A forest stands north of the town of Gaelin and, to it’s west, lies the serpent spine mts. Much of the rest of the area is open terrain with sporadic growths of trees.
The characters, moving north, are on their way to the town of Gaelin for the Mid-Summer’s Night Festival. On the way there, they happen upon a caravan of jesters, acrobats and animals that have been ambushed and slaughtered. It’s as if they have been eaten by wild animals. A raven is perched upon one of the wagons.
A family passes them on the road to Gaelin. If the characters speak to them, they wil warn them to go back where they came, because up ahead laid death, disease and, they also hear there are evil rituals being conducted with a form of worship using necrophilia.
The town is a veritable ghost town. Many of the able-bodied have left, leaving the old and weak to tend to the crops and fend for themselves. A soup kitchen is run twice a day to feed it’s inhabitants. Also, there is one inn still open, though the caretaker is debating a move to anothers region. There are a few ravens within the town.
All of the graves have been dup-up and their bodies have been removed. Because of this, when anyone dies, their body is immediately burned. The disease turns out to be pneumonia.
A search in the daylight of the surrounding area will produce no signs of life, outside the normal vegetation and insects.
During the second day, smoke, from an immense fire, billows from the north west area. The characters learn that is where the towns of Farrakas is located.
On the third day an army of skeletons and zombies head to the town of Gaelin for their annihilation.
This is a small lumber town. Everyone has been slaughtered and, ones again, no valuables were taken. A small band of undead are stationed there hiding within the corpses, they ambush the characters. A few ravens are within the town.
——serpent spine mts.——
Patrols of undead minions are traveling within these. They are moving through the mountains clearing the small towns and forests of life and are dragging their corpses back to their master.
This is built inside the side of a mountain, with a tower reaching up to it’s highest peak to patrol the area. A necromancer lives here and has designs to kill and enslave the world.
1. patrol- skeletons, zombies
2. raiders- ghouls
3. stronghold- ghouls, wraiths, ju ju zombies
4. undead mountain lion
5. ravens- these are magical and the necromancer is able to see what they see.
Black Swamp river
All the trees within stand like spindley tooth picks from their murky soil. Burnt from an ancient blaze, yet thriving amidst a comatose state of being. Leaves are absent from their limbs, as if it's founding soil dares not breed life back into their large powerful limbs; leaving a forboding message to those who stand at it's precipice: no life shall be sustained. (?)
Beams of sunshine glistens through the failing shade of naked branches, illuminating oily tints streaming through the mucky water, giving hints of corruption