Thursday, June 22, 2017

Treasures of the Tomb (a d30)

At the behest of some randos, here's a d30 list of weird objects found in a tomb which might be worth something to the right buyer. Might use these if I ever go back to my big Katapesh/Osirion Sandbox campaign idea.

Tomb-raiding can be a beautiful life-style.


d30Item Found
1Papyrus-woven box of black sand which painfully drains away the heat from anything it touches, to the point that a hand coated in the sand could grip a red iron and feel only the faintest of heats. All damages from the extreme cold do not negate damages from touching extreme heat.
2Forty finger bones from slaves, wrapped in their tendons so as to obscure fortunes written in an ancient cuneiform language. By tossing the bones and picking up the two lowest crossing bones, one can determine the wills of fate.
3Ceramic domino mask of beautiful stylized eyes, potentially used for oracles in ancient times. Small leather loops on the interior of the mask could've been used for banding, but closer inspection reveals the imprints of bite marks from scarabs, meaning it was likely a torture implement.
4Burial shroud of woven sheddings of serpent skin, beaded with eye in tourquoise stone. When worn the voice of those slain by the wearer's hands speak softly between breaths. They speak of eternal torment.
5Canoptic jar with a bestial maw design sculpted on its lid. Within it are ashes of many colors and fangs of stone. If impaled by a fang, the victim quickly dehydrates and becomes a bestial worm-faced vampire who subsists only on water.
6Glass statuette of a bob-haired maiden holding aloft a basin of water. The head can be removed and liquid poured into her, when tipped forward it pours a dosage into the basin. Liquids poured into this and consumed from the basin have a reverse effect; alcohol brings clarity, poison brings health, et cetera.
7Squirming mummified hand, actually a bound torture graft of lichleech; undead leeches which consume brain matter through ones blood. If attached to a stump, one would suffer a painful death. It grasps towards warmth and moisture.
8Brass phylactery box filled with a glowing yellow-blue sand which conceals a tiny stripe of paper written in an alien tongue. The items origins comes from ancient times when Sorcerer-Kings spoke to moon-dwelling demigods.
9Ancient red-ware amphora filled with a scintillating liquid of azure which turns bright pink when an object is submerged in it. It whispers in ancient tongues when the lid is askew of ancient primordial worship and true knowledge of governance.
10Hourglass of red sand with a time length of three hours and thirty three minutes. If tipped during a full moon on the third day of the third month at the third hour, the sand forms a red minuscule city. Opening the top of the hourglass at such a time will shrink and consume all creatures within 500' feet and take them to an alien cityscape at the bottom of the glass.
11Prosthetic leg made out of oddly flexible glass, which radiates vibrations and sounds from all individuals within 60 feet that are touching the ground. A skilled wearer may learn to understand and decipher the vibrations.
12Drinking bowl of ancient red water, which to all but the most scrutinizing gaze will simply appear stagnant. If consumed the imbiber will understand the secret language of fire and serpents until their dying days. Such things seldom have things of import to say, however, and are never silent.
13Ten thousand strangely dented at the edges coins of gold. If one is curious enough or able to obtain the whole set they will see it as a puzzle, which if properly stacked, form the head of an ancient deity. It will speak three truths and grant wishes of greed, so long as virgins are sacrificed atop its pate.
14Stave made from an ivory tusk of a great swine, carved with glyph that have been kintsugui-filled with gold. If the wielder shouts "By the Lords of Eternal Dusk" while casting a spell in the desert, they will be able to cause their spell to appear anywhere upon the winds and conjure up storms. Learning this command word requires proper study of dead languages and a blood sacrifice for each word.
15Mummified head of a barbarian warlock, lopped off half-during some ghastly transformation. If unbound it cackles with glee in a dead tongue and promises glory at the destruction of his enemies. If somehow granted a body, it will bind itself to the service of any who seek to undo civilization or the race of his ancient foes.
16Brass sword with seven additional small blades branching off from the main like branches on a tree. If buried in the ground after taking seven lives it will grow into a tree of solid brass within a fortnight, sprouting oxidized fruit shaped like the heads of mewling imps. Consuming such fruit is rough, but allows one to breath underwater until it is fully digested.
17Origami antelope made from folded sandstone and basalt. Those who throw the item to the ground will cause it to explode into mist and smoke, causing an illusory stampede of antelope that swirl around the area of effect madly for hours.
18Mummified basilisk whelp, its eyes long since shriveled and venom sacs drained. Its tongue still yet has fluid in it and the taste of raw flesh brings it joy and a since of loyalty. A wizard who takes it as a familiar can read scripts of petrification and venom magics upon its bindings, but such use risks destroying the whelp.
19Linen shield with a scorpion emblem of brushed lodestone dust upon the center. Lightweight, if waved towards blades or flying arrows, there is a chance the lodestone scorpion will magnetically rip them out of the air and to the shield. Effectively it could be used to disarm others, but it is a risky maneuver.
20Ruby ibis brooch, within are the trapped souls of sixty-six immortal warriors who betrayed an ancient cult of sorcerers. By pinning the brooch through ones flesh, the ancient fighting art of the immortals can be channeled; but only for one minute for each soul. Souls are destroyed upon use, but may be refilled through profane ritual binding of new sacrifices.
21An onyx statue the size of a youth, with the angular cut head of a jackal. It whispers demands in the ears of any who sleep or fall unconscious near it, but has no actual power. Its god is long dead, and the part within it that demands to be free is little more than curse dust rather than divine potential.
22Bone-spear made from the bound femurs of a warrior kings, the sharpened hand of a king-slayer for the tip, and adorned with the jangling toe bones of ten princesses. Impaling a target through the heart with this spear puts their corpse into a state of torpor; removing the tongue of such a being turns them into an undead slave of the wielder.
23Copper and gypsum girdle emblazoned with the painted faces of laughing cyclopes in black. When worn by a smith or a philosopher, great insight into the workings of their trade can be found. If the wearer is missing an eye, they can speak to metal and earth.
24Ivory kerambit carved from the jaw of a child. When pressed against the throat of a victim, they will view their most vile and painful childhood memory; weeping. The wielder who uses this blade to take the life of a youth will be hounded by the soulless form of ten disfigured children who seek to peel away the bones of the user.
25Mud-submerged round sarcophagus coated in bronze scarabs. Within is the honey-mummified body of a frog-like chaos sorcerer. If freed from the honey it will try to undo all creation; if eaten with the honey it is a potent aphrodisiac which allows greater oneness with the primordial vibrations of existence.
26Cursed silver mattock found under collapsed stone and deep quicksand. Holds the souls of all miners who died before their time at the cruel lash of slavers within the ancient culture. If used against nobility, it causes all wounds inflicted to boil up with mud and magma.
27The pickled tongue of a fallen god-empress, acupuncture at various points to allow for consultation with the astral powers. If smoked in a hookah, pickle water and all, it will grant the smoker the ability to speak to elementals--but their voice will be dry and feminine for the rest of their life.
28Jarred quicksilver ooze in a shedu-topped canopic jar. It can speak any word it has heard spoken in the voice of the original speaker, and it possesses an alien but tragic intelligence. If given enough words it wants to be made human again, it was made this way by her cruel sorceress husband in life.
29Thimble of ceramic painted with dolphins in exquisite detail, found with rotten leather straps near a skull. If placed on the tongue it allows a trickle of fresh, sweet water to pour down the throat of the user.
30Canopic jar of ancient eyes, dehydrated and dried to look like raisins. If burnt in a pipe, the smoke will display the most beautiful memories such eyes had ever beheld.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wildwood Manuscripts: The Warrior [WIP]

