Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Lake that Hates

It is a lake, set in a thick and heavy forest. A forest filled with rotten ruins. Dotted with towns, many half empty. Yet the soil is fertile and the woods rich with wood. The waters are a mirror like grey, the lake deep and pure. The lakebed is home to countless caves, a few half above the water.  Many rivers feed from it, by means of the underwater caves. The waters hate you.

The waters are home to a demonic spirit, a shapeless being tied to the water. It hates. Again and again when it’s forest has been approached upon, it will call all those who have drank of it. It will call the fools to it’s waters. They will walk in and drown, of their own free will. The bottom of the lake and it’s caves are covered in corpses. Sometimes it makes these corpses crawl out of the waters and drag more people into them, kicking and screaming as the waxy and bloated faces of their mothers and brothers and daughters are all filled with hatred, cold and raw.

These corpses, are the Drowned. They are the spirit’s hands and eyes, as it’s power is limited beyond the scope of the waters. Their souls have been devoured, the void filled with the hatred of the Lake. When struck, their flesh bleeds not blood, but water.

They crawl from the water and enter the town, adorned in soaking rags. They seed the wells with the waters of the lake, silently abducting the unlucky in the dead of night. Anyone, especially children who enter those haunted waters risk never returning, as clammy hands wrap around limbs, and in a instant, pull. Dragged down into the water in a heartbeat, those waterlogged claws pry open the mouth, rotten feet and knees slamming into the lungs, forcing out air and letting in water. Struggle in vain, waste your breath, close your eyes, and soon death will come. 

Deaths by drowning and abduction, reports of corpses crawling out of the water at the dead of night, all leading to a town walking into the water, never to be seen again. 

And when that fails. When it encounters resistance or a threat that it’s Drowned cannot defeat, it’s shadow concentrates as Drowned gather, forming a soaking amalgamation of driftwood, rot, and marrow. They scream in the voices of your friends and family, begging you to join them, or scorning you with all their hatred.

They lumber after you, rotten limbs like clubs smashing the unwary into the ground, before dragging them into the reach of a dozen hungry maws. From the maws and the wounds comes water, twitching, lashing, hating streams and burst and whips of water.

The shadow of the Lake that Hates grows with every day. It’s touch corrupts water into a worthy vessel, spreading through lakes and water ways like a ancient virus. 

It cannot be allowed to reach the ocean snd the seven seas, no matter what.

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The Drowned
HD/HP: 1d8
AC/Defense: As Leather
Movement: As Human, twice as fast as human.
Attacks: Grasp(1d6 + Grab), and any weapon they have grabbed.

Special Abilities: 
Takes half damage from fire.
What one perceives/knows, they all perceive/know.
+1d6 Damage to all melee attacks per Drowned that is next to them.
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1d6 Plot Hooks of the Lake that Hates
1: The blacksmith’s daughter has gone missing. She was complaining about hearing wet thumps, below the floorboards of her room.

2: The crew of a ship that set sail down the river have all turned up dead, on the shores of the town. They all drowned, and yet are.. smiling. The town priest will pay handsomely if you figure out why.

3: Someone the party cares about has gone missing, and where last seen waking towards the lake.

4: One of the party members is having horrible nightmares of being drowned by the water logged corpses of the other party members. The farther away from a body of water they get, the worse the nightmares.

5: A wizard has gone mad after using the water for divinations. They  bounce between drinking nothing and allowing no one they see to drink, to attempting to drown as many people as possible. The mayor wants the party to deal with them.

6: The party awakes to find their campsite surrounded by wet footprints, the air smelling of wet rot. Something has been taken, and the footprints lead to the nearest water source.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

BE SILENT

So. I made a thing after getting caught up in a fun discussion on the OSR Discord. This was the result. Still working on Agalia by the way, just taking my time for it. Basically this is a survival horror game that started out conceptually as a Zombie Apocalypse GLOG Hack. This is a very rought draft.

