out (character picked one) and you are
looking for a new group to adventure with because you are broke/have no home
to go to/have yet to full fill some purpose (again each character picked
one). After spending all day searching out clues to adventure or employment
you return to your room at the inn to find a note with a strange item (in
the adventure I ran it was a coin made of mithril). Note tells you to meet
(location of GMs choice, mine was the bar so the employer could see them
before talking to them, plus he started a fight in the bar to see how they
handled themselves).

I used this so I could have characters that were moderately
experienced but had not worked together. I hate it when I’m at a con and the
GM says you are a party of adventures that have adventured together for x
number of years. Then you all fight among your selves or do not act as a

Wadda yer mean “Are we monsters?”…
Robert Hall


You could just have them all be the subject of a monster summoning spell… πŸ™‚

Lost in a dungeon startup
Daniel Romig


What i have done once or twice is to start the group in a dungeon. Don’t
tell them how they got there just say, you wake up in a 10×10 room and you
see x strangers. Have everyone describe themselves and go from there. You
can make the dungeon large or medium, you must however, make it big enough
so everyone has to work together to get out. This builds trust in the group,
lets them get to know each other and that they can work really good as a
team. When they get out, they can say “hey”, “we did pretty good getting
treasure, magic, whatever and maybe we should stick together”

This is good once in awhile but runs dry after the second or so time. I used
this before and it worked out fine.

“Wrong Company” Startup
Barbara Haddad


One option (that I find superior) is have them all come from the same
town/city. Have a tavern where all the ‘wrong’ people hang out [rebels,
artists] so that they will have a chance to drift together, meet each other
and decide to go out together and adventure. You might have a lot of fun
making their city of origin a fun place in and of itself — have their
families play parts — you can referee it for several games — AND then
they’ll always have a place to return to…………
…..and it helps settle in the player’s mind that their PCs ARE
rebels ….. that the ‘normal’ people live in cities and _stay_ there…

Bail with hooks startup
Chris Bourne


If you have a campaign world/city/town which you’ve worked out in advance,
you should be able to prepare a sheet or two of background info about major
religions, a map of the general area showing major towns, that sort of
stuff. Give this out while they are rolling up characters. It’s something
for the fast ones to read while they wait about πŸ™‚

My favourite way of beginning an adventure is in jail – the party have all
been arrested in a riot/bar brawl. They may not have been involved, but the
watch just grabbed the nearest half dozen citizens and locked them up.

They can then be offered the standard approach by an influential stranger
who can get them off the hook IF they perform this leetle service for them…

Unless your players have played in your world before, it isn’t a bad idea to
have an adventure which demands they travel right outside their own area, so
you don’t have to go into huge detail about their previous life history.
Ideally you want an adventure which takes place somewhere NONE of the
characters will ever have been before.

As for background, any players who don’t want to work out great detailed
backgrounds of their own can be told ‘You are a dwarf from the mountains in
the north’/’You ran away from your farming home and became a thief, because
you didn’t like your stepfather’ etc. If the player doesn’t actively seek a
detailed background, they will be happy with a minimal excuse for existing.

Those who do want a detailed background are capable of inventing their own
as a rule. They will say things like ‘Are there villages in the hills, I
think my character lived on the edge of the wilderness learning to track and
hunt’ To which you reply ‘Uh, yeah, there’s a village called Hillfort that
would do well. I expect your character hunted bighorn sheep, maybe wolves in
the winter, that sort of thing. There will have been orc raids to deal with
too…but only once every few years.’ Then make a squiggle on the map for
the player’s village (which you just invented).

Startup Ideas
Michal Bartek

Any 1.) Everyone meets in a bar and spontaneously decides to trust their
lives with each other. (Heard this one before?)

2.) The campaign starts just after everyone has been kidnapped by an evil
force. The characters MUST work together to save their skins.

3.) Some common goal (defeating evil group) draws them all together.

4.) The PCs are all relatives (brothers, cousins, etc.)

Volunteers? Startup
Joe Savino


The campaign I’m working on now begins with the PCs all being told, in an
announcement by the king, that they’d been selected for the quest to kill
the dragon. They’re gonna be just announced as “the , “.. (ie:
the Cleric, Erasumas)… then, they are gathered together, by the king, and
left alone for a bit in a meeting chamber… this’ll give ’em some time to
interact, and get a feel for each other.

Shipwreck Startup
Alex Oren


In my current campaign I asked the players for a reason to get on certain
ship enroute to the capital city.

Bad weather, angry gods, ship goes down.

PC’s manage to get to some of the life boats, are washed ashore some unknown
island and have to survive with virtually no equipment.

Mini-adventure Startup
Angelo F Benedetto


Whenever possible, and when a player seems interested, I try to run a
_short_ mini-adventure for each character before the main campaign gets
started. In this mini, you can set-up the character’s reason for being an
adventurer, this reason being shown by actual play as opposed to related
background. I find it tends to make the player relate to the background
more, since the events have been experienced rather than just described.

This method also works well for pairs of characters that already know each
other. It also allows for the introduction of special items into the
campaign. In this way, a character can start out with some item he/she
_earned_ in an adventure, rather than was given as background. To me, this
makes the item much more special. Also, it is guaranteed to go to the
character of your choice, as opposed to the character of the party’s choice,
if that makes sense to you.

Escape from slavery Startup
Jason Choi


PC’s are slaves of an evil, upstart empire. They have to cooperate in order
to escape their present predicament. They could’ve been enslaved because
their parents were unable to pay taxes, thus they were kidnapped by the
soldiers of the emperor. They have to combine their abilities in order to
devise a plan of escape.

Country boys Startup
Jason Choi

Startup PC’s are childhood friends living in a small hamlet or village. They’ve
worked hard over the past few summers and have earned enough money to go
travelling to the nearby Big city and follow their dreams and illusions of
grandeur (Ie. want fame & fortune). Being a small town, they are given the
blessings of the townsfolk (maybe a retired adventuring NPC actually lives
in this town, gives the PC’s some advice, and maybe a fine quality sword or
a contact to reach once they arrive at the big city).

Awoken from stasis
Jason Choi

Startup The PC’s are clones or simulacrum of Ancient Gods who are no more, either
having been destroyed, banished, or forgotten about. The PC’s of course have
no Godlike powers, because they were made when the said God’s were once
mortal. They have been kept in temporal stasis in a deep underground crypt
until someone finds them ( a party of adventurers, a wizard, or even a Lich
would be nice).The PC’s have no recollection of who they are or how they
came to be here, all they know is their names and have a deja vu about
everything. Plus a strange sense of kinship with one another. As a
substitute you can have them entombed in a iceberg or a glacier, and have
northmen come across them to chip them out of the ice (this is the scenario
I used once).

Evil character startup
Jason Choi

Startup For evil campaigns, I always find it useful to have good aligned PC’s hire
the evil PC’s to fight off evil. Such as having the evil pc’s in jail, the
only way they can gain freedom is if they perform a task for the ruling
council of the city or such. They can be ordered to track down an evil being
even more evil that themselves. Or to explore a uncharted region of land and
spy on the inhabitants. If the PC’s gain freedom but refuse to carry out
their orders, you can have the authorities after them, or bounty-hunter
NPC’s track them down everywhere they go. Another cruel element would be for
the GM to have a wizard put a quest or geas spell on each PC.

Save the clan startup
Jason Choi

Startup The PC’s brethren, their clan, tribe, race, whatever, are stricken with
poverty and are poor, near the brink of starvation & death. They have to
adventure to: 1) Find a lost or stolen artefact of legend to bring peace & prosperity
2) As representatives of their clan, tribe, whatever, they have to restore
honor, glory, and pride to their people by doing heroic deeds.
3) Perhaps find a new home for their people (Eg. Their race lives in a
secluded valley. Their people are fearful & afraid to leave the comforts of
their home, so the ruler charges the party to see what lies beyond their
isolated homeland.)
4) The PC’s must adventure to find weapons & food for their folk, to help in
a battle against some oppressing force (an orc tribe, an evil empire, etc).
They also take on the role as spies and assassins as they advance in level.

Convict company startup
Jason Choi

Startup The PC’s are imprisoned in the city dungeons for quite some time (they can
be, in this scenario, homeless street urchins). They spend a few years
growing older in jail, where they meet and get to know each other (you can
even have one of the PC’s be a Guard). The ruling council/or ruler has need
of several expendable people to do various tasks for them. They can pick all
the party members and have them trained and outfitted (swords, spell
components, etc) to: 1) Scout out unfamiliar, dangerous land in the name of the government.
Perhaps explore possible trade routes for merchants of the city, or spy on
the inhabitants of a forest, etc.

2) PC’s are sent as spies to a neighboring kingdom, where they are given the
name of a contact to look up. Once there, they find their contact near death
at an alleyway, arrows studded into his back, in hot pursuit, just as he
dies he hands the PC’s something (in this case, a scroll tube full of
parchment). The parchment scrolls can be the report of a nasty plot to
assassinate some king or queen, a list of known spies in other lands, a list
of strengths and weaknesses in the army, etc.

3) PC’s are assigned tasks to perform and are given little or no information
(I’m taking this idea from the movie-Point of no Return).They are simply
given straight forward instructions such as “Kill this noble” or “give NPC X
this note then walk away”. Make their simple actions turn out to be
profounding. Perhaps the note they have to give to “NPC X” is an invitation
to a masquerade ball sponsored by the nobility of the city their in. And the
ball is the staging area for an assassination attempt on the NPC’s life,
etc. The PC’s might even find themselves in the roll of the assassins.

4) Players can be ordered to infiltrate various underground groups that
secretly oppose the government in order to reveal the identities of the
members that comprise such secret orders. Perhaps the rulers need to know if
a thieves or assassins guild exists without their knowing it (and the ruler
thus wishes to enlist their services as spies & assassins). It could be the
parties job as well to set up a meeting between the ruler they are working
for and the guild master. Even more insidious would be that the ruler is
secretly setting up an ambush for the guild master without the PC’s
knowledge (which makes it look like the PC’s did it, which the ruler may
desire because they’ve outlived their usefulness). However, with some good
roleplay the Players might be able to convince the guild’s second-in-
command of the truth of the matter and devise a rescue attempt to free their
guild master.

Going into retirement – interview the new boys startup
Jim Opp


The most interesting start to a campaign I was involved with began with the
GM having us roll up (and write and extensive history for) a high level
adventuring party. The premise was that this was an old party heading for
retirement, and our first chore was to pick successors who could continue
the company. Our GM presented us with a list of 100 possible candidates
(no, he didn’t let us see the stats) and we had to design special tests and
trials to weed out the top candidates. When we made our final picks, then
the GM turned their stat sheets over to us (for better or worse…
fortunately the thief didn’t pick the absolute quickest hands, since that
character only had low wisdom and gave us a specific time period which we
decided what skills/abilities the veteran characters would teach the new
apprentices. Then we spent the rest of the time as the new players, trying
to make a name for ourselves and constantly running into old ghosts/old
scores from the “past” of the original party.

It takes a while before the real “adventuring” starts, but in my opinion it
was worth it! This campaign had the best group dynamics, because it was a
real group exercise, rather than everybody showing up with “mature”
characters who have extensive histories that are just waiting for that final
piece to make their life complete.

Hometown destruction Startup
Jeffrey S. Hanks


Characters all begin after hometown is destroyed by fire caused by
unknown attacker. They group together in hopes of finding out who attacked
and killed all of their loved ones, and destroyed the only home that they
ever knew. The characters would probably be out exploring ruins or caves
when the attackers came so that they were not there.

Rescue from Darklands
Ray A Reaux


I started a campaign where the PCs were people from the same home village,
and all were young and inexperienced (1st level). The PCs were a magic
user, a cleric, a fighter, a druid, a bard, and a ranger. Four PCs had
families in the village, and the ranger had friends. The Mage and Cleric
were brothers with the normal sibling rivalry. All were about the same age
and were friends, or at least friendly to each other. The first game day
was spent on light bantering and role-playing to develop the relationships
among the characters.

Twenty miles from the village was the Darklands, a huge monster-infested
region continuously enshrouded from the sun by darkness. The Darklands was
the home of a malevolent intelligence which had goblin armies to command.
The goblins often raided the frontier villages for slaves. At the end of the
first day of gaming, I had a large overwhelming force of goblins (about 60)
raid the village. The PCs had to try to react from their daily chores to
fight for their lives and family. All the PCs were knocked out (NOT KILLED,
and they later woke to find carnage around them, and signs that some people,
including family members and neighbors, had survived the massacre but were
slaves of the goblins and were being taken into the Darklands. Every
character except the ranger had a family member taken as captives. The Mage
and Cleric had their mother and sister captured. The Mage’s girlfriend had
also been taken. The fighter had a brother captured. The ranger wanted
revenge since his teacher and mentor had been killed by the goblins.
Besides, his duty was to rescue and protect the people. The adventurers had
to find useable supplies from the ruins of the village, and work together to
pursue the goblins into the Darklands.

The adventurers pursued the goblins deep into the Darklands, fighting
roving, hungry monsters until they came to the keep which was the
destination of the goblin raiding party. The PCs had to find out how to get
into the well-guarded keep and rescue their family. A frontal assault was
out of the question, so they had to rely on stealth. They also had to
contend with a “thin man” a low-level lich-like creature that was commanding
the goblins, but who answered to the malevolence that inhabited the

The PCs rescued their family and friends and 30 or so other odd slaves, and
escorted them back out of the Darklands, while being pursued by the goblins.
Once they got out of the Darklands, they had to find a place for the
people. Some of the people that they had liberated had been slaves most of
their lives and did not know how to care for themselves as free people. The
adventurers had to get money to build a new village for them (the old
village was destroyed, and was too close to the Darklands). They had to
raise money to actually purchase land and get building materials. Since
their was no convenient gold-laden dungeon laying around into which they
could fall into, the players had to be creative and come up with their own
money-making schemes. Their money making ventures included beast- catching
and running a small travelling circus, of course with the encounters with
brigands and other hazards of the road. Once they purchased the land, they
had to clear it of some monsters, and also deal with the local Baron who
demanded a tax to “protect” the village. The PCs later ran afoul of the
Baron when they accidentally killed one of the Baron’s men. They had to
leave the village, but not until they had made sure the village was firmly
established. The success of the campaign hinged on role-playing and real
NPCs. These NPCs gave the PCs motivations for what they were trying to do. I
gave the Mage and Cleric’s mother and sister personalities. The mother was
strong willed and became the village matriarch. The sister started openly
dating the Fighter which brought out the brotherly protective instincts of
the Mage and Cleric. The Mage’s girlfriend made the Mage jealous by
spending more time with the loud-mouthed boastful, but cowardly, obnoxious
village jerk that the Mage, Cleric, and Fighter despised (they had grown up
hating him). It was her ploy to get the Mage to quit stalling and marry
her. The despised jerk had the gift of gab with women who thought he was
the next best thing since the invention of baked bread. Even the Mage and
Cleric’s mother often took sides with him. I had several other women
chasing the “heroic” Cleric and ranger, after all they needed husbands.

I had other NPCs help, since I generally add one or two adventuring NPCs to
assist in the PCs with some skills that they do not have or as an avenue for
me to provide suggestions or information to the PCs. For instance, a
grizzled mountain man they encountered and enlisted said, “Yes, I know about
this creature. My grandpappie once told me about a hippogriff that he saw
this Church Knight ride. He said that it was the dangest thing you could
ever see. Bigger than a horse, and …”

Remember that when you are creating campaign, pay as much detail to the
environment as to the adventure. And by environment, I mean factors such as
NPCs and local politics. They add spice and motivations for the PCs and
bring out the role-playing in the players.

Island shipwreck Startup
Craig L Wigda


The shipwreck has a lot of potential. Make the island large. Wild natives,
smugglers, pirates, a small coast town (soon to be under attack). It throws
the party together with a nice starting story line. It could also be setup
such that the entire party is needed to capture a boat/ship and only
(depending on the number of PCs) the player PCs are willing to sail on the

I’ve done something similar to this. It was great fun. I also used the
non-weapon proficiencies. Only one character had sailing/boating so the PCs
made him captain. This was great fun, since that person got into the roll
of trying to command characters that did not know anything about a boat.

Note, a lot of this also depends on the people you are going to have. Are
they roll-playing, or hack and slash? Either way the island could be turned
into either type of game with a limited amount of work.

Empire’s Edge
Jeff Hildebrand

Village I just started running a PBEM and I told everyone to come up with characters
in a small (~200 people) village on the edge of an Empire. Justify what you
do there and you all know about each other because it’s so small. Worked
out pretty well.

Murder Mystery Startup
Jeff Hildebrand

Village In a game where I am playing, the GM set everyone up in a large city,
basically separately. Then, one NPC that we all knew was murdered. We met
at the funeral and found out that we each had one little piece of a puzzle
because he had been asking each of us some pointed questions but didn’t want
anyone to know too much, so needed to ask many people.

Scott’s Startups
Scott Compton


Maybe just start them off all in a crowd of people watching a bard playing a
song or something and the crowd is attacked by evil city guards that ban
music playing in the city. You and the group fights back and escapes: the
typical Robin Hood & gang scenario (outlaw bunch).

Or how about a council meeting… all characters represent some political

Or what about an ‘invitation-only’ party to some exotic tower out in the
middle of a dead forest. The typical Dracula start… πŸ˜‰

Team Spirit Reference Startup
Ronald Lawrence ROSSITER


There is an article in Dragon #208, called ‘Team Spirit’, that could give
you some ideas for party origins, customs and history. Also, another idea is
to make the players come up with the origin/meeting of the party after they
generate their characters (saves you from the work, as they know what they

The Net Book of Plots – Volume V

The Net Book of Plots

Volume V

Editors Note:
This book marks the first in a new format, made for conversion to HTML
and for indexing. My enormous thanks go to Alexander Forst
( and to Soh Kam Hung (
for their dedicated efforts in designing this tagging scheme and help in
tagging and editing the plots. I hope all enjoy this new collection and
dont forget to tell the authors how it went if you run a plot.

Tim Dickinson

Affliction A character (or a follower, or henchman) receives an “inheritance” they didn’t
know they had from their father or some more ancient ancestor. Note that these
types of inheritances don’t have to be land, wealth or possessions: sometimes
certain _rights_ were just as valuable. For instance the right to own land in
certain places, the right to start a business, or be exempt from taxes, or
whatever. For balance, it probably shouldn’t be something _too_ wonderful. It
may even have problems attached (squatters on land, politicians who don’t like
people exempt from taxes, etc.).

Tim Dickinson

Investigation There’s a killer on the loose in town. Someone (something?) is killing people
and stuffing them down chimneys and fireplace flues. People find out when they
light their morning fires and the smoke backs up. No visible wounds. Is it
poisoning? Demons? Rabid Santa Claus?

Tim Dickinson

Investigation Some washing women (damn, I’m sexist) are down by the river when something
horrible floats to the surface. They run back and tell everyone. Was it alive?
Dead? Is it there when someone goes to investigate?

The Crucible
Tim Dickinson

Quest Some guy off the street comes up to a character and wants to buy an object they
carry (a sword? helmet? shield?). He offers to pay with a small marble

Tim Dickinson

Intrigue Some sages in the city come up with a new higher-order mathematics which they
say is very useful for describing natural phenomena. The local church
immediately denounces it as unholy and sacrilege.

Tim Dickinson

Affliction A medical condition with which to inflict a PC; specifically, the falling down
of a part of the body from its normal position, usually the womb or the
rectum. I kid you not. Look it up.

Get the Acid
Tim Dickinson

Dragon The players must (for whatever reason – debt, magical item required, payment
to a mage, etc.) retrieve, whole and unbroken, the internal acid sac of an
acid-spitting dragon. First kill it (non-destructively), then cut out the
sac (tricky business).

Tim Dickinson

Affliction A nasty personal rumour spreads about a PC. It’s untrue, and quite nasty. Who
started it? What implications will it have?

Insane companions
Tim Dickinson

Affliction Henchmen or hirelings that turn out to be insane. For example, a soldier with
monomania (becomes obsessed with one task to the exclusion of all else, becomes
depressed when task completed), or a megalomaniac blacksmith.

You call this government?
Tim Dickinson


Areas with unusual forms of government. For example, a pedocracy (government by
scholars and the educated), or a syndicracy (rule by a body of syndicates, each
representing some business interests).

Holy water
Tim Dickinson

Quest A cleric must become involved in re-making a holy water font after the old one
is defiled. Several weeks of time, and great cost.

Tim Dickinson

Skunks A quest/magic spell component/item recharging ritual/whatever requires that
the group obtain the intact scent glands of 6 skunks.

Magic toys
Tim Dickinson

Affliction Little magic items that charm or entrap the user. For example, a little puzzle,
made of wood and wire, that you’re supposed to manipulate into some particular
shape (you know the kind – even a Rubik’s Cube, maybe!): if the owner fails a
save, he/she becomes enraptured by it, and won’t put it down. If it’s finally
forcibly taken away, they’ll react violently for a couple of turns. Or one of
them little kaleidoscope tubes: if the person doesn’t save, they’ll continue to
stare through it and giggle. If it’s taken away, same reaction as above.

Haunted item
Tim Dickinson

Magic An item that’s haunted or cursed because it was used in the commission of a
terrible murder. It’ll move a little on its own, or tingle, or drop from your
grasp, or moan eerily, or whatever. If the murder can be investigated and maybe
solved, this behaviour will stop.

Community service
Tim Dickinson

Affliction Character(s) get arrested for fighting/carrying weapons/some other obscure
law, and instead of being thrown in jail they’re forced to perform several says
(weeks?) of community service: * street cleaning
* city storage/library inventories
* stray animal extermination
* litter-bearer for someone important
* issuing summons or assisting in the arrest of particularly dangerous
In addition, as criminals, they’re given a big ol’ tattoo, someplace really

Dyed in the wool
Tim Dickinson

Affliction An accident where a quantity of brightly-colored dye gets poured all over one
of the characters. Takes _weeks_ to wear off.

Curious book
Tim Dickinson

Quest The characters lay their hands on a book that has very curious things written
inside: they may lead to further adventures, or just be teasers. * the history of a land they do not know
* someone’s diary
* an index of animals, with drawings, none of which they’ve seen before
* recipes
* astronomy

“Every Which Way But Loose”
Tim Dickinson

Affliction A friendly orangutan becomes the party’s strong, goofy and unpredictable
travelling companion for a while, whether they like it or not. See Clyde, from
the Clint Eastwood movies “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Every Which Way You

Tim Dickinson


People (not the party) get killed in bizarre ways: * crushed within a grist mill.
* skewered on the walled city’s front gate portcullis.
* struck dead by a falling cheese.
* leg held fast under the rubble of a collapsed wall, eaten alive
by stray dogs.
There can be a reason behind it all (the setup to whatever other adventure you
want), or not.

Wyrd Witch
Tim Dickinson

Magic A wacky old witch in a hut in the woods, who will procure magical potions
of wondrous efficacy for anyone willing to pay the price. Each potion
requires payment of something really odd: 6 turtles, 3 double-yolker eggs,
a painting of a tree, or something equally goofy.

Pick Pockets
Tim Dickinson

Affliction Characters should get their pockets picked more often when they’re in
cities. They’re big and rich-looking, and they’ll be constant targets.

Ethnic Cleansing
Tim Dickinson

City Some locals are being murdered – some of high standing, some common
folk. The local Assassin’s Guild is carrying out the executions, under
order from a secret cult of half-elvan fanatics. Investigation will
reveal that all of those killed were half-orc, although no one knew it,
most of the time. The cult despises the idea of orcs defiling the human
heritage they share.

Demon or not Demon, that is the question
Tim Dickinson

Urban A rumour that a local priest of high standing is a demon. He’s not, but if
your players are like mine, they beat every rumour to death, especially if
it’s demonic. The priest will hear of their investigation, and may even
start worrying and acting suspiciously: this may lead the players on even

Tim Dickinson


The general plot: the characters have to get information about, then
infiltrate a ceremony of an evil religious sect, to save the intended
sacrifice. (Hey, does this sound familiar? Ahhh, so what?)

If the party think they the goodies, then just drop them some rumours
about the cult and its sacrificial doings. This should be sufficient to
draw in properly-played PCs. If they are not inclined to do such a thing
for nothing, then have them hired on to do so (a wealthy parent is concerned
their newly-converted child is going to be a sacrifice, or the established
local religion wants a stop put to this heathen bunch and their evil

In any case, info about the cult should be sketchy. They’ll have to sniff
out rumours about town. They’ll have to pay some snitches (who may or may
not give them good information). They should get a little too close for
someone’s comfort, and they should get attacked for it. Maybe with magic, a
curse or something serious.

Specifically, they’ll want (i) cult background and (ii) location of the next
sacrificial ceremony. The second will be very hard to get.

If some of the characters want to try to infiltrate the cult, this will be
next to impossible. Unless some _very_ convincing magical method is
possible to replace an existing cultist, they’ll be found out. If they try
to “join”, they’ll be turned away and everyone’s guard will be up.

If they manage to locate the ceremony, they’ll witness terrible magic and
nasty rites. An attempt to rescue sacrifices will be met with (i) much
priestly magic (i) moderate armed resistance. If the party is strong, and
they let the ceremony proceed at all before stepping in, they’ll be
confronted wit whatever terrible otherworldly thing the cult was attempting
to summon with the sacrifice (its notice was gained with the beginning of
the ceremony, and it is furious at the sacrifices which it did not receive:
it’ll appear and attack everyone, cultists included).

There’s also a chance that they’ll get captured themselves and get added to
the list of sacrifices. This is a good way to go if the party splits up and
comes in from two different directions, or tries to co-ordinate two
different tasks at once: one group will suddenly notice that the other has
been captured and is being led to the slaughter. This adds urgency to their
task. 😎

If this is the case, a good hook is to have the cultists do something to one
of the characters, pre-sacrifice, that is somehow permanent: a terrible
scar, or a spell, or some such. Something that they have to live with (and
role-play with) for the rest of their lives, preferably.

There’s lots of good hooks from the after effects, if they’re successful in
saving the sacrifice, or even killing off most of the cultists. They’ll earn
the undying enmity of that sect, and they’ll be after them forever. They
may get some nasty curses from the priests before they win. They may have
allowed a terrible monstrosity to be summoned, which will wreak havoc, of
course. They may even get blamed for this. Perhaps they’ll discover that
local officials or nobles were somehow illegally involved (they belong to
the cult, or have struck a black deal with them). Will they reveal such a
conspiracy? Can they really prove it?

Taken in
Robert Underwood

Urban The group is gathered together by Mr. Johnson. The group has a specified
goal, like blackmailing a mob boss, or performing a dangerous extraction.
The characters are promised support, if needed. They go on the job and
encounter _heavy_ resistance. The support that was promised never shows up,
the characters are hung out to dry. It would seem that the job was just a
distraction that the Corp’s solos could perform a job easily, seeing that
everybody was hunting the PC’s.

The PC’s have a reason to hate the Corp that hung them out to dry, and need
to look out for the ones that they crossed. Could even have cops, or CIA
looking for them because of the first run. Makes for an interesting, if
short, life.

Robert Underwood

New Age

The campaign starts with a Corp hiring the PC’s, preferably the PC’s do not
know each other. The Corp is an assistant VP in some Corp. This Corp has
ideals on how a company should act, in a way that promotes the common good.
The Corp has most of the lower echelons in his division agreeing with him.
The company president prefers the traditional style of business, you know
the corporate way. The AVP cannot be removed without causing massive
disruptions in his division. So between the division and the rest of the
Corp there is animosity.

That is just the background, the characters are hired by the Corp for
typical runner purposes. The Corp will provide as much in the way of help
that he can (about level 3 or 4 of resources). Some missions will be
nothing more than “good deeds” for various people. About the third or
fourth mission the expected support will fail, bring the characters to
believe that the AVP betrayed them (he didn’t, it was a traitor in the

Eventually the characters will become involved in a war for control of the
company when the old president is assassinated. The Corp will be split
almost evenly between two factions. One is lead by our AVP, he has gained
more support than he had, because he is better qualified than his opponent.

Good Cops
Robert Underwood


The players start out as a cop group. It is well known that the police
force is quite corrupt. After some missions (with at least one internal
affairs mission) the city decides to scrap the police force and hire
corporate police.

The city can not pay for the police force that it needs (hence the
corruption) and trades some control over policy for police protection. The
trade is quiet, the city would riot if it knew. When the corporation takes
over it fires everybody, including our players. The players should be left
in job limbo for a while. Next let them find out the “cost” of police
protection and encourage them to go public. Before the players go public
have a council member explain why the decision was made that way.

If the players get into lots of trouble, remember that the good cops will do
everything in their power to help. Of course, the players shouldn’t know
which cops are good and which work for other people.

The Magical Land of Ith
Chris Bova

Matt Sernett

Mind-flayer (Ithillid) What follows is a campaign idea worked out for a fantasy campaign, and it
uses monsters found in that setting, but, with a little work, you could use
it for almost any role playing system short of sci-fi ultratech.

The malevolent race known as the Illithid (Mind Flayers) can well remember
when their world Ith was a glorious paradise, when it’s black jungles
bloomed wild, when the warm, primordial oceans washed the unspoiled beaches,
when the Shrouded sunned themselves atop armorlichen spires miles high,
their razor sharp foreclaws glittering the violet light. All the Illathid
race was happy, and lived at peace, with just the right amount of
inter-racial violence to ensure nobody would get bored.

That was long ago, and now strange things are beginning to happen to the
Mind-Flayer garden of Eden. The sun of their homeworld is becoming brighter
and stronger. The seas are getting warmer, the foliage greener, and in time,
the Illathid will be driven underground. Their home planet will soon no
longer support them. Several centuries ago, the grand and glorious Order of
the Ebon Tentacle finally seized the initiative from it’s competitors and
gathered almost a thousand Illathid in the great chamber of council. Heads
bowed in reverence, the multitudes breathlessly awaited the commands of the
great mind. At last the brain pool spoke, and it ordered it’s children to
cast themselves upon the Astral seas, searching for another world, a place
where the ecology of Ith could be recreated down to the minutest detail, and
the Illithid could once again live in the relative peace of constant
interracial war. And so it was done, and not long ago, some fortunate
Illathid began a hive on a world known to it’s inhabitants as “Earth”. The
planet’s measurements seemed exact, slightly larger than Ith even, with a
comparable atmosphere and seas that had the potential to support Ith life
with some modification. But the sun there was too bright for Illathid
existence, forcing the first pioneers to take shelter underground. It was
then that they found the moon. It was worshiped as a god by the local
inhabitants, but the Illithid knew better. The moons of Ith were smaller by
far, and completely unsuitable for the purposes that the Illithid had in

Tunnelling out the centre of the moon, the Illithid plan to create a
perfectly circular chamber that is in effect a giant lifejammer helm. The
life force of thousands of living creatures will be necessary to accomplish
the goal; move the moon to a position in which it will block the sun’s
light, and hold it there. Luckily, the planet beneath is crawling with
living creatures of no particular consequence that will make excellent
sacrifices… The Shrouded would just eat them anyhow, once the ecology of
Ith is transplanted. And so was launched possibly the most half-baked plot
for world domination ever cooked up by sentient creatures that smell faintly
of squid and eat human brains.

Starting out in OverEarth
Carl Green

Any This plot describes how I started characters in a new campaign. I had begun
to envisage my new band of heroes as a weird mixture of technology and
fantasy from three basic ‘periods’, viz: the ‘normal’ fantasy time frame, a
modern (1995) period, and a futuristic, post-apocalypse period (very
Terminator 2 in feel). The characters that could fit into this strange
crossover seemed to step right out of my mind; they could include a knight
on a Harley, wielding a magic bastard sword and an ion cannon, or an elf
with cyber-enhancements, armed with longbow and Uzi machine-guns, or a
robotic warrior armed with a staff of fireballs and a copy of the

I realised that what I was trying to do was to combine all of my
inspirations, from Lovecraft to Scwarzenegger, Tolkien to 2000AD – I’m sure
you get the picture…

Right, the next phase was to design the fantasy world that would be the
starting point for the campaign. I had had the name OverEarth rolling around
in my mind for quite a while, which inspired a setting that was basically an
alternative Earth with the normal fantasy/historical time frame, magic
systems, etc. The starting point would be the island kingdom of Beorsca, off
the west coast of Uropha, and basically an alternative England…

Next I developed my arch-enemy for Beorsca, the usual vicious mage and
power-hungry tyrant, but added the twist that he was the father of
one of the PCs…

Now came the real challenge – how to start the actual campaign, how to
develop the characters, and how to provide the rationale for the ‘jumps’ to
our own present-day Earth and its post-apocalypse future

My solution to the dilemma was based upon two beliefs that I had formulated
over the years…

Firstly, that role-playing a character in a fully developed fantasy world
is almost impossible, because of the lack of frames of reference. What I
mean by this is that if I tell you to role -play someone from Paris, your
mind automatically throws out images of the Eiffel Tower, street cafes, etc,
but if I say role-play an elf from Elshaven, you have no mental images on
which to base your character.

Secondly, I had found that role-playing groups often squabble and argue at
every turn, even when playing fully in character. This arguing always seemed
to spoil the impression that the group was a cohesive whole, and it seemed
ludicrous that they remained together at all…

The solution to the first problem is simple to run, and turns out to be the
‘engine’ that drives the PCs towards their goal. In brief, I decided that
the characters had actually battled their arch-enemy across Beorsca 900
years ago, and then followed him through a gate to present (1995) Earth and
eventually to the post-apocalypse future Earth. However, when they finally
faced him (by then armed with weaponry from all three settings), he once
again stepped through a gate, trying to return to OVEREARTH. The characters
followed, and the trap was sprung. The arch-enemy sealed access out of the
gates, and the characters were trapped in an inter-dimensional limbo…

Time passes, and our PC benefactors (which could either be your campaigns
gods, or some ultra-powerful NPC) stumble/s upon the characters locked in
limbo, strips them of their techno-items, and sends them back to their home
world (in this case OVEREARTH). However, it is now 900 years later, and the
arch-enemy has just about destroyed the PC’s realm, which is now a dead
island dominated by his (expectably) demonic forces. To make matters worse,
and to really spice things up, the characters don’t have a clue who they
are, where they come from, etc. Even better, their 900 year experience in
limbo has caused their skills to atrophy, so that although they were, let’s
say 15th level, they’re now 5th level, or 1st level if you’re particularly
cruel…Thus the players don’t have to try to role-play in what in terms of
geography or history is a totally foreign world, because it is also foreign

And the final twist, which accounts for the usual inter-character bickering,
is that the party’s original leader, a warrior of great skill and huge
personal charisma * is not with them when they return*. They are aware of
his (or her) absence, and cannot function as a unit without him/her.

And so the scene is set for the poor players, aware only of their names and
their rudimentary skills, to…

* find out who they are…
* find out how they got there…
* relearn their skills…
* track down their missing leader…
* track down the arch enemy…
* and pursue him once more across the dimensions…
The great part is that… * they will automatically despise the arch enemy…
* their bickering will make sense…
* their lack of knowledge of the campaign setting will make sense.

No Honour among Thieves

City The captain of the guard is in the employ of the thieves guild. When the
guild receives an item he really wants, he sets up an elaborate system to
get it. He arrests the PCs on false or trumped up charges (a good way to
get them introduced), then offers them absolution if they do him a favour.
He wants them to infiltrate the thieves guild by a secret back door and find
out some info on some item that will be showing up soon. When the PCs get
through the sewers to the guild, the captain’s men will frame them for a
robbery that just took place. The players escape the angry thieves, but get
captured by the town guard. Along the way they have picked up enough clues
to figure out what has gone on, but they can’t prove it. So they must
escape from jail and go confront the captain as he is leaving town with the
item. After this excitement, the PCs don’t have much choice to become
roving adventurers, since the thieves guild wants their heads.

From Rock to Plot
John McMullen


I’ve been GMing for over a decade now. Every once in a while, people ask me
how I come up with plots. I’m not entirely sure, except that I look for
problems and then complicate them. The two most useful questions in
plotting are “Why?” and “How?” (“Who?” “Where?” “What?” and “When?” also get
a work out.)

Anyway, I thought I’d share a technique that I use when I’m absolutely
tapped out or when I can’t seem to come up with anything original. You know
the times — all you can come up with is cliche material you’ve done a
hundred times in the past. The first idea that comes to mind establishes
squatter’s rights on your frontal lobes.

(I want to emphasise that this isn’t the only technique, or the best
technique. It’s simply *a* technique that I find useful.)

The technique is to limit yourself. When you’ve got the whole wide universe
to work with, then you have *too many* possibilities. By setting arbitrary
restrictions, you remove things from consideration and narrow your focus.

You’ve already got a bunch of stuff established which places restrictions on
you. You know what genre you’re working in — that gives you a bunch of
genre conventions you can choose to work with or against. You know what
your player characters are (usually), and you probably have some sense of
location and season. All of these things are restrictions. If you’re doing
a sword and sorcery campaign, the question of aliens doesn’t come up.

That set of restrictions presumably isn’t enough (or you wouldn’t need this
technique). The next thing to do is set some arbitrary restriction: the
entire adventure takes place in a single room, for example, or the entire
adventure is built around what you did last weekend. Other possibilities
include story anthologies and (ahem) a dictionary of cliches or quotations.
The technique really relies on forcing the juxtaposition of unusual elements.

Here’s a (lengthy) example. I have a Dark Champions campaign. I know the
characters, I know the time of year, I know the city (none of which tells me
what the next story is). So I’m sitting here listening to the soundtrack
album for “Dumb and Dumber” and I decide that I’ll create a plot that
incorporates *something* from each song on the album.

Here are the songs on the album:

The Ballad of Peter PumpkinHead – Crash Test Dummies
New Age Girl – Deadeye Dick
Insomniac – Echobelly
If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself) – Pete Droge
Crash – The Primitives
Whiney, Whiney (What Really Drives Me Crazy) – Willi One Blood
Too Much Of A Good Thing – The Sons
You Sexy Thing – Deee-Lite
Where I Find My Heaven – Gigolo Aunts
Hurdy Gurdy Man – Butthole Surfers
Take – The Lupins
The Bear Song – Green Jelly
Get Ready – The Proclaimers

Hmm. Peter Pumpkinhead and The Bear Song suggest some kind of kid
song/nursery rhyme feel. Get Ready supports that with lines like “Fee Fi Fo
Fum.” You Sexy Thing, Too Much of a Good Thing, and If You Don’t Love Me
(I’ll Kill Myself) all suggest some kind of excess, perhaps emotional
overdrive — maybe a mind control plot? Somebody discovers a *real*
aphrodisiac and starts dumping it in the water? Someone is infatuated with
another person, makes the threats to suicide if he or she doesn’t return the
affection, but the other person’s attitude could be described as Whiney,
Whiney (What Really Drives Me Crazy).

New Age Girl is a sort-of love song to someone named Mary Moon who is (in
fact) a New Age Girl. She’s now an NPC in the adventure.

First plot that comes to mind with this: take the lowest charisma hero who
often complains he doesn’t have a love relationship and give him a groupie
(Mary Moon) who follows him around as the group tries to track down someone
who’s committing a series of thefts (Take) based on nursery rhymes. That
leaves me with Hurdy Gurdy Man, Crash, Insomniac, and Where I Find My Heaven
as plot elements to incorporate.

I don’t like it. So we’ll try again. Instead, let’s start with the
insomniac. Suppose someone has the oft-used psionic power of tangible
hallucinations and dreams. He or she knows it and has started trying to stay
awake (Insomniac). It’s not easy to make a living if you have this kind of
disability, so he or she is living as a street musician (Hurdy Gurdy Man).
That also gives us the street-level feel and makes the psionic harder to
track down. He or she has a tremendous crush on Mary Moon (we’re back to her

The first hallucination is Peter Pumpkinhead, a reasonably nice fellow.
Freaked, she leaves and is pursued by other nursery-rhyme characters.
Although Peter is quite likeable, but the others (the Bear that went over
the mountain, for instance) don’t have to be. Not knowing what’s going on,
Mary seeks out the PCs; if the PCs are too hard to find, they’ll encounter
her, trapped by the Bear. This leads to both Mary and the PCs trapped in
the psionic’s ideal world (Where I Find My Heaven). It’s not pleasant for
the PCs, because he regards them as competition (Too Much of a Good Thing).
This is obvious because Mary has a crush on one of the PCs (You Sexy
Thing). This environment, combined with Mary’s information, lets them know
who they’re looking for. The PCs can get out by moving fast enough and far
enough — the psionic’s powers aren’t all-encompassing, after all.

This, with the uppers, unhinges the psionic (If You Don’t Love Me, Whiney
Whiney). The first evidence is when Peter Pumpkinhead (trustworthy up until
now) turns psychotic.

