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11/02/2019 8:56 am  #1


Them!

So I'm doing lots of writing lately putting together my Dark Treasury campaign.  Inspired by Halloween, I put together a possible side encounter where the party walks into a remote village as the peasants are drawing lots to determine whose child goes in the Wickerman to be sacrificed to Malakai, "He Who Walks Behind the Stalks."  They discover that a local shamaness, Archnae Darkleaf (Necromancer/Druid) is behind the sacrifices.  She lives in a hut on the outskirts of town, surrounded by a cornfield guarded by animated scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns.  When picking spells for her, I stumbled across "Them", which I had forgotten about.  Another great stroke of inspiration from Jeff and yet another reason why this game is so cool.  It's these little things sprinkled throughout.


"Could you fancy me as a pirate bold?  Or a longship Viking warrior with the old gods on his side?  Well, I'm an inshore man and I'm nobody's hero.  But I'll make you tight for a windy night and a dark ride."--Jethro Tull
 

11/02/2019 1:15 pm  #2


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It sounds like a great encounter!  I too think the spell is lots of fun and the movie was one of my favorites as a kid (and probably now as well....)


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And sweat at the daily round,
While in my soul forever
The drums of Pictdom sound?” 
 

11/03/2019 7:07 am  #3


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Ha, very cool nod to a classic, didn't see that.

I'd allow it to work on more than just ants, though would keep the effects the same: same HD, attacks, ST, etc. as the Giant Radioactive Ants, though appearing different. In this case, maybe Headless Scarecrows, or Flying Jack-o-Lanterns.


"An idea of great merit! While we are alive we should sit among colored lights and taste good wines, and discuss our adventures in far places; when we are dead, the opportunity is past."
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11/03/2019 9:33 am  #4


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Wow. That is indeed a fun spell...now to think of a reason for an NPC to use it...


What? Me worry?
 

11/03/2019 11:27 am  #5


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gizmomathboy wrote:

Wow. That is indeed a fun spell...now to think of a reason for an NPC to use it...

https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/shocked.png

 

 

11/03/2019 11:51 am  #6


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francisca wrote:

gizmomathboy wrote:

Wow. That is indeed a fun spell...now to think of a reason for an NPC to use it...

https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/shocked.png

 

 
Note sure if either campaign has room in it for a 7th level cleric.

Although, if there is a 5th level cleric that has a 7th or greater level master with some scrolls to hand out...


What? Me worry?
 

11/03/2019 8:26 pm  #7


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Incidentally, the jack-o-lanterns & scarecrow are statted up in the Swords & Wizardry version of Tome of Horrors.  Scarecrows are also in 1st edition Fiend Folio.  Malakai is from "Children of the Corn," and is made a god in Greg Gillespie's Barrowmaze & Archaia, which also have Zuul from "Ghostbusters" in their pantheon.


"Could you fancy me as a pirate bold?  Or a longship Viking warrior with the old gods on his side?  Well, I'm an inshore man and I'm nobody's hero.  But I'll make you tight for a windy night and a dark ride."--Jethro Tull
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11/04/2019 12:58 pm  #8


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Glad you guys enjoy the spell. You need a good flamethrower to deal with those ants, of course. ;)


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11/05/2019 9:13 pm  #9


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We also employ Wands of Bug Spray, which I think were in the companion set back in the day.  Essentially it's Raid, and it works on all manner of giant insects and arachnids (8d6 dmg; save for half).


"Could you fancy me as a pirate bold?  Or a longship Viking warrior with the old gods on his side?  Well, I'm an inshore man and I'm nobody's hero.  But I'll make you tight for a windy night and a dark ride."--Jethro Tull
     Thread Starter
 

11/06/2019 4:42 am  #10


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Spider of Leng wrote:

Incidentally, the jack-o-lanterns & scarecrow are statted up in the Swords & Wizardry version of Tome of Horrors.  Scarecrows are also in 1st edition Fiend Folio. 

To my knowledge, the first appearance of a jack-o'-lantern in our beloved hobby is this illustration by Greg Bell, in the 1975 Dungeons & Dragons Supplement I, Greyhawk:
http://www.coldmonkeymountain.com/osrpg/halloween/bugbear1975.jpg

And speaking of bugs... this is the 'original' Bugbear!  It's the look I prefer, and find entirely suitable for insertion into Hyperborea, for which one can use any of the available OS stats (and for a nice kicker, make them a minor Sub-lunary Dæmon).
Though Jimm's shambling boar-thing certainly deserves a mention as well https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cool.png


~ sub
 

Last edited by Q-sub (11/07/2019 3:23 am)

 

11/06/2019 9:59 am  #11


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Outstanding!  So many inspiring pics & ideas on this forum. 


"Could you fancy me as a pirate bold?  Or a longship Viking warrior with the old gods on his side?  Well, I'm an inshore man and I'm nobody's hero.  But I'll make you tight for a windy night and a dark ride."--Jethro Tull
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