Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Beldam County: Haggards

Hags are to women as Haggards are to men. Haggards indulge in insane machismo, foul skullduggery and utmost thuggery. Hags lurk in isolation, Haggards demand attention and brutalize those who scorn them, often in turn make them haggard themselves. It is unknown if they breed. They are plenty happy to torment ladies and menfolk alike, make them squeal out little rabbit sounds; but such an act is merely psychic defilement and domination. The Hags say Haggards make their own out of shitty people and from bodies they dredge out of the Slugbarrens.

Roald Dahl's The Twits, Illustration by Quentin Blake.


They're always just a little too tall and a little too heavy, with jaundiced eyes or those of a bloodshot red you only knew as a child in nightmares. They reek of alcohol, skunky grass, old milk and pennies. They are hirsute, but only enough to allow you to glean a scabrous hide.

While hags like their spells, Haggards like pipes, hammers and clubs. They like to hurt people until people join'em. Hags are the evil that isolation, domination, and witchery make. Haggards are the evil of the mob, of the Brom Bones or Gaston type, and they want more like them. Bravado is the only measure of worth, and those who use hokum magics aren't worth respect because a well-placed fist ought to do just as well as a firebell spell in their crappy little minds.

Haggards make up a large population in Beldam County, they don't like the Hags or the Harpies on principle. They torment the Mensfolk and any Ladies who find themselves wandering through, berating them into joining the mob as a Haggard or scaring them out of dodge. They bully Mugwumps when they can, but the innate cursed cravenness of a Mugwump does not make them all too fun to harm. Haggards can't see children, because they have no inner child that allows them to process child logic. They don't like singers and guitarists, they think the blues are weakness made vocal. Lowmen enjoy manipulating Haggards, as they are almost universally twits and easily brokered with. Haggards dislike Lowmen because they're a bunch of suited smoke-eyed sinners who can't be bullied.

But Haggards hate, above all other things, a hobo. A hobo has whimsy and joy in their wandering soul, a fact that a Haggard cannot abide unless he's beating it out of the roustabout. Hobos who invoke the Road Gods can make a Haggard cringe in self-reflection of where they got lost. Haggards would love to kill off what makes a hobo a hobo, but that'd require building infrastructure and trying to be nice; which isn't in their nature.

The only way to not be picked on by a Haggard is to ignore them and treat them like a facet of society, until such a point they decide to prey on you. Unless you're actively hunting Haggards, you'll eventually find yourself brutalized by their fists and foul nature. They're the toxic masculinity of the mob made manifest, they're every bad father, bully, backwoods slasher, and beast made man; much like how a hag is that for a woman.

Haggard.
No.Enc. 3d4, AL C, MV 90' (30'), AC 8 [11], HD 2+2, #AT 1 (Club/Fists), DG 1d6 or Weapon, SV F2, ML 10. Special: A killing blow from a Haggard causes a Save vs Spells by a male-identified victim. If they fail, they rise as a Haggard in a mockery of their former form.

A Haggard who is working for a Hag can steal the mojo of virile and macho men by publicly demeaning them. Victims who react must make a Save (Charisma or Strength), and on a failure they lost 1d4 points of that attribute until they prove their macho manliness. Functionally this is a geas spell, usually cause for a fight or a snipe hunt or some other insane feat of foolishness.

Playing a Haggard
Okay, you're going to be less than a good person. Haggards are meant to be bullies, blackguards, thugs and bastards. They're like a self-sympathetic Orc, because at least an Orc has a chance at some tragic backstory. A Haggard is just toxic macho bullshit made manifest. That being said, playing a Haggard you're essentially a human, you just have to have low Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma. Your alignment is Chaotic, skewing towards Evil. You can speak and read, but don't care much for books.

How do I look?...
1. You've got a manky eye and a snaggletooth grin.
2. You've got constantly bursting pimples under your beard and your teeth keep falling out.
3. You've got one nostril and more hair in your ears than on your scalp.
4. You've got fingernails that look like they'd belong on a lobster and breath like rotten garlic.
5. You've got the nose of a crocodile and the eyes of a raging bull.
6. You're hairy as a skunk ape and you've got fangs like a jaguar.

