Sentient Ring of Protection: Undead Farm Reward

Sentient Ring of Protection

This ring is bestowed upon the Player Characters (PCs) after completing the D&D Adventure Module: Undead Farm. Role-play the delivery depending on the outcome of the encounter with the Mother’s Spectre. If the PCs decided to defeat the spectre and the young necromancer, then the ring will be on the boy. If the PCs avoided combat in any way and work towards saving the child, the spectre will gift the ring to a PC. It’s up to the GM how much the PCs know about the ring.

The ring grants +2 to the wearer’s AC at all times.

However, the ring is intelligent and has its own purpose.

  • Intelligence: 13
  • Wisdom: 11
  • Charisma: 15

The ring is of Lawful Good alignment and communicates with the wearer in an empathic nature, the wearer can sense the emotions of the ring and understand its intentions. The ring is motivated by a single goal: the destruction of evil. The ring rejects all evil alignments and urges the wearer to destroy or slay those it encounters. To aid the wearer, the ring also grants two additional abilities. The wearer can see Invisible at will and use Detect Magic at will.

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Halloween Writing Prompts Part 5: October 2016

Halloween Writing Prompts Part 5

It’s sad to be wrapping up the month of Halloween, but here we are. Our fifth, and final, entry in the Halloween themed writing prompts brings you a mummy, a mad scientist, a black cat, and a crypt to explore. Add these to your current writing project or start from scratch. Be sure to share your stories with us!

Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!

Halloween Writing Prompts Part 5-October 2016-The air hissed and the temperature plummeted as the lid slid free of the sarcophagus
The air hissed and the temperature plummeted as the lid slid free of the sarcophagus.
Halloween Writing Prompts Part 5-October 2016-Blood smeared the crumbled doorway to the now vacant crypt
Blood smeared the crumbled doorway to the now vacant crypt.
Halloween Writing Prompts Part 5-October 2016-A single tear rolled down his cheek as his creations eyes found him in the dimly lit laboratory
A single tear rolled down his cheek as his creations eyes found him in the dimly lit laboratory.
Halloween Writing Promtps Part 5-October 2016-A solitary black cat watched over the argumentative family
A solitary black cat watched over the argumentative family.

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27 Lessons I’ve Learned in 27 Years of Life

27 Lessons I’ve Learned in 27 Years of Life

I’ve noticed that we haven’t really been doing a very good job of posting articles that fulfill the Life aspect of our Art. Stories. Life. mantra. The blog has already undergone many changes since we started in February. I’m sure many more changes will occur in the future. We will do our best to include more insight into who we are personally, beyond our art and stories. With that in mind, let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to know about either of us.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life

For starters, today is my (Justin) birthday! We will be having a Harry Potter themed birthday/Halloween party. If you are interested, pictures will find their way onto our social media accounts. To honor these past 27 years, I’ve decided to share with you all 27 lessons I have learned. Some of them I’m still working on implementing in my daily life. I hope you can find truth and inspiration in these life lessons.

1. Never Loan A Book You Can’t Live Without

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. Star Wars Book Collection
Star Wars Book Collection

This applies to anything and everything really. But I certainly learned the lesson the hard way with some books that I had to repurchase. When we bought the Hideaway last year, I was finally able to put all of my Star Wars books onto one shelf. The collection is not complete, but I’m still rather fond of it. Always be mindful that when you loan something out, you may not get it back for a long time, if at all.

 

2. Responsibilities Come First

It’s all too easy to get swept up by the things we love, which will feature pretty heavily throughout this list, but it is important to always make sure that your responsibilities are taken care first. Bills come before trips to the game/card store and even the bookstore. Now I am craving a trip to our local used bookstore.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. "Always make sure your responsibilities are taken care of, but never give up on your dreams." -David Price
“Always make sure your responsibilities are taken care of, but never give up on your dreams.” -David Price

3. Dream Big

This lesson continues from the previous quote. The quote comes from a respected former coworker and it means a lot to me. It is so very important to have dreams. No matter what they are. And while you’re already dreaming, why settle for small wishes? Dream big. I can’t wait to finish some stories and publish them for everyone to read. Whatever your dreams are, don’t let go of them. Chase them to the ends of the Earth and beyond.

