In the Temple of Elemental Evil Gygax wrote “If [the heroes] need more seasoning before continuing to the greater challenges, you may – and should – design and develop other adventures in the area”.
This post is part of a series of posts about my Ultimate Greyhawk campaign. 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.
The following location is numbered based on how it appears on the map of the village of Hommlet found in T1-4: The Temple of Elemental Evil. You can see the rest of the entries in the Ultimate Greyhawk sidebar of the blog.
|Black Jay, former hero of Hommlet|
19. Black Jay's Cottage
Black Jay was once a great warrior. He is haunted by the death of his family who was slaughtered while he was away fighting in the war against the Temple. Today he’s a taciturn sheep herder that wants nothing to do with anyone, let alone adventurers. This grizzled and unfriendly ranger has powerful Elven friends in the Ironwood north of Hommlet.
Black Jay has three shepherd dogs that help him tend his flock and guard his property from interlopers. Hidden in a trunk in his room is are his boots and cloak of elvenkind, gifts given to him from the Ironwood Elves during his adventuring days.
Adventure Seed: Black Jay, You’re Our Only Hope…
A contingent of Elves from the Ironwood have come to Hommlet seeking Black Jay’s aid. Black Jay, feeling that he past his prime and hearing of the hero’s great deeds in the village attempts to convince them to join him on the mission…
Adventure Seed: Grave Robbers
The graves of Black Jay’s family have been disturbed, their remains missing. Black Jay is distraught and enraged. The heroes find him in the Welcome Wench drunk and belligerent. Depending on how they handle the situation they may find themselves aiding in recovering his families remains from who or whatever would desecrate them.
|Uldag, The Raidmother|
Adventure Seed: Revenge of the Orcs
During his adventuring days Black Jay mercilessly hunted down and destroyed a tribe of orcs that had been raiding in the area. During his attack on their lair, Black Jay took pity on Uldag, a deformed female orc child, convinced that without her tribe, she would die soon anyway. But Uldag lived and she never forgot that night. Uldag dedicated her life to gain enough power to have her revenge on the warrior that destroyed her tribe and show the world that even an orc with a deformity is a thing to be feared. Today Uldag is known as “The Raid-Mother” and leads a small tribe of orcs and goblins known as the Twistedfoot Tribe. Uldag’s scouts have finally tracked down the location of her nemesis. Black Jay and the town of Hommlet may soon need some help.