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The Pirates' Map

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The party has obtained a treasure map, and it seems pretty straightforward… but digging in the indicated area for hours has revealed nothing…

About eighty years ago, a band of seafaring pirates plundered other ships and coastal towns, stashing treasure chests here and there as pirates stereotypically do, and composing maps of the areas for their eventual retirement. These particular pirates were never defeated, and they did indeed use these maps to retire. One of the maps has been passed down two generations but the treasure was never recovered, due to the harsh nature of the coastal forest it is purported to be buried within.

The map is of simple design, inked on cloth. It shows a large, pyramidal shaped rock and a large free-standing tree. Directly between these two objects, X marks the spot.

After fighting through the forest, which is unsurprisingly inhabited by unfriendly creatures, the group finds the rock, and nearby, a large free-standing tree. Several hours and two broken shovels later, they find nothing. Grumblings begin that the map is a hoax.

It’s not a hoax. The tree they found is indeed large and free-standing, but it’s a red herring. It isn’t eighty years old, which the group had forgotten was the age of the map. The tree the map references is nothing but a rotted stump and a bit harder to find than the obvious tree.

In the "new" spot, the treasure (whatever it may be) is quickly discovered.



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Voted Grey
June 27, 2008, 20:16
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I like tricking the players, and this would do that nicely. A decent first sub, and I hope to see more from you. Welcome to the Citadel!
Voted valadaar
June 27, 2008, 20:18
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Not bad - a reminder on the effects of time.
Voted Cheka Man
June 27, 2008, 21:15
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Voted Golanthius
July 3, 2008, 16:25
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I agree with Grey. This would really mess with the PC's trying to figure it out. Nice job.
Voted Kassy
November 13, 2008, 6:11
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Several frustrated gaming hours later...

I like the frustration this would no doubt instil in the players.
Voted Nafar
April 28, 2010, 14:49
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Voted Cressida
August 29, 2010, 13:07
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Voted Moonlake
June 19, 2013, 23:45
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A nice puzzle to confound/frustrate players.
Voted Mageek
October 24, 2015, 15:32
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I really like puzzles caused by "real-world" problems containing "real-world" solutions. Excellent!


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Hu's Iron Ball

       By: Murometz

Hu was an ambassador of the Seventh Emperor of the Reng Dynasty. Throughout his life he traveled across many miles and lands to entreaty with neighboring kingdoms and the semi-savages who dwelled amidst the Metal Mountains.

During one such diplomatic mission, Hu was gifted a small iron marble as a gesture, by a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe. Little else is known of Hu, but that marble was lost and is now somewhere out there for someone to find.

A tiny, shiny sphere, the marble has several properties. First and foremost it is a strong magnet, considerably stronger than its size and density would indicate.

Secondly, if thrown or rolled upon the ground and the command word is spoken, the iron ball will magically enlarge to either the size of an ogres's head or to that of a great globe, twelve feet in diameter. The rolling ball of either size will continue to roll or fly at the same relative speed it was when launched as a marble, and can thus cause great damage to anything in its path. The magnetic power of the ball will also magnify when enlarged.

Legends claim that the ball has been tossed from besieged castles upon attacking foes and rolled at marching armies in ages past. At the end of such rolls, the larger size globe has been known to not only crush soldiers underfoot, but to also "collect" many dozens of metallic weapons and bits of armor unto itself, appearing as an armored sphere, with swords and spears sticking out from it in all directions.

Owning this powerful marble has its drawbacks. Anyone carrying it on their person, will experience the iron ball's insidious effects after some time. The owner feels no worse for wear, but after two month's time they will suddenly awaken one morning to find that their hair has fallen out completely, their teeth loosened like baby's teeth ready to drop, and their fingernails simply shriveled and sliding off the fingers and toes. Perhaps unbeknownst to the owner at first, the iron ball also renders an owner sterile or barren by this time.

Regular clerical healing will not reverse this horrible malady. Only finding and beseeching a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe to heal the iron ball's effects with their particular brand of magic, will work.

Hu's Iron Ball should be handled carefully by players and gms.

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