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The Astral Sea
Systems  (Transportation)   (Specific)
Murometz's comment on 2006-09-06 11:37 AM
or maybe it would provide sustenance...of a different sort. bwahaha Go to Comment
The Astral Sea
Systems  (Transportation)   (Specific)
valadaar's comment on 2013-11-05 03:22 PM
An awesome way to interlink anything, anywhere, any time.

Any ship becomes the equivalent of a starship, bringing you to any and all worlds.
(or at least those with water :P )
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Where the Road May Take You
Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)
Strolen's comment on 2007-02-25 01:05 PM
Not much of an invitation

A revolt or attack happens against a strong city/kingdom. All the losers of the battle that can be captured are brutally crucified along the roads that enter the kingdom to show their strength and as a demonstration of what happens to their enemies. ... a long road, decorated with hundreds of dying crucified soldiers... You see them bleeding, you hear them screaming and whispering for help. Do you really want to enter this reportedly peaceful kingdom? Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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Strolen's comment on 2007-02-25 01:12 PM
It is their road as well

Diseased people, (leprosy or any other such fear inducing disease) when traveling, will often times wear a cloak that entirely covers their body and ring a bell as they travel, used as a warning for any others to stay away. Could be used for a disguise or safe passage. ... you meet strangely cloaked people, sometimes ringing a bell. "Please give us something to eat, mighty heroes!" This is time to show how good they are. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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Strolen's comment on 2007-02-25 01:13 PM
Cramps

Herbalist in the group mistakes one plant for another and mistakenly poisons the group. Not to death, but pretty darn ill with recurring symptoms until the cause and cure are realized. (Local people may be able to help rather easily. "You ate Dragon's Rot you fool, looks and smells just like mint except it has these small thistles on the root. Only grow in the Hornwood Forest, that must be where ya got them. Eat this and you will feel better in 4 hours." Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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Strolen's comment on 2007-02-25 01:13 PM
FIRE!

PCs camp for the night in a dry pine forest. Fire skill of the person that made it is usually pretty good, but during the first watch the unexpected happens: a spark lights the surrounding woods and a brush fire quickly starts. Be quick or it could turn into a disaster that could affect the entire region. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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Strolen's comment on 2007-02-25 01:14 PM
The follower

Young kid from last town has been following the PCs and doing a rather good job at it. PCs weren't expecting to be followed so weren't worried and the boy/girl was careful. Notice the follower a couple days out of town, kid ran out of food and started getting careless. Followed the 'mighty adventurers' to see if he could join them. Father is a wealthy merchant. Bring him home, bring him with, send him off? What do you do with an unwelcomed guest. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)
Strolen's comment on 2007-02-25 01:15 PM
D**n the weather!

Rain slowly builds, thunder and lightning continue to roll in. Road muddies, horse/wagon getting stuck in the mud. Thunder strikes coinciding with a deep hole a horse just walked in, horse panics, breaks its leg (maybe just sprain?). Horse is decompacitated and the rain just went from pouring to an all out monsoon. Shelter needs to be found, horse needs to be taken care of, covered in mud, add the posibility of items being lost to the confusion with the wind and dealing with spooked animals. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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Strolen's comment on 2008-01-14 03:46 PM
Getting away

They come across a band of refugees. Could have been thrown out of their town by a tyrant taking of their land, bought out by somebody unexpectedly, fleeing a battle they know is coming their way. Could be proof of what they are searching for, hints and tips of what is to come, or just to broaden the reality of the world. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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Strolen's comment on 2008-01-14 04:12 PM
Slowed down

A few shepherds bringing their sheep down the road to a town where they will be sheared. Effectively block the road making riding or moving through them difficult to impossible until they are all passed.

Could just find all the tracks on the road and may not know what it is. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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Strolen's comment on 2008-01-14 04:14 PM
The Sea

An entire meadow was flooded here. Looks like a lake, could cover part of the road, and you have to deal with locals that have a flat bottomed boat to get across it. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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ephemeralstability's comment on 2007-02-25 12:42 PM
Stray?

