Saturday 20 April 2024

Chagrinspire Map & Encounters by Terrain


Chagrinspire so far...
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/03/chagrinspire.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/03/flatspur-and-shankheim-home-bases-for.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/04/subterranean-entrances-in-chagrinspire.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/04/dungeon-decor-for-chagrinspire.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/04/d100-documents-of-despair-for.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/02/d12-mysterious-vapours-miasmas.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/03/freaks-of-chargrinspire-cursed-lands.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/03/surface-structures-of-chagrinspire.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/03/d100-found-junk-of-mudlands-of.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/03/d100-terrible-encounters-for.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/03/d100-chagrinspire-rumours.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/04/chargrinspire-notes-and-d100-tactical.html
https://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com/2024/04/magic-crap-dug-up-near-chagrinspire.html

Also
 a reader compared to Phil Tippet's Mad God which a friend showed me after the first few posts and yes it is probably good imagery for this setting. Turnip 28 was an influence and probably my previous work on ww1 and post-apocalypse stuff.

To do
d100 Mutant Maniacs
d100 Wasteland Weirdos
d100 walls of the star fortress

I will probably have a break for other projects I'm recalcitrant of after these done and later will work on dungeons and character classes.

classes - alchemist, mutant, automaton, mystic/shaman

The Map
The grey box on the map graphic has a mistake I will fix but ready to print and make your own hexcrawl map - should say higher numbers are rarer. The mudlands are the no-mans land areas of battlefields and are surrounded by inward-facing trenches. Chagrinspire is surrounded by a star-shaped fortress full of ruined artillery. Like post-medieval cities.


These give you an alternative way of generating encounters by terrain and also provide an idea of suitable creatures for local flavour.

d12 Shattered Woodlands
Woodlands with limbless mostly dead trees and mud
1 Mutant deer
2 Mutant wild boar
3 Mutant wolves
4 Terror birds
5 Carnivorous apes
6 Mutant lion or panther
7 Mutant bear
8 Carnivorous plants
9 Mutants tribe
10 Abhuman plant folk
11 Abhuman beast folk
12 Elf scouts

d12 Grasslands
Stubbly grass on ashen grey soil
1 Mutant bison or auroch cattle
2 Wooly rhinoceros
3 Deer or kangaroos or goats
4 Mutant hunters
5 Scavengers
6 Orc warriors
7 Refugees fleeing tyranny
8 Slavers
9 Zombie troops
10 Bandits
11 Berserkers
12 Templar crusaders

d12 Marsh
Black marshes and bogs and a sea of reads
1 Ooze or slime or jelly
2 Swarm of carnivorous flies or leeches
3 Mudhogs
4 Mutant crocodiles
5 Giant salamanders, toads or frogs
6 Giant insects
7 Giant reptiles
8 Carnivorous plants
9 Shambling mound or algoid
10 Dinosaurs
11 Shoggoth
12 Cateoblas or basilisk

d12 Broken Lands
Blasted rocky rubble, craters, cliffs, mesas and buttes
1 Mutant goat
2 Cannibal clan
3 Scavengers
4 Bandits
5 Goblinoid warband
6 Giant vultures or bats
7 Berserkers
8 Harpies
9 Wyvern
10 Mutant warband
11  Manticores
12 Chimera

d12 Wetlands
Lakes, ponds and rivers
1 Mutant fisher folk in canoes or rafts
2 Giant carnivorous fish
3 Mutant crocodile
4 Swarm of carnivorous flying fish
5 Giant octopus
6 Giant salamanders, toads or frogs
7 Riverboat crewed by bandits
8 Marine ghouls
9 Plesiosaur
10 Fish or frog folk abhumans
11 Hydrodaeomon
12 Grey gnome submarine

d12 Mudfields
Blasted muddy wasteland of ancient cratered battlefields and no-mans land
1 Scavengers
2 Mutant soldiers
3 Orc warriors
4 Mud hogs
5 Swarm of flies or giant flies
6 Swarm or rats or giant rats
7 Zombie soldiers
8 Ghoul clan
9 Neo-otyg
10 Bog mummy
11 Automaton soldiers
12 Automaton war machine

d12 Salt Flats
Salty dried-up remnants in vast salt lakes
1 Mutant tribes
2 Zombies (salt encrusted)
3 Shadows
4 Skeleton sailors
5 Giant leeches
6 Giant vultures
7 Giant scorpion
8 Orc raiders
9 Wight soldiers 
10 Bog mummy
11 Crystal animals (made of salt)
12 Salt elemental

d12 Grim Woods
Living but foul forest of thorns mazes, giant fungus and thick brush
1 Dire wolves
2 Sabretooth tiger
3 Cannibal halflings
4 Dark elves
5 Abhuman plant folk
6 Abhuman beast folk
7 Carnivorous plants
8 Goblinoid warband
9 Goblin wolf or bat riders
10 Dinosaurs
11 Treeant
12 Banshee or Hag

d12 Toxic Zone
Toxic mineral and volcanic wastelands with boiling mud, sulphur and lava pools
1 Alchemists gathering gunpowder materials 
2 Kobold hunters
3 Ooze or slime or jelly
4 Scavengers
5 Zombies (scavengers)
6 Mineral Abhuman folk
7 Orcs
8 Elemental
9 Fire salamander (day) frost salamander (night)
10 Crystal Animals
11 Living statues
12 Stone Golem 

d12 Radiant crystal fields
Strange glowing sands with fields of glass and crystal fragments and monoliths
1 Kobolds
2 Spectral minion soldiers
3 Shadows
4 Zombies with crystal shards stuck in them
5 Mineral Abhuman folk
6 Bullette
7 Willow-the-whisp
8 Crystal statue
9 Crystal Animals
10 Psionic monolith
11 Xorn
12 Dragon

d12 Ruins
Remains of ancient buildings and urban areas
1 Zombie soldiers
2 Bandits
3 Cultists
4 Orc raiders
5 Scavengers
6 Crusading templars
7 Mutant dog pack
8 Ghoul pack
9 Giant lizards or insects
10 Grey gnome grenadiers in vehichle
11 Adventuring party
12 Lesser outer planar being (demon, devil, daemon)

d12 Mountains
Salty dried-up remnants in vast salt lakes
1 Dwarf warriors
2 Grey gnome grenadiers on foot
3 Orc soldiers
4 Berserkers
5 Mutant chaos goats
6 Trolls
7 Ettin or hill giant
8 Giant vultures
9 Automaton soldiers
10 Automaton war machines
11 Grey gnome airship 
12 Golem

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Subterranean Entrances in Chagrinspire





































Played Gunderholfen solo up to 4th level sub levels. Had a few close near TPKs, lost a follower and blew 20% of all cash made on a raise dead for them. Blew every potion. Currently fighting undead which is a bit tedious now cleric turns used up. Cleric also has diseases but has a scroll - waiting until really need to use scroll as might face more undead that cause this. AC of cleric and fighter have helped them do ok. Helping to test new rule mods before next game and new character sheets. Currently running Marvel and it needs very little prep with tables i made this year and player-driven choices. Playing Ravenloft 5th ed and long time since i was a cleric. Feels like i can do cleric and fighter and wizard stuff well by my old-school wired brain. 

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There are dirty holes all over the wastelands. This is to help generate on the fly. Some might be where monsters they meet as encounters call home. Some might be dungeons or underground transit tunnels. 

I will start on the Chagrinspire region map soon. The innermost defence ring around the dark spire has ruins of cities mostly drowned in mud or warped by Chaos hoping to subvert the Black Sphere mechanisms. They will be slow to find worthwhile undamaged goods and have to weigh it up with the risk of encountering mutants and creatures living in the ruins who hate outsiders. Once im satisfied with this outer region stuff I will work on the Dungeon Proper. All this started from a dungeon doodle and the urge to make a a exrta grimy filthy post-apocalypse fantasy world.