Next up we've got my version of the Fighter, which is flavored to be a bit pragmatic and ultimately disillusioned by a life of someone who has gone to war. They're the bitter sod who priests will likely spend a great bit of time trying to bring back to some point of morality that doesn't involve a knowledge of how to quantify the value of human life. Designed in the BtW style, with some combat knacks cribbed/re-flavored from NOD, specifically the first one with Mu-Pan. Also included: Favored Weapon, Backup Weapon, a Warrior's Kit, and Warrior Aphorisms. Not as many generators this time, but to be fair, a warrior is an awful lot more generic than a priest of a pseudo-Catholic church. It feels fitting for the Dolmenwood game I'll be running, where Knights are either foolish or cruel and where men-at-arms may as well be bandits if they don't have the proper backing.



The Warrior [Fluff]
When man is judged by the One True God, catechism dictates they are measured in blood they’ve shed. The blood of the innocent, the blood of the iniquitous, the blood of the vile. Man is born in blood, and only through drowning the world in it has man enacted brutal dominion over monstrous things that would see them brought low and out of the True God’s light. Those who make their trade in slaughter and bloodshed are warriors, and like all men their free will allows them to be both saviors and villains to any they come across.

Warriors are formidable in combat, those who are not are known as corpses. The subtleties of the faith are lost to them, but all those who work in civilized realms pay at least lip service to a higher power even if they’ve long since fallen into sacrilege and profane atheism. They know not the spells of the wise or the enchantment of fey things; the weavings of creation may be elegant but they do not alter the bloody fundamental truths that a warrior is all too aware of and could not function without.

