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October 27, 2005, 2:16 pm

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The Twisting of the Land


Something strange has infected the land. Plants and Animals are taking on the characteristics of other plants and animals. Many are harmless, others have become monsters.  The effect has spread from the near by wilds and into the populated areas. The first person has been infected by this strange malady.

In the wilds near by, over the last year or so, there has been an increase in monsters.  These monsters are new and odd, as animals seem to being combined.  A Owl taking on mouse characteristics, a cow growing a long shaggy coat of grass upon its back, A bear, a tree, and a squirl seem to be combined into one fearsome and odd beast. Many of the animals are malformed in some way, twisted to an odd shape. The malady is spreading beyond the wilds, into the villages.  The first case, a human with catlike fur, has occured. 

The person has a beloved pet cat. They now both have the same fur.

Many have investigated. It is not a curse, nor an evil spell, according to all the tests.  It is not a disease, as it can not be healed.  It is beyond anyone’s understanding. 

The characters are either hired or decide to look into it for personal reasons, the glory, the bounty, or for lack of anything better to do. 

Upon apporaching the wilds, you will find terrible (and a few admusing monsters), plants that are animal like, and a small dungeon filled with alchemical traps. 

What has actually happened is a crazed alchemist retreated back into the wilds.  She perfected elements of her craft in an attempt to seize the kingdom.  (Before that, the Alchemist sold goods in the nearby city, until they were embroiled in some “unpleasantness” and became bitter and desirous of revenge).  She wished to make monsters to form an army.  The first step to do so, was to create Chimera Oil. Over the years, she created a 30 gallon drum of the substance.  While creating some mind control dust, there was a terrible explosion in her lair.  She did not survive. Nor did the 30 gallon drum.  It slowly began to leak. In a dribble at a time, it has slowly flowed out of the lair. It finally reached the soil outside and soaked into the ground. Then into the water table. From there, this substance has slowly infected the water table.. thus the plants.. and up the food chain.  As the animals ingest more and more things contaminated, they eventually build up enough oil to trigger a morph.

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August 18, 2004, 7:33
Fantasy Toxic Waste. Who says magic is safer than tech?
Barbarian Horde
April 7, 2005, 15:04
MoonHunter, do you mind having a suggestion? What if one of the heroes knows a friend that likes to invent? Then there would be a mini quest to get a certian power source for the latest invention (hope it is a time machine or otherwise the rest of the thought might be in vain) and then the heroes rocket back in time to the time before the explosion in the lair occured. Then the heroes stop the crazed alchemist and the alchemist might get a chance to explain her actions thoroughly and the heroes get the choice of helping her or killing her. If helping her then their reputation goes bad. If killing her then their reputation goes up better than before and the other alchemists might have a chance of destroying the Chimera Oil and preventing the monstertoxicosis (I invented that term. It is the symptoms of turning into a monster. Do you like the term?) from happening to the future of that world.
April 7, 2005, 20:25
Monstertoxicosis would be teratometamorphosis, if you prefer realistic latin naming.
Barbarian Horde
August 5, 2005, 5:39
Possibly the ultimate portable if not potable plotline.

Especially because you can change almost anything in it and still leave the rest.

Flying farm animals..potion of air walk

The Dwarves below ground are getting wierd..even for dwarves.

Voted Sylvyr
September 1, 2005, 19:50
The group will never see this one coming.
September 2, 2005, 17:29
Question about this one...

How is the party supposed to figure out the cause? Even if they find the "ex-barrel", they aren't going to know that it slowly leaked into the water table, they just don't have enough knowledge to connect the two.

How do they avoid a similar fate?

(plus which, and I know it's fantasy, etc, but one gallon of toxic waste causing this? Sounds like potent stuff)
Voted Chaosmark
September 2, 2005, 17:37
Well, actually, if you read the Chimera Oil item he linked to, it says just a few drops makes the skin soft as clay. 30 gallons of the stuff into the water system will cause some serious funkiness. *nods*
Voted valadaar
October 30, 2013, 13:30
A logical way to bring Chimeria Oil into play.

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