-50 ADVENTURE IDEAS FROM NEWSPAPERS & INTERNET MEDIA-
Empire Today Issue One is a collection of Fifty adventure ideas based on real world events sourced from many different news sources.
1. THE HARLEQUIN'S MASK
Investigator Riyu stared at the brutalized woman. Her face had been cut on by the very madman he was pursuing.
"When was she found?" He turned to the Watchman who had found her.
"Last night," The Guardsman turned away from the Corpse. "Neighbours reported Screaming."
DM Briefing: A Psychopath has been attacking Women. All the victims have their mouths cut at the edges so they look like Harlequins or Puppets.
2. BLOOD SACRIFICE
Dura the Fortune teller leaned forward through the smoke.
"If the clay is no longer baking red and true, A Sacrifice of Blood will see you through." Dura Fell back from the Trance.
Furdad rushed from the tent.
"What did the fortune Teller say?" Azawe was waiting.
"We must conduct a blood Sacrifice..." Furdad looked around. Which of his workers would he sacrifice?
DM Briefing: When the clay of a digging no longer baked to traditional red, Brick Makers Sacrifice a labourer on advice of a Fortune Teller.
3. FIRE AND ICE (PART 1)
Sigismund turned toward the direction of the explosion. There at the top of the Glacial ice wall that towered above the far end of the Valley, the red and orange embers of an inferno spewed upward like a fountain of fire. All around it the Ice turned to Steam.
Sigismund reached for the Alarm bell; a sound barely audible to the population of the village over the roar and thunder coming from the Glacier.
"We must flee!"
DM Briefing: five hundred Villagers are forced to flee as a Volcano erupts from beneath a near-by Glacier.
4. WHO CAN WE ASK FOR HELP?
Elin cowered at the brutality of the attack. The Men who had raided the House and violated its women picked through the spoils of their plunder.
"Right! Where is the rest of it?" The Leader of this raid struck Elin a blow. Where is it?"
DM Briefing: In a community where Prostitution is not managed by the Guild or any Watch, A house of ill repute is raided by bad men, the Women violated and robbed. They can’t exactly go for help.
5. BABY KILLING SON OF A BITCH
Silber jerked back from the hessian sack he had discovered snagged on the edge of the riverbank in horror retreating away from it;
"Oh by the Gods..." He emptied his stomach contents on the bank.
His friend patted him on the shoulder.
"What's wrong?" Grandim the fisherman began working his way toward the bag that had shocked his companion.
The sight of the small bodies broke Grandim immediately to tears. There were babies in the sack.
DM Briefing: Villagers discover the corpses of twenty babies on a riverbank. Somewhere up river a Wizard is conducting experiments on Babies.
6. THE TIDE OF REFUGE
Alberth the fisher pulled in his nets, struggling with the load of fish. That was when he saw it. The Boat was defiantly foreign and not of a type that Alberth was familiar with. It was crowded with the starving and emaciated. Men, Women and Children of some far away land. Their vessel seemed to struggle with the load and reek of a smell that suggested they had been at sea for perhaps a year.
Their mast, broken and lashed into place struggled to withstand the forces of the feeble wind that jerked their vessel toward land.
Alberth looked back at his small fishing village and wondered if they would even make the beach.
DM Briefing: Boat People of a foreign and unknown land begin landing on the coast and crowding into and around Communities there. Hungry, destitute, outcast and all manner of suffering folk are amongst their number. They do not speak the local language and may become an underclass.
7. COFFIN FINDERS, COFFIN KEEPERS
Franco scratched at the dirt with his wooden Sod breaker. There was defiantly something there. He pushed back the dirt to reveal more of the Lead.
"A Lead Box...?" It seemed a little long. Gregor was three feet away and scraping dirt off the same lead box.
"A coffin perhaps?"
DM Briefing: Farmers digging in a field near some old rocks uncover a thousand pound lead coffin. Considering the value of such metal, perhaps it is the Coffin of an Emperor.