BE SILENT

Source: https://www.deviantart.com/irenhorrors/art/Wendigo-718589046

Features:
Stats-as-Inventory
No rolling for saves! Instead respond with what’s in your inventory!
Rules for stealth!
Compatible with(and uses) GLOG classes!
Stress, Madness, Trauma!

Oblidisideryptch is also working on their own version, and I expect it will be up on their blog soon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Intro: Agalia, The Empire of Sin



—On the history of the world.—

“The Church of Endless Heavens preaches the world was made in six days by the grace of Mother, each of which lasted an aeon.”

“On the first day, Mother came from the heavens, and pulled the earth from the depths of the endless sea. The sun is the spot from which Mother descended.”
“On the second, Mother’s breath flowed over the world, creating the sky and wind.”
“On the third, Mother’s blood was cast on the land, giving birth to the plants and animals, and for a day they lived as lowly beasts.”
“On the fourth, Mother gave the sky, the winds, the earth and the life that lived upon the Earth, souls, hence creating The First People, the Spirits. Then, Mother created the laws that bind the Spirits, and hence, the laws of the physical world.”
“On the fifth, Mother crafted The Second People, us, Man, from blood, ashes, and clay. We too were granted souls, and with them a gift. While we lacked the power of the Spirits, we were not bound by their laws. In fact. We can shape and change a Spirit, with effort and knowledge and faith.”
“On the sixth, Mother cautioned the People from breaking her laws, and then ascended back to the heavens. It was a glorious farewell, with a promise of an eventual return.”
“On the seventh, the Beast, the Ur-Satan, crawled forth from the depths of the sea. A terrible demon, that desired nothing less than to devour everything.”
“For seven years it rampaged, corrupting and devouring everything in its path. It’s hunger gnawed at the laws of the world, threatening to undo Mother’s work. In its wake came a horde of demons, made in it’s own image.”
“At the end of those years, six heroes, chosen by Mother, three of each People, banded together to defeat the Beast. With holy wisdom, they wove the laws of the world into a prison for the Beast. However the prison is not perfect.”
“Should the rites sustaining it fail, or some maddened fool cast the gates open, then the Beast will be free. And so the cycle of history forms.”
“The faith in the rites and their meaning fades, till the gates weaken. Demons slowly but surely flood into the land. Then, the Beast elects a Satan, who rallies the Demons and declares a crusade against the world. The Church gathers heroes, and throws them on the rampaging horde as kingdoms fall and lives end. Until the Satan is slain, the rites are re-established, and the Beast is firmly trapped within its prison.”
“Again and again this has happened. Again and again it will, until either the Beast or the world meets its end.”
“The next turn of the cycle is soon. The Empire of Agalia has grown fat and decadent, choking on laws that are bought and sold with gold and blood. The rites have been neglected, the prison weakened. Demons crawl forth from the West, where the sea turns to sand, and from within, as Sin sprouts like vile weeds. A Satan has risen, but their identity is unknown. The Church is calling for heroes and fools, for the faithful and the heretic, to go west. Go west, and find riches and glory in the slaying of demons. May some brave souls ensure that the Satan falls, and the Beast remains within its prison.” -From the personal diary of Sage Traila, Ex-Priestess of the Church.
—What is a Demon?—


“There are three kinds of Demons, though the lines between them often blur and twist. What they all have in common, is that they are formed of or shaped by the Beast’s hunger. Silver burns them like acid, and the foolish often harness their souls as a source of power.”

“The first is the Spawn of the Beast, sent to devour and kill to feed their sire. They are the most simple form of Demon, driven by mindless hunger.”

“The second are the Living Blights. When enough hatred, malice, suffering, or greed gathers, it may give birth to a demon embodying those, clawing forth from, corpse or earth. In the wake of the other two types, the Blights will sprout like vile weeds.”