How do I sound?...
1. Like a cask of bourbon laughing at an ether frolic.
2. Like you're going to beat to death everything good that ever graced your presence.
3. Like all you ever dined upon was cigar smoke and crying grannies.
4. Like a foreign fop or dandy, followed by cruel inane cackling.
5. Like a sonuvabitch who always has to question everything that isn't obviously making the world a worse place to live in.
6. Like you're playing at being an intellectual or gentlemen, calling people "m'lady" and "m'arm" or "Mister Thinks-He's-Smoort."

Do I remember anything from before I got made Haggard?
1. Nope. All the better for it. Ignorance is bliss.
2. She laughed at you, and you realized that you were obsessed not in love. To late to face that now.
3. He never respected you, so you beat'em down until he didn't have a face. You regret that, but you can't put him back together.
4. You threw that first rock and the screams and the breaking of bones, it did you well. It made you high. It made you feel dirty. No turning back, you'll never be goodly again.
5. You shouted and hurled insults and screamed bloody murder until all those weeping terrified children weren't in your sights anymore. Maybe you could've been a better man. Maybe a father. Hard to remember. Better to forget.
6. You beat that vagabond to death, your friends called you a hero. Of course it were your friends that were rustling the cattle. Blackmailed you. Hero isn't a hero if you're not given respect. Lot of blood happened. Lot of blood keeps happening. Better off now.

If your GM is cool and you're playing a Haggard as a human fighter type, with low stats in the thinking and social arts, see if you can get the ability to make Haggards out of things you kill. It only works on male and male-identifying creatures, and it is functionally just a zombie fever type of situation. No raised Haggard owes you any loyalty, and frankly they'd only listen if you beat'em back to death. Its more of a background flavoring than anything useful, and really this should just be an NPC type situation race.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Yoon-Suin/Thousand Thousand Islands Homebrew: Crocodiles of MR-KR-GR

So I finally got my hands on Zedeck Siew's Thousand Thousand Islands, and I love them. They have a good voice and amazing art, and as such I've been inspired. I've opted to locate the locations within the issues into my Yoon-Suin game, on to the river-lands of the Lamarakhi. I wouldn't necessarily put a Crocodile in most parties, but they'd make a flavorful choice; sort of like having a Crab-man or a Slugman in a party.

For proper lore, go order a copy of the zines. Cuz they really good.

The Crocodile of MR-KR-GR
Hit Dice: d12
Prime Requisite: STR
Initiative Bonus: +0

Art by Robertson Sondoh Jr.
Used without permission.


You are a crocodile of the Kingdom of Rolling Death, of the flooded land of Singga. You are a punisher of man’s sins and vainglory, a devourer of their gods and demons, a deity of the river made manifest in flesh. You live well upon the river, which flows down through the lands of the Lamarakh. You bloat yourself on fish and mud crabs, on criminals and those who deny the curfew of storms. But none of this will sate your ambition for power, glory and adventure.




Saving Throws
Class Feature
Level
Experience
Paralyze
Poison
Breath
Device
Magic
Strange Sorceries
1
0
12
11
14
17
17
1
2
2,750
12
11
14
17
17

3
5,250
12
11
13
14
16
2
4
10,500
12
11
13
14
16

5
21,000
12
11
11
12
14
3
6
42,000
10
9
11
12
14

7
84,000
10
9
10
10
13
4
8
160,000
10
9
10
10
13

9
320,000
10
9
8
9
11
5
10
500,000
10
9
8
9
11
6


Armor Proficiency: Crocodiles of MR-KR-GR have a natural armor equivalent to hides and leathers, which at level 5 becomes equivalent to chainmail, and at level 10 becomes equivalent to plate. Crocodiles of MR-KR-GR do not suffer penalties to swimming as their armor thickens. They may wear decorative cloth items without penalty, though any bonus but magical ones are not retained.


Weapon Proficiency: Crocodiles of MR-KR-GR have natural weaponry by way of their crushing jaws and their sweeping tails. The Crocodiles of MR-KR-GR deal 2d4 damage with their jaws, or 1d12 with their tail. They can wield no other traditional arms, though in the Rolling Death Kingdom they can easily find fitted tail weapons or replacement fangs for additional damage dealings.


Monsoon Moods: The crocodiles of MR-KR-GR are bound to ancient motions which saw their domination of the Rolling Death Kingdom. On sunny days, a crocodile is more susceptible to sleep spells, acting as though they had one less HD for the purposes of the spell’s effectiveness. On rainy and overcast days, the crocodile suffers no boon or malus. On days of the monsoon, storms, or other downpours, the crocodile increases all its damage dice by one degree and strikes a critical hit on an 18-20, which deals a Wounding.


