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The Tower of Thunder and Gold
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-13 06:07 AM
This definately could be the start of many things in a campaign. Good one! Go to Comment
The Meerschaum Smoking Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Barbarian Horde's comment on 2006-10-14 07:09 PM
Meerschaum is not hardwood. Meerschaum is a porous white mineral, it is mined commercially, almost exclusively for use in making pipes. Go to Comment
The Meerschaum Smoking Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-10-15 01:44 AM
Thank you for your correction, and I'm sure Scras will be very glad to make the proper changes. Go to Comment
The Meerschaum Smoking Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
MoonHunter's comment on 2004-08-01 09:09 PM
A Mirror character at its finest. The character is not a cypher copy, but has as much depth, if not more, than the original. A good application of mystery, magic, and technique as well. The items would be required to get the same effect in a more magical milieu. Go to Comment
The Meerschaum Smoking Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
MoonHunter's comment on 2006-10-15 10:00 AM
The things you learn by being a gamer. Go to Comment
The Meerschaum Smoking Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Ancient Gamer's comment on 2007-07-14 04:09 PM
Pourous white mineral, eh? A good character. Go to Comment
The Meerschaum Smoking Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
valadaar's comment on 2007-09-02 08:00 PM
Neat!

Now THAT was a series ripe for mining ideas.... Go to Comment
The Meerschaum Smoking Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-11 10:18 PM
A good 'informant' type NPC with his own ulterior motives.
*Commented on for the Commenting Challenge. Go to Comment
Elspeth Kalamath
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
manfred's comment on 2008-08-05 03:08 PM
She really is a piece... hard to play, but great to enjoy if performed right.

Now there's a villain to enjoy! Go to Comment
Elspeth Kalamath
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
Zylithan's comment on 2005-11-14 11:48 PM
Very good post and I really appreciate the plot hooks - sometimes I love characters but it's hard to get them into a campaign. You write a lot about her back story, but it still doesn't feel very detailed to me. It seems too stereotypical "manipulative attractive court woman" to me I think, and while you describe this TYPE very well, I think it's a very well-known type.
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I don't get why she grew up in court if she was raised by a courtesan... I mean, she might have been paid off and been rich, but I'd think the noble would also want her to be raised far away so people don't see any resemblance and suspect. It would also be hard to get respect in a noble society too I would think, because of cattiness. Go to Comment
Elspeth Kalamath
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-03-02 04:06 PM


The name alone is a worth a sub.  


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Elspeth Kalamath
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Golanthius's comment on 2008-08-04 04:06 PM
I really like this character. This sub is very well written, with excellent plot hooks. I will certainly be using her in my campaign. Very good job Scrasamax Go to Comment
Gold in them thar hills
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2004-07-21 04:39 PM
Yep, you about covered it. Good one!! Go to Comment
Gold in them thar hills
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
manfred's comment on 2007-12-30 12:32 PM
I wouldn't call this the best plot around here, but it certainly is one of the most usable - see the huge number of plot hooks that can be attached to the simple event. Yes, gold can mix things up mightily! Go to Comment
Gold in them thar hills
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Kassil's comment on 2007-12-30 03:00 PM
A gold rush, handled properly by the GM, can be a campaign in and of itself - if the PCs are among the first to find it, they then get to deal with the influx of people coming after 'their' gold, and all the fallout of the sudden boom of the valley filling with a mining town, all the way through the waves of thieves and beggars, the inevitable bust, and the wreckage of the valley afterwards. It may well end up a 'dustbowl' type of valley, if things got serious enough, and then good-aligned PCs might well feel guilty for destroying the lives of the original villagers... Go to Comment
Gold in them thar hills
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-01-29 01:46 PM
Updated: Added Freetext Go to Comment
Gold in them thar hills
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Cheka Man's comment on 2004-07-18 12:04 PM
I really like this idea, it's one of the best plots that I have read.What if the elves attacked the area in force? Go to Comment
Gold in them thar hills
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2011-05-24 08:40 AM


Cheka: Thanks for HoHing this one, I remember (once again) reading this one and enjoying it(shame on me for not voting back then). On a second reading I have this to say: A neglected classic! This is the kinda game that will run itself once you have triggered the basics. And the possibilities are endless. Excellent plot, easy to plug&play this scenario in almost any setting or game world. It could develop into a full campaign or simply a one night session, very flexible. 


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Gold in them thar hills
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Dragon Lord's comment on 2005-03-24 09:01 AM
An idea - What if the PCs start out as locals (farmers, shepherds, fishermen, hunters, trappers, etc)? There's a whole campaign arc here.

Start a few months before the first strike - a nice peaceful little place with a strong community spirit and friendly neighbours.

Even the local orcs are not really a great threat - they may even be on speaking terms.

Give the PCs a little land (downstream of where the strike is going to be) - let them get established - make this their home town.

Now the gold is found!

Let the fun begin.

Great plot - a solid 4 in its own right - but has potential to be even more in he hands of an imaginative GM with players who want to role-play rather than just bash up orcs so I'm upgrading to 5/5 Go to Comment
Gold in them thar hills
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valadaar's comment on 2014-01-10 09:40 AM
A nice fundamental plot that can be pulled out time and again.
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