“The third and most dangerous are the Abominations. They are born when a Person, be they Man or Spirit, are utterly consumed by Sin or Curse. Sin, in this case, refers to an all consuming obsession. Something that eats and eats and eats at one’s self until it is all that remains, twisting one’s flesh and one’s form as it empties out the soul. The touch of a Demon, too, can set one on the path to Demondom. Many of the most terrifying Demons have been fallen kings and demonslayers.”

“And a Satan.. A Satan refers to a Demon, no matter the type, who has become a Herald of the Beast. If left unchecked, they will release the Beast from it’s prison.” - Demon Slayer Vladdin’s notes for his apprentice, dated seven months before he became a Demon and laid waste to his home kingdom.
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Author’s Note:
I‘m basing Agalia off of the Roman Empire in the age of it’s decline. If the Roman Empire had flintlock guns, magic, and had to deal with both nature spirits and Demons.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Of Blood and Glory!




It’s probably too early in my blog’s age to have made my own GLOG Hack. Do I care? Nope~ So say hello to:


Of Blood and Glory!




Inspirations are!
Arnold K at Goblinpunch
Vayra over at the Mad Queen’s Court
Basically everyone else over on the OSR Discord!


Note! There’s not a lot of setting stuff in this. That’s on purpose! Taking a que from Vayra, I’m planning on making setting ‘books’, each with their own classes and setting. Though I mean setting in the idea of ‘stuff to give the GM to put a setting together’. I plan on posting a introductory post  to one later this week as well!

As for what that setting’s theme is going to be..? Well. I’m a big fan of the souls game, and the very first one, Demon Souls, is overshadowed by the games that followed it. So, I’m going to make a setting inspired by it, with a little dash of some other stuff I like. My Corruption Rules are going to play a pretty important role in the setting as well.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Corruption: Negative Advancement for Weird Fantasy.



So. The stereotypical Lovecraftion madness trope, and the accompanying system of Sanity Scores is.. Well in my opinion it’s not very interesting or tasteful most of the time. Seeing something alien to your worldview won’t turn someone into a sputtering cultist of whatever that thing is, and such systems rarely really model what’s going on in the fiction. 

Hence, my rules for Corruption. Corruption represents your character being warped and twisted by the weirdness they encounter.

Corruption and Curses

Every character starts at Corruption Level: 0. The first time a character reaches 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 Corruption Points, they gain a Corruption Level. Corruption maxes out at 100, and Corruption Level at 10.

A character takes additional damage from all sources of damage equal to their Corruption Level. Every time a character gains a Corruption Level, they gain a Curse. Either a random one from the Curse Table below, or a specific one from the source of the Corruption Level. At Corruption Level 10, your first Curse is upgraded into a Final Curse. A Final Curse is calamitous and removes your character from the game, at least as a player character. Of course, they often do so by turning said Character into a monster.

Anything that would drain levels now gives the victim X Corruption Points, where X is equal to twice the levels it would have drained. Cursed Items may give Corruption Points every time they are used.

A Curse is made of four components. It’s name, it’s ability, it’s drawback, and the form it takes as a Final Curse. A curse’s ability must always be active or have an active benefit, which should give more Corruption when used.

Removing Corruption

Any spell that returns Negative Levels can remove Xd4 Corruption Points, where X is equal to [Spell Level] or [Magic Dice]. Drinking holy water will remove a point of Corruption for every liter consumed. 

Corruption Levels and Curses cannot be removed. Such a deep warping of one’s self cannot be truly undone. Not by mortal hands. And even if they would be removed, it just means a new Curse, new Corruption, can fill that hole.


Random/Example Curse Table


1: Curse of the Drowned
Ability: When you touch someone, you can gain a point of Corruption to make them Save. On a failed save, their lungs are filled with water.
Drawback: You cannot swim. If you enter water, you plummet to the bottom at incredible speeds.
Final Curse: You instantly drown, and your corpse rises again an hour later as an undead NPC, flesh soaked to your rotten bones. Anyone within 10’ of you has to save versus the Curse’s ability every turn.

