It is amazing how such a short sub can instantly start the wheels turning. There is just enough detail to take this in so many different directions. When I read this I saw a whole larger plot where the priest is a con man who ran off with the money, yet he is being conned by someone from the shadows who's ultimate goal is to sew total chaos. What other matches could be thrown on this already volatile situation?
For some reason "... cooked and half eaten farmers strewn about the house" cracked me up. What is wrong with me? :P
I know this is a very short and minimal sub but there is something about it that just gets the wheels churning. So many possible ways this could go.
I like the mystery. It gets the wheels turning.
Perhaps the corpse went the way of Yoda or "Ascended" and is now trying to look out for its descendants. Being non-corporeal, it is having a devil of a time. What luck for it that the adventurers caught its attention. Now it will follow them around, trying to get them to listen (unintentionally causing havoc in the process) until they agree to help sort out some injustice for its distant progeny.
A minor piece, but this could certainly be the hook for a larger adventure: "So you say you found this armor in an Orc hoard, eh? Well, I might be willing to go easy on you if you take care of this little problem I have with the kingdom next door. I can't get involved directly, you understand..."Go to Comment
I love how inbetween the bits of sarcasm are little gems of ideas. The sub may be too subtle for the sane soul to grasp, but the Strolenati can't help but fill in the blanks. This makes me want to start adding ideas.
I think we should do a Quest on writing a new version of a fragmentary or cliche-ridden sub. (An even better example would be http://strolen.com/viewing/Arrkrash).
I can't help but give this a 5. It's such a golden piece of history. That, and the voices tell me it really does contain clues to the lost treasure of the Templars and one day I'll crack it.