On route from Geli to Nekrass the characters meet a peasant boy on the road. He's wandering in the direction from which they've just come. If this seems a little bit incongruous, they may wish to ask him a few questions. He's perfectly willing to talk: he's called Lamish and he's run away because he knows he is the heir to the throne of Geli and his parents didn't believe him. How far is his home? About five weeks walk from here. How much has he eaten? Nothing. Has he drunk? Only from the filthy roadside ditches. In short, it's a wonder he is still alive. And yet he seems perfectly healthy.

Is he a thief, waiting for travellers to trick? Is he lying because there's something more sinister under all of this? Is he telling the truth? And anyway, what should the characters do? Do you take him to Geli? Do you try to find his parents? Or leave him to make his own way? Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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ephemeralstability's comment on 2007-02-25 12:42 PM
Volunteered

In Azur, the streets are crowded, and the PCs' poor grasp of Azuran makes it hard for them to find out why. Still, they shoulder their way through the crowds, trying to get to the house of the renowned wizard they seek, when suddenly they realise they are standing very much alone. The crowds have ceased their talking and their gazes are fixed on the PCs. The imperiously clothed man standing before them smiles and speaks in Azuran: "Ah! Volunteers! And so eager too!" Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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ephemeralstability's comment on 2007-03-11 02:41 PM
Abandoned

A little way up the narrow valley, before they reach the woods, the PCs notice the squat, tumbledown buildings by the riverside. They are hardly big enough for a human to stand in, and the complex cogs and shafts that occupy the central cavity of one of the buildings are perplexing. What were these buildings? And how safe are they to explore?

Alternatively a desolate place is the perfect setting for a derelict chapel or croft. There needn't be any actual physical encounter involved, but it adds atmosphere to a place to see its dead history. For instance, in the Outer Hebrides there are whole deserted villages which were razed to the ground by the English during the Clearances. Such stories give a setting authenticity and character. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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manfred's comment on 2006-08-31 06:59 AM
Nice ressurection of the idea... you have chosen the format well. We'll stick to it in the future, and I think that quite a few of the older encounters will fit here. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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manfred's comment on 2007-02-25 12:40 PM
The Transport

A rather large armed group slowly walks the road. Unless you get to see what they transport, you could think it is a caravan with expensive goods, or the soldiers escort someone important. But this is a prisoner transport, on the way to mines, criminals on their way for punishment.

The soldiers may be willing to talk, the captain will have a few questions on you and the road, but they will keep distance, and part soon. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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manfred's comment on 2007-02-25 12:50 PM
The Departure

You meet a large number of villagers, walking and weeping beside the coffin of an old bearded man (or adapt to your funeral customs). If asked properly, you learn about an old wizard, a wise man that long helped the tiny village to grow and prosper. Even after death he shows his favour: he gave most of his possesions to the poorer members of the community. All the villagers show him now respect this way. Why do you ask, are you adventurers? (As a last wish, he left a tiny case for the first group of adventurers that crosses the village). Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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manfred's comment on 2007-02-25 12:52 PM
Yet another camp...

A good camping-place with something extra: a gallows with a hangman, reduced mostly to bones and a few rags. It marrily hovers in the wind. Any manipulation will make it fall apart. An excellent camping place, except for the midnight hours, when ghosts of those executed haunt here. Some wail for their crimes, some re-live their execution over and over, some want to have a talk, and still some others want to scare the Living for fun. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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manfred's comment on 2007-02-25 12:53 PM
The five horsemen of Misplacing

Five men are herding some fifteen horses down the road. They won't be very talkative, but are willing to sell a horse, or more horses if the heroes are interested, for a good price even. They are horse thieves, already sought by regional militiamen. Anyone with a stolen horse (all are marked) may get into trouble. (If found guilty, horse thieves face prison or even a hanging execution.) Similar thefts have happened only a month before, and a reward is offered. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
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manfred's comment on 2007-02-25 03:59 PM
And at last have been the oldies reunited with the newer ones. Some of them may have too dry names, as my imagination has left me, but feel free to correct them as you deem necessary.

Or perhaps add more! Go to Comment
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