27 Lessons I've Leaned in 27 Years of Life. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

4. Talk To Strangers

This one flies in the face of everyone’s advice while you were growing up. Be cautious, of course, because there are some sickos out there. But, think about it. All of your friends and coworkers, hell even most of your family members were strangers at some point. Talking to strangers is how you make new friends and connections. For the creative types, this is a necessary evil. And it’s terrifying. We have to put our creations and ultimately ourselves out there for as many people as possible. Starting this blog was a huge step for my wife and me. The road ahead is long, but there are plenty of strangers out there that we have yet to meet.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. "Some souls just understand each other upon meeting." NR Hart quote
“Some souls just understand each other upon meeting.” -N.R. Hart

5. Life Is About Art

Art is really just how we strive to share who we are with others. It certainly is not easy, but it would be boring if it was. Write, draw, paint, dance, sing. Whatever art means to you, you owe it to yourself to express it and to share in it with the community. If you have yet to find your artistic release, surround yourself with other peoples’ creations. Don’t get hung up comparing yours to theirs (more on that later), just enjoy it and learn whatever lessons from it you can.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." -Pablo Picasso
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso

6. Don’t Grocery Shop Hungry

This one is very important for me. The obvious reason is that you are more likely to spend way more than you intended to when you went in in the first place. You start to ignore that shopping list and start eyeballing everything you want to shove in your face. But on another note, I am a very unpleasant person when I get hungry. Hanger is a very serious problem.

7. Life Is Too Short To Read A Bad Book

There are so many books in this world; it is beyond impossible to enjoy them all. That thought alone is utterly depressing on the surface. However, that means you have a plethora of choices available to you. If you’re reading a book that was recommended to you but you just can’t seem to enjoy, then it is time to put it down and find another book. Apologize to the friend if need be, but they will understand, or at least deal with it in their own way.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down. Edgar Allan Poe
“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.” -Edgar Allan Poe

8. People Suck. A Person Is Good

This is one of those tough lessons to learn. If you’re like me, you want to see the good in people and give them the benefit of the doubt. On an individual/personal basis, a person is usually good natured. However, if that person has anonymity–rather from being a part of a larger group or hiding behind their internet connection–they, for some reason, become rude and mean spirited. This is why my wife and I have taken to running away from social gatherings and remaining in the safety of our Hideaway. But the point of this lesson is to give the individual the benefit of the doubt whenever possible. Remember #4: Talk to Strangers. They might surprise you.

9. Be Happy With Who You Are

For most, including myself, this will be the most difficult of the 27 lessons. If it isn’t already hard enough to be content with who you are, then you add in the fact that everyone’s personality is fluid. Who you are now isn’t the same as who you were last year or who you will be next year. So that’s where the answer can be found. If there is something about your life or yourself in general that upsets you, take the steps to improve now. A bonus lesson in this one that you’ve surely heard before: a bad day doesn’t mean a bad life. Take the time to find yourself and enjoy who you are.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -George Bernard Shaw
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

10. Ask Questions

This is absolutely essential. Question everything. That’s how we learn and grow. If you are unsure about something, find someone with knowledge in that field, hit up the local library, or just log in to your preferred search engine. This leads to another of our lessons.

11. Doubt Everything You Read

While you are searching for the answers to all of life’s questions, keep this lesson in mind. Just because you have found a quick answer to your current question, doesn’t guarantee that it is the correct one. Find multiple sources and fact check as much as possible.

12. Know When To Give Up

This is a really tough one to discuss. I wanted to keep this list on a more uplifting path, but I struggle with maintaining a positive outlook in general. I’ll make this one more anecdotal. I spent over four years getting two degrees and amassing a mountain of student loan debt. Then spent a further three years pursuing job opportunities in that field. One day, I just decided that the path I was on wasn’t right for me. My current path sure has a long way to go, but I am much happier for making the change.

