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Monday, August 21, 2017

Lone Wolf Book 1 AD&D Conversion Part 1 The Watchtower - update




The adventure begins with 4 first level characters, students from the Kai Monastery, sent to bring fresh supplies and take their turn at watch. The tower is about ten miles distant from the Monastery toward the South-East.

The tower is on a hill about 80ft above the surrounding forest. The woodlands are thick and wild with only hunting and animal trails nearby and the wagon road that leads back to the monastery. There is a roadway some distance away that follows the valley floor and heads from Toran to the North to Holmgaard to the South with a branch leading toward the Kai Monastery but it is hidden by the tall trees of the forest.

What can be seen from the roof, which is 60feet high, are the towers of the Kai Monastery, some open fields to the west where crops are grown, cattle raised and small farms scattered about, and the tops of trees for the most part to the North, East and South. The tower is used as a fire watch for the most part and sometimes a waystation for hunters and rangers, especially during the winter.

1. The interior of the tower has a large hearth against one wall and a smaller iron stove more frequently used against another. There are wide benches used for beds or storage against the walls and two long tables with benches in the center of the room. A trapdoor leads to a root cellar and small opening near the hearth is a well that goes down a spring beneath the hill.

The stairs lead to the top floor where the watchers sleep and keep emergency supplies and signaling equipment. A short set of stairs leads to the roof which slightly curved so that water will roll down into gutters along the side and collect in rain barrels below. From this rooftop that the Player Character see a dark cloud envelope the Kai Monastery.

2. The stables are large enough to hold a dozen horses and contain a small forge and anvil.

If they make their way to the monastery they find the swirling black cloud to be impenetrable.   

If the players decide to stay they will have the following encounters.

A).  As the sun sets they will hear the creaking of a wagon and shortly thereafter see it approach up the wagon-road. It is a two-horse wagon half-loaded with fresh cut and gathered wood. One of the horses is slightly injured and there is blood on the bed and bench. (Back-tracking the wagon along the road toward the monastery they will find a narrow side-road where woodcutters had been at work. At the end of the track is the scene of a fight with nothing to be found except a two-man saw and a blood-covered woodsman's axe).

B). Around midnight the sound of wings will be heard over the watchtower and the moon will be obscured for several minutes by a massive flight of Kraan heading east.

C). An hour before dawn a patrol of Giaks (12 1HD and 1 3HD brute) dressed in red-dyed leather armor, 8 carrying shields, spears and short-swords, while 4 carry shortbows, short-swords and quivers with 30 arrows each, The leader carrys a falchion and shield and wears a shirt of mail painted red.

D) About noon a Kraan carrying two Giaks will fly over the watchtower. Within an hour a force of 50 Giak will cut-off the north road with more Giaks and Kraan showin up by the hour till a Hellghast arrives to lead the assault.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Repost - Lone Wolf - Monster - Giak


Giaks are the most common foes in the Lone Wolf setting. They are bred in spawning pits by the Dark Lords. There are several breeds of the original Giaks but they are much smaller and weaker than the later breed of Mountain Giak.

For game purposes the lesser breeds of Giaks are monsters and use the monster combat tables based on HD while the Mountain Giaks are an NPC character race and use the fighter combat table for the experience level they have achieved.

Mountain Giaks are larger, stronger and much more disciplined than their smaller kin. They are militaristic and have an organized society based on a command hierarchy with ranked positions of authority. All Giak's are short and squat, while Mountain Giaks are larger than lesser Giaks they are all grey-skinned and yellow fanged.

When any Mountain Giak is mixed with lesser Giaks they are immediately in command no matter what level of experience they are at even a lowly 1st level Mountain Giak 'cadet'.

Each level of experience is a named rank among the Mountain Giak's

0 = Recruit
1= Cadet
2 = Private
3 = Lesser Corporal
4 = Corporal
5 = Lesser Sergeant
6 = Under Sergeant
7 = Sergeant
8 = Over Sergeant
9 = Lesser Captain
10 = Captain
11 = Over Captain
12= Lesser General
13+ General

Mountain Giak's organize themselves into regiments although there is no particular number within these regiments and there are commonly between 500 and 5,000 within each. The larger regiments tend to have higher level Generals but sometime attrition or large combat losses cam leave a group with high level leaders but fewer members. New recruits from breeding pits tend to go to the largest regiments first so it can be difficult for a particularly mangled regiment to get back to large numbers once they have taken heavy losses.

