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February 25, 2015, 10:02 pm

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Ballad of the Malconvoker


A 99 word poem of a small town, and the demon who guards its chapel when the mists rise.

'Low the misted hilltop chapel
a bucolic valley town,
of impassive descendants
from judgment old laid down.

Child of the chapel
and betrayed by angels fair,
she summoned forth hell's legion
'stead to root out evil's lair.

The clergy unable to reconcile
good done by evil's hand
turned upon their own;
a siege she would withstand.

Her infernal servant fond,
swore to guard 'til death,
but unable to look inside
would not see her final breath.

Shattering the midnight fog
a thunder from the still,
the mists they walk,
no townsmen talk,
of the deamon who guards the hill.

Additional Ideas (1)

Some thoughts for GMs:

1. What are the townsfolk like? They are several generations in to having the 'good' and 'evil' among them be singled out for death by the demon, but their ancestors were unable to return without completing their mission. I imagine a steadfast people, friendly enough but they try to shoo strangers out of town for their own safety. They can vary from lawful to chaotic, so how does this change aspects like crime?

2. The players are capable of learning and deciphering the poem. They can rid the town of the demon by giving him closure, by proving that his mistress is dead and releasing him from his vows. Is this the right thing to do? They are actively helping an evil creature, and possibly releasing him into the world. On the other hand, it is a good thing to do for both the demon and the town.


1. A local lord wants to lay claim to the town to establish a trading route, but all of his emissaries keep disappearing. You are the last resort before he declares war.

2. You are caught in a violent storm and seek shelter in a small chapel upon the hill just before sundown. As you look out the window you see the storm is subsiding and the mist rising, but you can still hear thunder. As the demon's shadow falls over you you realize that you will not be leaving this place. Not unless you can unravel its secret.

3. Some folks at an inn are calling for a strange ballad the bard has not heard of. They are shady travelers from a small town not too far away, and vicious rumors about them fill the tavern.

4. A cleric and dear friend has been given a sacred quest to defeat the demon, and most likely get himself killed. You must either stand in his way or conquer the demon before he does.


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Voted MysticMoon
February 24, 2015, 16:26
This is a good alternate take on the picture with some nice gaming applications. Love the poem format for the 100 words.
Voted Moonlake
February 24, 2015, 20:31
Like the other Moon, I like the way you turn the pic around too and the poem format is indeed lovable. And finally, cheers for 2nd sub for the Art Quest. The Moons collaboration are working to come with the 3rd but let's see....
Voted Aramax
February 25, 2015, 7:18
Only voted
Voted Murometz
February 25, 2015, 19:52

Nice twist, nice poem, and nice add-on explaining the options!

Have random questions on the fascinating wording...

1. "The clergy unable reconcile" there's no "to" between unable and reconcile on purpose right? 2. "Her infernal servant fond" what is meant by fond here?

I don't care about grammar, vocabulary and spelling, I'm just asking because I like the style.

Anyway, good job!

February 25, 2015, 22:00
Ah bugger, there should be a "to"; good thing I have 2 words of leeway. I promise you it was there in at least one version.

As for fond, they could be as fond as you like *nudge nudge wink wink other obvious stuff* but in my mind it was sort of an earned loyalty, a friendship cultivated by mutual respect and understanding held together by magical pacts. Probably because in my mind they were both women.
Voted valadaar
January 25, 2016, 9:23
Nice combo for 100 word AND quest submission.

I like it!



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       By: manfred

You meet a large number of villagers, walking and weeping beside the coffin of an old bearded man (or adapt to your funeral customs). If asked properly, you learn about an old wizard, a wise man that long helped the tiny village to grow and prosper. Even after death he shows his favour: he gave most of his possesions to the poorer members of the community. All the villagers show him now respect this way. Why do you ask, are you adventurers? (As a last wish, he left a tiny case for the first group of adventurers that crosses the village).

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