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November 18, 2005, 8:32 pm

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Castel under Siege


A Castle or better a fortified tower is floating over the country side and being attacked by goblins (or other monsters, depending on PC strength)

A long time ago (some three to four hundred years), A mage living on a small island saw his island being eaten away by the sea. He decided to save the population of the island and his knowledge, so he hired a group of dwarven diggers to dig out a huge cellar below part of the island.
After that, a trench was dug out, all along the cellar and a metal band was placed around the area (measuring about 400 by 400 feet).
Once the trench was completed, many a crate of floating stone was carried into the cellar and finaly the island took to the air.
In the middle the wizards tower is standing about 160 feet high. From the tower, lines run down to which sails can be attached. These sails are the only means of propulsion.
Over the years, many of the island dwellers have left the island to find a place to live on solid ground.
Only the wizard and a small guard troop remain.

When the adventurers see the floating island, it is attacked by a huge number of goblins. Sails ablaze by the fire arrows that struck the sails by sheer luck.

Their choices include:
- Leaving
- Returning later (with more of the castle being overtaken by the goblins)
- Attacking the goblins flat out (however there are soo many, the players will then be over run before they even get near to the floating island)
- Attacking small groups of goblins and creating diversions , so they may get to the island and deffend the higher ground.

Rewards can be diverse. Maybe the mage is still there and will give them a proper reward.
Maybe the mage is gone, but the goblins have still left some valuables….

disclamer: I know the plot is lacking in back-ground on some points. This is intentional. I do not want to tie down the DM who uses this to my world.

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August 19, 2003, 19:51
I know this castle is tied to the floating rock discussion we've had here, but could you look that up and add it to the plot so people who want to use it can know what it does?

A good plot and a good way to give the players an idea for a base of operations that is mobile. If they can find some floating stone, what group wouldn't want to build a house on top of one and be able to take all thier stuff with them while they adventure?
Barbarian Horde
September 11, 2004, 0:06
A plot twist to this would be for one PC to be named Margrave of the castle. Then when PCs come to claim the land, they find it under seige. The defenders are stout, but time is limited. This worked well for me to get PCs on same page. How to draw off troops and get the odds slightly better for our heros!
Voted Zylithan
November 15, 2005, 1:47
I understand your want to not tie us down to your specific campaign and I think that's important. But I would say go ahead and give us a couple possible motivations or back stories, or give us one and let us ignore it.
Voted Dragon Lord
January 27, 2006, 10:40
OK - it's a castle and it's under attack - fine so far

But - why should the PCs get involved? - why should they care? - after all, it's not their castle

Maybe if there was a little more background, hinting perhaps at the power of the mage who made his island home float through the air and his legendary generosity to those who display courage, honour and generosity

Always ask yourself this: If I were playing and the GM presented this situation, how would I react?
If the answer is ignore it, there's something wrong

Remember - the PCs have to want to get involved

Overall - not a bad idea but needs some fleshing out - 2.5 / 5
Voted valadaar
January 26, 2017, 11:39
Hmm, floating castle - darn cool unless these things a dime a dozen in your world.

Hey, maybe the goblins have the right idea. Maybe _We_ should capture that tower.

Time for a 3-way !

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