Mountain Giak's use the 1e PHB Fighter abilities and do not possess characters of the ranger or paladon sub-classes.

Lesser Giaks are 1HD Monsters with a natural AC of 8 but otherwise have the AC of the armor they are wearing. They have the normal attacks per round with the weapon they are equipped with or a 1d6 bite attack. Their movement rate is 9" and their intelligence is Low-Average.

Friday, August 18, 2017

NPCs - Z'Lee and Ketch


Z'lee and Ketch come from a small tribe of lizardmen who share a community with the people of Saltmarsh, a prosperous port-town that has benifited enormously from this alliance. The pair had barely grown their first legs when adventurers raided their caves and only the actions of a druidess in the party saved the tribe and the town of Saltmarsh from disaster. The tribe, called 'Yellow-bellies' by humans not of the community, has grown very large and Z'lee and Ketch led an expedition in search of a possible colony site. The pair have been half-raised by humans and adventurers in particular and both possess the skills of low-level rangers rather than just those of lizardmen their age.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

NPC - Khelaret



Khelaret is of Madame Sartenna's 'Ladies'. She is of half-elven blood and Sartenna's second apprentice. She is more inclined to witchcraft than necromancy and having skills in both has proven helpful to Madame Sartenna.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NPC - Madame Sartenna


Madame Sartenna runs a very expensive and exclusive brothel in the Nobles Quarter of the City of Greyhawk. unbenowest to the outside world she is aa powerful necromancer and her six ladies of the night are apprentices. Not all who enter the doors of her establishment leave. In the sewers beneath her mansion are a growing number of undead. While she calls herself Rima Sartenna now her real name is Aggleroot Wortstinger.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Repost - Sentient Races of Oerth



SENTIENT RACES OF OERTH - Updated (Format)

SENTIENT RACES OF OERTH
(Of Average Intelligence or Greater)*

Probably a number of creatures that could be found in a Gygaxian campaign are missing. If anyone notices any please let me know. 

I have noted any creatures which have their own spoken languages specifically mentioned. Specific languages listed are those mentioned as known though not necessarily all languages known.

* Minor exceptions for language using monsters of less than average intelligence

NOTE: The line length on this article is a mess and I haven't been able to work out a correction for it just yet.

Aarakocra -…………… Average -…………….Aarakocra, Eagle, Common Tongue
Abboleth -…………….. High -………………...Telepathic
Ape, Carnivorous -....... Low -…………………Carnivorian Apeish
Aspis, Drone -………. ..Very -…………………Aspis, Common Tongue
Atomie -………………. Average to Very -…....Atomie, Common Tongue, Pixieish, Sprite 
Banderlog -…………... (Low to Average) -…. Banderlog
Beaver, Giant –…….... (Low to Average) -….. No Language Mentioned
Beholder –…………… Exceptional -………….Beholder
Blink Dog –…………... Average -……………...Blink Dog
Boggart -……………...Very to Exceptional -... Speaks All Languages, ESP
Booka -………………..Very -…………………. No Language Mentioned
Brownie –…………….. High -………………… Brownie, Elvish, Halfling, Pixieish
Buckawn -……………. Average to Very -……. Brownie, Pixieish, Saytr, Sprite
Bugbear –……………. (Low to Average) -…… Bugbear, Goblin, Hobgoblin
Bullywug -……………. (Low to Average) -…….Bullywug, Common Tongue
Caveman –………….. (Low to Average) -……. No Language Mentioned
Centaur –……………. (Low to Average) -……. Centaur
Couatl –……………….Genius -………………...Undefined Avian, Serpent and Human Languages
Cyclopskin -………….. (Low to Average) -……. No Language Mentioned 
Dakon -……………….. Average -………………Common Tongue
Death, Crimson -…...... Genius -………………...No Language Mentioned
Derro -…………………Very to Genius -……….. Derro, Common Tongue, Subterranean Trade Language 
Dolphin –………………Very -……………………No Language Mentioned
Doppleganger –…….... Very -……………………ESP, No Language Mentioned
Dracolisk -…………….. (Low to Average) -……. Black Dragon
Dragon, Black –………. Average -……………….Black Dragon
Dragon, Blue –………...Very -……………………Blue Dragon
Dragon, Brass –……… High -……………………Brass Dragon
Dragon, Bronze –……. Exceptional -…………… Bronze Dragon
Dragon, Cloud -……… Genius -………………….Cloud Dragon, All Dragon Languages, Common Tongue
Dragon, Copper –……. High -……………………Copper Dragon
Dragon, Faerie -………High to Genius -……...... Faerie Dragon, Elvish, Local Animals & Birds, Pixieish,~ ~~~Sprite,Telepathic 

