I really like this idea. D&D is way too full of epicness. Practically every plot I see involves some god or demon or powerful wizard who do these horrible things because . . . um . . . they are evil and that is what evil people do (even if their is better way to do it that does not involve hurting or stealing). :-P I like that this plot is motived by realistic goals and that your villian is multi-faceted and unexpected. The demon part is a bit of a crutch, but very forgivable (I can not think of a better replacement that is not even more inconcievable and corny). I am definately going to try to find a way to bring it into my campaign even though I don't have any goblinoid tribes near my main city or use demons.
P.S. Your players probably killed everything because they are like most players. Poor DMs train them to be hack-n-slash, and if they can't kill it then that is the only time they will bother to figure out another solution. Go to Comment
I think that some of you are missing the point. You should use these as ideas to more or less base your game on...you don't have to use it exactly as it's written. Employ a little creativity on your own end. Given the skeleton of what could be a great plot, develop it yourself. Go to Comment
Good plot, but why didn't he go to the town's own cemetary? Did he have a beef with the orks, or was his mother dead and he didn't want to take the risk of disturbing her afterlife, or is there another reason?
What keeps him from being able to get the innkeeper's daughter's love in the first place? The innkeeper didn't approve of him because he didn't like the butcher, or was he just shy and awkward because he was a bookworm and his dad thought he was weak?
The plot's great and a little more background will help fill it out. Go to Comment
OK, let`s try a little more background. The boy is a 14 year old bookworm, 1,60m, 80kg and horrible pimples. So he`s not the not of pops while the innkeeper`s daughter is 16 and definitely not in his his league. I originally modeled her after my first girlfriend, a gorgeous babe. So little butcherboy (when I played this adventure I called him Darryl) chooses the impolite approach. Why not take the town`s cemetery? The orc`s cemetery is a little way off and more or less a little valley to bury your deads in, mostly by throwing them into a hole and setting up a cross. The local cemetery on the other hand is a little prone to disturbance and orcish zombies might prove a little tougher, though dumber, than average. After all, you don`t have to do it my way. It was an adventure which I thought of as shareworthy. Flesh it out as you like! Go to Comment
I played this adventure with a group in a GURPS Fantasy Setting and they just sent their priest out, formed the mob into a militia and trampled everything not explicitely labeled "living" to dust. When they got hold of the boy they organized wood and wine and burned the poor bastard while getting drunk as hell. They aren`t really sensitive people. Go to Comment
When was the last time a character caught a cold or flu? Real people get them every now and again even with solid heating and dry interiors. Your characters are out in the cold and wet, and even inside is not always dry and warm. Imagine having to stop your dungeon crawl, sitting in a tight defensive position, while you all are feverish.