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manfred
January 25, 2007
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 3.437500
It is a hard job to be a miner    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

There is trouble in the mines, claims your employer. And you are just the people to solve it.

ephemeralstability
January 15, 2007
Hits: 4896
Comments: 17
Ideas: 0
Votes: 13 / 4.269231
De Librorum    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

I don’t know if I posted about it before, but I have always wanted to run an adventure set in a library. The following is a sketch of an unusual premise and a possible plot-hook.

manfred
January 7, 2007
Hits: 3030
Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.250000
The Mittle-Fish Manufactory    Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)

The fine scent of sea, and the less fine smell of the fish… isn’t there something else smelling, too?

Murometz
January 6, 2007
Hits: 2870
Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.750000
Intrigue in the Hebra IX Cluster    Plots  (Crisis)   (Multi-Storyline)

The Sneel are causing trouble again.

Murometz
January 6, 2007
Hits: 8118
Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 4.000000
Space Operas    Plots  (Crisis)   (Multi-Storyline)

Not quite Science Fiction…

Murometz
January 1, 2007
Hits: 4135
Comments: 13
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.500000
The Last Tomorrow    Plots  (Crisis)   (Multi-Storyline)

Wherever the PCs have gone recently, they have heard the talk. The Doomsday Machine of Toothless Amalgam has stopped spitting out birdseed. The End is nigh.

manfred
December 25, 2006
Hits: 3144
Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.750000
Englbert's Home    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

How could a single building produce so much strife?

axlerowes
September 13, 2006
Hits: 2862
Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.875000
The Heart of a Warrior    Plots  (Crisis)   (Campaign)

A magical relic is stolen which has the power to raise the dead. The dead roused by this item are twisted tormented beings but are also elevated to a power befitting their earthly accomplishments. The PCs are charged with retrieving this item, but before they can safely secure it has already been used to raise the legendary King Parna who carved out the Kingdom by his spear and wits alone and his two most famous companions. Now the PCs must not only contain the relic, but save the realm for these new and powerful undead.

Imagine if King Arthur, Merlin and Lancelot were brought back as powerful undead.

axlerowes
September 12, 2006
Hits: 3798
Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 3.562500
The Mistress of the Keep    Plots  (Crisis)   (Side-Quest)

The Lord has a new girlfriend, and nobody is happy about it.

manfred
August 24, 2006
Hits: 8494
Comments: 8
Ideas: 12
Votes: 5 / 4.900000
The troubles of King Stymian    Plots  (Crisis)   (Mini-Campaign)

Only a year before, King Stymian’s future was firmly in his grasp. Today, he struggles for his own kingdom. But of all things, he is not a man that yields to opposition.

Scrasamax
July 18, 2006
Hits: 3598
Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 3.833333
Swollen Shadow Plot    Plots  (Crisis)   (Campaign)

The plot of the Swollen Shadow

CaptainPenguin
June 13, 2006
Hits: 5631
Comments: 20
Ideas: 0
Votes: 11 / 4.636364
The Bamboo Rats    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

Every 45 years, the bamboo forests which cover the tiny land of Ghanzu bloom, and very soon after come the rats…

Feraltetsuo
May 27, 2006
Hits: 4242
Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.833333
Lycanthropy - The Plot    Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)

Why isn’t this working!?
Maybe this human is too weak.
So find more humans to test it on!

Scrasamax
February 6, 2006
Hits: 7145
Comments: 15
Ideas: 0
Votes: 11 / 4.363636
Demonic Hysteria    Plots  (Crisis)   (Mini-Campaign)

I’ll tell you something, there was a demon in Widow Suvar’s Wine cellar. How do I know, ‘cuz I seen it that’s how I know.

Ancient Gamer
January 22, 2006
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Comments: 20
Ideas: 5
Votes: 4 / 4.750000
The Prophecies of Redemption    Plots  (Crisis)   (Mini-Campaign)

Near the summit of mount Arak’nui, the remnants of the elven race still lingers. Their hearts darkened, their spirits broken, they have turned to evil and embraced demon-worship.

Darkness and bitterness has consumed them, and they have turned away from their gods and summoned demons to inhabit the flesh and souls of the willing. Shadow dancers these elves are called, and they are an instrument of revenge, wreaking havoc wherever they dance into the midst of the enemy. It was an alliance hastily made in those desperate days three centuries ago, but as the elves witnessed the agony and change visited upon the shadowdancers they regret the decision more and more.

manfred
November 14, 2005
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.750000
Starting Adventures    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

Beginning adventurers have a hard time to find the right employment… let us try and help them!

Dragon Lord
November 14, 2005
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.000000
The Beast of Cragley Forest    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

A dangerous beast is loose in the forest.

Does the circus have anything to do with it, and if so can they help catch it?

More to the point, will they admit it?

Iain
December 21, 2004
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Comments: 31
Ideas: 0
Votes: 23 / 4.934783
Regression    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

The evil mage Zarakoth is dead, but with his death the world has gone mad. The aging characters are confronted on all sides by rot, death and decay whilst around them the world regresses rapidly to the stone age. Furthermore, Zarakoth seems to have miraculously not died - and to be more powerful than ever.

falcon_staff
December 1, 2004
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 1.555556
Journey of Magic    Plots  (Crisis)   (Mini-Campaign)

A young girl, of fifteen, sets out to find the kingdom of her land after raiders burned down her house. Now she has met a wonderful friend who schools her in the ways of the land…

MoonHunter
October 24, 2004
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 12 / 4.083333
It was just a book    Plots  (Crisis)   (Multi-Storyline)

The players have possession of a simple book. It seems like just a curiosity. Then everyone came out of it and things got…. complicated.

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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