In the meantime, (1) the psionic, worried, has been awake on uppers long
enough for hallucinations to start anyway, and (2) our villain of the piece
has figured out where these nursery-rhyme apparitions are coming from, and
is also searching for the psionic.

Still to include: Take (a robbery of some kind?) and Crash.

The bad guy catches the psionic, uses hypnosis or mind control to generate
some truly unpleasant hallucinations to perform robberies (Take), including
running an armoured car off the road (Crash) and picking up the money.

The good guys catch up, there is a fight and the problem of what to do with
the psionic. I leave that up to the players.

Now, a lot of the details still need to be worked out, but there’s a basic
setup, antagonist, and conflict.

Not entirely without cliches (to really eliminate cliches, you’d have to
know the characters better), but it’s certainly different than what I would
have come up with otherwise.

Anyway, it’s a technique I find useful, so I thought I’d share it for those
who are having trouble jump-starting their plots.

A ship of fools
Ketil Z Malde

Ship The characters need to cross some ocean. It is difficult to get hold of a
ship, but finally one merchant offers to sell them one. The price can be
discussed – a lot. Now the reason the ship is sold cheap if necessary, is
that it is a ghost ship. The previous captain was killed by the second in
command when he discovered what they were *really* doing (Smuggling?
Worse?) Now, the ghost will control the ship, and no matter how the players
try, it will quietly Β«drift offΒ» towards the island where the previous
captain was killed. The players will experience his death in their dreams,
some as the victim, some as the perpetrator. On the island, another ship
will be arriving shortly with the murderer abroad, and the ghost will appear
and explain that he must be avenged, and will show them a treasure if they
do it. Of course, what the players do might have consequences for their
social position etc, depending on how they do it.

The characters are ambushed lightly, and when the ambushers run away, they
leave behind a sack. The sack contains a small faerie, gnome, or whatever,
who wants the characters to help them open a gate to Arcadia. The gate
turns out to be a frozen lake, and the only way to melt it is to remove the
church that is being built not too far away…and perhaps a sacrifice is

Returned veterans
Mike Jones

Any I had a team that had played together for about three years. Unfortunately
the team was about to fragment due to people moving for work. We finished
the campaign with an extended and excellent war.

This led to the ideal opportunity to start off the new characters as newly
enlisted men pulled into the system by a “draft bill” This allowed me to let
them all know one another and also it afforded me the chance of letting them
start with more powerful characters for the basic training that they went
through. This pleased the older players who just shelved experienced
characters Additionally it opens the way for reasons why less suited
characters would want to be multi-classed fighter-anything. Now with the
returning heroes of the war they feel inadequate. All of the available jobs
are being snatched by anyone who killed a worm let alone an Orcish
commander. So the party are forced to seek an alternative livelihood. Roll
on adventuring.

“Save the good dragon from the evil princess- pt1”
James Tackett


In the first net plot book, there is a quick adventure idea summed up as:
“Save the good dragon from the evil princess”

Some suggestions

Evil Princess intent on overthrowing her parents, but lacking the needed
backing among the leaders of the army, has managed to locate an Arcane and
purchase (with monies/items stolen from the kingdoms treasury) an
amulet/ring/potion/item which allows her to control the dragon which for
generations has helped protect the (select compass direction) borders and
mountain passes of the kingdom from marauders and invading forces. The
dragon under her control has been attacking outlying areas and the
population is in an uproar. The forces of evil, alerted by the princess
that her plan is beginning to bear fruit, are moving towards the kingdom.
The king has suspicions, the general knows what’s up, but can not take
direct action against the princess, the court wizard is away at the time
(arranged by the princess, false leads on an ancient artefact etc). The only
hope for the kingdom is that heroes will arise and release the dragon from
the princesses control, and bring to light the entire plot so that the king
can banish her and make her younger sister the true and good heir. If the
heroes should fail, the entire kingdom will be cast into a era of darkness
and evil.

“Save the good dragon from the evil princess- pt2”
Rick DiTullio


Just to add my own thoughts on this interesting idea.
“Save the good dragon from the evil princess”

The dragon in question does not have to be full grown. Imagine the evil
princess holding a dragon egg or hatchling ransom to force the local dragon
population to do her bidding.

To adapt this to a forest scenario use a faerie dragon protector of an
ancient forest. Or even have the whole thing be an illusionary romp caused
by the dragon!

Lastly, imagine the evil princess gaining control of the court wizard’s
psuedodragon familiar. This is possibly worse than ransoming the dragons
depending on the wizard’s level!

Behold Such Beauty
John A. Murphy


This scenario is best played a bit light-hearted. It starts with the party
entering a very remote village, Village. This village is far removed from
normal government dealings and as such they have their own small local
monarchy. As the party approaches there is great unrest in the town
square. There are trappings as if a festivity is about to commence, but the
townsfolk, also known as the Village People, are very concerned about
something. Anyone they ask will point them to the garrison commander,
Moostard (a colonel), who can relate the story.

“The town was preparing to celebrate the 16th birthday of the
princess. The country side was invited for a great feast. But
lo, this morning when the princess was not to be found we
checked and found that her room had been breached and she had
been kidnapped.”

(Any clues or ideas who has taken her?)

“We suspect the black robed worshipers of Evil Mackricks. A
hideous band of clerics that terrorised this area decades
ago with the aid of terrible beasts.
We found a black mace in her bedroom. They used a ladder to
climb up to her window. She must have put up a struggle as the
room was in disarray.
[ if there are any optional witnesses they will report of
black cloaked individuals who, if anyone was close enough,
had the symbol of a giant eye on their chest ]

(What was the princesses name?)

[look a bit flustered, look at your notes then answer] Beauty.
Princess Beauty. She was very beautiful, renown for her charm
and demeanour.


The Emaks haven’t been heard from in a long time. From what
little memory I have, they gave sacrifices to their deity (Ram)
on the night of a new moon….that would be tonight! Over the
past few months there have been a couple of others who have
disappeared. We had no clue to their disappearance and thought
they were the victims of monsters or bandits.

(Why us?)

The garrison is not very large. Most of the patrols are out
on multi-day patrols and aren’t due back for at least another
full day.


Over the river and through the woods to grandmother willow you go.
From there its over hill and dale. They came on horses so they
should be trackable.

The party should have little trouble following the tracks and finding the
valley. They should be approaching the temple about sundown. The temple is
in a shallow valley. The clerics should have at least a few guards or
patrols, avoidance is a fine way of dealing with them.

The main temple is a long building built into the side of the valley. The
building has a large set of double doors, a single large eye is centred on
the doors. There is a small stable that is adjacent to the front of the
temple. A small door leads from the stable to the temple. There is a
stable hand that is armed with a pitchfork in the stable along with a few
horses among the stalls.

If the party is able to approach quietly they can enter from either the
front doors, which open quietly and are not currently locked, or from the
stable. Both lead into a small anteroom. The back wall of the anteroom is
covered with a large heavy curtain.

As the party peeks through the curtain they can see the main temple area. It
is dimly lit by several torches and braziers. Several of the pews have
initiates in them. At the far end is the alter. A priest is concluding
some sort of ceremony. The princess is chained, standing on the far side of
the altar facing a statue. The statue is made of stone and is that of a
large round (2 meter diameter) creature with one large eye in the centre.
The creature also has several eye stalks (appendages ending in a small eye)
sprouting off of it. The centre eye is made of a huge ruby, about the size
of two large fists. The eyes at the end of each eye stalk are about the
size of a regular human eye and are of various types including emerald
sapphire, onyx, etc.

The priest at the altar is finishing a ceremony that concludes with his arms
outstretched. The centre eye of the statue begins to glow and the light
slowly begins to extend until it envelopes the princess. After a few
seconds the princess collapses, her pallor now a dull grey. This entire
process takes less than a minute.

If the party doesn’t intercede at this point the priest will continue with
the physical sacrifice of the princess’s body. This will result in the
unalterable death of the princess. What the party must do is intercede and
rescue the body of the princess as well as the centre jewel from the
statue. The ruby is hollow and if held up to the light, the face of the
princess can be seen almost as a reflection or a ghost within. To restore
the princess the party must merely break the ruby with the body of the
princess close by.

Most of the initiates are not well trained and have Mediocre combat
ability. The priest and optional acolytes have Fair or Good combat ability
plus some magical ability. Along the back wall is a concealed door that
leads to other chambers including a jail area (with jailer and optional
prisoners), some storage rooms, and the private quarters for the priest.

Ultimately if the party does not succeed and the clerics continue on their
way, they will continue to steal souls until they can animate their deity.

Fortress of the Sender
John A. Murphy

Castle This works best with a party that contains a thief. The party is in the
capital city of Gunthenor for the first time. It is usually appropriate for
thieves to visit or register with the local guild. Alternately, a member of
the guild may seek them out, make friends and then later try to steer them
with a tip if the party is looking for an adventure or work.

The guild master (or new friend), Nelbin, should eventually meet up with the
party. He isn’t someone to be totally trusted, although this has to be
discovered over time. He isn’t evil, just has his own agenda. He is or has
been a thief at some point in his life. He doesn’t relate all he knows and
tries to paint a picture of a ruthless baron practically kidnapping his
friend. He doesn’t want to tell the party too much, because if captured
they won’t know anything. He is concerned that the baron might become
proactive if he finds out that someone is trying to check up on him.

Nelbin relates the following:

Up in the remote Northlands the local baron has unjustly
imprisoned a friend [maybe]. I ask you to rescue a personal
friend [true] who did no wrong other than travelling through
the area with too many gems in his possession [partial truth].
I have tried to rescue him myself, but failed [lie]. I was
captured, and let go with a stern warning [lie]. I do not
believe I would be so lucky if my face was seen again [true].

(What’s your friends name?)

Leafloc, an elf and a good archer. [a good thief too]

(Where exactly is it?)

An associate of mine, Prelenna, can act as a guide. She is a
good guide, but not much of a fighter. She will take you to the
keep, but will not enter.

This tale is full of half-truths. The baron worries the guild and Nelbin in
particularly. The baron has risen to power in a remote area, the wild woods
of the Northlands. Information and intelligence on him is limited. Nelbin
knows he likes to stay secluded, but has allies within the governmental
hierarchy. He has shun any contact with the guild. Attempts to contact him
have gone unanswered, sometimes the messenger doesn’t return. The baron has
a strong hold on his territory and works both sides of the legal fence. He
conducts raids on some towns or trade routes, while others are protected.
No one is aware of any of this.

Nelbin first met the baron [he thinks] face to face after he was captured
after infiltrating the barons main [he thinks] fortress. He was sneaking
around inside the fortress when something landed at his feet. Whatever it
was caused the immediate area to go completely silent. He turned and saw a
man with bright yellow eyes at the end of the hallway staring at him. Then
he heard strange words in his mind that he recognised as some kind of spell,
soon after he fell fast asleep. When he awoke he was imprisoned.

Nelbin is a Good thief and was finally able to escape. Over time he was
able to collect enough pieces of scrap metal to create a crude pick. He
then slunk in the shadows of night until he reached a small store room.
There he was able to create a secret/false hole in one wall and make his

Unbeknownst to Nelbin is that the baron is of a strange race called the
Senders [ see below ]. Nelbin also doesn’t realise that his run in was with
the barons only son.

The stronghold is in the wilderness of the north. This particular
stronghold is not the barons main quarters, but merely one of several
outposts. The baron is known to maintain patrols over a large area. What is
not known is that the baron maintains odd alliances. The fortress is
currently being guarded by a band of goblins. In other areas the baron has
employed humans, mercenaries, orcs, and even an ogre or two. He tries to
keep racial skirmishes to a minimum by separating races where he can. As
far as the baron knows, his prisoner is a poor thief he caught
investigating. The Sender at this particular outpost turns out not to be
the baron, but the barons only son. The guards at his outposts are well fed
and organised. Usually reporting to a human captain.

The structure is a 2 story keep, two guard towers in the front with a
battlement that runs across the front and halfway down the east/west sides.
There are few windows. The front battlement covers a small courtyard that
doubles as a small stable area. Oil holes and an arrow slit over the centre
aid in the defence of larger scale assaults. If they have hot oil prepared
is up to you. Tree cover makes it reasonably easy to approach.

Size of the structure and the number of guards is dependent on how strong
the party is and how difficult the rescue is intended to be. The storage
room is located in a back corner, there is some shrubbery and undergrowth in
front of the hole.

The stairs in the middle of the structure give an idea of where the stairs
leading down to the jail area are. Obviously the inside needs to be
detailed. If a full lower level is desired it can also be detailed.

+—-( )——-( )—-| |—-( )——( )——+
| | | |
| tower | battlement area | tower |
|__________| _ _ _ _ _|_ _ _|_ _ _ _ _ |___________|
| | | |
| | | |
| b. a. b. a. |
| | | |
^ ^
v | | v
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If the party is able to make the break out and escape, but does not kill the
Sender, they hear as they are making their break:

“My father the baron will be greatly angered by this….”

The Senders

A race of humans that have the gift of limited telepathy. They can speak
to humans and most intelligent humanoids using their mind. The recipient
can hear the Senders thoughts as if they were clearly spoken in their native
language. The Senders can not read a persons thoughts, just place their
thoughts as if spoken. Senders have a minimum of Good intelligence. It is
unknown if the Senders are a separate race, or a human mutation. The
Senders ten to have been either leaders of men or persecuted by the fearful.

The Party
Jonas Steverud

Forest The PCs, who are travelling through a forest, comes out into a bigger
clearing and finds out that there is a party going on there. What/Who has
arranged the party and if the PCs are welcome is up to the GM.

Jonas Steverud

Any The PCs are contacted in some way (by rich person in an inn? πŸ˜‰ )
and this is the story which are told for them:

The master, of the one who contacts the PC, has a slight problem. The
master is a wizard and he owns a book, called Symbolica, which has some
*very* powerful spells in it (Ie. the wizard in the team might want it
himself). But Symbolica is stolen! The master knows who the thief is,
another wizard, and where he is. The master cannot pick it up himself
because of reasons the PCs won’t understand. Therefore he asks the PCs to
help him, and he will pay them richly if they fulfil the task. The PCs sets
off and do the quest. But it is one thing they overlooked: the truth!

This is the truth: The so-called thief is the rightful owner! The PCs master has
fooled them! The master has also set out another team of adventurers who’s
task is to follow the PCs and make sure they fulfil their task. The second
team are told that the PCs is doing this task as a punishment for a crime
they have committed. When the PCs finally has discovered the truth they
find themselves in a very delicate situation:

1) Their original master is mad at them (for not fulfilling their task
and/or discovering the truth).

2) The rightful owner is mad at them (quite obviously!).

3) The second team don’t know what they should think and might decide to
fight the PCs (Depending on how much the second team knows.) They
maybe don’t know the truth and continue with their mission – to force
the PCs to deliver the book.

No friends, no money, only wounds and enemies. I think they will think it
over once or two before they says yes to their next adventure…

A Royal Murder
Jonas Steverud

Any The PCs are at the border on their way into a new kingdom. Shortly
after the border, or just before it, they are contacted by a man who
claims he is a nobleman and he needs their help.
This is the story he tells them. “For some years ago this country was
a happy country. There were peace and the people were well fed.
Everybody was happy and it was a healthy kingdom. But there was a
snake in the paradise: Duke Foo (Call him something that’s would make
sense depending on your world). He had an eager longing for the crown
and for three years ago he took it with the help of foreign help. The
old king, and some of the noblemen who where loyal to him [the man
lowers his head in a gesture that means that he’s on of them], were
send in exile.
The kingdom was sent into terror. People with opinions which didn’t
please the king where killed. Good men and women where tortured and
killed for the sheer pleasure of the king. The once happy nation was
now a frightened country!
For two and a half years the rightful king has been abroad but never,
*never*, lost faith in once again come back and making justice! I am
sent forward to make sure that the rightful king can enter his castle
safely and it is in that task I need your help. I need your help to
assassinate the pretender-king!”
The PCs get some extra details (like a map of the castle) and afterwards the
sets off onto their task of justice.
How far they comes before they discover the truth is up to you but
they should get the chance of really, really screwing things up.
The truth is: the nobleman was lying.
For some years ago the country was not happy, it was in terror -the
terror of the king. After a while one of the noblemen was sickened by it
and created a revolution and put himself in the throne. The new king is
not a good king but his intentions are good. He wants to put things
right and to make the country a happy nation. He has succeeded in
some parts and the people love him (they will love anyone who threw
out the old king). The old king was send into exile together with some
noblemen. That part of the story is correct, the fake part is the
parts where the government of each king is described.
What the PCs now are going to do is to kill the good king and to
reinstall the evil one.
Nice plans eh? Just watch out when you tell the players the truth.
They might be angry… πŸ˜‰
Well, I think they should have a fair chance of discover the truth
themselves, *before* everything goes out of hand. But if they overlook
the evidence…. Make them suffer…

A Mansion Tale
Jonas Steverud


This is one of my better adventures, the problem is that I didn’t
GM it correctly so the players didn’t get scared. πŸ™
Tip: Read “The Shadow over Innmouth” (sp?) by Lovecraft first.

On a medium big island (4-6 miles across) there is a village and a mansion a
mile or two from the village. A forest lies around the mansion, which is
next to the sea. The mansion is own by an eccentrically man who only has one
servant. He also have a brother in some big city (who’s a doctor).

One day when one of the people in the village comes up to the mansion for
some purpose he discovers that the front door is partly open. In one room he
finds all the furniture put away up against the walls and a lot of signs is
carved in (with a knife or similar) into the floor, walls and roof. On the
middle of a big symbol there is a body, recognised as the brother of the
master of the mansion dead, sacrificed. The servant and mansion owner are
no-where to be seen. The villager sends for help.

Tahadaah… The players enter the scene from the left… πŸ™‚

During the search in the house they goes into the kitchen and then out of it
(nothing interesting there, they shouldn’t be allowed to investigate too
much here…). After a couple of minutes they find that they are missing one
of the NPCs (anyone you like) who was following them. They finds him in the
kitchen, killed with a meataxe with tremendous force. They haven’t heard
anything! They should realise that someone (some_thing_?) was in the kitchen

It’s the servant (who is 800% insane and lives in the forest on the island)
who killed him, when returning to steal some food.


A letters from the mansion owner’s brother. They are talking about what a
grandfather did to his daughter (married her to a Deep One, but that’s not
said straight out) and in that way “put this curse on our family”. He also
talks about fact that he has found a medication against this (“my eyes are
once again normal and I don’t have to wear sun goggles in the middle of the
winter”). He also says that he “comes home to cure you my dear brother, even
though it seems that you don’t realised what a curse this is”. The last
letter says that the brother arrives the night before the man from the
village finds his body and ends with “Stay out of the water, for God’s
sake!”. You may also give them a unfinished letter from the Mansion owner
saying he is rejecting the offer. He thinks the grandfather did the right

What has happened:

Persons involved: The Mansion owner, who is Deep Ones (or “Deep-Ones-will-
be”); his doctor brother (who doesn’t want to be one); the mansion owner’s

The mansion owner thinks the Deep Ones connection is the best thing
that has ever has happened to him (there are letters telling about this in
the doctor brother’s home and they both write diaries). When the
doctor-brother arrives late at night his brother is prepared. With the help
of his servant (they both completely insane) he strikes down the doctor and
sacrifices him to some Outer God. The servant now extremely insane (SAN=
-[VERY big number] πŸ˜‰ ) runs away out into the woods (it is he who kills
the NPC in the kitchen when he tries to collect some food. He will later try
to escape to the mainland and run to some place, not even himself knowing
where to (maybe a secret temple, but that’s another story)). The mansion
owner escapes down a tunnel to the ocean, down to a Deep One-City.

Home of the Happy Hobbit
John A. Murphy

17-JAN-1996 11:31:57.71
Cave This is a good initial party get together, that works well for an
initial or first time adventure. Someone needs to be a thief, best if
he is just starting out. Since this is used as a characters initial
adventure it tends to steer and have more of a fixed story line than
many scenarios. (p.s. I avoiding typing he/she in many places, not because
I don’t want to be PC, but rather I think it reads easier.)

Note: Some GM only notes are included at points in [ ]’s, frequently it
bits of text that may be read directly to the player(s).

GENERAL BACKGROUND (optionally read to player(s)):

Years ago in the small village of Dillow, a hobbit named Pilar
(pronounced Pee-lar) retired from adventuring and opened up a small
inn, “The Home of the Happy Hobbit”, a two- or three-storey structure
with basic kitchen & dining services, a bar, and a few private rooms to
rent. While some suspect Pilar used to be an adventuring thief, he
denies it and uses colourful metaphors and ambiguous language to
describe his previous experiences.

“Oooo, if I only had a gold piece for every time I’ve been

In general he is fair with his customers and is more interested in a
relaxing livelihood, than squeezing his patrons for a few extra coppers.

The inn itself was nondescript for awhile, but soon began to make a name for
itself. They have the ability to serve ice cold drinks even on the
hottest of summer days. You can also get cheese, milk, and fruit out
of season; things you can’t even get at the inns in the larger cities.
Pilar is the only one who knows the secret and he has yet to tell anyone.
His part time helpers are mostly members of his extended family/clan.


Dillow has a small garrison, <30 guards, who patrol the countryside in an effort to keep order and monsters in their place. Usually there are no more than 5 to 10 guards in town. The captain of the guard is a human named Wooten. The main player character is the thief. The thief's tutor, Pilar the hobbit and innkeeper, is murdered and the PC is accused of the crime. Unknown to any of the players, Pilar has a basement that leads to some cooled caves. He recently stumbled on a new fissure that eventually led to an ancient finished dungeon corridor. The corridor eventually dead ended at a cave in. There was also a room that looked either unfinished or caved in, but Pilar discovered that the rubble appeared to be silver ore. Knowing little about mining, but knowing from his adventuring days that many dwarves have knowledge of mining, he has been on the look out for a dwarf, or more precisely a miner. He has tried extracting some of the ore himself, but created a small cave in that almost buried him. Pilar's actions were noticed by an unknown adversary (possibly an innkeeper from a nearby city who wanted Pilar's secret of cold drink) who sent a FAIR half-orc assassin (named Ugluk) to Dillow under the guise of a miner named Draggard. Draggard showed up in town and having been briefed on some very basic mining terms, was able to convince Pilar that he could help him. Pilar swore him to secrecy, got him to sign some form of a contract, and then took him to his secret cave. The hobbit explained how he had taken a small bit out, found it to be silver ore of decent quality and had been unsuccessful in extracting any large quantity. As the conversation progressed it started to become evident that Draggard didn't know mining from a hole-in-the-ground (so to speak). As Pilar was just starting to get suspicious, Daggard took the ice dagger he had broken off in the ice cave and killed Pilar with a vicious back stab. What Daggard did NOT know, was that the door to this dead-end dungeon room had a hidden catch that left it locked from the inside. The catch is in the door frame right at floor level. Pilar found it, when he was in a similar situation as the door frame by the catch was slightly worn. Daggard is trapped, scared, and foreseeing himself starving to death, although he thinks that someone will find the way down here sometime today or tomorrow. As he waits he thinks of a plan. CHARACTERS, WITH POSSIBLE STARTING LOCATIONS * Thief, just starting out under Pilar’s instructions
* Warrior, hired member of the guard or even captain of the guard
* Priest or druid, accused defence aid or impartial arbitrator
* Any dwarf or person with mining skill. Pilar will want to meet him
and may have scheduled a meeting for the day of the murder
* Any class, lone patron at the inn
* Any class, resident of the town or nearby countryside
* Any class, just passing through, and/or waiting for the inn to open

BACKGROUND for thief player (optionally read to all players):
[ This character may have grown up in or around Dillow. There are
many farms and large woodlands in the surrounding countryside. ]

Pilar, the local innkeeper, is by far the most colourful individual in
the village. You have always been fascinated by his stories of
adventuring. His stories of adventuring have always fuelled your
imagination. Going into deep dark dungeons, fighting evil monsters,
and finding precious and magical gems seem almost dreamlike
compared to this sleepy little town. Over the years you have found
yourself helping out at the inn and fancy yourself to be a protege of
Pilar’s. He has shown you several “tricks of the trade” including
how to pick simple locks (“I’ve only done this when the owner forgot
his key or if I was curious as to what was inside”, insists Pilar),
how to sneak about quietly in shadows, and even how to scale a wall.

[ Make up an specific tales you feel will appeal to the character,
sometimes explaining why a “thief” is not a bad thing to be. ]

THE STORY (as presented to the thief character):

It is a slow time in Dillow. Pilar’s inn has no boarders.
[ possible exception is to have one of the PCs to be the only boarder ]

Recently, however, Pilar has been noticed to be rather excited about
something. He has been seen around town asking people if they know any

[ Specific individuals may have even been asked if they know anything
about mining. If someone investigates enough they may be able to learn
that Pilar has recently purchased some mining equipment (shovels etc.) ]

You wander into town and immediately notice that the inn is still dark
and closed. Usually Pilar is open by now, serving the occasional
breakfast. There are no lights on inside.

[ If at this point the character asks around he MAY find out that
yesterday Pilar was seen talking with an ugly stranger. ]

[ If one of the players characters was staying at the inn, they
found themselves locked out last night and had to go stay in
a farmers barn. They plan on coming back into town later to
have a word with Pilar, but that is later. ]

[ Hopefully the character will now be asked to do some
roleplaying and try to enter the inn. ]

[ If checked, the door and windows are locked]

Your curiosity is aroused and since Pilar has shown you several
times how to pick the lock, it only takes you a moment to open the
door (after all you help out here, you’re practically an employee!).

Inside, all is quiet, too quiet. You look around, it doesn’t look
like Pilar finished cleaning up last night. There are a few tables
that haven’t been cleared. There is no fire in the fireplace either.
You notice that the kitchen door behind the bar is open, which is very

[ There is nothing else out of place, perhaps some unwashed glasses
on the bar. ]

As you enter the kitchen you notice that the door to the basement
stairs (under the stairs that lead upstairs) is also open.

[ If the character proceeds. ]

You slowly descend the stairs into the darkness. The creak of the
stairs sound especially loud in the eerie silence.

[ There is a lantern hanging at the bottom of the stairs if needed. ]

You find yourself in the basement storeroom. Boxes and barrels
fill the room, in some places from floor to ceiling. The room is
filled with an abundance of odours from the containers. Off in
one corner you see some shovels, torches, and rope.

You are about to leave when you feel a chill. You give one more look
around and notice some boxes in one corner seem out of
place. You look behind those boxes and you see an open trap door with
a ladder
leading down into a rough hewn passage.

[ Assuming the character continues…. ]

You proceed down the ladder, finding it a bit odd as you realize
the rung spacing is intended for someone shorter than yourself
[ OK, so I’m assuming the character isn’t a hobbit ]

You find yourself in a rough passageway. It seems like it
might be a natural fissure, with minimal working to make it
wider in a few places. It slopes down slowly. After 50 or
60 feet of rough twisty passage you come to a crude door.
On closer inspection, it is really a very heavy curtain.

As you slide the curtain to one side you are met by a very cool blast
of air. Inside is a crude chamber with rough walls, a few stalagmites
and stalactite, and yet more containers, some cheeses, and kegs of beer.
The ceiling and walls are very damp. Looking around, you see in the
far corner behind a stalagmite is another crude trap door. This one
is at a 45 degree angle between the floor and the wall. The hinges
are on the top of the door.

[ If they look carefully they will see a hook mechanism
that can hold the door open. ]

Pulling open the trap door, you are met with a freezing cold breeze.
A small opening leading steeply down is revealed. You notice a muddy
rope has been tied to the stub of a stalagmite and has been fed
down the hole. As you start to make your way down you start losing your
footing as it gets very slippery [ check Dex ]. You slide down the rest of
the way, figuring your total descent to be at least 40 feet. The last 5
feet is a drop off, leaving you on your butt, and a cold one at that.
Looking about, you have entered a small underground ice cave. Ice
stalagmites and stalactites abound in this 100 foot circular cavern. A
small pool is visible on the far side. You can hear the sound of dripping
and/or running water. The ice glitters like diamonds.

[ This is what it appears to be, a super cooled cave from an unknown
source. There are no diamonds here. An ice toad lives in the pool,
which Pilar knows of and now knows to avoid. The to/from destination
of the feed stream for the pool is not detailed, nor is the full
reason for the ice cave.

The floor is slippery, rough, and uneven. If the floor is examined
at the entry point, a path/trail (.) can be found that winds through
the cave, avoiding the pool, and leads over to the other opening.

** If the stalagmites along the path are ALL CAREFULLY examined,
** one of the smaller ones can be found to be flattened, having been
** recently broken off. This clue should NOT be given out easily.


You see between the stalagmites a passage that leads back, sloping
upwards slightly. The going is rough as the floor is slick. The rough
passage winds back a little bit and then unexpectedly turns into a
finished corridor. The stone work on the walls seems extraordinarily
good…..and old. The passage way leads straight back for about 50
feet or so, ending in a cave-in of rubble. Oddly enough, there is a
door about 40 feet along the right hand wall.

[ This next part need to be played out carefully. Daggard is trapped
inside. He will probably hear if the person makes any kind of noise
coming down the corridor or checking the door. The following is
only one possible scenario. ]

You carefully open the door. It goes in a little bit and then opens up
into a room. You can see what appears to be Pilar lying face down. You
take a step into the room and are shoved from behind. You fall to your
knees and you are just able to make out someone human sized running out
of the room.

[ If the character takes off after Daggard….. ]

As you come out of the room you see the fleeing person is at the end
of the hall, going out of sight round the bend. His footsteps echo
loudly in the otherwise silent surroundings.

[ At this point you should allow the person to chase, keeping the
culprit in sight, but not gaining ground significantly. If the person
is able to make the proper dice rolls, you might allow them to
grab a foot when going up the slippery chute or the ladder, but
then give Daggard a good chance at kicking them off.

After following Daggard closely, as they reach the kitchen/bar
area they can see/hear Daggard bursting out of the inn and shouting
“Murderer! Murderer!” to the captain of the guard who happens to
be in the street in front of the inn with a couple of guards.

[ If the character takes their time and looks around the room first… ]

The room is long and narrow. One side ends in a finished wall, the
other ends in a caved-in mess of rubble. There is a wheelbarrow full
of wet dirt near the rubble. There are no other pieces of mining
equipment. Pilar is lying face down, between the wheelbarrow and
the door. He is pointed towards the rubble. Upon examination he
is found dead from a some sort of stab wound to the back.

[ At this point they will probably leave to find out more. By the
time the character gets up to the first floor, he will be met at
the door by the Wooten (the captain), two guards, and Daggard.

In either case, something resembling the following ensues.

– Daggard spins a tale which includes the following points
– He had a meeting scheduled with Pilar today, about mining
– Finding the inn dark, but the front door open he proceeded
down the various passage ways, much like the character did
– He found you standing over the body and ran back to tell the captain

– As the character raises objections, Daggard tries to dispel them.
– Daggard is willing to be searched, even suggesting it if no one brings
it up. Furthermore, Daggard suggests searching the inn, passageways,
and the room itself for the weapon.
The results of such a search reveal NO pointed weapons or tools.
There are no spikes or picks among the mining equipment.
Searching the final room and rubble reveals no weapon.
– If the character happens to have a dagger or pointed weapon, Wooten
can examine it and tell that it doesn’t have any blood on it,
and it doesn’t appear to have been used recently and/or doesn’t
match the stab wound.

As this goes on, part of Daggard’s natural personality should come out. He
is a half-orc and is very abrasive and ugly to boot. He is also slippery
and a stranger in town. Wooten would like to believe the character, but
doesn’t trust Daggard. If the character is having trouble figuring out
the puzzle part, have Wooten ask some leading questions, but do NOT solve
it for the character. Have the other characters help if need be. Maybe
the contract between Pilar and Daggard can be found. As a last resort
maybe someone will notice the broken ice stalagmite along the ice cave path.

The key is the wet dirt in the wheelbarrow. That is where Daggard put
the ice dagger after stabbing Pilar. Wooten is willing to take the
characters word especially after Daggard gets a scared look in his eye
when the key piece of evidence is explained.

Maybe the characters will get a reward. Maybe Daggard will confess and
name his employer. Do with it what you will.

If the characters are later allowed to enter dig into the tunnel after
the cave-in, what wonders they find is up to you….

The “The Home of the Happy Hobbit” basic map:

Map Key:
| or – : wall
| | : door in horizontal wall
= : small door in vertical wall
|xxx| : heavy/locked door
< > : window
# : rock, or inaccessible
. : path
% : cave-in or rubble
$ : silver ore
V or > : slope in direction indicated
{ : water, pool or stream
S : ice stalagmite and/or stalactite
m : shovels and misc. mining equipment
w : wheelbarrow
P : Pilar’s body

Ground Floor:

| = =s __| |
| | Kitchen/ =t _ | |
|—raised floor——-| Upper store|a _ | ^
|______________________| |i – |
| B A R ! | |r – | v
|___________________!__|____________|s . | |
| | fire | |
| +——-+ |
| |
^ ^
( various benches, chairs, & tables )
v v
| |
| |
| |
+—-| |————< >—————< >——+

Upper Floor:

+—< >———-< >——————————-+
| | s __| |
| medium = t _ | |
| private | +————+a _ | ^
| room | |############|i – |
|————–| |############|r – | v
| cheap | +——–+###|s . | |
| private = | fire |########| |
| room | +——–+——–+ |
|————–| | | |
^ | = Pilar’s = Pilar’s ^
large | | Office | Room
v expensive | +———–+ v
| private | | cheap | |
| room = = private | |
| | | room | |
+—————-< >———————-< >——+

Lower Level:

############## -|xxx|————+############################################
############## = = |############################################
############## | Kitchen/ +-||-+############################################
############## | Upper store| _ |######## > ### ######################
############## | | – |###### > #######V## #####################
############## | | – |###### ######### | (cool ##################
############## |____________| . |#+—–+############ room) ##################
############## | fire |###| +-+ X|############ ###################
############## +——-+###| basement |############# ###################
############################| storeroom |################ X ##################
############################|m |#################V###################
########################################################## ###################
######################################################### ##################
###################################################### .. ###############
############################################ … S S ##########
##$$$$####################################### S ….. S S #####
#$$$$##——————+################# S S . S #######
#$$$$$$$% w |############### S . S S S ######
#$$$$%$$ P |############# S … S . S S ####
$$$$$$$%% |########### S .S ….S S S S ###
##$$$$$$—–+ +——–+############## .. S ######
##$##$#$#####| |######################### .S S S S S #######
———-%%–||——–###############.S.. S (ice cave) S ####
<-UNKNOWN %%% #### > > ..S S S ###
——–%%%————-## # ############ S {{{ #####
########################## #################### {{{{{{{{ #######
###################################################### {{{{{{{{{{{{{ ########

Colin Steele

18-JAN-1996 09:35:23.44


This is a short (and somewhat hackneyed, but still fun) sci-fi
adventure I’ve run a few times. The results are usually quite good if
you can create the proper atmosphere. Think Aliens, or Outland. I
run it using my own homebrew background and mechanics, called Star
Patrol, which is based on FUDGE. Check out
for more details.


Minions of the Dark have begun constructing a dimensional gate beneath
the Republic outpost on Deju. The outpost’s leader has been replaced
by the minions, who are using the Gift to create a perfect illusion of
the leader. They are proceeding to infiltrate deeper into the
outpost, replacing more key figures. And, they have begun enslaving
part of the outpost’s inhabitants, using them as slave labor to
dig/construct/whatever the secret.

The characters are travelling on the starship Fickle Fate, which is
scheduled to deliver several geolocks and some replacement personnel
to the outpost. The stopover is supposed to be a short one, and the
poor design of the landing bays, which are just next to the garbage
collection/expulsion unit, make the stop seem even longer. But, the
outpost’s only canteen, “the Pit”, is abuzz about something…


This document is free. Permission is given to redistribute it and/or
modify it under 2 conditions: 1. My name stays on it.
2. No profit is made from redistribution or modification.

1. The Pit – melee & social, roleplay

Characters go to the bar, as the Fickle Fate’s entertainment console
is pretty pitiful. They notice that the party in the back, which is
getting progressively louder, inebriated and angry, seems to be
talking about a at the bar.

The largest of the lot gets up, goes over to him, spins him around in
his barstool, and shouting something about “This one’s for Jorick!”,
attacks the surprised .

A fight ensues, with the attackers inebriated buddies crowding around,
cheering him on with phrases like “That’s it, Kitoog, help him find
Jorick!” and “One more for Landers!”.

The is getting his butt kicked, and unless the characters
intervene, will end up an unconscious bloody pulp on the floor. If
they do, they easily defeat the drunks, who are quickly
shipped off to lockup by the local constabulary, which show up after
a few rounds. The introduces himself as Sergeant Thargrim, buys
several rounds, and pours out the story of the disappearances. It ends
with mention of the reward for finding them, and a plea to call
him if they hear anything.


Str – Great (+2 @ scale -1)
Dex – Good (+1)
Int – Good (+1)
Tch – Fair (+0)
Per – Good (+1)
Psi – Fair (+0)
Tou – Great (+2)
Scale -1

Gifts: Longevity, Legal Enforcement Power: Deju Outpost.
Faults: Stubborn, Kinda Ugly, Prefer Enclosed Spaces.
Skills: Mechanicals – Poor (+0), Blaster – Great (+2), Streetwise –
Great (+2), Detect Whopper – Fair (+0), Melee – Great (+2),
Deal-making – Great (+2), Languages – Good (+1), Medical – Fair
(+0), Swimming – Fair (+0), Alien Culture – Fair (+0),
Intimidate – Fair (+0), Tailing – Mediocre (-1)
Weapons/Equipment: Blaster, Comlink, Light Armor (+2).


Str – Good (+1 @ scale 2)
Dex – Good (+1)
Int – Fair (+0)
Tch – Fair (+0)
Per – Fair (+0)
Psi – Fair (+0)
Tou – Good (+1)
Scale 2

Gifts: Regal Bearing, Excellent Sense of Smell, Roar, Reputation:
Don’t Mess With Me.
Faults: Farsighted, Phobia of Water, Odious Personal Habit: Licks Fur,
Odious Personal Habit: Coughs up Hairballs, and Code of Honor:
Skills: Hold Liquor – Superb (+3), Melee – Great (+2), Streetwise –
Great (+2), Unarmed Melee – Great (+2), Mining – Good (+1),
Blaster – Fair (+0), Technology – Fair (+0), Mechanicals –
Fair (+0), Dodge – Fair (+0), Gambling – Fair (+0)
Weapons/Equipment: Comlink, Miner’s Mate (treat as Buzzsword).

Eventually, Thargrim excuses himself to attend to his duties.

The bar is clearing out anyway, so the characters head back to the
ship. As they do, they run into the somewhat distant and laconic
Director of the Deju outpost, Rath Shiventire, who inquires as to
their enjoyment of their stay, and as to the whereabouts of the
Sergeant (who has just departed).

He bids the characters safe journey and leaves.

The ship’s docking bay abuts the outpost’s garbage collection and
removal depot, which lends a foul aroma to the area. As the
characters hurry past the slimy ramp, one spots a worker, dumping a
load of garbage into the removal robot ship’s container. Out of the
corner of the character’s eye, he/she could swear that there was a
_body_ hidden in the garbage.

2. Victim – non-combat, brains

The characters must stop/override/whatever the garbage robot ship so
they can inspect the contents and find out who the unfortunate victim
is. (As a goad to investigate, maybe they’re passing the garbage heap
and notice the body just as the reward notice flashes by on a nearby
databoard.) Discovering the Director’s corpse is fairly important.
The characters should have some difficulty defeating the droidship’s
security, or mechanically rigging things, or whatever, but should

It turns out to be the body of the Director. (Impossible!!! They just
got done talking to him…)

Turn up the suspense and atmosphere.

3. Sneak a Peek – non-combat, brains, possibly blaster

After the body’s been discovered, the PC who found the body goes to security,
only to find that Thargrim has been murdered, evidently moments before
the PC arrived. The agents of the Dark, posing as security officers,
decided that Thargrim was making too much trouble, and were in the
process of replacing him, when the PC called with the news of the
discovered body. Their plan is to eliminate the PC, and they will
chase the PC through the station.

“With thoughts of Thargrim’s woeful tale and the reward flitting
through your mind, you quickly call the Sergeant up on the comlink.
You quickly relay the details of your discovery, to his amazement and
confusion. Lowering his voice, he asks you (the discoverer only) to
come to Security HQ to make a statement and elaborate. He urges you
to move quickly and to keep a low profile. In fact, maybe a quick
disguise of some sort might be in order…”

When the character arrives at Security:

“The wide blast door to Security is open, although it’s after hours.
You enter, pass through the disorganised and cramped reception
area, and spy a light coming down a darkened corridor – probably
Thargrim’s office. Starting down the corridor, you see a couple of
the Sgt’s men are sitting casually on desks, drinking synthcaf. One
looks at another person apparently sitting in the office that you
can’t see, and then motions you down the hall. You start down the
hall, and one of Thargrim’s men, a bit overweight, and greying at the
temples, stands up and hitches up his drooping shipsuit.”

