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Sundering of Zia

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An event that changed the Dragon Empire forever 

There was once only one land, Zia. It was a prosperous time for both us of the Dragon Empire and those now living in Neozia. Yet, greed came upon those Western barbarians and all was lost. In the ultimate contest of might between practitioners of their alien 'magic' and ours of the Way of Fengshui, the land was ripped apart. The bulk of what was once Zia was split in half, forever separating us from them.

~ Recounting of the Sundering of Zia as told in the Dragon Empires

Aftermath of the Sundering:

The way of practising magic in the Dragon Empire is forever changed after the Sundering. The first change occurs in the form of a drastic re-interpretation of the way that the Five Elements are channeled into spells. Later, the Way of Fengshui itself becomes subsumed under the Bond. 

Author's notes: The Sundering is basically the culminating event to a fantasy version of the Opium War. The link about the Way of Fengshui is broken at the moment (currently the sub is in Private-Hidden status). More subs about the evolution of  magic systems in the Dragon Empire are forthcoming. 



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       By: Monument

THE COVEN
When the characters approach a clearing in the forest, they will see 4 ogres who are guarding, and preventing from escape, 4 human males, and 3 human females. The ogres will see the party and leap to attack. The females will scream "OUR SAVIORS!!" and run screaming straight across the currently forming battlefield, in between ogres and party members, to hide behind the rearmost party members. They will be safe there. The males will try to skirt the battle to the north side to join the women.

To the south, giants will be hiding in the thick underbrush until the party has engaged the ogres and then attack the most opportune target EXCEPT the ones that the females are next to.

It should be noted that the female commoners are not female commoners at all, nor are the male commoners actually male commoners. The female commoners are the hags, who have polymorphed themselves as the commoners in their stewpot to escape detection. The males skirting the battle are actually MORE ogres, the hags were in the process of polymorphing ALL the ogres into regular humans for ambush purposes. The REAL commoners are already dead, having found their way into the coven's cauldron for dinner.

The hags (the women) will position themselves near to any spellcasters in the rear first, and then near anyone else in the back of the fight. The ogres (the men) will wait until the hags shift form, and then attack first the rear folks, then shift into the melee.

It is possible that the characters, as they approach the ogres, will notice the giants in the bush, and be able to warn the others of the ambush.

GAME NOTES: If you sell the screaming women correctly, they will not even be suspected until it is too late. Therein lay the problem. This encounter is ESPECIALLY deadly to the rear eschelon of the party. It is entirely possible that the hags will finish off half the party before they even realize they have been duped. Caution is required if the game master wishes to avoid a TPK(total party kill).

Encounter  ( Forest/ Jungle ) | July 14, 2005 | View | UpVote 1xp


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