2: Minor Vampirism
Ability: Your tongue becomes a mosquito like proboscises. You can attack someone with it to drink their blood. This deals 1d6 plhs [Corruption Level] damage, and heals you an equal amount of HP. If this would heal you above your max HP, gain that much corruption.
Drawback: You must kill someone by feeding every week or die.
Final Curse: Your body starts to shake and crack. In an hour you will become a NPC and crawl out of your old body as a True Vampire, a blood hungry and mosquito-like monster that regenerates incredibly quickly. The beast will attempt to devour and convert as many mortals as it can find. 

3: Demon Arm
Ability: Your left arm turns black, the flesh on it twists and writhes, with crimson claws for fingers. The arm has a 10’ reach, and the claws deal 1d6. The arm can devour anything that fits into the palm of it’s hand, absorbing it into your flesh, giving you a point of Corruption every time you do so.
Drawback: If your Demon Arm is exposed to sunlight, it burns and starts to smoke, making you lose [Corruption Level] Max HP for the rest of the day.
Final Curse: Your cursed flesh devours your body as the arm swells. You turn into an eternally hungry demon which heals 1 HP every minute, making it immortal. It does not regenerate under sunlight. The cursed arm now resembles a mass of crimson worms in the shape of a clawed arm(20’ reach, 2d6 damage, same devouring as the Ability).

4: Midas Flesh
Ability: Your flesh takes on a golden sheen. You can consume wealth to heal yourself. For every silver you consume, you heal 1 HP and gain 1 Corruption. 
Drawback: Your flesh starts to grow heavy and burdensome. Lose [Corruption Level] movement.
Final Curse: You instantly die and turn into a golden statue. Your statue is worth [Your Max HP times 10] Gold. The first [your level] beings to touch your corpse must Save or suffer the effects of your Final Curse.

5: Body Thief
Ability: When you make eye contact with a creature, you gain up to [Corruption Level] Corruption to possess it for that many minutes. When you do so, your body falls asleep, and if it dies, you die as well.
Drawback: Your body is weak and frail. Your physical stats are reduced by [Corruption Level] to a minimum of 1.
Final Curse: Your body dies, and you become a hateful, body-stealing, and ever hungry spirit NPC. You possess the nearest creature, and whenever you possess a creature, the body you leave dies. 

6: Eyes of the Gorgon
Ability: Your eyes turn into grey orbs. When you make eye contact with a creature, you can gain X Corruption, where X is equal to its HD, to make the creature save. If they fail the save, they are turned to stone for [Corruption Level] days.
Drawback: You become cold blooded. Unless you spend an hour warming up, every roll you make in a day is made with disadvantage.
Final Curse: You start to shed your skin. In an hour you will emerge from your old skin as a Gorgon NPC. A Gorgon is a monster with the upper half of a sapient species, the lower half of a serpent, and snakes for hair. Anyone who looks upon a Gorgon risks being turned to stone (Every time someone looks at a Gorgon, they must save or be turned to stone) . The Gorgons are filled with a terrible hunger for petrified flesh and wealth.

Author’s Note
While the example curses are more Fantasy then Lovecraftian, I imagine it should be easy to come up with Curses that fit that genre. Simply focus on Curses that warp the mind and draw attention from whatever eldritch nightmares infest your settings.

I’m probably going to make a Book of Curses at some point as well. And some classes that play with Corruption.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Secret Jackalope 2020: d6 Gonzo Dying Earth Locations

So! For Secret Jackalope, I was asked to make d6 dungeon/location prompts for a gonzo dying earth setting, each a paragraph long at most by TheManWithAHammer(https://themanwithahammer.blogspot.com/?m=1). And I was given the option to add a list of monsters/denizens to each entry. Which I’ll do. Heck, I’ll make a d6 list of monsters/denizens plus traps/hazards.