(Ask the character to make a Perception check, and ignore the results,
before you read this next part. Paranoia is a good thing.)

“You pass a couple of empty cells, making out their cots and holovids
dimly as you walk by. Then you pass a closet door, and notice a dark
puddle seeping from underneath the door. It’s BLOOD! Your head snaps
up, and see the Sergeant’s man watching you. A leering grin comes to
his lips. Your heart jumps to your throat – it’s some kind of trap.
You wheel around as fast as you can, and bolt for the door.”

“A weird wet/metallic coughing noise rings behind you, just as you
turns the corner. You catch a glimpse of a slimy green/black dart
lodged in the door in front of you, just as you duck out of the
office. The acrid smell and the image of the slime melting the
cerametal door jolts you as you tear off towards the Fickle Fate,
running as fast as you can.”

“Behind you, possibly from a cell somewhere back in Security, you hear
a familiar bellow of the bruiser from the bar last night, saying ‘Wot?
Who the Hell? What the blazes is going on here?!'”

Kitoog, who was sleeping off his previous night’s binge, was a friend
of the late Thargrim. Kitoog was a regular in jail, and Thargrim
never locked his cell. So, after the security guys/Darklings go
running after the PC, he lets himself out to find out what’s going on.

“The clomping feet are getting louder and louder behind you, and this
damned outpost must have been designed while under the influence of

Make a few contested Running skill checks. If the heavies win a
couple, they may be able to get off a few shots. Let the character
keep a bit ahead of them, though.

Kitoog figures out what’s going on, and with his superior knowledge
of the station’s infrastructure, saves the character, sneaks him back
to the Fickle Fate. Tells the character about the accident, the
disappearance of the 3rd shift crew, etc.

On a hunch, Kitoog suggests they scout out the “accident” area.

Couple of obstacles like sneaking past wardroid guards, defeating
security systems.

Starlab’s PX-5 Defence Droid

Str – Mediocre (-1)
Dex – Good (+1)
Int – Good (+1)
Tch – Mediocre (-1)
Per – Good (+1)
Psi – Fair (+0)
Tou – Great (+2)

Gifts: Knowledge Skills@Fair, Built-in Blaster Rifle, Built-in Trooper
Armor (+4 DM), Built-in Comlink.
Faults: Must Be Repaired (Can’t Heal), Needs to be Recharged Once per
Day, Can Only Have 4 Skills.
Skills: Blaster – Superb (+3), Melee – Great (+2), Unarmed Melee –
Great (+2), Dodge – Great (+2).
Weapons/Equipment: Most PX-5’s carry a melee weapon of some kind.
Riot clubs are common.
Notes: PX-5’s are standard warrior droids. They’re pretty hobbled in
terms of skills. If a player wanted to be a PX-5, it’d be
worth 4 gifts. Given PX-5’s low Perception skill, Poor (-2),
they’ve earned a reputation as tough in battle, but easy to
sneak around.

4. Gate – blaster

By way of ventilation grate, arrive at the hellish scene of the
construction of the dimension gate. Characters overhear the faux
Director speaking into a comlink “Tell his Excellency that he may dock
at any time. My research has been an incredible success. We will
open the dimensional gate briefly to test it, before he arrives. Tell
him I look forward to presenting my results to him.” He speaks in
strange, horrible sounding language to the faux security officers.

The enslaved inhabitants of the outpost are mining, smelting, and
generally constructing the gate, which is a weird combination of
cerametal alloys, intestine-like tubes, and twitching flesh-like
panels, all pulsing to something like a heartbeat. Bioplastic never
looked like this.

The Director and his henchmen begin to open the gate – a horrible
shadow creature begins coming through. No time to go back and prepare
– the characters must stop this thing NOW!

Massive psionic/blaster/Darktech weapons battle. Lots of lurching
Dark-Enfolded outpost victims. PCs should be able to Kill off
henchmen, but the Director should escape, screaming in that weird
language into his comlink.

He’s headed towards the landing bays. PCs in hot pursuit, when the
outpost rocks as if struck by the hand of the Maker. The bruiser from
the bar hears on the comlink that some sort of starship is pummelling
the outpost, and that the Director has escaped to join it aboard a
patrol cutter. The outpost’s defences have been sabotaged by the


Muzcuh – The “Director”

Str – Good (+1)
Dex – Good (+1)
Int – Fair (+0)
Tch – Fair (+0)
Per – Fair (+0)
Psi – Good (+1)
Tou – Fair (+0)

Powers: the Gift, Enfolded
Skills: Acting – Superb (+3), Melee – Great (+2), Unarmed Melee –
Great (+2), Blaster – Great (+2), Dodge – Fair (+0)
Psi Skills: Telepathy – Good (+1), Psychokinesis – Good (+1)
Weapons/Equipment: DarkTech Rifle (Dam: +5, OB: +1, Rng 18/75/180)
Notes: Muzcuh uses his Dark Gift to trick the minds of any who observe
him into seeing him as the Director. This illusion is flawless
to any who see him, but might be detected by someone with the
Gift. He is also an excellent impostor.

Typical Enslaved:

Str – Great (+2)
Dex – Fair (+0)
Int – Fair (+0)
Tch – Fair (+0)
Per – Fair (+0)
Psi – Fair (+0)
Tou – Fair (+0)

Skills: None. (All at -2)
Weapons/Equipment: Varies. Usually the Enslaved armies carry simple
weapons, like clubs and axes.

Typical Darkling:

Str – Great (+2)
Dex – Good (+1)
Int – Fair (+0)
Tch – Fair (+0)
Per – Fair (+0)
Psi – Fair (+0)
Tou – Great (+2)

Skills: Melee – Great (+2), Unarmed Melee – Great (+2), Blaster –
Great (+2), Dodge – Fair (+0), Sneak – Fair (+0), Perception –
Fair (+0), some probably have starship skills
Weapons/Equipment: Varies. Most carry a DarkTech Rifle (Dam: +5, OB:
+1, Rng 18/75/180) , and wear some sort of armor
(treat as Light Armor – +2)

5. Save the Base – ship

The Fickle Fate is the outpost’s only hope. They have to stop the
Darkship from destroying the outpost.

The Darkship beginning to open up a landing bay for the Director’s
cutter when the Fickle Fate starts blasting it. The Darkship puts up
shields and closes the bay, stranding the cutter, and turns some of
its guns from the outpost to the Fickle Fate. Characters must disable
the guns before the outpost is just an ionized crater. The Darkship
only sustains a few hits before fleeing, leaving the cutter behind.
Characters can destroy it, try to board, etc.

Director won’t let himself be taken alive.


Warp Speed : Good (+1)
Speed : Good (+1)
Manoeuvre : Good (+1)
Shields : Fair (+0)
Hull : Good (+1)
Crew : ??
Passengers : ??
Cargo : ??
Consumables : ??
Computer : ??
E. Hyperdrives : unknown
Ship’s Guns : DarkTech Disruptor Cannon (FP: +3, OB: -1), 2
: DarkTech Laser Cannon (FP: +1, OB: -1)
Cost : ??

Universal Dynamics 88-V Patrol Corvette

Warp Speed : Fair (+0)
Speed : Mediocre (-1)
Manoeuvre : Fair (+0)
Shields : Fair (+0)
Hull : Good (+1)
Crew : 3
Passengers : 10
Cargo : 75 tons
Consumables : 6 weeks
Computer : Starship Pilot – Mediocre (-1), Astrogation – Poor
: (-2)
E. Hyperdrives : yes
Ship’s Guns : 2 turreted Ranger Weapon Systems Pulse Cannon (FP:
: +1, OB: +0)
Cost : 200,000 Cr. (50,000 or so, used)
Notes : Atmosphere capable

Fickle Fate
(modified Universal Dynamics TF-78a Freighter)

Warp Speed : Fair (+0)
Speed : Fair (+0)
Manoeuvre : Good (+1)
Shields : Fair (+0)
Hull : Good (+1)
Crew : 3
Passengers : 8
Cargo : 80 tons
Consumables : 6 weeks
Computer : Starship Pilot – Mediocre (-1), Astrogation – Poor
: (-2)
E. Hyperdrives : yes
Ship’s Guns : turreted Ranger Weapon Systems Pulse Cannon (FP: +1,
: OB: +0), 2 turreted Laser Cannon (FP: +0, OB: +0)
Cost : not for sale
Notes : Atmosphere capable

All the pretty ladies…
Tuomas Koivu

18-JAN-1996 14:26:37.11
Dragon This plot is intended to be the backbone of a long campaign lasting
perhaps years and requires a lot of continuity. If your players are
the type that gets their characters killed fast and often, then
this one is not for you.

Requirements: At least one high-level fighter, paladin or bard
who always acts like a hero and does heroic deeds (called the
hero later on). The party should use some specific Inn or hotel
as their base between adventures.

During their first or second visit in the Inn the party meets
a lovely, black-haired, tanned young lady who belly-dances
for the audience. The girl should be exceptionally beautiful
and charming, so that the characters are bound to notice her.

After the show the girl dresses up and comes to sit by the
same table with the player characters. She introduces herself
as Alanil (use whatever name you like) and tells that she is
with another adventuring party. It should become apparent that
she is somehow interested in the heroic character (choose a
handsome PC that can’t resist women), but when the hero tries
to make his move, the girl says that she is already involved
with someone else. This someone is Stompur (again, change the
names if you wish), another great hero known for his big muscles
and bad temper. Make it clear that Stompur is someone you
wouldn’t want to make angry.

Every time the party visits the Inn the hero meets Alanil and
gets a chance to spend some time and talk with her. Slowly the
hero gets the impression that Alanil cares for him and the feeling
should be mutual. At the same time between Stompur and the hero
develop a hatred for each other. Anyway, nothing more serious ever
gets to happen. Stompur is out for an adventure most of the time
and his reputation grows steadily – so does the hero’s reputation.

After a year or so Alanil tells the hero that she senses
something bad, but does not know exactly what it is.
Soon after this the party will meet another gorgeous young
woman, Shenadal, who wants to join them. Shenadal is as beautiful
as Alanil, but blonde. Little by little the players should learn
that there is something very similar about these two women, but
they can’t figure out what. Shenadal also likes to spend a lot
of time close to the hero. The two ladies never meet.

Time passes and Shenadal adventures with the party. The heroes’
reputation keeps on growing. One day the two parties (the
players and Alanil’s party) meet accidentally. Something very
strange happens, the girls begin to change their shape…

Both Alanil and Shenadal are powerful ancient dragons who have
polymorphed themselves into young pretty girls, so that they
can easily get close to heroic fighters. The dragons have had
a competition going on for centuries: the one that eats more
and greater heroes in 500 years wins!

This plot gives you a chance to surprise you players in a way
they’ve never experienced. Someone they’ve known for a long
time wants to eat them up! They will have to fight side by side
together with Stompur, whom they hate, against the dragons,
whom they have learned to like or even love.

Have fun.

An Ogre by Any other Name
Wayne J. Rasmussen

1-FEB-1996 20:12:23.98
Quest Scenario Requirements: This scenario has been designed for a single first
level cleric’s first adventure. It can also be used to help build a group
of adventurers.

Scenario Description: A local knight and a score of men have been dispatched
to stop an “ogre” which has been harassing a nearby village. The newly
graduated PC cleric has been ordered to assist the high priest who owns/runs
the church in the village. Shortly after arriving at the church, the high
priest puts the newbie cleric in charge as he leaves on an urgent mission.
Thus putting the cleric on the spot.

Places in this Scenario:

Town: Mid-sized town where the PC has learned his trade. The knight and his
men in this adventure are from this town.

Village: This village is getting harassed by an “ogre”.

Forest: It would take four or more days to walk across this mid-sized
slightly hilly forest. The forest is home to the druid Banoust and many
woodland creatures. Several unusual events have occurred here recently.
A boy from the village discovered a cave which is actually the ruins of
tribesmen who lived here long ago. An ogre, ogre mage actually, arrived and
has been causing the local village problems by killing and eating horses, cows,
and stealing valuables. Yesterday, an evil mage,Yagok Iztzwini, entered the
Ruins and soon died from a curse which came over him.

Burial Cave: This is where the body of the dead wizard Yagok Iztzwini is
buried and where the reincarnation spell was performed.

Church: The church of the high priest Thalpas is located in the Village.
Small attendance during services. Beneath the main floor of the church are
several rooms: master bedroom, guest bedroom, store room, and
secret room which contains the Staff of Life and Soul Returning.

Tribesman’s Ruins: Many centuries ago, tribesmen lived in this region of the
continent. After years of war, they were defeated or chased out of the area.
This place was once sacred to them and its secret location was known
only to a few select individuals.

NPCs in this Scenario:

Banoust – Druid: Powerful member of this class. The druid has figured out
what happened to the mage/ogre-mage and has prepared a scroll containing
the location of the mage’s body, where the ogre-mage’s cave is, and what he
thinks happened to the mage and ogre mage (he is correct). The druid gives
the scroll to a woodland creature and sends it on its way to warn the
knight of what might happen.

Ogre: Unknown to any PC or NPC (except Banoust) in this adventure, the ogre
is a magic-using ogre (Read Japanese Ogre or ogre mage) who has sort of
been possessed by an evil mage. The possession occurred in the last 24
hours. A dying mage forced the druid Banoust reincarnate the mage. Something
went wrong with the reincarnation and now the ogre mage has two souls.
The ogre can use both the powers of the mage and the ogre mage. The
knight Teramore Lightman expected a normal ogre not an ogre mage or an ogre
mage possessed by an evil mage. The ogre mage is using hit and run tactics
on the knights, which means he casts one offensive spell then disappears.

Squire: This newbie fighter is the Squire of the Knight called Teramoor
Lightman. If the GM is trying to bring together a group of new adventurers,
have a fighter play the squire in this adventure.

Teramore Lightman – Knight: The knight is very experienced and has killed a
few trolls in his day. He is both strong and stout. The people of the land
believe that this should be a very easy mission for the knight. They are

Thalpas – The High Priest: A middle aged human who has spent many a year
adventuring and has retired to a little church he built in this village.
The local population respect him, but, they love the local druid. The
attendance at the church isn’t as high as he would like it to be. He sees
the problem with the ogre as a chance to win a few of the locals over to
his church.

Thalpas gets along well with the higher members of the church because he
usually stays out of the intrigue of the upper circles of power. They mostly
leave him alone and he rarely attends any of the annual church functions to
which he is invited.

Yagok Iztzwini – Evil Mage: A moderately powerful mage with slightly evil
side He is very intelligent, impatient, and known for his ability to size up
a person with just a slight glance. Recently he purchased a scroll from a
farmer in the village who claimed his son found it in a cave in the forest.
The scroll was a minor magic but Yagok paid the farmer for directions to the
cave. Yagok discovered that the cave was the ruins of the type associated
with tribesmen who lived in the area several centuries ago. Upon entering,
he was hit by a horrible curse. Yagok managed to get out of the cave and
soon came across Banoust who was picking berries for lunch. Yagok used a
spell to force Banoust to bury his body and reincarnate him. Banoust buried
the body in a cave (different from the tribesmen ruins) and performed the
reincarnation. Something went wrong with the reincarnation and Yagok’s soul
went into the body of a nearby Ogre Mage. Yagok blames the villagers for his

New Items in this Scenario:

Staff of Life and Soul Returning: Touching this item to ANY dead body or
even the smallest piece of a body, will cause the body to instantly return
to a 100% functional state and the soul will return from wherever it might
be to the body. The soul must still exist on some plane of existence. It
is like an unlimited resurrection or golden drops of heavenly essence. If
the soul is contained in some other place or item, it will still return.

The Plot:

GMs Notes/Setup: An ogre has been bothering farmers by killing livestock
and destroying property. He lives in the wooded hills near a village about
a day and a half from this town. A local knight and a score of men have
been dispatched to remove the ogre. The knight is very experienced and
has killed a few trolls in his day. The people of the land believe this
should be a very easy mission for the knight.

Since the church doesn’t want clerics (especially newbies!) just hanging
around the church, they have decided to send a recent graduate out to
assist the high priest Thalpas. Thalpas owns/runs the church in the
village near the ogre. They don’t think the knight will have much trouble
with the ogre but figure it can’t hurt to send someone to assist the
high priest should any serious injuries happen. The cleric will not
travel with the knight and his men and will have to travel on his own.
GMs may want to role-play the journey out or just let the cleric arrive
at the church.

Arriving at the Church: Arriving at the church, the high priest Thalpas
immediately puts the cleric to work cleaning the very dusty church. The
high priest is very much a loner and lives alone in the church. In fact,
the High priest doesn’t have any other clerics around.

The knights will find the ogre but will get into real trouble. Unknown
to them, the ogre is a magic-using ogre (Read Japanese Ogre or ogre mage)
who has sort of been possessed by an evil mage. The possession occurred
in the last 24 hours. A dying mage forced a druidical type priest to
reincarnate the mage. Something went wrong with the reincarnation and
now the ogre has two souls inside itself. The ogre can use both the powers
of the mage and the ogre mage. The knight expected a normal ogre not an
ogre mage or an ogre mage possessed by an evil mage.

The druid Banoust has figured out what happened to the mage/ogre-mage and
has prepared a scroll containing the location of the mage’s body, where
the ogre-mage’s cave is, and what he thinks happened to the mage and ogre
mage (he is correct). The druid gives the scroll to a woodlands creature
and sends it on it’s way to warn the knight of what might happen. The
warning arrives too late.

After the fight with the ogre, A great owl flies over Teramore and drops
Banoust’s warning scroll. The knight reads the scroll then orders the
squire to take the scroll to the church in the village and give it to the
priest in charge. The squire is also told to tell the cleric about the
many wounded men. To make sure the squire gets to the church, Teramore
orders the squire to take a long route back instead of a direct path, where
the ogre-mage may be waiting to ambush him.

Needless to say, the knight runs into trouble with the “ogre” and beats a
hasty retreat back to the village. The newbie cleric has been put in charge
of the church and will have to handle the knight, his men, the villagers,
the druid, Banoust, and the “Ogre”.

The Adventure:

Introduction: Having just “graduated” from school, you were selected by
a high ranking member of the church to go on a mission of small importance.
You are ordered to travel to a small shrine not more than a day or two
journey from this town and assist the high priest as he sees fit. Knowing
your adventurous side, you are told that it is a simple mission and not a
major quest or adventure. A knight has been sent with a score of men to
rid a forest of an ogre which has been pestering local farmers. You are
being sent to help the high priest on the slight chance there will be some
wounded men.

The Journey: The GM may role-play this or just let the cleric arrive
at the church.

Arriving at the Church: When the cleric arrives, he doesn’t act surprised
that he is here. He will show the newbie priest where the broom and mop
are so he can begin cleaning. The church hasn’t been cleaned in many months!
The priest will constantly check the PCs work and be very picky about how
he does the job. He will be watching how the newbie reacts to the treatment.
He doesn’t like yes-men. If the character just puts up with the treatment,
dinner will be bread and a very tasty soup. If he shows some character,
the priest will say he is glad to see him stand up for himself and break
out the good stuff for dinner such as a fine ham, cheese, wine, fruit, etc.

The Tour: Before going to bed, the priest will give a tour of the entire
church. There are several rooms below the church which serve as private
quarters, guest quarters, storage (loaded with many fine foods and wine),
and a hidden chamber. Within the hidden chamber is a holy relic found
during the Thalpas’s adventuring days. He will tell the newbie about the
holy relic (Staff of Life and Soul Returning). He will say “Touching the
staff to any dead body will fully restore life and limb and return its
soul no matter where it might be”. A small room with a straw bed will be
made available for the newbie.

Squire’s Arrival?: NOTE: This may not occur here! If the squire fails to
follow the orders of his knight and proceeds in a direct line to the
village, he will arrive safely. He will give the scroll to the high priest
and tell him of the battle with the ogre-like creature. Thalpas asks the
PC to cure any wounds the squire has and to give him something to eat.
Thalpas will then study the scroll in private and not share the information
with the PC. NOTE: The squire arrived somewhere around midnight.

Thalpas’s Departure: The cleric wakes up in the morning to find Thalpas gone
and a note left for him/her. The note says that PC cleric in charge of the
church and tells him that he will be back in a few days. His reason for
leaving will depend on whether the squire arrived last night. If so, he
claims to be going to the church council for advice. If the squire didn’t
arrive, he claims that he has a strong feeling that he will need the
assistance from a few of his old adventuring buddies.

Later That Day: A few of the villagers will come and go asking questions,
where is Thalpas, where is the knight, why is the squire here by himself,
etc. The villagers seem worried. If the cleric reassures the villagers, he
gets 1 good point. If he makes it worse by saying something stupid, he gets
1 bad point.

The Next Day: The knight Teramore Lightman arrives with his wounded men. He
seems mad and a little frustrated. He asks where Thalpas is and who is in
charge. When he hears that the PC is in charge of the church, he acts very
respectful of the PC and even seeks his wisdom on the situation in front
of his men. Specifically, he want to know if they should go out and try to
attack this creature again. At this point, several of his men cry out in
favour of attacking and getting revenge. If not, what should they do, just
sit and wait? If the clerics god is against revenge and the cleric speaks
against revenge he gets one good point. He gets one bad point if he doesn’t
try to quell any talk of revenge. If the God endorses revenge, reverse the
scoring. If the cleric advises caution and posting of guards and patrols in
the village, he get one good point. If he doesn’t offer advice or just tells
them to do no action he gets one bad point. If he suggests and all out attack
against the ogre, you can expect the men to get wiped out (3 bad points).
NOTE: Teramore will answer any questions the cleric asks to the best of
his ability.

That Night: During the night, the ogre attacks the village. If guards or
patrols were placed by the cleric, one of the guardsmen will be killed and
the ogre will appear to have been driven off by the other guardsmen. If no
guards or patrols were established, one house will be attacked and two
villagers (man & his son) will have died in the attack. The ogre appears to
have hit and run. The villagers will be shaken up by this situation and the
cleric must show no fear to inspire the people. Even the knight appears to
be shaken and will respond according to the clerics actions. He will be
brave it the cleric is and not so brave if the cleric isn’t. If a guardsman
dies, Teramore will say to the cleric “It could have been worse, some of the
villagers could have died. You were wise to suggest a patrol.” If the
guardsman dies, give the cleric 1 good point, if two villagers die, he gets
2 bad points.

The Next Day – Squire’s Arrival?: NOTE: This may not occur here! If the
squire didn’t arrive earlier, he will arrive now. Teramore will be upset
with the squire and he may not be his squire after this mission is over.
The squire does give the scroll to the cleric. If the cleric interferes
with the knight-squire relationship, the knight will listen to his advice
but will act according to his own sense of honour.

Later that Day: Banoust the druid arrives in town. If the cleric has not
been reassuring and/or not acted bravely, they will flock to the druid
leaving him along. If he has been brave and/or reassuring, only a few of
the villagers will rush to Banoust. Banoust will talk to a few of the
villagers then head toward the church. He will relate the tale of the wizard
Yagok and the reincarnation. He will also mention that he was attacked this
morning and the spellbooks he took from Yagok had been stolen. He fears that
the Ogre will be able to get his full range of spells now.

Reaction to Banoust: The villager will be watching Banoust and the cleric to
see signs of strength and weakness. Banoust will make rather loud statements
in public regarding Thalpas’s leaving the village in a time of crisis. The
cleric needs to counter these statements. Whoever wins this verbal fencing
will wins the heart and soul of the villagers. If the cleric wins, give him
2 good points and 2 bad points if he fails.

Solution to the Adventure #1: The Staff of Life and Soul Returning can be
used to bring the life and soul of the wizard Yagok Iztzwini back to his
body. If the cleric figures this out, and mentions this to the knight and
the druid, a plan may be created by the three of them. The druid will help
get the cleric to the dead wizards body. The knight and the squire will
volunteer to go with in case of trouble. The knight may even suggest using
himself and his guardsmen to draw the ogre’s attention while the cleric,
druid and squire bring the wizard back to life. There will be no problems
in either capturing the mage or killing him after the staff is used. The
now weaker ogre mage will be easily killed by Teramore and his men. The
cleric earns 6 good points.

Solution to the Adventure #2: The next day, Thalpas returns with his old
adventuring buddies. They kill the ogre mage without too much trouble.

Other Solutions: Characters always manage to come up with unexpected plans.
So award 6 points for removing the ogre mage/mage problem. Award 1 bad point
for each villager who dies, and 1 bad point for every two guards men who die.
If the squire dies, add 1 bad point, and add 3 bad points if the knight dies.

Since this is an opportunity for roleplaying. The GM may add other encounters
to the adventure such as settling disputes between villagers, husbands &
their wives, parents and children.

Closing Notes:

If the cleric ended with more good points than bad points, he should be
rewarded in some way.
Here are some possibilities. 1) Thalpas gives the cleric a well trained war horse.
2) Thalpas gives the cleric a map. The map “claims” to lead the cleric
to where a magic tome to increase one’s wisdom is hidden.
3) Newbie cleric is recognized by church leaders as an up and coming cleric.
Perhaps you are too challenging to have around? They send you on another
4) If the newbie cleric has earned sufficient experience to advance a level.
His/her training is arranged for by the church at no cost to the cleric.
5) The church grants the cleric special dispensation in a special ceremony.
Whenever the cleric cast a “Cure wounds” spell, add +1 to all dice rolled.
6) The church grants the cleric special dispensation in a special ceremony.
The cleric is granted an extra first level spell per day.
If the cleric ended with more bad points than good points, he should be
punished in some way. Here are some possibilities. 1) Thalpas orders the cleric to a vow of silence and meditation in his temple
for the next week.
2) If the holy relic is some how lost, he will be quested to recover it.
3) The cleric has to tithe half of his money for the next 12 months.
4) In a special ceremony, the cleric loses the ability to cast bonus spells.
This ability will return when “God” feels the cleric has earned it or the
need is great. NOTE: not the cleric’s need!

Getting a group together. The purpose of this adventure was to give an
individual character an adventure for himself with the further goal of
building an adventuring group. Here is how you could start a group from here
by adding other characters. I would suggest exploring the “tribesman ruins” as
a good starting place for further adventuring. 1) The squire could be another adventurer who could join the cleric.
2) One of the knight’s men decides to leave the knights service.
3) Banoust could introduce the cleric to an elf or druidical character.
4) After the ogre, a hunter from the village decides he likes adventure.
5) One of Thalpas’s adventuring buddies has an apprentice….

Dish du Jour: Magic!
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any A wizard accidentally opens a gate to a plane of magic-eating creatures, and
the PCs are hired to close it, possibly involving a long and difficult
process or series of quests.

Evils’ Puppet
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any A civil war erupts in a supposedly peaceful realm. A dabbling noble has
run across an ancient evil that is now running him like a puppet. After
raising an army of humanoids and worse, the PCs are sent to investigate.

Growing evil
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any A different party of adventurers destroyed a horrible evil years ago, or at
least thought they did. It has managed to return again much weaker, but is
gaining power quickly.

Troublesome Artefact
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any An evil artefact has escaped its imprisonment and is causing problems
again, and must be recovered and re-imprisoned or destroyed while it still

Dwarven treasures?
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any Dwarves have found an ancient wealth… and an ancient evil as well.
Blinded by their new treasures, they don’t realize they are becoming
servants. Rescuers are needed before it is too late.

Missing Person File
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any PCs are sent to search for the one man who can help with a problem.

Spot the artefact
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any A mage once invented a powerful item that is now needed badly. The PCs are
hired to track it down and retrieve it.

All in days work…
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any An army descends on a nation at nearly the same time the court magician
grabs power. The PCs must rescue the heir, dispose of the wizard, and then
defeat the invading army.

Beat the wicked wizard
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any A wizard forces PCs to retrieve a magical item that he cannot get to.
However, he doesn’t realize that this item will break his control over
them. Once free, the PCs must work to stop his evil schemes.

Fetch back that item
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any The bad guys have discovered a powerful magic item, and the PCs are sent to
recover it. Unfortunately they find that it has already been appropriated
by the other bad guys.

Secure that lock on Hell
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any Forces of evil are searching to release an ancient evil power. The PCs must
beat them to the locations of the hidden keys and/or recover the hidden keys
already found.

Undisturbed title?
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any PCs are made nobility, but with the catch that they must first clear the
land they have been granted.

Out, out cursed spot..
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any A magical curse that affects only certain good guys appears, and the PCs
must find the source and stop it before the balance is upset.

Assassins at Pumpkin time
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Building At a costume party there is an assassin, and the party must find him/her
before the baron arrives at midnight.

Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any The PCs are the possible fulfilment of an ancient prophesy.
However, there are many who do not wish this prophesy to come true.

You call this shelter?
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Building The PCs are being chased through the wilderness when they come upon an old
wizard’s tower. Their only chance at escape is to enter the tower and try
to survive it.

Goblin war
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Goblins Something is massing the humanoids for an attack. The PCs are sent as
either spies to find out what, or to try to stop this opponent before
another goblin war occurs.

My god is more omnipotent then your god…
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any A third religion is trying to start a religious war between two others. The
PCs are the only ones in the position to recover stolen property and
practice diplomacy to prevent this.

Strike force
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any The PCs are requested for an army’s special strike team.

Time after time
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any An evil archmage has fled through time to escape punishment, and the PCs
must track him down for justice.

Crime war
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Urban A huge underworld crime war is brewing, and the PCs cannot help but choose
sides when they see the damage being done.

Hot property
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any PCs are captured by the bad guys, but manage to escape. In their escape,
they picked up something very important to the bad guys, who will stop at
nothing to recover it.

Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any The king has passed on with no clear successor, and factions strive to fill
the throne with friends. Meanwhile, outside forces threaten, and it is up
to the PCs to fix things up.

Waking dragons
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Dragon The ancient dragon has once again stirred, and it falls to the PCs
to lay it to rest for once and for all. They are sent on a quest for a
mighty artefact to destroy the beast, and then must use it on the dragon.

Extraplanar master
Benjamin Jud Quinton

Any An extraplanar being needs help on this plane, and since he cannot manifest,
he sends the PCs to do the job.

The Tarathan
Alexander T. Knapp

******************* CAMPAIGN LINES AND RESPONSIBILITIES *****************
* *
* This campaign, designed and played over the course of five years, *
* was designed for the concurrent adventuring of four different groups *
* of Player Characters. The plot lines of campaign, five major and *
* five minor, are interwoven as much as possible, but could be run *
* individually. The majority of this material is original, questions *
* and comments will be welcomed by the author. *
* *
* Any use of copyrighted material, explicit or implicit, does not *
* constitute a challenge to the ownership of that copyright. The *
* author/owner of this document otherwise retains the rights to all *
* to all material contained herein. Permission is granted for non- *
* profit reproduction and/or distribution so long as this notice is *
* retained in its entirety. *
* *
* Welcome to The Tarathan! *
* *

This file is set up in the following format:

I. Welcome message, copyright disclaimer and introduction to the

II. Description of the four player groups.

This campaign was designed for, and in my experience was certainly large
enough to have four different groups of player characters adventuring
at the same time. We did this in order to add a little more variety
to the game and to allow for players to experiment with different
characters. A breakdown of which group(s) were responsible for each
plot line is included after each title (see below).

III. Background explanation of names and terms

In the interests of respecting other people’s hard work and copyrights,
some geographical and cultural names have been changed. Also, as the
majority of this material is original, I include a short
description of some of the terms that are used in this document.

IV. Plot Lines and Explanations

The ten plot lines of this campaign are divided into five major
and five minor collections of adventures, which (as much as
possible) have ties among and through each other. The unifying
reference or force behind the campaign is “The Song of Solastin
Ash”, a 6000+ year old prophesy of the greatest elven Spellsinger
(annotated and appended to this document.) I used the “Song”
primarily as foreshadowing and adventure hooks/references in the
campaign, leading characters along from one stanza to the next.

Each plot line has been written in the following format (NOTE –
Numbers in [brackets] refer specifically to the “Song” located in
Part V): – Title [Lines of Primary Reference in the “Song”] Name of
Responsible Character Group

i.e **Arcanum [7-14, 25-32] Group I (Main Characters)

– Historical Reference: Background to the plot

– Campaign Goals and Challenges: The general goal that the PC’s
should achieve in this particular plot line, plus three to five
specific challenges or obstacles.

– Specific References: Additional references in other stanzas
of the “Song” and explanation.

i.e. [11-12] As the magical drain becomes more drastic, the
Runic Heiarch of Lagur (Water) increasingly uses her powers to
try and contain the damage.

V. The Song of Solastin Ash

The “Song”, here in its entirety, has been annotated for easy
reference to each plot description. Individual lines or stanzas will
be referenced in [brackets].

The “Song” follow a specific pattern (with refrain after each set of

Major Plot Line
Minor Plot Line
Legend or Call of Heroes


“Legend” is an account of some piece of ancient Tarathan history and
“Call of Heroes” is a foreshadowing of many of the NPC’s to be found
in the campaign.


Group I – The main characters who start at a lowly level, however are
advanced rather fast through `parallel adventures’ setting up background
for secondary Groups (II-IV). Although they are ultimately the deciding
force, they play a minor role until Parts Three and Four of the Campaign. 1. Wizard/Sorcerer Student of the Arcanum, future Runist
2. Cleric/Priest Psionic Potential
3. Thief/Rogue “Darkfang” and “Keldarion”
4. Fighter/Warrior Ties to the Northern Reaches/Selidon Keep
5. Other(s) (GM’s Discretion)
Group II – “The Bonded and Fettered, Yet Free to Be Doomed”, a collection
of medium/high level characters with one extraordinary ability
score and a common legacy, the `Golden Shackles’ on their
wrists. Predestined to release the Riders, die in the course of their
trials, return as Servitors and restore Power to The Tarathan.

Group III – This Group of high level characters is based in a
medium-sized castle, part of the Protectorate of Selidon in the Northern
Reaches. Their role is primarily to explore the adventure possibilities
of the `landed’ nobility and provide a show of force within the Campaign
when necessary.

Group IV – This Group is actually made up of a wide range of characters
of varying levels who serve as playtesters for various character classes
and races.


—> NAMES of Geographical Locations (in order of appearance in the
Plot Lines)

Amaranth – a country ruled largely by wizards, also the name of the
capitol city. Extremely unfriendly toward clerics/priests. Political
tensions with the Windlands.

The Tarathan (The Jewel) – the name of the campaign world, also the
name of the collection of planes upon which the Twenty Immortals

Windlands – a broad expanse of wind-swept plains east of Amaranth.
Home to a wide variety of nomadic tribes. Political tensions with

Northern Reaches – largely untamed wilderness north of the “Southern

Underworld – the network of tunnels, chambers and caverns below the
surface of The Tarathan.

Develin – a prosperous country south of Amaranth. Ruled by a
consortium of Merchant-Princes.

The Heights – the forest-state of the Elves

Warren – a particularly excavated and populated area of the Underworld
directly below Develin and The Heights. Supported by four massive

Sand Lords – the nomadic rulers of the desert on the eastern coast of
the continent. Particularly unfriendly toward wizards.

Selidon Valley/Protectorate – The main center of population in the
Northern Reaches.

Cloud Mountain – a singular, massive mountain in the center of the
Windlands. Site of pilgramage and prophesy for the nomadic tribes.

Adatia – a county beyond the eastern sea, populated and ruled by
wizards. Unofficial patron of Amaranth.

—> NAMES of Gaming Terms (in order of appearance in the Plot Lines)

Power – all magical effects, including arcane (Wizards), holy
(Clerics/Priests), and those produced by items and artifacts.
Excludes Psionics and Rune Magic.

Rune Magic (Runic Heiarch) – Old Earth Magic, captured and controlled
by runic inscription. A secret society lead by five Heiarchs
(representing four elements plus Spirit/Balance.)

Heart of the Tarathan – a large ruby, the primary collector of Power
on The Tarathan.

Chamber of the Spheres – a massive Dark elven magical construction
designed to restore Power to The Tarathan bypassing the Arcanum.

Sol – the authority over the Tewnty Immortals.

Protocols – the edicts of Sol passed down at the Reckoning. The
First Protocol states that “no Immortal shall walk the face of The

Erdefount – the first source of water in the Underworld.

Stone-Father’s Tome – Agathon, Patron Immortal of the Underworld,
wrote this history of the his ‘children’, who eventually broke among
themselves and became the different races of the Underworld.

Celarion – the secret political organization of Shadogodon, Patron
Immortal of Strife. Led by the “Rose” (highest political title.)

Orbs of Cymid Dar – three silver orbs, an artifact of great power.
Cursed to drive the user slowly insane.

++++++ PLOT LINES +++++++

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**Arcanum [7-14, 25-32] Group I (Main Characters)

Historical Reference – The Arcanum, the magically active remains of a
star summoned in battle by the Nameless One (a pre-Reckoning Sorcerer-
King), rests thousands of feet below the city of Amaranth. The impact
of this comet killed the Nameless One’s rival, Hanel, and shifted the
planet, plunging it into a global cataclysm. Millenia later, in the
current era, the emanations given off by this star, deep in the earth,
act as a magic- enhancing `aura’ in and around the country of Amaranth.
This aura, however, consumes a significant deal more Power than it
creates and is slowly draining Magic from The Tarathan.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – The PC’s must identify the Arcanum and
its nature, locate and find a way to stop it or its effects. – I. One of their members is a member of the Brotherhood of the Arcanum,
the ruling (albeit secret) political power in Amaranth.
– II. All other members of the Brotherhood will stop at nothing to
prevent the destruction of their `free’ source of Power.
– III. The ongoing war with the Windlands requires more and more magical
investment, draining The Tarathan’s Power even faster.
– IV. The extremely inaccessable location and unfathomable power of the
Arcanum itself makes it extremely difficult for mortals to reach it and
impossible to touch or affect it in any way.
Specific References –
[11-12] As the magical drain becomes more drastic, the Runic Heiarch of
Lagur (Water) increasingly uses her powers to try and contain the
[13-14] Agathon, preoccupied for several thousand years with his search
for the Heart of The Tarathan, will return after its discovery (see
“Tokens”) and transform the surviving Dark Elves into his new Chosen,
banishing the Illithid.
[22-23, 72-73, 76-77, 99, 103-104] Finsternis (c.f.), trapped in his
rise to Immortality in a nether-plane and neither mortal or immortal, is
the only person capable of completing the magical `circuit’ – the Heart
of the Tarathan – in the Dark elves’ (c.f.) “Chamber of the Spheres”,
however, the act, while restoring Power to The Tarathan, would also
fully elevate him to the Twenty.
[9, 50] The Dragon of Ash, a work of ritual magic, using the Arcanum
against the the Windland’s horde, and the death of Prayle (c.f.) in the
Northern Reaches both signal the final vestiges of Power on The Tarathan.