River Lurker: If a crocodile is able to ambush its opponent it gains a +2 to hit and may immediately make a Wounding if they roll a critical hit. If hidden in water, a crocodile can Hide-in-Plain Sight at a rate of 4-in-6.

Crocodile: You are 12-17 feet long, 900-1200 pounds, and 3-6 feet tall. This might be a problem in some situations, and it is worthy of note. You also have claws which aren't built for manipulating objects, though your jaw/tongue can function as a very clumsy hand if need be. 


Wounding: A crocodile’s jaws are vicious and terrible. When a crocodile scores a critical hit while using its jaws, choose from the following options or roll a d3 and consult the following.

1. Rolling Death! - The crocodile whirls and rolls, rending and ripping away at the flesh. If the victim of the attack was the same size or smaller than the crocodile they must roll a Save vs Death or lose a limb.

2. Swallow Whole! - The crocodile begins to swallow the enemy whole. If the victim is of lesser size than the crocodile they must Save vs Death or be swallowed into the crocodile’s gullet, taking 1d4 damage a turn until they can cut themselves out or die. Creatures larger than the crocodile take an additional 2d4 damage and have whatever limb the crocodile was trying to devour, disabled.

3.Toss! - The crocodile jerks its head and throws its prey aside, tossing it 1d10 feet aside and dealing an additional d6 damage. If the thrown victim hits an object or hard surface, they take 1d4 damage on top of this, and if they hit any other living thing all parties struck must make a DEX save or be made prone.


Strange Sorceries: The crocodiles of MR-KR-GR have innate sorcerous abilities which manifest as they age and gain experience. These knacks are innately magical and of a divine sort, and can generally be cast once a day refreshing after a long rest or the coming of rain. At first level either roll a d12 to determine your ability, or pick as you desire.

1. Mannish Form - Once per day the crocodile may assume the form of a muscular sharp-toothed human. They may remain in this form for as long as they wish and revert back to normal at will. While as a human they cannot cause wounding via their bites and may not make tail attacks. For purposes of magic item or equipment use, a human form is treated as a warrior of equal level.

2. Blood Speaking - Once per day the crocodile may ask a question of blood, such as that found in a water or spilled from the palm of a servant. The blood will answer truthfully any question it can, such as where it originated from or how a person felt in regards to something they did.

3. Water-in-shape - Once per day the crocodile may assume the form of a watery puddle equal to itself in width, allowing it to swim through tiny cracks or to effectively teleport through bodies of water (up to Level x d20 miles in water). The crocodile may revert to its normal form at will.

4. Torpor Sleep - The crocodile enters a healing state while it sleeps, healing damage equal to 1d12+Level while under the effects of magical sleep or a long rest. While in this torpor state, mind-influencing spells or psionic abilities deal 1d4+Level damage to any caster who would use them on the crocodile, as its mind is filled with hungering horror.

5. Breacher of Ways - Once per day the crocodile may ignore any magical barrier, aura, or consecration, walking through such magical shielding as though they did not exist. Those within the crocodile or affixed to its flesh in some manner can also be transported through such barriers.

6. Maws of the Glutton - Once per day the crocodile may connect its inside to the vicious divine hunger of the natural world, turning its mouth into a place of fangs and lashes. Those who are bit during this effect must Save vs Paralysis or become paralyzed for a number of rounds equal to the crocodile’s level. This ability can be used until the crocodile has killed someone that day.

7. Idolatry - Once per day the crocodile may bring to life anything made in the image of a crocodile and command such a construct as though it were a loyal servant. The HD of the construct is equal to half the crocodile’s HD and at the end of 1d6 hours it turns back into an inanimate item.

8. Pebble Slave - Once per day the crocodile may vomit up a servitor constructed from pebbles and gizzard stones, animated by the will of the river and the monsoon. This servitor acts as a hireling or retainer with no proficiency in combat save for throwing stones (each attack diminishing it until it is gone). Pebble slaves have a d6 HD and a crocodile may have a number of such slaves equal to their own HD.

9. Corpse Call - Once per day a crocodile may call to it the bloated, drowned dead of a body of water to swim their way to the crocodile. Consuming such corpses (provided there are any) can restore Hit Points equal to the following amounts: a single body (d4), several bodies (d8), many many bodies (d10) or an atrocity’s weight in corpses (d12+4). The crocodile is immune to diseases from these corpses, and the crocodile may speak with dead to the corpses for a number of minutes equal to the crocodile’s level. Eating old corpses is considered uncouth.