8. THE ALVA FARUK
"What kind of vessel is that?" Geran began climbing the riggings to get a better view. It was huge. Where were the Sails? where were the Masts? It seemed flat like a Barge or a Galley. Perhaps it was rowed by Slaves?
"No one Knows. It simply appeared on the reef during that terrible Maelstrom last evening." Captain Franco extended his spyglass.
Geran stared down at the ocean. It was befouled with something...
DM Briefing: A thousand feet long iron hull ship has crossed through from some alternate reality and become lodged on a Reef off the Coast. It has spilled a thousand tons of oil on the ocean poisoning fish stocks in the region.
9. FIRE AND ICE (PART 2)
The Roar was deafening. The Smell infernal.
Derun Firehammer stared at the firestorm before turning to his companions.
"And the Seer is sure that Surak the Infernal is in there somewhere attempting to summon the Nightlord?" The Prospect of entering that hell for anything less than saving the world filled him with dread.
"He's never wrong." Franz was prepared to go on faith alone but it helped if he was right.
DM BRIEFING: What began as an Eruption in the North has been revealed as an effort to summon some dark force into the world of men.
10. A FOUL SMELL IN TOWN
Katrin pushed aside the window curtains with one hand struggling with the waste bowl. The foul aroma of the street washed over her causing her to stumble.
The Waste in the bowl spilled across her as she collapsed, choking on the overpowering smell choking her lungs.
"Oh...Oh Gods! What is that?" Katrin vomited.
DM BRIEFING: A would-be Alchemist is mixing toxic substances in the Cellar of a Tavern. Unfortunately the toxic cloud is poisoning the citizens living in the Foreign Quarter.
11. THE NINEFINGERED ONE
The Midwife struggled with the cord, the newborn child waving its hands in the light of the moment. It was a simple slip of the blade and the child Screamed.
"Oh no. Oh Gods No!" The midwife Sara panicked now.
"What’s wrong?" The Queen mother was suddenly drawn to the wailing of her child. "Is something wrong?"
"I Just cut off a finger." The Midwife padded the bloody stump in a pathetic attempt to stem the blood flow. The Queen seemed confused.
"Not my own. Hers." The horrified mother was shocked at what she was hearing.
DM Briefing: During a delivery of a child, a Midwife slices off a child's finger. The young Princess will be forever known as Isha Nine-fingered.
12. ORCS ARSE FOUND DEAD
The guest hadn’t come down for dinner in three days. Fraknel the Innkeeper pushed open the door to the room and was confronted by the smell of a corpse. The occupant wasn’t necessarily dead - he smelled like that on check in. The hideous face of sewn up flesh emerged from the darkness and Fraknel fell backward in shock before recovering his senses.
Was that the face of an Orc? It swayed on a hook over the door as Fraknel pushed into the room.
The squeal of a terrible engine filled the room and Frankel found himself standing on a rapidly deflating Bagpipes crafted from Orc Bones and most likely some Orc Leather. Lifting his foot off the broken instrument he found the body.
DM Briefing: Orc's Arse, a member of GARROT, a band violent bards who are known to wear Masks and carry instruments crafted from Humanoid Skin, is found dead in his room in an Inn.
13. HEALING WATERS DISCOVERED
Ferdinand struggled with the weakness in his old bones as he bent to cup his hands to capture water from the old brass tap that supplied drink water from the Church Cistern. A sip and the pain began to ease.
DM Briefing: Villagers discover that the water from a tap outside their church coming from the rainwater cistern heals. Word gets out and all manner of charlatan comes looking to profit from the export of the healing waters.
14. PLAYWRIGHT GOES INSANE
Azani made her way into the Manor house of the great Actor and playwright, Suran Baor. The doors open, the halls dar,. the servants missing.
Her husband Franel was here somewhere likely working on some play with the greatest Actor and Playwright the Kingdom had ever seen. She worked her way toward the East Wing where there was a theatre.
The hall seemed dark - despite the oil lamps.
