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Dragon Lord
October 26, 2007
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Waylaid on the Road    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

When a stranger warns of demonic activity, should you take him at his word?

Dragon Lord
August 29, 2007
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The Hyfeld Witches    Plots  (Event)   (Side-Quest)

Witch trials are common enough in the Kingdom and few who stand accused have any hope of escaping the hangman, despite the fact that it is rare for the accused to have any real magical power, malign or otherwise.

Dragon Lord
July 3, 2007
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The Toll Station    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

When armed men barricade the road and demand money, be careful how you respond.
They just might have a legal right to do so.

Dragon Lord
June 11, 2007
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The King is Dead    Plots  (Event)   (Single-Storyline)

The King is dead.
So who killed him?
And why?

Dragon Lord
February 8, 2007
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Votes: 10 / 3.900000
The Generator    Plots  (Crisis)   (Campaign)

Sometimes a simple breakdown can lead to all sorts of trouble

Dragon Lord
January 4, 2007
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All Tied Up    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

A tree, a length of rope, and a (maybe not so) innocent victim.
Wotcha gonna do?

Dragon Lord
July 31, 2006
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Looking for Bethany    Plots  (Event)   (Side-Quest)

Savage orcs, intelligent apes, desperate ghosts, and one very lucky little girl.
A curious little side-trek for starting level PCs.

Dragon Lord
July 21, 2006
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Ancient Knowledge    Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)

To trap an ancient demon you need an ancient ritual.
And where do find such a ritual?
In the tomb of an ancient priest, of course.
And that’s where the trouble begins.

Dragon Lord
November 14, 2005
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The Beast of Cragley Forest    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

A dangerous beast is loose in the forest.

Does the circus have anything to do with it, and if so can they help catch it?

More to the point, will they admit it?

Dragon Lord
April 25, 2005
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Supply Run    Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)

Defenceless villagers, highway bandits, and primitive tribesmen.
But who has the magic crystals a young shaman needs?
And how do you get hold of them?

Dragon Lord
March 22, 2005
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The Ruin    Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)

An ancient ruin, a pair of boastful teenagers, and a bunch of indifferent gargoyles - but who let the demonic spirit out

Dragon Lord
February 9, 2005
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Spring of Enlightenment    Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)

Some legends are history, some are mere stories, and some have a basis in fact. This may not be quite what it seems.

Dragon Lord
January 21, 2005
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A Test of Loyalty    Plots  (Duty)   (Single-Storyline)

Political ambition, religious confusion, ancient artefacts, and a mad ghost.

Dragon Lord
January 20, 2005
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The Avenging Angel    Plots  (Duty)   (Single-Storyline)

A long forgotten atrocity and crime left unsolved.
At what point does the quest for justice become a desire for revenge?
And when does revenge become another atrocity?

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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