10. Stomach of the Deity - Once per day the crocodile can turn its stomach into a horrifying dimension, a fetid acidic cave from which there is little chance of escape. Enemies who are swallowed whole take d12 damage per turn until dead and upon death find themselves trapped in this psychic realm as a spirit. The crocodile may vomit up a ghost whenever they so choose, and they may hold a number of spirits within them equal to their level.

11. Spies on the River - Once per day the crocodile may attain the senses of any being who is wet with the water of the river or through the eyes of kingfishers that lurk in the treetops on the edge of the water. The crocodile hears anything their subject may hear, see what they see, taste what they taste. This ability lasts a number of hours equal to the crocodile’s level or until the crocodile dismisses the power.

12. Ruiner of Man - Once per day the crocodile may lay a terrible curse upon a humanoid, severing their connection with the Gods to be but a whisper (breaking any ability to cast divine spells save for cantrips/orisons), making any food that enters their mouth rot, and turning any water they sup upon into briney salt water. This curse lasts a number of days equal to the crocodile’s level, with a Save vs Spells allowing the victim to halve the duration of this punishment. When the curse manifests the voice of the crocodile enters the victim’s head and forces a Morale save, with them suffering the effects of fear on a failure.


Names. Roll d12 for each part of the name. First Part: 1. Ar- 2. Ym- 3. Sr- 4. Kra- 5. Sa- 6. Ja- 7. Mr- 8. Kr- 9. Mu- 10. Shem- 11. Baal- 12. To- Second Part: 1.-hey- 2. -san- 3. -man- 4. -kra- 5. -hesh- 6. -ah- 7. -ay- 8. -gung- 9. -hagh- 10. -vesh- 11. -gug- 12. -ma- Third Part: 1. -na 2. -kul 3. -nan 4. -hesh 5. -manv 6. -sew 7. -tu 8. -pir 9. -vaj 10. -gal 11. -ban 12. -tdis Appearance, roll d8 for Head/Body. Head: 1. Massive underbite with teeth that splay out like a pile of daggers. 2. Decorative hooks and piercings across the maw, a few golden teeth. 3. Eyes that shine a pale white light, like the moon when it is waxing gibbous. 4. Gnarled maw of swirling dagger-like teeth which have cut up the lips and pierced some skin. 5. Scarred flesh and old wounds, the marks of those foolish enough to try to take your head. 6. Tattooed stories of the rise of MR-KR-GR upon each scale on your skull, the mark of one who educates others. 7. Stains of blood that will never fade due in part to ravenous constant feeding and the lamentable curses of the devoured. 8. Prosthetic eye or part of jaw, made from a latent and weak demonic idol; broken for your purpose. Body: 1.Bloated and scaled thick, with puffy thick scutes. 2. Narrow and thin like a gharial, with arrow-shaped scutes. 3. Dark of coat with osteoderms thick enough to crack a coconut upon. 4. Obese, with a yellowed belly you proudly display and a tail as thick as a tree trunk. 5. Scarred hide, the marks of many spears and arrows criss cross your dermis. An embedded implement, half healed over, lingers. 6. Albino and of a sickly looking disposition, stained with mud to keep out the damnable sun.
7. Wounded, your bones bare the weight of a conflict lost, with at least one limb replaced by the stonework of a demonic idol bent to your weight and purpose.
8. Mannish in size, you bare the mark of interbreeding with humanity; though you came out more crocodile than person. Backstory: 1. The Lamarakhi want your flesh, want your skull, want your magic for their own purposes. You swam down river and they came for you, but you survived. A wise crocodile will hunt them before they have the chance to rally a war party. 2. You feasted deep on the meat of the Yellow City’s wayfarers and have made your way downriver to see what further metropolitan flesh might do for your palate. You’ve heard of slugmen and this has piqued your interest. 3. In a monsoon induced feeding frenzy you felt a choking sensation. Upon vomiting you saw the severed arm of a human paramour you held closely. As lesser crocodiles ripped at the half-digest flesh you felt great sorrow and desired to leave your home. The bad memories will fade in time. 4. Demonic idols haunt your dreams, the workings of wicked men from ages past. You know they are in places beyond the Rolling Death Kingdom, and you have journeyed out to find others who will help you destroy them. 5. You were a god of leisure until finances and fickle superiors cast you out. You have found solace in opium-pickled flesh, but the habit is costly and you are nearly an addict. You sell your services now to survive and to someday take vengeance on those who knocked you down from luxury. 6. You were on a patrol down the God-River when you saw an atrocity of crocodile corpses, throats slit, bellies opened upon the beaches. You took this as a dire omen and have left the Kingdom. Perhaps out of fear for a calamity to come, perhaps to find the killer, perhaps to allow the killer to remove your rivals before you return.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Chromatic Soup 02 Addendum: Lowmen