Dragon, Gold –……….. Genius -…………………Gold Dragon
Dragon, Green –……… Average to Very -…....... Green Dragon
Dragon, Mist -………….Exceptional -………….... Mist Dragon, All Dragon Languages, Common Tongue, 
Dragon, Red –………….Exceptional -…………... Red Dragon
Dragon, Shadow -……. .Very to Genius -……..... Shadow Dragon, All Evil Dragon Languages
Dragon, Silver –……….. Exceptional -……………Silver Dragon
Dragon, White –………. Average (Low) -…………White Dragon
Dragon Horse -…………Average to Exceptional -. Ki-Rin
Dragon Turtle –…………Very -……………………..Dragon Turtle
Dryad –………………… High -……………………..Dryad, Elvish, Pixieish, Speak with Planes, Sprite
Dune Stalker -…………..High -……………………..No Language Mentioned
Dwarf –…………………..Very -……………………..Dwarven, Common Tongue, Gnome, Goblin, ~       ~~~Kobold, Orcish
Eagle –…………………. Average -…………………Eagle, Telepathic
Eblis -…………………….Low to Exceptional -……. No Language Mentioned
Elf –………………………High+ -……………………Elvish, Common Tongue, Gnoll, Gnome, Goblin,~ ~~~Halfling, Hobgoblin, Orcish
Elf, Drow -………………..High -……………………...Drowic, Common Tongue, Elven, Gnome,~ 
~~~Subterranean Trade Language
Elf, Grey............................High to Supra-Genius...... High Elven
Elf, Half.............................Low to High+..................... Elven, Goblin, Orcish, Gnoll, Halfling, Gnome,~ 
~~~Common Tongue
Elf, Wood (Sylvan)........... Low to High....................... Sylvan Elven, Treant, Unspecified Forest Animals
Ettin -…………………….. Low -………………………No Language Mentioned
Eye of the Deep –………..Very -……………………... No Language Mentioned
Flind -……………………..Average -…………………..Gnoll
Foo Creature, Dog -……..Very -……………………….Foo Creature
Foo Creature, Lion -……. Exceptional -……………... Foo Creature
Formian, Myrmarch -….... Exceptional -…………….. Common Tongue, Telepathic
Galeb Duhr -………………Very -……………………...No Language Mentioned
Giant, Cloud –……………. Average to Very -……….. Cloud Giantish
Giant, Firbolg -…………… Average to Genius -……... Firbolg
Giant, Fire –……………….(Low to Average) -……….. Fire Giantish
Giant, Formorian -……...... Average -…………………. Formorian
Giant, Frost –…………….. (Low to Average) -……...... Frost Giantish
Giant, Hill –……………….. (Low) -………………………Hill Giantish
Giant, Mountain -……… ....High -………………………..Mountain Giantish
Giant, Stone –…………… .Average -……………………Stone Giantish
Giant, Storm -……………. Exceptional -……………..... Storm Giantish
Giant, Verbeeg -…………. Average to Very -………...... Verbeegian
Gnoll –……………………..(Low to Average) -……….... Gnoll, Hobgoblin, Orchish, Trollish
Gnome –…………………...Very -……………………......Gnome, Dwarven, Goblin, Halfling, Kobold,~ 
~~~Speak with Burrowing Mammals
Goblin –…………………….Average (Low) -………….... Goblin, Hobgoblin, Orcish
Grig -……………………… (Low to Average) -……….... Grig, Atomie, Brownie, Common Tongue,~ ~~~Pixieish,Sprite 
Grim -………………………Average -……………………. No Language Mentioned
Grippli -…………………….Very to Exceptional -….......... No language Mentioned 
Halfling –…………………...Very -………………………… Halfling, Common Tongue, Gnome, Goblin, Orcish
Hippocampus –…………... Average -…………………….. Hippocampian
Hobgoblin –………………. Average -…………………….. Hobgoblin, Carnivorian Apeish, Common Tongue,~
~~~Goblin, Orcish
Hybsil -……………………..Average to Very -………….... Hybsil, Common Tongue, Elvish
Intellect Devourer –…........ Very -………………………….All Human Languages
Ixitxachitl –………………... Average to High -………….... No Language Mentioned