13. Learn To Say No

I can’t speak for everyone reading this, but I certainly get hung up on trying to please everyone. Trust me, that is a very effective way to stretch yourself thin and leave yourself emotionally and physically exhausted. Make sure you leave enough for yourself before seeing to everyone else’s needs.

14. Learn To Say Yes

Once you’ve kicked off those training wheels and learned how to say no, it’s time to remember that it is perfectly okay to still say yes. So really these two lessons should be about learning when to say yes and no. You have to find a balance. Too many yes’s will leave you drained but too many no’s will leave you isolated. Find your happy place somewhere in the middle.

15. Read Every Day

Few things give me inner peace like the pages of a good story can. Read for leisure and for study. For every fictional world that welcomes you to a home away from home, there are historical accounts and manuals to teach you new skills and lessons for whatever hope to attain in life. Read whenever possible, in all of your free time. And when that isn’t enough, set aside time to read. Our site has several bite-sized works of fiction and one day, I’ll have larger stories for you all to read.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." -Joseph Addison
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” -Joseph Addison

16. Set Goals For Yourself

Once you have identified your biggest dream (from #3), then you are already on the right path. It’s important to know that the dream(s) will not happen over night. I’m a career procrastinator so when I set my mind to something, I like to see results within hours. I’m learning that is an impossible mindset for writing first drafts. Whatever your dream(s), set realistic goals for yourself. That way the huge looming threat is broken down into easy to defeat objectives.

17. Never Compare Yourself To Others

Doubt. It’s such an ugly word. You should be looking at other peoples’ creations for inspiration and motivation. You find someone has already written a story like yours? Then it’s time to mix some stuff up. But whatever you do, keep moving forward. There will always be someone that is more successful–however you personally define the word–than you, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. It means you need to get back to work and improve yourself.

18. Don’t Wait For The Perfect Timing

If you are waiting for the perfect moment for everything to make sense and come easy to you, you will be waiting for the rest of your life. Stop waiting. Make now the right time. A few pages of scribbled nonsense can be edited. A blank page can not. Persistence is better than hoping for inspiration. Get started now. Future you will be happy.

27 Lessons Ive Learned in 27 Years of Life. Napoleon Hill Quote Patience persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success
“Patience persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” Napoleon Hill

19. Always Be Honest

You don’t necessarily have to divulge all of your secrets to any and all strangers you encounter. In fact, it’s good to have your own secrets. But if you must choose between honest and dishonesty, always side with the truth. This will become considerably easier once you get the hang of numbers 13 and 14 on this list. And, above all, always be honest with yourself.

20. Show Compassion

Showing compassion or kindness for someone that has nothing to offer you in return, is the simplest thing you can do to brighten someone’s day. It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives and push everything else to the side. It isn’t about who has it worse. Life isn’t a competition, we’re all in this together. Whenever possible, offer a hand to someone in need.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. "No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted." -Aesop.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.” -Aesop.

21. Life Isn’t Fair

This is one I was told fairly often as a child. I use to grumble and complain that my dad was just being a butt. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned just how valuable that lesson was to have in the early years of my life. It’s important to learn that life isn’t going to pull any punches. You have to work really hard to achieve the things you want in life. And since life really isn’t fair, there is no real guarantee that all of your hard work will pay off in the end. But you can bet you won’t get what you want without the work.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. Dad, Kip, Krystal, and me.

22. Cherish Alone Time

Rather you are an introvert, like Leslie and me, or an extrovert, you still need alone time from time to time. Being alone with your thoughts is essential to finding who you truly are and learning to be happy with yourself (#9). Separate yourself from the rest of the world and spend the time creating.

27 Lessons Ive Learned in 27 years of Life. Extroverts have hangovers introverts have social hangovers quote
Extroverts have hangovers. Introverts have social hangovers.