I really liked coming up with the Lowmen in Chromatic Soup 2, they're weird denizens of the autumnal westerlands. The region is rife with hobos, puritan halflings, and all manner of weirdness, and the Lowmen are demons/devils/et cetera that fell out of Hell and back to Earth somehow. They're not Evil proper, but they are bad. They curse, they corrupt, and when too many of them get together they start to feel a lot like they're Evil proper again. They're based a lot on Sheriff Cooley from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, in that they're sort of Lawful made manifest; and Lawful often leads to Evil if not tempered with compassion.

They've got spells, but feel free to retool them. They're a weird class of weird mechanics meant to imply a means of playstyle in addition to their mechanics.

The Lowman
Requirements: CHA 9.
Prime Requisite: CHA
Hit Dice: 1d8
Saves & XP: As Elf.
Maximum Level: 8

Pierre Rougemont
(Used without Permission)

Lowmen are denizens from the more hellish realms of reality who have found their way out of some hellmouth or infernal passage to these western endless hills. They hear the whispers of the road gods and find themselves unshackled to Evil and Chaos, and instead faced with the terrible but tear-inducingly beautiful gift of free will. 

They feel no overwhelming existential desire to do Evil, but are still motivated by a desire to adhere to a hierarchy of deals and deal-making, using their diminished powers to bind others to them.  They cannot take souls to the lower planes anymore, instead any soul taken turns into a ghost at death of the one who signed it over. 

Lowmen appear like a parody of a human, almost a political cartoon come to life. They tend to dress nicely in twill suits, and those who freshly arrive often wear smoked lenses to hide their tears at the beauty of freedom and the horror of the fires that still shine in their eyes. 

While not working towards Evil, they are still considered “bad” for the most part, with the bulk of humanity viewing them as beings with low morality.  They are often selfish and utterly mortal in their sins and desires, and that ambition can lead them to do wicked and terrible things. 

Class Features
Weapon Proficiency: Lowmen are proficient with one of the following types of weapons: elegant weapons, brutal weapons, or cruel weapons. These categories are open to interpretation and may occasionally overlap. A cane sword is certainly elegant, but using it while sheathed to beat a man to death would certainly be brutal or cruel. Using a big nasty cleaver knife might be brutal, but using it to kill the man who made it would be cruel, and using it to kill someone in a kitchen might be considered elegant. Lowmen take a -2 to Hit penalty when fighting outside their proficiency. 

Armor Proficiency: Lowmen can wear any cloth, leather or mail; provided it was stolen from someone who needed it, of business attire, or was created by depraved individuals. Lowmen wearing armor outside of these qualifications do not gain any benefit from wearing such armors.

Weasel Among Rats: Lowmen possess an innate talent in reading the sinful nature of mortals. Lowmen can see murderers, thieves, ne’er-do-wells, and villains as though they were illuminated by a greasy candle fire. When a Lowman actively sizes up a person they are able to discern whether or not the individual has recently committed a cardinal sin (an act that caused another to suffer for their benefit) or if they are merely just fallible mortal types. Lowmen are immune to being ambushed by villainous individuals, but may still be ambushed by men who believe they are backed by the Heavens or those who are attempting to do the right thing in the wrong way.

Keep the Devil Down: Lowmen fell up to Earth somehow, they don’t rightly know and thinking on that is a cause of stress and unneeded fear. As a result, Lowmen are removed from the natural order of things in the mortal world. Dogs bark at them, cats hiss, insects land on their faces, and flowers wilt at their touch. In time they can disguise this, but it requires them to roll with Disadvantage while actively trying to blend into the mortal world. If they do not disguise their worse nature, they can be turned and held by those of divine power as any Demon or Devil.

