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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.

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.

Kassy
April 11, 2012
Hits: 5660
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.

slartibartfast
March 19, 2009
Hits: 4010
Comments: 21
Ideas: 0
Votes: 13 / 4.538462
The other white meat    Plots  (Travel)   (Single-Storyline)

You’ll never eat in this town again.

Kinslayer
September 24, 2008
Hits: 4175
Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 2.916667
Away From Table Chart    Plots  (Travel)   (Side-Quest)

This random-roll chart is designed for those times when a player unexpectedly misses a game session.  What is their character doing while everyone else is out on an adventure?

valadaar
February 29, 2008
Hits: 9193
Comments: 13
Ideas: 6
Votes: 6 / 4.500000
At The Foot of the World    Plots  (Travel)   (Mini-Campaign)

At the foot of the World can be found both great treasure and danger! Adventure Awaits!

Stephie
December 30, 2007
Hits: 3809
Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.642857
Find the Flower    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

The forest is too large for just one person to forage…

manfred
November 24, 2007
Hits: 7038
Comments: 9
Ideas: 18
Votes: 2 / 4.750000
The spaceborne campaign    Plots  (Travel)   (Campaign)

A collection of plot hooks for a game on the road, or more precisely, on the route.

Dragon Lord
October 26, 2007
Hits: 4043
Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.357143
Waylaid on the Road    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

When a stranger warns of demonic activity, should you take him at his word?

manfred
September 15, 2007
Hits: 7461
Comments: 24
Ideas: 22
Votes: 4 / 4.625000
Encounters in Outer Space    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

- "Course heading, Captain?"
- "Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning."

manfred
August 15, 2007
Hits: 2466
Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.250000
Martha of the Saddlecreeks    Plots  (Travel)   (Single-Storyline)

Martha’s coming wasn’t a lucky sign. A heavy birth and a deformed face left even the midwife distrustful. But the child turned out healthy.

epsilon
July 24, 2007
Hits: 3189
Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.125000
The beds of Ruufon    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

‘Come in my friend, be seated with your fellows. I am Ruufon and I hope your sleeptravel has refreshed you and washed away the weariness of your wanderings…’

Dragon Lord
July 3, 2007
Hits: 3763
Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.916667
The Toll Station    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

When armed men barricade the road and demand money, be careful how you respond.
They just might have a legal right to do so.

Scrasamax
June 7, 2007
Hits: 66502
Comments: 8
Ideas: 19
Votes: 5 / 4.300000
A Tall Ship...    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

...and a star to steer her by.

In the vein of the other Random Encounter threads, now comes the thread for Oceanic encounters

Incarnadine
April 3, 2007
Hits: 9929
Comments: 17
Ideas: 0
Votes: 11 / 4.363636
Plunger’s Poorly Placed Potatoes    Plots  (Travel)   (Side-Quest)

Those Terrifying Tumbling Tubers: The Tale

manfred
March 11, 2007
Hits: 8642
Comments: 7
Ideas: 19
Votes: 5 / 4.200000
There, upon the mountainside...    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

The mountains are often a desolate place, but not without dangers, or opportunities.

Dragon Lord
January 4, 2007
Hits: 6389
Comments: 13
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.050000
All Tied Up    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

A tree, a length of rope, and a (maybe not so) innocent victim.
Wotcha gonna do?

Scrasamax
January 1, 2007
Hits: 5120
Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.100000
Minotauromachty    Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)

Here, have a sup, just two piece of silver.

Ancient Gamer
December 25, 2006
Hits: 5274
Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.916667
Woodland Tale    Plots  (Travel)   (Single-Storyline)

A Village by a forest, and a secret few knows. Will the PCs discover what dwells beneath the surface?

Wulfhere
December 25, 2006
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.100000
Tales of the Road    Plots  (Travel)   (Single-Storyline)

Travel broadens the mind… If you survive the journey.  A collection of Tales of Adventure

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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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