“Vile deeds mar the soul and even after the spirit has abandoned its mortal coil a stain remains within the corpse. A wily magician or a crafty sorcerer may coax out the power hidden in such a carcass to employ it in their ow misdeeds. The ritual is darkling and gruesome, and only a few thaumaturges are callous enough to ever try it.”
The Hand of Glory is a fascinating European folk belief, and I’ve had this piece sitting on the bench for a year or so. The coolest thing about this is that actual items can be found in museums! You can read more about the story here on Wikipedia.
Maybe I should do the nábrók from Iceland next…
DCC Magic Item – the Hand of Glory
“Did’ja see them bounty ‘unters what just walked inta town? Pallydings, they said, or summat like that. Looked mighty menacin’ wit’ those big swords a’theirs. I wonder who they after…”
My players recently expressed a desire for more urban adventures this season, and of course I’m more than happy to oblige. To prepare for spending a little more time among civilization, I decided to draft up an urban encounter table to match the wilderness one I’ve been using for our campaign (available here).
Again, rules references are given for DCC, but the content should be easy enough to port to any fantasy RPG. The article contains a few new monsters and magic items as well, along with a whole bunch of events and quest hooks. Enjoy!
DCC supplement – Urban Encounters
Illustration by the urban explorer Joni Kesti.
“THE MUSHROOM IS NOT FEEDING IT IS GESTATING JUSTICIA HAVE MERCY”
– Excerpt from the personal journal of adventurer and wizard Friedrich Helmut.
It is time for another Knight Moot! This time the collaborative topic was fungi, and all the fun we can have with it. I’d like to thank all participants, and invite everyone to enjoy our strange imaginings of the fungal world.
The document below ended up becoming a sort of a mini-zine: there’s loot, monsters, treasures, wonders, and even a very loose mini-adventure. I’m quite happy with it!
DCC Knight Moot#2: Fun With Fungi
Link to the previous Knight Moot here on KitN: A Pile of Bone Blades.
Header illustration (and most of the art in the zine) by the sporadic Joni Kesti.
“Did’ja hear? We ‘ave a real princess in town! An’ she’s got a real regal build too, if’n you know what I mean! An’ ‘er barrister just tol’ me that I might just ‘ave what she’s lookin’ for in a man!
Thing’s are finally lookin’ up fer Young Bob ‘ere, tell ya what… I always knew I’d become king someday!”
This piece is based on a rather unfortunate round of Sailors on the Starless Sea. We had a force majeure session cancellation a while back, which resulted in only two players present at the table, and instead of our regular hijinks, I ran Sailors for two of my regulars. This encounter is based on the last two adventurers to die that night, as I took a shining to their dynamic before their untimely demise.
The article below is a short encounter to be as a snack between adventures or as inspiration for whatever longer plotlines Judge’s care to develop. In contains the stats and details for Barrister Robyrnas Stringer, Princess Tamina the Voluptuos, and a chaos djinn.
DCC interlude – The Princess and the Barrister
Mosquitoes. Swarms of them.
In fact, this deep in the bog it was impossible to take as much as a single breath without accidentally swallowing a few of them. Their buzzing was so constant that one could hear it in the short periods of silence and even now, as Aghir and Gylas were gazing upon the slowly bubbling mud in dismay, hundreds of those little bastards were crawling under their armors and helmets.
They had tracked the troll for three days now, Sir Wyheart and his two squires. Three days of wading in waist-deep waters and sleeping in the few dry spots they could find. Three days of poorly dried rations and hopeful talks about the treasure the beast had allegedly hidden in its lair.
All of that just to have the troll lunging from the swamp and dragging poor Sir Wyheart under the crimson mud in a blink of an eye.
“I hope, it doesn’t come back” said Gylas, gripping his spear.
“They always do”, answered Aghir. Continue reading “The Red Swamp”
“Bits of flesh and drops of blood
can set you free and steel your heart.” – The Torn
Hi all! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, but now it’s time for another mysterious group to make its entrance to the world of DCC. The Fleshkeepers’ Sect is a demon-worshipping cult, sure, but it may not be the evil, childnapping band of monsters some civilized leaders may have led you to believe. Anyways, feel free to use this group in your campaigns as you see fit.
DCC – The Fleshkeepers’ Sect
“Did’ja hear? The village of Erayo was eaten by wolves! The whole village! Except for Bob!
‘E survived! He told us that it must’ve been that mewling cave nearby!” Continue reading “The Spawn of Vilkar”