**Riders [34-41, 116-123] Group II (Bonded)

Historical Reference – Before the Reckoning, The Tarathan was divided
only between Light and Dark, the two `Bastions’ of the Age.
Approximately six thousand years before the current campaign takes
place, the Vangaurd of the Bastion of the Light, led by the Psionicist-
Mage Kry the Just and his four knights, faced the Thirteen Riders of the
Vanguard of the Dark. The battle raged on the edge of a chasm in the
center of Trynnia, Kry’s kindom. The Riders were eventually banished
and bound, but the knights were killed and Kry was lost as the edge of
the chasm gave way beneath him. It was at that point that Sol called
the twenty surviving Immortals to the Jewel, issued the Protocols and
the new Age was begun.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – The PC’s, having released the Riders,
must find out their weaknesses, track them down and destroy them. – I. The only effective way to combat the Riders’ auras is to possess one
of the Treasures of Old, the weapons of Kry and his knights.
– II. The Patron Immortals of Strife, Domination and Death each have a
vested interest in the freedom of the Riders, and the advantage that can
be gained by the chaos that the Thirteen create.
– III. Kry’s tomb has been used as the foundation for the Seers’ Obelisk
(c.f.), drawing on the psionic energies which are still associated with
his spirit.
Specific References –
[18-19] Finsternis (c.f.) corrupts one of the original members of Group
I, who later bears his child, the future the leader of the Celarion and
the bearer of the First Treasure of Old.
[36] In the early years of the final battle, Kry’s knights numbered
eight, however as the Riders became more powerful, four of the knights
joined with the weapons of their `brothers’ to better protect them.
[75] The Dark Elven kingdom falls prey to a plague unleashed by
Scourge, which slowly decimates the populace and threatend the
completion of the Chamber.
[118-119] These three points outline the former borders of Trynnia, at
their center lies the valley of the Obelisk and the tomb of Kry the

**Flood [61-68] Group IV (Experimental)

Historical Reference – The “Master”, a heretofore mythical monster of
the Underworld, with the help of Agathon’s Chosen, has begun a slow
process of weakening the `Cornerstones’ – four massive, natural pillars
which support the kingdoms of Develin and the Heights above the `Warren’, a
giant region of the Underworld. If the pillars are completely destroyed,
the entire region will sink, flooding it entirely and killing millions.
Unfortunately, the plot isn’t discovered until two of the pillars are
destroyed, necessitating a replacement of the underground supports.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – Find four saplings in Agathon’s `Granite
Forsest’ to replace the lost pillars while preventing the Master from
collapsing the remaining two. – I. In order for the saplings to grow outside of their natural habitat,
they must be planted in soil from `the Deep’ and watered with from the
Erdefount itself.
– II. The followers of Agathon, faced with the Illithid conspiracy to
collapse of the Warren, have begun a rebellion against the Chosen.
– III. The Dark elves, in a move to hide their plague-induced weakness,
and protect the Chamber of the Spheres, close their borders and
ruthlessly kill any trespassers.
Specific References –
[44] An accurate copy of the “Stone-Father’s Tome” lies in the archives
of Casteln Mists, detailing the true history of the races of the
Underworld, which would further incite and ultimately justify the
revolution against the Illithid.
[13, 16, 31, 43, 72] The Underworld can easily provide access to any
number of underground locales, information which may be useful to other
Groups as well.

**Scelectious [88-95] Group IV (Experimental)

Historical Reference – Over two thousand years ago, the Patron Immortal
of Thievery was vanquished by a new, young Initiate named Denethor [c.f.
Evolution]. The son of Sol and the Runic Heiarch of Lagur (Water),
Denethor is not bound by the Protocols, allowing him to roam The
Tarathan at will. Now, a host of villians have nearly succeeded in
returning the `Immortal Who is No More’ to the Prime Plane. For the
past thousand years, the priests, Chosen and Servitors of Scelectious
have maintained a hidden temple in the Onyx Keep, dominion of the chief
campaign antagonist, Finsternis. They have finally neared the point
where they are ready to try to break the binding that holds their

Campaign Goal and Challenges – The PC’s must identify the threat of the
Scelectious’ minions, and find a way to either stop the shattering of
the Barrier, or face and kill the Immortal on this plane. – I. Supported by Finsternis, the remaining Priests, Chosen and Servitors
of Scelectious, will fanatically defend their Temple and the coin which
is the key to breaking the Barrier.
– II. For a variety of reasons, most of the Twenty fear the power of
Scelectious upon the face of The Tarathan and have commanded their
Chosen to cooperate in preventing his return.
– III. In infiltrating the Onyx Keep, PC’s will be confronted by the
spectre of one of Kry’s Knights, and “Yesterday’s Son”, bearer of the
First Treasure of Old.
– IV. Finsternis, seeking a easy path to Immortality, hopes to vanquish
the weakened survivor of the imminent battle between Sceletious and
Specific References –
[18-19, 125] The son of Finsternis (the `Outsider’) and Elsavin (the
`Scion of Willows’), aged through the blood sacrifice of his mother’s
life, bears the First Treasure of Old [c.f. Riders] and has been raised
to be the first leader of the Shadgodon’s Celarion.
[52] Deramis ip Baccus (the `Assassin Invisible’), one of the few
surviving Scarael Excalibur and servant of Finsternis will infiltrate
the PC’s Group and strike from within.

**Seers’ Obelisk [115-122] Group I (Main Characters)

Historical Reference – The Seers’ Obelisk, made from Power-receptive
Shadowstone, is in fact a massive psionic beacon created to contact
creatures with active and potential psionic powers, and draw them to it.
Once it has contacted all of the minds within range of its `call’, it
will siphon off their ability and channel it to Alain, the Patron
Immortal of Fate.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – Locate and destroy the Obelisk before it
completely drains all psionic potential from The Tarathan, raising Alain
to a position far beyond the rest of the Twenty. – I. Kry’s spirit, fully awaked by the last of the Four Treasures of Old
being used once more against the Riders, will draw Penumbra to the
Obelisk for their final battle.
– II. The Obelisk is virtually invulnerable from physical, psychic
and magical attack, with the exception of it’s base [“It’s four corners
are weaker than the one.”]
– III. The `Armies of the North’ will be forced to engage in the battles
sundering the Southern Lands, culminating in the Call of the Obelisk.

Specific References –
[74-75] The Seers, in need of massive quantities of Shadowstone, enter
into an agreement with the Dark elves, who control the remaining
sources of the mystical rock. However, after receiving the Stone,
betray them to the Rider Scourge, who unleases a devastating plague upon
in the Underworld.

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**Finsternis [16-23] Group I (Main Characters)

Historical Reference – Finsternis, an ancient, evil black dragon,
shapechanged into a High Elf, becomes the chief campaign antagonist in
his quest for Immortality. Lord of the Onyx Keep high in the Amaranthan
Alps, he can be found througout the Southern Kingdoms in the service of
the dark Immortals.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – Oppose Finsternis’ aims. – I. Finsternis will be instrumental in formenting dissent among in the
most volitile areas of the Southern Kingdoms, inter alia the Windlands –
Amaranth conflict and the Sand Lords’ Jihad.
– II. The `Temple Prime of the Banished Immortal’ is housed in
Finsternis’ keep, which will be the staging ground for the battle
between Denethor and Scelectious.
– III. Finsternis’ son, the new Rose of the Celarion, will seek to avenge
his father’s “death”

Specific References –
[77, 104] In his quasi-immortal state, Finsternis will be the only
person capable of placing the Heart of The Tarathan in the Dark elves’
Chamber of the Spheres.
[125] `The Scion of Willows’ , Elsavin, will betray the PC’s and marry
Finsternis, giving him a son.

**Prayle [43-50] Group III (Castle)

Historical Reference – Hundreds of years ago, a renegade arch-mage was
sealed into a mountain crypt in Selidon Valley. Opened and awakened by
an earthquake, the insane mage, Prayle, now seeks the remaining keys to
his power and revenge on the Council Arcana, who imprisioned him.
Unknown to him, the entire Council is in stasis under the watchful eye
of the Northern Elven kingdom, awaiting the Call of the Seers’ Obelisk.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – Find and kill Prayle, before he regains
his full power through the Orbs of Cymid Dar. Also, fulfill the
prophesy returning the Councils Arcana of Casteln Mists before the Call
of the Obelisk. – I. The discovery of Casteln Mists will prompt Selidon’s Keep to
mobilize, which will trigger an orc and troll offensive in the south of
the Protectorate.
– II. Prayle’s death will signal the first major failure of Power from the
– III. Vladyen the lich, Prayle’s mentor, will haunt Casteln Mists after
the Council returns and the castle becomes a part of the Protectorate.
Specific References –
[108,109] “Spinner of Falsehood” names Prayle, “Archmage of Sleepers”
names Chelic, of the Council Major

**Dark elves [70-77] Group II (Bonded)

Historical Reference – Driven from the surface by the Earthshaker wars,
one Elven clan survived in the shadows of the Underworld. With their
sensitivity to the flows of Power in the world, the elves recognize the
danger of the Arcanum and have begun construction of the Chamber of the
Spheres in order to restore Power to The Tarathan.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – Find the Heart of the Tarathan and
assist the Dark elves in the construction of the Chamber. – I. Shunned and misunderstood by most races, the Dark elves are
extremely defensive and wary of strangers, especially after the outbreak
of plague.
– II. The Illithid and Seers both will seek to prevent any contact with
the Dark elves and the completion of the Chamber.
– III. In its final stages, any mortal approaching the Chamber will be
destroyed by the Power already coursing through it, necessitating a
quasi-divine intervention (Finsternis).
Specific References –
[11-12] As the magical drain becomes more drastic, the Runic Heiarch of
Lagur (Water) increasingly uses her powers to try and contain the
[13-14] Agathon, preoccupied for several thousand years with his search
for the Heart of The Tarathan, will return after its discorvery (see
“Tokens”) and transform the surviving Dark Elves into his new Chosen,
banishing the Illithid.
[63] The growing revolution against the Illithid complicates movement
and completion of the Nucleus.
[22-23, 72-73, 76-77, 99, 103-104] Finsternis (c.f.), trapped in his
rise to Immortality in a nether-plane and neither mortal or immortal, is
the only person capable of completing the magical `circuit’ – the Heart
of the Tarathan – in the Dark elves “Chamber of the Spheres”, however,
the act, while restoring Power to The Tarathan, would also fully elevate
him to the Twenty.
[108] “Shaman Below” names the High Advisor Teranis of the Dark elves,
who will first accept the PC’s offers of help.

**Demon/War [97-104] Group IV (Experimental)

Historical Reference – Using a stolen Dark Elven soul crystal, a
foolish Amaranthan mage succeeds in summoning a demon, which then breaks
free and kills him. After ravaging the Broken Lands, it begins to enter
the Windlands, which is taken as an act of war, as the frayed tensions
with Amaranth snap and fighting begins. The demon makes its way
singlemindedly toward the Cloud Mountain where a sea of undead and
spirits wait for release.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – Stop the Demon and try to stem the
escalation of hostilities between Amaranth and The Windlands. – I. Factions both inside and outside the countries have strong interests
in the continuation of the conflict, including the Adatians, Develinian
Arms Dealers, and Finsternis, among others.
– II. The Dark elves do not care about the war, but will stop at nothing
to retrieve their stolen crystal, which is in the possession of, and key
to the banishment of the demon.
– III. The whole incident, from the crystal to the declaration of war, was
actually a plot by the Seers to test their influence and destabilize a
region highly resistant to their plans.
Specific References – [9] A Ritual Spell of War, the “Dragon of Ash”,
will be unleashed upon the invading Windlanders, but the drain upon the
Arcanum will cause the first magic-dead period.

**Tokens [124-131] Group I (Main Characters)

Historical Reference – Five of the Immortals (Goldoron, Rydion, Solonor,
Denethor, and Agathon) will act as the guides, patrons and challengers
of the PC’s throughout the campaign. Their tokens grant a limited
passage and assistance in the realms of their Immorals, as well as being
keys to the ultimate completion of the campaign.

Campaign Goal and Challenges – Pass the various tests and collect the
tokens of the Five Immortals. – I. Goldoron (Matter) – Token of the Karellion
– II. Rydion (Time) – Token of the Flute
– III. Solonor (Thought) – Token of the Branch
– IV. Denethor (Energy) – Token of the Hand
– V. Agathon (Entropy) – Token of the Heart
Specific References –
[4] Successfully banishing or destroying Scelectious will win
Denethor’s Token of the Hand.
[13] If Agathon is led to the Heart of The Tarathan, his quest will be
fulfilled and he will present it as his Token.
[53] The Emerald Heiress is the Lady of an Elven family-keep lost under
a curse banishing them into a loop of time. Rescuing them will win the
Token and friendship of the clan.

++++++ SONG OF SOLASTIN ASH +++++++

1 “The Power of this world shall fade from the Well,
2 And the Thirteen shall ride from the dark pits of Hell,
3 The sea shall rise up and strike `gainst the land,
4 And the shadow of twilight shall wound thy right hand,
5 The deaf shall hear the call of the One,
6 And the face of the Twenty shall turn to the Sun.

7 Immortal Power ne’er meant for fool aims,
8 Jewel’s path disrupts and destiny claims,
9 The Dragon of Ash shall herald the Fall,
10 As chaos lays claim to the Immortal Hall.

11 As farther the Soul of the Jewel disappears,
12 The Lost Lady washes the wound with her tears,
13 The Forsaker, his treasure at the Heart of the earth,
14 Shall champion the Soulless, in the hour of their birth.

15 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

16 He not of the Jewel both minion and lord,
17 holds forth Darkness’ banner from magic and sword,
18 corrupts one of the Light and First Treasure bestows
19 upon Yesterday’s Child, the fount of the Rose.

20 In death finds he the Door, yet passes not through,
21 in the service of Five, as the Power withdrew,
22 Heroes of Light, in Healing the Land,
23 shall grant him the right with the Twenty to stand.

24 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

25 As the Earthshaker Wars turned the mountains to sand,
26 And grim nightmares unleashed stalked o’er the land,
27 Did the Sorcerer King incant damnation bold,
28 Above, in the heavens, came the comet foretold.

29 With the swiftness of Yeristict’s Coursers it came,
30 And bore down on Hanel and poured forth its flame,
31 As the impact shifted the heart of the world,
32 Magic unbidden through the heavens unfurled.

33 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

34 The Vanguard of ancients, of Darkness unchained,
35 Crashed ‘gainst the Triad as the Light slowly waned,
36 The Spirits of Four, in the hands of their kin,
37 Defied the Dark Bastion and the shadows within.

38 The Guilty, yet Blameless, Devinra’s legacies’ doom,
39 Hoofbeats of thunder from the cold prison tomb,
40 Despair in the Caverns, Shades silently rise,
41 History’s Treasures the Just shall advise…

42 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

43 Fortress and mountain, sanctuary, catacomb,
44 Shelters secrets forgotten and Stone-Father’s Tome,
45 Watched o’er by the Queen, and from eternity freed,
46 Old Magic shall rise at the height of Light’s Need.

47 Three silvern dangers from the Dark One bestowed,
48 Upon the Weaver imprisoned tidings evil forbode,
49 The last Dragon’s Keep, the Historian’s soul,
50 The fall of the Shadow foretells the Bell’s toll.

51 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

52 An Assassin Invisible, the Shaper of Stone
53 The Emerald Heiress and the Watchman Alone,
54 Son of the Wind sacrificed to the Skies,
55 The Harper, the Gallant, the Sage to the Wise.

56 No actor untouched by fate or design,
57 No one without title, or known by a Sign,
58 Born to nobility in a court never seen,
59 Pauper and prince, servant or queen.

60 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

61 The Master, his minions the Cornerstones rend,
62 And the Heroes above are called to defend,
63 `Gainst the tyrannous Chosen, tide rises below,
64 As above the Jewel’s oceans, their boundaries o’erflow.

65 Nought but the Saplings of the Granite Lord’s wood,
66 Have the weight of the heavens collapsing withstood,
67 The waters of Erdefount and the Deep’s fertile soil,
68 Shall spring forth the seed, and quell Chaos’ toil.

69 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

70 Long banished from sunlight, long lost to the earth
71 From the city of starlight springs exile’s worth,
72 From the Kingdom Unknown shall the River arise,
73 At the close of the Age e’re the last Magic’s tide.

74 The Servants Unseeing `gainst the Hidden conspire,
75 Contagion’s curse strikes the spark to the pyre,
76 The Heartbeat, the Token, the double-edged sword,
77 No mortal deed shall see the Power restored.

78 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

79 In the times e’er the Reckoning ages ago,
80 As Immortals crossed heavens and mountains below,
81 The Mistress of Rings and the Champion’s might
82 Challenged Corruption’s hold and the forces of Night.

83 The Vanguards met and Stars looked down upon,
84 The ageless challenge `twixt twilight and dawn,
85 By the Lightwoven path to the Point of Time’s Close,
86 Betrayal fell and malevolence rose.

87 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

88 From beyond the Barrier the Banishd cries,
89 His Chosen, forgotten and Faith slowly dies,
90 Rise up in the Darkness and strike forth to reclaim,
91 That stolen by Childsplay, the dusklight aflame.

92 One not of the Twenty, yet once of the Jewel,
93 Watches in anticipation, to challenge the Rule,
94 Else mortal endeavor Immortality ends,
95 The Fall of the Youngest Jewelshatter portends.

96 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

97 Arrogance folly calls forth kindling of war,
98 From progeny’s rest, and forgotten lore,
99 The cost of the Radiance, the Land of Fell Dreams,
100 Still Guardian the price of the folly redeems.

101 Great powers clash and Pawns move to their whims,
102 Below battle continues and Jewelspirit dims.
103 Cascade unquenchable, hope from the Unclaimed,
104 Shall heal heaven’s wound, and the Initiate Named.

105 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

106 Lords of the North, the Teacher of Runes,
107 the Bonded and Fettered yet free to be Doomed,
108 Spinner of Falsehood and the Shaman Below,
109 Archmage of Sleepers, the Master of the Bow.

110 A song for each person, but a single tale winds
111 across the ages and to destiny binds,
112 Tools of the Masters who art Pawns of the Game,
113 Each identity secret until found by the Name.

114 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

115 In the age of the Bastions, the Triad preserves,
116 The Balance twixt Sol and the Power that He serves,
117 From the Village Unending, to Peaks’ fiery gate,
118 and the Castellan’s Keep, Trynnia’s borders create.

119 Of Old, He holds Power of magic and mind,
120 Thirteen in the dungeons of Elden shall bind,
121 King’s Rest – the Foundation, the One’s final call,
122 Places the Blind at the Crown of the Hall.

123 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

124 Clanschief Unchosen, Harmony’s Thread,
125 Scion of Willows, to the Outsider wed,
126 the Duty’s Companion, and the Healer of Woes,
127 Shall see the unfolding till eternity’s close.

128 The fourth of the Twenty shall be mortal guide,
129 with strength undiscovered `gainst destiny’s tide,
130 Their Tokens deserve and through fire shall receive,
131 lines of all colors, a tapestry weave.

132 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well…

133 Twelve platinum chests, and the last living jewel,
134 The life of a maiden and the ritual cruel,
135 The Mason crafted the Galleon of Stone,
136 Earth Magic sprung from mercy unknown.

137 Vengeance descended and sought to demand,
138 The sacrifice due and the traitor command,
139 But greater Force struck the messenger down,
140 And gifted the Martyr the rebellion’s crown.

141 The Power of this world shall fade from the Well,
142 And the Thirteen shall ride from the dark pits of Hell,
143 The sea shall rise up and strike `gainst the land,
144 And the shadow of twilight shall wound thy right hand,
145 The deaf shall hear the call of the One,
146 And the face of the Twenty shall turn to the Sun.”


Phil Scadden, Scadden Research
55 Buick St, Petone, Lower Hutt
New Zealand
ph (04) 568-7190, fax (04) 569 5016

The Net Book of Plots – Volume VI

The Net Book of Plots

Volume VI

Editors Note:

The plots of this book were collected by Phil Scadden
and edited by Phil, Tom Zunder and Alexander Forst-Rakoczy, that’s

The complete collection of the Net Book of Plots is available at

All of the plots are tagged, see the file “plot-tags.txt” or go to the
HTML version of the Net Book of Plots at

You can also find submission guidelines there at

We have permission of Qubrak Shata
to include the adventure ideas from his AD& web pages in this book.
The plots are marked with “(AD&” in the title. The AD& site is
located at AD&
(1) and AD& (2)

Another set of plot ideas (namely non-monster wilderness encounters) was
posted to the newsgroup “”. These plots are marked with

I hope all enjoy this new collection and
dont forget to tell the authors how it went if you run a plot.

Musketter Land

Campaign On the Island of Ro, there are four countries – the Olven Woods – inhabited
by the Olden Elves, Arabica – a nation based on arabian culture, Arthuria
– a culture based on Arthurian Culture and Musketterland – based on the Three
Musketeers – just no muskets πŸ™‚

Olden Elves – these are a bunch of stuckup elves that would love to
destroy all the other races on the island and recover all the elven

Normal Elves – these are elves that live freely amongst the humans.

Dwarves – dissapeared hundreds of years ago into their mountain
strongholds – after defeating the elves in battle – basically giving the
humans space to conquer the world.

Gnomes – allied with the dwarves – nobody knows where they now are.
Halflings – very secretive and seldom seen – similar to leprechauns.

About 50 years ago the Arabics and Arthurians were at war – by the time
they stopped fighting the arabics had conquered one of the arthurian
provinces (neighbouring the Olven Woods). The elves have now decided it
is time to recapture the lost territories – so how to do it πŸ™‚

Decimian – High Priestess of Elventia (The goddess of Elves) has
undertaken a journey with a few followers to get the Arthurian and
Arabics to go to war – their first stop was in Arthuia where they managed
to steal a missive from King Arthur to a fellow. They then proceeded to
Mussketter land where they aim to get a letter copied by a scribe, the
letter will be forged in King Arthur’s script, the letter will be
addressed to Sir Lancelot – Captain of the Arthurian Army – and be an
order to attack the captured province in full force. – Decimian is hoping
that this will spar a war between Arthuria and Arabica.

Dacimians idea is then to get Arabica to attack Musketterland as well so
that all the enemy cultures are at war.

Initial adventure

The party is in Musketterland when they are approached by the local
Parchment Maker and asked to find his daughter – she disappeared the day
before while looking after his shop – without leaving a note or anything
– and taking only her brushes and parchment with her….

This becomes a detective adventure where the party need to find her

In the same street as the parchment maker are a Pottery – Potter and
Apprentice, and a blacksmith.

If asked what they saw – the blacksmith saw 1. 10:00 A hunched up man in a brown cape – went into the shop and came
out after 30minutes
2. 12:15 A young woman – also about 30 minutes
3. 16:45 A Knight (Soldier of the Cardinal) – stayed only 5 minutes

If asked the Potter saw 1. As above
2. As above
3. did not see the knight

(The potter is very difficult and insists that he never left the front
desk – if pushed he admits going out for lunch at about 13:00, when the
apprentice was in charge)

The apprentice saw – a beautiful elven woman go into the shop – but never
saw her leave. By description the elven woman is obviously an Olden Elf –
rarely seen in these parts – but the Apprentice swears she never left.

The man in the brown cloak is in fact the girls boyfriend and (could be
carrying flowers) just came to visit her.

The young lady came to have a love letter written for her boyfriend. Her
money – 1sp is actually in the till – she will be coming back the next day
to collect her note – only the girl knows this.

The Knight – a soldier in the cardinal’s guard (the bad guys – allied
with the Arthurians) – he was also coming for a love letter but there was
nobody in the shop and he left without placing his order.

The Olven Lady – you guessed it – Decimian – she offers the girl 100gp to
copy the note – (an elf can’t copy the note – elves cannot forge human
script well enough – and also it could be scried by magic that it was
touched by an elf). Decimian has taken the young girl to an ancient olven
temple about 50 miles outside of town, where she will do the work

Notes : The elves do not want to hurt anyone and would rather let the
party see what they are doing before hurting them.

The girl will want to finish the note – and earn her 100gp – (5 years
income) so will insist on staying – the best the party will be able to do
is to let her father know she will return soon.

Clues to where she has been taken – going out the back entrance there
are two sets of prints, an olven foot and the girl’s bare feet.

Decimian is wearing the symbol of her church (a red circle) seen by the
potters apprentice and with research it can be found that an old temple
exists in the woods….

Future Adventures * The Party must warn King Arthur and Lancelot….
* But too late – Arthuria has invaded Arabica
* Now the party must make peace….
* But too late, an Arabican noble has been assassinated – by an Arthurian
* Who killed him……? An Olven Assassin, An arthurian Archer
* NO! – A Musketter – a member of the cardinals guard
* Arabica threatens Masketter
* Musketter King Louis wants peace
* The Cardinal tries to kill the king….

Sound Fun

Well this is my current campaign – the first adventure laid out above has
just been done πŸ™‚

Any more detail you want let me know πŸ™‚

The Quest For The Magnus Lexrota (summary)

Campaign Here’s a little bit about my campaign: I call it THE QUEST FOR THE

The characters get word that an ancient evil is about to come back out
into the world after being asleep for about 500 years. At the same
time, they stumble into an old mage lair and find a triangular piece
of decorated gold with a curved bottom. It turns out to be part of an
ancient holy relic called the Magnus Lexrota or Great Wheel of Law.
There are seven other pieces the characters have to find to put it all
together. Since this ancient evil being possesses the Talisman of
Chaos, they must put it together in order to even combat him.

The seven other pieces are really just a thread that you can use to
string together a series of otherwise unrelated dungeons and
adventures. But at the same time, you can throw in some intrigue from
other groups who want the Magnus Lexrota for their own, and will do
anything to get it.

In my world, the Holy Imperial Church of Hyperion wants the MLR to
validate itself. Many of the great Orders of Paladins want the MLR to
launch a crusade against its enemies. Minions of the Great Evil want
it so their master can take over the world. The gods of Mondalith
want the MLR back so they can restore order to the world.

You get the picture. It’s really an easy way to use existing dungeons
and adventures without going to much trouble. All you need to do is
plug in extra-curricular interplay….

Hope that’s some help!

The Quest For The Magnus Lexrota (Campaign)

“The Magnus Lexrota.
So long destroyed.
Find it and bind it.
His next reign avoid…”
– poem by Brother Askalon of Callanmay Abbey

The QUEST FOR THE MAGNUS LEXROTA (or the Q4MLR for short) is really
nothing more than a thread. It is a simple yet effective device you can use
to string together a series of otherwise unrelated dungeons and adventures.
Depending on your personal needs, the Q4MLR can be a simple adventure to
last your player characters only a short time, or, in my case, can become a
huge campaign around which your PC’s lives revolve. The only thing you need
to create to make the Q4MLR more interesting is an aura of mystery and
intrigue surrounding it as more and more NPC’s become aware of its existence
and in turn desperately want it. You will also need a pantheon of gods to
make this work, but which one is entirely up to you.

Here’s a quick look at how I plug in the Q4MLR into my campaign.
First, here’s my background. This is subtext that the players get in a
handout before the game begins:

More than 2000 years ago, the kingdom of Abydos flourished and
prospered on the banks of the Great River which wound its way through the
vast deserts known as the Tempest Wastes. Its ruler, Cheops the Mighty,
however was not content. He eyed the rich coastal city-states of the Great
Crescent Sea with greed and lust. Though there was little doubt his
charioteers could win the small city-states, victory would not come without
great price. So Cheops ordered his court magicians to create a device
which, when wielded by his army, would crush its enemies. They created a
device called the TALISMAN OF CHAOS (TOC for short). Through its most
powerful magic, the talisman created chaos and turmoil wherever it went.
But what they didn’t know is once unleashed, no man, not even a great
pharaoh, could reign in the unrelenting chaos. Cheops’ enemies did indeed
fall, but the magic was so powerful, it also eventually destroyed Abydos as
well, and cast all of the world of Mondalith along with it.

For 500 years, chaos reigned supreme until a new pantheon of deities
decided to take action. The pantheon of Zeus arrived on the slopes of
Olympus. They quickly and easily dispatched the old abydosian gods and
began plans to restructure the world. One day, Zeus looked down from
Olympus and ordered his blacksmith Haephastus to construct something to
reign in the rampant chaos.

The great misshapen god fired his forges deep underground. He and
his minions fashioned a wheel made of gold and mithril. It was called the
Magnus Lexrota, or Great Wheel of Law (I use a barely passing form of Latin
as my ancient language. I think it gives my campaign an authentic feel).
Worn around his neck with an adamantite chain, Zeus was able to halt the
chaos and begin the rebuilding of society. That rebuilding took form
primarily in the Imperium.

The Imperium sprang from the city of Myrrh. Its borders stretched
far and wide across the world, and its culture formed the basis of life in
Mondalith. At its height, Imperium centurions patrolled from outposts as
far north as the Clywiddan Mountains and as far west as the Rhyder Pass.
Imperium engineers brought water to deserts, elaborate villas to the
frontier and strongholds to wild lands. The Imperial drachir became the
standard coinage. And most importantly, imperial judges issued imperial law
with a cold and impartial hand. “All roads lead to Myrrh,” the old saying goes.

But just as Rome, Myrrh too grew fat and complacent. Perversions
and greed chewed away at the empire’s foundations. With most of the
frontier under the imperial standard and few lands left to conquer, the
Circus Maximus became the favorite of the mob. Gladiatorial games and brutal
executions seemed the only way to satiate the hunger of the people. Zeus
himself grew fat and perverted; known then as Obese Zeus.

Into this mix, a small cult began to form on the streets of Myrrh;
the church of Hyperion. Hyperion the Lionhearted was a noble figure of
goodness, honesty and chivalry. He attracted a mix of other deities and
together formed the basic tenets of their religion: Paladur, god of
knighthood and noble combat, Azariah, god of learning and justice, Ulfyn,
god of the harvest, etc. These gods and others in the new religion appealed
to the a populace weary of a constant diet of dessert without ever having a
main course. Soon Hyperion and his pantheon of noble gods challenged Zeus
upon the very slopes of Olympus. The War of the gods had begun. It raged on
for years on Olympus until Hyperion came to a realization.

The only way to defeat Zeus was to snatch the MLR off his neck and
cast it down Olympus. In a great final pitched battle, Hyperion ripped the
MLR off Zeus’ neck and threw it down the mountain where according to legend,
it smashed into eight equal pieces and vanished into Mondalith and history.

Hyperion was victorious. He and his pantheon took their rightful
places as the deities of Mondalith. But with the MLR destroyed, the evil
gnawing chaos began creeping back into the world. Despite Hyperion’s
valiant efforts, the Imperium, just as Abydos, collapsed into anarchy and

During the empire’s death throes, a man named Viriditus Acies, third
son of a Myrrh noble, sailed with some companions and formed a kingdom far
away from the collapsing land. Joining with the native clans of Gaels,
Vajars, and Goths, he conquered the land later known as the Kingdom of
Argandel. The kingdom seemed to be mankind’s last best hope in the face of
the dead empire and rampant anarchy.

But not more than 100 years after Acies, his descendant, King Robert
III, hired a court magician named Tallok. Tallok lived with Robert and his
family in the king’s magnificent underground palace called Green Castle.
Built by dwarves, Green Castle was the envy of dukes, sultans, emirs and
archbishops. But Tallok was a schemer and conniver, and unknown to anyone,
has obtained the long lost Talisman of Chaos. Soon, “Bloody” Tallok used it
to usurp the throne and grip the land in an iron fisted reign of terror. He
ruled without mercy for 11 years, using his demons to destroy villages,
churches, tribes, and the all-important knowledge of the past centuries.
Finally, an army of Robert’s former knights and men-at-arms defeated
Tallok’s dark minions and forced him back into the castle.

They sealed off Green Castle with Tallok inside, but they never
could recapture the glory of the House of Acies. Each succeeding king was a
more impotent shell of a monarch than the last. 23 years ago, the last one,
Thomas the Weary, abdicated the throne leaving no heir.

Chaos has once again asserted its hold. Without the MLR to reign in
the TOC, anarchy grips the world again. The once grand Kingdom of Argandel
has been reduced to a chaotic mishmash of duchies, counties, diocese and
principalities. No one recognizes anyone except the Holy Imperial Church
of Hyperion.

Here’s how things begin in my campaign:

The characters meet on a rainy night at a small but very cozy little
inn called the Virtuous Knight at the crossroads of the Southguard and
Callanmay roads. It’s located in-between the Duchy of Ulwyn and the
Diocese of Callanmay Abbey in the old Kingdom of Argandel. There they meet
a hospitable innkeeper named Dorin Tavernmaster.

After they go to sleep, they hear a commotion in the common room
below and the stable area outside. A band of marauding orcs has attacked
the inn. They characters fight valiantly, but the orcs make off with the
innkeepers horses and life savings.

He begs the characters to retrieve the things, offering a lifetime
of free lodging at the inn in return. The characters agree. Dorin tells
them he thinks the orcs are based in a dungeon located in the nearby hills
of Tors Brendyrs. Sure enough, the marauding orcs are from there.

This is where you can insert any dungeon (low-level if this is part
of a large campaign, or any dungeon if this is a small diversion). I
created my own called Delvingrim; an old sanctuary for a group of wizards
called the Grim Alliance. The orcs killed them all and decided to move in
some years ago. The lair is a series of rooms built around a great hollow
cylindrical cavern.

Whichever dungeon you use, you need to insert two things: Piece #1
of the MLR and a mysterious letter. The letter is written in a strange and
ancient tongue which needs to be deciphered by a sage in a nearby
village. The letter orders the orcs to carefully guard the piece. It goes
on to state that within five years he will be ready to leave Green Castle
and re-conquer the world.

So begins their quest to find all eight pieces of the Magnus
Lexrota. At barest minimum, all you really need to do is place pieces of
the MLR in a string of dungeons (handmade or mass produced). You could make
the quest last a short time (reducing the number of pieces to six or four),
or do as I have done and turn it into a full fledged campaign.

Each piece found bestows a powerful gift to its user and grows even
more powerful when used in conjunction with the other pieces. I’ll leave it
up to you to describe those powers. Only when completed can the wielder
attack Tallok and his Talisman of Chaos. Otherwise, Tallok remains
impervious to assault.

But with that power comes ultimate responsibility. It will not take
long for the characters to realize just how coveted the MLR is. I try to
shroud it in ancient mysteries and wrap it in enough court intrigues to make
the entire campaign more interesting.

In my Q4MLR campaign, the following groups try everything from
begging to bargaining, bribery to thievery, chicanery to murder to separate
the MLR from the characters: Fishtown Rats Thieves’ Guild, Chivalric Order
of Paradigms, Holy Imperial Church, Druids of the Darkling Vale, Duke
Aethelred of Ulwyn, Archbishop Germanicus of Beechanmoor, and the gods
Paladur, Morvidus, and Demetia.

In Mondalith, I have built my whole campaign around the idea of the
MLR. Try to imagine the Holy Grail turning up in Medieval Europe in the
10th or 11th centuries, and you have an idea how I handle the MLR.

At the end, of course, the characters must fight Tallok. Once they
are finished and wind up at the end of the campaign, they return to the
Virtuous Knight and Dorin Tavernmaster. Dorin, as it turns out, is really
Hyperion. He was testing his world and his own pantheon. He takes the MLR
from them, granting them wishes in return. It is up to them to decide what
to do next. The possibilities are endless.

I hope this is what you need. If not, just let me know and I’ll
revise it. By the way, my new e-mail address if
Thanks again for your interest. If you hear of anyone using it, let me
know. I’d love to hear about it.

You drank what?!
Michal Szokolo

Investigation Unknowingly to anyone, supply of drinks (or water) was poisoned with
unknown substance. Anyone who drinks this drink/water is intoxicated
(PCs may be more resistant). The substance causes acute paranoia and
xenophobia – victims believe that everyone is plotting to
kill/destroy/hurt them and take “protective measures”, including killing
the “enemies”.

The party is hired/ordered to investigate a number of strange incidents:
crazy killers, sudden suicides, people locking their houses shut and
shooting at anyone getting too close. These incidents should be
unrelated and seemingly random.

Every time there is a clue, that killer, suicidal person (etc) drank one
specific brand of drink (e.g. Old Joe’s Lemonade).

Cause of poisoning may be changed to fit campaign or be simply strange,
e.g.: drink manufacturer built new installation and didn’t clean it –
artificial colors used in drink reacted with remains of anti-corrosive
paint solvent creating highly active neurotoxin.

Copyright 1996 Michal Szokolo. Free for noncommercial use.

Old Notes
Gabriele Ferri

Quest Hi there!

I come back with a nice plot idea!

In the last campaign, my DM let us find people travelling in the desert.
It was an expedition sent by the Arch-Mage for investigate about some
strange magical accidents. Our PCs joined the expedition, but 2 days
after we realized that the people we met was evil and they weren’t sent
by the Arch-Mage, but by someone else (we haven’t discovered it yet). We
had a nice fight, we won, and found some papers in a box. Here come the
genial idea: the DM really gave us about 7 papers. They were a previous
group’s notes about some different dungeons, maps of forests and
inventories with notes about how to use some powerful magical items; and
he burned them a little, put part of them in the water and also put some
red paint on them. So that papers weren’t completely readable because
of that treatment but also because they were just notes written during a
game session by another group. We continued our quest, we eventually
found the other party’s skeletons (very old) and other papers. The DM
treated them like the others, but they were written in another alphabet
(probably he wrote those papers with his computers and then he changed
the normal letters with Greek letters). Obviously the mysterious papers
contained vital information about traps, monsters and so on…, so we
translated them (it took 1 hour and an half)

This adventure was really beautiful and it passioned all of us (we spent
hours examining the papers… it was exciting!).

bye bye

Gabriele Ferri –

Uh, sorry for my bad English! I’m sure I’ve made a lot of mistakes!

Beast Law
Keith Davies

Campaign My current campaign (Draekera) consists of the following (I think I’ve
already posted this in another thread, but…). Startup information
is first, followed by some campaign background.

Kalah Shadar is a Sargothi nomad (horse tribes); her tribes has been
virtually flooded with Landmar refugees (Germanic-type tribe from the
south) bearing tales of tall, vicious man-like creatures that have
been attacking their villages, killing and eating all the dead (even
their own). Kalah was part of a group of Sargothi tribesmen from
different tribes sent to investigate. After reporting back to their
tribes, it was decided that they should be sent to neighboring nations
to pass the word and ask for military assistance against the Beastmen.
Kalah was sent to du’Chade, where the Chadian command decided to send
a team led by Stage (Bandisalian scout ‘doing jobs’ for Chadian command)
to investigate. Jadow (desert mercenary) had been traveling with Stage
and hired on for the job. Hayden is a Chadian crystalmancer sent along
for communications support.

The party is going to examine the Beastmen, transmit the information
back to du’Chade and be told to investigate further; they will find
that the Beastmen were caused by the corruption of the Beast Law
upon the defeat of the Beast Lord (more about that below). The
party will then have the task of restoring the Beast Lord to power.

So far we’ve had two sessions and they are about half-way to the keep
nearest the pass to Landmar. Stage was fairly seriously wounded, but
was about half-healed by some salve.


Dwarves haven’t been seen in this area of the campaign, although they
are present in the Northern Mountains (near the Norse culture). There
are Logston elves (much like wild elves) in the forest of Tirebanil,
although only the Followers of Saint Laris get to see them; other
people entering the forest tend to sprout arrows. There are Pini elves
in the forest and mountains to east of Sargothian Plains. The Sindaar
(high elves) haven’t been seen in forty or fifty years. To the best of
my knowledge there are no halflings or gnomes. This is a very
humanocentric campaign.

When the world was created, the gods bound the Land Law into Great
Dragons. On each continent there is one Dragon that maintains a
particular Law – there are Sun, Storm, Beast, Wood/Forest, Sea, Sand,
Shadow, Magic, Faerie (these last two are probably the same) and
probably others. The Beast Lord was defeated in combat by a human
warrior about forty or fifty years ago (hmmm….;). Normally when
a Beast Lord is defeated his power goes to the one who bested him;
the human was unable to handle to power and was destroyed. The Lord
regained some of the power but is in a coma, unable to restore the
Beast Law. The party is going to gain possession of his mind crystal
and will have to travel to the other Lords to repair it.

There are several possible endings to this. The first is that the
party restores the crystal and returns it to the Beast Lord, enabling
him to rebuild the Beast Law (although the Beastmen will remain
afterward – they are now part of the world). The second is that the
party will restore the crystal and one of the members will take on
the mantle of Beast Lord by using the crystal – there are currently
two characters that this option may appeal to. The third is that the
party fails, in which case the Beast Lord will be replaced by another
from another continent – probably a hundred years from now, after the
continent has been more or less overrun by Beastmen and the cultures
drastically changed. There are other dragons on the continent, but
they tend to be much smaller and weaker than the great dragon; they’re
kind of like the great cats of the reptile world.

Get Out of Town!!
Keith Davies

Affliction To actually get characters together, I’ll tell about another campaign
I was running:

The original party went into the Temple of the Snake Demons (yuan-ti),
where a couple of the characters died while cleaning the place out.
They limped back to town to recover. While in town a couple of the
slaves they had freed asked to join their rescuers. Dave was really
unhappy playing a ranger, so I allowed him to restart with a mage.
The ranger was found face down in an alley, obviously robbed. Seamus
(I forget his character’s name) was a thief who wanted to get in some
practice, so he went to rob a house – incidentally, the house of Therat
(Dave). He was captured, apparently blood-cursed, and released. He
went back to his inn, where Ramirez (6’4″ Moorish Blade (bard)) was
sitting in the common room and thinking about joining a game of dice.
This fellow coming through the door with a bloody and a rune drawn
on his forehead in blood looked interesting, so Ramirez followed him and
tried to talk his way into their (Seamus and Mike (warpriest)) room.
He failed and was walking back to his table when the innkeeper passed
him in the hall – obviously going to check on his guest. The different
voice saying he was the innkeeper got Mike’s attention – there was
obviously something wrong. In order to protect his interests, Ramirez
threw a dagger and killed the innkeeper.

Other events occurred that involved lots of running around, getting
picked up by the guard (Seamus lost three sets of lockpicks to the
guards in two days :), and being ‘encouraged’ by the Thieves Guild
to leave town the party was high-tailing it for the hills – not to
avoid the guard but to escape the guild – Ramirez killed one of the
Guild representatives escorting Seamus out of town.