Will be working on post about the walls of the star fort around chagrinspire with vast walls with huge cannons and signs of past damage.

d10 Quick Subterranean Entrances in Chagrinspire
1 Burrows
2 Caves
3 Tunnels
4 Sapper holes
5 Homes
6 Lair
7 Ruins
8 Dungeons
9 Bunker
10 Colony


d100 Subterranean Entrances in Chagrinspire
01 Burrows of giant insects with various specialised chambers d6 1=ants 2=ankheg 3=beetles 4=insect abhumanoids (mantis or locust folk)
02
 Burrows of giant worms d4 1=giant leeches 2=carrion worms 3=purple worms 4=worm abhumanoids (leech folk)
03 Land shark burrow with a huge chamber where it sleeps and a chamber or faeces and remains of victims, possibly metal items 
04 Giant toad burrow with flowing water and many large bugs and worms they feed off
05 Giant killer mole burrow often with many giant earthworms inside. The moles have paralysing bites and carry victims to their larder chamber which might have other victims trapped
06 Trapdoor spider burrow with a concealed entrance with a chamber of husks of victims
07 Giant scorpion burrow with some huge smaller babies inside
08 Giant Lizard burrows, various breeds possible
09 Moist slime hole full of slime and jelly creatures, possibly was a ruined structure buried
10 Burrow of a sleeping kaiju slumbering for centuries. giant ticks crawl on its body
11 Great cave system with huge gate and wall built inside entrance. Once traders from the Underland came here from the deep to trade and the gate was built to control the passage to prevent traders from working with allies against Chagrinspire
12 Sinkhole drops to the depths revealing ancient caves with prehistoric art depicting tribes and gods finishing the age of darkness and monster kings long before Chagrinspire
13 Cave leading to an underground river connecting various underground lakes and vast subterranean oceans
14 Cave where corpses were dumped for centuries and crawling in undead in ancient soldier's kit
15 Cave with bones and huge faeces piles by entry. Terrible odours waft from there and the smell of sulpher. An ancient dragon lives here and is guarded by servants and dragon cultists
16 Cave complex inhabited by troll or giant family
17 Cave with ancient marine fossils. Occasionally certain scholars seek these fine examples from this cave petrified long ago. Some have been revived and some species like trilobites returned from extinction from this very cave 
18 Cave grotto where an ancient immortal hermit lives. Reluctant to admit age and talk about things they saw and did in the apocalypse war. Cursed by the gods and cannot leave the region
19 Cave complex full of webs and mage-spiders ruled by a demon spider queen who remembers the Apocalypse war and loves to eat elves. Likes to chat to dinner guest captives
20 Cave with a portal to another plane guarded by denizens of that world
21 Concrete stairwell with metal hatch, goes down to subterranean train tunnels
22 Metal hatch with ladder into pipeline tunnels for water or power or gas
23 Train tracks into a tunnel system in a hill 
24 Crack in earth exposed ancient storm drain tunnels
25 Semi-flooded concrete tunnels open on the surface with barred entrances releasing flow on the surface
26 Rough rock-hewn tunnel where someone carved a hiding place to escape persecution with various levels, chambers and round stone doors that roll into place to block passage 
27 Ancient narrow rough-hewn mine shaft into a labyrinth complex with warped and sagging beams. Occasional miner remains and shrines. Possibly kobolds or undead
28 Wide mine tunnel with tracks and machinery scattered by evidence goes into the deep
29 Emergency tunnels for hiding from bombs and artillery with large shelters and tunnels to other locations
30 Millitary tunnels for secret vehicles transit, may have automated defences 
31 Tunnel in trench dugout winds under no-mans-land to enemy lines
32 Tunnels in the trench flooded with water with a non-functional pump
33 Tunnel from trench to under a distant hill where there is a chamber full of ancient unstable explosives ready to blow
34 Trench tunnels of sappers, meet enemy sapper tunnels and remains of combatants with respirators and spiked clubs and trench tools
35 Trench tunnel semi-collapsed but could be unblocked. Leads across no man's land and remains of sappers trapped under rubble
36 Sinkhole opens into partly collapsed sappers tunnels where undead trench fighters wander aimlessly
37 Tunnel system into an enemy bunker. The breach shows signs of battle and damage with corpses everywhere
38 Sappers tunnels from a trench filled with traps and past victim's remains
39 Sappers tunnels semi-flooded with areas overgrown with fungus and rafts of floating mould
40 Sappers tunnel under trench with store room including explosives, digging tools, lamps, 
41 Old trench dugout now a home for mutant scavengers
42 Sinkhole with a rope ladder leads to a ruined subway where a clan of inbred scavengers live who trade with other tribes. Has other secret entrances
43 Partially buried train now home to a gang of orphan children whose adults never returned
44 Hangers once concealed from air now mostly buried are now a colony of pilgrims who have made a marketplace for scavengers. They seem to be trying to trade for something specific
45 Ancient drain pipe leads to an underground junction occupied by a gang of bandits
46 Badly damaged surface ruins with service tunnels connecting plant rooms now occupied by a family of halflings who welcome strangers to dinner
47 Crashed airship semi-buried some to a scavenger family living as best they can having escaped tyranny in their homeland
48 Underground road tunnel entrance home to scrapper clan with goods to sell and several salvaged automatons to guard them. Various vehicles serve as homes and hotel rooms and the deeper tunnel has a barricade to stop undead living deeper
49 Apartment block ruin, upper levels broken and exposed, lower levels buried and occupied by a cult. Upper levels pretend to be scavengers and invite strangers in to trade and stay. Lower levels include a demonic temple
50 Former underground prison complex. One wing is occupied by mushroom farmers who grow food in B wing. Other wings are sealed off and crawling with giant bugs and undead
51 Creek has exposed a buried ruin where a family of ogre siblings have a lair 
52 Orcs have made a shelter by burying various vehicles connected by tunnels made of scrap metal. A cargo plane makes up the central communal area
53 Goblins have occupied service tunnels under a ruined army training camp
54 Roofless remains of old theatre and pipe organ on surface badly scavenged. Under the theatre trolls live often wearing remains of old theatre costumes like powdered wigs, capes and costume jewellery
55 Ancient cathedral badly blasted, catacombs occupied by undead kept in check by the gargoyles on the upper cathedral. Without them undead would spread over the region
56 Under the remains of a dead forest of limbless tree stumps and trunks is an elf scout base from the Faerie lands. Tunnels among dead roots are here to watch developments around Chagrinspire and search for a way to stop the anti-life curse over the land
57 Giant fungus-filled sinkhole where dark elves and goblin thralls live. The dark elves seek lost knowledge of the ancients but this has gone poorly so survival has taken over. Normally they would be for malicious pranks on outsiders but mostly they hide now in a castle of fungus in a central cave chamber
58 A broken-down mole machine in a tunnel from the surface is home of a melancholic grey gnome crew stranded on the surface. They are defended by automaton guards and muskets
59 Stone gatehouse in a hill with iron doors where dwarves live. The gather arcane steel from battlefields to ship to their home kingdom
60 Broken pipe breaks the surface and has been fitted with a locked iron gate with steam leaking out. It leads to a Derro lair where they recycle ancient trash to build their own steam machines. The smelt metal into ingots or new weapons 
61 Ruined underground train station entrance to multi level rail platform and small shopping arcade. Home to a variety of occupants
62 Ruined school buried in mud and occupied by various factions who made it into a base
63 Ruined hospital built underground to resist aerial attacks, some sections guarded by automatons others overun by wasteland creatures and survivors
64 Ruins of university mostly buried, once for training alchemists and machine makers for war effort, scavengers and factions fight over scraps of forbidden knowledge inside
65 Ruined meat packing plant buried in mud, used by factions for same purpose but smaller scale and cruder
66 Mausoleum complex with vast catacombs underneath. Necromancers took over as base to make undead armies. Priests and paladins killed most of them long ago
67 Factory ruin on surface with underground storage and freight rail tunnel hub
68 Underground base erected by allied factions to prepare an attack in secret. Once deployed the base was abandoned but attracted mutant vermin
69 Water purification plant, badly damaged but underground cisterns, plants and service tunnels are crawling with creatures. Some areas semi flooded and a source of purified water
70 Remains of airfield with ruined hangers and tower with service tunnels and bomb shelters 
71 Goblins dug this dungeon complex as a base and orcs took it over
72 A wizard came here to seek lost knowledge and built this dungeon but was betrayed by apprentices
73 Dungeon built by grey gnomes with automatons, muskets and magic
74 Dungeon was established by alchemists guild centuries ago to seek knowledge in secret about Chagrinspire. They were killed by invading monsters but secrets here would shame the modern guild who claim to be unrelated to the builders of Chagrinspire
75 Dungeon built by wizards to capture and vivisect creatures and abhumans of the wastes in hopes of recreating more. The creatures killed the wizard and took over
76 Dungeon built by dwarves as a base taken over by evil faction of dwarf heretics
77 Dungeon built by Chaos cult where the endowed cultists and animals with mutations
78 Dungeon of Law cult who placed themselves into perfect stasis. Other creatures moved in and live among the crystalline frozen-in-time original inhabitants 
79 Dungeon built by church as a base for crusading paladins all killed by gre gnome automatons and poison gas that attacked by mole machines breaching all defences
80 Dungeon complex used to summon demons to attack Chagrinspire in the apocalypse war
81 Concrete bunker with broken cannon on the surface. Monsters have taken over after all the ammunition out and the gun cult fled
82 Command bunker used by allied command for local battlefields. After failing officers committed suicide monsters moved in
83 Communications bunker with antenna and telegraph poles radiating. Base used for communications and intelligence. Inside are remains of spies and documents in safes
84 Concrete watch tower ruined with remains of a famous cannon. Past the sad spirit of the gun now without a cult od worshippers is an entry to the underground supply depot usually left with traps or occupied by some faction or humanoids. Surrounded by trenches and a dugout for troops
85 Concrete frontier fort destroyed by bombardment, under the rubble is a long sealed dungeon complex with undead prisoners and stores of weapons
86 Concrete temple bunker ruin dedicated to Zardan god of Guns, with remains of an airship mast. Underneath is a secret intact grey gnome complex with war machines and are ready for action 
87 Land leviathan wreckage, once a tracked land battleship was trapped due to loss of parts and turned into a bunker with scrap and rubble. Underneath from lower ship levels are tunnels used by defenders 
88 A series of concrete gun emplacement bunkers linked by tunnels in an underground complex. Usually pointing towards an ancient enemy and facing mostly one way. Was taken n fierce fighting
89 Vast valley area smothered in garbage from the industrial age of magic late in the Apocalypse war. Under the garbage mine tunnels and past the scavenger settlement level is a secret bunker of the Cult of the Black Sphere here to complete the project of Cagrinspire
90 A crude fort made from wrecked vehicles where settlers once lived. Underneath is a Morlock operated bunker where the surviving settlers are now lobotomized farm animals 
91 Tent village colony surrounded by 6m high thornbush wall, inside are herder who are also slavers. They run auctions and unsold slaves they trade with smarter undead, cults and monsters for ancient treasure. Underneath the village are catacombs for cultists and cannibals privacy 
92 Tent army camp guarding penal colonists, surrounded by trenches in an old ruined agricultural factory. Settlers in inner areas report an underground transit and service tunnels full of monsters
93 Tradingpost set up in a underground train station by criminal gang and bandits, also smuggle drugs across the continent and fugitives who come here end up in debt to the mob. Something in the tunnels below are murdering gang members and collecting heads. Bugbears and goblins live in mushroom caves below and trade magic potions. They also make shrunken heads into grenaides with fuses coming from the mouth 
94 Vast concrete vault with evidence of past failed attacks. Below is a hidden colony of ancients of the Cult of the Black Sphere frozen asleep in time by alchemical apratus. They are guarded by orcs on the first few sub levels who also do dirty jobs. A secret door sends out orc scavenging parties 
95 In a cave in a well-trod gulley is a huge fungus cavern of faerie folk who make magic from fungus grown in the alchemical tainted soil. Some have a fungus citadel occupied by some Underland species mixed with one type ruling all
96 A colony of prehistoric reptilian folk and their vat grown war dinosaurs have awoken and want the world back. From their underground colony vault they plan conquest with their alien technology  
97 In a vast alien underground cyst, an invasion force carry a part of Xor the world eater to save the multiverse by eating this universe. Hairless flesh people and monsters await to burst free to help their parent-god devour this world to save it. The complex is all flesh and bone structures
98 A strange crystal ruin. It is the remains of a celestial crystal chariot of the star people. Their changeling descendants live underground in a hidden colony. They kidnap wasteland travellers to disect them and replace their identities
99 A star fell here from the stars and was buried in mud, leaving just another huge crater, Inside star-spore fungi beings live in secret. They harvest organs and skins to adapt to the world and disguise themselves in their underground labs. They are on a mission to stop the Black Sphere of Chagrinspire so their outer god masters can feed on souls for infinity
100 Black Science Colony of ancient scientists working on new weapons for the next war. A military, science and abhuman worker class live in the underground complex working on transport machines to allow mutant brains in vats fight and live for centuries 

