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martinl 12-15-2019 07:34 AM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon

Originally Posted by Johnny Angel (Post 2300121)
Transdimensional Bunk Bed of Holding

Noice. Interesting, textured, and weirdly cozy.

Johnny Angel 12-16-2019 09:31 AM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon

Originally Posted by martinl (Post 2300148)
Noice. Interesting, textured, and weirdly cozy.

Thanks. I wanted to do the bed and the safe a little differently, but I was concerned that it was already a bit too wordy.

Johnny Angel 12-18-2019 11:05 AM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon
Quiet Hallway
Level: 1

Dark (delvers will need to provide their own light... torch, lantern, etc)
Supernatural Quiet: see below
Lower Purpose +1
Magic requiring verbal or audible components fail if cast in this hallway.

The Quiet Hallway is, as the name suggests, a quiet hallway. By default, there is no ambient light present. If a light source is brought into the hallway, the features of the hallway can be seen as normal.

Supernatural Silence
The entire hallway is enchanted with a permanent version of the Silence spell (Spells p67). The entrances and exits are also under an effect similar to Wall of Silence (Spells p68). What this means is that no sound occurs inside of the hallway, and each of the entrances and exits effectively have an invisible barrier which prevents sound from entering or leaving the hallway.

Dispel Magic and Counterspell can temporarily remove these effects for an amount of time equal to 10 minutes times margin of success. Remove Curse is required to permanently remove the silence effects. Critical Failure during an attempt to either suppress or remove the silence effects from the hallway causes the caster to suffer as though the effects of Silence were also attached to them personally for 2dx10 minutes.

Description of Hallway
The majority of the hallway is 3 yards wide. The height from floor to ceiling is looks to be slightly more than the width of the hallway (10 feet). The floor and ceiling are both made of gray smooth rectangular stone tiles. In contrast, the walls, are rugged rough hewn stone, poorly crafted and scarcely a step up from natural cavern walls. The easternmost wall has a doorway which leads to the Misty Cells.

The hallway is 15 yards long. After 10 yards, the western end opens up into a circular foyer and intersection. This circular area has a 5 yard diameter, with the middle punctuated by a massive stone support pillar (taking up the entire middle hex).

The western circular end features 3 exits:
  1. An archway to the North
  2. An archway to the South
  3. An archway to the West

From a top-down bird's eye perspective, the entire hallway would roughly resemble a banjo.

...n........................(TBD)...............(N of Birds and Tunnels)
.wO=====e(Misty Cells)-(Terror Birds)-(Maintenance Tunnels)
...s..................(Bunk Beds)...(Pit of Death)...(Crush Room)



Connections -
  • South to (TBD)
  • North to (TBD)
  • East to Misty Cells
  • West to (TBD)

Johnny Angel 12-23-2019 07:54 PM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon
Bee Saber & Skelevator
Level: 1

Various light sources, see below
Lower Purpose +1

(Assuming entry from the West)
After passing through the previous archway, you are greeted by a 5 hex by 5 hex square vestibule of sorts. Most of the walls are covered in some manner of luminescent fungus which provides ample yellowish-green light by which to see. Ahead (to the west), the vestibule extends into two different directions and chambers: one which slopes slightly upward and one which slopes downward. The Northwestern half slopes up, and the Southwestern half slopes down, with the middle being split by a wall of solid stone. In the vestibule, the ceiling is roughly 4 hexes high.


Northwest - Bee Saber Chamber
Decreasing vision in corridor; -5 from muffled glow in right half of chamber; darkness in left half of chamber.
Following the 2-hex wide NW slope is dark and becomes an increasing more vertically-narrow corridor of stony earth, eventually ending at a ceiling height of 5 feet (slightly less than 2 hexes) and opening into a tiny cavern chamber. The fungus from the vestibule provides decreasingly less light as you move further away from it. The chamber is the shape of a jagged kidney bean, forming something of a 'T' as its length runs perpendicular to the corridor; being roughly 2 hexes in depth/length and 6 hexes at its widest point. Inside the chamber, it is mostly dark except for a faint muffled glow coming from something on the floor to the right.

If the delvers investigate the muffled glow, they discover a pile of ragged cloth and disheveled furs covering a glowing object. With minimal work, the object can be pulled from the cloth and furs. The glowing object is revealed to be a sword, but the (rather dull and blunt) blade is crafted from some manner of milky-white opaque glass. Those with magical aptitude (especially druids) can sense mild Animal, Healing, and Meta-Spell magic. The glass sword radiates light and eliminates darkness penalties in a 3-yard radius.

If the delvers investigate the rest of the chamber, the body of a dead goblin can be found to the left of the entrance. Looking more closely, shards of glass are embedded in what remains of the goblin's face, and its arms are covered in some sort of red marks similar to hives, insect bites, or maybe a rash. Near the body is also a small leather satchel containing 2d pairs of socks, 1d silver coins, 1 elven ration, 1 dwarven ration, a salt shaker (w/ salt), and a snorkel.