Jackalwere –……………… Very -………………………….No Language Mentioned
Jelly, Mustard -………….... Average -……………………...No language Mentioned
Jermlaine -………………... Average -……………………...Jermlaine, Common Tongue, Dwarven,~ 
~~~Gnomes, Goblin, Orcish, Speak With Rats,
Kech -………………………Average - …………………….. No Language Mentioned
Kelpie -……………………..(Low to Average) -………….... No Language Mentioned 
Ki-Rin –……………………..Supra-Genius -……………….. Ki-Rin, Telepathic
Kilmoulis -…………………. Average -……………………… Telepathic
Kobold –…………………... Average (Low) -……………..... Kobold, Goblin, Orcish
Korred -……………………. Very -……………………………No Language Mentioned
Kraken -……………………. Genius+ -……………………… No Language Mentioned
Kuo-Toa -…………………... High+ -………………………….Kuo-Toan, Speak with Fish,~
~~~Subterranean Trade Language
Lamia –……………………. High -…………………………….Common Tongue
Lammasu –……………….. Genius -…………………………. Lammasuvian, Telepathic
Leprechaun –…………...... Exceptional -…………………..... No Language Mentioned
Leucrotta –……………….. Average -………………………... Common Tongue
Lizard Man –……………... Average (Low) -………………..... Lizard Man
Locathah –……………….. Very -……………………………... Locathian (Mentioned in Merman Description)
Lynx, Giant -...................... Very-............................................. Lynxian
Mandragora -…………...... (Low to Average) -…………......... No Language Mentioned
Medusa –……………….... Very -…………………………….... Medusae, Common Tongue
Meenlock -………………... Very -……………………………... Telepathic
Men –…………………….. Average to High -……………........ Amedian, Baklunish, Common Tongue,~ 
~~~Ferral, Flannish, Fruz, Keolandish, Lendorian, Nyrondese, Oeridian, Olman, Suel, Velondi
Merman –………………... Average to Very -……………........ Merman, Locathian
Mimic –…………………... (Semi to Average) -…………......... Mimic, Common Tongue, Orcish, +
Mind Flayer –…………..... Genius -…………………………… Mind Flayer, Weird Arcane Tongues,
Miner -……………………. High -………………………………. No Language Mentioned
Mongrelman -…………..... (Low to Average) -…………........... Common Tongue
Moon Dog -……………..... High to Exceptional -……….............Moon Doggy, Common Tongue,~
~~~Speak with Canine & Lupine, Telepathic
Morkoth -………………..... Exceptional -……………………...... No Language Mentioned
Muckdweller -…………...... Average -…………………………..... Muckdweller, Lizard Man
Myconid -…………………. Average -…………………………..... No Language Mentioned
Naga, Guardian –……....... Exceptional -……………………........ No Language Mentioned
Naga, Spirit –……………... High -……………………………….... No Language Mentioned
Naga, Water –…………..... Very -……………………………….... No Language Mentioned
Neo-Otyugh –…………...... Average to Very -……………............ Telepathic
Nixie -………………………Very -………………………………..... Nixie, Common Tongue
Norker -……………………. Average - ………………………........ Hobgoblin
Nymph -…………………… Exceptional -…………………............ Nymphish, Common Tongue
Obliviax -…………………... Average -………………………......... No language Mentioned
Ogre -……………………….Low -……………………………........ Ogre, Stone Giant, Orcish, Troll
Ogre Mage -………………. Average to Exceptional -....................Ogre Mage, Common Tongue, Ogre
Ophidian -……………….….Average (Low) -…………….............. Orcish, Goblin, Hobgoblin, Ogre
Orc -………………………...Average (Low) -……………............... Orcish, Goblin, Hobgoblin, 
Otyugh - ……………………(Low to Average) -……….............….. Otyugh, Semi-Telepathic
Pech -…………………….…Average to Exceptional -…................. No language Mentioned