Baor stepped into lantern light with something in his hand. He was coated in blood.
"Come in my dear...We are just getting to your part in this comedy."
DM Briefing: A great Actor and Playwright kills a fellow Actor on Stage then lures the victim's Wife to the same fate.
15. SINKHOLES CONSUME CITY
Kalvosh the Bandit rode his horse away from the Guardsmen at all haste. The gold of his almost successful bank robbery weighed down the stolen nag he was riding.
"You'll never take me alive!" the furious chase changed direction and took them down another cobblestone street. Kalvosh spotted it first. The Street had been devoured by a very deep hole. Kalvosh changed direction, cutting through the garden of some peasant farming on urban land. Kalvosh stared back at the cavernous hole.
"Where in the hells did that come from?"
DM Briefing: Sink Holes open across the city of Durnt causing the population to flee in fear. The Caverns into which the city is falling are up to a quarter of a mile deep.
16. INTELLIGENCE POTION FOR SALE
Sedric the peddler sipped the strange brew the old farmer had given him.
"You should feel a warm sensation washing through you as the potion takes effect." Sedric could taste the apricot at least.
"No...But hey we can sell it to the people in the next town by the bottle. It’s got fruits in it so it must be good for you." Sedric smiled at the old Charlatan.
DM Briefing: A community begins to peddle a potion of Intelligence made entirely from natural ingredients rather than magic. The results are up for dispute but some long term drinkers swear they have improved their intelligence.
17. STRANGE LIGHTS IN THE SKY
Kofis staggered into the street and looked about for the moon that would light his way home. The Swirling Light in the sky caught his attention. The Moon had never done that before. He looked around and spotted the moon before looking back at the swirling light in the sky.
That was new.
"You are probably wondering why there are two moons." Came the voice out of the darkness. "You might want to go home and forget you ever saw it."
"That's not a moon...looks nothing like a moon. It’s a swirly light in the Sky." The Shadow moved only slightly.
"Dragon." The voice corrected.
"That’s not a Dragon...Looks nothing like a Dragon." The Shadow stepped forward and now it was joined by another.
"Like I said. It’s a Dragon if you know what is good for you." Did the second have a sword?
"Right...I'm obviously too drunk to think about such things. I'm off to bed." The shadow's sword retreated to its scabbard and they vanished into the dark.
DM Briefing: A Swirly thing is seen in the sky all along the Coast by many villagers in many villages.
18. RIVER SPIRITS APPEASED
Sabutai the high priest took the first chicken and cut it's neck draining the blood into the raging river that cut their simple village in half. Upstream, twelve children gathered on the Village Bridge to watch the ceremony and offer flowers.
"Let this sacrifice appease the spirits of the river and..." Sabutai was interrupted as a great wave erupted from the watery surface in a furious rage.
The Great Elemental Primordial roared: "I accept this Sacrifice..." The Watery hand devoured the bridge and claimed the children.
DM Briefing: A ceremony to appease the Spirits of the River by sacrificing Chickens goes horribly wrong and twelve children on a bridge linking two halves of a Village are claimed by a River God.
19. HAMMER OF GOD
Namoi Wildcatcher looked up at the sky...Was that Thunder this time of year? Above him, burning Coals seemed to fall from the sky and impact on the far side of the island with a flash of light.
The Shockwave hurled him through the air smacking him against the distant forest trees.
DM Briefing: Rocks fall from the sky unleashing hellish energy on scale with a nuclear bomb. In the aftermath, Survivors discover Craters that fill with water forming lakes. They begin sacrificing children and animals to appease the angry sky.
20. WOLVES IN THE WILDERNESS
The Old woman was hysterical but Arak could make neither heads nor tail of her fears.
"Any Idea what she is going on about Harren?" The Warrior looked over at the old Priest.
"She's saying that Her Grandchildren were abducted by Slavers. She's begging you to get them back." A familiar Story in these parts. Arak nodded.
"Ask her when it happened."
