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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-13 02:14 PM

Main Complex 


The complex in the centre of this array of defences can be many things. Here are a few suggestions. This sub is an open Codex/Scroll so that others may add their own ideas on what should be at the center of it all. 

5.1 The Forest Mage



A reclusive mage by the name of Hyuthar has painstakingly built this facility as a base of operations for when he begins his attack against the kingdom of Ythar. Since he expects that his involvement will eventually be uncovered, and a punitive military strike dispatched, his defences have been built to repel that invasion. As for smaller scale incursions by adventuring parties, he feels confident in his powers as a magi to destroy them. He will hold back and allow the various hazards to take their toll before assaulting the PC's directly. He may employ hirelings, constructs, or summoned beasts to attack them in the 3rd band of defence.

The center complex will be very unassuming, consisting of small to mid-sized wooden huts. They will, however, be as strong as stone and some will be much larger then their outsides would suggest.

 5.2 The Druids 

 The center complex is a druidic holy site and pilgrims are allowed to visit, but will be carefully led through the layers of defence, blindfolded, by the druids.

Any uninvited incursion will be resisted at all layers by the druids, who will use all of their spells and abilities with deadly intent. Trees will be animated, waters turned into raging froth, and dangerous beasts beyond those already noted thrown against them.

The center of the complex contains a grove of the most ancient and sacred trees and could be the meeting place for all of the Druids on this continent. No artificial structures apart from a simple stone circle exist on the island. 

5.3 The Apple Tree of Selilion 

 There are no active defenders, but the center of the island is the location of this fabled tree.
In this case, the defences of the Fortress will be less lethal and tuned more to deter invasion.
The defences were put in place by a long-lost order of Druids who sought to prevent the tree from gathering more victims.

A small stone keep in very poor repair is at the center of the island, though powerful magic wards remain. In the center of the keep's courtyard is the Tree. 

5.4 The Monks of Mahrua 

 This order of monks is dedicated to the study of life and are experimenting in breeding and genetics. This site and the monks are a state secret - sort of a medieval area 51. The forest is rumored by the locals - all of which are quite distant from the forest - as the lair of demonic beasts and ghosts. As a dangerous state secret, the defences are at full lethality.

In addition to the monks themselves, the facility is defended by crack Royal troops disguised as monks, but with good quality armor and weapons, as well as spellcasters (if appropriate).

The nature of the research can vary - Creatures of war, poisons, diseases, magic herbs, etc.

The center facility is a campus consisting of numerous simple, but well built, stone buildings and special gardens.

As with the Druids, all layers of defence will be actively defended once they are alerted. 

5.5 Allifendae Trees 

 The last large grove of these trees in the region are located here. The center of the island bears no active defences, similar to 5.3. The defences were put into place by a special society within the local Elvish nation, who then quit the area out of fear. More recently, the presence of these trees has been discovered via intense divination by a powerful local wizard, who may hire the PC's to bring back some bark, or better yet, a sapling or cutting.
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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-15 11:10 AM

APPENDIX C: ENCOUNTERS IN THE SHALLOWS



Random Encounters

(Many drawn from the worthy Denizens of the Swamps, Bogs, and Fens submission!)


D20 

1. Leeches! Either regular leeches or Pacranite Leeches. In any case, there will be a lot of them. 

2. A PC steps into the territory of one of many Sabre Crabs which lair along the shore's edge. 

3. Swamp Rays skulking in the muddy waters. 

4. Greenflies-Aquatic parasitic wasps making nuisences of themselves. 

5. Northern Sandkoi - one of these beasts lives in the lake and can be encountered on either shore. If rerolled, another large, dangerous fresh-water encounter could be substituted. 

6. Blackfly/Mosquito Swarm - An unusally dense swarm of the little besties will lay siege to the party. (Unlike mosquitoes, Blackflies take a small bite of flesh). 

 7. Wrapper waiting to wrap someone. 

8. Jewel-of-the-Mire Lightshow at nighttime. 

9. Periccus vine- Boon for Alchemists. 

10. Silverblooms- Not dangerous, nice plant. 

11. Fresh water Giant Mussel- Watch your step. 

12. Karnan - A turtle to eat, or be eaten by. 

13. Giant Dragonfly - 10-12' long, wingspan double that. 

14. Giant Waterbeetle - 6' long with short-sword sized mandibles. 

15. Freshwater Kraken - Not as big as sea-going kraken, but large enough to be a serious issue. 

16. Moose - Large, grumpy swamp-dwelling deer relative. 

17. Giant Eel, Electric, Freshwater. 

18-20. Water-borne defender patrol (if actively defended)


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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-15 11:39 AM

