During the founding of the City of Strabane, a worker disturbed a strange purple fungus and got it’s spores into a small cut that he had on one of his arms. Within days he was choughing and choking to death, but before he died he was able to explain what had happened to him.
The Mayor of Strabane was also the head of the Shapeshifter organisation and he quickly found many uses for this fungus. When put upon wood, within a week it had turned a section the size of a human fist into powder.That meant that doors that were too well guarded or too magical just to break down by sheer force, could be opened in that way.Until the area of the door was broken open it looked exactly the same as normal.
Wooden bridges and wooden dams could be destroyed with it, that was good for arranging the assassination of a king and his escort when there was no other means of doing it secretly…the king was guarded night and day and was very careful what he ate and drank.
When carried on the end of a metal spear, if it hit someone in the lungs death was quick to happen, but without the use of a healing potion or healing spell, death would happen sooner or later even from a small cut, although it might take several days. At first only a few assassins could be given the weapon, but later an army unit known as the DeathSpears was equipped with it too.
If not cremated or buried within 24 hours, a body of someone killed by this spear will be covered with the fungus.The fungus is harmless on undamaged skin.
Plot Hooks…Somebody has been injured by this weapon and offers the PC’s (who must not include powerful magic users) a large some of money to get him/her to a healer before death occurs.
An assassin is known to be using this weapon to carry out unauthorised assassinations and the PC’s have been sent from Strabane to secretly track him down and take him back alive to be punished.