DM Briefing: The PCs are sent to investigate the abduction of Children from Villages located along a Mountain Road. The Villains are part of a slavery network trading in children. Most of them wind up dead after years of abuse and cruelty.
21. NIGHTMARE IN PUNDE
Widow Sandoval ran down the night shrouded street with the monsters on her heels.
"Some one! Please help!" Her screams seemed to be drowned out by the thunderous sound of this herd of Mega-fauna hot on her heels down the Cobblestone lane.
A terrible squeal of horror drowned the community as she was finally set upon.
DM Briefing: The Village of Punde is plagued by giant Rats the size of Hounds.
22. INFERNO CITY
Burning debris hurled outward from the distant explosion igniting a hundred other timber shanties.
Leon cowered from the heat as the pressure wave hurled him to the Ground. This was it for the Capitol. The City would burn unstopped until it was all gone.
"Carley! Get to the Cart. We need to leave!" Leon ran for the Horse in the barn.
DM Briefing: A terrible inferno has taken hold of the crowded capital. It will be entirely engulfed in flame within a day. Crowds of People flee for their lives. It is uncertain what caused it but speculation will add to the panic.
23. TWO HORNED UNICORN SIGHTED
The alarm spell sounded waking Finntiluth from his sleep. Even half asleep he could see the Two horned Horse through the Crystal Ball. He immediately roused his companions with a Roar.
"The Creature is sighted at location Zebra-Three. Prepare for Transport Gentlemen."
Within moments the Flying Ship turned inland.
DM Briefing: When a Two Horned Unicorn is spotted in the wilderness, interested parties hurry to capture it.
24. RED MIST SMOTHERS TOWN
Alveron choked on the burning red cloud that enveloped his small town. His eyes and throat burned. There was no where he or the other residents could go to gain respite from the acrid cloud.
"Where in the hells do you think it is coming from?" Alveron turned to identify the Voice. It was Vsanya. She was pushing through the crowd
"It came from the direction of the Abandoned Wizard's Tower west of town." Vsanya nodded in acceptance as residents pushed past them both fleeing east.
"We should go deal with it. You think?" Alvernon nodded in agreement.
DM Briefing: A poisonous acidic cloud pours over a community. It seems to be coming from an abandoned wizard's Tower outside of town. Chemicals have apparently mixed and turned into a toxic cloud.
25. STATE OUTLAWS MAGI
"A ban on Witches and Wizards advertising their Services is now in effect!" The Town Crier directed guardsmen to tear down the notices posted on the Pillar of Public Notices where everyone advertised. The Crier moved down the Street where hundreds of Wizards and Witches sold their services.
"A ban on Witches and Wizards advertising their Services is now in Effect!" Guardsmen tore down signs overlooking the Street, and above small shop fronts taking them inside Shops to have words with their proprietors.
Apprentice Salmo hurried off to warn his master of this disturbing chain of events.
DM Briefing: A Republic that has in the last few decades seen increasing influence of the Church begins cracking down on Wizards and Witches. Though it is for now a ban on advertising their services, it is likely to escalate into a ban on Wizards and Witches.
26. A PATRIARCH’S FUNERAL
Janko the Warrior could only watch as the Corpse of the old man was carried down the road of the Village Lane. Hundreds seemed to have turned out to see the old fellow off.
"Whose he then?" His inquiry seemed to spark disinterest in his ignorance.
Perhaps a hundred elderly women wailing his death followed the precession.
"He's our Patriarch." The Village Guardsman to his left commented.
"How many of them are related to the man?" The Crowd of followers seem to look angrily at Janko.
"All of us. Those Women are his Wives." As the Guardsman nodded to his mum, Janko suddenly felt awkward at having killed to old fellow.
DM Briefing: The Party stumble into the Village of Kuku where his children are burying the Village Patriarch and his hundred wives are mourning his loss.
27. PROTECTION RACKET
Gregor watched his house burn.
"I will pay you anything! Just put the Fire out." He was frantic now as the Town Fire crew stood and watched the house burn.