Thursday 11 April 2024

Character Gen Re-Write & Prep



As I rewrite my homebrew im asking more am i sticking to this for some weird tradition or not or is it better and so a few odd results, I can see this as a great era for retro clones. 

I will probably edit this right up till i use it in play.
Maybe all the occupations could be on one d100

I feel ofter several years as a player and reader of 5th ed I finally feel i could make interesting characters and DMs often steered me from choices for what suited their play style. But I want to be a weirdo and feel I have enough power. And If I get on the edition it is in its last days. The options and powers are great for players but poor for the DM who has to deal with those options and police them and run monsters and write cinematic padding. It put me off being a DM for 5th ed. I got back to old d&d because monster stat blocks were so minimal in a module and were fast to write while BRP every monster had a character sheet and maths for its weird hit locations and the best fights in that were ambushes where you slaughter foes fast. D&D is a bit more gung ho, especially after a few levels. 

So I want a start of my character generation by including a Level 0 character system as an option which is faster and simpler for players with fewer choices and things to record. Its also a good system to generate zero level humans or followers. Its a simpler quickstart for new players or a way of earning some extra benefits with some extra risks (extra HP and spells).

I am playing Gunderholfen solo currently.
My Assamir angel cleric who manages to burn 30 attackers to ash has been fun. I look forward to fireballing encounters we meet.

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The zero level system is for introducing new players or making weirder characters to roleplay with some tangible lasting benefits. You don't need to start zero level if players don't all want to and you can skip this and go straight to making a 1st Level Character.

Making a Zero Level Player Character

1 Allocate these ability scores
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15 13 12 11 10 9
into the following attributes
Agility Might Vigour Charm Talent Will

*or Roll 3d6 in order minimum of 9
May swap the highest score for your class Prime Requisite

The highest Attribute is generally put into your Prime Requisite of your Character Class or something that suits your starting career. 

Attributes that are high help you enjoy certain character classes better from 1st Level and they make you more likely to succeed at certain tasks. They also improve your characters your character's performance in other ways.

Rolling under your Attribute with a 20 sided dice is a common action in-game
-Agility for making feats of accuracy, balance and manoeuvring from danger
-Might for making feats of breaking things and lifting heavy stuff
-Vigour for making feats of health and recovery from disease, poison or exhaustion
-Charm for making feats of diplomacy, attracting a follower or convincing others
-Talent for making feats of cunning, knowledge and logic or noticing clues
-Will for feats of resisting mind control magic, intimidation or tests of piety

Sometimes a roll is harder and you need to roll under half your attribute or under your bonus. Sometimes the skill roll is so easy it is automatic. A person without a skill can improvise with half their attribute and usually can only try once. Tools or certain conditions might add or subtract extra points.

High Attributes Gain a Bonus with various effects
Some of these are effective for certain character class prime attribute
Some of these benefits help any character
There is a box next to your attributes for the bonus if you have one
There is a small circle for later when you gain improved saving throws which zero level people rarely get.

Bonus Table
1-2 -4
3-4 -3
5-6 -2
7-8 -1
9-12 +0
13-14 +1
15-16 +2
17-18 +3
19-20 +4
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+2 +1 for every 2 points the plus goes up 1
Mortals permanent attributes peak at 20 and can go beyond this

-Agility bonus ads to all hit rolls and AC or armour class
-Might bonus for extra damage on any muscle-powered weapon
-Vigour bonus ads to your HP and you get this with every new HD you roll
-Charm bonus is how many bonus followers you can recruit in play
-Talent bonus in extra skills or languages at the start of play
-Will bonus adds to your starting luck point score of 1 that allows you to reroll dice each game
 
2 Choose if you are from an Arms or Arts or Magic Background 
This assumes you are human but if you want to be a young demihuman or non-human declare it now and your special cultural abilities are not distinctly developed yet. You are the equivalent of a 16-year-old at this stage. You can make your own careers like the ones in the tables or just use them. These are just suggestions and shorthand to give you some choices or options to roll. You can ignore them or roll if confounded by choices.

