Adventures


This section of the book will detail some example adventures you can lead your players through. These are mostly optional but can add an interesting flair to your experiences. These adventures have been used while balancing the game, so newer players would do well to try out one or two of these in order to get spun up.

The Dwarven Cavern


The players start off in The Flying Ombudsman, a tavern in the town of $LAST_TOWN_YOUR_PLAYERS_WERE_IN. There are a few people sitting at the bar and drinking steamy mugs of grog. There is a salesperson sitting at one of the tables fidgeting with a golden scepter head and looks like she has plenty of items should people want them. There is someone rather sad sitting at another of the tables, looking like he has suffered a great loss.

For extra immersion, have the NPC's speak with a slightly Irish accent. For extra fun, throw in random words from scottish, english and australian accents. Keeps the players thinking.

When players ask the bartender Ke'ra for a mug o' grog, he will sell them one for 5 gold (limit 4 each player). If players ask for the history behind the name, explain to the players the information in The Story of Hol below.

The salesperson at the top sells the following:

  • **3x potion of cure poison** - Cures poison and heals 2 hp - 15g each
  • **Golden Scepter head** - When mounted on top of a staff, has a d4=4 chance of granting more gold when encountering it - 150g

  • You may want to add a few more items to this list. I need to draw up a table for items that salespeople like this can have.

    The salesperson can also get you a room at the inn for 30g. It is big enough to hold all of the party.

    When players talk to the person at the bottom, they get a sad story about the hoe-pocalypse that threatens the end of the village the person comes from. Dwarves snuck up from underground and stole the hoe from him, making it difficult to feed his hamlet. He asks the adventurers to go to the cavern the dwarves live in and get them back. The players should eventually agree to do it, and the NPC will progressively offer more and more gold as a reward. A charm check will get him to throw in some salted meat as a reward.

    The Story of Hol


    There is a statue to the local god of the tavern, Hol. Hol gave the bartender the recipe for the steamy grog that is served at the bar and lead to the events that give the bar its name.

    The bartender Ke'ra ran a failing tavern, and was running out of hope and money. One day, the bartender found a weird looking mug and found that it could be used to talk with the gods. He eventually found a god named Hol. Hol offered him the recipe for the strongest alcohol he could possibly make, for a price. Ke'ra agreed without further thought and gained the ability to make intensely strong alcohol, but lost his ability to negotiate permanently.

    One day the local ombudsman got news of how strong the liquor was and decided to enforce some obscure liquor control law to get the strength reduced. Ke'ra refused to negotiate and it escalated into a situation where Ke'ra kicked the ombudsman so hard that he flew into the wall. People started calling the tavern "the place where the ombudsman flew" and that eventually evolved into the name The Flying Ombudsman.

    Business has been booming ever since.

    The Cave


    The first part has 1 mechanical trap around the second corner, players will need to work their way through it with low light or to grab a working torch off the wall. The traps do 1d4 damage.

    The tunnel opens into a guard station, the dwarf archers wait behind cover for players to get in range of their shortbows. If they get within 10 feet of the archers, they fall back to the room behind them to the left. The Archers have 6 hp and grant 50xp on defeat.

    The room behind and to the left is a labratory that is very well-lit. Lots of weird liquid in flasks, scientific equipment, etc. There is a Dwarf Grenadier there and will attack you on sight. He throws alchemical grenades at range (1d6 damage, =6 -> random elemental effect), If the players get within melee range of the Grenadier then he will use a poisoned dagger. If the guards retreated then he will use them as meat shields. He has 15 hp. He drops 1d4 alchemical grenades and on a 1d4=3+ he also drops his poisoned dagger. He grants 300xp on defeat.

    The bigger chamber is the dwarven living area. Plenty of beds to hide behind, but there are 1d6 dwarves living in there. They attack on sight, but flee south if their attack goes poorly. The dwarves each grant 100xp on defeat. There is a chest in there that is actually a mimic. It drops an Amulet of Chest on defeat.

    The room south is the home of Bubba the Bugbear, a hired goon of the dwarves. Bubba and the remaining dwarves make their last stand here. Bubba grants 500xp on defeat and has 30hp and 1d6+2 attack damage with his giant club.

    The final room is the treasure room, which contains the stolen hoe, some other farming equipment and 250 gold. After this the dungeon is cleared and players gain experience from their journey, then go back to The Flying Ombudsman victorious. The quest NPC will award them with however many gold they agreed to and any items they also agreed to.