"Sorry Sir. You failed to pay your Fire Services Fee. You don’t get it when it is of convenience to you." The fire Spread to the neighbouring shanty.
"I'll pay you five hundred gold pieces!"
"Heads up lads! A Fee paying client's house is catching fire." They ignored Gregor's plea for help and went to put out the fire now threatening his neighbour.
DM Briefing: A Town has a Protection Racket in control of Fire Services. Anyone wishing to have firemen put out a fire that is burning down their house will need to pay a 75 gold piece fee annually.
28. ZABU EXPRESSES AN OPINION
"Zabu Sit!" Furati tapped the elephant’s rump with a riding stick and the large beast groaned as it struggled to its knees. Satisfied the handler slid off it's back and walked over to the Tavern where a scruffy old man was peddling hooch to the local villagers from his bamboo hut.
When he returned well drunk, it was dark.
"What the hell have you been drinking?" The sound seemed to come out of nowhere. Furati stumbled taken by surprise.
"Who sai tha?" He slurred his words and looked about nervously.
"Me! You drunk bastard! Is that fermented Gucha fruit I can smell?"
"Whose there! Shew yoself!" Furati jerked about with Paranoia before collapsing in a drunken heap.
"I don’t know why I bother." Zabu rolled over on his back and scratched the top of his head on a rock.
DM Briefing: An elephant learns to talk. At some point the Player characters learn that the only credible source of information is the talking elephant who would very much appreciate not being involved in whatever it is they are up to.
29. EVIL STEPMOTHER DISTRAUGHT
"Ando! Come listen to this servant!" Friar Ando rushed over to his companion.
"Now tell my friend about this sack you were instructed to remove from the Queen's Chamber during the night." Friar Ando was irritated.
"We have no time for idle gossip Gregor. We must ready to deliver the Ransom within the hour." Gregor shook his head.
"We need to make time. This might be important." Gregor turned back to the Servant...
DM Briefing: An evil Stepmother has disposed of the Princess - Daughter of the king - and has faked a Ransom Note demanding a Million Gold Pieces. The PCs must make the Delivery within four hours giving them little time to investigate.
30. AXE GANG STRIKES
"Where is your Gold?" The widow cowered on the floor of her home at the feet of one of the three axe wielding villains.
"There is no Gold!" Her cries of terror were almost a scream for mercy.
"Your Husband was a big merchant! Now where did he hide the gold?"
DM Briefing: A gang of three criminal wielding Axes have been raiding homes through the City of Bomarc at night. Unfortunately the city is large and they remain one step ahead of the City Guardsmen.
31. KILLER GOAT
Herad the Cleric leaned on his staff. Ahead, on a rocky rise a majestic mountain goat stood sniffing the air against an incredible mountain vista.
"Beautiful!" The words seemed to startle the beast and it dropped out of sight behind a run of low bushes. Herad cursed himself for spoiling the moment and considered moving on. He had a long Journey ahead of him.
The Horned Goat burst from the camouflage of some brush and charged at him horns down. It seemed to already have the blood of some previous victim painted on the horns as the twin spears skewered Herad through the guts.
DM Briefing: A Wild Goat is attacking and killing lone travellers. The beast seems determined to earn some serious experience points.
32. GNOMES DIG TUNNEL
Frelin Bunttleknose spotted the sudden burst of sunlight as the great tunnel cutter breached the side of the Mountain.
"We're through!" Darmar Hotrolledsteel didn’t seem to hear him nor spot the sunlight pouring in to the tunnel over the edge of the Machine.
Frelin patted the operator on the back to get his attention.
Darmar dusted off his goggles and looked up.
"What?" The sunlight caught his attention.
"Oh! Right! We're through. Why didn’t you tell me?" He pulled the brake leaver and slowed the machine to a stop. The other Gnomes carting rock back to the far end of the tunnel seemed overjoyed.