If you are  from an Arms Background you start with a d6 HP +your Vigour Bonus
You start with one arms skill and one arts skill from your training

d12 Example Practitioner of Arms d6HD
1 Militia - Spear & Search - leather armour, spear, thicker shield d6sp
2 Thug - Blades & Intimidate - leather armour, dagger, two knives d6cp
3 Brawler - Martial Strike & Streetwise - leather armour, two cestus, d6cp 
4 Archer - Bows & Hunter - leather armour, selfbow and 20 arrows, knife, d6cp
5 Labourer - Club & Endurance - apron, gloves, boots, wooden rod, d6cp 
6 Drunk - Martial Hold & Drinking - d4 bottles of beer, pewter stein, d6cp 
7 Smith - Hammer & Blacksmith, leather apron, tongs, iron bar, d6sp
8 Bandit - Bows & Hide, leather armour, selfbow and 20 arrows, knife, d6cp  
9 Guard - Crossbow & Alertness, leather armour, light crossbow and 12 bolts, d6cp
10 Driver - Whip & Drive, leather armour, whip, dagger, club, d6sp 
11 Woodcutter - Axes & Forestry, hatchet, sack of firewood, spool of wine, d6cp
12 Squire - Swords & Ride, leather armour, sword, knife, d6gp 

If you are from an Arts Background you start with a d4 HP +your Vigour Bonus
You start with two arts skills from your training

d12 Practitioner of Arts d4HD
1 Servant - Groom & Etiquette, fancy coat, knife, d6sp 
2 Cook - Cook & Feast, knife, cast iron pot or frypan, d4 days of food, bottle of wine, d6sp
3 Healer - First Aid & Herbalism, first aid kit, 2d6 herbal remedies, pipe, pot, d4cp
4 Churgeon - First Aid & Healer, first aid kit, surgeons kit, knife, bone saw, rope, d6gp 
5 Scribe - Scribe & Caligraphy, scribe kit, 2d6 sheets of paper, journal, ink bottle, knife, d6sp
6 Charletan - Fast Talk & Forgery, coloured water in bottles, fake mine claims, d6sp
7 Farmer - Animal Law & Plant Lore, a sack of d6 days of root vegetables, club, d6cp
8 Actor - Disguise & History, wig, face paint, face putty, popular monologue script, rod, d6sp
9 Apprentice - Repair & one craft (carpentry, mason, jeweller, etc), apron, tools, d6cp 
10 Herder - Animal Lore, Search, staff, sling and 10 stones, d4 days food, baby goat, d6cp
11 Musician - Song Lore & Music Lore, instrument, costume for performance, d6sp
12 Mariner - Sailor & Swim, Tatoo, Sack, Gaff Hook, 6m Rope, bottle of palm wine, d6sp

If you are  from a Magic Background you start with a d4 HP +your Vigour Bonus
You start with one arts skill and one cantrip zero level spell from your training

d4 Practitioner of Magic d4HD
1 Wizards Apprentice d4HD Arcane Lore & 1 arcane Lv0 cantrip spell
2 Acolyte Priest d4HD Holy Lore & 1 divine Lv0 cantrip spell
3 Initiate Druid d4HD Nature Lore & 1 nature Lv0 cantrip spell
4 Sorcery Student d4HD Carousing & 1 mentalist Lv0 cantrip spell

If you are  from a non human Background your starting HP Dice is dependant on your species +your Vigour Bonus. You start with one arms skill and one arts skill from your training

d12 Non Humans
1 Dwarf d6HD - Axes & Mining, Chainmail+5, Sheild+1, Hand Axe, Battle Axe, Spade, d6gp 
2 Elf d6HD - Bows & Natural Lore, Leather+3, Self Bow, 20 arrows, Knife, Hooded cloak, d6gp 
 Gnome d4HD - Club & Repair, Leatherwork suit+3, Goggles, Rod, Hatchet, Knife, Set Square, Mallet, 10 Iron Spikes, Iron Bar, 30m of Twine, 6m Light Rope, Chalk, Charcoal, Paper, d6 Lead or Tin Coins   
Halfling d6HD - Quickdraw (Rock) & Survival, Leather+3, Small Sheild+1, 5 nice Rocks, Knife, Spoon, Fork, Cooking pot, a kilo of Cheese, a Loaf of Bread, Roast Game Hen, Piece of Bacon, Six Eggs, Smoked Rabbit, a Bottle of Wine, d6gp
5 Abhuman d6HD (Barbarian) Axes & Survival, Hand axe, Dagger, d6 Ancestors bones
6 Abhuman d6HD (Beast) Spear & Track, Spear, two Javelins, dagger, d6 Pretty stones
7 Abhuman d6HD (Orc) Spear & Endurance, Spear, Dagger, d6 Chunks of Dried meat
8 Changeling d4HD (planar spirits) Swords & Cosmic Lore, Fine Outfit, Sword, Knife, d6gp 
9 Changeling d4HD (plant spirits) Spears & Nature Lore Fine Outfit, Spear, Knife, d6gp
10 Changeling d4HD (animal spirit) Sword & Spirit Lore, Fine Outfit, Sword, Knife, d6gp 
11 Giant d6HD - Clubs & Giant Lore, Sack, d6sp
12 Tako d4HD - Tridents & Sea Lore, d6 Coral pieces worth 1sp each

Group Packages
You Might create a package for starting adventurers to be the same so characters can have known each other for some time and start with skills in common. If players agree to one of these instead of individual ones let them.

Musicians in the same band (arts) d4HP- Music Lore & Perform,
Gear: instrument, knife, flashy outfit for shows, d6cp
The party have been on tour working on street and taverns on the road

Tavern Drunks (arts) d4HP - Carousing & Drinking 
Gear: Pewter drinking Stein, Pipe, Knife, d4 bottles of beer, d6cp
Rich gangs who party and riot taking over whole blocks with wild parties

Criminal Gang (arms) d6 HP - Blades & Streetwise
Gear: 2xKnives, Gang Tatoo, Club, Sack, d6cp
Party met possibly in prison or as youths adopted by the gang

Wizard School Students (Magic) d4HP - Arcane Lore & Ignite Cantrip (or pick another) 
Gear: robes and hat, stick, erotic ceramic beer stein, pipe, spell book, d6gp
Met at a prestigious prep school of magic, swap for holy lore if a church school instead

Ship Crew (arts) d4HP - Sailing & Swimming
Gear: dagger, sack, 6m rope, tattoo, shark tooth medalion, d6sp
Pressganged together on the same ship as crew for years

Noble Attendants (arts) 
d4HP - Groom & Etiquette
Gear: Fancy heraldic coat and cap,  family ring (worth d6gp), knife and a d6gp coins
Sent to be servants in household of better family to work up the noble ladder

Gladiators (arms) d6HP - Sword & Intimidate
gladius, cestus, dagger, +1AC Arm brace +1AC Fancy Custom Helmet, belt, 1m long chain or small sheild+1, body oil, d6gp 
Sweaty shaven oiled warriors who fight for money in glamourous stadiums or filthy fight pits

Urchins met in an orphanage or were adopted together (arts) d4HP Bluff & Looting
Gear: crude shank knife, d3 good rocks, sling bag, days stolen food, d6cp 
Child gang who scavenged and lied to get food until adopted or employed or join a real gang

Army conscripts (arms) d6HP - Spears & Marching
Gear: leather armour uniform +3, whicker medium shield, spear, dagger, bedroll, 2 javelins, d6sp, regimental tattoo 
Fresh from BootCamp after 
being chosen from the militia, mostly guard stuff and march

Nightwatch (arms) d6HP - Clubs & Night Vision
Gear: leather armour, buckler, club, dagger, 6m rope, d6 torches, tinderbox, d6 wanted posters d6sp
Working at guard on waterways and warehouses and merchant caravans.May even investigate crimes to catch problem criminals

Bailifs (arms) d6HP - Club & Judgement
Gear: leather armour, club, dagger, 6m rope, set of manacles and keys, d6sp
Serve judges and sheriffs seizing people to appear for court or prison and aiding other legal officers dealing with gangs, smugglers and troublemakers

3 Calculate Other Starting Abilities

Your Starting HP are either a d4 or d6 + your Vigour bonus depending on your background. You get an extra HD based on your class each level you go up to a maximum of level 10, after that you get a set number of HP per level based on your class. 

Your starting-to-hit bonus equals your Agility Bonus and is a measure of your ability to hit enemies. You always hit on a natural 20 roll and a 1 is always a miss. A mortal may only use +20 Hit Bonus max

Your Talent Bonus grants you extra Skills
-an extra weapon like Swords, Bows, Handguns, Blades
-an extra arts skill like from one of the lists here or the skill section
-you could use these skill slots to buy cantrip spells of one list type as magic skills

Your starting AC armour class is 
your Agility Bonus and plusses from your shield or armour. This plus 10 is the target number required for enemies to hit you. 
Basic clothes offer no armour.
Light Armour is usually Leather +3
Medium Armour is usually Chain +5
Heavy Armour is usually Plate +7
A small shield or buckler Is +1 Armour
A medium shield like most knights or warriors use +2
A Large shield covers more and is more awkward +3
There are other types of armour and piece-based armour but that won't come up yet right away
A mortal may only use +20 AC max

Your damage dice are based on your weapon + your damage bonus from Might
A knife is d3
A dagger or stick or dart is d4
A club or small sword or javelin or hand axe or shortbow is d6
A sword or battle axe or short spear is a d8
A polarm or great sword or great axe or long spear or lance is a d10

Your Mov score is your speed and an average of your Agility And Vigour
Most people are between 9 and 12

There are other scores and abilities on the character sheet but most are not used at zero level. Most characters start with minimum equipment and money to buy food, accommodation or more weapons.