Pegasus -…………………...Average -……………………........….. No Language Mentioned
Peryton -…………………….Average -……………………....…….. Peryton
Pixie -………………………..Exceptional -……………………........ Pixieish, Common Tongue, Sprite
Pseudo Dragon -…………... Average -…………………………..... Telepathic
Quickling -…………………...High to Genius -……………….......... Quickling, Brownie, Common Tongue,~ ~~~Halfling, Pixieish
Quickwood -…………………Very -………………………………..... No language Mentioned
Rakshasa -…………………..Very -………………………………..... ESP
Raven (Crow), Giant -…….... Low+ -……………………………....... Raven, Common Tongue
Roper -………………………..Exceptional -…………………........…. No Language Mentioned
Sahuagin -…………………....High -………………………………..... Sahuagin, Ixitxachitl
Satyr -………………………...Very -………………………………..... Saytr, Centaur, Common Tongue,~ 
~~~Sylvan Elvish
Selkie -………………………..Average to Exceptional -…................. No Language Mentioned
Shedu -……………………….Exceptional -……………………......... Shedu, Undefined Human Languages,~ ~~~Telepathic
Sirine -………………………...High to Genius -………………........... Sirine, Common Tongue
Skulk -………………………....Average -………………………......… Common Tongue, Elvish
Slithering Tracker -………….. Average -……………………….......… No Language Mentioned
Spectator -……………………Very to High -…………………............. Telepathic
Sphinx, Andro -……………… Exceptional -……………………......... Sphinx, Common Tongue
Sphinx, Crio -…………………Average -…………………………....... CrioSphinx, Speak with Animals, Sphinx
Sphinx, Gyno -………………. Genius -…………………………......... CrioSphinx, Common Tongue,~ 
~~~Speak with Animals, Sphinx
Spriggan -……………………..Average to Exceptional -….................. No Language Mentioned
Sprite -………………………...Very -………………………………....... Sprite, Common Tongue
Storoper -……………………..High -………………………………....... No Language Mentioned
Su-Monster -………………… Average -…………………………......... No Language Mentioned
Svirfneblin -………………….. Exceptional -……………………........... Svirfneblin, Drowic, Kuo-Toan,~ 
~~~Subterranean Trade Language, 
Sylph -…………………………Exceptional -…………………............... Sylph, Common Tongue
Tabaxi -………………………...Average -…………………………........ Tabaxi, Common Tongue
Tasloi -………………………… (Low to Average) -…………............… Tasloi, Common Tongue,~ 
~~~Speak with Apes & Monkeys
Thri-Kreen -…………………… High -………………………………...... No Language Mentioned
Titan -…………………………...Genius to Supra-Genius -……............ Titan, All Giant Languages,~ 
~~~Common Tongue
Trapper -………………………. Very -…………………………………... No Language Mentioned
Treant -………………………… Very -………………………………...... No Language Mentioned
Triton -…………………………. High+ -……………………………….... Triton, Elvish(Sea), Locathah
Troll -…………………………… Low -…………………………………... Troll
Troll, Giant Two-Headed -.......... Average -…………………………........ No Language Mentioned 
Troll, Marine (Salt Water) -........ (Low to Average) -…………................. No Language Mentioned
Umber Hulk -………………....... Average -……………………………..... Umber Hulk
Unicorn -……………………….. Average -………………………….....… Unicorn
Wemic -……………………….... Average -……………………………..... Wemic, Common Tongue
Wolf-Were -…………………..... High to Exceptional -…………............... No Language Mentioned
Xvart -…………………………... Average -……………………………...... Xvart, Goblin, Kobold
Yeti -…………………………….. Average -……………………………..... No Language Mentioned
Yuan Ti -………………………... Genius -……………………………….... Yaun Ti, Common Tongue,~ 
~~~Speak with Snakes & Snake-Like Creatures