Actually, peasants were a general catagorization that included freeman and villeins. The villeins were basically the serfs.
Serfs owed servitude to the Lord for the use of the land and were also under the sole jurisdiction of the Lord. When you look at freemen, pretty much the same could be said of them. They still owed the Lord labor or rent but it was much less and they were exempt of many other taxes.
Point of it all is that anybody could leave the Lord, freeman or villein (serf). It is a matter of money. A "chevage" was paid to the Lord by the serf for the ability to live 'off' the estate. It was suppose to be yearly and then they could do as they wished. Freemen could just leave.
When it comes down to it, the idea of a tax collector is the most out of place. Payments were almost always made in labor and only the wealthy peasants were able to pay their way out of the physical labor with money. You owe so much for the land you use: work to pay it off -or- pay cash the equal of the work owed for it. The Lords counted on a lot of work and if most of the peasants paid instead of worked, they would have to hire them to do the work anyway. If there was a tax collector it was often times a respected person of the village that was given the responsibility by the Lord and only had limited power.
But then again this is a fantasy so anything is possible :-) Go to Comment
Asarth knows what happens when the sword is drawn, wonder what kind of motives he may have for finding it. If he didn't draw the sword originaly (becoming a lich would be an interesting side effect though) then perhaps he wants the sword to return the destruction done on him. Some kind of revenge thing perhaps? Go to Comment
I can see her being in situations where she needs to act like a child and resents every minute of it. It would be neat to find a situation where she put herself in the position where she was hired by the players as a guide for some kind of plot against the players. The whole time she would have snide remarks that would slip past her act and the occasional demeaning look. Just enough to confuse the players and make them uncomfortable dealing with her. Then later the truth about her may come up in a surprising way.Will have to think about that one. I like her and the idea of her disease! Especially like it because it is a great idea that can be used in any number of circumstances, not necessarily just with this character. Go to Comment
Gives it an almost Alien movie type surroundings. The cocoons could be skattered all over and not much is remarked about them at first till they get deeper inside. Maybe the cocoon stages make them resistant to most weapons so they can't get inside them at first to see what they actually are. They never knowing what they really are until they start hatching. By then they are already deep inside the catacombs and must go back past all the now hatching cocoons to escape. Go to Comment
-Players finish a dungeon crawl or finish a campaign. Rumors could reach the Cohrron's that the players, by winning their battle, have come across some kind of magical device that could heal them. Whether or not the players have it or not doesn't really matter, they will find themselves up agains the trio and must either attempt to heal them or convince them that they don't have it. Could be a good fight and/or role playing.
-Twist on the above. There could be two fronts that the players must conquer to make it through a game and/or they require a rather dangerous diversion that they could do themselves but it would jeapordize the mission if they couldn't get away. They could hire on these three drunks because they have heard they were capable. Could promise them an attempt at a healing or something.
They are a great bunch personality-wise and it would be a lot of fun to introduce them to a game in whatever capacity. I would want them to play a larger role then just another NPC because they are so well defined and have such a distict mission that can be used. Go to Comment
The characters are barely holding their own against a mass of goblins attacking them from all directions. A ruckus from the right and they the sharp sound of popping when the goblins are bombarded from all sides by gnomes wielding some kind of magic item that fills the air with stinging projectiles. The goblins are routed. All attempts of finding out what the gnomes used were met with tight lips. Go to Comment
Both these ideas can be combined to create the health of the once mighty door. The movement of men and equipment through the door could help boost the power as well as the general upkeep of the city.
Perhaps the doors condition reflects the value of the city too. Since there is little of value in the city there is little use for the gate to be strong. Fixing up the place and/or bringing in actual valuables gives the door a reason for being stronger. Place tons of gold in there and perhaps it can be almost indestructable. Could be something all the great cities have, a gate like this. People can immediately access the value of the city by the condition of the gate. This gate idea is pretty cool! Go to Comment
Perhaps there is a standing order that there are no weapons allowed or no magical items allowed in the city.
Could be a perfect place for a 'safe' meeting since it is guaranteed nobody can enter armed. Maybe the gate idea can be scaled down to be a regular door as well using all the same type ideas. Go to Comment
The PCs realize that the demons are thriving from the fear and desperation of the village. In an idea of sure genius the PCs realize and try to convince the village that if they overcome their fear and act happy they can weaken the demons and perhaps drive them way.
Little did they know that this action would only draw Cholek himself from the cave for an attempt at total annihilation of the village. Hope the PCs are ready. Go to Comment
If they investigated who was being killed, they would have found a new drug (magic/poison/other illegal) smuggling ring that was religion independent. Also guild independent. Boss X found a supplier outside the normal chains of supply and decided to try and get rich and usurp the current Baddy Y. It just so happened that, due to circumstances of the deal and the way it had to be moved, that cooperation between the religions was required. They each had expertise required for a successful takeover that complimented each other (supply movements, shipping, safe houses, guards, judges, etc.) Cooperation unheard of...and this association was spreading, not with the drug deals only necessarily, but on the surface as well.
So Baddy Y had to send a message to those that think they can move in on his turf AND end any more cooperation between the religions to ensure the situation doesn't happen again. We may even come to find that any real animosity between them was generated by Baddy Y to keep some of his business' lucrative.
I am sure I can come up with some more background, but reading it just gave me a general idea of a possible situation. Go to Comment
I like these type of plots because they give you a nice solid background with some very specific happenings....but leaves the ending sort of up in the air.
To me, that is the most perfect plot. It allows the freedom that the GM can use whatever ideas the PCs have about the mystery and make them come to light. Few things are more satisfying to players than coming up with a deduction, following it through and being right.
Often, if the plot has an ending, the GM would have to do some pushing to make sure they went the right direction. With this, anywhere the players go is the right direction and, at the end when they come up with the answer (any answer) the GM can say "Yes!" Go to Comment
I would probably play it as simply a cursed castle. Get rid of any inhabitants and make it haunted, but the PCs don't know it. Keep all the characters though and the trap, but they are ghosts. Let them get spooked one night, and if they don't follow up on it, they would most assuredly take a gift from one of the ghosts. This would be a psychic connection to continue the dream torture. Make is so if they try and get rid of the gifts they mysteriously return. So to dump the curse they have to go back.
Still need more motivations to the whys of what is going on, whether ghosts or real. Perhaps they were victims of a grisly murder by somebody the PCs have encountered, and would recognize, if they were able to successfully communicate with the inhabitants.
The druid fighting back because of an indirect assault on her makes sense, but would make more sense if it didn't take place in a castle unless the Dreamweaver has some unknown power over her.
Dreamweaver may have killed the king on accident and ran away once he was found out. Now stays in this keep and is learning how to control the power and needs practice. Found that he can even control people through their dreams and has the druid as a 'slave' because she is following her visions or something. Go to Comment
This is a quick but not so simple set up. Got a little overly complicated with the addition of the aborted child and all that (had to read it a couple times to figure out which assistant we were talking about) but the sub has a good twist and mystery even without that. Could be simple greed that there can only be one Holy Man/Witch in this here town and so the competition had to be dealt with.