1: Forests of Pillars: A field of golden pillars, stabbing at the sky. Around each pillar, the sand of the desert has turned to obsidian, reflecting the scarlet light of the dying sun. Upon each pillar divine names of power are inscribed, in a language that can only be learned by theft or gift. 

d6 Denizens and Hazards of the Forest of Pillars:
1: The Eater of Names.
2: Knife Dunes
3: Merchant Bugs of Vowe’el
4: Infectious Glyph
5: Crawling Priests of Secrets
6: The Gale that Calls

2: Qilphort: A Qilphort is a massive parasitic tree, hailing from the stars. Their spear-roots burrow into the earth and flesh around them, draining every drop of life. Yet the fruit held in their highest lofts are said to make mortals into immortals, fools into sages, and the weak into the mighty. When the sun devours the world, they will leave it’s empty corpse behind.

1d6 Denizens and Hazards of the Qilphorts:
1: Hungry Roots
2: Bone Bees
3: False Fruits
4: Worm Squirrels 
5: Drowning Blood
6: The Root Parasite

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3: Lakes of Color
Lakes of liquid color. Crimson flowing on the surface as blue worms it’s way to the sky. Beware them, for the colors can draw a man in and devour their soul. Yet in these colors can be used to draw weakness from the flesh and turn beasts to men. The seventh color, Violet, does not exist outside the minds of man. Hence it cannot be found in liquid or entity form. Yet as the world and it’s laws die, perhaps it will force itself into existence.


1d6 Denizens and Hazards of the Lakes of Colors:
1: Red Piranhas 
2: Orange Fingers
3: Yellow Anglerfishes
4: Green Eyes
5: Blue Vines
6: Indigo Stalkers

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4: Tomb-Cities of the Ancients:
Ruins and tombs of iron and glass. When the Sun Bombs fell, the world of the ancients died in a flash. Their shining cities became tombs, home of ashen specters and poisoned treasures. The hate of a newborn star, quick to die, will never fade.

1d6 Denizens and Hazards of the Tomb-Cities of the Ancients:
1: Metal that Hates
2: Sun-Shadow Phantasms
3: Sun-Hated Creeping Ivy
4: Maddened Automata
5: Buried Firestones
6: Dormant Sun Bomb.

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5: Sun-Eater Temples:
Temples of black stone and dry ice, reaching towards the sky like grasping talons. The air around them is deathly cold and silent. Sound cannot exist in and around the temple, and all light in that radius is dimmed at best, devoured at worst. These are temples to the death of the world, each one slowly but surely devouring the life of the sun. If left unchecked, they will bring the world to end in a hundred years.

1d6 Denizens and Hazards of the Sun-Eater Temples:
1: Silence Elementals
2: Chilling Breaths
3: Entropy Walkers
4: Signs of Undeniable Truth
5: Nameless Visitors.
6: Hungry Holes.

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6: The God-Corpse:
When the Sun-Bombs feel, a massive corpse fell from the sky. It smashed into the earth, it’s blood spewing forth a army of demons and a world of madness. Yet from it’s flesh miracles can be wrought. But it’s heart has never stopped beating. Even as rot claims the holy flesh, it’s heart keeps on beating.

1d6 Denizens and Hazards of The God-Corpse:
1: The Mosqqueen. 
2: Hateful Hairspires
3: Southern Carrion Wurms
4: Bad Blood
5: Holy Eaters of the Sacrement.
6: Terrible Tumors

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And there we go! That’s my Secret Jackalope entry fulfilled.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Kaiju Challenge: Gigantes

So! On the OSR discord, I proposed a challenge for my fellow GLOGgers. Write up rules to fight and/or PLAY as kaiju/giant monsters.

And it would be rude to not supply a entry myself. So. Here you go:



The Vitae Gigantes, a rare potion that everyone knows the ingredients for. One third holy water, one third ground up bone from a man eating beast, and one third Gigantes-hearts blood. When drunk, it grants the power for men to turn into inhuman giants, capable of laying low armies. Those weak of body who drink it however, mag have their hearts flutter and crack from the attempt to drive the transformation.

The average Gigantes is six times the height of a man. Their skin is like armor and they can rip a man limb from limb. Their appearances are variable, yet always as monstrous as their heart. As they grow in age and power, they become more and more monstrous, armed with beastly mutations of terrible power.