To increase their survivability most warriors will undertake specific weapon training so as to better practice their trade, which often means growing attached to one’s kit of equipment. To go unprepared is to walk blindly into death, and a warrior who acts recklessly is soon liberated from the ranks of those who truly know that blood alone turns the wheels of history.

Why would a warrior adventure, let alone into the wildwood? A myriad of reasons, all of which likely involve the eventual slaying of another being. A warrior adventures generally to do mercenary work, plain and simple but other such ambitions can likely be found.The vast frontiers offer up a chance to carve out their own domain and estate, to play at nobility and be served by weaker henchmen, and perhaps to secure borders so that someday it might be possible for people like them to no longer need to exist. But such romantic notions are best left to the same sort who wish of slaying dragons, bedding elf-maidens, and serving their God without having to truly follow the laws of His clergy.

If one is adventuring in the wildwood, a warrior makes a boon companion to adventure with. They are the murderous hand of humanity that brings low the monstrous and the wicked. They are easily motivated by material gains, as all men tend to be, though they also do tend to go through equipment quickly and can use such wealth to maintain their goods.  Should you partner with such a warrior, pray they fit a sense of morality you can agree with; but be not deceived by appearances. Not all knights are noble, and not all brutes are cruel.

Hit Dice: d10
Initiative Bonus: +1

The Warrior


Saving Throws
Class Feature
Level
Experience
Enchantment
Substance
Geas
Dragon Spume
Ensorcellment
Bonus to Hit
1
0
17
14
15
17
16
+1
2
2,500
17
14
15
17
15
+2
3
5,000
14
13
13
16
15
+3
4
10,000
14
13
13
16
14
+4
5
20,000
12
11
12
14
14
+5
6
40,000
12
11
12
14
13
+6
7
80,000
11
10
11
13
13
+7
8
150,000
11
10
11
13
13
+8
9
300,000
9
8
9
11
12
+9
10
450,000
9
8
9
11
12
+10

Class Features
Favored Weapon: All warriors have a favored weapon  that they’re exceptionally skill with. This weapon has an additional +1 to Hit and a +2 to damage when wielded by the warrior. This weapon is the type of weapon gained from the Warrior’s Favored Weapon Table below.  When this weapon is replaced by another, the warrior must kill a number of enemies equal to their level with the new weapon, and spend 1d4 days customizing their new weapon to become their new favored weapon.

Tactical Acumen: Warriors pick up a few talents over their career which allow them to continue fighting against increasingly greater threats. Pick one of the following features at first level, then another at second level and then every even numbered level after that.

  • Assess the Enemy - For each round of combat you do not attack a single enemy, you gain a +1 bonus to Hit, AC, and Damage for the rest of the combat against that opponent.
  • Cleave - You may make an additional attack against an adjacent secondary opponents every other round.
  • Combat  Sense - In the event of an ambush you roll initiative during the surprise round, if your result is higher than the enemy than you may attack first without penalty.
  • Defensive Fighter - You gain an additional +1 AC when fighting with a shield or a parrying weapon in your off-hand.
  • Block Missile - Once per round, if you are struck with a missile weapon you may roll To Hit. If you roll higher than the roll to hit you, you have successfully deflected the missile attack.
  • Brutal Strike - You gain a +1 bonus to damage with all melee weapons.
  • Fleet of Foot - You gain an additional +1 to your Initiative roll.
  • Horsemanship - You suffer no penalties from fighting atop a mount, or on any moving or unsteady platform such as the deck of a boat or the back of a wagon. If you are fighting on a horse you own, you gain an additional +2 to hit.
  • Parry Mortal Wound - Once per combat if you are struck by an attack that would otherwise kill you, you may roll To Hit. If you roll Higher than the roll to hit you, you retain a single Hit Point and do not perish.
  • War Cry - You may once per day shout a war cry while in melee that grants you a +2 bonus to Damage on your attack. Should you have made a successful Rallying maneuver (See Combat Rules) beforehand, your allies also deal +2 damage on their next attacks.

War-wise: Warriors have seen enough combat to know how it works. A warrior can tell how long ago something was killed at a rate of 3-in-6, and on a rate of 2-in-6 they can determine what sort of weapon was used to do the deed (provided it isn’t obviously still sticking in the corpse.) Any warrior with an Intelligence of 10 or higher is literate in the Common Tongue and can tell when they’re getting the raw end of a contract at a rate of 2-in-6.

