Invariably, in any persecution/genocide, some escape. Could this small band of decendants be the ones motavating the excavations or even the purpetraitors?
The Lamezzites likely had thier own beliefs and had at least one spiritual leader with them, perhaps they beseeched thier gods as they were being slaughtered and now are acting to avenge thier murder. Go to Comment
Perhaps, as the King and his henchmen prepared the oil, a shaman from within the catacombs was casting an incantation of resurrection. This could entail the dead coming back in corporal form and possess the current King, Cardinal, and other political, spiritual, and military leaders.
History: Maybe the Lamezzites are a scape-goat for failures of the King. Historically speaking, there have been many ethnical cultural, and economical reasons given to execute the Jews, Gypsies, Poles, and Irish; to name a few. Thus, the king could merely be averting attention from his own failures in policy driven decrees. Go to Comment
I forgot to mention that Lamezzites could only come back to life when the crypt was reopened. This would spur fear amongst the current regime, and temptation from a younger, more disbelieving generation. Go to Comment
I think that you did a great job here, and your not hurting anyone by typing a lot your only helping further, and if people do not want to read all of it, they don't have to. Anyway, catacombs are always a nice dungeon to have. Go to Comment
Not bad - though the scale speaks more of legend than reality. Paying for enough oil to flood the catacombs would probably wreck his economy for years, if it was even possible to source enough oil for the task. And don't get me started on getting it boiling in the first place :)
Perhaps a fair number were slain with boiling oil, and that over the years the legend grew to the scale of 'the entire catacombs' were flooded.
This is the beginning of a nice idea. I would be more apt to put a better vote on it should it be longer and more detailed.
Why is the King of Addarron wanting to bring peace to the region after all this instability? What has changed? What other issues are the region having? What would the son gain if he was the reason behind his fathers death?
Its always a great idea to have players accused of a crime they didn't commit. Especially if at least one of them is of the mind of running first to prove their innocence. Go to Comment
Serpent Egg: Good - a snake pops out and will fight on the user's side for one battle before running off. Bad - a snake pops out and bites the user. Hope it wasn't posionous.
Fire Egg: Good - can be placed under the wetest firewood and tinder and it will keep a good blaze going the whole night through. Bad - when tapped, bursts into flame and burns user kinda bad.
Stone Egg: Good - can be thrown at some one or thing and turn them to stone. Bad - turns the user's arm to unmoving stone.
Spider Egg: Good - lets the user climb walls like a spider for a day. Bad - spider bites user and lets him live for a day.
Extra-dimensional Egg: Good - Egg can now be used like a bag of holding capable of holding 60lbs and objects up to 8 feet long. Only has a inch and a half (4cm) square opening though. Bad - The user is sucked into an extra-dimensional space inside the egg and can only be freed by having a hen hatch the egg.
"Sorry to hear about your unusual lyacanthropy, Matilida, but as long as you cas still spell eggs, you're welcome to hop alongside us, pink bunny and all." Go to Comment
Very simple gag but a great one, since it can be used multiple times over, even in the same adventure. Great for tribal natives gone restless and humanoids, but anyone can have set this up. Just what the header says, a simple bag over a stick stuck in the ground or floor.
As GM you can place the bag on a stick anywhere, in a floor crack the heroes have passed before, outdoors in a clearing or path, or at the edge of the PCs' encampment the following morning, what have you. Place anything on the stick - a coiled yellow viper angered by the bag removal, mini crossbow w/poison, transdermal hallucinatory drug dusted on the bag, yellow mold colony, an NPC ally's head, a weapon, scroll tube or satchel, what have you.
The idea is to build tension and/or stall for time/distract the party. Provided it's used properly, you'll be amazed at how paranoid players will get from this simple gag.