4 Have a Simple Adventure to advance to 1st Level
Now you are ready for a simple adventure
You don't need much and should have your character ready for play in the same first game session. Three small encounters and a few athletic risks avoiding hazards are typical first adventures. 

Your DM Might have prepared an adventure or have something they bought or found online for beginning characters. They might even be solo possibilities with a player using random tables like encounter tables in woods or city looking for trouble. Its ok to run away at Zero Level you are just normal people.

d12 Sample Beginner Adventures
1 Vermin control some small slightly perilous creatures like giant rats, snakes or stray dogs
2 Several humanoid pests are harassing travellers, Two goblins for example
3 A bandit and several gang members are hiding in the area and have rewards offered
4 Merchant wants it recovered from an abandoned house with some hazards and perils
5 Deliver a message between several locations and meet a wilderness encounter
6 Beat up a bully perhaps in a bar to shame them publicly 
7 Someone needs some escorts for a short trip that might turn violent
8 A dangerous wolf is bothering farmers and livestock
9 Find a missing person for their guardian or master
10 Help find a missing animal lost by a shepherd 
11 Rescue a person from a gang who has them captured
12 An old haunted murder house has been making odd noises

Advancing to First Level
When you are ready to advance to First Level go to the making a 1st Level Character section, pick a character class usually based on your best attribute and interests. Keep your zero level HP and Skills in addition to the ones you gain at the first level. If you don't play as a zero Level character you can't claim the benefits of having been zero level. Once you have played the game you might wish to skip zero level for future campaigns if players no longer find it interesting.

What is the Process of gaining a level?
For most people, it takes 1-4 years to learn a character class and then a month per level for each further level of school, study under a master, do research or work in a gymnasium. This is for those who only adventure once a year or so. Heroic types might avoid this.

If heroes are engaged in a thrilling busy saga on the move these time frames can be ignored but you could have some kind of montage scene advancing time if you want. Perhaps chosen heroes of the gods can advance without all the time most people do, especially if working on some world-shaking caper. You might bring in longer times for when you can't find a higher-level trainer who isn't a jerk or just for 10th+ levels. This can help nudge people into year-per-session campaign play for landed nobility.

Fast Campaign Mode
Gain a level per session or when a campaign achievement is made
A month for starting a new class
Day per level training from someone higher level or weeks of self-training
Top tier usually has supernatural training
Lets you experience the range of the game with rapid power-ups

Slow Campaign Mode
Gain a level with one session per level 
or when a campaign achievement is made
A year to start a new class
Week per level training from someone higher level or months if self-training
Top tier usually has supernatural training
Lets you experience power-ups ups slowly to enjoy them more, levels more significant  

Zero Level Followers
These are on the lame side but the sooner you start having followers the more powerful they will be in the long run. The humans are likely to be your relatives and dependants of you may be their legal guardian. You are responsible for pets. You can retire an old follower and recruit a new one in play. You can choose a follower if you have a charming bonus or roll one if indecisive. Roll a d12+8 if you definitely want a human or a d6 for an animal.

You can retire a follower but it is nice to give them a payment or pension or a job perhaps in one of your businesses.

d20 Typical Zero Level Followers
1 Terrier Dog d4HP AC+3 d3 Bite Mov15 expert ratter and yappy
2 Farm Hound d4HP AC+3 d4 Bite Move 12 can track, return small game and guard livestock
3 Small Goat d4HP AC+3 d3 Butt Move 15 Climb 3 can carry a small pack
4 Ferret d4HP AC+3 d3 Bite Move 12 Climb 3 catch rodents or rabbits
5 Cat d4HP AC+3 d3 Maul Move 15 Climb 3 catch rodents 
6 Iguana d4HP AC+3 d4 Bite Move 9 Climb 3 Swim 3 eats bugs and veggies
7 Bird d4HP AC+3 d3 Rend Move 3 Fly 24 alert and mobile
8 Wise Elder d4HP AC+0 d4 stick Move 9, has a History Lore skill. Has a stick and pipe
9 Village Idiot d4HP AC+0 d4 stick Move 12 with Begging skill. Has bowl and stick
10 Child Servant d4HP AC+0 d3 knife Move 9 Groom skill. Has bag of brushes, knife and rags
11 Elderly Nurse d4HP AC+0 d4 stick Move 9 First Aid skill. Has bag of bandages, blanket, soup pot and stick
12 Elderly Poacher d4HP AC+0 d6 shortbow Mov9 Hunting skill. Has bow ten arrows, knife, sack
13 Young Urchin d4 AC+0 d3 knife Mov12 Streetwise skill. Has knife, throwing rock, chalk
14 Old Porter d4HP AC+0 d4 stick Move 12 Endurance skill. Has stick, pipe, sack
15 Old Squire d4HP AC+0 d3 knife Move 9 Knows Etiquette skill. Has knife, pipe, faded fancy clothes, stick
16 Old Thug d6HP AC+3 leather d6 Club Move 12 Knows Intimidate Skill, club, knife and sack
17 Old Lamp bearer d4HP AC+0 d4 stick Move 9 Knows Night Vision. Has tick, lamp, oil jar, 2m pole for lantern
18 Old Hermit d4HP AC+0 d4 stick Move 9 Knows Holy Lore. Has stick, holy text, d6 candles, a begging bowl
19 Young Messenger d4HP AC+0 d3 knife Move 12 Knows Flee skill. Has a satchel and knife 
20 Young Apprentice d4HP AC+0 d3 knife Move 12 Knows Repair skill. Has a knife, ball of twine, jar of paste, spatula, a bundle of sticks 


Current side A character zine 


Wednesday 10 April 2024

Gunderholfen Solo Play





































https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/265629/Gunderholfen
https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/317631/darkness-at-nekemte
https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/378555/bottomless-pit-of-zorth

When i first saw this book it was a bit pricey for me but is well priced now and I've seen on sale. Later i somehow ordered th pit of zorth and was surprised by it quite a bit. Its amazing and useful in a few of my settings. Then i got the Nekemte book which is a good weird dungeon and so i did get Gunderholfen.

It's quite a bit more minimalist and simpler than the other two books and at first i was a bit surprised. Many reviews complain of its brevity being like 1980 modules and having read 30 issues of Dungeon of late brevity is good. One good part of this is you could reskin the dungeon and add to it easily. I was going to use it for my current Chagrinspire as the other two adventures fit in well. 

The city encounters you could use in other cities and is pretty good. The NPC tables would be a good aid to any ad&d game.

As a mega dungeon it is not too dense yet has lots of play. Many of individual levels could be finished in a session or even half. Its a mega dungeon but you could see people play it through faster than say Barrowmaze. 

Also the adventures do have weird interesting touches particularly later in Gunderholfen. 

So given these I have been solo playing it to test my current homebrew rules. It has gone very well - the brief text is easier to engage with, no overblown text requiring comprehension rolls for the reader. So it is easy to work out objectively what your adventurers would do. This all makes it perfect for solo play but i recommend at least 3 bookmarks - one for a current place,  one for maps and one in the encounter section.

It has worked quite well with four characters and some hired followers. The first few trips were uneventful with kobolds and goblins and fairly tame encounters. Has some good monsters and a few from MM2 and FF im not to familiar with. One return trip through swap while wounded was almost a TPK when a giant dragonfly attacked which included several players reviving each other with potions in the fight. I make lots of morale checks for monsters and in a few cases the monsters fled in others they fought to the death. Lv two got a bit trickier and had two near TPK. Some annoying blobs that sucked blood and exploded if killed were a menace and players alternating reviving each other with potions made the party last long enough to win.  

Lots of cash, some scrolls not any magic weapons yet so I've allowed some to be purchased and I used my oath system and my thief ended up against killing which is a bit inconvenient.
 
Ive mostly run it in bed with a tablet of my own blog stuff, my phone with a dice app and the book. I will probably include the ad&d monster books as it will help for those critters I don't know by heart. 

Ive done 5 sessions so far and has replaced my bedtime reading for a while. 

Im also playing ravenloft 5th ed as an assamir cleric and im running TSR marvel mostly. I do hope to get back to DnD and my cthulhu in space games.

Any adventures you have run solo that worked well?

Ive been watching and a bit inspired by this vid blog and some others
This guy has a great voice and accent and adds lots of detail
https://www.youtube.com/@WizardDeadloss

I will probably get this too
https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/442331/tomb-of-the-twice-crowned-king

Monday 8 April 2024

Dungeon Decor For Chagrinspire


These are for decorating your boring old dungeons for Chagrinspire. Im currently running Gunderholfn as a solo adventure - its minimal text is easier to add to and great for solo play without making reading comprehension rolls to work out how characters could act given the info they have.