Starting Gear: A warrior has a favored weapon off the Warrior’s Favored Weapon Table and an additional weapon off of the Backup Weapon table. They have a set of Warrior’s Spoils as determined by the appropriate table below, as well as the following equipment: a cooking knife, a week’s rations (in the form of potatoes, salt pork, and salted legumes), a canteen, flint and tinder, ten feet of rope, a locking kit box (with key), and 3d6+Strength Attribute in Silver Coins with which to make other purchases.

Warrior Name Generator
d20
Male Name
Female Name
Title or Nickname*
1
Alun
Ailla
“Bad Blood”
2
Austell
Beryan
“Bonepicker”
3
Benesek
Crewenna
“Hacksaw”
4
Beorn
Demelza
“Hardholder”
5
Brant
Eseld
“Lucky”/”Luckless”
6
Carrow
Kayna
“Whoreson”/”Crabnethers”
7
Caswyn
Kerensa
Sir Knight/Dame Knight
8
Cruach
Ladoca
The Black/Red/White
9
Cuthbert
Lowenna
The Blade/Hammer/Bowman
10
Cyne
Manacca
The Bloody
11
Daveth
Meliora
The Cavalier
12
Digory
Metheven
The Daring
13
Geol
Neraud
The Dauntless
14
Gerens
Nessa
The Dead Man
15
Jacca
Rosen
The Doomed
16
Jory
Roskilly
The Grim
17
Leof
Rozen
The Hawk/Lion/Bear
18
Orm
Tamsyn
The Merciless/Merciful
19
Waed
Teague
The Ripper
20
Wethinoc
Vorva
The Sellsword
*Titles and Nicknames are generally for those with Intelligence or Charisma above 10.

Warrior’s Favored Weapon
d12
Favored Weapon
Provenance
1
Chain-wrapped Oak Club (d6)
You took your first life with this...
2
Boar Hunter's Spear (d6)
...which you looted from a no-man's-land.
3
Pike-sharp Mattock (d6)
...which you had to steal back after a brawl gone wrong.
4
War-readied Entrenchment Tool (d6)
...which was gifted to you in lieu of your first paycheque.
5
Hooked Hand Axe (d6)
...which you killed the original owner of.
6
Quadren-tipped Spear (d6)
Your ancestor's ... taken from wars before your time.
7
Razor Sharp Battle Axe (d8)
...stained with gore splatter, which never can be cleaned.
8
Ancient Bronze Warmaul (d8)
...that you once used on a patron after they bungled a contract.
9
Gilded Longsword (d8)
....notched and scarred with signs of abuse.
10
Crescent-bladed Bardiche (d10)
...which should've been sent to the slag heap years ago.
11
Flame-waved Great Sword (d10)
A standard military outfit's...
12
Hookbladed Glaive (d10)
...that you keep in prime condition.

Backup Weapon
d12
Backup Weapon
Provenance
1
Concealable Kerambit (d4)
...because situations are rarely kind, so better to have it and not need it.
2
Cruelly Barbed Dagger (d4)
...because you once broke your fist in a fight. Never again.
3
Combat-Proven Straight Razor (d4)
...which was once used in an attempt on your life.
4
Common Forester's Hatchet (d6)
...blessed by a holy man, who said it'd do "God's Will."
5
Spiked Hammer (d6)
...stolen from a dead friend, so you would not join them.
6
Long Knife of Iron (d6)
...given to you by an auspicious man, "for safe keeping."
7
Cavalry Issue Sabre (d6)
...that someone else left in the common room of an inn.
8
Oak Shortbow and 10 Black-Fletched Arrows (d6)
...just a little less lucky than your favored weapon, but still lovely.
9
Simple Pick-Hammer (d6)
Your father's....
10
Hornwood Longbow and 10 Red-Fletched Arrows (d10)
,,,purchased when engaged in debauched carousing.
11
Antiquated Bronze Flail (d8)
...which you found next to a lovely spring, abandoned.
12
Rosewood Light Crossbow and 20 Iron-Tipped Quarrels (d8)
...that you need at your side to feel truly secure.