Glass Sword/Bee Saber (Axe/Mace; Shortsword, or DX-5)
sw cr +1 cut dmg; Reach 1; Parry 0; wgt 3; ST 8
OR thr+1 cr; Reach 1; Parry 0; ST 8
The glass sword is part weapon and part practical joke. Every time the swinging attack connects (hitting a target or being parried by another weapon) or the glass sword is used to parry an attack, there is a 4 in 6 chance that the sword shatters and releases a swarm of bees which are immediately hostile to everyone in the encounter. Additionally, when the sword shatters, everyone in a 1-hex radius must either successfully dodge or block or take a 1d piercing damage from shards of glass. If the target of the attack which caused the sword to shatter was hit by the attack, that target gets no defense and automatically takes the extra 1d piercing.

Southwest - Skelevator Chamber
Decreasing vision in corridor; darkness; then arcane glow -3
The downward slope curves smoothly counter-clockwise for some distance, until the glow from the fungus eventually fades from sight. It's then darkness for a moment of movement which you might guess had spiraled you through three -maybe four- slowly descending circles. Up ahead, faint traces of a pale yellowish light start to bleed into the darkness -perhaps more fungus.

No... as the dark corridor brightens, you come to an archway which opens into a circular cavern-like chamber, and the source of newfound light is immediately obvious.

On the smooth stone floor of this circular cavern-like chamber is painted a huge arcane glyph, covering the the floor and casting a pale arcane light upward -casting shadows strangely upward toward a domed jagged rock ceiling which is between 20-30 feet (roughly 7-10 hexes) above you. In the distance, you see a group of 10 skeletal figures, standing silently at the far edge of the floor. The floor ends in presumably some sort of cliff, as it appears the ceiling does not connect to the floor on that side of the cave, and some manner of pulley, crank, and lever winch system connects thick chains to a large black caldron dangling behind the skeletal figures (description and stats below) and beyond the edge of the floor.

The floor of this chamber is a half-circle of worn, yet smooth stone -featuring a huge glowing arcane sigil. The downward spiral brings the delvers into the South of the chamber. The distance from the North to where the skeletons are standing is 8 hexes, and the diameter of the half circle is 16 hexes from east wall to west wall. Upon stepping into the room and looking around, to the left (east) is a sturdy iron door placed into a smooth section of the chamber wall, barred with a thick wooden plank across it from this side. There is no floor 9 hexes North, beyond the middle point of the circle; it's a long fall down to whatever is below.


The Skeletal Dwarven Servitors (see below) are not initially hostile. They will neither move nor attempt to defend themselves unless one of the following conditions are met: one of them is destroyed, they are attacked 3 times, or something attempts to sabotage the skelevator. They serve as manual labor for working the system which causes the cauldron to raise or lower.

As initially envisioned, they are not armed. However, to meet varying degrees of difficulty, they may optionally each have an axe strapped to them which takes a Ready to equip OR there is a nearby cache of weapons to which some portion moves to arm themselves.

Speaking the command word followed by "Up" or "Down" in Dwarven activates the skeletons.
The mechanism for raising and lowering the cauldron consists of 2 parts:
  • a horizontal "wheel of woe" around which 5 of the skeletons walk to shorten or lengthen the chains
  • a hand crank mechanism which 5 of the skeletons crank to lengthen or shorten the chains

Both parts have a locking mechanism to stop unwanted movement when the skeletons are not working. To function properly, all of the skeletons are needed. If any are destroyed, they must be replaced in some way for proper function. The mechanism needs a total of 120 ST to function properly. While functioning properly, it takes 30 seconds to completely lower or raise the cauldron. Between 90-120 ST, it takes 1 minute to raise or lower the cauldron. At less than 90 ST, the mechanism does not function. A change in ST during operation may lead to the cauldron (and all those inside) plummeting to the bottom.

Note: I am not an engineer, so if there is a better way to have the "skelevator" work or some better way to quantify its function via the rules, please offer suggestions, and I'll make edits.

Skeletal Dwarven Servitors
During some time long passed, the dwarves to whom these bones belonged were slain and pressed into an undead life of servitude. The squat build and thick bones make recognizing what they were in life relatively easy; any doubt about what they once were is erased by their armor. Each of the servitors has their torso partially covered by light segmented scale breast plates (DR3F, chest only) featuring a faded painting of a mountain and a few words written in Dwarven script. Upon further investigation, the script is an older dialect of Dwarven which can, with some minor effort, be understand to roughly translate into a heraldic motto of the GM's choosing. In this same dialect, the words "up" and "down" are etched into the skulls.
While Unliving and tough (DR 2), they suffer 2x injury from crushing blows and are Unnatural (dispelled at ‑1xHP).
ST: 12 HP: 11 Speed: 8.00
DX: 13 Will: 8 Move: 6
IQ: 8 Per: 8
HT: 12 FP: N/A SM: 0
Dodge: 11 Parry/Block: 10 DR: 5 chest, 2 everywhere else
Bony Claw (14): 1d-1 crushing. Reach C.
Weapon (14): Axe (1d+4 cutting), Reach 1.
Traits: Appearance (Monstrous); Automaton; Brittle; Cannot
Float; Cannot Learn; Dependency (Loses 1 HP per minute
in no-mana areas); Doesn’t Breathe; Doesn’t Eat or Drink;
Doesn’t Sleep; High Pain Threshold; Immunity to Disease;
Immunity to Mind Control; Immunity to Poison; Indomitable;
Lifting ST 2; Mute; No Blood; No Brain; No Eyes; No Sense of
Smell/Taste; No Vitals; Reprogrammable; Single-Minded;
Skinny; Temperature Tolerance 5 (Cold); Temperature
Tolerance 5 (Heat); Unfazeable; Unhealing (Total); Unliving;
Unnatural; Vulnerability (Crushing x2).
Skills: Axe/Mace-14; Brawling-14; Climbing-13; Shield-14;
Class: Undead.
Notes: Skull DR is still only 2. The front of their torso has an extra 3DR from armor. Unaffected by Death Vision or Sense Life, but susceptible to Pentagram, Sense Spirit, and Turn Zombie.