Regardless, Lowmen cannot enter a church or holy place without taking 1d4+Level in damage. Holy spells that heal or benefit a Lowman benefit the Lowman as normal but make them feel exceptionally disturbed and unclean within, as though the Heavens have made a mistake and might come to correct it…

Dark Bargainer: Lowmen must make a Charisma Save to fight against their own worst nature and do a kindness for others without expecting something in return. Lowmen can act out of self-interest and may aid an individual they are grooming for a bargain, but they cannot openly or easily aid another without expecting compensation of some sort. Trading in coins, drinks, favors, or compliments is any easy to work around such an issue. Those who die in debt to a Lowman become ghosts, unable to be resurrected or put to rest without the debt being paid in some form. 

Spell casting: Lowmen possess eldritch powers befitting their origin. Lowmen have a number of spells per day, as indicated below, and as soon as they run out of spell slots their eyes appear sunken, their skin appears greasy, and they smell strongly of smoke.  These spells are instinctive, and they require no preparation or memorization. A Lowman who is out of spell slots cannot Keep the Devil Down.

Lowman Spell List
A Lowman’s spells are selected from the list belows as desired by the referee, such as when a new spell is gained or upon the dawn of a new day. The spells of a Lowman are drawn largely from illusionist, diabolist, and magic-user spell lists; aesthetically just a bit less pleasant looking than they might otherwise be. There are also a few unique spells, which are described below.

First Level
Big Hollow Voice - Lowman can speak loudly, making a number of individuals equal to his Charisma Modifier think something the Lowman says was their own idea for 1d4 rounds, Save vs Magic for half. The following day the target must make a Morale save or take Disadvantage on all rolls out of shame for having been lead astray. Cannot affect supernatural entities unless they have less HD than the caster.

Invitation to the Blues - Lowman stares into the eyes of the victim, causing them to second guess their natural skills and talents for 1d6 rounds. Victims roll with Disadvantage when using their highest attribute or when attacking with a weapon they are proficient in.

Heaven’s Tin Horn - Upon casting, a single victim of the Lowman will feel as though they are emboldened in their efforts, gaining a +2 to their next action. After they have performed this action, all following actions are rolled with Disadvantage and a failure is considered a Critical Failure or Botch. Once a Critical Failure has been suffered, the effects end.

Jinx of a Tree Bore Crooked - The Lowman allows any newly cooked food, recently harvested water, or newly assembled equipment within his view to spoil, fail, or break upon use. When cast, someone taking a bite out of a freshly cooked steak will find themselves biting into a tumor; someone drinking freshly boiled water will find dead larvae in it, or someone who just put together a wheel will watch it crumple and break when put on the wagon. 

Contracted Promises - The Lowman can conjure a magical contract out of thin air, offering a specifically worded deal of cooperation or services rendered to any being willing to sign. If the signee breaks the terms of the contract, their ghost belongs to the Lowman upon their death. If the Lowman breaks the terms of the contract, they lose their ability to cast this spell until they either kill the signee at a crossroads, get the signee to eat the contract, or put two copper coins on the signee’s sleeping eyes.

Shadowman - The Lowman can allow their shadow to walk away from their body, existing wherever shadows may in a two-dimensional form. The shadow may be used to trip, grab, or move objects as a Mage Hand spell, but requires the Lowman to make a Strength Check to be successful in such regards.

Second Level
Logic of the Human Heart - Lowman can demoralize someone by making them realize the foolish and eventual failure of their dreams or love. Save vs Magic to resist, on failure subject is depressed for 1d4 weeks and must make a Morale save to follow their dreams. Once passed, the curse is lifted.

Kinstrife - Lowman can turn siblings and friends against one another by foul manipulation, bringing to the surface a deep buried disagreement or grudge intent on causing pain. Target must Save vs Magic or voice the grievance loudly, subject of grievance must make a Morale save or act with irresponsible emotion.

Lullaby to Nightmares - Lowman curses a number of victims equal to their Charisma modifier to suffer a terrible nightmare when next they sleep. The Lowman controls only things influenced by sound, so snapping their fingers while casting the spell will cause something related to dreams of broken bones or rapping upon a door. A spoken phrase might echo and repeat, unceasingly. The Lowman gains a +2 bonus to actions made against any individual who suffered from the nightmares.

Wage of Sin - The Lowman curses any currency on a victim to take on a number of pounds in weight equal to any bounty or charge they’ve committed in worth. Thus a man with a 500 silver bounty on his head and two coins to his name, will feel his backpack rip as 1000 pounds is exerted out of the coins. If the victim has not suffered any bounty or charge, the weight is equivalent to the last amount of damage they’ve dealt. The coins do not deal more damage than 1d4+Level of the caster, but they may be very very hard to pick up or retrieve by the sinner. These effects last 1d4 hours.