These can decorate rooms, dungeons, wrecked vehicles and other weird stuff.

d10 Quick Types
1 Graffiti
2 Posters
3 Statues
4 Relief art
5 Paintings
6 Metalwork
7 Engravings
8 Stonework
9 Monument
10 Magical art

d100 Dungeon Decor For Chagrinspire
01 Faction or planar patriotic tags and signatures cover everything
02 Memorial graffiti for dead or lost battle, may feature religious symbols
03 Holy symbols of gods and cults, often aimed at recruiting new followers
04 Spitful slander graffiti about another faction or person often 
05 Sexually crude graffiti often intending to be offensive
06 Gloomy occult or underworld scenes or torment or despair
07 Occult signatures of demons and sometimes details of a contract
08 Message in any language written for some separated friends long ago
09 Stencil print of a black circle inside a triangle used by the cult of the Black sphere forces
10 Stencil print of a circle or star with an A sign for the Alliance against chagrinspire
11 Poster showing war machines of ancient "Fight us and Suffer Needlessly"
12 Poster warning about spies "Loose lips can kill!"
13 Poster warning about dangerous diseases and germ warfare "Wear your mask and Wash Often!"
14 Poster showing strange incongruent factions of the allies against Chagrinspire, smiling together in uniforms. With phrase in common "These are Friends!"
15 Poster warning of sexual disease and seductive spies used as sabotage by the enemy in common "Smiles are Enemy Tools to Destroy You as much as Bombs!"
16 SOldier in uniform of faction looking to distance, text in common reads "Fight for a World with Meaning! Destroy Chagrinspire Now!
17 Poster of a monstrous brute with gas mask and helmet carrying a frightened youth with the slogan in ancient "These Brutes want to kill everyone you have ever known! Dont help them with your inefficiency"
18 Poster of heroic soldiers at the front "Give Your All or they will leave Nothing!"
19 Framed print of a painting of a serious ancient faction general who commanded some faction
20 Millitary Calender with prints of attractively painted youths in folk costumes, usually missing some months torn off, collectors pay for months of specific years and frame and rate their quality and artists from 1gp per page. Some are vandalised especially by mutants who hate this art
21 Statue of a heraldic beast sitting upright holding up a paw and wearing a crown
22 Statue of a king or queen in regalia only 1in6 chance head and name is intact
23 Statue of a heroic athletic deity carrying a torch lighting the world
24 Statue of naked war goddess holding a weapon on a pillar of broken arms and armour
25 Statue of a standing soldier in dress or historic armour, often stand in rows or used as columns
26 Statues of streamlined gargoyles clinging to walls and resting in niches or on pedestals (real gargoyles might be attracted)
27 Statue of a planar being of an alignment faction or a cult
28 Statue of a deity holding two violent monsters above the ground calmly
29 Statue of a sphynx often in rows (real sphynxes might be attracted)
30 Statue of a golem warrior of a type used by an ancient faction, often in rows
31 Life size stone or metal face set in wall or altar or niche 1in6 still functional can be ordered to control d4 1=on or off lights 2=provide spring water from mouth 3=explains where you are in ancient 4=heat or cool room
32 Huge stylised relief faces on wall or rows of faces 
33 Relief scene of a god-king standing above smaller commoners slaying them with ease leaving piles of headless broken corpses
34 Relief sculpture of heraldic designs of ancient factions
35 Relief sculpture of heroic faction soldiers violently fighting bestial enemies
36 Relief art of the gods dressed in styles and armed like the ancients that might not be obvious
37 Relief carved partial columns of naked youths with swords
38 Relief carvings of distant and long lost cities with monuments visible and showing produce like sheep or grain, provide some lore of ancient cities and produce. Some include a floor mosaic map of the world showing where they were located
39 Relief busts in rows along walls of ancient faction leaders and heroes
40 Geometric line art carved over all surfaces in patters reminiscent or arcane, occult and alchemy
41 Portraits of nobles on the walls mostly head shots but a few group and full standing ones, often vandalised and sometimes 1in20 chance hide something behind them d6 1=locked safe 2=note 3=older artwork 4=secret panel 5=spyhole 6=map
42 Gloomy Mural showing soldiers marching to death as skeletons into the underworld
43 Mural of heroic battle scenes with screaming horses, cannons and piles of corpses
44 Mural depicting layers of hell and the delights that await those who sell souls to Hell's will. The diabolic text of hell explains how to find an imp to represent hell to make your bargain
45 Mural of naked gods making universe and performing their famous deeds
46 Mural of idyllic naked youths with woodland spirits and animals feasting
47 Painted advertisement d4 1=ciggarettes 2=bottled sauce 3=candy 4=horseless carraige
48 Painted coat of arms and royal regalia of a national faction of ancients with images of nations history, religion and produce
49 Paintings of important royals and nobility most vandalised 1in6 ok alternately may depict or also feature d6 1=livestock 2=hunting hound with prey 3=horse 4=mansion estate 5=feast 6=officers in uniforms
50 Large scale framed paintings awkward to move or carry, subjects include d6 1=ferocious beast 2=hero with famous magic item 3=famous city or citadel 4=famous castle or fort 5=scene from the apocalypse war 6=pantheon of gods in their court watching the mortal world
51 Metal plate walls with rivets, rusted iron or tarnished copper
52 Ornate metal doors with heroic war scenes embossed
53 Portculis gate mechanism to seal the room, may be set up as a hidden trap or have a guardpost
54 Part of room is a cage or cell with a locked door, might be a cage door over a niche or pit to an oubliette cell for one
55 Ornate ironwork around the vault of the room 
56 Metal framed stained glass windows, with an empty space with a continual light spell behind them
57 Silver piping inset into grooves in walls to make ornate patterns and designs. Sometimes might hide a puzzle or even text
58 Great iron or bronze cauldron with faces all round used in some ritual purpose
59 Iron maiden cabinet with spikes inside for a prisoner, mostly just for show and fashion
60 Walls covered in ornate brass plates with images and designs on them
61 Wall has engraved oaths to an ancient god and symbols of the god
62 Engravings dedicated to the rulers of an ancient faction over a few centuries, full of nationalistic praise more than truth
63 Engraved with poem about there being no more war after the final apocalypse war in ancient
64 Engraved with names of fallen soldiers and a special honour roll hor heroes who received medals
65 Engraved all over with medical aphorisms while temporarily a convalescent hospital temporarily
66 Engraved with text from holy books
67 List of faction regiments and types slaughtered in a great battle against enemy machines
68 Engraving filled with silver of fabulous buildings, machines and weapons of the first half of the apocalypse war
69 Older artworks have been smashed and have had new text engraved on top and where later damage occurred text is hard to read and some characters look quite strange. Foolish scholars might mistake for a lost language or code but its just garbage
70 Lists of once famous wizards and their military cohorts in the apocalypse war
71 Ornamental columns often in rows, possibly with animal, humanoid, plant or geometric-inspired designs
72 Stone altar for a shrine of a minor god or petty god with text in ancient. If a forgotten petty god is sacrificed too the petty god will know and seek this place and suplicants. Petty gods can be annoying parasites or great allies or both
73 Stone plinth for showing ornamental objects d6 1=water jug and bowl 2=small idols 3=small chest 4=stuffed mutant animal 5=nude figurine 6=urn of long dead flowers or human ashes
74 Fountain possibly working 1in6 times but could be fixed or cleaned sometimes to working condition if it has water. 1in6 it is a minor magic fountain such as heals a d4 per person per day
75 Stone bench used for d6 1=meetings 2=feasting 3=ritual 4=experiments 5=disections 6=surgery
76 Small tomb or crypt entrance 1in4 never looted 
77 Well drops down 3m x d4 to water usually and possibly reach lower levels or underwater river. May have a hostile creature as a guardian and locked iron bars preventing escapes or entry from the well
78 Staircase goes one or more level, Condition d4 1=blocked 2=secret 3=trapped 4=guardian. Goes to d6 1=forgotten sub level 2=enters a cave system 3=enters a tunnel system for escape or reaching another area not on most maps 4=workshop 5=store room 6=another level
79 Elevator or dumbwaiter going up or down one or more levels 1in6 working but could be repaired. Trapped or alarmed if working usually
80 Colourful flagstones of unusual quality which activate a trap if crossed with wrong code or pattern d4 1=darts 2=spell 3=release or summon monster 4=releases gas or swarm 5=shuts door and floods or cloors/ceiling crush occupants 6=automated murder holes from incendiaries or grenades
81 Large plinth with a naked woman an each compass point with a cornucopia and a great collection of food carved from stone (really petrified by a spell and could be depetrified and eaten). It is dedicated to survivors of all the great famines on the continent during the apocalypse war. Later carvings are cruder with larger death tolls that depopulated whole nations
82 Memorial arch in room carved with heroic warriors killing ugly enemies. Has a concealed room to get inside long forgotten and crosses through the ceiling and into other side
83 Huge plinth with bronze statue laying on it of a dead forgotten hero sculpted with giant proportions for artistic reasons and not because giants
84 Stone sphynx with head of a famous ruler with a crown holding some royal regalia to commemorate a famous ruler who kept the alliance against Charginspire working
85 Great stone sphere held by bronze humanoids or animals like bulls
86 Statue of heroic wretched explorers who died in the Underland seeking information on the Grey gnomes of Null could be found to help fight Chagrinspire
87 Niche with bars inside is the remains of a saint who died gaining a great victory and called a now forgotten god to the battlefield to die according to ancient sign
88 Niche with bars inside is a standing automaton steam-powered soldier who died heroically saving hundreds of humans and these are its actual remains
89 Niche with a force wall, inside is a mummified catfish folk wizard with terrible mind control powers. The sign indicates it was discovered in ruins of the dawn age and that researchers were studying it as a possible weapon. Any fish cultists who find out will be very excited
90 Statues of a party of adventurers who destroyed a fort of the enemy but vanished when they entered the complex inside Chagrinspire
91 Walls covered in antique weapons and armour, sometimes displayed as exotic foreign weapons of the past, 1/3 are low quality wall hangers -2 to hit and bump dice down one. Rest are actually functional and a d4+1 will be real. At least one is cursed, one will be superior and the rest common items 
92 Paintings hanging on the walls or murals will come to life and creatures from within will attack d4 1=adventurers 2=monsters 3=soldiers 4=nobility, they are a form o illusion magic and return to art when killed and will be reborn each day. Sometimes there are passwords for them
93 Paintings hanging on the walls or murals will come to life and are portals to pocket worlds that reset everything each day. Most inhabitants are simple but sometimes spirits move in for the free food and comforts. They may reveal secrets of the past or be places to rest or offer sidequests like find someone who escaped the painting d4 1=feast scene in a castle 2=town square in a seasonal festival 3=art gallery full of monsters and treasure 4=Wizards of the Null Sphere in a surreal nightmare world
94 Paintings hanging on the walls or murals are magical prisons and if sour looking characters in them for more than a round you can here their whispering thoughts and will ask you to d4 1=break the painting to release them 2=destroy another painting with people they dislike in it 3=come inside to join them for treasure (really its how they escape is by leaving a dupe in their place) 4=release them buy saying a magic word, really they are a demon who longs to torture and kill
95 Long dormant automaton knights covered in cobwebs often seated at filthy feast table or standing on guard. After a few rounds of anyone in the room they start to power up
96 Strange metal hemispheres with slots parked around the room and various sizes. After a few rounds spikes and muskets emerge from the slots and they reanimate. Ancient war machines made as simpler automaton and guard. Once fired up are noisy and smoking
97 Crystal statue was brought here as a cursed treasure, it acts as the focus of secret underground Derro base that can project psionic hate rays to this area which cause people to quarrel especially over alignment stuff. If threatened the statue animates and attacks
98 Obsidian Mirror used to call gods of the outer darkness - staring into the mirror allows a spirit to speak mind to mind and it will offer knowledge of foul rituals you can learn and use in certain places to summon outer gods that could aid your struggles. With some pleading, they might teach you the reversal ritual in case the strange gods just eat everybody and don't help. Nobody has used this magic a thousand years
99 An ornamental carved stone doorway arch on an otherwise blank wall section. With the correct password known to servants of hell this is a planar gateway to hell shaped as a lewd devils mouth or bottom opposite the way back. Some have the word carved in the frame as a trap. Once activated the blank wall in the arch becomes mirror-like and the gate and devils may be on the other side waiting
100 I huge iron or bronze or stone giant statue possibly with a beast head and possibly a weapon. If the object it guards is disturbed it comes to life as a golem