In short, arrange things so that the party (even the innocent members)
end up fleeing the city with the law/guild behind them. They will
be forced to work together in order to stay alive…

Ray A. Reaux (rayzer)

Affliction I ran a short plot that works well for low level characters,
say below 3rd level, went like this:

A bard or minstrel PC wanted to purchase a new musical instrument.
When he gets to a shop, he looks them over and sees a really
nice one in the back of the shop made by a well known instrument
maker. He asks the shop keeper how much and the shop keeper
asks for a price, which isn’t very high for one of such quality,
especially one made by an instrument maker of such repute. Anyway,
the shop keeper really wants to sell the instrument, and at any price
(should play this out so the player gets that hint but it isn’t too
obvious), for his own peace of mind.

After the player gets the instrument and gets it home, he should
be happy. Then after a few days (you might want to make this after
some intervening adventure to not make things too obvious to the
player), he starts having bad dreams. He dreams of a fat man with
a knife in hand who is laughing down at him, as he experiences the
vertigo of falling. Of course, he never hits the ground but always
wakes up before he hits the ground. You’ll want to start these dreams off
murky, but elaborate on them as you go. You might also have another PC
wake up one night to see the PC playing the instrument (let’s say a
mandolin) and singing in a totally different voice. When the player
wakes up, he remembers nothing. Then one day, the other
characters in the party will find the PC is missing. They should find
him walking down the road, singing in that foreign voice.

The mandolin is the focal point for a ghost, not really a malevolent
ghost but one that wants revenge and restitution from the burghermeister
of a nearby town. The ghost was once a chaotic good bard who liked
to poke public fun at corrupt people and who was a little too free
with women, especially married women. He died when fleeing from the
bedchamber of the irate and corrupt burghermeister, who caught him
with the burghermeister’s wife. Now his death was really an accident
since the burghermeister did not knife him, and the bard fell from
the window and broke his neck. But the ghost wants to humiliate him
nevertheless and drive him from his comfortable office. He isn’t
interested in killing the burghermeister, just
wants to show him up for what he is, a corrupt and petty man.
That’s why he “borrows” or possesses the body of the owner of the mandolin
to lead him to the town to exact his revenge on the burghermeister.
Hopefully, the other PCs of the adventuring group would be drawn in
to this effort.

Since the ghost is not evil, a detect evil would not show the mandolin
as evil. Destroying the mandolin would destroy the link with the ghost,
but any attempts to do so would make the ghost extremely angry.

Staggered Time Startup

Investigation I’m doing something new with my player characters…I’m starting them at
different times. The first players village is raided by Death Knights,
and the townsfolk pack up and get out. The players parents and family are
killed, and the player is stuck with a group of soldiers travelling to
Cormyr to speak to King Azoun.. The player REALLY wants to find out why
the Death Knights raided their village after they’d been gone for a
couple hundred years, so he enlists the aid of player 2, maybe player 3.
They set out, hired hands, with player 1, and end up meeting player 4 in
an adventure. Player 4 joins them after MORE Death Knights show up, this
time led by Gondegal, who I’ve recreated as a Doom Knight after his loss
at Arabel, and they flee, only to get to WaterDeep, and meet players 5
and 6. Seven, a drow psionicist, will join them when they venture into

*Lord Xian of Silverblood*

On the Run
Brent G. Davis

Affliction This adventure was originally created to bridge the retirement of some
rather munchkinish high-level characters with a starting party. The players
had been playing good characters for a long time, and wanted to try evil.
This is the result, and IMHO it turned out quite well. If you need an
intro for a new party with evil characters this may work:

A group of high-level good characters arrives in a town known for its seedy-
side. In short order, they end up wiping out the Thieves’ Guild, Assassins’
Guild, and all the evil temples and magic schools there. They also replace
the former puppet government.

As this is going on, the new characters (who were members of those guilds,
temples and schools) escape. (It is possible that some of the characters are
friends or relatives tagging along – this allows for some non-evil characters
in the group.) This is where the adventure begins – with them “on the run”
from overwhelming forces. They join up after fleeing from the city.
Where do they go? They aren’t prepared for overland adventures or the
dangers beyond the city walls. Yet returning to the city means possible
capture by the new government. Rewards are being offered, so former contacts
might very well turn them in.

The party may resort to stealing some horses and equipment. After a while,
some bounty hunters will pick up their trail. It is easy to turn some of
these bounty hunters into recurring characters that almost catch them between
various adventures. (In the original campaign, one known as The Inspector
was always hot on their trail. The players never realized he was just an
illusionist using his spells to appear as a large garrison tracking them
down.) With prices on their heads, the party will need to be extra cautious
when dealing with shopkeepers who will eagerly turn them in for a quick
profit. All those things that good characters normally take for granted
now pose huge risks for this group.

The surrounding territory is heavily populated by humanoids and other beasts
which makes escape from the city quite difficult. Just because they may
have a common enemy doesn’t make these creatures any less likely to view the
fleeing party as food. If they do make deals with the monsters, word of
this may get back to the city further ruining their reputations. As the
characters become more powerful, their names and faces will appear on
wanted posters in the towns they visit. Other adventurers may also try to
track them down to make a name for themselves. Rumors of the party’s
evil-doings can get wildly exaggerated to the point that orders for their
capture keep coming from higher places of office and further away.

>From a DM stand-point, it is easy to convert and use any common adventure
type with this ongoing plot. For example, instead of the typical
dungeon-delve, the party explores and secures a new hideout. Instead of
guarding the caravan, they attempt to steal goods from it undetected.
Many DM’s will likely have a blast converting parts of their old adventures
for this one…

Port of Death (The Plague: Part 1)
Brent G. Davis

Affliction The party hears rumors of a plague that is ravaging a nearby seaport.
No healing methods have been successful at treating its effects. Some
say it may be the result of a magical curse while others suggest that it
is a plague sent by the gods.

Obviously, the party probably will need to be lured into the city – possibly
some of them have relatives there, or they are hired by someone to rescue
family members from the city. (Otherwise, they might just as well stay away
to avoid contracting it themselves!) As they approach, they encounter a
few of the dying attempting to flee from the city. They have lost motor
skills, they sweat profusely and are completely disoriented – hallucinating.
As they die, the party’s efforts to help them will be unsuccessful.

It is interesting to note that the farms just outside of the port city have
been mostly untouched, with only a few young males that frequented the city
having been afflicted.

In the town, the party will encounter more plague victims. Most seem to be
from the seedier parts of town, but there are also a number of high-ranking
officials and shopkeepers that have died. With the number of dead bodies
piling up, there have been a number of problems such as giant rats and
ghouls feeding on the dead along with the problems of burying them all.
(These can be turned into mini-adventures.)

As the party investigates, they learn that the plague started within the last
month. None of the clerics or healers have found a way to treat the dying.
Plus, spells that raise the dead don’t even bring them back. Priests are
convinced that this is a sign, and that “The gods are punishing us.”

One of the main links appears to be money: many victims are thieves, harlots,
shopkeepers and city officials while the poorer people in the same areas
(beggars, workers, etc.) have been largely untouched. If they pursue this,
they will learn of a mage in the port that believes this is due to some
cursed coins being passed around the city. (He’s wrong, but it can lead to
some rather interesting side adventures.)

While the records are a bit sketchy, the party will find that most of
the early deaths occurred close to the docks, and have since spread
throughout the rest of the city. The party will also discover that a few
of the once popular taverns near the docks are fairly deserted. Many of
the former patrons have been hit by the disease. If they check these
places out, they will notice that one particularly rich-looking fellow
frequents most of these places. He stops in, talks to a couple people
briefly and then leaves. If watched carefully, he will be seen exchanging
small pouches under the table with those people.

He’s was once a thief, but is now a rich drug-dealer. If confronted by
the party, he will try to bribe them to leave him alone. If searched and
then pressed about the drugs, he will reveal that he received a new type
of drug “Drax” from a ship that arrived about a month ago. It has been a
big seller for him, but recently a number of his distributors in the city
have fallen victim to the disease. Thus, he has been forced to leave his
fancy dwelling and go back onto the street to do the dealings in person again.
He’s been having to lower his price, for it seems that the drug’s demand has
been dropping off. (This is because the customers are dying, but he doesn’t
realize this.) His greed and low wisdom prevent him from making any kind
of connection.

If the party convinces him that the drug is causing the disease, he will be
very upset and try to help them as best he can to avoid a certain death at
the hands of the local officials and populace. (He is chaotic, but not
evil.) He will turn over all the Drax he possesses and a fair amount of
gold to the party. He will also provide them with the names of the ship
and his contacts, but then he will attempt to slip out of town permanently.

The drug does tremendous damage to the brain producing a spectacular high
and hallucinations in the process. Eventually the entire brain is destroyed
preventing any type of healing or raising from working.

Note: If this adventure were placed in modern day, the characters would
probably figure out the drug source very quickly. Staging it in a fantasy
campaign creates many more “believable” dead ends for the investigation
such as cursed coins or a god-sent plague. DM’s should feel free to take
advantage of this by possibly spinning off various mini-adventures before
the true source is determined.

Dragon Island (The Plague: Part 2)
Brent G. Davis

Investigation The party can bribe a dock agent to see a list of ships that arrived about
a month ago. The ship identified by the dealer came from a small island.
They will either be sent or feel obligated to put a stop to this operation.
A ship can be hired to take them there. (DM’s can use this as an opportunity
for a sea battle with one or more of the drug-lords ships.)

Drax is made from the dragon flower which is only found on Dragon Island.
The drug-lords know its effects, and hope to use it to build income and at
the same time wipe out the mainland population.

The drug-lords are non-human but employ human operatives for distributing the
drug. DM’s are free to use whatever creatures would best fit the party and
the campaign. Originally, this adventure was used for a low-to-mid level
party and had ogre magi as the head of the operation with a number of
humanoids (mostly hobgoblins) in their employment. For higher level parties,
the head drug-lord could easily be a dragon. (This is Dragon Island
after all.)

The dragon flowers can be wiped out using a variety of methods. However,
completely eliminating this species may be frowned on by any druids in the
area, as the flower does have other beneficial uses and is quite beautiful.

Raid on Rokin (The Rokin Chronicles, Part 1)
Brent G. Davis

Intrigue Beginning: The party hears tales of a large humanoid attack on Rokin, the
capitol of Drucinia, a lawful nation. The raid included flying creatures
such as griffins, hippogriffs and even a blue dragon along with a humanoid
army. For a tie-in, one of the characters or NPC’s should have ties to
Rokin, thus leading the party to investigate. The rumors make it sound
like the city has been burned to the ground and all the people are dead…

After the party gets to the city, it becomes apparent that the rumors of
Rokin’s near-destruction are greatly exaggerated. In fact, to someone
unfamiliar with the city, they might not even know that an attack occurred.
There are only a few damaged buildings, but the townsfolk are really rattled –
so rattled that their tales are already ballooning way out of proportion.
“I swear it was 5 dragons.” “No, it was 10 if not more.” “And 500 orcs.”
“More like 5000.” “We’re just lucky to be alive.”

In fact, the force was only about 100 creatures total…

In Rokin, posted notices and town criers announce that the King of Drucinia
died a few weeks earlier leaving no heirs. In his place, the acting regent,
Agral Tymart has been convening with the Rokin council to select the next
ruler. However, as this was transpiring, a powerful warrior, Dreth Caldan,
and his forces raided the city, and stole the Drucinic Crown and Scepter.
Until these are returned, the next king cannot be appointed. After
consulting the Law Scrolls, the council has selected the next king, a
half-elf (who is neutral and a strange choice as most Drucinic kings have
been extremely lawful). Agral Tymart has offered a reward for the return
of the royal items as well as the capture of Dreth Caldan.

Arrange a meeting between Agral and the interested party. He will give as
many details as he can. He knows the force wasn’t that large, but he
doesn’t know why Dreth stole the items. Agral knows Dreth somewhat and
pleads with the party to capture him and bring him back for judgement as
opposed to killing him. Agral suspects that Dreth had a good reason to
take the items. He will explain that Dreth believes humanoids and other
monsters are acceptable forces; they just need more supervision. These
views are part of what makes him evil. His troops consist mostly of orcs,
hobgoblins a handful of giants along with his flying mounts: griffins,
hippogriffs and his personal blue dragon steed. These forces are extremely
well disciplined due to Dreth’s skilled leadership.

One of the councilmen, Akelor, will also meet the party as they are leaving.
He will be much more vindictive saying, “This man must be punished. He has
defiled the throne, sitting upon it as if he were the king. Do not hesitate
to kill him.” (Akelor is the only one to witness Dreth’s throne room visit.)

The party will presumably set out to deal with Dreth. His base is a
mountain keep at the eastern edge of Drucinia. It is heavily defended.
The mountain terrain along with the defenses make a frontal assault nearly

During the overland trip, the party might catch glimpses of a grizzled old
woodsman that might be following them. If they investigate, no trace of him
will be found. If and only if a party member is seriously injured, he might
emerge suddenly from the nearby trees and heal them. He will just as quickly
vanish into the growth. He will not do anything else. This character is an
addition to the original 1st adventure and will return in various forms
throughout the Rokin Chronicles.

Near the mountains, the party will meet a (very) helpful elf who knows of a
secret way into the keep. Below it is an ancient crypt occupied by
various undead. Dreth knows about this, and has left them there as guards.
He doesn’t care if the party wipes out the undead. Once they get past the
crypt, either allow the party to be captured or fight their way through
Dreth’s forces to meet him. His guards have orders to capture first, and
kill only if necessary.

Dreth is powerful, and should be difficult (even impossible) for the party
to defeat in combat. But, if they role-play the situation instead, he can
be talked into returning to Rokin. He is somewhat evil, but he is also
extremely lawful. His raid on Rokin was extremely selective, as he
targeted the 2 items (which he believes are rightfully his). He is upset
that some minor damage occurred during the raid. The guilty humanoids have
been punished. He insists that he left a scroll on the throne explaining
his actions. In fact, one of the councilmen was there…

According to Dreth, The Law Scrolls in Rokin prove he is the next king.
(And he is right! This is due to a number of obscure laws and the order
of titles in the situation of a king leaving no heirs.) One of Dreth’s
agents in Rokin notified him that something was amiss. But, the agent was
discovered and killed before learning more. Dreth seized the crown and
scepter to avoid losing the rightful title, since if another was crowned
first, he would lose the claim. He returned to his keep to wait for vital
information from other agents throughout Drucinia that will hopefully
expose the plot. Fearing the party might be part of this, he will not
reveal any information concerning the plot or his agents. However, he
trusts Agral Tymart, so he is willing to accompany a group sent by him.
(The crown and scepter are hidden in his keep, and he will not reveal their
location. This is his only insurance at the moment.)

At some point after Dreth has agreed to return with the party, the elf NPC
will attempt to kill Dreth. He is really an assassin, and part of an
elaborate elvish conspiracy to seize the Drucinic throne. He will make an
attempt on Dreth when the opportunity presents itself (i.e. he is alone
with Dreth or with only 1 other party member plus Dreth). It is up to the
DM whether the attempt succeeds. Regardless of the outcome, the elf will

If the party returns to Rokin, and then questions Akelor via truth spells or
similar means, the truth will come out. Akelor removed Dreth’s scroll as well
as hid and forged the Law Scrolls that would prove Dreth is the rightful
king. If pressed, Akelor will reveal that he did not act alone, but doesn’t
know all of the people involved. He does know that the half-elf king-to-be
is aware of the conspiracy. The death of the former king was also
orchestrated by someone involved (the elf the party met earlier).
The conspiracy also involves some of the elvish ambassadors in Rokin.

If Dreth was killed, he will be raised from the dead by priests in Rokin.
Dreth will send messengers to his keep and his dragon mount will return with
the crown and scepter. Then he will be crowned as the rightful king.

Note: Both the Crown and Scepter of Drucinia are artifacts. Their true
nature will be revealed in Part 4.

Words of War (The Rokin Chronicles, Part 2)
Brent G. Davis

Investigation Much to the chagrin of the neighboring elvish empire, Dreth Caldan is now
the King of Drucinia. After uncovering the plot to seize Drucinia’s throne,
Dreth has ordered all of the elvish ambassadors out of the country. In
response, the elves have done likewise. Both have also increased their
patrols along the Drucinic/Elvish border. The situation is very tense.

Then Councilman Akelor escapes. (He is aided by the elvish assassin.)
He also steals some important defense plans. Fearing invasion, Dreth Caldan
summons a large humanoid army from the east. All the pieces are set for

In Rokin, the people are turning on anything elvish. “Elf-compatriot.
Even if you say you’re half-human, you’re still half-elf.” Two thugs are
seen beating up a helplessly obvious half-elven shopkeeper.

Agral Tymart sends for the party. There might be another way to avoid this
war. In his research, Agral has found notes from an ancient elvish prophecy
about an “evil” warlord wearing the Drucinic Crown and the war that would
follow. The prophecy also mentions a specific event that will stop the
fighting, but its translation is unclear. There are only a few other notes,
but they seem to fit closely with current events. The original text is
somewhere deep in the elvish kingdom.

What follows is a difficult infiltration into the now-hostile elvish
kingdom. After the party sets out, they learn that the original prophecy
is carved into stone in a sacred vale tended by a reclusive order of elven
priests. Along the way, you can allow the party to encounter Akelor & the
elvish assassin. They will attempt to kill the party rather than capturing
them. Very few elves know the truth about the former conspiracy, and they
don’t want to risk the party spreading it around the kingdom. As it stands
now, most elves view the human claims of a conspiracy as rumors meant to
cover their real goal of conquering the elves. If the party does try to
expose the truth, they will be laughed at by most elves.

This is an extremely difficult adventure to undertake. However, with the
help of some allies they will encounter (which includes some druids and
the elven priests) they can make it. Not all of elves want to fight this
war either. A few fights are likely, but the majority of this adventure
should involve role-playing. (One of the druids that will aid them is the
same person as the grizzled man from part 1, although in this adventure he
looks much different, so the party will have no idea…)

The text on the stone is quite lengthy, and it is written in an ancient
tongue (even older than elvish, but somewhat related to modern druidic).
A few of the elvish priests that tend the vale can provide a loose
translation. All of the text up to this point fits exactly with the current
events (albeit, in that wonderful “prophet-speak”). In various places the
text refers to an ancient land in the far east where a star once fell. That
land is now a vast desert! The text near the end is difficult to translate,
but it seems to indicate that this war will end when a star falls on the
battlefield. It also mentions something about Havoc’s Day (the apocalypse?).

Star of the Prophet (The Rokin Chronicles, Part 3)
Brent G. Davis

Quest The party returns to Rokin with the texts from the ancient prophecy.
Meanwhile, the situation is getting worse in Rokin. The humanoid army
is camped outside the city, and everyone expects a battle will soon occur.
Dreth has calmed fears of the council about the humanoids turning on
them after the battle. “With their ancient hatred, the humanoids and
elves will attack one another first leaving our forces nearly untouched.”

With the impending battle, Agral urges the party to go to the ancient
eastern land to look for help. He is able to convince Dreth to spare some
of his winged mounts for transport.

The party reaches the desert and soon finds ruins amidst the sand. In one
of the buildings is a detailed map showing the once lush land. There is a
great pyramid shown in the map that has a star-like symbol. A nomad will
emerge from the sands as the party finds this map. He will not speak, but
will drop a number of wooden staves and clubs along with suits of plant-
based armor in front of the party (one for each member). He will turn and
leave, vanishing as the sands pick up in the desert. (This is once again
the grizzled woodsman & druid from parts 1 & 2.) The party will be pretty
perplexed about where these came from – certainly not from this desert!
The plant-based armor may not be worn with other armor.

With some searching, the party locates the pyramid indicated on the map.
Within the pyramid, the party encounters strange skeleton-like creatures
that have the abilities of mid-range fighters and mid-range mages.
Inside each ones skull is a glowing gem. Anyone that touches this gem
is charmed into placing it against their head. The gem burrows into
their head and the creature is turned into another of these skeleton-like
creatures within 1 turn. Before that time expires various magical methods
may be used to stop the process.

When a gem-skeleton is hurt and about to die, if there are none of its
kind nearby, the gem explodes sending out tiny fragments (equivalent to
a 6-dice fireball). Bystanders killed this way rise up as similar skeleton-
like creatures within 1 turn due to the shards that are embedded in them.
The gems appear to be alive and growing, and each skeleton is able to
produce basically unlimited number of shards from their skulls to create
more from fallen or captured enemies. The gems do not affect plants or
plant-based creatures, and weapons made from plants (wood or otherwise)
such as staves or clubs do extra damage against the skeletons. Plants are
also immune to the gem-detonation. In fact, any plant material nearby
seems to make the gems cringe. If the party is wearing the plant-based
armor that the nomad dropped, they are immune to gem-detonation, and they
will notice that the shards bounce off of it. The gems and shards can
easily be crushed by the staves and clubs, turning to dust.

The pyramid is filled with various traps, both magical and mechanical,
plus a few other creatures besides the skeletons. There are also odd piles
of treasure, metal bands and locks, but no wood. In fact, there isn’t any
wood in the entire pyramid, and any that once was here is completely gone!
The gem-skeletons have destroyed all of it over the years.

Along the way, the party will find more ancient texts. These are a warning,
but the party won’t be able to translate them. The party will encounter a
small “harmless” creature that can speak to them. It claims to be an agent
of their deity sent to witness this blessed event. It will lead them to a
room where an object glows brightly (like a star) and beautiful singing
is heard. The glowing object is a sword (sunblade), hanging in the air
above a magical circle. The creature will urge the party to take the sword to
complete their destiny. It is arranged as part of an ancient magic circle,
and unfortunately disturbing it will have nasty effects (but that won’t be
revealed until later). As the sword is grasped, the little creature will
vanish (teleport away). The creature is actually a powerful demon that was
trapped here. It uses various magical means to conceal its identity.
The sword is lawful good and will be in telepathic communication with
anyone grasping it. The sword will reveal that the demon has just been
freed, and be very upset. This type of spell will never work against this
demon again and so the sword will feel that its purpose has ended.

Returning to Rokin by air at night, the party sees the battle fires raging
below. If the character with the sword explains the situation to it, and then
hurls it down, it will blaze brightly and sing a loud chorus in elvish,
destroying itself in the process. From the ground it appears as a
falling star.

Clerics among the warring elves will call back their forces upon seeing this
sign. It fulfills an ancient prophecy handed down for generations.
For now they must join this enemy to defeat an even greater one…

Havoc’s Day (The Rokin Chronicles, Part 4)
Brent G. Davis

Quest The texts copied from the pyramid are translated by one of the elven priests.
They indicate that a powerful demon was imprisoned there. It also notes
the gem-skeletons and tells of a huge controlling master gem that fell from
the sky.

Far to the east, a great cloud rises up. The demon that was freed by the
party in the previous adventure has summoned the godstorm – basically a
huge growing cloud of acid rain that continues to grow outwards. This
is what turned the lush land into desert before. At the front of the
storm, marches an army of gem-skeletons. Both are swelling…

In Rokin Castle, the party once again meets with Agral Tymart and Dreth
Caldan. All appears hopeless. “Havoc’s Day is upon us!”

A hawk will fly into the throne room window, and suddenly change into an old
man, a man that the party almost recognizes. He combines features of the
grizzled woodsman, the druid and the nomad from parts 1-3. “It is time.”

He is one of an ancient order of heirophant druids that were in hibernation
for thousands of years. He will tell the story of the ancient land. The
demon came to them as a god hiding behind his illusions and promises. The
demon tricked the mages and priests to cast a great spell that caused a
star to fall – the gem. Once it began to work its evil, the demon loosed
the godstorm. This was a 2-pronged attack: the gems to wipe out animal
life, and the storm to destroy all plant life. The demon sought the
destruction of the planet. But a group of priests, mages and druids were
able to trap the demon in the pyramid and stop the menace using the
sunblade that they crafted. The price was terrible. That land was
destroyed along with most of the people. Worse, the demon was only
trapped, and the location of the master gem was unknown.

The survivors set out to find it, and did, but were unable to penetrate its
defense. The wards the demon placed on it were meant to prevent any but an
evil druid king from touching it. Druids can’t be evil, so this was an
apparently fool-proof ward. However, the wording on the ward was not
perfect, and as a result, the survivors from the old land devised a plan.
The druidic nation of Drucinia would need to be slowly transformed. They
would make it a lawful nation, and one day, when a lawful evil king was on
the throne (they didn’t trust any other type of evil king to help them),
they would have their evil druid king. For the ward implies a Drucinic king
as opposed to a true druid king, but at that time, ages ago, the two were
synonymous. They also crafted the crown to prevent the terrible mind-
influencing affect of the gem. The scepter is a living tree transformed
into a pointed scepter which can penetrate and destroy the gem. Eventually,
the nation would be transformed and these items would be given to its kings.
However, their plan would take thousands of years to reach fruition…

The surviving heirophants went into hibernation. Their prophets revealed the
dates when they would need to awaken, and now they have. The druids have
methods to halt the spread of the godstorm using various weather spells.
But they need the humanoid, human and elvish armies to halt the gem-skeletons.
To prevent the gem-detonations from turning these armies into more skeletons,
he reveals that the gems cannot penetrate plant-based armor. And weapons
made from plants deal extra damage to them as well. Realizing there would
be no time to craft enough of these items, their agents have been secretly
stockpiling them over these thousands of years and putting them into stasis
all over the world – a cave here, a grove there, etc. The armor and weapons
will be delivered to the armies shortly.

To put an end to it all, both the demon and the gem must be destroyed. It
is up to the DM where they are hidden – could be another continent or even
another plane. The heirophant will take Dreth and the party there. The
defenses consist of more gem-skeletons as well as a few lesser demons and
other creatures as well as many tricks and illusions placed by the demon.
The party will likely want to wear the plant-based armor to ensure that
they don’t succumb to gem-blasts. It can’t be worn effectively with other
armor. Also, it is much less effective compared to other armor vs. other
creatures, so the battles will be difficult. Eventually, they will reach
the hall where the gem is kept. Only Dreth can reach it, but when he gets
to it, the demon will be gated there too. The party will need to engage it
while Dreth sinks the scepter into the living gem. As he does, it will
revert into a tree and its roots will consume the cracking gem. When the
gem is destroyed, all the gem-skeletons everywhere will fall to dust.

The demon will be hard to defeat. The ancient druids, mages and priests
were unable to kill it last time. It is up to the DM if he wants to give
it an Achilles’ Heal that the heirophants learned over time, or if he just
wants the party to be heroic enough to defeat it on their own. When the
demon is defeated, the godstorm will also end. The heirophant will return
them all to Rokin and again vanish (perhaps until his next calling…)

The Cost of Doing Business
Wayne J. Rasmussen

Quest Scenario Requirements

This scenario can be adapted to any level or size of group. Just adjust
the opposition accordingly. I feel it would be best for 4-6 characters
of lower-middle to mid-middle level.

Scenario Description

A family member of a noble, Lord Ansi, has been kidnapped and held for ransom.
Lord Ansi needs a party to deliver the ransom and return the family member.
The kidnapper Reaver is very greedy and is only out for money. Reaver
has gotten a better offer from an enemy of the noble lord. The enemy, Lord
Takemiya, has given the kidnapper a bonus to mislead the would-be ransom
droppers. The party must figure it out.

Places in the scenario

Lord Takemiya’s Tower: This tower is located east of the Kidnapper’s Keep.
A mounted party would take 3.5 days to travel there while Lord Takemiya’s party
would take 7 days.

Lord Ansi’s Castle: A modest castle where the good and noble Lord Ansi lives.
It should take the party around 10 days to travel from this castle to the
Reaver’s Keep.

Reavers’s Keep: The central point to this adventure. Never will you find a
more wretched hive of scum and villainy. It is the home of brigands, bandits,
and thieves.

Eastern Road: The Eastern road is the road that heads East from the
Kidnapper’s Keep. This is the route that Takemiya’s party takes.

Southern Road: The Southern road is the road that heads South from the
Kidnappers Keep. This is the route that kidnapper will say the Takemiya
Lord headed off in with the kidnapped family member.

Western Road: The Western road is the road that heads west from the
Kidnapper’s Keep. It continues to the Noble Lord’s Castle.

NPCs in the scenario:

Lord Ansi: A good and noble man who loves his family as well as his subjects.
This love has been perceived by the Lord Takemiya as a weakness to exploit.
Currently, the two lords are vying for power and it is a critical point in
the situation.

Lord Takemiya: A repulsive man who will use almost any means to achieve his
ends. Unfortunately this tendency often forces Takemiya to do the job
himself out of fear or distrust. He will use the Lord Ansi’s family
member to gain political advantage over Lord Ansi.

Reaver: A former bandit, brigand, and professional thief, Reaver has now
gone “ligit”. Instead of shaking down merchants for protection, Reaver
has gone into the insuring “noble person’s safety” industry. This includes
returning kidnapped family members, stopping blackmailers, safeguarding
merchant caravans. When he does this, he extracts a toll from those he is
“Helping”. Recently, a member of Lord Ansi’s family got kidnapped and
conveniently found their way into the Reaver’s hands.

The Adventure:

Rumors are a buzz around the castle. Some say that Lord Ansi’s son has been
kidnapped by brigands. Others say that Lord Ansi’s son has run away after
a long lost love. And even more say he has gone off to join the war. In
any case, you are talking old times with some of your friend’s when you get
the message. Lord Ansi would like to speak with you.

1) If the party doesn’t accept the offer then perhaps some other adventure
will drop in their lap. If they accept, goto 2.

2) Castle: When players arrive at the castle, they treated very well and
with great respect. They are offered food and wine while servants fuss about
their persons (Brushing off clothes, polishing the old boots, combing hair,

3) The meeting: The setting for the meeting will be very formal yet
very personal. I recommend describing the castle as having good quality
trappings and many items are simple yet elegant in appearance. Quality
over appearance. Lord Ansi is polite but frank with party. His son has been
kidnapped by the scumbag Reaver. He demands 10,000 gold pieces for the safe
return of the son. Lord Ansi can’t dare to send official troops or ranking
members of the clan to “ransom” the son. Therefore, Lord Ansi is asking if
you are willing to answer the call. Character’s volunteering for the
expedition will be given a excellent light war-horse to carry out the mission.
If player’s haggle, the Lord will almost be forced to submit. He doesn’t have
magic to give to the players, but, gold, weapons, horses, land, and rank are
available. Players may be much better off volunteering as word will get out
about their demanding payment. Lord Ansi will extract a vow from each
character as follows: “I, your name, vow to return Lord Ansi’s son at
whatever the cost.” After the vow has been made, a chest containing 10,000
gold pieces will be given to the character’s to pay off the Reaver. The
character’s will be asked to leave right away. Lord Ansi will warn the party
to be careful in the Reaver’s land. The Reaver considers himself a Lord.

Reaver’s Keep is east of Lord Ansi’s castle.

4) The Reaver’s Land: While in the outskirts of the Reaver’s territory, the
party may run across the local “watch”. They will approach that party and
demand a “toll” to cross the land. This should be 10-50 gold pieces per
head. The idea is to get the party use to paying through the nose for
everything in the Reaver’s land. Every watch the party runs into will make
this demand.

5) The Reaver’s Town: There is a modest town surrounding the Reaver’s Keep.
The town is surrounded by a tall stone wall. Nobody is let into the town
unless they have a pass that has been signed by the office of the gatekeeper.
The gate guard’s will say they can’t come into town without permission and
will charge the party 100GP+ to tell them how to get permission. It will
cost 200-300GP to have the guard arrange to get the gatekeeper to see them.
The gatekeeper will charge 500GP for the pass.

6) The Reaver’s Keep: Once inside the town, the party must arrange to see
the Reaver. It should take the paying of several officials to arrange the
meeting. The meeting will be scheduled for the next morning.

7) The Meeting with the Reaver: The Reaver will have a large entourage
escorting him everywhere. When he enters his throne room many horns blow
tribute to the king of thieves. Many servants run about performing small
duties and unimportant tasks. The character’s will be allowed to sit on the
floor while the king towers above in his tall throne. Finally, the Reaver
will announce that Lord Ansi’s son is no longer visiting the “castle”. If
asked for information, he will uncharacteristically give the party free
information. He will say something like, “I really shouldn’t tell you
where the son went to, but, you may find it interesting to take the road
South of town.” Now this is not a lie or a deception in the sense that he
really isn’t saying anything specific. He doesn’t know that the party won’t
find the road going South as interesting. Also, it is truthful that he feels
that he shouldn’t tell the party where the son went to without getting paid
for it.

Note: The Load Takemiya has paid the Reaver 15,000 gold pieces for Lord
Ansi’s son and an additional 2,000 gold pieces to misinform the party about
heading South to get the son. The Reaver will keep this promise unless
offered at least 5,000 gold pieces or more. An observant party should quickly
reason that the information could be false and offer money for the real deal.

Note: I highly recommend describing the Reaver’s Keep as gaudy looking and
fake. The Reaver and his servants where brightly colored clothing which is
of poor quality. Basically, the Reaver isn’t royal and is projecting what
he thinks a king should look like. He is smart enough to know when people
are sucking up to him. He loves it! If the party tries to trick him into
giving up information by catering to his ego, he will still give the false

Movement: Lord Takemiya’s party will move at a rate of 1 movement factor (MF)
per day. The party should have horses and no wagons, and will get 2 MF per
day. Lord Takemiya is one day ahead of the party in the Eastern direction.
It takes 7 MF to get from the Reaver’s Keep to Takemiya’s tower. So Takemiya
will arrive at his tower in 6 days from today. If the party takes the South
road, they have to travel back to Reaver’s Keep if they want to head East.
This is due to the mountain location of Reaver’s “kingdom”. If the party
wants to travel over the mountains, cut their movement to 1/4 to 1/2 MF per

Before leaving the Reaver’s Keep, the party can find out the following
information if they search for it and pay for it.

Rumors found in Bars: 1) Lord Ansi’s son left town yesterday (alone).
2) Lord Ansi’s son was taken by an enemy of Lord Ansi.
3) Lord Ansi has sent an assassin to kill Reaver. He is a member of
a supposed “ransom” party.
4) Someone who recognized Lord Ansi’s son saw him shackled to a wagon
yesterday. Not sure which direction they were going.

Rumors found in Reaver’s Keep: 1) For a LARGE amount of gold a staff member will reveal that Lord
Takemiya took Lord Ansi’s son and made some sort of secret deal with
the Reaver.
2) A staff member will sell the party a map to the location of where Lord
Ansi’s son is held hostage. NOTE: This is a false map that could lead to
either a building within Reaver’s Keep or somewhere outside of town.

Rumor found by asking the Guards at the South Gate:

The guards don’t remember anyone leaving the South gate recently who matches
the description of Lord Ansi’s son, Lord Takemiya, or the wagons.

Rumor found by asking the Guards at the East Gate:

The guards do remember someone leaving the East gate recently who matches
the description of Lord Ansi’s son, Lord Takemiya, or the wagons. For an
additional sum of gold they will say that this happened yesterday.

Closing notes and possible outcomes: 1) The party goes South and doesn’t figure it out until it is too late.
Lord Takemiya arrives safely to his tower. The party may try to assault
the Tower or try negotiation. The GM should choose the best ending to either
situation. Lord Takemiya will want assurances and concessions from Lord Ansi.
Remember, Lord Takemiya is not trusting and can’t be trusted.
Assault should be very tough.

2) The party catches Lord Takemiya and his party. A fight may/will happen
unless they can convince Lord Takemiya to give it up. The fight should not
be too difficult for the party. You should figure out what to do if the
party captures or kills Lord Takemiya. Perhaps Takemiya has a trick up
his sleeve to escape capture or death. If the players manage to kill the son
watch out. Lord Takemiya will use this to his advantage and against the party.
He may go as far as mending the fences with Lord Ansi in order to appear
innocent. He may imply that the party was working with the Reaver and even
offered to ransom the son to Lord Takemiya.


Should the party save the son, Lord Ansi will be grateful. He will follow
any commitments he made to party members, but, the word will get out that
they forced him. Party members who volunteered get to keep the light
war-horse and are given letters of mark against the Reaver and his kingdom.

A Mission in Late December
Martin Krauel

Quest To Be Played in Late December

In December the characters are contacted by a mysterious stranger, a contact
from an anonymous person wanting to hire them. He takes them on a half
mystical journey through the polar ice to the North Pole. Here they meet
their employer between his fairy staff and toy making facilities. It is,
well, Santa Claus himself.

The gentle, old, but powerful entity has a quest for them to accomplish. He
needs a small Christmas present delivered to Eridian Rashor, also known as
The Blood Red (or take some infamous villain of your world, a Warlord and
evil Sorcerer. The self-proclaimed rules of Eastern Skandia (or some very
distant province of your world) currently resides in the High Castle, an
ancient fortress he seized from the elves. He is known for some of the
vilest acts in recent history, like the Massacre of Wingholm, where he had
2000 elves slaughtered during negotiations, the Unholy Tuesday, on which he
had 200 nuns performing sexual acts in public or the Midsummernights
Sacrifice, during which he sacrificed 300 children to attract the Dark God
Daimor only to trap him and relieve him of his powers. You get the idea. He
is the natural enemy of anything that breathes in Skandia.

The idea behind this quest is, as Santa explains, that if there is someone
who is not likely to get any presents, like the Blood Red, but another one
desperately wants to give him one and absolutely cannot, it is Santa’s duty
to bring him one or he hires others to do so, when he has no time to deal
with customers as difficult as the Blood Red, like this year. The present is
a shoebox sized case in plain white silk paper with a nice, red ribbon (it
is also immune to scrying magic) and they have to deliver it exactly on
Christmas eve (or on Julfest, as it is called in Skandia). He wont tell what
the present is or who the subconscious donator is. Of course, when you work
for Santa Claus, you are allowed to write a Christmas list with a present
for yourself and presents for other characters and NPCs as well. They are
allowed to use Santa’s reindeer sleight to fly to Skandia and, of course,
also some magical red and white cloaks if they want.

When they reach Skandia, they have to realize that their mission is much
more difficult than it might have sounded. Unfortunately, the High Castle is
under siege by the combined forces of order. Gathered in five camps around
the fortress are an army of the Brotherhood of the Ring, Paladins, the
Seventh Imperial Legion, including some silver dragons, an army of Elves
from Eldylon, including griffin riders, the army of Iron Fist, a dwarven
thane, with lots of siege engines and, if you like cannons and the army of
the Duke of Skandia. Neither will be happy about some strange guys who
deliver goods into the besieged castle and will shoot down any reindeer
sleight trespassing their siege. On the other hand, they will probably
welcome a group of adventurers willing to aide in the attack.

The castle is held by the Blood Red himself, who doesn’t expect any
deliveries, his guard of well equipped and experienced Black Ogres, the
weird Necromancer Tuchlon and his undead legion, Chim One Eye, a savage and
cruel barbarian and his men, the dark elven Weapon Master Tridon Talass and,
last but not least, the enslaved god Daimor and his priesthood. His orc and
human troops have deserted before the siege began. Only two human servants
are still in the castle, Dai, the old butler and Irina, a kitchen maid. She
is secretly in love with the Blood Red (don’t ask ME why) and is, though
unknowingly, the cause for the present.

The player succeed if they get the present (a musical clock with a romantic
tune from the Blood Reds childhood) to the Rashor on Christmas eve, but they
could also get him to flee with the kitchen maid (Hey, a Christmas adventure
HAS to be romantic !) and thereby crushing the evil alliance and winning the
war for good.

The following celebration and especially the exchange of presents should be
nice (“Huh, what a nice sword ! I hope its more magic than my old one.”,
“Hey, isn’t that my old lance, that my character lend to yours 3 years
ago?”, “A book? Who of you ****** expects my Assassin to read a book?”,
“What a nice statue. What do you think is its retail value?”, “Warm
socks? MAGES do not wear warm socks! “, “Oh no. Not more magic ginger bread!”)

Martin Krauel
Kolonnenweg 120
24837 Schleswig

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Ambush at the Toll Bridge

Startup This adventure is very good to use as a startup, and to show
overconfident PCs that they can be beaten.

