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Siren no Orakio
August 6, 2009
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Kararemi'ar'Salm'Torat    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Style)

Even as humans can be, the Kel'Regar, too, can be touched by madness, and it can drive them to push to ends incomprehensible by the sane. The work of one such, Kararemi'ar'Salm'Torat, the Menangerie of Mad Creation, is a twisted, living structure, tormented by years of loneliness and incomprehensible need.

June 27, 2008
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The Pirates' Map    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Puzzles)

The party has obtained a treasure map, and it seems pretty straightforward… but digging in the indicated area for hours has revealed nothing…

January 2, 2008
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Picnic Basket of Confinement    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Traps)

Beware of food that isn’t yours for the taking.

December 7, 2007
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The Altar Of R'gu    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Rooms/ Halls)

The heroes storm the Temple of R’gu, the God From The Stars, to steal the Ruby of the Winged Master

September 20, 2007
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Foray into the Forest of the Frog King    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Rooms/ Halls)

Enter the Kingdom of Frog King in search of Treasure. What deal will you have to strike to get out alive?

August 29, 2006
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Limberlost    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Ecology)

Ages past the Woodking fell into a deep and terrible slumber, and from the fever of his dreams and nightmares the wooden dungeon of Limberlost grew.

July 29, 2006
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House of the White Apes    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Rooms/ Halls)

Deep in Sorilyeshcu, the Cloud Jungle of Ozhun, an evil clan of white apes keeps a malign secret.

November 4, 2005
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Ettercaps Traps    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Traps)

Ettercaps (the spindly evil woodfolk) are always good for traps: their pine woods are so dense it’s difficult to see what’s a trap, what’s a branch and what’s an ettercap…

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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