    Monsters


    Dwarf Archer


    Horde, Short, Dim, Cautious

    Crossbow (d4), 6hp, 1 armor

    Challenge: 2

    Moves:
  • Flee (PER) - flees to safety on the first sign of trouble
  • Crossbow (QUI) - d4 damage

  • Stats:
    TOU: 0
    QUI: +1
    CLE: -2
    PER: +1
    LEA: -2
    CHA: -1

    Dwarf Grenadier


    Mad, Short, Clever, Loner

    Poisoned Dagger (d6), 25 hp, 1 armor

    Challenge: 6

    Moves:
  • Alchemical Grenade (QUI) - d6 damage plus an elemental effect if 6 damage.
  • Poisoned Dagger (TOU) - d4 damage, if player fails a toughness roll they get disadvantage for their dice rolls for the next d4 turns
  • Living Shield (CLE) - Uses one of the other enemies as a living shield, blocking damage with it

  • Stats:
    TOU: 0
    QUI: +1
    CLE: +1
    PER: +1
    LEA: -1
    CHA: -2

    Dwarf


    Horde, Short, Dim, Alcoholic

    Pickaxe (d4), 8hp, 0 armor

    Challenge: 3

    Moves:
  • Pickaxe (TOU) - d4 damage
  • Dagger (TOU) - d4 damage

  • Stats:
    TOU: 0
    QUI: +1
    CLE: -2
    PER: -2
    LEA: 0
    CHA: 0

    Mimic


    Unassuming, Stealthy, Cautious

    Bite (d6 piercing), 14 hp, 1 armor

    Challenge: 4

    Moves:
  • Grab (QUI) - grabs an unsuspecting player close to it
  • Bite (PER) - bites a player for d6 piercing damage

  • Bubba the Bugbear


    Loner, Large, Taur, Unreasonable

    Whump (d6+2), 35 hp, 0 armor

    Challenge: 8

    Moves:
  • Whump (TOU) - d6+2 damage
  • Charge (QUI) - d4+2 damage, Bubba charges into a player, optionally pushing them to the nearest wall

  • Stats:
    TOU: +2
    QUI: +2
    CLE: -1
    PER: +1
    LEA: -2
    CHA: -1

    Items


    These are the unique items specific to this quest.

    Mug of Grog


    A wooden/iron mug full of the barkeep's grog. Consuming it gives you the following stat boosts for 3 turns:

  • -1 Quick
  • -1 Perception
  • -1 Learned
  • +3 Charm

  • This bonus does not stack. When you drink the grog, you keep the mug and can use it to bludgeon people for normal attack damage. It can also be used as a tool to check for traps.

    Golden Scepter Head


    A golden scepter head that looks like The Grand Nagus from Star Trek. It has no effect outside of when it's put on a staff. When it is on a staff it gives you a d6=6 chance of getting 1/8th more gold when you collect gold from places.

    Sells for 50g, purchases for 50g.

    Alchemical Grenades


    Standard grenades that look like they are made out of wood, metal, insanity and magic. They do d6 damage normally, but when you crit with one it also causes one of the following status effects (roll a d4):

  • 1 - Acid makes the entity take off their armor.
  • 2 - The entity rolls a constitution check, if it fails they get poisoned and need to roll for constitution before every action, passing removes the poison, failing makes them not have any action.
  • 3 - The entity is burned for 1d4 damage every turn they fail a constitution check.
  • 4 - The entity is stunned for 1d3 turns.

  • Sells for 25g each, unpurchaseable.

    Poisoned Dagger


    A standard dagger that gives no distinct bonuses. However when you use it as a normal dagger, you need to roll for constitution in addition to rolling for strength. If you fail the constitution check (but pass the toughness check), you get poisoned from the poison streaking out of the dagger.

    The poison has 5 charges.

    Merchants do not want to take the risk buying it and will make you pay them for its disposal. This cannot be purchased.

    Bubba's Clubba


    A rather large mace that does +3 damage. It is a giant thing designed for a 9-foot tall centaur. It takes up three slots in your inventory. It looks imposing and may require a lot of strength to use properly. Sells for 25 gold.

    Amulet of Chest


    This cursed amulet lets the holder transform into a harmless looking treasure chest, but also grants them advantage if an enemy tries to open it. After 4 transformations, they need to roll a charm check when they try to turn back. If that fails, they stay a chest for an hour (with arms/legs/a mouth/etc). After 4 more transformations, they turn into a mimic permanently. The transformation count stays persistent until someone becomes a mimic, then it resets to zero.

    Merchants will pay 100 gold for it, but will only accept it after the player rolls for charm.

    Dungeon Map


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