What exactly was the lesson the sprite was supposed to learn? Also, consider the possibility that the sprite can't read, or at least can't read the scrolls the mage had. The sprite could become a companion, at least for the trip to the bottom of the gorge, for some time.
What killed the mage? Yes, there's undead at the bottom of the gorge, but are they really so powerful or numerous to have overwhelmed the mage? There could be a more nefarious force that killed the mage - A magic poor area. The victim mage blundered into the undead and tryed to use his spells to destroy them, only to find his magic unavailable. Even simple skeletons and zombies could overpower a magicless mage. Go to Comment
What about the scroll? Has it survived all these years, or is it useless? Maybe the magic on the scroll is differnt in essence from common-day magics?
What about the sprite, it might bot be alive after all these years (even if he thinks he is alive) & can never truely leave the area. Go to Comment
Besides this plot seemingly being submitted for the wrong category (I agree this is more of an encounter as opposed to a side-quest but then possibly the author has his own interpretation of what constitutes a side-quest), I think this is a solid submission. Not that original and refreshing in itself but then it did spark nice inputs from others that have added a great deal to it. Go to Comment
I wish I had something I could contribute to the submission to make it better other than a vote, but I don't. It's riddled with unanswered questions and any I might say are more or less echoes of previous commenters.
Maybe, if the player has gotten himself in deep enough excrement, the general will possess him and help him win his fight. Maybe, also, there is now a way to free the general (and maybe even bring him back to life). Go to Comment
This would have been a solid sub and it surely is written okay but like the Captain, the fact that the reason why the mage cursed this seemingly goodness-aligned general is unexplained leaves me with an adverse impression on this particular sub. Go to Comment
An intresting idea... A dagger that is both enchanted and cursed. I make the distinction, as it is very well possible that the dagger can help you, it also may actualy be a curse to use it. Go to Comment
An insidious creature, most likely somehow "related" to trappers and lurkers, the Dead Leaves (for no other name exists as of yet for this foul thing), hibernates for three of the four year's seasons, deep underground. Its active time is Autumn, when trees shed their leaves, depositing colorful carpets across the ground. The terror then emerges and blends in with the surrounding leaves, perfectly camouflaged, waiting patiently for unsuspecting victims. In appearance it resembles nothing more than a ten foot square, six inch thick, layer of bright yellow, orange, and red leaves. The only hint that someone is walking on top of it, comes in the form of an unusual amplified sound of leaves crunching underfoot. Too late usually, the victims notice this additional "crunch". The Dead Leaves will then swirl and "rise" up to smother and suffocate the victim, like a colorful, malevolent, boa constrictor.
Fire, as can be imagined, is particularly effective against this creature, but one has to *know* it's there before putting it to the torch. And there's the rub. The creature is impossible to "identify" in a large patch of fallen leaves by eyesight alone.