Thanks to whomever in chat suggested the name Giant's Fall. Sorry I didn't write down your name.
The town of Giant's Fall is built upon the corpse of a long decaying forest giant who once preyed upon the game in the area for sport. A group of adventurers sickened by his slaughter brought him to rest and their druid companion performed a ritual to ensure his body would return to nature in payment for his killings. The flesh was quickly consumed by the earth and his bones were buried by the ritual overnight where he fell. Founded by one of the adventurers who was injured the fight, the Giant's Fall has stood for decades upon the sanctified ground.
The local healer is a wise yet senile old man likely not much longer for this world. His underground home is dug down into the earth, the main chamber of which is located in the very cavity where the giant's heart once was.
A corrupt druid by the name of Ursion has plans to raise the giant to unholy life which will inevitably destroy the town, and probably much more until it is stopped. Ursion believes that all humans (like him) are a blight on the world.
First Ursion must seek out the Undying Seeds borne from an evil twisted tree lying deep within the Ashwood forest. The apothecary of a distant neighboring town holds the key to locating the ever rotting cancerous tree. Fortunately for him, his arrival in this town will coincide with a raid by goblins and if he can avoid the evil plunderers he will torture and kill the apothecary to find out what he wants to know before fleeing amidst the chaos.
Where do the PCs come in? Well in my group I have a druid who will learn of Ursion's corruption and hopefully seek to find a way to stop him. Should they follow him to the town they might be caught up in the goblin attack, and have the chance to discover clues to the villain's sinister purpose. From there it's on to Giant's Fall to piece things together and hopefully stop the hideous unbirth.
Should he be successful in planting an Undying Seed within the healer's main chamber it will quickly grow into a large twisted rotten growth similar in appearance to a human heart. It's hollow unholy beating will be heard as the giant stirs to life and rises to destroy whatever his dark master desires.
Here are some stats I've written for Ursion and the Undead Forest Giant. I created them using the Pathfinder RPG and the Bestiary Preview with a few tidbits from Monster Manual II.
URSION, CORRUPT DRUID CR 4
Male human druid 4
NE Medium humanoid (human)
Init +2; Perception +9
AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 ( +4 chain shirt, +2 Dex)
hp 22 (4d8-4 +4 toughness)
Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +7
Spd 30 ft.
Melee masterwork sickle +5 (1d6+1)
Ranged sling +5 (1d4) 50 feet range
Special Attacks bleeding touch
Str 13, Dex 14, Con 8, Int 12, Wis 17, Cha 10
Base Atk +3; CMB +4; CMD 13
Feats Toughness, Eschew Materials, Natural Spell
Skills Concentration +5, Heal +9, Knowledge (geography) +7, Knowledge (nature) +9, Perception +9, Spellcraft +7, Swim +7, Survival +11
Languages Common, Druidic
SQ Corrupted Bond, Wild Animosity, Vermin Shape 1/day
Combat Gear masterwork sickle, studded Leather
Other Gear ever-burning torch, Ring of Sustenance, tatter black cloak, worn boots, ragged dirt stained clothing
Spells 4, 4+1, 3+1
Orisons – Spoil Food and Drink, Read Magic, Decay, Detect Magic
1st Level – Magic Stone, Obscuring Mist, Produce Flame, Longstrider, Cause Fear
2nd Level – Flaming Sphere, Spider Climb, Death Knell
Corrupted Bond (Ex): Ursion has become tainted by exposure to the Undying Seeds. He has gained the Death cleric domain.
Bleeding Touch (Sp): As a melee touch attack Ursion can cause a living creature to take 1d6 points of damage per round for 2 rounds, or until a successful DC 15 Heal check is performed. He can use this ability 5 times per day.
Wild Animosity (Ex): Any animal that encounters Ursion is automatically hostile. If cornered normal animals will attack before fleeing at the earliest possible opportunity.
Withering Stride (Ex): Any plant that impedes Ursion in any way is instantly withered and dies. He may move through any sort of undergrowth at normal speed like a druid's Woodland Stride ability. He may kill normal plants with a touch.
Unnatural Armor: Unlike traditional druids, Ursion can wear light metal armor.
Resist Nature's Lure (Ex): As the druid ability.
Vermin Shape (Su): Once per day Ursion wild shape as the druid ability, but his forms are restricted to vermin.
Spoil Food and Drink – This spell is a twisted version of Purify Food and Drink. It instead causes a like amount of food to spoil and be infested with maggots or appropriate vermin.
Decay – This spell is a twisted version of mending. It instead causes 1d4 damage to the object, ignoring hardness.
UNDEAD FOREST GIANT CR 6
NE Huge Undead
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60ft; Perception +0
AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +3 natural)
hp 62 (13d8)
Fort +4, Ref +4, Will +8
DR 5/bludgeoning; Immune cold, undead traits Fast healing 6, Channel resistance +4, Regrowth
Melee great club +18 (2d8+16) or 2 claws +20 (2D6+11)
Str 33, Dex 14, Con –, Int –, Wis 10, Cha 10
Base Atk +9; CMB +22; CMD 34
Feats Improved Initiative
Gear great club
Treasure Whatever the healer had stored within a small relic box when part of his hovel was uprooted. This can be found within the giant's chest near the heart.
Regrowth (Su): The giant skeleton is destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points, but returns to unlife 1 hour later at 1 hit point as it's heart begins to beat anew, allowing it's fast healing thereafter to resume healing it. It can only be permanently stopped if it's heart is destroyed by positive energy, if it is reduced to 0 hit points in the area of a bless or hallow spell, or it's heart is splashed with holy water.
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Now edited and tweaked. It's funny how you miss things the later you're up working on something. I removed the Giant's earthen armor ability sinced DR and Fast Healing make it pretty durable to begin with. This is intended to be a major fight (if they can't prevent it from being created.)
Also if the plot synopsis sounds a little railroady it's partially because I started from the end of a major plot arc and am working backwards to plot out material to bring the players from 1st level to about 4th or 5th.
Last edited by CEBedford; 08-19-2009 at 10:22 AM. Reason: Automerged Double Post
Yes, sounds very interesting indeed.
Masaru Academy, a roleplaying experience you'll never forget.
So, what happened?
They decided to do some investigating, after stumbling upon the remains of a travelling Bard and his bodyguard. They discovered soon after that it was the work of a small group of goblins and decided to clean out their lair.
They had fun though dealing with the devious gremlin-like goblins and by the end of the session they were just reaching Giant's Fall.
I'll be weaving some hooks for this idea into next week's game. Plus after playing this first session I have a better idea what interests them and how to better tailor my plot hooks to appeal to them.