I'm not sure why, but I prefer working on here to in word or the like - I'm an odd duck. Feel free to comment, but please remeber there will probably be a great many revisions and I'll be playing around with format and the like before I am finished.
The Oracle of Ghengii
Deep in the
Mountains of Mourning
|Insert convenient Mountain range in the setting of your choice |
the ancient Oracle of Ghengii has long been forgotten by civilized men. The savage races of the peaks and the surrounding wilderness have not forgotten the place though and many send forth their shaman and chieftains into the ancient shrine to experience the strange unearthly visions that will guide them to greatness, and to ask their questions of the immortal oracle himself, ancient beyond the memories of the oldest living shaman and shrouded in mystery.
|The ancient temple of the Oracle, was carved around a series of natural caves where gases escaped from the earth, like the real world oracle of Delphi these gases begin to produce hallucinagenic visions after being inhaled for long enough, or when combined with the ingestion of certain mushrooms. |
In the small elven
Kingdom of Allaria
|Insert appropriate Elven settlement of your choice. |
Lisial Anariever had fallen into despair. She was to have married the young prince Anoriel the love of her life, but a week before the wedding while leading a scouting party Anoriel had been slain by a vile beast that the elders had called a Barghest. Resurrection magics had been performed by the priest of Correllion, but they were to no avail. A Barghest destroyed the soul, Anoriel would never be revived, the priest had spoken with the Correlion and divined that no mortal magic would restore him. Distraught Lisial could not accept her loss she frantically searched for something that might return her love to her, until she found an ancient tomb referring to the oracle of Ghengii - which the elven records claimed served up tainted wisdom to the shaman of the nearby goblin tribes stirring them to war and discord - for the gift of copper and blood the goblins had claimed the oracle would answer any question.
And so Lisial determined she would seek out the oracle and find a way to restore her lost love, and set out accompanied by her her brother Quarivis, and her closest friend Felophithe.
Ijik had been apprenticed to the Red Wolf tribe's Shaman Ziggad for nearly six months, already he was adept in the ways of magic and the old fool held him back only through jealousy at seeing such talent in one so young. Sure Ziggad could produce great balls of fire, but they were nothing compared to the deadly accuracy of Ijik's magic missiles! No, the old bugger was holding him back! And so cunning Ijik stole into his masters tent in the dead of night and stole the mushrooms which granted the spirit visions sacred to his people and mounted his faithful wolf Giggs resolving to return to the tribe a full fledged Shaman!
Having only recently arrived at the labyrinth the over eager Ijik sought out the first free room and greedily gobbled the hallucinagenic mushrooms which when mingled with the strange gases that pervade the Oracle's Shrine grant goblins visions of power andplunder beyond their imaginings. When encountered Ijik sees himself as an all powerful sorcerer, a being of power who can make Kings bow down and worship him and turn mountains into rubble - of course he is very wrong. Ijik's faithful companion, the wolf Giggs, meanwhile sits watching his companion with concern. Gigg's will only attack if the PCs threaten him or his Ijik, though Ijik will try to destroy any who fail to acquiesce to his demands to bow down and grovel before the mighty Ijik!
Ijik, male goblin Sorc1: CR 1; Size S (3 ft., 2 in. tall); HD 1d4+2; hp 9; Init +2 (+2 Dex); Spd 30 ft.; AC 13 (+2 Dex, +1 Size, +2 leather Armor); Attack +0 melee, or +3 ranged; SV Fort +2, Ref +2, Will +1; AL CE; Str 8, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 8, Wis 8, Cha 14.
Languages Spoken: Goblin, Common.
Skills and feats: Handle Animal +3, Ride +3, Spellcraft +1; Toughness
Wand of Enlarge Person (16 charges)
|Filled with Ijik's own blood in preparation for his offering to the oracle. |Chacoal Bin
|Used to cook the mushrooms though Ijik made delirious by the mushrooms and fumes knocked it over scattering charcoal and the three remaining mushrooms and causing scorch marks upon the chamber floor. |
[ooc=Purple Serpent Mushrooms]Provide a -3 to will saves versus enchantments for 1 hour and +1 CL with enchantment spells. Market value 10gp[/oov] (3)
Giggs, old wolf: CR 1; Size M; HD 2d8+2; hp 11; Init +1 (+1 Dex); Speed 30ft.; AC 13 (+1 Dex, +2 Natural); Attack +2 melee 1d6; SV Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +2; AL N; Str 10, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 4, Wis 14, Cha 8.
Skills and feats: Hide +1, Listen +4, Move Silently +2, Spot +4, Survival +2*; Track, Weapon Focus Bite
A wolf that hits with a bite attack can attempt to trip the opponent (+1 check modifier) as a free action without making a touch attack or provoking an attack of opportunity. If the attempt fails, the opponent cannot react to trip the wolf.
*Wolves have a +4 racial bonus on Survival checks when tracking by scent.