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Tales of the Road


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

Tales of Adventure

are brief adventure plots or story elements, presented in a few paragraphs.  What separates a Tale of Adventure from other plots is that it gives three different directions for the adventure to play out.  They may be minor twists in how the original situation is presented, or they may turn the whole scenario upside down.

Sometimes, you can’t even go for a quiet ride in the country without tripping across an adventure.  Away from the city, in the desolate reaches of the wilderness, await threats and treasures unsuspected.  Adventurous souls go forth to face these perils.  Whether it’s a quiet journey between cities or an epic quest into forbidding wilderness, few will forget the Tales of the Road.

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Abyrwythynsternwdt, the Village of the Unpronouncable Name By: Wulfhere ( Locations ) City - Any

The villagers paid dearly after they slew the stuttering old crone!

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All Tied Up By: Dragon Lord ( Plots ) Travel - Encounter

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

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Brothels and Intrigues By: Moonlake ( Plots ) Coincidence - Encounter

What happens when the PCs run into a girl that they failed to rescue once a second time?

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Englbert's Home By: manfred ( Plots ) Crisis - Single-Storyline

How could a single building produce so much strife?

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It is a hard job to be a miner By: manfred ( Plots ) Crisis - Single-Storyline

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

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Minotauromachty By: Scrasamax ( Plots ) Travel - Encounter

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

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Nickol Nacker By: Wulfhere ( NPCs ) Minor - Travelers

Every winter, a humble tinker man wanders through the villages, giving toys to the children…

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Onyx Guardians By: Kassy ( 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!

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The Black Man By: Michael Jotne Slayer ( Plots ) Coincidence - Side-Quest

A foreigner is being chased through the streets of the town by a mob with murder in their hearts.

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The Chain Gang By: CaptainPenguin ( Plots ) Event - Encounter

The heroes encounter prisoner-slaves and their masters

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The Highwayman's Vials By: Wulfhere ( Plots ) Discovery - Single-Storyline

Among his effects, the highwayman had 24 mysterious vials.  What could the strange liquid portend?

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The Mittle-Fish Manufactory By: manfred ( Plots ) Crisis - Encounter

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

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The Secret Invitation By: Michael Jotne Slayer ( Plots ) Coincidence - Side-Quest

The adventurers are approached in some public yet semi-private place by a lean dwarf, wearing a colorful cape with black feathers rim wrapped tightly around him. What will come of this?

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The Song of Sorrow By: kamina ( Plots ) Discovery - Side-Quest

The bard tuned his lyre for the 5th time. He looked at his reflection in the mirror. Ancient eyes greeted him.  This would be his last performance, it had to be perfect.

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The Stone of Mys By: Ria Hawk ( Items ) Jewelry - Magical

A magical artifact of literally unknown powers…

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The Strange Ship By: Michael Jotne Slayer ( Plots ) Coincidence - Side-Quest

A foreign ship drifts into the harbor.

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The Toll Station By: Dragon Lord ( 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.

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The Tolling of the Bell By: Scrasamax ( Plots ) Crisis - Single-Storyline

The bell calls from its lonely tower, ringing across the valley. For whom does the bell toll, it tolls for thee…

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Two Little Piggies Went to the Market By: Michael Jotne Slayer ( Plots ) Hired - Side-Quest

Two local merchants were found dead last night, both seemingly poisoned. Everebody is clueless as to what happened. Will the Heroes uncover the truth?

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Waylaid on the Road By: Dragon Lord ( Plots ) Travel - Encounter

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

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Woodland Tale By: Ancient Gamer ( Plots ) Travel - Single-Storyline

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

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December 26, 2006, 13:47
A growing set of plot-hooks for anyone to take and expand.

All are welcome to add to it!
Voted Murometz
December 27, 2006, 8:36
Great idea this! Mine's coming up.
Voted Ancient Gamer
December 28, 2006, 13:23
Great initiative! I love the collaborations of the Citadel!
Voted manfred
January 25, 2007, 16:25
This has grown into a decent collection... let's hope it will grow even more!
Voted valadaar
January 25, 2007, 17:31
Excellent Codex!
January 25, 2007, 18:36
Seems a little unfinished, but its pretty good!
January 26, 2007, 3:28
Guess this belongs to some plot down there...
Ancient Gamer
September 28, 2007, 13:32

This is a great codex!
October 4, 2007, 10:55
(Self-indulgent bump...) We could use a few more of these...
Ancient Gamer
October 5, 2007, 2:56
It does not lie forgotten. I peeked upon it the other day and even have it in my favourites! ;)

Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
November 7, 2007, 7:10
Great codex, added two more, and two more on the way.

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       By: Almar

While setting up camp for the night, the PC's are aproached by another group of adventurers who seem nice enough. The road is somewhat dangerous and the other group suggests camping together. The two bands split watches, one adventurer from each group watching at once. The night goes by without incident, the next day the PC's travel with the other group as they are going the same way.

The group consists of Hordel the ranger, who is skilled with the bow. Hordel is a quiet man who speaks little but appears quite skilled. Dremar is a barbarian who is a little excentric, he seems to be an excasive drinker and thiunk that battle is the solution to everything. He appears to be a stout and powerful fighter with his greataxe. Ferrin is the leader of the group, a rouge by trade. He is daft and witty, speaking with the PCs often and asking many questions. He fights with finesse with his rapier. Preminitat as a cleric but he will not say which god he worships. He uses his spells to empower and heal his party and fights with a club. He sticks close to Ferrin. Ferrin is a great talker and tells much of himself and his party, but asks even more about the history and capabilities of the PCs. He tells of some adventures his party has had, and they seem like an interesting group of mercenaries. Hordel is quite and has little interest in speaking with the PCs, he ignores most questions. He spends a lot of time with Dremar and sometimes Ferrin. Dremar seems to not care about any questions ansked to him, nor does he seem to know the answers. He seems battle hardened and is a simple man. Preminitat rarely starts conversations but will speak with the PCs. However, some of his accounts of the party's history seem to condradict those of Ferrin.

The Party spends another night and day with Ferrin's group. One of four things can happen on the third night.
1: While eating dinner around the fire, Ferrin gets into an argument with one of the PCs when he/she mentions the discepincies between Ferrin's stories and Preminitat's.
2: Hordel gets mad after repeated questioning about his life from the PCs.
3. Preminitat gets mad after repeated questioning from the PCs about what god he worships.
4: One of the PCs rejects the offer of a drink from Dremar and he takes it as an insult.
All of these scenarios result in a battle between the parties. If Ferrin's party is defeated and still lives he swears vengance. His party may then cross paths with the adventurers again.

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