They say the first Gigantes was the child of the ocean and a foolish and desperate king. The child grew and grew, and laid low all of the king’s foes. With every day that passed, more and more of their inhumanity shone through.

When there where no more foes for the King’s child to slay, it turned on the kingdom. It’s hunger for battle and flesh by that point could not be sated. Scores of men and women and children where cast into it’s maw. When the kingdom was in ruins, it’s father melting in it’s stomach, did it’s rage cool and it’s heart stop beating. The enemies of the kingdom, for there where many, swarmed across the corpse like maggots. The Vitae Gigantes was discovered, and the rest is history.

In the modern era, Gigantes are worth their weight in gold. Every kingdom has at least one to protect their borders. A kingdom’s might is measured not in their armies, but the number of Gigantes they have.

Gigantes are treated as heroes, worshipped as minor gods of war, showered in riches and fame. Yet should they succumb to wrath or attempt to betray the kingdom, then the kingdom’s other Gigantes will strike them down, and devour their heart to grow in power, lest they meet their own end.

Mechanics:

When the Vitae Gigante is drunk, the user must make a CON save. On a fail, they suffer from a heart murmur and take 1d10 damage. If you succeed, you gain a Gigantes form. You can transform to and from the Gigantes form at will. 

For Gigantes scale, *everything is six times that of the normal scale, but the numbers stay the same.* Things that normal scaled people cannot hurt, like buildings, now have HD and HP. 

If a Gigantes hits something normal-scaled, it’s damage is multiplied by six. If something normal scale hits them, that damage is *divided* by six.

When a character transforms into their Gigantes form, everything they are wearing and carrying is absorbed into them. Their stats *stay the same.* Armor is incorporated into their titan like flesh. Weapons are absorbed into their flesh and become useless, unless enchanted to grow with them(which costs 1d100 + Xd100 GP, where X is equal to how many special abilities the weapon has). By default, a Gigantes unarmed attacks deal 1d4 + STR Mod(if it’s a bonus) damage. They can still use all of their other abilities(provided they weren’t tied to a absorbed weapon), which are scaled up to be on Gigantes scale.

A Gigantes also possesses Atavisms. Mutations of the flesh and soul, that grant terrible power. A Gigantes starts with 1  Atavistim, and every time they level up or devour the heart of another Gigantes, they gain another. Every Atavism both grants a new ability, and makes the Gigantes’ Gigantes form more monstrous. They are only useable in Gigantes form, and their side effects are only present when in that form.

1d4 Example Atavisms:
1: Burning Breath
Mutation: The Gigantes’ mouth glows with fire, that licks their lips whenever they open their maw. Any attacks made with their mouth deal a additional 1d4 points of fire damage.
Ability: The user can take a turn to breath in. On there next turn, they release a wave of fire from their mouth. A 30’ cone of fire that deals 2d4(Gigantes Scale) fire damage.

2: Flesh of Thorns
Mutations: The Gigantes’ skin is covered in spikes and thorns. Bristling with them. They cut through the air with every movement, rattling with every breath. -2 to Stealth.
Ability:  Whenever the Gigantes’ takes damage, anyone within 10’ of them takes 1(Gigantes scale) damage.

3: Blinding Marks
Mutations: The Gigantes’ flesh is covered in the occasional orb. The colors of these orbs is the same as the Gigantes’ eyes. They’re creepy to look at. 
Ability: As a action, the Gigantes can cause the orbs to briefly shine incredibly brightly. Everyone else who is looking at the Gigantes must Save or be blinded for the next 1d4 rounds.

4: Wicked Wings
Mutations: The Gigantes’ sprouts massive wings. Their exact appearance depends from Gigantes to Gigantes. In any case, they allow for flight.
Ability: The Gigantes can fly for [level or HD] minutes per day, at a speed of twice their normal movement.
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Links to the other participant’s posts: