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Look Before You Leap
Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-17 06:56 PM
I've known groups of players that are just what this sort of scenario is supposed to address ("Kill 'em all, let the gods sort them out!"). I've also known groups that were the complete opposite ("We shouldn't attack until we're sure the pirates are going to betray us."). Either extreme is maddening for the GM.

On one hand, if your goal is to broker a cease-fire between two hostile groups, only a fool would start by slaughtering some of the other side to open negotiations. On the other hand, if it's not clear how dangerous the attacking group is, you can't blame the PCs for defending themselves. I've seen scenarios that expected the party to subdue attackers, despite the fact that the party was woefully ill-equipped for such a task.

I am not overfond of the "you meet too many of them to fight" situation. I've been subjected to scenarios that repeatedly surrounded me with overwhelming force to force me to parley. That can become a "rail job", especially when there are compelling roleplaying reasons why the characters wouldn't cooperate with the desired plot. They should at least have the chance to flee ignominiously (and fail the mission). Go to Comment
When a Lord Goes Mad
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-05-09 12:42 PM
Not bad. I liked the way it slowly builds into the meat of the plot, introducing the various elements naturally. It's a good sketch of a developing conflict and how it impacts the adventurers.

I'm curious: In your game, how did the situation develop? What WAS the cause of the King's madness? Go to Comment
The Clock of Shadows
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-18 01:12 PM
There I was minding my own business, when I saw your clock. NOW I've got to figure out how I can fit it into a game soon. Making all that extra work for folks by posting stuff we can't resist using... Hmph!

5/5 Go to Comment
In the House of the Yellow Priest
Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-06-05 01:15 PM

I particularly appreciate the tone you set on this one! The names and language used work well together, with a "pulp" fantasy feel, vaguely reminiscent of Weird Tales authors like Robert Howard or Clark Ashton Smith.

I hope that someone cleans away the special characters! Adding space between the paragraphs would also help it scan better. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-26 05:42 PM
Just the sort of thing that could make my players poison my pizza, but I'll take the risk...

I occurs to me that in a world where the ability to detect magic is common, minor magical items that could screw things up would also be more common (e.g.: When he expects that he might be 'scanned' by a mage, he'll pull out a potion before the encounter and chug it, causing him to radiate magic...) Go to Comment
The Sword of False Prophet
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-03-01 10:17 PM
I don't know what to make of this one. The weapon seems like the maker must have gone to a lot of effort without a good reason. Why the mage would make a weapon that could barely support its own weight is another good question.

The post has a lot of errors. Even the name seems wrong: It sounds like you meant Sword of False Prophecy. Go to Comment
The Ruins of Aliet Manor
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-12 01:21 PM
I accidentally challenged this! Drat! Curses!

That wasn't intentional. Go to Comment
The Ruins of Aliet Manor
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-12 02:11 PM
If rewritten, I suspect that it would play out as follows:

An oppressive baron, Tersh Aliet, was shot down by a vengeful serf. This event triggered a general uprising by the local villeins, which was brutally put down by the Baron’s loyal household troops. Afterward, the remaining serfs were massacred by the Baron’s men. The castle (Aliet Manor) and its surrounding village were abandoned and allowed to fall to ruin. They acquired a reputation as being haunted by the restless spirit of the Evil Baron.

Presumably, the manor was deemed inconsequential by the Crown, or it would not have been allowed to fall into decay. It may have been constructed in an outdated design or have some other flaw that would render it easily reduced by an organized military force.

A century later, a group of bandits moved into the decaying manse. Their leader, Riryd Daros, disregarded the tales of the castle’s haunting. He should not have, as he has been possessed by the spirit of the dead baron. (In all likelihood, they have some traits in common.) Those of the bandits that retain some moral sensibility have been receiving disturbing visions of the old baron and his evil deeds. They are starting to sense that allowing their leader to leave the area in his strange “humour” would unleash some dire threat.

The Baron’s ghost gains more power with every murder his host commits. He hopes to gain enough control and power to break the ties that keep him at the site of his murder. Now a supernatural entity, he retains the cruelty and ambition that dominated him while alive.

The player characters become involved when they hear of increased predation by bandits in the area, or they may be contacted by one of the bandits, a fearful man who is having moral qualms about their leader’s ominous change of heart. Go to Comment
Boots of The Fowl
Items  (Clothes)   (Cursed)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-06-21 12:28 PM
My first reaction is to say something flippant, but I would guess that the author of this sub is a young person who hadn't tried something like this before and I don't want to be negative or unhelpful.

This item needs a lot of work. Previous commentors have brought up most of the relevant issues. Go to Comment
Golem Grip Stone Gloves
Items  (Clothes)   (Combat)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-29 03:55 PM
I'm not going to be using these in a game, not because I don't like them (I do!) but because my players would hate me after I inflicted all the annoying collateral goofiness that they inspire... Go to Comment
The Box That Cannot Be Opened
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-10-14 06:07 PM
Only the true heir to the Throne of the Lost Emperor can reveal the Gift of the Gods...