23. Cut Cable

This is a must unless your dreams include watching as much television as possible. It’s been over a year without cable for us at the Hideaway. Honestly, the only thing I miss is my daily dose of Jeopardy! And Les and I were once big fans of various sports. We occasionally watch a game or match online still, but you don’t realize how much time television is sucking up until it’s gone. There are plenty of options for streaming–we use Netflix–whatever you can’t live without. Plus, one less deduction in your monthly budget.

24. Tell Stories

This is really just an extension of the earlier comments on various forms of art. Write it, sculpt it, paint it, sing it, or just find someone to talk to. We all have stories to tell, you just need to find your medium. I recommend, whenever possible, getting in on a roleplaying game. Dungeons and Dragons is, of course, one of the best known, but there are hundreds of them. Someone you know plays or has played a roleplaying game. Since Les and I started playing D&D and Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars roleplaying game, I have noticed my creativity has loosened up quite a bit.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. "Writing is, without a doubt, the most stressful means of relaxation." -J.L. Holloway
“Writing is, without a doubt, the most stressful means of relaxation.” -J.L. Holloway

25. Learn Something New Everyday

This is one of the lessons that is relatively easy to do without much effort. We naturally learn from our surroundings. Despite that, I recommend putting in the extra effort and seeking out knowledge. Read a book or article on a subject you’ve always been curious about. Start studying a foreign language. Thirst for new knowledge.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life "For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you." -Neil Degrasse Tyson
“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” -Neil Degrasse Tyson

26. Never Half-Ass Something

I’m certainly guilty of this. I get caught up in something that I want to do and without even realizing it, I’ve half-assed whatever task I was supposed to be focusing on. We live in a society that glorifies the ability to multitask. But, in reality,  multitasking is just a fancy term for half-assing several things at one time. You really need to put in the extra effort to keep your focus on your current task. Once, it is complete, that leaves your full attention for the next project.

27. Always Be Yourself

If you have made it this far through my ramblings, you are an amazing individual. If you skipped through the headlines and happen to be reading this, you’re awesome too. We wanted to start this blog as a way to express ourselves honestly and in hopes of building a following of people that are genuinely interested in our current and future works. We hope that you–whoever you are–are enjoying life to its fullest and in a fashion that allows you to be completely comfortable with who are. Life is so much more enjoyable when you allow yourself the freedom of your own identity.

27 Lessons I've Learned in 27 Years of Life. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Bayview Part 5

Bayview Part 5 Flash Fiction - READ FREE

Bayview Part 5

 

“Chrys! Get out!” The words ran together in Lilly’s panic. She doubted anyone upstairs would even be able to hear her.

Lilly knew if she could not get to the others, the Bradshaws would repeat whatever torture they had wrought on Poppy. Lilly had spared one last glance at the young woman’s burned body before sprinting towards the wooden door.

Lilly slammed into the door; her heart pounded. She heaved the door towards her.

Her head jerked back painfully and Lilly found herself looking up at the ceiling from the floor. Dollie stood over her, several strands of long, blonde hair fell from her fingers. Dollie hauled Lilly up from the floor by the front of her shirt then pushed her back into the room. Lilly stumbled but kept her feet beneath her. Her palms rested on the cold metal countertop.

“That was awfully rude of you, darling,” Dollie chided as she closed the door back.

Out of her peripheral, Lilly saw Monte crossing the room. She could hear the echoing steps of Dollie’s heels coming closer from behind her. Lilly carefully wrapped her fingers around a glass beaker full of a clear liquid.

“I promise,” Dollie said softly, “the old ways–”

Lilly spun hard to her left and the glass shattered across Dollie’s cheek, soaking her face in the clear liquid, which started to hiss. Dollie recoiled sharply towards Monte and slammed into the counter stretched out between them.

Lilly attempted a run for the door again. Glass shattered behind her. Monte screamed out in shock. A roar of flames drowned him out.