Down to the Bone - The Lowman curses an ally’s weapon to be elegant, brutal or cruel, the type of which being dependant on how the ally uses their weapon or what it looks like. If the cursed weapon deals critical damage, the Lowman may add their own weapon’s damage dice to the total. If the damage totals are equal, the victim suffers the full shattering of any bone in the area struck.

Debtor’s Conjuration - The Lowman can call forth the ghost of any being who failed to uphold their end of a contract or bargain. The ghost is free-willed, but cannot attack the Lowman or be seen by anyone the Lowman does not wish the ghost to be seen by. The ghost exists for 1d4 days, can be turned as an undead, and will attempt to perform a small task to free themselves from their debt. Such ghosts fade into a netherworld upon the ending of this spell, or ascend to someplace nicer or fouler should they complete their debted task.

Third Level
Bad as Me - The Lowman curses a target of Evil alignment or recent action view themselves as a demon for 1d6 days. Anytime the victim looks into a mirror or reflective surface they see more and more of their mortal flesh rot away, revealing a monster beneath. Sins and bad actions committed by the Lowman during this period become painfully scrawled across the illusory flesh of the victim (1d8 damage per day at most). The victim must also make Morale saves each day or suffer permanent damage to their psyche (-1 to Wisdom). Victims who hide in religious places or attempt to seal themselves away from others are immune to permanent damage after the first day. 

Sins of the Father - The Lowman curses a target to be haunted by an ancestor who greatly disapproves of the victim’s lifestyle, choice of clothing/weapon/friends, and all manner of petty things. The victim is harried by this ghost for 1d3 days, suffering a need to make Morale checks each morning or go through the rest of the day exhausted. Changing behavior to the desires of the ancestor can prevent such penalties, but will alienate friends and allies.

Gavel of the Mausoleum - The Lowman can demand parlay and conference with the dead, who while under this spell, will operate at the bare minimum with the intelligence of a young man even if they might otherwise by mindless undead. The Lowman must offer boon and tribute to the dead and keep up their end of the deal, lest the undead act with renewed strength; becoming immune to turning for 1d4 weeks. 

Rain Dog Curse - The Lowman curses the victim to forget the location of their home, camp, or recent domicile while simultaneously removing their ability to read directions, compass signs, or the stars to orient themselves. This curse lasts for 1d3 nights. Friends who attempt to lead  victim to their home do not appear as friends to the victim, their faces blur to that of the Lowman and their words speak the opposite of truth in the mind of the victim. 

Big Empty Sky - The Lowman can clear the sky of clouds and stars, showing nothing but a big grey empty careless void. Religious or romantic type victims viewing this must make a Morale check or feel disheartened, with religious spell-casters losing a spell for the day upon a failure. Heat cast down from the sky under this spell is extra dehydrating and painful upon those who toil, and any rain or clouds that might form after the spell is cast seem oppressive and cruel.

Siren’s Snaking - The Lowman whistles a tune which crawls into the mind of a victim, lingering for 1d3 days. The tune will bother the victim each day when they desperately need peace, it will be sung near enough to the victim from the lips of three hallucinatory sirens. The victim must Save vs Spells each day, on the first day suffering a Charm spell, on the second day suffering a Fear spell, and on the third day falling into a collapsed heap of weeping as the tune grows louder and louder until the ears of the victim bleed (2d6 damage, deafens target for 1d4 days.) Plugging up ears with blessed wax can alleviate the hearing of the tune.

Fourth Level
The Right Bullets - The Lowman can change silver coins into cursed ammunition for weapons. These ammunition deal +2 damage and +2 to hit, but on a failed roll the ammunition will instead strike an ally, true love, or somehow find a way during that day to harm someone innocent and see the blame fully placed upon the user. These cursed enchanted items turn back into coins after their use, with any face upon the coin marred horrifically. 

Born of Smoke - The Lowman can instantly become smoke, obeying the same rules as a gaseous form spell, but the duration lasts for as long as the Lowman desires until either the sun or moon rises. While in this form, the Lowman can teleport into any flame they see, becoming the smoke of that fire.

