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Unattainable Glory
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2003-01-27 01:02 AM
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
Ketong Shalhol
NPCs  (Minor)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Strolen's comment on 2003-01-25 10:25 PM
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
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2003-01-25 10:32 PM
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
Whiffle Accelerator
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Strolen's comment on 2003-01-30 02:31 AM
Talk about smoking something ;-)

I don't want to even mention what kind of picture gerbiles and the term whiffle conjures up. Go to Comment
Whiffle Accelerator
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Strolen's comment on 2003-04-05 07:14 AM
Who in their right mind would. LOL Go to Comment
The Family Cohrron
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Strolen's comment on 2003-01-15 02:51 AM
Ways to draw the group to the players:

-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
Steam Gun
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2003-01-12 01:11 AM
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
Steam Gun
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2008-05-03 11:26 PM
As he mentioned, fun abuse of magic. :) Go to Comment
The Great Gate of Calast
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Strolen's comment on 2003-01-07 03:03 AM
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
The Great Gate of Calast
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Strolen's comment on 2003-01-14 05:55 AM
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
Helping the Grazuul Tribe
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2002-12-23 10:28 PM
They will have the gratitude of an orc village and, if rumors get out, they may just be the laughing stock of the local cities.

"Isn't that the group that helped the orcs?"

"BAAAHAHAHAHA, Yeah, I think it is. I thought I smelled something."

Yes it is a good cause, but how many others would actually appreciate it? Go to Comment
Dragon-lord's Gift
Plots  (Mystical)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2002-12-15 10:22 AM
If I interpreted that last paragraph correctly.

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
Antule's schism
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2015-01-04 09:47 AM
My thought:

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
Antule's schism
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2015-01-04 09:50 AM
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
The Castle (A.K.A. Dreamweaver's Revenge)
Plots  (Duty)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2002-12-23 10:44 PM
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
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Strolen's comment on 2002-12-27 06:01 AM
Pretty much a standard NPC that wouldn't normally draw that much attention. Needs a secret to make him more readily useable, and memorable.

How about, with the rare wines he has, the position on the trade routes make him a handy storer of bootlegged or underground merchandise. Go to Comment
The Dreamweaver Affair
Plots  (Mystical)   (Side-Quest)
Strolen's comment on 2002-11-25 09:42 PM
I like where you are going with this. To be less game specific, can you tell us what those two spells do? I think that will make the plot a lot more clear.

I even like seperating it from spells and having a "Freddy Krugar" type monster loose. I will have to think about this one a little and add some more later. Good idea builder! Go to Comment
Plots  (Mystical)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2011-07-13 09:36 AM

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. 
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NPCs  (Minor)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Strolen's comment on 2002-11-19 11:22 PM
If Chance was able to play well the the Deck of Fate, then he most likely already has a couple of holdings that he can just choose from :)

He may have figured out the cards have something to do with it and, if he loses a game, he conveniently meets the person and will eventually win the cards back entering himself into another set of 'chance' happenings. Go to Comment
Shelter Shingle
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2002-11-07 09:12 AM
Reminds me of the Labyrinth door in the oubliette. The perfect getaway for the entire party to long as they hid the door well enough when they close it.

Perhaps the door emanates magic while it is closed in use though. Make it useful, but also a magnet for the magic sensitive so not horribly useful while invading a powerful wizard's dungeon. Go to Comment
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Faerie foods with unusual effects. Like faerie sausages that turn the eaters into wiener dogs, faerie wines that make the drinker whiny, etc. There's a table in Palladium Fantasy RPG which has a table of ideas.

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