When the Yocasta Company potions factory had a disastrous magical accident, which badly polluted the River Crysta, killed and injured large numbers of people and created the Flowing Death , the effects went far beyond the area. A couple of swans imbibed some of the water hundreds of miles away from the disaster and began to grow. The majority of such creatures would be seen as evil and chased out of the region or killed, but the symbol of Pier Point was the swan and these two giant swans were seen not as abominations but as living symbols of the city and as living tourist attractions. Amongst some they have become the centre of a minor religious cult.
They are the size of small boats and because of their vast weight, can only fly now in short bursts despite the size of their wings. They see no reason to fly anyway and have no fear of humans because they are kept fed by the tourists. They have become somewhat arrogant and expect to be treated well. If angered, their giant wings can snap a human arm and the beaks, their rasps scaled up to the size of teeth, can give a nasty bite. They have no greater intelligence then average swans as their minds were not affected.
The Golden Eggs-The swans have laid eggs and the PCs have been sent by the mayor of another city to steal them. They must avoid the city police, known as the Admiral’s Guards, the civilian fans of the swans, and the danger of the swans themselves, who will not take kindly to would-be egg thieves. Lastly the eggs are heavy and will only be useful if recovered unbroken. Should the swan/s be killed, the PCs will be hunted down as outlaws.
Offerings-The cult has kidnapped the daughter of a rich family and plan to offer her to the swans (who will not attack anyone in fact unless they feel threatened.) Again, the PCs need to rescue the daughter without killing or harming the swans.
Author’s Notes-so many creatures are just things for the PCs to kill. If the PCs chop these swans up, they will be in serious legal trouble.