An inspired piece of madness.

I was always fond of this epic red herring, but I hadn't voted.

Until now. Go to Comment
Cowl of False Reputation
Items  (Clothes)   (Combat)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-03-28 06:14 PM
I see that this was submitted years ago, but I'm just not as impressed as others have apparently been. It's an OK idea, concisely written.

The basic idea is presented clearly. Go to Comment
Buried and Forgotten
Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-03-28 06:31 PM
The comments that this inspired are perhaps the most interesting part of the sub. The initial "encounters" are evocative and traditionally "Lovecraftian". Variations on this theme aren't uncommon.

I'm not as pleased by the conclusions offered. The original description didn't elaborate, saying "It's bad, it's scary, it killed off the town..." without giving details. The proposed conclusions help, but the PCs should have the opportunity to figure out more about the monster. Perhaps the local priest wrote some notes about what happened: They were burned in his final moments, but a few pages survived... A local hedge wizard had a plan for binding the creature, but could not gather all the materials needed before he, too, fell.

Perhaps the thing only strikes at a particular time or under certain conditions, such as after Aldebaran rises, or when clousds cover the moon. Give the players the impression that it's a race against time for them to gather everything needed to deal with the horror before it comes for them. Go to Comment
Wing Brew
Items  (Potion)   (Cursed)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-02-01 09:44 PM
With the right explanation for why someone went to all the trouble to make this, it could be a lot of fun....

"Yeah, there was a whole chest of these vials, just sitting in the vestibule of the Church of the Eagle God, so the boys grabbed a few. I wonder what they do?" Go to Comment
Goup of Bandits
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-13 04:54 PM
There could be several reasons why the bandit has a fake map. He might have been taken in by someone selling the fake ("You can't fool an honest man", he said as he walked off with the bandit's money...), he could have been planning to sell it himself, or it might just have become outdated ("I saw that guy bury the sack about here! Hand me the shovel, Clem!")

Royal Assassin, please fix the title. Typos happen, but I'm not sure that I want to fight a Goup of bandits... Sounds icky. Go to Comment
The Lute of The Dragon
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-11 01:47 AM
This item could be interesting, but it needs to be rewritten to make it more clear. The text doesn't scan. Go to Comment
The City of the Lost
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-04-10 12:09 PM
The bard's apprentice then interrupted his tale with another of the boy's frequent questions. "What was this gift, this accursed thing? What had the power to bring down an entire city?"

"Some say the gift was a weapon, a razor-keen sword that drove the king to madness, filling him with fear of betrayal. Others claim that the present was a woman, a living, breathing statue of such beauty that none could look upon her without coveting her. I have my doubts about those theories, however.”

“What do you think, teacher?” the youth inquired.

“There are tales that within the ruins of the king’s palace, a strange swan of golden hue still dwells, fiercely attacking all who enter the place. It is said that this swan is a harbinger of evil, a beast of uncanny supernatural power with the ability to transform men into swans with its bite.”

I’ve heard you tell this tale before, teacher, but the last time, you said it was a duck. Which is it: A duck or a swan?”

“It’s a swan, as I just told you! I was once told that it was a duck, but a swan sounds better, boy. When will you learn that the tale that sounds better is the one that brings us coin? Foolish boy!”

For information about the sword, see The King’s Advisor.
For information about the statue, see A Bag of Beautiful Coyns.

You’re on your own about the Duck of Doom.
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Glass Mountain
Locations  (Desert)   (Country/ State)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-02-12 02:45 PM
This would dovetail nicely with Shadoweagle's Ouzquin Dremorix. A hidden city of the Glass Shifters, protected by its isolation and the punishing wasteland around it. Go to Comment
Masque of Confusion
Plots  (Event)   (Multi-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-18 01:20 PM
All it needs is a Shakespearean love triangle, and one of the noblemen exchanging places with his servant so that he can secretly woo his inamorata....
(Laughs evilly)
I suspect that my players would throw things at me... Go to Comment
Masque of Confusion
Plots  (Event)   (Multi-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-18 04:50 PM
Weren't you paying attention to the "poison everyone" part? I doubt that he has much campaign longevity with THAT attitude. Go to Comment
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       By: Michael Jotne Slayer

A golden skull contains the spirit of a person who has been magically entrapped in an ethereal undead status by an ancient ritual. The person was boiled alive in a golden mixture until nothing remained of him except the bones, now covered by a golden layer. Whoever has these golden bones, controls the spirit and can command it. It can assault the living with wind and storm. Manipulate objects and communicate with the living. (Inspired by Anne Rice, Servant of the Bones)

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