Like most of my subs, I start with a single idea and let it naturally expand from there. The idea I had was 'Wouldn't it be cool if there were books that were gibberish, but if you brought them together you could summon nasties!'. From there I decided i'd make it a location, because I needed that for the Occult guild. A library seemed natural for books, and then because there was demon summoning involved i figured a backstory about some secret demonologist kinda guy seemed appropriate. After that, i figured i'd better give the place itself a bit of flair, so i made the 'haunted' kind of idea. Then I figured a good way for it to be haunted was if I linked it to Skezemo's demise.
That's about how it came to be. Go to Comment
I agree with Val on this one having the PCs interact with him prior to his actions toward the end that cursed the library. Possibly a player who was seeking his help/advice/knowledge/etc on a particular matter that he said the answer was among his many tomes... then disaster struck before said help could be given. Just a thought. Gives the players a reason for wanting to get involved instead of just breaking and entering a cursed library of some deranged evil demonologist. Go to Comment
This is well done stuff. Immediately useful and powerfully stylish. Why hasn't the city torn down this place yet? Send in some exorcists and demolition dwarves.
Maybe there's some bureaucratic hold, since some of the books aren't Skezemo's, and must be recovered, but no one wants to actually go through all the books of a cursed library one by one.
I can't think of a reason for not locking the doors, though.
Another thought: having the party all lose consciousness is definitely the scariest thing on this list. What if they woke up in different positions? Or what if they woke up and one of their members was trapped in the wall somehow? Or what if, whenever they left a book unattended, it was back on the shelf the next time they looked for it?
A worthy Occult Guild leader! Great progression and character arc.
"One with the devil" was fun reading, with him carving symbols into his own chest to outwit the demon.
I also really like this spell... "able to cast a crimson haze in the sky which bathes the land a bloody red in a two kilometre radius. Any abilities associated with the moon or moonlight are nullified while under this haze. This includes the Lycanthrope curse."
Powerful, yet somehow subtle, and reminds me of "old sorcery." Go to Comment
Update: The Deadleech was created as a severance fee for abandoning my pledge to the Divine Synod. My punishment was to bestow on the Synod a holy force which was capable of thwarting the undead. Consider the pact sealed. Consider the debt repaid. Go to Comment