The door swung open and Lilly risked a glance back into the room. Monte was engulfed in flames and Dollie lay on the floor, flailing and clutching at her face. Dollie struggled to get back up. Her beehive wig rolled across the floor; wispy white hairs were pressed flat against her skull.

Lilly ran up the stairs, screaming for her sister.

Outside of Monte’s study, Violet grabbed Lilly by the shoulders and forced her to make eye contact. “What happened?”

“Fire,” Lilly chocked out through panicked breaths. Thick smoke was billowing out of the basement and into the rest of the house. “The Bradshaws. They’re dangerous. We have to get out of here.”

Violet helped Lilly get the others out of the house and onto the patio.

Violet’s eyes darted back towards the flaming house. In a blur of motion, a gun appeared in her hands. “Freeze, Bradshaw!” Violet commanded, “You’re under arrest.”

Dollie, appearing from the smoke, pointed at Violet and hissed, “Ad mortem.” A twisted smile spread across her blistered face.

Violet collapsed in a heap, her features sunken and her skin a sickly gray. The flames consuming Bayview Residence cast a strange light over her corpse.

“Such a waste,” Dollie spat. Her gaze fell on Lilly. “The rest of you, however, I will sacrifice to bring back my precious Ivy.”

The heat of the fire was intensifying. Lilly knew Chrys, Heather, and Aster were behind her but she did not know where. Violet lay dead a few feet to Lilly’s left. Lilly could see the gun from the corner of her eye.

Dollie looked over Lilly’s right shoulder. “I’ll start with your sister so you can bear witness.”

As soon as Dollie’s gaze left Lilly, she dived for the gun. Lilly aimed at Dollie and started squeezing the trigger. Lilly continued squeezing the trigger even after all of the bullets had been fired.

Another blast echoed as one of Monte’s fireworks lit up the sky over the burning building.

Dollie lay motionless in a widening puddle of dark blood. Chrys, Heather, and Aster pulled Lilly away from the gruesome sight.

By the time the four reached the street, flashing lights filled the night sky. Police officers and firefighters scurried about in a effort to contain the flames and ensure everyone was safe and out of the house while fireworks continued.

A pair of paramedics escorted a gurney with a blood-soaked sheet towards an ambulance. A manicured hand hung limply from beneath the sheets. Lilly cautiously watched as the hand dissolved into dust and the sheet sagged. Particles of dust drifted into the night breeze.

The four young women, huddled together under a wide blanket, watched as the firework show concluded, marking an end to the Bradshaws of Bayview.

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Tipsy Scribbles: October 26, 2016

Tipsy Scribbles

Wednesday had previously been for comics, and if you noticed, last week was comicless. The Holloway family (mostly Leslie and her mother-in-law, Deana) had over stuffed October with projects. While Deana sewed 3 beautiful Renaissance Faire costumes, I (Les) made accessories for said costumes and I am preparing for our Harry Potter Party. *Visit our Facebook page for photos from the Faire. Photos from the party will be posted later.

Although I enjoyed my comics, I would like to build up a stock of art in hopes of opening a booth at a Renaissance Faire, or another arts and crafts event. I love talking with other artists at these events, and it would be an honor to become a part of the community.

With that said, Wednesdays will now feature sketches and watercolors or small acrylic paintings. I hope you enjoy the three I have featured today. Let me know if there is something in particular you would like to see. A skill can only get better with practice and more diverse with challenge.

Passion Butterfly Sketch Watercolor
Passion Butterfly
Cuban Land Snail Sketch Watercolor
Cuban Land Snail
European Bee Eater Bird Sketch Watercolor
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Undead Farm’s Boss Encounter

Undead Farm‘s Boss Encounter

Toys litter the floor around a small child, but his attention is on the Player Characters (PCs). A heavy black cloak is draped over his shoulders and his eyes are red from crying. Tears still fill his eyes, eyes too hard for such a young child. The child becomes distressed by the appearance of the PCs in the master bedroom of the farmhouse.