Connections -
  • Cauldron Down to (TBD)
  • East to Quiet Hallway
  • Lower Level East to (TBD)

Tom H. 12-24-2019 01:31 AM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon
It's great to see this thread getting newfound love.

I'm so wishing I still had my iPad. It would be more fun reading curled up on the floor than sitting upright at my desk.

(Can you believe, my iPad was stolen from a parking lot early this year while I was at a game store event painting minis. That device was also my treasure trove a gaming PDFs. All backed up of course, but now without the convenience.)

Johnny Angel 10-30-2020 09:40 PM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon
I was surprised to see that this hasn't had any activity since nearly a year ago.

I'm trying to figure out if there is a more concise way to explain the Skelevator.

Johnny Angel 11-07-2020 03:06 AM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon
Concrete Corridors of the Unlucky Fountain
Level 1

Dark (Delvers will need to provide their own light: torch, lantern, etc)
Lower Purpose +1
Nature's Strength -3
Impeded Mana -3, but recover energy still works
Area of Unluckiness (see below)

This area is comprised of four corridors, which join together in a central area to create an intersection. The floor of the entire area is smooth concrete. The walls are also smooth concrete (and it looks as though the walls and floors are essentially one piece, with the corners where the walls and floor meet being rounded and appearing to not have any visible indication of where the work on one or the other began or stopped). The ceiling is likewise made of concrete but is differentiated by random bits of furniture and rusted/corroded metal shards being partially embedded/stuck into the concrete. The ceiling is 5 yards above the floor. Each corridor is 2 yards wide.

At the center point, the corridors feed into a wider chamber. The majority of this chamber is dominated by a massive fountain, but the fountain contains no water. The base and largest portion of the fountain is a bowl crafted from horribly rusted and corroded metal. At the center of the bowl is a statue of a 4-armed figure: arms extended outward and giving 4 thumbs down, one toward each cardinal direction. The head of the statue is a cube, featuring four frowny faces (looking in each cardinal direction) made from rusty metal rods pounded into the surface.

A delver attempting a skill roll or ability check within 5 yards of the statue rolls 4d -instead of the normal 3d- and drops the lowest die to determine success or failure. For example, a delver attempt to roll against a HT of 12 would roll 4 dice. If the results were rolls of 6, 4, 3, and 2; the 2 would be removed, resulting in a failure because 6+4+3 equals 13.

While within the statue's area of effect, a general sense of unease and doubt teases at the mind. This causes no extra effect. It's intended as a way to indicate to players that being near the statue is probably bad.

The rough sketch below is not to scale, nor is it intended to illustrate exact distances. It is only meant as an attempt to give some idea of the layout.
(N) = exit to the North
O = open space
W = doors to the west
F, (F, F) = fountain
S = statue
(S) = exit to the South
E = door East


  • North archway connecting to Quiet Hallway
  • wooden double doors to the west leading to (TBD)
  • South archway leading to (TBD)
  • East jail-cell-style door opens to a hallway which runs South to (TBD)

Johnny Angel 11-07-2020 09:39 PM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon
.........(TBD).............(TBD)...........(N of Birds and Tunnels)
(?)(Quiet Hallway)-(Misty Cells)-(Terror Birds)-(Maintenance Tunnels)
(?)(Fountain)........(Bunk Beds)...(Pit of Death)...(Crush Room)

The two hallways are somewhat empty, but I was hoping to space things out more and add more potential connections. I've been reading through some of the previous pages.

I have an idea for another room with an encounter, but I am still working out the details of how to explain a creature's abilities.

Johnny Angel 05-17-2021 08:15 PM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon
Have any of you used material from this thread in your home games?

Tom H. 05-18-2021 12:33 AM

Re: Collaborative DFRPG Mega-Dungeon

Originally Posted by Johnny Angel (Post 2380355)
Have any of you used material from this thread in your home games?

Unfortunately not.

I haven't been spending a lot of time on my gaming hobby. World events have consumed my interest and focus for a while now; they are preempting my more leisure pursuits for the time.

It is sort of a shame, because I was working on some posts for this thread. Hopefully I will get back to finish them up.

In any event, the posts here provide very creative reading.

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