DM Briefing: Gnomes cut a large tunnel through a Mountain Range allowing travel through a fifty seven kilometre long Tunnel.
33. SEERS PREDICT MAELSTROMS
Gando the Seer breathed in the smoke.
"...Great Maelstroms will wrack the coastal cities...Ale will taste bad in the Village of Gurm...Gold will be found in the mountains of Plimy...Anna of Durnst will have a daughter..." The scribe sitting quietly in the corner noted it down.
DM Briefing: The Royal Seer predicts destructive Cyclones will sweep through the Coastal cities of a Kingdom creating much destruction.
34. ANCIENT TOMB DISCOVERED
Haran drove the pick into the ground. He had till sun-up to dig the well then he would need to take shelter from the terrible Sun.
“Samir! Come here boy, and bring that bucket.” The Boy scurried out of the family hovel they had erected earlier this morning.
Haran surveyed the desert that was to be his farm plot. It would be their grave if he did not find water.
After a dozen more blows, the pick broke through into a buried chamber taking Haran the farmer with it.
DM Briefing: A Tomb belonging to a High Priest over four thousand years old is discovered.
35. SUNKEN CITY SPOTTED FROM AIR
Frendik Skywratchet leaned over the Gondola railing to unleash the contents of his stomach. Over head the hot air balloon continued to jerk back and forth as the fire elemental rumbled its disagreement to being imprisoned in service to its gnome master.
Frendik opened his eyes and looked down.
“Kerric? You know that story about a sunken city...” Below him a city of streets and building walls could be seen displayed on the sea floor.
“What of it?” Kerric Elementaldriver was a little busy with his charge.
DM Briefing: A Sunken ancient city is discovered below fifty feet of water off the coast of an island.
36. MONK EXPELLED FROM TEMPLE
Sur-dak was hurled down the steps of the temple into the crowded street. A volley of rocks came from the clerics at the top of the steps.
"Be gone foul one! You are banished for your weakness." The High Priest turned his back and the other clerics followed.
Sur-dak lay in the dirt of the street until the crowd began to gather to exact their own brand of Justice on the corrupt little cleric.
DM Briefing: A Monk is expelled from his temple for the sin of spying on naked young Women while they bathe. The PCs must decide between preventing his death at the hands of angry villagers and his just punishment.
37. GNOMES FIND SILVER ON MOON
Gan Steamwratchet scraped at the cold topsoil to reveal a thick layer of Silver below the Permafrost.
"Bugger me!" He choked for air in the rapidly depleting Air Envelope of the old Spelljammer. Quickly scooping a soil sample, he fled for the vessel that would carry him back to his colony.
DM Briefing: Gnomish Spelljammers discover Silver on the Moon in vast quantities. Unfortunately the Airless planetoid draws off the Air supply of a Spelljamming Vessel pretty Quickly making any mining operation very dangerous.
38. BANDITS SLAUGHTER VILLAGERS
Turduk the Butcher led his bandits into the small village in a cloud of dust.
"So these Stinking Peasants think they have something to celebrate do they? We will teach them different." Turduk pulled his scimitar and his bandits followed suit...
DM Briefing: Bandits raid the Village of Borydos while the locals are celebrating the Coming of Age of a young villager. They slaughter twelve of the Villagers at the celebration before escaping.
39. DWARVES FIND CRYSTAL IRON
Denwar dug into the hot stone with his mithril pick. He was weary. It had certainly taken its tole just to venture this far down beneath the world.
The Mithril shattered on impact with something unexpected.
"Shaj!" The end of the pick was gone. It had failed on impact with something harder than Mithril.
Harder than Mithril?
"Over here!" One of his fellow miners raised a hammer and struck the rock by Denwar. He turned the pick and worked the stone that concealed his prize matching the hammer in a rhythm.
DM Briefing: Dwarves delving into the very core of the World discover Crystalline Iron: an Iron harder than any metal ever encountered, its crystalline nature making it truly valuable.
40. DEATH DEEMED SUICIDE
"Suicide!" The City Guardsman was absolute despite the evidence.