APPENDIX D:DEEP WATER ENCOUNTERS



1. Generic Giant carnivorous fresh-water fish.
2. Topal (Lake Squid)
3. Dead heads (waterlogged logs floating below the water) will cause damage to boats.
4. Random violent weather - Severe wind gusts, squalls and other phenomena making water passage difficult.
5. Wild Dunkleoustous - Not so generic carnivourous fish.
6. Jewel-of-the-Mire - Intersting display
7. Freshwater Kraken - As per shallows encounter
8. Giant Algae - No real effect other then slowing down vessels, and harbouring leeches.
9. Karnan- Dangerous turtles - Lunch or be lunch.
10. Defender patrol (If fortress actively defended)
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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-16 04:00 PM

APPENDIX E: GARDEN AREA ENCOUNTERS


1. Giant Foxglove - Found in small patches throughout the garden. One should not remove any dustmasks in the garden. 

2. Death Nettle - Plant has razor-sharp spines all highly venomous and unpleasant. A passive plant, but wil overhang paths and be easily brushed against unless PCs are cautious. 

3. Pixie Flowers - Found on mundane or not-so-mundane garden statuary. 

4. The Wizard's Rube - A showpiece flower that moves on it's own. 

5. Samhain's Kiss- Evil spirits could be nearby. 

6. Arcanis - A small patch, easily overlooked, but can qualify as 'treasure' in this strange locale. 

7. Rapacious Snapdragon - Will launch many vicious biting attacks. 

8. Crystal Hornets - Flying about - will investigate magically equipped intruders. 

9. Singeweed - If distirbed will trigger a chemical reaction creating great amounts of heat 

10. Spitting Euphorbia - Will direct spurts of poisonous, caustic liquid at intruders. 

11. Miremoss - Miremoss is used on most pathways through the garden. Normally there are stepping stones available to allow passage without becoming... mired. Paranoid PC's might avoid the stepping stones, suspecting traps. 

14. Garden statuary (mundane or animated and dangerous) 

15. Vissewort Patch 

16. Scorpian Grass lining a Miremoss covered pathway. 

17. Compost Pile full of Myrie Bugs 

18. Group of Voracious Slugs 

19. Regular tall grass infested with Grassbiters

21. Tatterdemalions-of-the-Flailing-Leper making a spectacle of themselves. 

22-30. Defender Patrol (If fortress actively defended, otherwise reroll.)

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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-23 01:41 PM
Okay. Done for now. Sheesh. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-23 03:10 PM
Would love to have enough encounters to make all of the tables percential! But that would be silly :) Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-23 04:10 PM
Will try and reformat that part tonight. A map would be ideal, but I have not had much luck getting pictures to work here...
Edit: Sadly code does not seem to work.... Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-24 08:02 AM
It's 2 miles + the area of the center in diameter, so 3 miles in diameter would be a suggestion. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-27 08:12 PM
I appreciate the feedback, and of course I have a few return comments, though I agree with you in the main.

It was intended as a fortress and as a submission for the War quest, so my mind was not focused so much on peaceful or quirky encounters, though the sub would benefit from their inclusion - and I am looking forward to your additions :) Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-03-30 07:34 PM
Thank you AG. I did want to add 'fixed' encounters, but lacked the inspiration and energy at the time. Yours are a wonderful addition and I will attempt to build on these as time allows! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2009-01-10 07:28 PM
Added in Muros most excellent Tatterdemalions-of-the-Flailing-Leper to the garden encounters. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2009-01-19 08:39 PM
Coming soon! New updates! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2009-01-20 08:07 PM
Have added a map for the inner island. Also Dwarven Treeherd has been added to forest encounters. Let me know if you know of other appropriate encounters to add! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2008-03-23 07:36 PM
Apart from being told that my material has been used, this is the highest praise I could recieve!

Thank you Kuseru! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2009-05-24 07:21 AM
Golden! Woo - Thanks everyone! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2011-05-28 08:02 PM


Argh! Maps be broke!



 


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valadaar's comment on 2016-03-26 08:31 PM
I left that open to the GM - though I made some general suggestions in section 5.
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epsilon's comment on 2007-08-20 01:38 AM
Once again I am humbled by my colleagues here at the Citadel:)

Amazing sub and I admit having only read it, to see where and how my 'crumb' was involved. But having done so I am the benefactor. Many thanks for drawing my attention to it. Go to Comment
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Kuseru Satsujin's comment on 2008-03-23 10:07 AM
Top notch material. It's rare that I see material with enough quality and depth that it should make it into a book of it's own, but this submission does exactly that. My only real beef with the submission is that the formatting which allows it to be posted actually detracts from it's readability, which is a mark of it's high quality and usability. While I seldom recommend it, this is exactly the kind of material that needs to be published for gaming. Go to Comment
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klauston's comment on 2009-02-01 03:06 PM
Well done (applause echoing in the background). A very well detailed location. 5/5 Go to Comment
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