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Bohandas

Adventurer
Sympathy

The PCs are hired by a powerful mage to aid in a plan for the betterment of society. This mage has acquired a large sprawling facility whose interior can be easily reconfigured. He has arranged this facility into an abstract representation of some complex and multifaced abstract societal problem (such as world hunger, or adult illiteracy), including stocking it with thematically appropriate monsters (usually undead, outsiders, fey, vermin, animals, plus constructs dressed in various costumes) and ensorcelled it with powerful sympathetic magic. By defeating the dungeon, the PCs can defeat the corresponding societal problem. After each complete dungeon run the facility is reconfigured for a new societsl problem.

The Mediocre Archfiend

The PCs are targeted by the demon prince of Manes (the lowest caste of demons). Much less powerful than the Queen of Succubi or the Lord of Balors, the Prince of Manes is only about CR 10 and rules his minions from a throne made oc chicken bones and dead rats. Attached below is a possible 3.5e statblock for the Prince of Manes. It has NOT been playtested.

Demeicro, Low Power demon prince

Demeicro
King of the Manes, The Prince of Dimness

Portfolio: Manes demons, stupidity

Similar to how Malcanthet is the Queen of Succubi and Kardum is the Lord of Balors, Demeicro is the King of the Manes (the most basic type of demon, Fiendish Codex 1, Pg 45). As lord of the weakest demon type he is one of the weakest demon lords possibly the weakest. This is one of the demon prince positions with the highest rate of turnover; He isn't the first to hold this position, he won't be the last, and he may not even be the only one (similar to how Malcanthet and Shami-Amourae are both Queen of the Succubi). He is also one of the dumbest of the demon lords and the demonic patron of stupidity, earning him the derisive title "The Prince of Dimness". He seems to think that this has to do with literal dimness and has developed some magical abilities to match.

He appears as a giant manes demon and is usually surrounded by a retinue of manes, In combat he has a tendency to throw these minions at people, using their acidic cloud death throes as a bomb. Sometimes he will go through several before realizing that an enemy is resistant or immune to acid. He dwells in a shoddily constructed fortress and rules his minions from a makeshift throne made of chicken bones and dead animals

CE Large outsider (chaotic, evil, extraplanar, tanar’ri)
Init: +2
Senses: darkvision 90 ft.; Listen +0, Spot –1
Languages: Abyssal; telepathy 100 ft.
AC: 15, touch 7, flat-footed 15 (-1 size, -2 dex, +8 natural)
HP: 95 (10 HD; 10d8+50); DR 5/cold iron and good
Immune: electricity, poison
Resist: acid 10, cold 10, fire 10
Saves: Fort +12, Ref +6, Will +6
Speed: 20 ft. (4 squares)
Melee: 2 claws +15 (1d6+6 Plus 1 Vile) and bite +13 (1d8+3 Plus 1 Vile)
Base Atk: +10; Grp: +20
Abilities: Str 22, Dex 6, Con 20, Int 9, Wis 9, Cha 9
SQ: acidic cloud, tanar’ri traits
Feats: Gruesome Finish (Exemplars of Evil), Improved Initiative, Multiattack, Vile Natural Attack (BOVD/Elder Evils)
Skills: Balance +4, Climb +19, Escape Artist +4, Hide +7, Intimidate +1, Jump +19, Knowledge (Arcane) +0, Knowledge (Planes) +0, Listen +0, Move Silently +9, Spellcraft +0, Survival +12, Use Magic Device +6

Acidic Cloud (Su):
When the prince of dimness is wounded for 5 or more HP with a slashing or piercing weapon acidic vapor sprays out in the direction the attack came from. Anybody standing in that square must make DC 15 Reflex save or take 1d6 points of acid damage
If the Prince of Dimness is killed, it dissolves into a cloud of noxious vapor. Anyone within 20 feet who fails a DC 15 Reflex save takes 2d6 points of acid damage

Charm Manes (sp)
Three times per day Demeicro can attempt to charm a manes demon. This works like the spell charm person except that it works on manes and only on manes.

Summon Manes (Sp)
Once per day the Lord of Dimness can attempt to summon 4d8 manes with a 60% chance of success. Alternately he can automatically summon 2d4 manes. This ability is the equivalent of a 6th-level spell.

Spell-Like Abilities
cl 10
At Will- Acid Splash, Daze (DC9), Greater Teleport (self plus 50 pounds of objects only), Mage Hand, No Light (BOVD)
3/day- Darkness, Delusions of Grandeur (Dragon #324) (DC11), Doom (DC10), Magic Stone, Obscuring Mist, Ray of Stupidity (SC)
1/day- Cone of Dimness (SC) (DC12), Desecrate, Feeblemind (DC14), Mind Fog(DC14), Stinking Cloud (DC12), Touch of Idiocy
 
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Orius

Adventurer
Ted Bundy
A seemingly injured man asks for the party's help with some mundane task that he can't due to his arm being in a sling or something like that. If they agree he leads them to an out of the way location and tries to kill them.
Not to be confused with the washed up orc warrior with a lazy selfish wife who boasts about TPKing 4 parties of adventurers in a single module back in his youth.