"She was attacked with an Axe fifteen times!" Azorian Diplomat Dura Shan was disgusted at the suggestion.
The Guardsman flashed the Black Dog bite tattoo on his hand.
"Suicide!" The Diplomat revealed an identical Tattoo beneath a glove and nodded.
"Suicide it is." The Diplomat pulled his glove back on and left the Watch House.
DM Briefing: A Traveller from a distant republic is found slaughtered. Her injuries involve being struck fifteen times with an Axe. The Corrupt Local Authorities and Diplomats of the Victim's nation agree that it was suicide.
41. FOUR LEGGED DEMON CHICKEN
Gregor hurried across the open space between his shanty and his barn. He didn’t like being out in the open like this. There had been too many deaths.
He reached the Barn and slipped inside.
"Thank the Gods!" Gregor stepped forward intending to milk his cow Bes.
"Bukaw!" The terrible sound hammered at Gregor taking him by surprise. The Huge head of a four legged Chicken looked up from Bes's stall where it had been eating the Cow. It trotted out of the Stall on all four of its legs and looked inquiringly at Gregor.
The Farmer turned and ran for the Door but the giant beast was behind him instantly.
"Bukaw!" The beast's head was right behind Gregor and he closed his eyes as it went for the kill dragging him back into the dark.
DM Briefing: Recently the farmers have been having trouble with their chickens. The usually little chickens have evolved an extra pair of legs and grow to the size of a small horse. They begin to graze on the farmers and herds for food. The Four legged Chicken has the Speed and Stats of a Pegasus.
42. GIANT SHARK EATS FISHERMEN
"I'll never go to sea again Curkin!" The young lad looked up at the old fisherman and saw the fear in his eyes.
"What do you mean?" The child wanted to know.
"It came up out of the Water and snatched your Father right off the Deck of the Fishing Boat. Huge it was. Fifteen maybe sixteen feet long. It just took him." The old man shivered at the memory.
DM Briefing: A giant Shark over fifteen feet in length is stalking off the Coast. Fishermen and regular sharks are its prey.
43. TSUNAMI DESTROYS VILLAGE
Franco stared at the fishing port from the rigging of the ship.
"Gods she is a beautiful sight!" his words caught the attention of the old Captain.
"That she is Franco." There was something in his voice.
"Wave! Tidal Wave!" The Crows Watch screamed the warning as the Wave rolled the ship and washed toward the fishing port. Franco was suddenly beneath water as the rigging dragged him under.
DM Briefing: Over a hundred are dead and five hundred missing after a tidal wave devours a coastal community.
44. VILLAGE HAS OWN LANGUAGE
The Farmer was Adamant.
"So you are saying we shouldn’t bother speaking with the Village on that hill...because they don’t speak Common." The Farmer nodded.
"That’s Ludicrous! Everyone Speaks Common. Everyone!" Gregor thought the idea was insane.
"They speak Duk." The farmer smiled.
"What the hells is Duk?" Gregor shook his head and rubbed his tongue against the back of his teeth.
"The Name of the Village."
DM Briefing: The PCs discover the Village of Duk - where Duk isnt just the Common Tongue, it is the only language spoken in the community.
45. PLAGUE IN THE NORTHLANDS
"It isn’t good. The old man and the child are experiencing symptoms of fever, headaches, and vomiting...it’s defiantly the plague." Guardsman Thrain continued to hold the cloth up in front of his face.
"That’s fifty in two weeks!" Captain Deran Washik. There was only one course of action here.
"Board it up and burn it!" Guardsmen cautiously pushed forward with timbers and hammers.
DM Briefing: Affecting Children and old people, a terrible fever is sweeping the rural northlands. Victims suffer Vomiting, Fever, and Headaches before dying.
46. EMPIRE BEGINS HEADCOUNT
Tormis the Bureaucrat drove his walking staff into the timber door of the small shanty. A noise came from within.
"Who is it?" It sounded like an old man.