“Mommy!” he cries out in a panicked voice.

The spectral image of a woman rises from the floorboards near the crying child. Her clothing is torn and tattered. There are noticeable signs of a gruesome death on the ghostly woman. The incorporeal mother will do anything possible to protect the child.

The following stats are from Third Edition’s Spectre.

The Mother’s Spectre

Undead Farm's Boss Encounter-A Mother's Spectre-Undead Farm A D&D Adventure Module

Medium-sized Undead (Incorporeal)

Hit Dice: 7d12 (45)

Initiative: +7 (+3 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative)

Speed: 40ft., fly 80 ft. (good maneuver control)

AC: 15 (+3 Dex, +2 deflection)

Attacks: Incorporeal touch +6 melee

Damage: Incorporeal touch 1d8 and energy drain

Face/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.

Special Attacks: Energy drain (Fort save negates with DC 15), create spawn

Special Qualities: Undead, Incorporeal, +2 Turn Resistance, Unnatural Aura, Sunlight Powerlessness

Saves: Fort +2, Ref +5, Will +7

Abilities: Str –, Dex 16, Con –, Int 14, Wis 14, Cha 15

Skills: Hide +13, Intimidate +12, Intuit Direction +10, Listen +13, Search +10, Spot +13

Feats: Alertness, Blind-Fight, Combat Reflexes, Improved Initiative

CR: 7 (3,000 Exp)

Citations: Cook, Monte, Jonathon Tweet, and Skip Williams. (2000). Monster Manual: Core Rulebook III (Dungeons & Dragons). Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Pages 169-170.

Check back next week for the PC’s reward for completing Undead Farm!

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Halloween Writing Prompts Part 4: October 2016

Halloween Writing Prompts Part 4

The month of Halloween continues! There are stories to be told and we will continue to offer you prompts to get your story out. Check out this week’s set of four, featuring a nod to the legendary Lovecraft, a disembodied voice, living machines, and frustrated aliens. Share your creations with us!

Halloween Writing Prompts Part 4-October 2016-Identical images beyond comprehension plague the nightmares of four unconnected people.
Identical images beyond comprehension plague the nightmares of four unconnected people.
Halloween Writing Prompts Part 4-October 2016-“Come with me,” a soft voice whispered from the night.
“Come with me,” a soft voice whispered from the night.
Halloween Writing Prompts Part 4 -October 2016-The automatons came to life and stepped off the production line before the assembly process was completed.
The automatons came to life and stepped off the production line before the assembly process was completed.
Halloween Writing Prompts Part 4-October 2016-Intense arguing within the forest drew my attention. In the clearing sat a spaceship. “We’re definitely lost!” one of them screamed.
Intense arguing within the forest drew my attention. In the clearing sat a spaceship. “We’re definitely lost!” one of them screamed.

 

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Bayview Part 4

Bayview Part 4

Bayview Part 4 Flash Fiction - READ FREE HERE

Lilly was trembling. She held her knees close to her chest and did her best to disappear into the wall at her back.

A heart rate monitor was connected to the young woman on the medical bed. Its slow and steady beeping bore into Lilly’s sanity.

Just as she thought she could not take anymore, the following beep elongated. Lilly looked up with blurred vision to find the young woman motionless. The unchanging sound continued for what felt like an eternity.

The wooden door groaned and Lilly could hear footsteps. Her eyes remained fixed on the horizontal line until the screen went blank and the sound finally ceased.

Monte turned from the monitor to face her.

“I’m,” Lilly started but sniffled. She wiped her eyes with the back of her hand then her nose before trying to speak again. “I am sorry for your loss, Monte, umm, Mr. Bradshaw.”

“That is very sweet of you, dear.” As usual, Dollie’s voice filled whatever room she occupied. Her forced smile faded as she took in the scene before her. Dollie focused on Lilly and said, in a voice much harder than Lilly had ever heard, “But, Poppy meant nothing to us.”

