Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Legends of Krshal - sample entry

If you missed my gibbering about it on G+, Legends of Krshal will be the huge expansion (or rather - explanation) of the ToK rumours list. Here is one sample thingie from it.

14. Strange, deformed corpse was found in the Chapel of the Lost. It was really huge and didn’t looked like human body.

Extra-Dimensional Abomination. This bizarre and somewhat hideous creature looks like a bloated hybrid of humanoid and worm. Its body is covered with thick, rubbery skin, limbs are short and deformed and it lacks head. It has d3 long, whip-like tails, covered with cnidocysts.

Abominations are only able to clumsily crawl on the ground but - obviously - they can slip through the various dimensions, as well as places within the one plane. When attacked, they start levitating and release clouds of dense, violet gas. Gas has no other effect than hindering the attackers’ vision (-1 to-hit). Monsters are able to perform one attack per tail (standard damage + save vs. poison or paralysis for 2d8 turns). Typical Extra-Dimensional Abomination has AC 4 and 4-7 HD.

Some potentially useful information about this particular, recently deceased specimen. First - where it came from:
  1. Cthonic Realm of the Worm Demons;
  2. Huge gas pocket deep down under the City, used to gather gas to fuel the street lanterns;
  3. Vault of the Noble House of Zanth (maybe it swallowed some valuable treasure?);
  4. The Reversed Pyramid (entry 29);
  5. Accursed Waterway, connecting all the City’s sewers;
  6. The Netherworld. Maybe it brought some spirits of the dead with it back to Krshal.

Why it visited Krshal? Note that even most of the places from the table above are placed in the City, Extra-Dimensional Abominations are not native for City’s plane of existence:
  1. It was summoned by d6: 1) a Warlock; 2) Cultists; 3) apprentice wizard unaware what he/she was doing; 4) wizard hired to do it by the noble/merchant; 5) the Thieves Guild; 6) inhabitant of one of the Inner Cities - see entry 5;
  2. It wanted to lay eggs. 50% chance that it manages to plant them somewhere in the City’s guts;
  3. Just “passing by”;
  4. It was escaping from something really terrible. Of course there is a big chance that its opponent is also able to travel through the dimensions and its on its way to Krshal and will wreak havoc in the City;
  5. The Nether Storm has swallowed it and spat it out in the Krshal;
  6. Cultists / Priests from the Chapel asked their god to grant them the Abomination. They treat it as the angel / messenger of their deity.

And the reasons of death:
  1. It died of old age (they are not immortal!), so its body may be in pretty bad shape;
  2. It was killed by the cultists being in opposition to the Chapel’s keepers;
  3. It was killed by the extra-planar plague. Most likely it’s highly contagious;
  4. The All-Seeing Eye of the Inquisition was aware that monster will come and where it will appear, rest was just a formality (really bloody formality);
  5.  Band of adventurers killed it;
  6. It was badly wounded before it appeared in the Chapel and died of blood loss. There’s 10% chance that its blood is poisoned.