"Imperial Census! All persons out into the street for a headcount." The old man poked his head out from behind the rotting door and stared at the Imperial Bean Counter and his dozen soldiers.
"Only me..." Tormis looked at the filthy face.
"And you are who?" Tormis expected an answer.
"Nekid the elder, farmer." A cough came from within. Tormis scratched out the first number and waved his ink quill in the air over the scroll.
"And the Name of your Cough?" Nekid smiled a guilty smile.
DM Briefing: The Empire of Hak, concerned over a lack of bureaucratic knowledge as to the disposition of the billion plus populace and thus taxes owed initiates the great census. Six million Bureaucrats will go from home to home to identify the people living there, scouring every corner of the Empire.
47. THE CROWD TURNS UGLY
Hagar the Pit fighter watched as the great beast circled him. Above the pit the crowd cheered at the prospect of another victory. Somewhere in the poorly lit arena someone was striking two metal blades together to give the event rhythm.
The great cat turned and hurtled past Hagar with its powerful claws ripping at him, A quick motion and the Seasoned fighter had grabbed the beast by the tail...and plunged his manhood into its rear orifices.
The crowd went quiet at what they were watching. The great cat squealed at the violation.
It took a moment before someone screamed:
"Kill the Degenerate!" That was it. The Crowd had turned.
DM Briefing: A well known Gladiator violates a Wild Beast in some degenerate display of his virility. The Mob is furious at his antics and they begin turning on Arena fighting as a vile self indulgent orgy.
48. MISSING ARISTOCRAT FOUND
Han Dwarf-friend moved along the trail and out into the clearing. There, nailed to a tree was the corpse of the young Aristocrat Sigismund the Fourth. Han recognized him instantly and looked around for a potential killer.
"Gods lad...you're a little far from home." Han pulled his axe and prepared to chop down the tree.
DM Briefing: The body of a Young Aristocrat has been found nailed to a tree in the middle of the Wilderness. Apparently he went missing while travelling south to another city by the Trade-road.
49. MASTER OF DISGUISE ESCAPES
Gorn the merchant halted before the gangway that led onto the Ship that would take him from the Empire back to his homeland. For the fifth time he showed his documents. He attempted to speak the border guard's language - poorly.
"You have a beautiful Country. I enjoyed my time much." He nodded at the fellow who nodded back.
The Guard returned the Documents and waved him forward onto the Timber ship. Gorn moved slowly up the walkway on to the rolling deck and was led to the cabin he had paid for.
The Cabin boy led him through some doors into a cabin with his baggage.
"My thanks Lad!" He slipped the cabin boy a few coppers and waited till he had gone.
It wasn’t until the Ship was an hour out to sea that he removed the Mask.
Gorn the Elder vanished and was replaced by the young elf outlaw Sandyn Duryndyr, Most wanted of the Empire.
DM Briefing: A young Elf outlaw (and Most Wanted of the Empire of Hak) disguises himself as an elderly foreign Merchant from a distant land. He slips past the Border guards and escapes by ship.
50. HOUSE OF GLADIATORS FALLS
Rubble settled a little on the warriors.
"Is anyone hurt?" Fuant the Beserker lifted the beam that had him pinned despite the broken arm. Beneath him the two naked dancing girls he had shielded from certain death moaned at the weight of the man and the dwelling. Fortunately they were alive and only bruised.
"Faunt! Over here!" It was Kurdog the Mad, Champion of fifteen death-matches. Faunt found him trapped beneath two beams.
"Hold on...I'll have you out in a moment."
With the beams moved, Kurdog's naked form was revealed to the open sky.
"What was that?" Kurdog laughed that he was alive - though the dancing girl crushed beneath the Stone Column next to him was dead.
"Uncertain. It could have been an earthquake - or perhaps the building was old."
DM Briefing: The House of the Gladiators collapses into rubble injuring some and killing others. Though some of the Timbers were old, it may have been an earthquake caused by the nearby volcano.