The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

A ship that the PCs are on is boarded by pirates who turn out to actually be completely non-violent conmen who use fear magic and illusions to get their targets to surrender. These conmen-pirate-wizards are several levels higher than the party to prevent them from being taken down in combat before the gig is up

EDIT:
I just realized that I just described high fantasy scooby doo
And you would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids!
 

Bohandas

Adventurer
Faerunian Ragnarok

Campaign set in a version of Toril that has been completely transformed by a series of cataclysms. To put an end to the wall of the faithless once and for all, the Eladrins allied themselves with the slaadi, the demons, and several chaotic deities to assassinate not just Kelemvor, but also Lord AO. Now the divine power structure of realmspace has been thrown into total disarray due to the top of the power structure being removed, the remaining gods losing the faithful that the wall gained them (placing multi-sphere pantheons like the Seladrine and the Mulhurandi gods in a position to take over), and stray bits of divinity from the destroyed overgod bouncing around all over and attaching themselves to random creatures. Additionally there's all sorts of undead running around all over due to there not being a god of the dead, foreign gods that were previously hedged out are flocking into realmspace, and the demons and eladrins have predictably turned on each other
 

Bohandas

Adventurer
Evil Twin/Evil Self

Some high level death-reversing spells like Clone, Reincarnate, and True Resurrection leave behind supernumerary corpses after the subject is brought back; The subject is brought back in a new body and the old body remains behind. As it happens, an old body left behind by one of the PCs has been animated by a necromancer (or, if it happens to have already happened in-game, by an undead's create spawn ability). This undead evil twin is now running amok.

The Dream Fortress

The players have to assault a fortress in the plane of dreams which is built following dream logic. It is entirely larger and taller than it needs to be. The layout is both maze-like and inconsistent. The rooms are an assortment of rooms from similar locations/buildings in the "real" game world scrambled, combined, rotated, mirrored, and repeated as nauseum. Many rooms have their own stairs and second floor that doesn't let out into the corresponding floor of the rest of the building; For example, someone's sleeping quarters might have a finished basement seperate from the rest of the building. Conversely, some normal levels of the fortress may lack normal access; for instance, you may need to go out the window and climb a rope hanging from another window, or you may need to climb up a pole that hangs down from a hole in the ceiling and terminates 7 feet above the ground like in Mario 64, except that this pole is also a very tall upside-down scratching post. There are many rooms that aren't needed and/or don't fit the purpose of the building, although their construction and decoration generally fit the style of the rest of the building. There are also many rooms that almost fit the purpose of the building or almost fit their own purpose but are slightly off or have some other additional unrelated nature; such as an armory for swordsmen that contains only bows, or a guard post that is also a busy restaurant. Many of the denizens of the fortress look like different people or things than what they are allegedly supposed to be, and often their behavior doesn't match either their nominal identity OR their appearance.

Volcano Erupting in Populated Area

A volcano is erupting in a populated area

Saintanic Panic [sic]
(adventure for modern or superhero games)

A fundamentalist preacher leader has drawn an army of brainwashed followers to himself using backwards messages hidden in religious music, now he plans to use them to take over the world.

Unlimited Days of Night

A vampire mad scientist is building a doomsday device to destroy the sun.

Lord of Moon Rock

A supervillain has stolen a bunch of moon rocks and is using them to control an army of werewolves.

Spoonerism

(superheroes or fantasy) Super-crime has been down so it's time to finally track down the prankster telekineticist who's been bending people's spoons while they're trying to eat soup.

The Neighborhood Gets Richer

(superheroes) Baron Upperclass is destroying the city with his his gentrification ray.

Metaprophecy

Panic over made up doomsday prophecy threatens to cause actual doomsday.

EPA Superfund Site

Chemical dumping in the swamp has given a bunch of the indigenous animals superpowers and now they're wrecking havoc.

The Other Side of the Borg

(superheroes) A race of assimilating cyborgs is turning all the Roombas and other household appliances into blood crazed half-animal monstrosities.

The IRS

(superheroes) The group's Batman/Iron Man expy is being audited by the IRS.

I'm Henry the Eighth I Am

(superheroes) A giant robotic Henry the Eighth is attacking the Vatican.


The End Of The World (As We Know It)

The end of the world (as we know it) exactly as described in the song The End of the World (As We Know It)

All Natural

A local organic farm is being propped up by a malevolent agricultural cult like the ones in The Wicker Man and Children of the Corn

Attack of the Killer Cabbages

(superheroes) The farm-cult from "All Natural" (above) eventually gets into a war with another evil farm of opposite approach to technology. This second farm is run by a Monsanto-like company developing a strain of genetically engineered killer nazi cabbages with which to take over the world.

Too Greedily and Too Deep

(superheroes) Fracking has opened a chasm into Hell

Vidconjuration

(Call of Cthulhu) A recording of someone reading an incantation from the Necronomicon has gone viral on youtube (ie. the plot of Fistful of Boomstick, Rings, and Scary Movie 3)
 
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