The party is hired to deliver some important object (sword, tome,
whatever) to a guy in a nearby city or town. On the way, they must cross
a wide river. When they arrive at the bridge, they are stopped by 2 men
with weapons, and asked to pay a toll (a big toll.) While they are
getting the money, or if they refuse, they are ambushed by about 10 more
thieves hiding in the woods surrounding the bridge. The 2 tollmen also
attack. The enemy’s weapons are poisoned so that the victims will fall
unconscious very quickly. When the PCs awaken, they are at the bottom of
a deep pit in the forest. All their possessions are stolen. Once they
get out (it shouldn’t be too hard), they are lost. After a lot of
searching, have them come to a path. If they follow it, it will lead to
a ruined cottage. The men who ambushed them are there, either sleeping
or awake (depending on whether it’s day or night.) The PCs will
recognize them and (hopefully) plan to ambush them to get their stuff
back. This time they outnumber the bandits, and have the element of
surprise, but are unarmed. If the bandits are asleep, there is only one
on watch, and the party should win.

Wyvern Hunt
Jim Garrett

Wyvern This is a short fantasy adventure for a low level group of characters,
preferable low-level. This adventure works best is most of the players have
nature loving characters, like elves, druids and rangers. As the players pass
through a small village they are asked to help hunt down a wyvern in the area.
The wyvern has lived in a nearby forest for decades, but has recently started
hunting cattle. Unknown to the PCs, a dam has been built nearby and has flooded
the wyvern’s hunting grounds. The wyvern’s lair is behind a waterfall.

Campaign Ideas For Middle-Ages Europe
Jay Knioum (The Mad Afro)

Campaign MadAfro wrote:

Mike Rhoads saith:

>Just wondering if anyone could give me some good campaign ideas in the
>middle ages, with very limited magic and human NPC’s. I’m stuck,

Assuming it’s middle-ages Europe that you’re after, there are plenty of
things to draw adventures from….

Problems of Feudalism: Nobles rule the serfs, exploit them mercilessly.
The serfs could be tired of this crap, and the PCs may find themselves in
the middle of an insurrection.

Intrigue: The middle ages were rife with all sorts of intrigues, both
between nobles, and with the Church. There was backstabbing, jealousy,
infidelity, infighting, inbreeding, and all sorts of other nasty behavior
going on.

Crusades: The Church is powerful, and needs to get rid of a few nobles.
Send ’em on some religious errand with huge armies and the Grace of God
behind them!

Plagues: It’s the Dark Ages! Disease is rampant, and makes one hell of a
backdrop for PCs to get stuck in! I did this once, and it was a very cool
game, and the players actually had fun! πŸ˜‰

War: If all else fails, go William Wallace on their ass! πŸ˜‰ Wars offer
all sorts of adventure hooks, and they happen for an infinite variety of

Land: Ties in nicely with War, as it tends to be the prime reason for
violence. Perhaps one or more of the PCs inherited (or shall inherit) a
title and the lands to go with it. Since, in the Middle Ages, land =
power, the PC will probably want to do everything in his/her power to keep

Social Injustice: The Mid-ages were not a fair time. Women were
frequently treated like dirt, as were ethnic minorities, pagans, children,
the underprivileged, etc.

Incidentally, I read a very good book (entitled “Shield of Three Lions,”
by Pamela Kaufmann), in which a girl disguised herself as a boy in the
hopes of keeping hold over her father’s land, after he is brutally
murdered. The whole thing takes place during the Crusades, and I highly
recommend it for the historical backdrop, as well as the excellent
dialogue she writes. The girl is trying to reach King Richard to
validate her claims to the land. However, this girl is far from worldly,
and the reader learns about all the “interesting” facets of medieval life
as she does.

Also, I don’t know if White Wolf’s World of Darkness games are your thing,
but the Vampire: the Dark Ages main rulebook may be worth at least a
cursory thumb-through for ideas. You’d have to decide for yourself how
useful it is, though. Other games, such as Pendragon by Chaosium (IIRC),
and Ars Magica make use of the time period, as well. V:tDA and Ars
Magica are a bit more magically-inclined than you seem to want, though.

There is a historical AD&D supplement called “Charlemagne’s Paladins” that
may be of some use, and the “Celts” supplement may also be a fun read,
even if a bit before the time period you want. These supplements may be
out of print, these days, however.

Finally, if you keep on being stuck, you may want to give some thought to
changing campaigns. Think about it. Are you fresh out of ideas PERIOD,
or only for this particular campaign?

Run for your life!!!!!!!

Exploration Your players are in a small inn when a group of priest (good) are
yelling to everybody:”If you want to save your life run outta here!”.
The adventurer, curious see that an army of skeletons, death knights,
ogres, orcs and evils giants are starting to enter in the city. After
their observation the small group of priest are starting to go in the
melee when skeleton enter in the inn.

Skeleton are arriving from everywhere, the priest are starting the
battle with them but after a little time all of them are dead or
seriously injured. The players have a chance to exit by the window,
now they are obligated to make a saving throw vs. magic. If they failed
they are staying if success they can go out of the window with another
who failed.

When they are out of the inn it, skeleton are running after them to
make sure they go out of the town after 30 minutes the town is burning
when they are out of the town they see a small fortress that was not
already there yesterday so they were wondering how to enter when the
portal open wide to let them enter…

After they enter in the small castle they see a pile of dead warrior
weapon, armor, helmet and blood are everywhere. If they lost a weapon they
find out in the pile. The most intelligent in the party see a large trace
of coagulate blood crossing all over the piece and ending at a large
stairway were two humans are there he see that their blood has been
sucked by a huge creature because of a teeth live there by the
monsters. After that a very big shadow enter in the piece :”A blood
sucker worm”. After the battle they enter the stairway to the next level.

After 3 hours pass in the dungeon (where you can put monsters to make
fun) a Skeleton in armor is looking at them on a pile of bone. “You
little worm cross my territory in the 400 years I’ve pass killing people
to make my valorous army your the only one who see mee…” A huge sword
(two handed) appears in his hands by magic, the final combat starts.

Here his stats:

Hit points: 46
Magic resistance :90%
Special power: disintegration once by three rounds
Damage: sword +5 (1d100 / 3d6)
special defenses: -2 to enemy attack roll (if good alignment), +2 or
better magical weapon to hit.

If the party survives one of the group member can take the sword +5 and
the fortress explode so every group member receive 1d6 point of damage.
After that they see that nothing have been passed and the town is like
when you entered the inn…

Lance Berg

Affliction This synopsis is available for the use of private
individuals, anyone wanting to make a profit off it should contact Lance
Berg regarding some sort of reimbursement…The characters are recruited
to do a job, but the job screws up and dumps them in the middle of a
hijacking. They are on their own as to whether they try to stop the
‘jack, go along, try to join, or take over (the last is what my players
ended up doing…)

This mission is designed for a group which doesn’t have a ship of their
own. Other than that, it’s fairly adaptable. It would really help when
you are asking for this sort of thing if you could be more specific,
although perhaps you are really looking for a campaign starter, and don’t
have any preconceived notions to work with.

1) Getting hired. Make up a job involving a covert government operation
which needs deniable assets to perform a scouting mission. The
characters are to board a luxury liner, travel several jumps down the
line, then take over a very stealthy small craft being shipped on board,
use it to travel to a moon of a separate planet in one of the liner’s
destination systems and do their mission, then return to another liner
going the opposite way for pickup. This should be attractive to the
characters on a variety of levels. The job itself pays well, which may
be enough. It involves a weeks long cruise on a luxury liner, which is a
nice fantasy. They can easily expect to jump ship and dump the mission
at any point along the route; if you start them out down and out, stuck
on a hellhole planet with no way off this itself could be sufficient.
They might reasonably expect to get away with keeping the stealth

2) Getting sent out. They meet their employers at a shipping terminal in
the local port, before it opens for the day. There they find their
contacts pulling open some large shipping crates. Inside are autodocs,
and nearby are some smaller crates. They are instructed to put their
luggage in the smaller boxes and affix labels off a sheet, then to get
into the autodocs. Examining the sheets show stickers with a bogus
passenger bio and address down the route past their destination. The
autodocs seem perfectly functional, a model without ‘glass port, all
slick chrome exterior. Once someone gets in (and it turns out one of
their contacts is going along, so he’ll go first if that’s what it takes)
one of the party may notice that the “occupied” light and all the
monitors seem to be malfunctioning, the ‘doc shows condition nominal.
Turns out that the group is being smuggled in low berth, using the
autodoc freezer capability. These units are marked as being transshipped
from a high tech planet, with plenty of routing detail available to
anyone checking up on them; they are posted as replacements for emergency
systems aboard the liner they are traveling on. This may confound those
who were looking forward to the luxury ride or to jumping ship, if they
figure out that they are going to be kept frozen the entire voyage (not
every group of players will…) and your plot may even fall apart at this
point. If you have set up sufficient back story, you may have the germ of
a new plot line, in which the party tries to figure out what was really
going on, or the employers try to eliminate the party as “knowing too

3) Rude awakening. The autodocs open, releasing the PCs from freeze into
an emergency bay, with lights blaring and an general order to go to
lifestations running. Their contact knows nothing about this, it was not
part of the plan. They were supposed to be awakened slightly before
coming out of Jump space while everyone was in their quarters or at duty
stations for the transition, make their way to the cargo bay, and pick up
their things and get into the small craft, preparing to launch just after
coming out into normal space. They seem to be where they were supposed
to, in a large room full of other freezer bays. All the others seem to
be occupied, though, and the alert system is cycling through a variety of
languages announcing life support failure… All the berths except their
own read full, if anyone takes a look.

4) Another Jolt. There are two exits from their chamber, taking the one
they were supposed to leads them through a double lock (door, space, door
door space door) into a corridor. The other door has large labels
reading Crew Only. Oddly, although anyone familiar with the anti-hijack
programming on shipboard knows how difficult it would be to get through
it, and probably disregards it, they will open easily, to reveal a
cramped small craft flight deck, unoccupied, view ports showing the
roiling gray of hyper space. Too, characters who are interested can
easily get full access to the ships computers through access points along
the wall or so forth. A list of running software will not include an
anti-hijack program… At any rate, hopefully the party will (perhaps
with prodding from the NPC) get moving too quickly to get seriously
involved. They have a tight schedule, after all, have to make it across
the ship to their craft and ready to launch, which is going to happen at
a specific time unless someone overrides it; less than half an hour form
now… The message on the intercom will change to “transition eminent”
warnings and then the group will go through jump transition, a very bad
one. Their contact will go completely useless at this point, a victim of
transition lapse. Shortly after this, the warning will go to “abandon
ship, catastrophic drive failure eminent!” Hopefully the group will be
through the locks by now, as there will be a shudder, and the lifeboat
they were in (probably unawares) will launch, along with others along
their corridor. At this point (although they don’t know it) they and the
hijackers are the only people on board the liner. If they stayed on the
boat, the scenario is going to go differently of course, you are on your
own here…

5) Now What? Here the party really takes control of its destiny.
You’ll need maps of the ship, locations and schedules of the hijackers,
and so forth; but there is no knowing what they’ll try. They may even
manage to ignore things completely and make it to their craft, which is
really there and set up for their mission. Since you’d rather they deal
with the scenario you worked on, try to make sure they encounter at least
one hijacker on the way… The idea here is to engender a “Die Hard” or
“Under Siege” scenario. Have fun

6) What really happened. The “government” which hired the group was
really an interplanetary corporation. They arranged through other
disreputable contacts to have the anti-hijack program aboard the liner
sabotaged, and for the experimental stealth craft being shipped to a
government testing area to likewise be hijackable. Unfortunately, the
agent they set up to actually insert the Anti-hijack disabler decided that
this would be the perfect opportunity to take over the ship for himself.
He brought aboard a number of confederates as passengers, and when the
Anti-hijack routine shut off, they put in place the emergency alerts,
planted false reports and readouts, and generally got the entire crew and
all passengers into emergency freezer bays. Once the ship breaks out of
jump, it launches all lifeboats and transmits a distress signal, with
full (doctored) logs and telemetry indicating runaway drive failure, and
consistent with what the occupants of the boats believe was happening…
All the people in on the plot are listed as being on one of the boats,
along with the purser who started everything. This boat floats nearby,
drive apparently malfunctioning. In reality, the hijackers have loaded
it with explosives and scrap pieces identifiable as being from the liner,
including the “black box.” They are busy ramping up the capacitors to
jump as soon as they can. When able, they plan to dump more explosives,
and have everything go off just as they jump. When authorities arrive,
they should find debris, the hijackers all lost in the explosion,
everyone else safe in their lifeboats headed for the main planet in the
system. A very close investigation may eventually show insufficient
mass/energy to account for the liner itself, but that could take months,
if it happens at all.

7) Hijacker’s plans. Part of a separatist movement, they plan to take
their entire group on the liner along with colonization gear, and head
out for a distant colonizable world, there to use the liner as their
first home. This is a complex plan, with clandestine fueling stations,
the pickup of the group, and all sort of other details which need to be
worked out, if things ever get that far. Since the scenario revolves
around the PCs and the hijacking itself, I’ve never had to go into too
much detail as to what will actually happen, but it is important that you
have some ready answers as to what the plan is, since the PCs may very
well try to find out. Who knows, they might even decide to go along!

A Missing Heir (AD&
Mike Hamilton

Investigation The PC’s are traveling to a major city, housing the main temple to a high
standing church. On the way they are ambushed by three to six bandits or so.

They can be of whatever level or skill the DM chooses, but the players
should be able to defeat them without too much trouble, but still get
dinged up in the process. If the PC’s take a prisoner, then they might be
able to influence him to take them to their hideout–an old abandoned watch
tower a few miles into the woods. They might be able to find some nice
treasures. On the leader they will find a brass necklace with a strange
twisted symbol, and will also find that the leader has a extremely
expensive and ornate sword. The players will obviously take this, and
should for the adventure to work.

When the PCs reach the city, then they learn rumors that a high standing
lord, high in the church hierarchy, has had his ten year old son abducted.
A detachment of royal guards sees that the players have the sword (which
really belongs to the lord) and ask them (or force them) to accompany them
to the church. They take him before the lord and they discover that the
lord’s stepson was believed to have abducted his true heir, also escaping
with the sword. The bandit leader was in fact the lord’s stepson. If he
is still alive (escaped or the players left him tied up if they were not
the slaughtering types) then they can return him (preferably alive, but
acceptable if dead) for a reward. (and of course the lord will want his
sword back, which is a +2 magical weapon.

If the players apprehend the stepson efficiently, the lord hires them to find
his missing heir. They will have to question the stepson and other
person’s involved if they are still alive, and do some probing around in
the lords manor (the DM can think up details, but don’t make it too
difficult. When they start making headway on the investigation, they are
attacked in the street by black-robed clerics with magical picks 1d4+1. If
these picks even touch bare skin, the character must role a save vs. magic
or suffer 1d4 points a round until cured with a Curse Disease spell. If
the hitpoints fall to zero then the character only falls unconscious. They
loose one point of constitution an hour until it reaches zero and they
die. If they are cured then they regain a point of Con a day.

If they kill the clerics, then the discover they wear necklaces identical
to the one the lord’s stepson wore. The necklaces are the symbol to an
evil order of spell casters (mages, priest, and their henchmen) and they
magically serve to protect the wearer from the touch of the
disease-enchanted items of the order. They also serve to locate
each other. Priests and mages above fifth level in the order, can sense
each other when they wear these. Which could add some complications for the
players if they wear them. If they have any mage of cleric identify the
necklaces, they will learn its powers, and the identifier will be able to
sense a large concentration of the order half a day’s journey away from the
city at an abandoned temple.

To basically sum it up, the evil order is attempting to sacrifice the
lord’s son to their god during a holy night that will increase their power
and doom the church based in the city. Many things could happen now. The
players can rush in a save the day, maybe with the help of some of the
lord’s troops, and gain a huge reward… Whatever you do, give the players
a chance to save the heir, but also make it a huge challenge. If they fail
to stop the sacrifice, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are dead. When I
used this adventure, the character’s success depended on an initiative
roll. They failed, and the heir was sacrificed. It turned out that the
Second hand Priest of the church participated in the ceremony, and the evil
order invaded the city through ancient hidden tunnels, and took the whole
church, capital, and palace.

Basically, they took the whole city. The lord died as well and the players
got to keep his sword. I took this little adventure and even turned it
into a huge campaign, where the forces of the church had to flee from the
capital, and seek help from other nations to regain the city. The evil
order was also in league with a nation of orc’s in the north that had been
warring with the nation for years. The order would weaken the nation, while
the orcs rushed into attack. In exchange, the orcs would give the leader
of the evil order a powerful artifact that they possessed, which could cause
major problems for the players latter on…

Of course, the DM can take this wherever he wants, and there are plenty of
options and other adventures that can spring from this. Hope you like it.

A Squire’s Message (AD&
Richard Bitting

Startup One day some PCs are just relaxing in a Inn (dm’s choice) and a squire
rides into town. He nails a message up all through out the city/town.
The PCs see the page and quickly rush outside to take a look at the
message. It’s a invitation for all elves to King Krondin’s Keep.

Note: if the PC/PC’s aren’t elven then this adventure can’t be played. Once
everyone is in the keep’s Banquet hall, King Krondin begins his speech
about how the elven race is the best among the hole world. But later into
the speech, his eyes start to glow bright blazing blue and he then commands
for the guards to block the exit and then to kill them all. The guards rip
their helmets off and reveal their razor sharp teeth that they later on use to
rip the elves limb by limb. The King sees the PC’s and orders the guards to
capture them and keep them for the next meal. That’s where the DM has to get
creative and make the rest up because I am tired.

Adventure (AD&
David Winzer

Magic You know that very fine line between reality and fantasy that we’re not
supposed to cross? This adventure crosses it. Before playing, find out
exactly who will be playing. Make up a character sheet for each of the
players that represents the player him/herself. Don’t roll their ability
scores; just assign what you think is fair. Remember that they will have
lower scores than regular characters–especially Strength. Don’t worry
about gear; whatever the players have at the table is their gear, including
dice–I’ll explain the importance of dice later. Proficiencies are
important, however. Whatever the player knows, his/her character will know
(however, languages like French and Spanish, or knowing how to change a
car’s tire won’t be too useful, unless trying to impress NPC’s with stories
of the future). You’ll have to use discretion with this.

Start the adventure by sending the party on some quest, like recovering the
Amethyst Orb of Karnin Daganh or something. Be creative. Have them
recover it and get it to where it’s supposed to go. Just when they think
that they’ve found out what the Orb does and the adventure’s over, have an
NPC wizard get into a fight with them and cast a spell on the Orb (or
whatever creation you have come up with). Something will happen to it–it
glows, vibrates, sings, whatever. Then there will be a bright flash of
light, and presto! Now is when you bring in the new ‘player’ characters.
Each one will be standing with their respective ‘regular’ PC’s. Tell the
group that there are some people with them now. The people are dressed
funny, and look weak–they have no weapons or armor (unless one of the
players actually was wearing armor. I doubt it, though. . . ). Describe
them as looking like the people gathered around your table. If someone
asks if they do anything, reply by saying, “I don’t know. Do they?”

There will no doubt be tensions between the two groups of PCs. They will
probably form two groups, and one will tag along behind the other.

Here’s where the dice come into the game. Suppose the normal PCs get into
a fight. The new ones will probably hide behind a tree or something. The
normal PCs will miss every attack they make, unless the new guys get smart
and realize the connection between the game rules and the game world–they
must roll the dice in the game world to make the regular PCs attack! Same
goes for ability checks, saving throws, etc. So, to recap: if the regular
PCs (the ones that started the adventure) want to do something, the new PCs
must roll dice IN THE GAME WORLD! You (the DM) can roll to determine the
outcome. If the new (player-specific) PCs want to do something, the player
rolls for real, in the real world, just like it always used to be.

Now the adventure really starts. The wizard who attacked the Orb in the
first place has it. With it, he can take over the world. Then the Prime
Material planes. Then the Ethereal, the Astral. . . you get the idea. The
group must stop him. If he manages to get control of something, all the
creatures living there become his personal slaves, and will sacrifice
themselves and others to stop the PCs. Sounds like fun, eh? An adventure
like this could span months of playing time, so be ready.

Zombie City (AD&
Julien Many

Investigation The players would start in the inn the heal their wounds when the inn
peoples begin to act strangely. As they look around they would find
peoples acting like zombies and the whole city would be roaming with
undead! The leader could eventually be a spectre or a lich depending of
the characters strength.

A Rocky Start (AD&
B Michael Bevins

Quest I was reading the adventure ideas section of the page and I thought I
would send one of my favorite adventures for begging characters.
Okay, so the characters grew up around each other in a small farming
village. They have known each other all their lives. Make one of the
characters the son/daughter of the town leader. Anyway, an evil army is
slowly creeping over the land, destroying and burning cities etc.,
slowly moving from the north. One day, a maimed and bloody hunter
returns to the village after a weekend trip and states that the rest of
his friends were killed by the army (the army could be any evil race, or
a bunch of races) and they are within 3 days march of the town. The town
leader summons his/her son/daughter and tells him/her to head south with
the other characters to reach another town and bring back the militia
while the village tries to hold off the army. The DM could put anything
between the characters and the town, and make anything happen to the
village while the PC’s are gone.

The Ghost House (AD&

Exploration The characters are wandering in a desert road when it starts raining. As the
raining gets worse, the road is turning into mud and the characters can’t
continue. In the distance they see a great house standing, where lights can
be seen… As they knock the door, a sinister voice answers: “Enter!” (or
something like). But when they pass through the door, it closes. In the
first room, sits a round table with five candles (these maybe impossible to
light off) forming a pentagram on it… So there’s apparently no one in the
house. The master should select some undead to inhabit the house, and some
sinister plots like this: A spirit locked in a lantern, a amputated arm in
the bathroom…

A Summoned Party (AD&
Jeremy Fife

Affliction A high level wizard on a different plane uses a monster summoning spell and
captures the party. Instantly the party is transported to their new master
involuntarily for a time. As per the monster summoning spell the entities
which are summoned (the players) have to obey every command the wizard
gives. This twist could be used and adapted very easily to any campaign.

A Dangerous Cave (AD&
Bryan Birckbichler

Startup You come to a town after a long walk through some dry lands. Inside are some
people roaming the street. You walk in and hear a couple people talking
about a cave up north a couple miles. They say there’s gold and stuff
inside (up to the DM) but anyone who went in never came out! It starts to
get dark. The inn is to the right. In the tavern part (down stairs) of the
inn, they can get something to eat/drink. When they ask for a room the inn
keeper calls for his/her assistant, and they take you to your room. On the
way the assistant tells you they are going to the caves the next day and
would like some company, or something like that. The rest is up to the DM to
figure out. I use this adventure for new people and call it “intro to D&D”.
In mine, the cave goes into a large circular room about 30″ in diameter. It
can have an open, or closed ceiling. (I prefer open) and the treasure/items
are in chests around the room. You can put traps or undead or whatever on
the way in/out. something to make it challenging. You can also follow the
cave through the mountain and end up god knows where!

Magical Item-Stealing Cult (AD&

Investigation I have been toying with the idea of a cult that goes around stealing magic
items. They are draining the items to power a portal that will allow their
demon (deity, whatever) into our realm. They hit a town where the pc’s are
staying and naturally everyone accuses the thief with the party. I think it
could be turned into something interesting but have never had time to
develop it.

Dragon Strike (AD&
Samuel Franco

Quest I recently tried to put a friend of mine on a little quest sponged from
Dragon Strike (a truly exceptional learning game). He was hired to kill the
wizard named Teraptus, I gave him the first name of Shion, by his son,
Gilmar, who was teaching at a wizards school. But the whole thing is as

They were hired to kill him by some strange man. They had to find a weapon
that could kill Gilmar and then go kill Shion, but when Shion is dead, they
find that Gilmar is quite well and wants them dead, because he is now going
to ascend the throne of Havis (The dragon strike planet).

Adventure Anthology (AD&
Bruce Freeby

Affliction How about the PC’s are hired to garrison some piddly little outpost on the
border with a neighboring kingdom when A) that neighboring kingdom decides to
come through that area on a raid/conquest/other B) hostile monsters in the
area attack the outpost, looking for loot/revenge/some item or artifact
rumored to be somewhere in the outpost but never found by previous
explorers. Catch: The obvious catch would be that whatever the situation,
the PC’s would have to be either high enough levels to face it, or have
enough diversity of characters/terrain/options for magic.

How about the pc’s are hired to pilfer a certain item, any item that could
have a real or perceived value to the pc’s or their employer. When they get
there, the item is already being stolen or they’ve been set up and now must
try to get out of the situation without losing face or their lives. Catch:
Having a thief in the party would be really useful, but parties that don’t
have thieves can have and npc thief come along, which could make for a more
interesting plot twist if it turns out the ambush is set up to catch only
the thief, and the rest of the party shows up!

How about the pc’s are implicated in the destruction of some item with real
or perceived value and now must get out of town or find the real culprits
before time runs out. Catch: Players can get disgruntled real quick if this
happens more than once or twice.

How about the pc’s, while sent on a mission (could be almost any)
accidentally come across an item which takes them into a labyrinth or maze
of some sort. For higher levels, the maze could be some sort of reality
displacer, taking the through time at various points, or perhaps space. They
exist at that point in time though they are not from it. However, they do
not exist in that SPACE in time. They are still in the maze, and it’ll take
cunning to figure the trick out and get themselves home. Catch: Besides not
being able to do this very often, a plain maze can bore players quickly. Add
a minotaur or a Gorgon for flavor.

How about the pc’s are hired to guard a caravan that carries a secret item
which becomes subject to several raids and more subtle inter-caravan
subterfuge. It may turn out that members of the caravan are also out to get
the item. Catch: This has to be played for flavor. If the item has real
value, make sure the players can only get their hands on it if it turns out

Competition! (AD&
Martin Grimes

Intrigue The PCs arrive at a small town on an island in the middle of a lake. The
distance around the lake makes it a pain to go around. However, during a
particularly nasty storm, one of the bridges that links the town to the
other side of the lake has been destroyed. The mayor has launched a
competition to find the first group to operate a crossing to the other side
of the lake. He asks the PCs to ensure fair play in the competition. There
are several groups…. the dwarves are building a tunnel, the elves are
building a boat, the gnomes a bridge… etc… Each individual group
attempts to bribe the PCs to sabotage the others… Particularly good for an
evil group of characters!

Gnome Attack (AD&
Marcel Lauzon

Affliction PC’s have been wandering looking for adventure for months. They enter a
tavern (D.M.’s choice) and are assaulted by an angry mob of gnomes! the
characters are captured and are taken to the gnomes kingdom. the characters
must escape back to the realm of sane and TALL men!

Crusades (AD&

Guarding At the end of the times of crusades, an evil king send his best men to the
ultimate crusade. Zweihander, the fighter with his two-handed sword (15th
level), Krieg, the barbarian with his two-handed axe (15th level) and
Galadorff, the cavalier with his claymore (17th level). This elite soldier
are the generals of the Osker Army (1,2,3 rd level soldiers) who have the
missions to destroy and take London in the U.K. and they can. The player
characters have to stop them after they reach U.K. (the Osker Army are
Germans). It’s a quest of very, very rare magic, so the players character
must be fighter characters or thieves between 10 to 12 level.

Rich Dead Dad (AD&

Intrigue One of the PC’s has a wealthy heritage. The PC has joined a group of
adventurers and they set off. He learns of his father’s death and that he
will be receiving a large portion of his father’s wealth. Other NPC’s in the
adventuring party try to steal or kill the PC for having the wealth. You
can work it sort of like a inside corrupt process of team members
backstabbing each other.

Un-Identified Driving Object (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Investigation The party founds a weird, oddly shaped metallic red object with four wheels.
It has some sort of windows, made of glass. The party cannot break into or
enter the object. It is, of course, a car. If the DM wants, he can send the
party on a quest to find the key, their reward will be a red cadillac.

Amazing Discovery (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Comedy The party is following a river when they discover a waterfall which if
falling up. The party needs to get up the cliff on which the water is
falling. If they choose to ride the waterfall up, they discover the hard way
that it is an illusion and really is falling down. They fall, taking 10d6
damage. If they scale the cliff, they will see a man (illusionary) ride the
waterfall up, making them wonder why in the world they didn’t get the free
ride. πŸ™‚

Shrunken Party (AD&
Jonnie Durham

Quest You have been summoned by a high level wizard to his keep. He must leave for
a meeting but is in the middle of a very delicate experiment. He needs the
party to find a specific fungus which a species of ant uses for food. He has
transplanted some of these ants into his basement. He will shrink the party
down to roughly 1″ in height so they may enter the walls of his basement to
search out this fungus. Mice become the size of horses and the common spider
turns into a monstrosity. Also, look out for his cat!

Psionicist (AD&
Sam Agnew

Investigation In a dream one of the characters dreams about a strange man (a Psioncist)
who requests their services on a short mission. Journey can only be done
while asleep the Characters will notice as they travel in the day they seem
to only move about 1 km (truth) when they make camp they wake next morning
20 km in the correct direction to get to the Psionicist.

Evening of Terror (AD&
Brandon Paulk

Affliction I think the characters should all be able to meet in a small quaint little
village….around dusk maybe….Then suddenly all Hell breaks loose and they
have two choices…1: Fight and save the day….2: They join the forces of
evil and destroy the world….Or they could just whistle….

Trick or Treat (AD&
Taurion Gregory

Quest The Party somehow (up to DM) ends up in small city. A noble notices them and
asks them to clear out a local mine. It is apparently full of niggling
little monsters but it turns out to be full of much much more….

Hopeless Wind (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Affliction The party is trapped in a cave or other small, stone room. There are no
exits they can find. However, there are lots of cracks in the walls. From
one of this cracks is blowing a small stream of air, which implies that the
outside is right through that wall. However, this is completely false. A
cruel DM would make no exit from the room, laughing as his players while
they try everything they have to enlarge the crack. A nice DM would make an
exit somewhere in the room, just not at the crack where the air is coming

Arson (AD&

Quest PCs are asked by a rich merchant/patrician (someone in a power-position) to
burn down the house of a concurrent. Make sure the party-wizard’s got
fireball, burning hands and/or levitation. Throw in a couple of bodyguards
living in the house and presto! an adventure.

October Fest (AD&

Investigation PC’s discover secret information marked “The Days of Chaos”. Evidence points
to the existence of an underground organization working towards a downfall
of organized life as we know it. Plant evidence in houses of powerful NPCs,
making it harder to get every adventure to get it, and, after 2 or 3
sessions, spring the trap; PCs are invited to a ball at which the Prince(ss)
King (Queen) or Emperor (Empress) will attend!! Then they get to hear that
the Oktoberfest is starting as of today! To make the joke a little less
harsh, throw in a couple of magical items. (The evidence should be
suspicious, but should also point to a big party, such as Octoberfest).

Hole (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Lich The PC and the members of his party are travelling through the woods at
night. They all walk onto the roof of an underground mining cave. Scattered
throughout are jewels and magical items, but, unfortunately, they are
guarded by a powerful Lich. Now they must fight for their treasure!!

Winter Stalker (AD&
Shashi Mahesh

Affliction This scene takes place in a cold harsh winter. Suddenly the PC’s see a
snowstorm at the horizon gaining on them, they end up in a snowstorm. This
snowstorm is really an air elemental, but invisible to the PC’s (the best
you can use is the Wind Walker from the MC-annuals, volume one) so they can
hardly hit is because it’s all over them. If the DM is pissed off he can put
some wood, weapons or other objects in the storm to weaken the PC’s even
more. This encounter can be used to take away some item’s the PC have and of
which the DM don’t want them to have. You can also use this as an
introduction of a new (N)PC, which was blew along in the storm.

Dungeon crawl starter (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Exploration The party is walking in a town district with a lot of wealthy inhabitants.
As they walk along the street, they (only 1 person will probably do this)
step on a sewer cover, which breaks, plunging the unfortunate PC into the
depths below. The actual distance he falls is 250 feet, or, in the case of a
munchkin party (i.e., that isn’t enough), the distance is 10′ more than the
farthest infravision of the party. No magic is detectable. The sewer is
really a trap by cunning thieves hoping to catch a rich merchant after a
large bank withdrawal. From here, the party should go down and help the PC;
they can discover a tunnel down there, and they start the typical dungeon

Malister (AD&
Aaron Johnson

Magic There is a small town called Malister which is ruled by the local mage who
the town is named after. Malister is a neutral necromancer who is slowly
drifting towards evil. When the town was created there was much wildlife.
Now everything has died over the many years. There is also a forest south of
the city that is said to drive wizards mad. There is a lot of logging that
happen there but recently loggers have been disappearing. The forest seems
to be immune to the “disease” that has affected all other wildlife 10mile
radius of the small town.
DM’s note: Of coarse the magic that Malister practices draws its necromatic
energy from the surrounding life. The forest is of a wild magic zone and the
logger are being captured by wood elves! I had many adventurers with this
set up. email me back for full details.

The wishing room (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Magic The characters end up somehow (up to DM) in a totally white room where
anything they say will immediately come true.
This can be used as a porthole to another plane of existence when the
characters say “I wish I could go into the Ethereal plane” or something

King for a day (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Intrigue The characters can be hired as soldiers for a certain king. The king leads
his army into battle many times, the characters being unaware that the king
has grown fond of one of them. During one battle, the king dies and, having
no heirs, leaves the throne to one of the characters.

Fake property (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Exploration A merchant in the town is offering property for pennies on the dollar. If
the characters buy a plot, it turns out to be non-existent (50%) or unusable
(25%) such as a swamp, or having a curse (5%), or being ancestral land
(10%), or containing any treasure the DM wants to give away (10%)

Crash! (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Exploration One night while sleeping in a forest near any town, the characters hear a
thunder-like BOOM that awakens them. They see a glow off to the south. If
they investigate, it will turn out to be a space meteor containing a very
valuable metal that makes exceptionally strong weapons. The meteor is much
too heavy for them to lift, but fortunately, a Gold Dragon was also drawn to
the scene. The characters notice him as soon as they arrive on the scene.
The dragon will help them carry the meteor to the town for (up to DM) about
50% of its value (up to DM).

Hostage (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Affliction This adventure works really well in the event that a PC has a child. The
school in the local town has been taken hostage by a group of Barbarians.
The children are held for the town officials to be forced to let the
Barbarians get their goal.
THE BARBARIAN’S GOAL: is to stop the town from expanding into the
surrounding wilderness, which is their home. Last week the town voted to
build homes in the nearby forest by chopping trees. This would also provide
the town with firewood.

Treasure (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Investigation The PCs find a weird, metal object. In reality it is a gun from the future.
It is loaded with 12 bullets, or 12 “charges”. Imagine what you could do
with this!

The lost sword of Palaodrin (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Investigation The characters find an old scroll which describes a city called Palaodrin.
In it, it says that the city had ties to the magics of the universe, as it
was in the very center of the prime material plane. Surprise! After a lot of
research, the characters find out that [pick a city in your campaign] is
right on top of the old city of Palaodrin. If the characters explore [the
city that is listed above]’s sewers, they eventually will discover the sword
of Palaodrin. Make up a bunch of stats for it, find the original stats for
it on the net, or I can send you mine if you ask for them.

Princess trapped in tall castle (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Investigation PCs hear of a princess or some damsel in distress (NOTE: I am not implying
that women are not capable of escape. For those so inclined, replace damsel
with Hunk) The tall tower cannot be climbed and there is no way to scale it.
There is one window on top. The PCs must consult many sages to discover
rumors that the damsel/hunk has long hair. (like in the classic story of
Rapunzel.) This adventure can have a villain to defeat before the damsel’s
rescue, but it is mainly intended for DMs who have players who do not like
to use sages and never remember about them until too late. I used this
adventure to help my players use sages, as they were not doing so.

Moving Hole (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Investigation An enemy that the characters are battling throws a black something under one
of them. It is a hole. The PC affected by it falls through. Fortunately for
him, the rest of the party manages to defeat the enemy. Now they can keep
the hole, but should try to find a way to “dig” their companion out from it.

Oh my GOD, it’s BUNNIES!!! (AD&

Affliction The PCs are tramping through the countryside, when one of them notices that
there is a rabbit following them, about 100 yards back. Whenever they try to
approach it, the rabbit flees. Nothing they do will keep it from following
them. If killed, it is replaced by a rabbit bearing different markings.
After a few days, they notice that now they have TWO rabbits following them.
Then three. At no point should they be followed by more than 3 rabbits. They
soon come upon a town of halflings, who at some point inform the PCs that
all of the “trackers/hunters” of the town left a while ago, on a monthly
food-foraging trip, but that they are expected back within a day or two.
After spending the night in town, the PCs wake to fact that they have been
robbed of all monies! No other items were tampered with, except those that
contained money, of which all money is gone. Come up with a way for the PCs
to get their money back, shortly after which, a runner comes into town
shrieking “The trackers are all dead!!!” After calming the runner, he will
say that the trackers should have been back by now, and that they are
certainly all dead! (Now all this time, the Inn in town has been serving a
rabbit stew to all of its patrons, because that is the only game that the
non-hunters could catch, and all other food sources are depleted, which is
why the hunters are out hunting! (heh heh)

The rabbits ARE the trackers/hunters, after being polymorphed by a mad mage
living in the hills around where the hunters were hunting. They intruded
upon his land, and he enacted an amusing (for him) vengeance upon them. yes,
the PCs get this info, after going looking for the hunters the villagers
remaining are VERY generous with offers of rewards, finding the wizard, and
reading his notes after the battle.

A “magic” weapon (AD&
Qubrak Shata

Exploration The characters are walking along a beach (or any place filled with sand will
do) when a lightning bolt strikes the ground a couple feet in front of them.
This works really well when the PCs are fearing divine retribution. The heat
from the bolt is hot enough to melt the sand into glass. When the PCs
investigate, they find 1d4 pieces of glass that deal 1d12 damage on
unarmored opponents and 1d6 on armored ones. Each piece will break on a
miss, on a critical miss, and on a critical hit due to the glass hitting
metal (armor on a miss), or hitting bone beneath flesh.

Hall of Tiamet (AD&
Jessica Havens

Dragon Adventurers are faced with the need to save their world. They enter a portal
and jump from world to world collecting magical items, a love potion, a suit
of magical armor, ring of true seeing, etc. Each represents a great attribute
which will supposedly save the world. To gain each item they must overcome
an obstacle. eventually they gain the seventh item and then find themselves
in the home of the great platinum Dragon. They walk down the hall, guarded
by golden dragons and stand before the Platinum dragon, who suddenly
transforms into Tiamet. The golden dragons transform into evil ones, the
whole thing had been a plot for Tiamet to take control. He gives them a
choice to either join him or be destroyed….

A Party Starter (AD&
Alex Olivier

Startup For those of you who are always trying to find out an original way to bring
the party together in a realistic fashion when starting a new campaign
rather than “Well you’re all in an Inn,” or “You see a sign posting a reward
on/hiring armed escorts for,” this one was a classic for me:
Wherever the PC’s might be, say they are all travelling to town, or they are
in town, they see a commotion somewhere around the limit of their sight
(spread the PC’s out) which turns out to be a bunch of Kobolds attacking an
old man who seems to have some Alzheimer’s.. frisky but weak, and have the
guy be something of a nutcase mage who accidentally cast an illusion of
kobolds to attack him (he denies this) level 3 or so.. And while the PC’s
are together start an adventure; presto! a party.

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 1 (News)
Paul Zoski

Exploration I’m creating a wilderness encounter chart for an upcoming adventure
and want to spice it up with things the part can come across that
are interesting and eventful, but not a monster. For example, I
have a small pond and a stream (too small to put on any map, but a
good place for replenishing water), an abandon campsite, some animals
that might be good for hunting, a mysterious stonehenge like structure,
etc. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 2 (News)
K. Templer

Exploration how about a weather event? say a sand storm, hurricane, thunderstorm,
rainbow without any rain. totem sticks stuck in the ground to mark out
ancient hunting territories, a permanent illusion left by some wizard,
long forgotten.

a personal favourite: a fairy ring, a ring made of toadstool which
supposedly moves anyone standing in it to fairy land. could be an out
plane conduit….

for the truly wild: maybe fishes that swim in air…

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 3 (News)
Tadeusz Sienkiewicz

Exploration I one time put up a fountain in the middle of nowhere.
Mine was a key to a dungeon (in the middle of an other adventure), but
you could change it to whatever. It’s also fun if it does absolutely

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 4 (News)
Jacob L. Sugar

Exploration In response to this I’ve come up with a few ideas. For the pool, have
the PC’s look into it to find the reflection one of their inner self.
For instance, a thief who is forced to be an outlaw might see an honest
man staring back at him. At the abandoned campsite, the PC’s can find
evidence of a struggle. For instance, blood marks, items broken, a
bloody dagger etc. At the stonehenge type- place, there could be
ancient runes which gives a riddle. A quest can be made from
discovering the answer to the riddle.

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 5 (News)
Leonard P. Zaikoski

Exploration A deep gorge with a stream at the bottom, just too wide to jump across.
The site of a previous battle; Who was fighting? Who won? Is it important?
A ring of trees growing in a perfect circle.
A huge, spherical rock.

