Monday, April 3, 2017

A to Z Challenge 2017: B is for Hex 0102

Each Hex is 6 miles, and I used Hexographer to create my map.

To the north, bandits, mostly deserters and criminals who have fled the Old Empire, have overtaken an abandoned cave system, once known as the gnomish settlment of Arden (Silver Garden in gnomish). The gnomes grew various fungi and mined silver there for 200 years, until a Spore Master cross-bred a new type of fungus whose spores were deadly. While that section of the caves was sealed off, it was too late and all the gnomes perished from the sickness the spores caused.
   The bandits are led by Paula (DnD5: 3rd Level Human Mastermind Rogue; DnD B/X: 3rd Level Thief) and Pierre Hooper (DnD5: 3rd Level Human Battlemaster Fighter; DnD B/X: 3rd Level Fighter), siblings from Naiad and former Imperial Legionnaires who fled their Phalanx after their Captain ordered the slaughter of a farming village because it could not afford the full amount of the bribe he demanded.
   20 bandits (1 Cleric of Avandra, 12 Fighters, 6 Rogues/Thieves, and 1 Wizard/Magic-User, all our 1st level) share the cave system with the Hoopers. Argyle Fayde (DnD5: 2nd Level Tiefling Abjuration Wizard ; DnD B/X: 2nd Level Magic-User) has been studying journals left behind by the gnomes of Arden and has begun to solve the mystery of what happened to them. He has shared his suspicions with the Hoopers and they have talked about ways to see if the fungi species still exists and how to best use it. 
   The bandits are utilizing the fact that the nearby Rangers of Fort Buckler are dealing with the growing hobgoblin threat to make bolder forays into the surrounding areas.

In the east, a parliament of 1d6+1 owlbears are very active in the hills.

A druid of Melora, Zula Blackflint (DnD5: 2nd Level Dwarf Druid of the Grassland; DnD B/X: 2nd Level Cleric) has been assigned to investigate poachers who have been hunting in the south and west for several weeks. The poachers are eladrin from the Feywild, who belong to the Bloodstone Lodge, and have chosen the area as their new hunting grounds.

Terrain is a mix of grasslands and steep hills dotted with cave systems.

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