Sunday 7 April 2024

d100 Documents of Despair for Chagrinspire





































Languages
Typically I have
Common Spoken/Written (the modern international trade tongue)
Ancient Spoken/Written (on lots of the continent's ruins used by Allies)
Underland Common 
Spoken/Written (remnant of the common speech of age of darkness) 
Arcane Written Spoken/Written (the language of wizardry, varies wildly spoken)
Alchemical Spoken/Written (the written language of alchemists and the Black Sphere)
Elvish, Trollish, Dwarfish, Orcish, Gnomeish, Halflingish, Ogreish, Goblinish all common

The popular printed works here are in a late form of ancient and is somewhat recognisable to modern people through sounds odd. 

d10 Quick 
Documents of Despair Types
1 Propaganda
2 Reports
Pamphlets
4 Letters
5 Novels
News
7 Juvinalia
8 Manuals
9 Philosophy
10 Occult

d100 Documents of Despair 
01 Poster of an ancient General and text supporting a forgotten faction
02 Poster supporting unity for all peoples vs the null sphere forces
03 Poster of Chagrinspire with black tentacles reaching over the known world turning everyone into skeletons
04 Poster warning of Black Sphere spies lurking everywhere "Sinister eyes are always watching - careful what you say"
05 Poster warning not to use cursed enemy items and to turn them all in for recycling - "hoarding magic hurts everyone and warps your soul to the enemy thralldom"
06 Poster - surrender to the inevitable, bring forth the age on Null usually with a black circle in a triangle
07 Poster showing allied forces together in the trenches including orcs, elves, dwarves, humans, lizard folk and others fighting the black-helmed knights of Null standing around the mountain Chagrinspire
08 Stencils of a black circle or the circle in a triangle 
09 Stencils of the Allies A symbol in a circle or star or shield, common everywhere
10 Playing Cards and postcards of the ancient factions fighting against the Null Sphere overlords, each has a picture of a typical soldier smiling with thumbs up (if they have thumbs) and the A in a circle or a star symbol for the allies united
11 Form detailing ancient records of enemy artillery, some include pinups to make soldiers lodge them to get new posters. The posters are usually kept and cut from the booklet and found in trenches
12 Description of some strange enemies someone encountered in a journal with a bullet stuck in it 
13 Sappers reports of geology in area showing where tunnels were being dug and subterranean structures to avoid
14 Sappers report of a huge stockpile of unstable explosives under a hill with detailed pictures of the hill still recognisable
15 Trench map and request for equipment and supplies
16 Death toll for a 3 month period with d4x 1000 killed and injured
17 Weather reports noting strange new unatural weather and effects on magic
18 Remote viewing report of enemy trenches sketched by a psychic
19 Report on a dangerous new enemy vehichle to look out for and suggestions to stop it
20 Medical reports of zombie plague in trenches and which outposts had medical supplies
21 Pamphlet warning the Black Sphere cult plan to destroy the universe and all history
22 Brochure about how you cannot defeat the black sphere so help end everyone's suffering and allow the great nullification of all pain begin and stop being cattle for the rich who torment you, often fired from shells or air dropped in trenches.
23 Pamphlet offering eternal peace and an end to violence through the nullifying power of the Black Shere and how it needs your help to succeed vs the tyranny of existance
24 Pamphlet warning you about strange diseases you get from enemy combatants or friendly allies and spies so be careful of trench romances which are traps of the enemy to cripple you
25 Pamphlet promising land and treasure when soldiers return home and war is won, showing rural scenes and attractive youths
26 Brochure about how to get along with a species or people of the allies against the Black Sphere. Many versions exist but orcs, goblinoids, humans, elves and dwarves are the most common. Designed to stop troops fighting allies which the Black Sphere exploit
27 Pamphlet warning about mutations and how to report to your commanders, possible you might end up in a mutant legion or helping scientists in black labs
28 Pamphlet about a person finding their lover is a witch of the Black Shere on a mission to ruin morale and steal secrets. Lists the warning sights for witches and dopplegangers you can report
29 Brochure on how to cook with ration packs and how to order condiments and spices
30 Pamphlet claiming allies overlords are at home living in luxury and molesting your loved ones who live in poverty, only by helping activate the Null Sphere can we end the rich and make everyone equal and at peace forever
31 Letter to loved one asking about the farm and children
32 Letter from home from a lover declaring the affair over
33 Letter to home with a sad war poem about madness
34 Letter about health of a horse with a secret ancient code giving the location of a bunker
35 Letter from family who have survived a plague and now refugees
36 Letter from parents declaring love for child soldier
37 Letter to leader complaining about allied troop's behavure
38 Letter home with soldiers dreams of family and house
39 Letter with a tinned cake or biscuits or sweets
40 Letter to a priest talking about all the people they killed
41 The Fountain of Liberty - story of a soldier from poor background who rose the ranks and freed prisoners of war from a Black Sphere slaughterhouse and factory, inspired by a mostly true stoory
42 Life at War - a patriotic soldiers stories of comraderie with allies, popular and printed in many languages with cultural changes
43 Blood at Blackpit - story or a five year millitary campaign against more advanced technology which eventually won with vast sacrifices of allies lives
44 Allies against Evil - novelisation of how all the sides came together and the rulers who started the global crusade against the Black Sphere. Makes the diplomats and rulers heroes. There is an annotated version by the enemy mentioning all the awful things those rulers did
45 Romance at War - story of a soldier falling in love with a nurse and maintaining the relationship by post for months before one killed by a bomb and the other took a vehichle on a triumphant suicide attack, widely circulated and aproved 
46 Before the War - story of a rustic idyllic family before the war and how lovely it all was, by the time it was written every side had industrialised to compete against the Black Sphere. Many want the world to return to this fictional state 
47 Vampires Heart - horror romance about woman whose lover is corrupted becoming a vampire serving the Null Sphere. The heroine has to destroy him because she loves him. Now a popular play and puppet show 
48 The Generals Daughter - Story of a Orc marrying a noble woman and the problems with their families but through courage and vast depopulation of all peoples across the globe in the apocalypse they eventually came around and became firm allies against the black sphere
49 Billy Goat at War - story of a soldier lost in between trenches with their heroic pack goat who saved their life and fought mutants and undead to help get home to home lines with shattered legs. At the end the goat winks and gallops off to no mans land 
50 The Orphans of Shadelport - story of magic sewer children of this city collected over hundreds of years. Some even ended up in the early part of the Apocalypse
51 Newspaper announcing rations and countries collapsing to chaos from famine
52 Newspaper reporting first council of Lich Lords of the Death Temple and the Paladins of Law agreeing to fight together against the forces of the Null Sphere 
53 Newspaper list soldiers dead yesterday expanded edition and reports on flesh rotting disease and mutants on the homefront