“Honey, there is no need to be insensitive,” Monte interjected. “The poor girl is frightened.”

Dollie lashed out and struck Monte across the left cheek. Lilly recoiled from the strike. Monte’s pale face reddened.

With a heavy sigh, Dollie walked toward the bookshelves that lined the wall near Lilly. “I am sorry, my love. This is just so frustrating.” Each word barely made it through her clenched teeth. She made an effort of tidying her hair despite the fact that it had remained as pristine as ever.

Lilly slowly looked between the Bradshaws then to the wooden door that led to the staircase. She wanted to run. She did not know what these two would do to her or her sister. She had to escape.

Dollie continue to eye the bookshelves with intensity, clearly looking for a particular book. “Well, darling,” she said with the usual forced kindness, “I think it is safe to say the new ways have failed us.” She pulled a large, aged leather-bound book from the shelves. CLM849 was scribed in black ink on the cover. “The answer can only be found in the old ways.” Dollie faced Lilly, her pale eyes were those of a predator. “Of course, it will require more than one life.”

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Undead Farm: A D&D Adventure Module

Undead Farm

Introduction

In Undead Farm, the player characters (PCs) are investigating rumors surrounding a farmhouse located at the edge of a forest in the farm lands of Radun. Start the session in whatever location works best for you. If you want, you can sprinkle in hints in current sessions that would lead the PCs to the farming settlement.

The rumors about the farm include howling throughout the nights, a lingering presence of dark magic over the area, the screams and crying of a child, and an inability of the locals to get close to the house. Use any or all of these rumors to lead your PCs to the farm. It is recommended that the PCs be at least 5th Level. All details, however, can be altered to fit the party as necessary.

If you are a player and not a game/dungeon master, anything beyond this point could contain spoilers. Continue at your own discretion or share the link with your DM.

Approaching the Farmhouse

Please reference the Mysterious Farm Maps in conjunction with this adventure module.

  1. Corn Fields. Two scarecrows take turns casting Mind Fog over the property to dissuade any that would approach the farmhouse. A successful Will Saving Throw of DC 18 negates the effects. A failure results in a -10 competence penalty to all Wisdom checks and Will saves and leaves PC temporarily unsure of their purpose of approaching the farmhouse.
  2. Horse Pasture/Cow Pasture/Chicken Coops. Undead versions of the three farm animals can be found surrounding the farmhouse. Stats are provided below under Threats to the Player Characters. The conditions of the fencing and the environment itself are in varying degrees of degeneration due to the necromantic presence.
  3. Barn. The barn is beyond use. Most of the structure appears to have been destroyed by fire. The roof is collapsed in and most of the walls have crumbled. If the PCs investigate the debris further, they will find a multitude of bones beneath the ash and charred wood.
  4. Farmhouse. The structure is the centerpiece of the adventure model. The building is in disrepair and appears to have been painted white at some point in the distant past. The occasional howls of a canine-beast can be heard coming from within the farmhouse. The aura of black magic is stronger the closer the PCs are to the structure.

Within the Farmhouse

Main Floor Map of the Farmhouse. For Undead Farm: A D&D Adventure Module

  1. Covered porches. There are two, at the front (1 on the map) and the back (8 on the map) of the farmhouse, covered porches. The handrails are worn and are broken in several places. The floorboards creak slightly under pressure. The doors entering the farmhouse are locked (DC 20 to Open Lock or DC 18 (Str) to break down door).
  2. Foyer.The only light in the foyer is the soft glow of a fire coming under the double doors that leads to the living room.
  3. Living room. A small fire burns in a pit at the center of the living room. A think layer of dust settles over the room. A successful Search check DC 10 reveals footprints in the dust leading to a staircase to the second floor. If the search check exceeds DC 17, the PC(s) also notice a less used path of footprints leading to the basement’s staircase.
  4. Library. For the scholarly PCs, the library houses over 400 books. Including tomes and scrolls on Necromantic magic and spells.
  5. Dining room. A table slightly too large for the room forces people to walk single file around the perimeter of the dining room. A single meal is placed at the head of the table. It was placed recently but the food is now cold.
  6. Kitchen. There is a decently stocked larder in the kitchen if the PCs are in need of food and willing to take from the farmhouse. The kitchen, however, is looked after by a Zombie Housekeeper that is not happy to see someone in the house. If the PCs have been making a lot of noise (breaking doors, etc.), the Zombie Housekeeper will likely meet the PCs in the dining room, library, or living room.
  7. Storage room. The storage room has no light source. If the PCs have a torch, they will discover the room is neatly arranged but also features a thick layer of dust. Farming equipment lines the walls, sacks of corn in various conditions can also be found, as well as riding equipment.