I intersperse unusual but sometimes meaningless things throughout my adventures
to give my players that ‘part of a world’ feeling where not everything
revolves around them or happens because they take some action.

Interesting and unlikely geological and natural structures can make for a few
minutes interesting role-play as the characters try to figure out if the ring
of trees is a clue, a lair, a portal, or just some trees….

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 6 (News)
Lawrence R. Mead

Exploration A small town or village is also fun.
Graveyard, perhaps of some non-human race.
Unusual grove of plants, some dangerous (black lotus) some not (berries).
A lonely, but talkative Ent. (I have one in my world called the “tree of
high wizardry” ; guess why).
An old house with a still usable well.
Herds of various animals; bison, emu, even horses.
A gallows with a hanging skeleton.
A wise man (Sage) on a hill top.
A witch coven of benign witches (i.e., three old crones in a hut)
An occupied farm with some interesting problem to solve.
A burned out patch of forest,
A live volcano.

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 7 (News)
tim martin

Exploration 1. A druid of group of them.
2. One or more rangers.
3. Friendly band of adventurers
4. Friendly band of demi-humans.
5. Merchants, a caravan
6. Wandering bard or minstrel
7. Natural, real-world animals
8. Woodsmen
9. Gypsies or the equivalent
10. Friendly faerie – leprechauns, brownies, etc.

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 8 (News)

Exploration Animals you hear and not see. (wolves howling is a good one, makes PC’s

Spears stuck in the ground with skulls in the end. A candle in the skulls
make the eyes glow.

The sound of wardrums in the distance (goes good with the previously
mentioned spears)

A small pool that is actually a magic potion.

bizarre yet harmless animals that nature (as we know it) never intended.

Ants, hundreds and hundreds of ants crawling away from the PC’s creating
an open path. (if the PC’s move into or in front of the swarm this
becomes a monster encounter) only to disappear underground further up
the trail.

Mushrooms the size of trees.

A forest of treants

Have every plant be edible or have a useful purpose.

a deer with a birds nest on its antlers, a turtle with an alchemy bush
growing off its back, etc.

Puns, treant truant officers, an am-bush (a shrub that jumps out in front
of you) etc.

A giant grasshopper (possibly with riders)

An elephant the size of a cat.

A group of adventurers who are the exact doubles of your PC’s.

Goblins racing using chair with three wheels, the front wheel is hollow
and rats run inside of it to power it, he steers the chariot with his
feet. The PC’s may even bet on the races.

Weird animal variations, (green rabbits, scaled mammals, feathered
reptiles, furry birds, horned squirrels, winged fish, etc.)

Having a thing a PC accidentally ask for/wish for happen.

Have an NPC say, yeah right when pigs fly. Then use a space swine for an

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 9 (News)
Mr. Tines

Exploration A chalk figure, cut into a hillside; a riverboat – perhaps crewed, perhaps
abandoned and grounded on a shoal; and abandoned habitation.

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 10 (News)
Timothy P. Coyle

Exploration (1) The PCs are in a rocky area, a day or two after torrential rains cut
large gashes in the thin soil. If one is observant enough, one may notice
that _something_ is buried under a thin layer of mud–something with
suspiciously straight lines and sharp corners.

If the party decides to excavate, they will find a flat stone slab some 10′
on a side, inscribed with strange glyphs, some magic, others mundane yet
exotic; whatever its nature, its extreme age is obvious. If the PCs put
their minds and spells to it, they will realize that it’s some sort of AD&D
“transporter pad” (for those Trek fans out there).

Can they figure out how to operate the device? Does it still work
normally, or is it damaged? Where will it take them?

(2) The PCs’ camp is raided during the night; only food is missing, no one
is harmed, and a single pair of ogre footprints are found. The PCs decide
to track the ogre (to investigate, not to kill, at least for the moment).

If the PCs stay their weapons long enough, they will discover the
ogre’s lair–filled with cages holding sick animals, both natural and
fantastic. If the PCs play their cards right, they can gain the ogre’s
trust, help him with his charges–and gain a wealth of information and
perhaps some treasure from the good-hearted but simple-minded ogre.

Non-Monster Wilderness Encounters 11 (News)
Jon Paradise

Exploration a clearing in which stands an empty cottage. It looks as
though the owner has just stepped out. Needless to say,
said owner will not return . . .

Hunting encounters…

An encounter with an animal who looks at the party
members with a notably intelligent look, waits for
and lets the party (or an individual to) follow for
a One-line while, and then disappears.

Will o’ the Wisps whom the party never manages to

“The forest here is dark. A silence so heavy that
you can feel it seems to drape over you. Nothing
is moving, singing, chirping . . . nothing.”
You can almost HEAR the spooky music, huh?

Stereotypical encounters that turn out other than
the ordinary.

A woodsman walking through the woods with a bag of heads.

A lost dwarf, down to his last wineskin

A philosopher, out pondering the wilderness.

A madman, who tries to convince the party that he is
the King/Duke/whatever.

A large gathering of small children, with no adults in
the vicinity.

A virgin tied to a tree for a dragon sacrifice.

A dragon, muzzled and chained to the ground.

The vanguard of an army

A group of bandits.

101 Dalmatians

An animal who “adopts” a party member.

A sound of crashing through the trees, going away
from the party.

A dinosaur.

A very old blind woman with a raven on her shoulder. She
walks without bumping into anything.

A rainstorm of frogs.

A hailstorm.

An earthquake

A young goblin girl, eating a raw squirrel haunch. She’s

An incredibly peaceful nature scene… a waterfall, the
pool of which is surrounded by trees. The only thing
marring the area’s beauty are the various bones scattered around
the pool. Cause? An old hill giant, living in a cave behind the
waterfall. He’s peaceful and somewhat articulate.

Adventures at Sea
C. M. Sanyk

Affliction Jared Dahl wrote in message <>…
>Hey DMs!!
>What are some house rules/resources that you use/reference
>when you are running a campaign that takes place mainly at
>sea? Anyone have modules or mini-encounters that take
>place on the high seas?

It shouldn’t be too hard to come up with some good ones here… there’s
lots and lots of sea-folklore. The ocean is a dangerous, unforgiving, and
mysterious place. These are minor in themselves, but could develop into
something big if the party shows interest and pursues it…. Off the top
of my head…

1) Someone spots a strange looking creature(s), which no one has seen
before. Bigger things it could lead to… attempts to capture,
communicate with, observe, or learn more about these creatures… perhaps
they are just ordinary animals, or perhaps it’s a dangerous sea monster
that’s best avoided (if so you’ll probably find out the hard way)…
perhaps they have their own language, maybe even a civilization, maybe they
can offer information or advice, who knows. Perhaps the information gained
from studying/communicating with these things can be of value to a
naturalist or sage… Maybe some of the old sailors know of the things,
but are superstitious and afraid of them, don’t like talking about them,
and act strangely when they’re even mentioned… what’s going on?

2) Some debris is found floating in the water. bigger things it could lead
to… mystery: what is this thing, where did it come from, and how did it
get here? perhaps a nearby and recent shipwreck or attack–by a monster?
or by pirates? is there bad weather or a hidden hazard sinking ships in
the area? perhaps more is found, a location of a wreck, or a life-boat
with occupants, or a ship’s log. can a salvage operation be attempted?
can the danger be stopped?

3) bad weather storms, high winds and high seas… ship could risk sinking
or be damaged, people could wash overboard (and perhaps drown, perhaps be
rescued by dolphins or sea elves)…. or dead calm and a delay in travel.
crew grows increasingly bored and uneasy, supplies dwindle dangerously low
and rationing becomes stricter. perhaps magical weather control attempts
fail–strangely. what’s going on? have the gods been offended? do they
demand a sacrifice?

4) funky weather–you’ve just entered the twilight zone. Natural laws seem
to run backwards, sideways, and in spirals. Strange lights, sky is an odd
color, eerie silence and stillness, the stars move in ways they shouldn’t,
the sun sets on the wrong horizon, or doesn’t set at all, for weeks…
compasses behave strangely (if they exist) Direction-sense is scrambled,
navigation hopeless. Odd fog, rain falling up, water spouts… a rain of
mice, beetles, toads, serpents or fish… but they’re all inland or
freshwater species that live thousands of miles away(!) Sky does Van Gogh
things, Lucy with Diamonds things… Visions (meaningful? Omens?) in the
clouds that only some people can see… Then, strangely, and with no
explanation, everything returns to normal. Or does it?

could lead to…. Perhaps you find yourself to be way off course… or
that the trip has taken much longer than it seemed to.. felt like a few
weeks, but you arrive years late for your rendezvous at the destination, and
were presumed lost. You don’t even notice until the bard sings of your lost
ship’s “final voyage” and of the bold adventurers (you) “who never were to
be heard from again.” Or perhaps upon landing on the far shore, you realize
that you’re no longer even on the same planet you were on when you set
sail… your longitude and latitude are right, but nothing fits with your
maps… or maybe the geography’s all correct, but where human settlements
had long stood, there are now sand dunes… or perhaps strange (alien?)
creatures living there, and who claim to never have seen your like before.

5) ships crew becomes restless–the captain has made some questionable
decisions lately, and the crew is growing to resent him. Perhaps a mutiny
is likely. Who’s side are the players on? Is the captain a liability to
the ships safe passage? Or are the crew members right?

6) ship encounter–pirates? a fellow traveler? a ship in need? lost? low
on supplies? without a rudder or broken masts? Perhaps they have news…
or disease!

7) The entire ship is *swallowed* during the night by some IMMENSE beast.
Everything’s fine and nothing’s damaged. If anyone is on deck that night,
all they see are the stars being blacked out, as though something MASSIVE
has come between them and the ship. The ship continues to sail as normal,
and there’s even weather in the beast’s belly, and no shore is in sight…
Then, perhaps a few days later (who can tell?) the sky reveals itself again,
and now it’s a bright, clear day. Maybe the ship is completely lost (or was
it *brought* somewhere?) or perhaps it’s just outside the port of its
original destination? No matter who you tell your story to (and everyone
on the ship swears it to be true) no one believes a word of it. Could it
have all been a mass-dream or hallucination?

8) Minor mishap–a mistake in navigational measurements has put you off
course. Or perhaps someone fell from the crow’s nest, or was crushed by a
yardarm, or fell overboard and drowned. could lead to… if there’s a
fatality, there could be a ghost… especially if the body’s not put to
rest properly. maybe the ghost won’t let the ship find land again until
things have been set right, or perhaps it just makes its presence felt and
causes mischief.

9) Stow away found on board. Put on trial. What will happen to him?
What’s his story?

10) Someone has committed a crime on board, and everyone is a suspect.
It’s a mere minor theft, but the captain reacts harshly and turns everything
upside down looking for clues to see who’s the guilty party. People begin
to get paranoid, accuse each other. Maybe fights break out?

Tom Zunder

Campaign [Not a plot as such but setting ripe with many possible plots…]

Thoughts on Pheruccia, Jewel of Peronia

The city of Pheruccia is an ancient and elegant city. Once ruled by
the Dragon Kings of Ancient Queg, it has been a free and independent
city-state for some thousand years. Rulers have come and rulers have
gone, conquerors have invaded and stayed as loved kings, elders and
princes. The spires and domes, crenellations and battlements are
carved from black and yellow sand, foreign marbles and local granite
sit side by side. In the streets peoples and races from all of the
Worlde mingle in the Bazaar and the Grand Plaza.

Beneath the ground of Pheruccia lie the ruins of hundreds of years of
habitation, the ruins and foundations of buildings demolished by war,
fire and religious turmoil. Deep within these catacombs lie burial
vaults, underground temples and complexes abandoned and their very
existence forgotten.

The current ruler of Pheruccia is the Benevolent Elder of the Guilds
of Ancient Feruc, Salvatore di Luccia, aged, feared and respected
ruler. As the elected ruler of the Guilds High Council, di Luccia is
the hereditary Guildmaster of the Guild of Glovemakers, traditional
organizers of labour in the city docks. Of the seven Guilds of Feruc,
the Glovemakers and the family of di Luccia have held power in the
city for 157 years now, and their Guild Hall overlooking the Grand
Plaza is filled with the sumptuous glory of centuries of trade and

The artist Renaldo di Capelletto is currently painting an epic mural
upon the ceiling of the Glovemakers Chapel of Balanced Repose, a task
he has been employed upon for some 7 years to date. The vast domed
ceiling of the new rose marble temple, erected upon the ruins of the
previous Matchmakers Armoury, (a noted brothel and trading house), was
completed 23 years ago. It is expected that another 2 years work will
be required before the full glory can be consecrated and revealed.
People have many long standing wagers as to whether the Chapel will be
finished before Magdelena do Lattia’s epic Tower of the Balancing
Resonance is. The Tower, a Matchmaker Guild project, is pointedly
placed on a hill overlooking the Plaza. Giuseppe di Catalan has never
forgiven di Luccia for engineering the demolition of the Armoury in

The Seven Armies of Feruc, the forces of the Guilds, are an impressive
and grand site in their dress uniforms, feathered helmets and full
pikes. The musketeers of the Candlemakers’ Guild are particularly
fine, in tune with the dominance of Signorini di Malfoso’s in the
world of society couture. In their battle dress the colourful Armies
of Feruc inspire awe and strike fear into the hearts of disorganised
rabbles as they advance with their bright jerkins, proud banners and
expertly made pikes, flintlock muskets and rocket batteries. Few other
states in Peronia can withstand a pitched battle with the brave
condotterrie of Feruccia. Sad indeed that they often face each other
down in the streets of the city itself.

Feruccian merchants are the widest traveled and canny of all the
known Worlde, venturing forth in galleys, caravan trains and the
wonderfully artificed flying machines of Leonardo the Great. Exporting
the wonderful glass, artifices, meats and wines of Feruccia and the
other states of Peronia, Feruccian merchants import spices from Queg,
silk from the Southern Shore and hemp, furs and wood from the far
north. Their great skill and wisdom has allowed them to balance trade
in matters material to trade in money itself and the banques of Feruc
are famed for their fair and even handed treatment of all. Many a
princeling or potentate has kept the forces of law and order well
equipped with Feruc muskets after the beneficent loan of funds from a
Pheruccian banque.

Peoples of other races are welcome in Pheruccia, and many of the
diligent and hardworking miners, sailors and tanners of the city are
from far away. Philbians delve deep beneath the Hills of Gold, mining
the coal that keeps city folk warm in winter and drives the steam
engines that run many an artifice. In the docks many a boat is loaded,
unloaded and manned by Uth’ka’len often with the help of their loyal
six-legged Ukken beasts. It is true that many people in Pheruccia are
of indentured service, but all can strive to complete their term of
service and take their place as free citizens, subject of course to
the guiding laws of Guilds, Churches and Inquisition.

Fashions always change in upbeat Feruccia and yet some things stay the
same. Ferrucian women of decency wear their heads shaven with a simple
pony tail elegantly grown from the crown.. Men wear their hair in a
crest across the skull, often shaving back the front and back of the
head. Silks, cottons, and lace are the favoured colours of all well
born citizens. Purple is a colour worn only by nobility, in the Quegan
fashion, but reds, yellows and greens are common and loved at the
moment. Perfumes, tobacco and coffee mingle with other scents in the
meeting places and bistros across the decent parts of town. Even the
meanest street will have the fulsome scent of good Peronian wine
competing with the midden.

Food in Pheruccia is the widest and most cosmopolitan you will find
anywhere. Staples such as cornbread and rice are served by street
sellers, often with a sausage of porc or boeuf innards. At the great
feasts of the Guilds whole Sand Dragons are roasted and served with
curried Purple Moulds and deep fried Poison Mushrooms. Many a
Pheruccian table is graced with oranges, lemons and kumquats from the
Southern Shore, and the marvelous grapes of Peronia are eaten and
drunk as raisins and wine.

I have dwelled in this great city, this paragon of the city politic,
for some fifteen years now. It is a great honour that the Benevolent
Elder has suffered me as Ambassador of the City of Lattia and it is my
great pleasure to share with him this my fond memories of the city
upon my departure home.

Giacomo di Funghi,
Ambassador to the Guilds of Ancient Feruc,
Moonday of Rat in the Month of Turtle in the 1673rd Year of Feruc


Leonardo the Great

In the year of 1636 of Feruc, a young clerk in the Guild of
Glovemakers returned from his day at the docks where he recorded the
rice imports for tithe calculation. A young lad of 19 he had another
24 years left to work from his father’s indenture, inherited when his
father had died young at the age of 43.

As he sat in his mother’s kitchen waiting for his nightly gruel, he
watched as the lid on the gruel pot clattered and lifted, forced
upward by the steam from the boiling fluid. Intrigued he began to
doodle on his slate with his marker. Everyone knows the story from
then on, Leonardo had begun his career as the great artificer of Feruc
by designing the steam propellant artifice.

Grateful as any master would be, the Benevolent Elder manumitted
Leonardo’s indenture by 12 years once the Glovemakers’ Artificery had
begun the make the sophisticated steam propellant devices which power
fans, drive water screws and perform other needful tasks in the city.
Elevated now to working in the Artificery Leonardo’s skills grew
greater and greater. Combining the ancient Feruccian skill of
gunpowder with the steam propellant artifice and with the Floating
Bulbs of the Burluvian Bush, Leonardo made and flew the first
Feruccian flying artifice across the Bay of Snakes.

Now a treasured servant Leonardo invented the Cyclopedic Travelling
Engine, an interesting circus novelty, and began plans for an Undersea
Galley and a Cyclopedic Flying Ship. Sadly these and many other
devices were not completed when, in 1641, Leonardo met with an
untimely end when a Witchfinder of the Chapel of the Inquisition of
Fire mistook Leonardo for a known Chaotician. His ashes are now kept
lovignly in a corner of the yet to be completed Chapel of Balanced

Michael Gondorosso, Guild of Buttonmakers

Of lesser note but of great satisfaction to Leonardo himself are his
paintings, his poetry and his rumoured love of redheads.

Tom Zunder

Campaign [Not a plot as such but setting ripe with many possible plots…]


Fraggia is the most northern city state in Peronia. It’s lands border
on the Forest of Night, with their enclaves of Kerren, to the West and
the Ogre Hills to the East. The city is ruled by the Mask of Passing,
an anonymous figure elected from within the ranks of the Masks of
Balance, the Prelacy of the Balance in Fraggia. There is a strong
guild structure in Fraggia and the Mask of Passing holds council with
the guildmasters on city business. The Mask of Passing does have
absolute power and should he require it he can declare an Imbalance, a
time when prelate rule is declared and prelate troops may act under
sole control of the Prelacy.

The Mask of Passing, as do all Fraggian prelates, wears a full mask
at all times. The Mask of Passing is a Death’s Head, and this focus on
Death and Endings has coloured Fraggia since it’s founding as a Quegan
outpost some 900 years ago. Fraggia is a city of tall dark granite
buildings, black marble temples, gargoyles and death motifs. Like all
Peronian cities the Temple of Air is on the pre-eminent hill, the
Temple of Water in the lake created by the damning of the river and
the Fire Temple smoulders to the East of the city. The Earth Temple is
as tradition dictates, to the West of the city. In Fraggia the Earth
Temple is the Necropolis, a funerary complex of low lying dark tombs,
burial mounds and temples. The holiest temples to the Earth are deep
within the Earth, and catacombs and tunnels run through the Necropolis
and to Fraggia itself. The Necropolis itself lies outside the city
walls, and many a visitor has been pleased to find it so, it’s area is
equal to the city itself, and in the moonlight it is an eerie and
frightening ghost town. Fraggians are both feared of, embrace and
dismiss death. They both revile ghosts, spirits and ghouls and yet
also have many folk tales of how clever Fraggians have tricked the

Despite this cultural affinity with death, Fraggians are quite capable
of enjoying themselves, and once their initial formality has passed
they are friendly and welcoming. They have a strong self deprecating
humour, and practical jokes and black humour are commonplace. The
current Mask of Passing has been known to pull dark jests on the
ruling council before now, and most Fraggians are quite puzzled that
outsiders think they have no sense of humour.

Fraggian prelates all wear masks, representing their resonance’s with
the Balance. Most also have some death motif interwoven with the
symbols of fire, water, earth or air. Many lay people also wear half
cut masks, women usually only venture out in public veiled and black
is a common colour all year around. White sepulchral makeup and bone
motifs are common for both sexes, and throughout the year are many
festivals and ceremonies of the dead.

Fraggian food is rich and fulsome. Beer is drunk here, unlike most of
Peronia. Roast porc, pastries, strudels, sauerkraut and fried potatoes
are common. Fraggians adore cream and most of the shokolatt imported
from the Southern Shore ends up in Fraggia.

Fraggians have a rather egalitarian view of the worlde. They often say
‘all men are the same under the Mask’ and there is a strong sense of
unity and purpose. With ogre and Kerren raids and common occurrence
Fraggians have a strong and well funded military structure, run by the
prelacy and manned by Mask commanders. Military uniforms are dark
greens, blacks and browns, skull and bone motifs are common. Fraggian
rocketeers, who launch themselves over enemy lines riding a back
mounted rocket and then descending into enemy camps by parasol, are
the elite of the army and also the most often killed in action.

Daggers’ Tears
edward michael white

Investigation This dungeon is made for low to mid-level characters with at least one mage
and maybe one thief. The characters are summoned by the local lord to take
a look into the murders that are happening in town. Parents are being
killed and children are being orphaned. The players can investigate any
place they wish in town. The only clue at each murder is a dagger with the
hilt being the shape of a baby with a tear in it’s eye. If the players
question the children, they will see that the kids are not sad. They tell
the players they have no idea who did this deed, but they are glad that
someone has. If the players persist, they find out that the children all
have something in common. They were abused. Looking into the dagger, they
can interview the blacksmiths of town. After many interviews they come
across the lord’s blacksmith. He finally admits that the daggers are being
created by the commander of the high guards. Gortoth. When the players
approach Gortoth, he denies everything. That night another murder happens
which proves his innocence. The players can wait for another order of
daggers to be made or they can scan the town during the night. Either way
it will be many murders and many nights before they can find him. The
secret is to ask, “How is he getting info about all these kids?” Another
thing they have in common is they all go to the same church. The players
can then question the priest of the church. When approached, he gets VERY
nervous. Its obvious that this is the man. If interrogated or spells are
used, they will find out that he is working with a thief. The thief is
going in disguise and purchasing the daggers. He uses them to kill parents
that abuse their children, who the cleric finds out from the children while
they are in school. Both men are brothers who were abused as well. The
thief killed their parents causing them to be split up when young.

Good mystery dungeon. If your players like fights, throw a few bar brawls
in the campaign.

Three Witches
Tom Zunder

Quest Three kings meet to negotiate an alliance versus the common foe. That foe
employs the services of three witches who curse the kings as they meet.
Each king loses his senses save for one, one can still see, one can hear
and one can speak, but none can move. The adventurers, preferably one each
from each king’s bodyguard or retinue, must set out to lift the curse.

The sages and priests can divine (either NPCs or PCs if powerful enough)
that no army can meet this threat but that only by blinding, deafening and
rendering mute each of the witches will the senses be restored.

The location of the witches must first be divined, and a possible option
is: Entering the plane of the gods and requesting a boon from the Fates
(Norns) the three crones who weave the fate of all beings, even the gods.
They will be able to read the threads of the witches, who they see as
somewhat impudent counterparts. The Fates will require three gifts to
grant the locations.

1: A ball of thread left by a hero in the maze of a minotaur. Sad to say
the minotaur still lives and will challenge the PCs in mortal combat.

2: A golden apple dropped by a goddess when squabbles broke out over who
was loveliest. Sad to say the apple has worms, and as a giant apple the
worms are giant wyrms. Once recovered the apple will shrink to a normal
apple size.

3: The head of a gorgon, left in the desert and now used as a toy by a
giant sphinx. the sphinx will, once the authority of the PCs is revealed,
only release the gorgon’s head after 3 riddles are answered correctly.
(see the netbook of riddles). Note this is a gorgon’s head, don’t look at
it…. (Oddly enough it doesn’t affect the Sphinx)

The Fates will then divulge the positions of the witches. They will finger
the threads of the witches and reveal that the time has not come to cut
these threads. They will explain that the adventurers must complete their
quest without killing the witches.. They will give the adventurers the
thread, the apple and the gorgon’s head.

In a flash the PCs will return to the castle, no time having passed, ready
to hunt the witches.

Each witch’s lair lies three days from the castle and may be visited in any
order. The witches are:

Frankel, Witch of Sight

In a tall tower atop a moor, Frankel is guarded by harpies, gargoyles and
giant birds. The tower can only be entered from the roof and within it are
mirror traps, illusions, mists and other optical trickery. Frankel uses
magicks that can create multiple copies of her herself, invisible creatures
and spells of light and dark. If Frankel is killed then the Fates will cut
the thread of the seeing king and he will die. If Frankel is blinded in
some way (and chaining her in a dungeon with the gorgon’s head on display
would force Frankel to keep her eyes shut….) will restore sight to the
two kings who are blind, restore full senses and movement to the seeing
king BUT blind him too. (no it’s not going to be a totally happy ending is

Josel, Witch of Hearing

In a dark forest Josel is guarded by wolves, boars and howling banshees.
Living in a giant tree, Josel will use silence spells, spells of great
noise to burst eardrums and giant spiders which creep up on PCs almost
silently. She will use ventriloquism, diversions, trumpets and noise to
keep the adventurers confused. If Josel is killed the Fates will cut the
thread of the speaking king. If her hearing is taken from her (stuff the
thread in her ears and tie it to her arms so she cannot remove it?) then
hearing will be restored to the two deaf kings, restore full senses and
movement to the hearing king BUT deafen him too.

Carnel, Warlock of Hearing

In an amphitheater left by the ancients, Carnel is guarded by mages and
wizards who will cast magicks of command and control. The power of the
word will be used against the players. The drill is much the same as the
others, the apple will fit neatly into Carnel’s mouth, and the usual
effects will apply to the kings.


The kings will now be restored, although one will be blind, one dumb and
one deaf. They will unite to forge an alliance and the struggle against
the foe will continue. OR one or more of the kings are dead, and
factionalism and disunity may emerge. Either way the witches will
eventually get themselves free, (the magical curses will not return) and
the adventurers will have three foes not at all happy to let them continue


Of course the Fates may be the witches and the whole thing was a way of
moulding heroes and unity. The Fates may or may not continue to ban the
deaths of the witches.

Paladin’s Dark Day…
edward michael white

Investigation Dungeon for 4-6 players, 6-10 level.

As the party is walking along on the country side, they come across two
paladins fighting side by side. As soon as the players take up arms to help
them fight these two fire giant, one of the large hammers meets the head of
one of the paladins’. The blow kills the paladin instantly. At that time,
the other paladin goes into a flying rage. After the Giants are dead, the
live paladin rips off his helmet and grabs the limp body. The person he is
grabbing is his wife. The head is completely crushed and there is nothing
they can do. If the players have some way of getting her back, have it
fail. Failed system shock or something like that. At that time the players
can help the paladin finish his mission, which was to stop a group of
trolls from harming a nearby village. During the mission, the players will
see a change in the paladin’s attitude. He starts to pout, gets short with
the players. He walks off into the woods alot alone. One day he attacks the
mage with full force. The players can try to subdue him, but it’s taking
more time to get him down and the mage will start to need healing. At that
time, a final blow will kill the paladin. Right when that happens, a laugh
is heard and a pit fiend appears. He nods and thanks you for doing his job.

The pit fiend was forbidden to get close to the paladins. But since one of
them is dead and the other started to turn to the dark side (sorry could’t
help myself) he was able to convince the paladin that he could bring back
his wife if he could get rid of the mage in your party. An impossible feat
due to the parties’ power. He takes the limp body and dissappears. The
players will feel bad, but what can they do? They continue on and meet up
with a group of three. The one in the lead is Tara. She is a paladin. She
is also the wife of Esgar, paladin that the players just killed. The
paladin they thought was her, was not her, but a doppleganger. She was
taken by a group of priests who worship the vile creature that took Esgar’s
body. She escaped with the help of these two comrades and now is looking
for her husband.

You’ll love the way the players will sqirm. They can explain and she may
respond with a little anger, but she understands. She would like your help
on getting him back. The people she is with has the ability to get to his
body. The players can join them, but they won’t have alot of fun.

Dragon’s Wishes
edward michael white

Draco-Lich This is a high level dungeon for players that are 12th level plus. The
number of players can be anywhere from 4-6.

The players are called to help a town from a dragon that has been attacking
with terrible force. The players are known as heroes throughout the land
and of course will help the player. They spend the next few days waiting.
Nothing. They spend a few more days searching. Nothing. They begin to
wonder if the dragon has gone away. They come across finally on a large
cave. Inside the cave is a group of men sitting around a fire. The cave
smells horrible. Rotting behind the group is the dragon that has been
terrorizing the town. Seems like someone has beatin them to the punch. They
approach the other party and find out that they are thieves. Why did they
kill the dragon? Why would they care about the town? Maybe the dragon has a
large hoard of treature? But, where is this treasure? The thieves scatter
as the corpse comes to life. The players are introduced to a Draco-Lich for
the first time.

The thieves were hired by the dragon to take certain items in the city
while he attacked. The dragon caused the confusion, and the thieves did
their job. The dragon will attack without regards to the thieves. If they
get hurt in the crossfire, oh well.

Bottle in the Sea
C. M. Sanyk

Investigation This goes along the lines of finding floating debris. Instead of
wreckage or junk, however, a bottle is discovered, floating in the water.
This could just be an ordinary bottle, of clear, colored, or opaque glass,
and it may contain a clue in a mystery or small item. It could have an
S.O.S. or other sort of message inside, or a treasure map, or something more
exotic, such as a bound spirit, demon, or djinn. Perhaps a wizard has
cursed an entire ship, shrinking it magically and placing it in the bottle,
and then casting it out into the ocean, doomed to float about at the mercy
of the tides until such time as it is discovered and some means of rescue is
devised. At this point, the PCs may have a new vessel in their fleet, or
else great gratitude and reward from the sailors, should they still be
alive. This may also be an effective way of introducing a spelljammer
vessel into the campaign, if one uses that setting.

It could also be a magic item… suggestions for an bottle of endless
smoke or endless water might be good (if it’s a particularly *ancient*
decanter of endless water, this item could in fact be the *source* for the
body of water the party is currently travelling on… if so, they may need
to find a way to shut the water off, so that the flooding does not cover the
entire continent. Of course, shutting off the water source may also result
in major geographical changes over the long term (if all the water runs off
from a large, artificially-created river or lake for example, revealing an
unexplored bed, possibly with all kinds of ruins to be discovered… along
with *deep* mud

Alexander Forst-Rakoczy
Karl Foederl Str. 3
A-3032 Eichgraben

Dungeons and Dragons Random Encounters Netbook

Dungeons and Dragons Random Encounters Netbook

The Dungeons and Dragons Random Encounters Netbook is from the old Usenet/Fidonet archives. It created in the 90s for AD&D (Second Edition,) specifically. But was meant to be backwards compatible. Even better, this particular netbook was very generic – making it useful for just about any Dungeons and Dragons game including 5th Edition. It can also easily be used to kick off a plot in any other game system.

Like all the Netbooks I’m posting here, this is merely a backup meant to share these with other people. No copyright claims are made. Please visit the original archive!

DnD Ochre Jelly Drawing
Picture by LadyofHats


ADMIN: This book is designed to hold random encoutners. Once enough
encoutners are added, you will be able to select an area, and then
roll for random encounters. It is more detailed than just plain
monsters, and gives leads into more adventures if the party wants
to pursue the possibilities. Use as you like! Distribute as you like!
All I ask is that you keep the authors and contributors with any
version you post. Thanks and enjoy! JMD

Author: Joseph DuBois (Scooby) Lost Net Access
Jared Thaler (
Jeff Hildebrand (
Matt Carlson ( (
ShadowMaster (

{ ADMIN: To Spur a little Creativity (rather than arguing about rules) }
{ I am posting (1/day) a new encounter that can be added to any }
{ campaign. The encounters are designed to be short quick }
{ events you can add without much thought. The encoutners are }
{ such that you can modify them to fit any level campaign. }
{ ADMIN: Some of the posts might look familiar, this is in case any }
{ players read this post they wont recognize the encounter and }
{ should not be able to respond to a set encounter. Similar }
{ encounters will be denoted by the NEW code extension (y). If }
{ an encounter has future or similar encounters it will be }
{ denoted by the extension xxxxxx1, xxxxxx2… }
{ ADMIN: I do not have the manuals with me most of the time so if I go }
{ against them, your options are (KEEP/CHANGE/DELETE)! }
{ }
{ The format is as follows: }
{ TITLE: Title of Encounter }
{ OVERVIEW: Quick overview of the encounter }
{ TRIGGER: How the encounter starts (What starts it) }
{ DESCRIPTION: Description of what the PC’s see/here }
{ DM NOTES: Notes to the DM }
{ KEY: Leads into future encounters/adventures }
{ }
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{ x2xx###y (Dungeon) }
{ x3xx###y (Forest) }
{ x4xx###y (Mountain) }
{ x5xx###y (Plains) }
{ x6xx###y (Bad Lands) }
{ x7xx###y (Swamp) }
{ x8xx###y (Wild Space/Sky) }
{ x9xx###y (Phlogiston/Sky) }
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{ xx1x###y (Water/Port/Lake/Sea/River) }
{ xx2x###y (Artic) }
{ xx3x###y (Desert) }
{ xx4x###y (Tropical) }
{ xx5x###y (Road/Path/Bridge) }
{ xx6x###y (Temperate) }
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TITLE: xxx###y-aaaaa ()

TITLE: 11000010-The Book of Demons (Planet/City/Any/Any, Cursed Object)
OVERVIEW: A thief will try to pawn off a book on the party that
has an entrapped demon bound in its pages.
TRIGGER: The women will try to sell the book to who ever wants to buy it.
She will start by asking 10,000 for the book, but will go as low as 100. She
wants to get some cash so she can leave the city. She will tell them that she
found it in a vault in the sewer.
DESCRIPTION: While walking down the street you see what appears to be a women
dressed in robes waving you over to the alley. Strung over her back is a bound
leather sack.
DM NOTES: The book does radiates a strong magic. Inside the book is a demon
that has been trapped by a powerful wizard. When freed the demon can do one
of two things. Perform an action for the PC’s for freeing it, or it could be
very pissed off and attack the PC’s (This is left upto the DM) The demon will
be freed by opening the book. The book is a heavy book with metal bindings,
and a gold lock keeping it closed(12 gp). She will tell the party that it
teaches you how to summon demons and control them.
KEY: The wizard who is owner of the book is tracking the book. He sees
the PC’s with the books and will hunt them down. Or if the PC’s let the demon
go he will request that they capture it back.

TITLE: 11000011-The Demons Book (Planet/City/Any/Any, Cursed Object)
OVERVIEW: A Demon will try to pawn off a book on the party that will
ensnare and teleport the party to the demons lair.
TRIGGER: The women (demon in disguise) will try to sell the book to who
ever wants to buy it. She will start by asking 1,000 for the book, but will go
as low as 100. The demon wants to sell the book so he can ensnare the party
and use their souls.
DESCRIPTION: While walking down the street you see what appears to be a women
dressed in robes waving you over to the alley. Strung over her back is a bound
leather sack. She is wearing an amulet (that radiates magic) and a small black
dagger stuck in her belt.
DM NOTES: The book does radiates a strong magic. The women will open the
book briefly to show that there is magical writing inside it, but then close
it before they get the chance to read it. After the book is sold the women
leaves (goes back to its lair). When the party starts to read the book it
teleports all within 10′ radius down to the demons lair. The lair is deep
below the city (under the sewers). It is hot and steamy and water(sewer)
seeps down the walls. A red fire light comes from a pit in the center of the
room, next to which the demon is standing. He smiles at the party and then
says “Welcome”. After which he attacks. [Note: this should be for a higher
level party. If not you can have a group of adventures save the party from
the demon. (they were hunting it)]. There is a small chest with treasure in
it from previous people teleported in.
KEY: If the party escapes out through the sewers the demon might
try to hunt them down, or send minons after them.

TITLE: 11000012-The Farmers Book (Planet/City/Any/Any, Cursed Object)
OVERVIEW: A Demon has pawned off a book on a local farmer that will
ensnare and teleport everyone within a set of wards to thy demons lair.
TRIGGER: The party hears a crier (or sees a sign) proclaiming that
the long lost blessed book of ______ has been found! Any who hear its
words will be blessed by fortune and be purged of all evil, etc etc etc,
this is really a clever ploy by the demon to get as many people to come
to the square and hear the farmer read the book, the deamon has placed
magic wards around the square.
DESCRIPTION: While walking down the street you see a young man walking down
the street reading from a scroll in a loug voice, as he approaches you
can here him speak,
“…Eternal Fortune, Wealth, Prosperity, Long life. Those wishing
to hear the words of the eternal, come to the city square at noon
tommorow where the sun shall bless all and all sin will be stripped
from your soals. Those who hear the words from the Blessed Book are
forever blessed. The book may be read but once, then it will return
to it’s creator. Come all and be blessed with Eternal Fortune…”
The criers voice fades as he moves out of sight.
DM’s Notes The “Blessed Book is actually a powerful magic item that
teleports all within a set of magical signs down to the demons lair.
The lair is deep below the city (under the sewers). It is hot and steamy
and water(sewer) seeps down the walls. A red fire light comes from a pit
in the center of the room, next to which the demon is standing. He smiles
at the party and then says “Welcome”. After which he attacks. [Note: this
should be for a higher level party. If not you can have a group of
adventures save the party from the demon. (they were hunting it)]. There
is a small chest with treasure in it from previous people teleported in.
KEY: If the party escapes out through the sewers the demon might
try to hunt them down, or send minons after them. Remember, not only will
the party be fighting to survive, they must rescue all these people and
take them from the abyss after the deamon is defeated, the demon
should retire to avoid total defeat, and the party may have to chase it
and subdue it to get it to send them ALL back (if the just say send us
back, the speaker and two people close to him may get sent back, but no
one else! Remember it is going to twist anything it can. (It should offer
them payment to leave and forget. Meaning it literaly strips the memory
of the entire incident from them.)
POSTED BY: Jared Thaler (

TITLE: 11000013-The Magic Book (Planet/City/Any/Any, Book of Infinite Spells)
OVERVIEW: A thief will try to pawn off a book on the party that is
actually a book of infinite spells
TRIGGER: The women will try to sell the book to who ever wants to buy it.
She will start by asking 10,000 for the book, but will go as low as 100. She
wants to get some cash so she can leave the city. She will tell them that she
found it in a vault in the sewer.
DESCRIPTION: While walking down the street you see what appears to be a women
dressed in robes waving you over to the alley. Strung over her back is a bound
leather sack.
DM NOTES: The book is a Book of Infinite Spells. It was stolen from a local
mage (who will be very pissed off). To limit the balance in getting the book
for such a small value, have many of the pages be blank.
KEY: The wizard who is owner of the book is tracking the book. He sees
the PC’s with the books and will hunt them down. One of the pages could have
a curse on the page, Thus when the PC uses that page (looks like a fly spell)
s/he is cursed. Thus an adventure to remove curse or find out what it is.

