Or it just continues. Each night becoming more and more ubiquitous.
Soon gold is soon covering the street. Everyone has more than they know what to do with.
Money loses all value. Bartering must be done instead. Social collapse is a possibility here, as the entire social hierarchy would be upset.
As time goes on if the source is not stopped it could be a down right curse. What started off as a single statute, could end up being feet of gold coin piling up in the street across the town. Becoming a hassle and in some cases even dangerous to people. People getting trapped indoors. Roofs collapsing, if the gold starts appearing there.
Issues with people from less 'gifted' towns raiding for their piece of the pie.
Hopefully the players figure out what is going on before it gets really bad.
Of course this might be game altering, so when the players find the source or cause, the produced treasure should probably disappear. Go to Comment
Wow seems like a great idea to me! I like the idea of the blood ritual, and I could see it as some religious thing. Something that ties the armor to the person, of course it would involve rubbing and leaving some of the soldiers blood on the armor to "feed" it.
Even non-believers might be able to obtain the benifits if they scrub the armor free of the older users blood (being careful as the armor looses its magic and becomes fragile at this point). They would then commence the ritual, and substitute their own blood.
A thought occured to me while I was reading this (and it is quite a good idea). I was reading the part where you said that "the sword only speaks to the farmer". As a possible alternative twist, why not have the sword driving the farmer insane. There is no intellegence in it.
Perhaps the sword inspires heroic acts, and after comming into contact with the magic, and evil of Vrin, was corrupted.
Slowly the sword is enhancing the combat ability of the farmer, but at the same time taking his mind and making him increasingly paranoid.
In the end he suspects all of attempting to revive Vrin, and will begin to try and use his newfound power to "prevent" this from happening. Go to Comment
I could imagine that there would be a bit of flavor by changing some elements as well.
Perhaps the city is once again inhabited by populous, but due to the years of neglect and the lack of prayers, the gate has lost its ability to talk, and lost its anthropomorphic features. Perhaps it has a feebler mind now. But it still functions, and thinks. The town does not know it is intelligent.
The gate kills someone or attempts to due to rules given to it from a earlier age, and the unaware city now is on a witch hunt for the 'culprit' who closed the gate on an important figure. After several of these events happening within a short time, it becomes more apparent there is no individual at the controls.
Kind of a mystery. Although I don't know how players would go about finding the correct conclusion, or even proving it to the town, since many prayers may be necessary to restore the gate to its previous appearance and intelligence. Go to Comment
A rumour of the knights of some powerful king that sleep until danger threatens the kingdom.
The truth is that they were rebels, trying to split the kingdom. Once captured they were put into an enchanted sleep, protected from age and harm, until their aims have been carried out by others in which case they will awaken.
There is a loophole in the spell in that trying to take one of their weapons will also awaken them.