Upstairs and Down

  1. Upstairs hallway. Several small torches are ensconced in the hall way. Instead of the peeling paint found on the walls throughout the rest of the house, this room appears to have been painted recently. A portrait of a young boy is hanging on a wall.
  2. Bedroom 1. The room has been undisturbed for several years. The bed remains neatly made and everything is in its place. Cobwebs are the main attraction of this room.
  3. Bedroom 2. In contrary to the other bedroom, this one is frequently used. There is no dust or cobwebs. A nearly burned out candle illuminates the room. the bedsheets are tossed and unmade. A midnight black robe is draped over the back of a chair and book (romantic fiction) lay open on the table near the candle.
  4. Master bedroom. The child heard crying and seen in the portraits is playing in the master bedroom. He becomes frightened by the PCs and begins to summon something to protect him. See below in Threats to the Player Characters.
  5. Basement. The basement is an open rectangular room. A single torch is ensconced near the only door, casting a faint glow but leaving most of the room in shadows. Upon exploring further, the PCs learn the basement is full of 6 foot cubed steel cages. The steel is coated with silver. There is at least one werewolf locked in the basement (more, if you desire). The/one werewolf begs for the PCs to free him/her.

Threats to the Player Characters

  1. Scarecrows. 5d10-5 (20 hp). AC 15 (-1 Dex, +6 natural). +5 melee (claws) Dam 1d6+3. CR 2. There are at least two. They are casting Mind Fog on the area.
  2. Undead Horses. 3d12+3 (21 hp). AC 14 (-1 size, +5 natural). +2 melee (hooves) Dam 1d4+2. Undead. CR 1. There can be as many or as few as you like. Their goal is to protect the child within house.
  3. Undead Cows. 2d12+4 (17 hp). AC 12 (-1 size, +3 natural). +1 melee (slam) Dam 1d6-1. Undead. CR 1/2. There can be as many or as few as you like. Their goal is to protect the child within house.
  4. Undead Chickens. 1/2 d12 (3 hp). AC 14 (+2 size, +2 Dex). +3 melee (beak) Dam 1d4-2. Undead. CR 1/6. There can be as many or as few as you like. Their goal is to protect the child within house.
  5. Zombie Housekeeper. 4d12+4 (27 hp). AC 12 (-1 Dex, +3 natural). +3 melee (slam) Dam 1d6+2. Undead. CR 1. The zombie housekeeper is keeping a set of keys that can unlock any door in the farmhouse.
  6. Necromancer Child. 5d8-5 (22 hp). AC 14 (+1 size, +1 Dex, +2 Amulet). CR 3. The child is rather powerful in Necromantic magic but is unwilling to fight on his own. When frightened, he will summon a powerful monster to protect him. PCs may attempt to save the child rather than fight.
  7. Werewolves. 2d8+4 (13 hp). AC 12 (+2 natural); AC 16 (+2 dex, +4 natural) as wolf or hybrid. +0 melee (Unarmed strike) Dam 1d3 subdual; +3 melee (bite) Dam 1d6+1 as wolf/hybrid. Curse of Lycanthropy. CR 3. The caged werewolves are looking to be freed.
  8. Boss Monster? Check back next week to see what the child has conjured to protect himself!

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