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Monday, August 4, 2014

Hommlet: Old Man Ander's Farmhouse

The following is an entry in my series on Ultimate Greyhawk. Much like how comics and movies will reboot a franchise with a new take on an old concept, this is my personal re-imagining of the Greyhawk Campaign Setting beginning with the venerable town of Hommlet.

Key to the Village

The following locations are numbered based on how they appear on the map of the village of Hommlet as found in the module T1-4 The Temple of Elemental Evil

5. Old Man Ander's Farmhouse
This is the farm of a Widower Farmer Zairic Ander who lives here with his two beautiful daughters Keanna and Michella as well as a manservant named Vincent. The family are followers of the Old Faith and Zairic is a member of the militia, though as an old man his ability to fight is questionable. Zairic considers Vincent more of a son than servant and his oldest daughter Keanna is starting to develop romantic feelings for the young man.

Vincent hides a major secret. He is not who he says he is though he does not actually realize that he is lying. The truth is he doesn’t actually remember who he is. Vincent is in fact Prince Thrommel, Grand Marshall of Furyondy. Shortly before the prince was to marry Princess Jolene of Veluna and unite the two countries against the depredations of Iuz, Thrommel was captured by agents of Iuz and brought to the Temple of Elemental Evil. While the disappearance of the prince caused Furyondy and Veluna to fall into chaos the true purpose of kidnapping the prince was more more involved and insidious.

At the Temple a magical ritual was performed that cloned a vampiric twin of Thrommel. Iuz's plan is to return the evil clone to Furyondy when the time is right. With Thrommel under his control the armies of Iuz will strike a powerful blow against his nemesis to the south.

The one flaw in this whole plan is that the real Thrommel managed to escape the temple though the ritual caused the prince to lose his memories. Wandering the countryside the prince was nearly dead when Zairic found him lying on the side of the road. Zairic took him in and helped to restore him back to his full strength.

Despite that Iuz now counts a vampiric twin of Thrommel as one of his servants, he was furious at the disappearance of the real prince. Agents of Iuz have been searching to no avail for the prince and most assume he dead and gone. The only way that the real Thrommel can regain his memories is to hold his magical broadsword Fragarach in his hands once again. Once he does the magic of Fragarach will restore his memories and his true purpose in the world. The only problem is that Fragarach is in the hands of Vampire Thrommel who lairs in room 334 of the Temple. The heroes who manage to succeed at this quest will have gained a powerful ally indeed.   

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