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ephemeralstability
April 24, 2011
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Tunguska Dreaming    Plots  (Crisis)   (Mini-Campaign)

A (fairly sketchy) outline of a one-off adventure I ran based around the (time-honoured/hackneyed) Tunguska Event of 1908. As such it is quite specific (hopefully not hackneyed) and will probably best serve as a specimen for dissection to get those parts you can use in your own adventures. But then this is an Ideas Guild after all...

ephemeralstability
January 15, 2007
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De Librorum    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

I don’t know if I posted about it before, but I have always wanted to run an adventure set in a library. The following is a sketch of an unusual premise and a possible plot-hook.

ephemeralstability
August 1, 2004
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Votes: 8 / 2.750000
Restoration    Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)

The PCs find themselves on a diplomatic mission, to return the Statue of Helce to the country from whom it was stolen long ago. They soon find themselves tied up in conspiracy, guerilla warfare and a surprising amount of molten rock…

ephemeralstability
July 13, 2004
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Votes: 8 / 4.062500
Escape from the Kitchens    Plots  (Crisis)   (Side-Quest)

A huge castle whose foundations are crumbling…A murderer on the run in the caverns below.

ephemeralstability
June 30, 2004
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Votes: 4 / 3.500000
Discipline    Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)

The PCs are hired to remove splinters of discontent and desertion from the feet of the Prince’s Army…

ephemeralstability
April 22, 2004
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Votes: 10 / 4.350000
The Uneasy Sleep    Plots  (Nature)   (Single-Storyline)

Some things remember well. The stones of the Chambers of Nul soaked up the terror of the encarcerated victims and even now remember it, slowly releasing it like sweat. The buried city of Mastad remembers the cries of its citizens as they were crushed, and still they can be heard on the wind.

So it is with the Bed. Over the centuries it has sat in this room it has been host to some interesting guests, and each has left an…impression. Every sleepless night, every troubled thought: the Bed remembers it all. And if you were to spend a night in its downy pillows, you might remember some of it too…

ephemeralstability
September 20, 2003
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Votes: 8 / 3.375000
The Old Kingdom Plots    Plots  (Discovery)   (Encounter)

Plots for use with the Old Kingdom setting.

ephemeralstability
September 19, 2003
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Votes: 9 / 2.944444
The Nomads    Plots  (Travel)   (Multi-Storyline)

The nomads are a neglected people, universally hated and persecuted. Let your characters experience this life…

ephemeralstability
September 19, 2003
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Fall from Grace    Plots  (Crisis)   (Side-Quest)

Revolution is upon them. Like a worm-riddled timber the Kingdom is rife with discontent, and the aristocrats are being evicted, their castles burnt and ruined. For those who escape, life looks bleak…

ephemeralstability
June 18, 2003
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Masque of Confusion    Plots  (Event)   (Multi-Storyline)

Unknown to anyone, a glamorous ball for the Duke of Erezi will turn into a confusing and chaotic bloodbath.

ephemeralstability
May 14, 2003
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Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.000000
Winds and waters keep...    Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)

“Winds and waters keep,
a hush more dead than any sleep”
- W. Allingham, Ruined Chapel.

The trade ships from Menast have failed to arrive, but why?

ephemeralstability
May 6, 2003
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Eris's Pool    Plots  (Hired)   (Side-Quest)

An icky sideline plot to a forest adventure.

ephemeralstability
April 18, 2003
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Unmanned vessel    Plots  (Nature)   (Encounter)

An enigmatic ship arrives through the mists…

ephemeralstability
March 11, 2003
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Votes: 10 / 3.750000
Catacombs    Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)

Silent voices in the catacombs of hush demand call out to the King in his sleep. He awakes, pale as bone, raving and delusional, whispering of the Retribution of the Charred Skulls. The servants look on horrified at their foaming lord…

ephemeralstability
March 2, 2003
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Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 11 / 3.272727
Tact    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

The players are diplomats: ambassadors to a distant, unstable realm. The promise of security that came with King Addarron is suddenly shattered by his assassination. The ambassadors are caught up in the ensuing intrigue-riddled politics…

ephemeralstability
October 14, 2002
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Comments: 4
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Votes: 5 / 4.000000
The Deterrent    Plots  (Mystical)   (Multi-Storyline)

The two great continents of the world are bitterly at war and they have been busy creating the ultimate weapon. But the Chromatic Council of Colour Dragons are aware…

ephemeralstability
September 23, 2002
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Secret Life of the Assassin    Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)

A double life as a city guard and a master assassin may prove the most difficult of all when a PC is asked to solve a murder he committed.

ephemeralstability
September 15, 2002
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Spiteful Spate    Plots  (Nature)   (Side-Quest)

Based on a true story. The players seek refuge from a storm in a village inn, but are they safe from the elements that they were fleeing?

ephemeralstability
August 25, 2002
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Metamorphosis    Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)

A PC awakes in a cell plastered with blood. On the floor lies a crucifix necklace. She escapes, chased by the guards and soon the terrible truth of her situation dawns on her…

ephemeralstability
August 11, 2002
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The Daedalus Factor    Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)

The Despotic Queen of Shiant has decreed that a competition will take place in the month of Oconerry. She will have built a labyrinth through which the contenders must pass in order to win the ultimate prize: her hand in marriage.

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Pearl Spider Economics

       By: Murometz

These rare, fist-sized spiders do not make webs, but rather excrete secretions which harden upon contact with air. These "droppings" resemble barley-sized spider eggs, or even lustrous pearls, once the slime coating them, dries up. In fact, dried Pearl Spider "drops" are indistinguishable from the marine varieties produced by mollusks, and hence of identical value on the open market!

Several centuries ago, they were studied by naturalists, and several observations were made. Firstly, was that these spiders "lay" these pearls for no apparent or discernible "natural" reason, and secondly, the naturalists had discovered that the more these spiders ate or were fed--and they were true omnivores--the larger the spider pearls came out.

A cottage industry began. Enterprising merchants hunted and collected these creatures across the lands, erecting spider-farms for the manufacture of Spider Pearls. It wasn't long before someone got the idea to force-feed the spiders, ala foie gras geese, and soon, the fattened spiders began pooping out pearls of great size! (relatively speaking). The regular pearl market came to disarray, and prices and value fluctuated wildly.

[b]Plothook[/b] The Mermen Mercantile Alliance hires the party to eradicate all terrestrial Pearl Spider Farms!

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