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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Unforgiven Sins and Other Vices in Hommlet

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”. Thus, this 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. 

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.

A Greyhawk Relic: Norebo's Lucky Ruby Dice

28. The Carpenters

Oleg Carpenter is the local carpenter and lives here with his wife Gertrud and younger brother Simon. They came to the village a few years ago and will always be seen as outsiders’ despite being a part of the militia. Oleg does carpentry work for various people around town and he currently is making barrels for the brewery. The family worship St. Cuthbert.

Adventure Seed: Simon’s Secret Stash

Simon is resentful of his status as an outsider. He is the reason the Carpenters came to the town in the first place from the City of Verbobonc. Simon got in deep with a gang of ruffians selling a narcotic called Demon Dust. Simon, always ambitious, was brokering his own deals and was skimming money off the top of his takes. When the gang leader discovered Simon’s treachery he planned on killing him. Simon learned of the plot to murder him and stole a large amount of the gang’s treasure and Demon Dust supply. Thinking that he is safe Simon has set up his drug operation in the town and is selling to those in the Worker’s Camp (area 32). It is only a matter of time until the gang learns of his location. Unbeknownst to even Simon, part of the treasure he stole was a magical item that belonged to a wealthy and dangerous noble in Verbobonc. Now the Gang leader must recover this item as well as make it clear to his minions that no one double crosses him!

Adventure Seed: Gertrud’s Indiscretions

Gertrud hates this country life. She hates this backwater town and wants to back to the big city. She hates that her husband is such a pushover and that his troublemaking brother is always getting them into trouble! In short, she is looking for a way to get back into the city along with enough money to enjoy all of its finery. She will concoct whatever crazy story she think will get the party to help her make her dreams come true, even if that means knocking off her husband and brother-in-law…

Adventure Seed: The Gambler

Oleg is far from a saint. He is a hard worker, but he also is a compulsive gambler. Not long before coming to Hommlet Oleg did some carpentry work for a local noble. While presenting his work Oleg noticed a pair of ruby gem stone dice on the nobles desk. Oleg was in that moment overcome with a powerful compulsion to steal the dice, despite never stealing a thing in his life. That night he went dicing and made a fortune, never losing a game. That night angry gamblers sore at their loss and convinced that Oleg was a cheater (how could he win every game when they had already shaved the dice in their favour!?) set out to kill him. As luck would have it that was the night his brother learned that they need to get out of the city. For the past two years Oleg’s luck as been uncanny. But his luck may be running out as the owner of those ruby dice have discovered their location and he wants them back…

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