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Cheka Man
February 3, 2015
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Votes: 5 / 3.400000
A Grave Problem    Plots  (Discovery)   (Encounter)

The PCs are in a graveyard, when as they are passing a noble tomb with a certain symbol embossed on the door, the magic user in the party hears a voice from being the tomb door begging to be let out. What do the PCs do?

valadaar
August 27, 2014
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.833333
30 Sea-bottom Encounters    Plots  (Discovery)   (Encounter)

The Sea hides many secrets in its depths, here are 30.

Kassy
June 10, 2014
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.750000
The Omen    Plots  (Hired)   (Encounter)

An ominous emblem begins appearing in tapestries, paintings, engravings, streets, etc. across the town or city in which the players are staying.

Kassy
May 24, 2014
Hits: 410
Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 3.166667
The Vanishing Diner    Plots  (Event)   (Encounter)

While enjoying a meal in the local tavern, the party strikes up a conversation with another customer, who is witty and urbane.

Kassy
May 22, 2014
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 3.666667
Thrice Damned    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

A sorcerer with evil intentions or just a murderer waiting for another fool?

At a crossroads, the characters come across a trio of thick poles set into the ground, just outside the overlapping roads.

axlerowes
April 16, 2014
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Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 3.833333
Elizabeth Sheybad and the Flirting Dress    Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)

I have just one question: How do I use this as a dungeon master.

Women expressed themselves by the clothes they wore~

Scrasamax
September 12, 2013
Hits: 1322
Comments: 10
Ideas: 1
Votes: 6 / 4.833333
30 Dimensional Fatigue Events    Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)

When arcanotech fails, it fails spectacularly

Kassy
May 28, 2013
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 3.500000
Onyx Guardians    Plots  (Discovery)   (Encounter)

Atop a nearby rise the infuriated priestess stood, taking in the unfolding scene in the

valley below. How dare these metallic, roaring, foreigners loot their temples. She offered

up a silent, vengeful prayer to her gods, may their wrath befall these intruders!

Moonlake
May 27, 2013
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 2
Votes: 5 / 3.500000
Chinese Whispers    Plots  (Discovery)   (Encounter)

A scroll of rumours, Chinese Whispers style

Kassy
May 18, 2013
Hits: 478
Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 11 / 3.727273
The Forgotten Brand    Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)

Why do they choose to re-appear now? Perhaps it is just a crazed local? What will happen to the child?

Scrasamax
December 31, 2012
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
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Fetting    Plots  (Event)   (Encounter)

Sometimes you just can't keep a good man down

Cheka Man
September 10, 2012
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Comments: 14
Ideas: 0
Votes: 1 / 4.000000
7 Things to Run or Hide From    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

"There is a time to fight, and a time to run and hide,and the clever thing is deciding when it is the right time to do either." Unamed veteran of many hard-fought battles.

EmilioV
July 24, 2012
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Comments: 14
Ideas: 2
Votes: 7 / 3.285714
10 Combat Obstacles    Plots  (Event)   (Encounter)

Something to keep your party on their toes.

EmilioV
July 24, 2012
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.285714
10 Chance Meetings    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

A selection of chance encounters that can take place in any large town or city.

Scrasamax
July 15, 2012
Hits: 1055
Comments: 7
Ideas: 2
Votes: 5 / 3.600000
11/30 Things to make Players Sweat    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Inspired by Cheka's 30 things to run away from.

Kassy
April 11, 2012
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Comments: 21
Ideas: 0
Votes: 12 / 3.416667
A slight problem with Hell    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

As you are traveling through the forest you stumble accross a poor peasent, who begs you to help his village.

Dossta
April 21, 2011
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 1
Votes: 7 / 4.642857
30 Dragon-Related Plots and Encounters    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Dragons are truly awesome creatures.  Too awesome in a lot of ways, really.  Because of their power, their magnificence and their near-immortal lifespans, a GM might hesitate to include one in a campaign as anything other than an end boss.  Here are 30 non-traditional ways to bring these wonderful beasts into your own campaign.

Nafar
October 15, 2010
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 2.416667
Code 7777SOHAT    Plots  (Discovery)   (Encounter)

The hacker had breached the final firewall and was typing code into the command prompt: code/7777SOHAT. Images flashed up on screen and he gazed in terror at what he saw.

Dossta
September 29, 2010
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Comments: 26
Ideas: 1
Votes: 14 / 4.392857
30 Campaign Starters    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

Due to the nature of tabletop RPGs, a campaign will often start with a random group of strangers.  Here are some ways to get them adventuring together, without resorting to the old Tavern trope.

VIM40
December 21, 2009
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 10
Votes: 8 / 3.875000
Twenty Zombie Encounters/Seeds    Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)

It was just any other day, another testament to the mundane dreary lives of the living. No one was prepared for their coming, how could they be? They entered the bodies of the living, transforming them into blood thirsty monsters, all in an instant.

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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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