Warrior’s Spoils
All warriors find themselves accumulating pilfered or requisitioned goods during their career, and such items make up their kit. Roll on this chart to determine what the warrior has upon them at this point in their career.
d12
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Provenance
1
Aged Mare
Fine Scabbard
Bottle of Wine
...stolen from a house you quartered in during a war.
2
Now Battered Chainmail (AC+3)
Flask of Oil
Hard-to-Read Treasure Map
...granted to you for outstanding valor in a conflict.
3
Fur-lined Leather Cuirass (+2 AC)
Oiled Leather Raincloak
Extra Woolen Socks
...taken even though it was all those folks had left.
4
Stubborn Mule
Ugly Fur Hat
Roll of Work Knives
...handed off to you by a veteran, disillusioned and seeking death.
5
Quilted Blanket
Pound of Salt in a Jar
Whetstone
...rewarded to you by the Church, as your bloodshed benefited them.
6
Small Leather Satchel
Handkerchief with a Nostalgic Scent
Old Bedpan
...given to you as a "bonus" by a patron, and likely ill-gotten in origin.
7
Set of Three Tin Serving Bowls
Tin Box of Yarrows (to Staunch Wounds)
Iron Frying Pan
...leftover from the war, which no one objected to you taking.
8
Tin Drinking Tankard
Wooden Fife
Common Drinking Horn
...granted to you by nobility, in the hopes you might not turn your blade on them.
9
Papers of Nobility
Marred Foreign Coin of Electrum
Simple Woodsaw
...all in fine condition, despite the violent life you lead.
10
Silver Cruciform
Martial Horn for Music-Making
Bag of Chalk Sticks
...and it is all you have left to remember them by.
11
Fine Young Pony
Battered Buckler (+1 AC)
Tin Box of Matches
...found abandoned in the woods, to your benefit.
12
Skittish-but-Loyal Dog
Goose-down Bedroll
Linen Tent
...given to you by your family, so you might survive to see them again.
Warrior Aphorisms
Knowledge is power within a sandbox, and these following points represent aphorisms and beliefs a warrior might have picked up in the field; even within a small amount of time spent in a conflict. The truth of them is open to interpretation by the GM and the Player, but acting upon such things should be rewarded and challenged. Warriors begin play with two aphorisms off this this chart, picked randomly. Should you roll the same result twice, you know this in your heart of hearts to be true.

Warrior Aphorisms
d30
Warrior Aphorisms
1
Never trust a noble who isn't willing to negotiate on prices, you can always get five coins more.
2
In war, all things are honorable. Every day is a new war. Do what you must to survive it with honor.
3
A quick thrust of a long knife through the armpit can cause a painful death.
4
Always take a hostage if you can manage it. Everyone is worth something.
5
Torture rarely gets the truth, but it can send a message to the enemy.
6
Never trust your information, but work with it as best you can until proven otherwise.
7
A warrior must honor all contracts, in doing so their sins are upon the employer.
8
To win any conflict, take the food of the enemy and make them live in their own filth.
9
Killing a monster is dangerous, but it lets you set your own price. Often not worth the risk.
10
To send a message: castration for men, head-bashing for women. Leave them to bleed out.
11
Keep your weapon stained in the blood of your enemies until the night before a new conflict.
12
Never keep your weapons in any filthy state. They must be pure for their purpose to be pure.
13
The One True God ordained Mankind to enact violence. God abides violence on the inhuman.
14
To win a war, poison the water supplies. Choke them with their dead. War is not meant to be kind.
15
Don't anger the pious or the arcane, they don't play by the natural order. Kill them first if you must.
16
Never kill a man who can be used for your own ends. Such allies win wars and are easily disposed of.
17
Pay your lessers well and treat them as equal, they'll kill those who'd betray you.
18
Hell watches battle through the eyes of cats and vermin. Avoid combat in places where they flock.
19
Drink the morning of a battle, you'll sweat it out. You may not drink again.
20
When a warrior dies, they are welcomed by God and given a chance for respite.
21
When the Ruination comes, all good soldiers will fight one last war before they achieve true bliss.
22
Never defile the dead, it attracts the attention of Hell and fouler things.
23
Loot the dead if you desire, there is no ill-luck and they do not need it anymore.
24
The blood of warriors attracts the undead more than the blood of innocents.
25
Try your best to never let an innocent see how the world is. Better they die without such hate in their eyes.
26
If you must love, love powerfully and love without regret. Death comes tomorrow,  for everyone.
27
The head injury you survive is a head injury which will kill you in time. Invest in a helmet.
28
A man can fight without his legs, his arms, his eyes, or his teeth. You have no excuse to die without wounding your killer.
29
Dogs are trustworthy and born innocent. Cruelty makes them a warrior. They aren't wolves anymore.
30
Your weapon is true friend, your partner is your best friend. Pray that one doesn't meet the other unkindly.



Treasures of the Tomb (a d30)

At the behest of some randos, here's a d30 list of weird objects found in a tomb which might be worth something to the right buyer. Migh...