TITLE: 11000014-The Magic Absorbing Book (Planet/City/Any/Any, Cursed Book)
OVERVIEW: A thief will try to pawn off a book on the party that is
actually a book of infinite spells, but it sucks the spells out of any
mage who uses it.
TRIGGER: The women will try to sell the book to who ever wants to buy it.
She will start by asking 10,000 for the book, but will go as low as 100. She
wants to get some cash so she can leave the city. She bought it from a man
that was about to die. He said is was valuable, but does not know its true
DESCRIPTION: While walking down the street you see what appears to be a women
dressed in robes waving you over to the alley. Strung over her back is a bound
leather sack.
DM NOTES: The book is a Book of Infinite Spells that instead of allow a
mage to cast spells from it, actually absorbes spells currently memorized by
the mage. If a mage that has no spells currently memorized, then it will allow
the mage to cast the spell on the current page, just as a book of infinite
spells would.
KEY: None

TITLE: 11000020-Mistaken Identity (Planet/City/Any/Any, Accussed)
OVERVIEW: A local nodel was robbed in his coach about an hour ago, and
sees the party. He thinks that one of the members looks like the assailents
and calls for the local guard.
TRIGGER: A merchant walking down the street see the party and stops to
look at them when they walk by. A few steps past he turns and yells Thief!
DESCRIPTION: (Roll 1d6 [1/2 needed] to notice man looking at you) You notice
a man dressed infine clothes stop along side of the road and look your way.
As you pass by him he stares closely at your party. A few steps pass he yells
“Thief!” and points a finger at you! He then starts yelling for the local
guard. (Which are within hearing range)
DM NOTES: The noble is a local respected man. He actually thinks that
the group is part of the robbery team(or at least one member). If the PC’s
try to confront him before the guards get there he moves away. After the
gurads come in the ask the noble to tell them whats wrong. If the PC’s
attack the guards more guards will come and they will be thrown in jail,
or have to escape town! When the Nobel tells the guard of what he thinks
he mentions that the one he thinks is the guy/girl he says that he saw
a tatoo on his left hand. That will clear the PC’s if they dont have a
tatoo. If they do they have a tatoo THEY have to prove their innocence.
KEY: PC’s are hunted by the noble (if they flee). PC’s are bought
dinner as an appolgy and asked if they would help find the robbers (If they
are proved innocent)

TITLE: 12000010-Faster,Stronger,Better! A Kobold??? (Planet/Dungeon/Any/Any, Super Kobold)
OVERVIEW: A kobold looking for trouble accosts the party. He’s
tougher than he looks!
TRIGGER: The party is walking along a dungeon when they come across
a kobold decked out in plate mail (a little to big, was for a dwarf) and
long sword (used two handed).
DESCRIPTION: The party is walking along a dungeon and a lone Kobold decked
out in plate mail and wielding a long sword like a two handed sword comes
around the corner. He looks surprised and runs back out of view. The party
members should scoff at this. But then the Kobold comes screaming around the corner in a charge at the party. The party will notice that the Kobold is a
strange color of blue now and no longer struggles carrying the armor.
DM NOTES: The Kobold is a particulaly large specimen. So much so that he
can wear A Dwarfs Plate mail but barely. This guy had the fortune to come
across a Dwarf that and fallen victem to a deadly trap. The Dwarf had lot’s
of loot on him. Specifically a ring and lots of potions. The Kobold sipped
a few of the potions luckly surviving the miscablility table results. But
he did figure out what most of them did. The potions he found were: A Potion
of Storm Giant strength, A Potion of Super Heroism, A Potion of Speed. The
Ring he now wears is a vampiric ring of The Kobold has swollowed all of the
potions at once! He now has 34 HP, He now moves 12 instead of 6, Attacks 2
times around with a THAC0 of 15, Doing d8+12 points of damage with each attack
He can lift 1235 pounds so can easily pick up characters and through them.
The Super Heroism will wear off in 14 round so his THAC0 will drop to 20 but
the damage stays the same. The only side effect due to the miscibility is a
strange color of blue to the skin. This is permanent though other effects
will wear off. The DM may choose to make the miscibility a lethal combination
and the Kobold will die if the party can’t handle this.
KEY: When the party is feeling particularly cocky and will scoff at
attacking a lone kobold.
POSTED BY: ShadowMaster (

TITLE: 13000010-Road Side Encounter (Planet/Forest/Any/Any, Treants)
OVERVIEW: While camping by the road one night not far from a town the PCs are
attacked by 3 Evil Treants.
TRIGGER: The treants wait till the PCs are asleep. Middle of night and any
fires are put out.
DESCRIPTION: (Durnig a watch) You feel a light breeze. The sound of tree
branches swaying in the wind. You think you see somthing move in the dim
moon light, you strain your eyes, but it turns out to be only a tree.
You turn your head back to check on the resting group, when you are
struck from behind…
DM NOTES: The treants will attack from all sides trying to seperate the party
into the dark woods. There are also 3 wolves close by hunting in the night if
the PC’s gain too much of an advantage too quickly.
KEY: Stuck within the hollow of one of the treants is a scroll case.
Inside is a map (DM supply map) to a treasure site.

TITLE: 14200010-Just in Time (Planet/Mountain/Artic/Any, Frozen Treasure)
OVERVIEW: While the party is travelling the come across another group
of adventures, that have met with a different fate!
TRIGGER: Travelling in some artic mountains the party comes across a
group of frozen adventures.
DESCRIPTION: As you make your way across the white baren snow you notice
a dark colored mound about 30′ ahead of you. [After Investigating] After
digging at the snow you come across a charred wood shelter. Most of the
wood has obviously burned away, but yet the snow covering the shelter
formed a bubble. Thus you devise that the fire happened after the snow
covered it. Inside the burnt out shelter you see the corpse of two dead
humanoids. The one body is wearing platemail and the second body is
lying ontop of a wooden box. Inside the box you find the diary of the
wizard “Zarule”.
DM NOTES: It was a fight between two wizards and a fighter. They had
recently found (while exploring) a powerful magic item. The item was
cursed, which turned one mage against the other two. One night while
they were camping, he put up a Wall of Force in a dome just as the other
mage was casting a Fire Ball. The snow fell on the Wall of Force and
created the snow dome. Also hidden within the shelter the party will
find a few provisions. These can be anything that will aid the party
if they are stranded.
KEY: The Party might want to go after the other wizard to try
to get the item. Or take revenge for the dead wizard and fighter.
DIARY NOTES: The cold is killing us. If we had not found the “Tooth of
Varlen” the other day I think I would of killed Jofa myself….Jofa is
changing. He wont let the tooth out of his hand and his eyes are falling
into their sockets…

TITLE: 14000020-Crash Landing (Planet/Mountain/Any/Any, Wyvern Down)
OVERVIEW: An injured wyvern is found that has stolen a chest from
a passing caravan.
TRIGGER: While travelling in the mountains(preferably not on a popular
road or path)
DESCRIPTION: While travelling in the mountains you hear some noises off
to your side. [A few seconds later] You hear the noises again. It seems
to be coming from over behind some rocks. [If they investigate] You climb
over a few large boulders and before you, you see in somewhat of a crumpled
mess a small dragon. And its staring right at you! It apparently is a bit
injured, because there is blood scattered about the rocks around it, and
its far wing is bent over in a way that it should not be! Also several bolts
and arrows are pertruding from its scales!
DM NOTES: The wyvern(not dragon) had attacked a caravan that was passing
a few miles away. It was for the most part successful, in that it grabbed
a large chest off on of the wagons, but it was severely injured. It was
able to fly away from the caravan, but crashed here in the moutains. The
chest is beneeth it. It can only use its mouth attack if the party stays
in front, otherwise it can use its tail from behind. (because its injured
only give it 1/3 of its hit points) If the party kills it and search under
it they will find the chest. It has broken open and there are 250gp, 120pp,
and 2 gems worth 100gp each. Also in a another smaller chest is a crown
worth 2500gp. The crown has a sigel on it of a local nobel. It was being
given as a gift to another nobel as a wedding dowry. If returned the local
nobel will be a good friend (future favors) and pay them 500gp total. If
they try to sell it there is a 25% chance that it is reckonize it and be
reported to the authorities as thieves! If for some chance they save the
wyvern (It is a true neutral being) then it will gladly give the party the
chest, and all, plus it will return back to its lair, and give them each
a small magic item (wand [few charges], ring +1, sword +1, etc…).
KEY: They could be arrested as theives. The wyverns mate will
definitly want revenge against those who killed it.

TITLE: 14000021-Crashed, but not out! (Planet/Mountain/Any/Any, Dragon Down)
OVERVIEW: An injured dragon is found that has stolen a chest from
a passing caravan.
TRIGGER: While travelling in the mountains(preferably not on a popular
road or path)
DESCRIPTION: While travelling in the mountains you hear some noises off
to your side. [A few seconds later] You hear the noises again. It seems
to be coming from over behind some rocks. [If they investigate] You climb
over a few large boulders and before you, you see in somewhat of a crumpled
mess a small dragon. And its staring right at you! It apparently is a bit
injured, because there is blood scattered about the rocks around it, and
its far wing is bent over in a way that it should not be! Also several bolts
and arrows are pertruding from its scales!
DM NOTES: The dragon was recovering a chest that was stolen from its
lair by an evil adventuring party. It was for the most part successful,
in that it was able to recover the chest, but it was severely injured. It was
able to fly away from the caravan, but crashed here in the moutains. The
chest is beneeth it. It can only use its mouth attack if the party stays
in front, otherwise it can use its tail from behind. (because its injured
only give it 1/3 of its hit points) If the party kills it and search under
it they will find the chest. It has broken open and there are 250gp, 120pp,
and 2 gems worth 100gp each. Also in a another smaller chest is a crown
worth 2500gp. A wand of magic missles (5 charges) is hidden in the bottom of
the chest! If for some chance they save the dragon, then it will gladly give
the party the chest.
KEY: The party might be in need of a friendly dragon in the future.
(eg: an evil dragon attacks the party and the gold dragon comes to the save
the party)
POSTED BY: This idea was actually from another poster, forgot his name.
If he sends it to me I will make sure to include it in the net book! Sorry!

TITLE: 14000022-Fake Injury (Planet/Mountain/Any/Any, Dragon Trap)
OVERVIEW: An red dragon is polymorphed as a gold dragon that is hurt. It
is trying to lure the party close so it can attack by suprise!
TRIGGER: While travelling in the mountains(preferably not on a popular
road or path)
DESCRIPTION: While travelling in the mountains you hear some noises off
to your side. [A few seconds later] You hear the noises again. It seems
to be coming from over behind some rocks. [If they investigate] You climb
over a few large boulders and before you, you see in somewhat of a crumpled
mess a small dragon. And its staring right at you! It apparently is a bit
injured, because there is blood scattered about the rocks around it, and
its far wing is bent over in a way that it should not be! Also several bolts
and arrows are pertruding from its scales!
DM NOTES: The dragon is actually polymorphed into a gold dragon that looks
hurt, but is not. It wants to lure the party in to try to get a suprise attack
on it.
KEY: There is no treasure local, but its lair is on the other side
of the mountain (10% chance of finding if not a ranger). Its mate is very,
very pissed off!

TITLE: 15000010-Stampede! (Planet/Plains/Any/Any, Animal Stampede)
OVERVIEW: Stampeding Buffalo’s through party
TRIGGER: Party can either be travelling or camping, and the Buffalo
stampede path runs into party!
DESCRIPTION: Off in the distance you hear a low thunder! You look in the
direction of the sound and you see a set of low clouds moving your way.
[A few minutes later] As the thunder grows louder and the clouds move
closer you see a small black object moving along the ground towards you!
[Let party take action] As it moves even closer you notice that its not
just one object, but rather a mass of objects (animals) running! Stampede!
DM NOTES: The stampede was started by a vilian who is charging the
buffalo towards a local town. The party should have a few rounds to either
try to get out of the way (not likly because they are running in a long line)
or prepare for the charge. If the party is unprotected when the buffalos
arrive they will be trampled. (15d6 damage). They party can try to divert
the buffalos away by scaring (casting spells in front of them. (reduce the
charging damage by 1d6 for each spell level cast (eg: Fireball will reduce
damage by 3d6 if cast before they reach party) (for lower level party just
reduce the damage) (also illusions will work) The stampeding buffalos will
run past party in the direction of a town. Above the stampede (in the air)
is a wizard that is hearding the buffalos towards the town. He is behind the
dust cloud so is hard to see (Even if they are looking up!). [If want to
change buffalos to a more exotic creatures – go ahead]
KEY: This is a good feeder, in that if the party is heading towards
the town that is in the path; then the town will be in ruins when the party
finally reaches it. The towns folk will try to hire the party to find out
what caused the stampede. A few locals might have seen the wizard floating
in the sky and then head off the way he came.

TITLE: 17000010-Hand of Silver (Planet/Swamp/Any/Any, Magic Found)
OVERVIEW: The party comes across a group of dead adventures, where
they find a magical hand.
TRIGGER: While travelling through a swamp the party stumbles across
an old battle site.
DESCRIPTION: Wading through the swamp you see dry land up ahead. A few
fallen logs and a large dead stump pertrude from the dry mound. As you get
closer you notice a fallen body lying behind one of the logs. Looking
around you then notice several arrows stuck in trees. Walking towards the
earth mound you stumble over a submerged body of a warrior. Trecking up
onto the mound you notice two other bodies lying face down in the mud.
DM NOTES: This was an adventuring party that was attacked by a local
group of lizardmen. They have stripped the bodies of anything valuable. If
the party searches the bodies, they find a fighter that has a left hand
covered with a long glove. If they remove the glove the see a silver hand
attached just above the wrist. The hand is made of pure silver. If it is
removed from the body it immediatly attaches itself to the holder replacing
the left arm(75%) or right arm(25%). If either hand is already missing it
will replace that one first. Once attached(old limb is severed off and falls
to the ground) it cannot be taken off until death. It functions as a normal
hand with no penalties at all. It has a normal strength of weilder, but
is conductive of electricity giving the wearer a minus two (-2) to saves
vs electrical attacks. In return it is immune to fire of any type. This is
the hand only and does not confer it to the wearer. In a hand attack it
acts as a silver weapon +1 and does 1d4+1 damage.
KEY: The lizardmen that attacked the first party might attack the
party. There is a local lizardman tribe close by.

TITLE: 21100010-Last Survivor (Spelljammer/City/Port/Any, Setup)
OVERVIEW: Illithids set a trap for an adventuring group
TRIGGERS: PC’s approach the sailor
DESCRIPTION: At the bar you see a drunken sailor stooped on a stool leaning
over the end of the bar. His mug is half full and most of what he is drinking
he spills over himself. Every once in a while he raises his head and yells
“Illithids boarding us captain!” or “The helms out captain, Were going down”
DM NOTES: If the PC’s approach the sailor and start talking to him. He will
tell them how he was aboard the “Fast Approach” passing by a nearby asteroid
field with a cargo of fine silks, and paintings when a illithid ship attacked
them from behind a asteroid. The battle was going OK until the illithids used
there probability travel to board the “Fast Approach”. The ship went down on
a asteroid. Barth. The sailor was soon rescued by a passing elven man-a-war.
None of the cargo was recovered. (In fact the illithids reprogrammed Barths
mind to think of that story. There is no ship. The illithids are just waiting
for a group of adventures to try to find the cargo. where they can attack.)
KEY: Barth (if healed of brin wash) actually knows of a lost ship

TITLE: 30000010-The Traveller (Any/Any/Any/Any, Time Traveller)
OVERVIEW: The traveller meets the party the first time.
TRIGGER: The party can be doing anything, from resting to fighting,
and it can occur any where from an alley to a forest to a mountain top.
DESCRIPTION: All of a sudden you see a bright light appear about 10′
in front of you. When the light dims you see a spherical bubble with a
man sitting in a metal chair that has all types of contraptions mounted
on the sides… He looks and you for a moment then says greetings..
DM NOTES: This is a time/space traveller, that can be used in an
on-going campaign. (This should be the first meeting though) The traveller
created a time/space warp machine that allows him to travel around to
different universes/spheres/worlds/times. The only problem is that he can
never leave the bubble except in his own time. He does have a built in
transporter that allows him to transfer non-living objects (no larger than
a basket ball) in and out of the bubble. He will greet the party and ask
the usual questions as where he is/ who they are/ what is happening/ what
has happened/ etc… He is a historian that wants to see all time. He
does not age while in the bubble.
KEY: If they are friendly he will give them a communicator
that will allow the party to talk one way to him through time/space. This
will allow him to know what is happening, and if need be(or wants) he
can come back and view the time-line. This can be a help for the party/DM
in that sometimes he can tell what the future is like because of a certain
action the party might be taking. Thus killing off the Kobolds will eventually
destroy mankind… Or he might be able to tell what happened in the past as
to give the party reference to some point. He will not(because he cant) go
to a specific time/place (thus the party can’t ask him to check out something
in the future and then tell them what happens) He can only do general time/
space shifts. Thus you (DM) can have him appear when you want, and have him
check up on the party. Or he can come back and tell them what has happened
or what would of happened if they did a certain action. (eg: The party asks
him to check out an action they are about to perform. He leaves, then 20 days
later he might appear and tell them what actually happened, or what might of
happened if they did it in the opposite action, He went to a different reality
to find out what happened)

TITLE: 30500010-You met a what? (Any/Any/Road/Any, Dragon Encounter)
OVERVIEW: The party is travelling along a road/path when they meet up
with a polymorphed dragon.
TRIGGER: The dragon approaches the party. He is sitting along side the
road that the party is travelling on.
DESCRIPTION: While travelling along the road you see an lone figure sitting
on a rock along side the road. As you approach you notice that its an old
man. As you get even nearing he raises his head and looks your way. Beside
him you notice a small sack and a quarter staff lying on the ground.
DM NOTES: The old man is actually a polymorphed dragon. He has a lair
not far from hear and from time to time checks out his land. He does this
by chagining into a travelling man/women or animal and travels along the
roads. If people are nice to him then he lets them go on their way, otherwise
if they seem rude or hostile then he leaves the party and watches them from
a distance. If they harm anyone then he will try to interfer. First he will
try to do it without getting directly involved, but if that doesn’t work then
he may make an appearence. (only if he knows he cant get killed). If they are
nice to him then he will travel along the road with them for a day or two and
then depart heading into the woods.
KEY: If the party is nice (or maybe just one or two of them) he could
become an ally. He will not reveal himself to be a dragon, but as a old wizard.
He may tell the party of a local area of trouble (orcs/raiders) or something
where they could collect the treasure.

TITLE: 31000010-Illegal Ore Cargo. (Any/City/Any/Any, Smugglers)
OVERVIEW: Smuggling of illegal cargo into a city
TRIGGER: The group of smugglers see the PC’s as they pass the alley and
are afraid that they are the local police. Thus they drop the Box. If the
PC’s ignore it they come back in ten minutes and finish the move.
DESCRIPTION: The PC’s are walking past an alley when the see several figures
down the alley moving a heavy box. The figures notice the PC’s and drop the
box and run!
DM NOTES: If the PCs explore the alley they wil find that the box has broken
open. The figures that were carrying the box are all gone. (Though they will
soon return with a total of 8 men [appropriate level for a good fight] – They
thought the PC’s were town guards) Inside the box is a large quantity of rare
ore from a local (planet/island) that is protected from trade agreements. If
try to sell the ore the will be arrested. The ore if processed will make a
+1 steel for making weapons, but has a green tint to it. and is easy to
enchant (thus it is valuable).
KEY: If the PC’s report the metal to the local authorities they will
ask the PC’s to explore the local (planet/island) to find the base that has
exporting the metal illegally.

TITLE: 31000020-Food for Naught (Any/City/Any/Any, Food Poisoning)
OVERVIEW: PC’s are eating at a local establishment where nobles and
dignitaries frequent. The food is poisoned!
TRIGGER: The PC’s are eating at the establishment, there are also several
local nobles currently at the establishment.
DESCRIPTION: Your meal arrives and you start eating when you notice a man fall
from his chair seated at the table to your side. The man sitting next to him
grabs his throat and starts to choke. You look down at your food and wonder?
DM NOTES: The food is intended to poison the local nobles and kill them. If
the PC’s make their save they are not effected by the poison (if they are high
level then make the save with a minus). If they fail the save then they start
to choke and in 10+1d10 rounds they will die. It will be easy if the party
has a cleric in the group, otherwise you might want to put a church down the
street that has the ability to save them. But make it cost them! Either a
favor to the church or a large amount of money. (NOTE: This is not intended
to kill the PC’s just a fun encounter, but stupid thinking never stops death!)
If they also save the Nobels that have eaten the poison they will reward the
party with a 100gp (total) and ask them to find the would-be killers.
KEY: If the PC’s save the nobles they will ask/hire them to search
out who poisoned the food. Or the PC’s may think that it was an arch villian
that tried to poison them.

TITLE: 31000030-Lions, Hamsters and Gnomes, Oh-my! (Any/City/Any/Any, Escape)
OVERVIEW: A Gnome circus is in town and the Giant Space Hamsters have
broken out of their cages.
TRIGGER: Three giant space hamsters have broken out of their cages, and
have started destroying everything around them.
DESCRIPTION: From down the street you hear faint yells! A few seconds later
the yells get louder and several scared mothers grab their children and head
for the small allyways. You then see two large fury creatures bounding towards
you! Further down the street you see another large fury creature knocking over
a caged wagon! A few seconds later two lions jump oout of the broken wagon
and attack the fury creature(sort of looks like a large 10′ tall mouse!). An
unfortunate mother and child get knocked to the ground in the scramble!
DM NOTES: The local Gnome circus is in town along with their famous giant
space hamsters. Someone has unlocked the cage they were in and they have
started causing alot of trouble! Two are bounding down the street trying to
get away, while the third is attacking the lion cage wagon that was next to
them. If left alone the hamster will be able to kill one of the lions, but
the other lions will finish of the hamster in 2d4 rounds. The child will
most likely die if not saved! (Good instigator for a paladin) The other two
hamsters will charge down the streets knocking over wagons, carts, booths
until either cornered or sedated (prefered by the gnomes) or killed! Gnomes
are running all about trying to get ropes on both the lions and lone hamster
while a crew of 4 head of after the two escaping!
KEY: Circus Owners want the party to try to find out who let the
hamsters escape! They will pay 100gp per head who help!

TITLE: 31000040-Lots of Land (Any/City/Any/Any, Land)
OVERVIEW: Local merchant selling land, that may not be available!
TRIGGER: Party is in the merchant district/bazar and a man from a
booth calls them over.
DESCRIPTION: Walking down the busy street you hear the usual sellers
screams and shouts! Then above all you hear a booming voice “Hey Fine
Sir!” “Hey Fine Sir!”, as you look to see where the voice is coming you
notice a fat gentlemen standing behind a stand! Layed across the top of
the stand you see various maps and drawing. Catching his eye he waves
you over towards his stand.
DM NOTES: The merchants name is Valorous. He is selling land deeds!
Valorous actually has proper deeds to MOST (not all) of his land. He
sells the deeds as squaters rights (the buyers have to establish a fixed
building on the land). The problem is that he is selling multiple deeds
to the same lot. Thus you can have several owners trying to setup on
the same land. Also musch of the land is very hostile in that there are
raiders, monsters, etc out there. There is a 20% chance that the lot of
land is false (either does not exist or does not leagally have the rights
to sell the land). (There is a 30% chance that the land is legal, but is
worth less. Swamp!)
KEY: If the land is false then the party may try to hunt down
Valorous (he has moved onto the next town/city). Or they might try to
establish a land holding. (I would make the land very hostile) This would
lead to the party trying to clear the land.

TITLE: 31000050-Dancing Thieves (Any/City/Any/Any, Thieves)
OVERVIEW: While in town the party sees a beautiful girl dancing in the
streets, while 2 invisible thieves pick pocket the party.
TRIGGER: The party passes the girl dancing in the street.
DESCRIPTION: While walking down the street you see a circle of people
standing around a girld dancing. You can barley see her, but from all the
screams and yells, you know she must be putting on some show! [If the
try to get a better look at her] You see the most beautiful girl you have
ever seen. You stare at her with wonder.
DM NOTES: If the party trys to get a better look at her they must save
versus paralyzation (Elves use their resistance to charm (-20%)) with a -4.
Working the crowd are two invisible thieves. If a memeber of the party does
save then there is a 20% chance s/he might be targeted (use a normal PP
roll to see if it succeeds). If the save is failed then there is a 85% chance
that they are targeted (no PP roll needed). The thieves take only small items
from the party (Keys/gold/gems/wands/rings/etc) [This is a good way to remove
a few small items from a party or to start another adventure because something
important was stolen]. After about an hour of this the group leaves.
KEY: The party might try to go after the group to get back their items.
The local authorities will ask the party to hunt them down. 50gp / head.

TITLE: 31000060-All in the beholders eye (Any/City/Temperate/Any, Beholder)
OVERVIEW: The party runs across a beholder eating a evil humanoid.
TRIGGER: The party is passing by (or through) a dark alley.
DESCRIPTION: About 20′ in front of you you notice a large spherical orb
floating over the remains of a man. Sticking out of the orb you see what
appears to be a arm, attached to the top of the orb are several tenticals
pointing about in different directions. To the right of the half eaten body
you see another body (possibly female) lying face down. As you stop to look
and the grewsome picture it stops chewing and turns a large pick eye towards
DM NOTES: The beholder is actually a friendly beholder that has been
exiled from its clan. It is normally polymorphed into a half-elf and
lives above a local tavern. The only problem is that to fully eat it needs
to convert back to its natural form. It also is picky about who it eats!
The current victim was a thief attacking the down women (who is still alive,
just unconsious) (She will tell the story of the attacker if given the chance)
The beholder will not attack, and even try to escape if attacked. It will
explain to the party what has happened if given the chance.
KEY: If the party does not kill the beholder, it will try to make
friends with them. It knows many secrets about the town, and may be able to
help the party in the future. It will ask the party to keep its identity a
secret for fear for its life, and will offer the party a map that it found
on one of its victims as a bribe! Beholder is LN in alignment.

TITLE: 31000061-All in the beholders mouth (Any/City/Temperate/Any, Beholder)
OVERVIEW: The party runs across a beholder eating a humanoid.
TRIGGER: The party is passing by (or through) a dark alley.
DESCRIPTION: About 20′ in front of you you notice a large spherical orb
floating over the remains of a man. Sticking out of the orb you see what
appears to be a arm, attached to the top of the orb are several tenticals
pointing about in different directions. To the right of the half eaten body
you see another body (possibly female) lying face down. As you stop to look
and the grewsome picture it stops chewing and turns a large pick eye towards
DM NOTES: The beholder is actually a scout beholder that has been scouting
the local city, to prepare for a takeover. The beholder will attack on sight,
and will try to eliminate any witnesses. If has to escape it will float off,
and when out of sight will polymoprh into a small human child. It will then
follow the party and attack them when they are uprepared.
KEY: If the party does not kill the beholder, and it is too much for
the beholder to handle, then it will send for others. Who will stalk the
party and city!

TITLE: 31000062-In the eye of the beholder (Any/City/Temperate/Any, Dragon)
OVERVIEW: The party runs across a beholder(dragon) eating a humanoid.
TRIGGER: The party is passing by (or through) a dark alley.
DESCRIPTION: About 20′ in front of you you notice a large spherical orb
floating over the remains of a man. Sticking out of the orb you see what
appears to be a arm, attached to the top of the orb are several tenticals
pointing about in different directions. To the right of the half eaten body
you see another body (possibly female) lying face down. As you stop to look
and the grewsome picture it stops chewing and turns a large pick eye towards
DM NOTES: The beholder is actually a polymorphed red dragon that lives in
the city. It will use spells first, then use its breath weapon. At this point
the party should assume that it may not be a beholder. If it turns back into
its normal form it will fill the alley. But it will only do this in a last
ditch effort. It can only levitate up and down (2nd level spell).
KEY: If the party does not kill the dragon it will try to escape,
letting the party think that it was actually a beholder attacking!

TITLE: 31100010-Merchant Muging (Any/City/Port/Any, Muggers)
OVERVIEW: Muggers attacking a local merchant in alley
TRIGGERS: The thugs will attack the party if they interfere.
DESCRIPTION: As you walk by an alley you hear a scream from the darkness of
the alley. As they approach you see two people bent over a third.
DM NOTES: If the PC’s investigate they will find two thugs armed with
daggers robbing a local merchant. The merchant has been stabbed and is about
to die. (Bleed at 2hps for 3 rounds will put him at 0HP -Dead unconscious).
If the PC’s save the merchants life he will offer to give them transport to any
known (Spelljammer) port. Free of charge. or 5000gp. He has on him 35gp, 4pp,
18sp 6cp. A ring 250gp. A charter to pick up a cargo at a local port and
deliver it to an asteroid belt for 20,000gp.
KEY: If the PC’s pick up the cargo and deliver it. they will find out
that the reciepients of the cargo are Scro! The cargo is full of 5 med
ballista bolts +1.

TITLE: 33000010-Free Scrap Metal (Any/Forest/Any/Any, Meteor)
OVERVIEW: During the night a meteor crashes down near the party.
This hunk of space steel could be very valuable to the right buyer.
TRIGGER: The PC’s are camped out for the night in a forest not
too far from a small city.
DESCRIPTION: The watchman set up for the night sees a bright
streak, like a falling star, but much, much brighter. The ensuing
roar and crash wakes the rest of the party. It must have landed
nearby. Is this a gift from the gods?
DM NOTES: As the PC’s approach the area where they think the
meteor fell, they notice that there is a clearing up ahead. The
impact of the meteor has destroyed a small chunk of the surrounding
forest. When they reach the site, a deep voice says, “Hello there.”
It is only then that they notice a huge gold dragon surveying the
impact as well. If the PC’s attack, they may be in for some trouble –
the dragon is huge and ancient. If the PC’s talk, the dragon is
polite. The dragon knows no more about the meteor than the PC’s.
The meteor is cool to the touch by the time the PC’s arrive, despite
its fiery journey. The meteor would bring a nice sum of money in
the nearby city for its fine metal.
KEY: The PC’s should have no real way of carrying the
meteor and no way of cutting it either. If they befriend the dragon
and offer it a substantial reward, it could carry the meteor to
the city. The meteor offers fine steel and may be used to make
magical weapons and armor. The dragon will want at least half of
the meteorite’s value to carry it to the city.
POSTED BY: Matt Carlson ( (

TITLE: 33000011-Scrap Metal is Free (Any/Forest/Any/Any, Golem)
OVERVIEW: During the night a meteor crashes down near the party.
Its actually a iron golem that is from a spelljamming ship that crashed.
DESCRIPTION: The watchman set up for the night sees a bright
streak, like a falling star, but much, much brighter. The ensuing
roar and crash wakes the rest of the party. It must have landed
nearby. Is this a gift from the gods?
DM NOTES: The meteor is actually a iron golem that was on a spelljamming
ship. The ship entered the atmosphere out of control and burned up all
that was aboard, The only thing that did not burn up was the golem. As the
PC’s approach the area where they think the meteor fell, they notice that
there is a clearing up ahead. The impact of the golem has destroyed a small
chunk of the surrounding forest. The golem was under the control of a wizard
that was on the ship. It was controled by an circlet(crown), which did not
burn up if the crash, but is several hundred feet away, under a tree.
The golem, no longer under the control of the master will attack all living
creatures on sight. If the PC’s flee it will roam around the woods until
it finds more to kill. Inside the golem is a gem worth 30,000gp that
contains the summoned soul.
KEY: If the circlet is found then it should be damaged, thus
requiring the party to get it fixed (It should take a vast amount of money).
If they just leave it alone then it will eventually attack a nearby village
or city (Remind paladins of this possibility).

TITLE: 33000020 Oh, How they Danced (Any/Forest/Any/Any, Dance)
OVERVIEW: The PC’s set up camp not far from a clearing. A wild
dance begins in the clearing around midnight.
TRIGGER: The PC’s are camped out in a wood not far from a small
meadow. Around midnight strange sounds are heard and a fire is lit
in the clearing.
DESCRIPTION: The party is awakened by an eerie music played not
far away. As the PC’s rouse themselves, the notice a bonfire has
been lit in the nearby clearing. If the party listens carefully,
they can just make out bits of a song – in goblin.
DM NOTES: As the PC’s approach the area where the bonfire is
they see about twenty goblins dancing around a fire pit heaped
high with deadwood. The flames are reaching high into the air, and
a loud crackling can be heard as the wood burns. All of the goblins
are colorfully painted and ornamented but otherwise naked, and
bearing wineskins only. The goblins are actually not goblins, but
followers of Dionysis (or some similar god) wished into goblin
form (even to the extent of speech).
KEY: If the party parleys, there will be no response
until the dance is over, an hour before dawn. If the party attacks
all will flee. If the party waits, the goblins will leave once
the dance is finished, unless approached. Those who speak goblin
may learn what the goblins are and that an LN wizard wished the
dancers into this form as punishment for their chaotic tendencies.
Little save another wish can aid their plight.
POSTED BY: Matt Carlson ( (

TITLE: 33000021 Oh, How they Danced (Any/Forest/Any/Any, Fairy Dance)
OVERVIEW: The PC’s set up camp not far from a clearing. A wild
dance begins in the clearing around midnight.
TRIGGER: The PC’s are camped out in a wood not far from a small
meadow. Around midnight strange sounds are heard and strange lights
are seen coming from within the clearing.
DESCRIPTION: The party is awakened by an eerie music played not
far away. As the PC’s rouse themselves, the notice twinkling lights
in the nearby clearing. If an elven party member listens carefully,
they can just make out bits of a song – in Fairy, Sprite, or other
such type.
DM NOTES: The clearing is a Fairy Ring. The periodic dances
start here, but can travel anywhere and last for days/months/years.
The players will have access to Fairy Food, but if they consume any,
they lose their save versus the dance. If they don’t consume any
fairy food, they can choose to join in, or make a save to stop from
being “charmed” into the dance. Those who fail to save or chose to
join will be in the dance until it ends. A DM can use this tool to
easily shift the players in time (forward only) or place (so long as
there is a path that does not cross running water between where the
PC’s get caught in the dance and where it ends). There are many
different kinds of Fairy Folk usually involved and they are usually
inclined to talk to anyone who has joined the dance. After the
dance has completed, the players should have a growth of hair/beard
to match the length of time the dance lasted.
KEY: If the party joins willingly, they can learn a lot of
interesting stuff from the Fairies (examples: Location of monsters,
details about terrain, myths or legends, how to ferment “Fairy Fire”)
If a person is “charmed” into the dance unwillingly, the Fairies will
delight in teasing/tormenting them (depending on how nasty the DM
likes to run Fairies). The Fairies who enjoy the PC’s may give them
some token: a dram of Leprechaun Brandy, which could be sold for
comparitively large sums to other alcoholic drinks; a fancy carved
piece of jewelry; or other worthwhile gift for being good sports.
Those who saved and didn’t get caught in the dance will see it “fade”
in the morning light, taking with it their comrades, possibly
leaving them alone in the wilderness. If they want, the PC’s can
bring their animals (Fairies love additional dancers and aren’t
biased against animals…;-).
POSTED BY: Jeff Hildebrand (

TITLE: 33000030-The Running Unicorn (Any/Forest/Any/Any, Ambush)
OVERVIEW: Kobold Witchdoctor uses illusion of a unicorn to lead party
into ambush!
TRIGGER: Party is either travelling through forest or resting.
DESCRIPTION: About 40 feet from you you notice a pure white horse eating
from a grass patch. It looks towards you, and you notice the long silver
horn ontop of its forehead. It takes off at a gallop into the woods.
DM NOTES: The unicorn is actually an illusion made by a Witchdoctor
Kobold. The unicorn will run off through the woods past where the kobolds
have set up several traps! In the nearby trees are several archers waiting
for the party to enter the trap area. The witch doctor has a wand of magic
missles (5 charges left), and a ring of protection (any +)
KEY: If the kobolds start to lose they will run aways leading the
party back to the kobold camp, where there should be a bunch more kobolds.
There will also be many traps and other archers waiting back at camp.

TITLE: 33080010-The Ambush (Any/Forest/Any/Magic Dead, Kobold Ambush)
OVERVIEW: The Kobolds know about this section of forest that is a anti
magic area. Thus they have set up traps to ambush the party.
TRIGGER: The party is going through the woods when they enter the area
that is anit magic, they get ambushed!
DESCRIPTION: You are walking through the woods when infront of you up
pops a branch fence. Quickly turning your just in time to see another branch
fence popup behind you!
DM NOTES: The kobolds have found a magic dead area, and have set up a
trap of branch fences to corral the party. The fences are 6′ and will take
2+1d4 rounds to cut through or 1+1d4 rounds to climb over/through. The
kobolds have perches setup in the trees where they will fire arrows down
into the corral. Note: no spells will work for the party as will no magic
items, like protection rings/armor, and stoneskins, etc… Thus the kobolds
should have easy targets against the party. The kobolds also have several wild
dogs they let lose to attack any one who may try to climb over/through the
KEY: The party hunts down the kobolds. The magic dead area is created
by a rare rock that is hidden beneath the ground.

TITLE: 33100010-The Fishing Bear (Any/Forest/River/Any, Beholder)
OVERVIEW: The drinking bear is a decoy for a beholder, that is
waiting in hiding to ambush the party.
TRIGGER: The party either tries to cross the river, or is camping
near the river.
DESCRIPTION: Upon coming to the river you hear some splashing up stream.
Turning you notice a bear rummaging in the water. Its a large bear, but
its currently between two a few fallen logs, and a dirt mound on the far
bank. [If they move closer] It still hasn’t noticed the party yet, and
as you move closer you notice the smell of dead flesh! Looking about
you see a pile of fish decaying away on the beach.
DM NOTES: The bear is actually dead, and is being animated by a
beholder behi9nd the fallen logs. It is waiting for the party to get a
little closer and then attack them from the side. Its using its TK to
move the bear around in the water. The smell is actually the bear rotting
KEY: The beholder has a stash of treasure from other partys that
have fallen to the trap hidden on the far side of the dirt mound. Inside
a scroll tube is a map to the beholders clan.

TITLE: 37400010-Rat Infested Derelict(Any/Swamp/Tropical/Any, WereRats)
OVERVIEW: The party is travelling through a swamp when the come across
an old ship stuck in the middle of the swamp. A group of Wererats have
taken up home to the ship and want to keep it.
TRIGGER: The party is walking through the swamp and hear noises from
in the distance.
DESCRIPTION: Wading through the swamp you suddenly stop. Listening closer
you hear shouts, and cheers from deeper in the swamp. [As they get closer]
As you approach the noises get louder and louder. You also notice that the
water is getting deeper and deeper as you approach the noise. [In sight of
the ship] As you pear through the mist you see what appears to be an old
sailing ship. Yet you wonder how it ever got here inthe middle of the swamp.
The noises you can now hear clearly are the shouts of humanoids cheering
on some type of competition. You also notice may small rats swimming around
the water, and climbing trees, trying to get out of your way.
DM NOTES: The ship is actually an old spelljamming ship that landed here
in the swamp. On the far side on the ship is a big hole that is somewhat
boarded up (from a big fight in space) The ship landed here trying to
repair itself when it was attacked by a wererat. Soon the whole ship was
infested by the creature. The noises are coming from the interior of the
ship where a restling match is going on between a wererat and a were
Crocodile(it was infested years ago in a match). All the inhabitants of
the ship are currently at the match (set the number to appropriate size
to put up a good fight against party – min 5 + croc) The main leader will
flee if it gets too bad for his group. He mainly sits on a large stone
throne in the ship(which can be a working helm if you want) A stash of
treasure is hidden deep in the bowels of the ship.
KEY: Spelljamming helm to reach the stars(a nice way to get party
into spelljamming). Also one of the players could get infected with
lyncanthropy(must find a cure).

TITLE: 37400020-The Hunt (Any/Swamp/Tropical/Any, Lizardman Hunt)
OVERVIEW: The party comes across a semi-civilized lizardman tribe in
the middle of the swamp. The lizarmen setup a hunt to track down the party.
TRIGGER: The party can either stumble across a lizardman scout party who
will flee back to camp, the party can come across the lizardman camp (this
is better if it is a stronger party)
DESCRIPTION: [Lizardman scout party] Walking through the swamp you hear some
noises off in the distance. Stoping to concentrate on the noises you hear
shouting a couple hundred feet from you. Looking you see a few torches
(5 or 6) about chest level coming your way. Looking harder you notice large
humanoids carrying the torches, they appear to have a reflective skin as you
notice the torch light reflect off of them. Lizardman! They quickly notice
your group, turn and run in the opposite direction! [Lizardman Camp]Finally
coming to high ground you hear, shouts a few hundred feet in front of you.
Looking down you notice many clawed foot prints in the mud leading to and
from the water. Then suddenly infront of you you see a large group of
lizardmen, some have clubs, others spears, and a few even have swords. They
all start chanting, when a section of them part an out walks a large one
with many necklaces, and a staff. They all stop the chant, and the leader
holds up his staff. He says a few words in lizardish. The crowd starts up
a different chant, each time they finish a verse the leader lowers the staff
a little…
DM NOTES: If the party comes across the scouts use the second part as they
chase the lizardmen to the camp. Have the number of lizardmen be more than
the party could handle (thus hopefully they wont attack), so hopefully they
will have the sense to run. The leader (A shaman) is counting down to the
hunt. When his staff reaches the ground it starts. Have the lizardmen get
more and more excited each time a verse is finished. The idea is for the
party to run and be hunted. They should escape if they are not too thick
headed, and stay and fight. Once the hunt starts they lizardmen break off
into groups,so if the party does come across one or two groups they could
fight a little to slow them down, but this would attract more groups! If
the party is too stupid (thick headed) have the group get caught. Then they
are tied up and a great feast is prepared. If they party cant escape on
its own, have a group of lizardmen free the party. This special group is
a faction that is against the current leaders, which they want to see them
lose face, thus if the prisoners escape they may have a chance to take
control of the tribe. (This is more important than a feast to them)
KEY: The group may want to remove the lizardmen from the area. The
special group may seek the party to help them assinate the tribe leader.