Worry, Pain & Struggle - The Lowman curses a victim, maintaining direct eye contact for three rounds. On the first round the victim must Save vs Magic or find themselves drenched in a cold sweat, their mind broken by a primordial fear that steals away their voice and causes them to drop any held weapon. On the second round, the victim must roll Morale, on a failure they collapse and begin beating themselves with bare fists while simultaneously doffing armor worn. On the third round, the victim must make a Constitution save or they begin to wretch and their vision fades into a bleary place where everything appears to be made of fire. 

Hell Break - The Lowman strikes their foot, a cane, or some other implement on the ground, scratching a line. Emerging from the ground one round later, is an army of imps and lesser demons of hellfire who charge forth in a 40’ ray, stabbing and harrying anyone in their way, dealing 4d8 damage to anyone in their path. Upon going 40’ from the source they turn into bats, rats, slugs and bugs which scatter off into the wild. Anyone who attempts to fight these creatures as they charge will be attacked by their verminous form, who will deal 1d4 additional damage to each victim before melting into slime.

Crossroads Conjuration - The Lowman can make sure that around the next bend, over the next hill, or around the next corner, is a crossroads. This crossroad will be the nearest possible crossroad, folding away space and time to allow for ease of travel. Those who are aligned to the Lowman can follow him through to this crossroad as though passing seamlessly through a portal.

Call the Killer - The Lowman places a heinous curse upon an enemy, but they must first proclaim a loud and hateful monologue about the hell that is to befall their victim. Once this has been finished, a masked being of smoke and fire wielding a weapon of the same type as the Lowman, will burst through a nearby wall or emerge from nearby brush and attempt to murder the victim. This creature is statistically identical to an Invisible Stalker; save that it lacks invisibility.

Reaching 8th Level: Upon reaching 8h level, a Lowman is an open cancer upon existence, attracting 3d20 Level 1 Lowmen who appear at the next crossroads the Lowman passes by. These lesser lowmen followers are newly risen to the world and are searching for organization, a proper venture, and someone to order them around. They will expect the Lowman to find them employment of some kind, forming an Enterprise that will require a base of operations to be established. After 30 days of service, most will leave to pursue their own opportunities, but 2d6 will remain loyal retainers to their master; provided the Enterprise remains lucrative and interesting to them.


Randomizers.
Appearance - Body (d10)
  1. Stocky Impish Body, Dwarfish in Size.
  2. Uncomfortably Long-Limbed Body.
  3. Sickeningly Perfect Musculature.
  4. Stubby Legs and a Bulging Paunch.
  5. Densely Muscled but Elderly Frame.
  6. Ape-like Posture, Huge Powerful Arms.
  7. Asymmetrical, like Rough Hewn Stone.
  8. Serpentine Torso, Disproportionate Arms.
  9. Corpulently Obese with Bony Little Limbs.
  10. Horrifically Skinny, with Water-Logged Limbs.

Appearance - Horrid Feature (d12)
  1. Facial features Best Compared to a Predatory Bird.
  2. Smile of Too-White Teeth that Shimmer in the Moonlight.
  3. Deeply Sunken Eyes with Tiny Flickering Lights for Eyes.
  4. Long Split Tongue of a Serpent.
  5. Hair Naturally Sweeps Back as though Draped Over Invisible Horns.
  6. Flies Crawl in and out of Pores and Orifices without reaction.
  7. Smoke Leaks from Corners of the Mouth.
  8. Fingertips are Geometrically Symmetrical and best compared to Arrow Heads.
  9. Has the Long Scabrous and Bifurcated Tail of a Devil.
  10. Coughs up Slugs, Rats, and Moths.
  11. Smile of Wolf Fangs, Crocodile Teeth, and Golden Replacements.
  12. Hands and Feet appear Constructed of Hellish Rock under the Skin.

Appearance - Dress (d12)
  1. Fine Twill Suit of Cream & Red.
  2. Fine Herringbone Suit of Navy & Grey.
  3. Fine Twill Suit of Grey & Black.
  4. Glossy Satin Suit of White.
  5. Heavy Brocade Suit of a Lawman.
  6. Heavy Felt Suit of Blue.
  7. Stolen Wedding Attire (Slightly Torn)
  8. Stolen Religious Garb (Ill-Fitting)
  9. Stolen Overalls and Work Shirt (Goose Eggs in Pocket)
  10. Bloodied Woodworker’s Plaid Shirt.
  11. Dusty & Rotting Funerary Clothing.
  12. Raggedy Mayoral Outfit with Sash.

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