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Something is Wrong in the border town

Living on frontiers of evil, magical wildernesses can be harsh and unforgiving. There's usually something wrong, something unseemly, going on under the surface. Mostly you try to ignore it. But there's always talk.

  • What's wrong with this town?Roll
    1

    What's wrong with them?

    2

    What's wrong with the earth?

    3

    What's wrong with the water?

    4

    What's wrong with the air?

 

  • What's wrong with them?Roll
    1

    They are posessed. They've lost all sense of right and wrong and will simply do what suits them best with no remorse. Sociopathic. The demon was brought back to the town in an ancient chalice that some adventurer sold them in return for supplies.

    2

    An invisible ghost of a dead lover is trying to tear out their heart. They are constantly cold, almost freezing. They feel a chill emanating from their heart. They will get colder every day, and their extremities will begin to become frostbitten before they succumb to hypothermia. If discovered they will most likely be completely frozen.

    3

    They have had a curse put on them. Everyone who lives in the town will perceive them to be more and more repugnant and will ostracize them and spit and swear at them. This will escalate until the town attempts to lynch them.

    4

    They've been replaced by an empty copy. The empty copy will go through their routines and try to corner people and turn them into empty copies. They will only do this if there are more empty copies present than people. The people will all be trapped somewhere but kept alive. If the people die the copies die too. This started when the original person went out into the wilderness and drunk from a perfectly reflective pool.

    5

    They heard the music of a fawn and now it is stuck in their head.It makes them want to party and dance all the time. They will drink and drink but they will not eat, they are too busy dancing and having fun. If you dance with them for too long then you'll start to hear the notes of a fawn song and soon it will be stuck in your head.

    6

    They are in love with a fey who asks for gifts without regard to the damage they might cause. They are compelled to put all their energy into procuring the gifts through whatever means necessary.

 

  • What's wrong with the earth?Roll
    1

    A muck demon has taken up residence nearby, feeding on the townsfolks misery, and the earth is slowly turning to tar-like sludge

    2

    Nothing will grow in it. A lumberjack cut down the tree a nature spirit was living in and now it has died and the soil is left barren.

    3

    It is but a thin shell over an extensive tunnel network. A demonic wurm and its following of rat-people have expanded their tunnels to underneath the town. The wurm is eating their dreams which it excretes as a hallucinogen that messes up the rat-people as they breathe in its fumes.

    4

    Things won't stop growing in it. A hunter killed a unicorn and buried it (sans horn) near the town. The decomposing body and unicorn blood spark incredible growth.

    5

    A contingent of spiteful farmers from a nearby town are sowing salt upon it to drive business to their town.

    6

    It is bleeding. Geysers of putrid blood occasionally erupt from its surface. The blood causes rapid cellular growth in animals and humans. An adventurer wounded the leviathan which the town happened to be built atop. Though the landscape around has seemed like natural ground for a long time and nothing outwardly suggests it is a monster, it has been a sleeping leviathan, dormant for thousands of years.

 

  • What's wrong with the water?Roll
    1

    People are seeing their dead loved ones in it, as a result of someone trying to bring their loved one back from the dead.

    2

    It is poisoned. Someone in the town is killing people with poison, dumping their poisoned bodies in the water, and the poison leaks out of them.

    3

    It's all dried up. A falling star landed in it and its intense heat has caused it to evaporate. The star shows no sign of cooling.

    4

    It is in a constant tumult and people who draw near are in danger of being pulled in by an errant wave. Someone naive from the village found a small orb which called for the water and dropped it in. The orb was a water elemental which now controls the whole body of water

    5

    It is growing day by day, flooding more and more. Someone attempted a weather spell and now a rain cloud sits permanently above the water.

    6

    It is filled with tiny biting insects. Someone drank some and was eaten from the inside. A plague has been summoned due to a villager not observing the proper rituals.

 

  • What's wrong with the air?Roll
    1

    The wind is blowing thoughts out of peoples heads. It starts off harmless but soon people are forgetting important things like eating or that they have a child. Someone made a wish on some bones to forget something they deeply regretted.

    2

    It is filled with a pollen that causes extreme drowsiness. If people breathe too much and sleep, a plant grows explosively up from their pollen filled lungs.

    3

    There is a constant low wind that emits a constant droning whistle. It sets everyone on edge and keeps people up. Eventually it will drive people insane. There is a rip between dimensions from which the wind comes, a wizard stepped through it and left the hole behind.

    4

    A mist descends at night time. Those caught outside run the risk of disappearing without trace. People blame goblins, vampires, fey magic. In reality, the fog itself is alive. And hungry.

    5

    It is filled, swarming, with the souls of the dead. Breathe in too much of the cocktail of human essence and it will be mixed in with your own, adding fragments of personalities to your own.

    6

    Hot ash falls from the sky. Breathing it in can burn your lungs. Occasionally rains of warm tar. Two demons are having an extended battle in the clouds above the town.

Posted on December 5th, 2017 by Rhys McMillan

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