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Golden Trouble
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Strolen's comment on 2011-04-28 12:41 PM


I cried at the end. I know some players that would burn their character sheets if this happened to them. :)


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Golden Trouble
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ephemeralstability's comment on 2002-06-06 05:59 AM
Ah! A tale with a moral. Not enough dungeons have that: a sure move away from the traditionalist "roleplaying" values of plundering and fame-seeking. Nice narrative delivery too, manfred. Go to Comment
Golden Trouble
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-04-28 01:11 PM


Too much gold can be a curse.


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Golden Trouble
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Chaosmark's comment on 2005-11-10 07:07 PM
Well, now...that last guy wasn't quite as civil about it as some would be, but I must admit, this is a very good scenario, if not just something to flesh out the world by having the PCs meet the poor guy. I certainly know that the poor players would go insane were this to happen to them...*pokes Ancient Gamer* Don't be getting any ideas from this one, worthy of the Hall it may be. Go to Comment
Golden Trouble
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valadaar's comment on 2011-04-28 11:48 AM


I completely concur with ephemeralstability Go to Comment

Golden Trouble
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Silveressa's comment on 2011-04-28 11:42 PM


A fun fable, but not something I could ever run in my games unfortunately. The problem with my players is they're smart, often too smart for the sake of a simple adventure. The moment the man poured out 100k coins from a sack my players would have split with the artifact and run full tilt out the back of the inn, not stopping till they were deep inside the forest.



Why? Mostly likely because: one of my players would have pointed out in order to lift a sack with 100k gold coins the person in question was likely a demi god or in possession of something to grant them the strength of one. (This is the same group of players who once pointed out approximately 10-20 gold coins weighed 1 pound of weight, leading up to the question of how the dead halfling assassin was carrying almost 20,000 gold coins in his backpack and belt pouch, at least 1000 lbs of weight)



The other likely reason I foresee my groups characters fleeing is because dumping that many coins on the table means it;s going to flow/roll/ everywhere leading to an immediate riot within the inn as everyone tries to scramble about to get a few fists fulls of it. (They saw a similar riot when in the market when a chest full of silver they were guarding/transporting got blown open by the war hammer strike from an enraged barbarian leading to a major riot and the majority of the coinage lost in the ensuing melee.)



Still for a fun tale to over heard within the tavern it could lead to some fun interaction, and make a nice cautionary fable of what happens when one flaunts their riches to freely.


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The Black Stump
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Barbarian Horde's comment on 2004-02-17 10:32 PM
I like the whole idea I think it could make a cool part of a campain if your working for a wizard, druid or fey. they could tell you to go get some info from the old black stump Go to Comment
The Black Stump
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Strolen's comment on 2002-12-27 06:42 PM
Could be used as a village legend type thing. There could be some in the village with a natural talent to speak with such sentient beings. This ability would make them the village wise person or something and is tasked with going to the "Reflection Tree" or something to ask the gods for help or suggestions for the problem. The tree, with its age and perhaps wisdom, can help with many types of topics perhaps.

Most others without the power can 'feel' a presence, but it only scares them and doesn't allow communication, hence the reverence they give to those that can communicate, and stand being close to it. Go to Comment
The Black Stump
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manfred's comment on 2003-01-04 08:24 AM
Yes, it is a force of Nature. Somewhat uncaring, but it wants some kind of general well-being for all natural creatures around. Go to Comment
The Black Stump
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manfred's comment on 2005-07-11 12:16 PM
OK... so let's answer Dragon Lord's questions finally:

The Stump may simply desire company, of _some_ selected humanoids, that is. As for its long-stadning goals, I am not sure... anybody has an idea? Anything besides protecting nature & stuff.

As for the villagers needs, the tree - being on the place for hundreds of years - may have a deep feeling for the surrounding, so it can predict what the weather will be like, for example. Which is of prime importance to farmers. And it would be an ill omen if the Stump suddenly made a mistake... a mark of a great Change coming.

This way, it could serve for setting up the mood of a campaign. (No need to quote a certain Ent of LOTR about change in the world.) Go to Comment
The Black Stump
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manfred's comment on 2005-07-11 11:36 AM
I thought him to be a lonely being, known perhaps to a few wise people, witches and sages around... but correctly, the magnificient uncaring creature you cannot lie to (it reads emotions) could be seen by some as a servant of their god, embodiment of a spirit, and would be sought for advice or only for the comfort of being nearby (especially buddhist-like and meditative religions may have interest in this).

(Reminder: it doesn't have a mouth or other means of talking. Telepathic as it is, it doesn't have the power to invade the minds of other beings... or simply never starts the talk.)


Weird plot option: There was this tree you could get information from, but somebody uprooted it and carted away! Find out who it was and why. And if there is some evil behind it (as sure it is), prevent it. Go to Comment
The Black Stump
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EchoMirage's comment on 2005-07-11 01:08 PM
The tree could like extraordinarily vital people, with strong life-force, and perhps delight in seeing them blossom... Go to Comment
The Black Stump
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2005-02-04 09:41 AM
An interesting idea the centre of a local religion or cult perhaps

Does the Stump gain anything from all this attention? If so, what?
Does it really care for the affairs of humanoids? Or even notice (beyond their effect on the forest)?

Do the villagers gain from this (beyond peace of mind)? If so, what?

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The Black Stump
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Dragon Lord's comment on 2005-07-12 08:32 AM
Thanks manfred that all makes sense

A minor cult might develop based on what the priests (i.e. the humanoids the Stump likes the company of) believe that it wants this might be genuine (they truly believe they are communing with a divine entity of some form) or fraudulent (they use the fact as a means of conning the local villagers into doing their bidding)

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The Black Stump
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valadaar's comment on 2012-11-26 08:44 PM
This is great! I Love these odd NPC creatures.

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The Black Stump
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Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-22 07:28 PM
I like this as a minor local legend with potential for much more. I would have liked more details on it but as it is, it's at the high end of my 3.5. Go to Comment
Tome of Unpleasant Reality
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manfred's comment on 2007-07-02 01:20 PM
Ah, am glad to see this being used! Go to Comment
Tome of Unpleasant Reality
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strom's comment on 2003-03-06 12:07 PM
I like this idea. I am developing a roleplaying game and could use this to help characters get acclimated to the environment and the opponents therein. Go to Comment
Tome of Unpleasant Reality
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Ylorea's comment on 2003-07-11 02:24 AM
It is going to be a lot of work to incorporate this into a campaign, as you can not just throw in some information on the fly, but besides that, I love the idea and it may be very usefull to both PC and DM. Go to Comment
Tome of Unpleasant Reality
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-07-02 09:57 AM
Nice submission, and I think I will use it in a new sub i am writing. I love the scathing aspect of the book, plus the fact that it is not cursed. Go to Comment
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