54 Newspaper reports shortages of the wonder fuel of the age invented by alchemists, some suggest the only reason we were allowed to copy the technology was because the Null Lords knew the age of it was over
55 Newspaper reporting terrible sea battles with underwater battleships and undersea telegraphs cut
56 Newspaper reports numerous cities vanishing and only a few were wished back into reality
57 Newspaper reporting a decline in divine power and worship in this age of technology and alchemy
58 Newspaper claims rival faction overun with doppelgangers and tensions shaking the Allies' ability to work together. Black Sphere agents have helped spread this crisis
59 Newspaper reports New fleet of mechanised vehicles and automatons to keep up the fight
60 Newspaper reports generals shot for the massive failure of big push operation where almost a million died and no ground was gained
61 Fithy smut comics about ancient celebrities and radio show characters, badly printed
62 Cigarette cards various sets like: the gods, animals, allied people, weapons of war, wonders of the world
63 Saint Chrysophasia a comic about a war-nun saint destroying a fortress of the Black Sphere but was killed by the explosion of demons accidentally released from the gates, bindings and wards inside the fort
64 Stardust a comic about a team of wizards and children who explore magical places in whimsical manner
65 Ratballs a humorous weekly children's comic about a rat who torments enemies in the trenches with other hilarious child war heroes stories like Meddling Kids vs the Cult of the Black Orb. Many of these characters are found on cloth patches and figurines also
66 Football Comics full of heroic sport comics about balls in vast ancient stadiums
67 Fishing Comics full of all fishing action adventure with spectacular art
68 War Crime Comics showing all the brutality of war and its maimed survivors, a gloomy and depressing comic about real horrors of war with features on enemies trials and executions
69 Dashing Dame Watercress Comics has this plucky noble heroine save people on the homefront from diabolical plots of the Black Sphere. She always has a dishy new soldier love interest every issue and takes always a page to change clothes
70 Cinema Funnies with news on the latest cinematascope entertainments and comics based on the more popular ones and some pictures of on screen silent stars 
71 Manual on how to set table for military dinners and arrange seating plans
72 Manual for a common model of automobile or motorcycle
73 Manual on operation of several related weapons illustrating how to break down and clean
74 Manual on the operation of earth moving machine or train
75 Manual of regimental cooking for hundreds of soldiers and how to improvise with rat and pigeon and various emergency food substitutes 
76 Manual for doctors on base and camp hygiene 
77 Manual on operating a prison camp
78 Manual speculating on how to sabotage the sphere
79 Manual on telegram systems and network operations
80 Manual on building rail lines and exact measurements (the allies and the Black Orb had the same gauge)
81 Book of the Black Sphere - depressing book of philosophy warning all life is suffering and that the Null Sphere will see us from ever existing so we will be at peace forever
82 A Generals LIfe - a popular general mixes personal anecdotes with maxims for life which are pretty ordinary like make money and have a family
83 Allied Peoples Annual - showing all the various people across the world united against the end of reality and the Black Sphere. Lots of people in folk costumes or naked in some lands. Discusses how the war has unified everyone and other will never be a war again
84 Kryon's Book - a saint who helped unite various factions and died fighting the lords of the Black Orb. Cited by many faiths at a time when religion was in decline. It has elaborate tracts on keeping your soul and body purified with ritual and hygiene that has probably saved lives
85 Spirons Secrets - revelation brought by daemons who teach the apocalypse can be maintained infinitely to produce infinite suffering by messing with the plans of the Black Sphere but they also help them because the allies can't win either. Just keep the war going no matter what
86 Utopia is Calling - how to rebuild the world into paradise when the war ends and everybody has had enough of conflict (which didn't happen)
87 Army of Women - story of the Saint Heiralon who led an army of women and made an order to supply crusaders against the Null Sphere Lords. She was destroyed by demons but her order still exists in hiding for when needed 
88 It only Gets Worse - a guide to ending life as an act of mercy with many stories of persons the writer murdered to relieve their suffering. It concludes all life is suffering and pre-emtivley slaying before people can suffer is great also. It also advises torture and is banned for its perverse detail on this
89 Litanies of Hatred - description on many demon cults who assail the Black Sphere some because they want a universe of suffering others are demon mercenaries paid by gods. Some like the plague and famine demons may be only slightly less dangerous as allies 
90 The Book of Null a small pocketbook of depressing philosophy showing the pointlessness of life and how it is nothing but suffering. But wait the cult of the Black Sphere can end all suffering forever they just need your willingness to help stop all everyone suffering ever
91 Alchemists Primer a basic book of recipes for beginners that you can cook on a stove or campfire in cooking pots. Introduces some other concepts and how they hope to have mastery over all matter and magic one day. Start a career in alchemy today its the way of the future!
92 Arcane Engineers Book of Magical Construction with formula to determine volume of raw materials for your golems and other machines. Arcane formula to transmit soul energy in wires and store it in glass vessels
93 Occult Formula of the Black Sphere, a primer with spells for a 1st level wizard 
94 Songs of the Dead, bardic songs based on sorrow and despair for an order of masked mourners who wail at funerals for the death god
95 Bark Book of the Druids, condemning the use of alchemy, metal and machines and begging the reader to return to rock and soil. Include earth elemental summoning advice and other prayers depending on the edition. Also various theories of the blight over the wastes around Chagrinspire and ket ruins may be limiting growth and recovery 
96 Demonomicon of Karlix, a primer for demonic wizards with starting spells and a guide to the top ten demon lords offering benefits in the war against the Null Lords who make everything pleasureless and pointless 
97 Diabolicon of Searna, a primer to serving hell and all the awesome abilities you can get and how to learn from a secret evil school with no tuition fees! Includes spells for a bigining diabolic wizard
98 Elemental Masters Book of Law, a primer for lawful wizards who seek to dominate elementals and learn the various paths of elements. There are four volumes in all for each element each with a guide to pleasing elemental nobility and spells for a beginning wizard
99 Book of the Infinite Void, a manual of pleasing the outsider gods from beyond the universe always hungering for souls in the darkness and kept away by wards and spells. This book has tips for finding secret awful rites to let them in and banish them but only beginning spells for a wizard of the outer void. Even they don't like the Null sphere or the Daemons plans for eternal apocalypse
100 The Pheonix of Creation, an alchemy primer with ancient stories of alchemy and recipes for a beginner practitioner. It also has basic information on minerals, herbs, making apparatus, making a philosophers stone, magical materials and kabbalistic numerism to warp reality. The Grey Gnome version instead praises the anti-phoenix who will snuff all creation and end all sensation