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D&D 5E EN5ider #386 - Dangerous Scenarios: Tricksy Riddles Three

It's classic gaming today on EN5ider with a bridge, a troll, a cyclops, and an exciting battle as the span the monsters protect falls apart beneath everyone's feet!

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  • 386. Dangerous Scenario: Tricksy Riddles Three. On an ancient bridge that stands far above a raging river, a troll named Bumbus and a cyclops named Hooble stand collecting tolls from travelers unfortunate enough to run into them. Instead of demanding currency the duo ask a series of complicated riddles and smash to bits anyone who answers wrongly or refuses to play their game. Only a select few have been allowed to pass unharmed—when it's the adventurers turn, should they fail as well the combat becomes far more dire as the deadly brawl causes the bridge beneath them to crumble and fall apart! Dangerously designed by J. D. Mills, illustrated by Indi Martin, and feature cartography by Dyson Logos.
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Mike Myler

Mike Myler

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Unanswered question -- how much would it cost to fix the place up so that it wasn't on the verge of collapse? Granted that the bridgekeepers are jerks, but the bridge itself is still a very valuable and useful thing, and an enterprising party might want to keep it in working order, maybe even hiring those two to collect tolls. (Which will probably not go well, but that's life.)
 

Mike Myler

www.epic5e.com/ KS ends April 22nd!
Unanswered question -- how much would it cost to fix the place up so that it wasn't on the verge of collapse? Granted that the bridgekeepers are jerks, but the bridge itself is still a very valuable and useful thing, and an enterprising party might want to keep it in working order, maybe even hiring those two to collect tolls. (Which will probably not go well, but that's life.)
I've asked J.D. and will letcha know what he says!
 

Mike Myler

www.epic5e.com/ KS ends April 22nd!
Unanswered question -- how much would it cost to fix the place up so that it wasn't on the verge of collapse? Granted that the bridgekeepers are jerks, but the bridge itself is still a very valuable and useful thing, and an enterprising party might want to keep it in working order, maybe even hiring those two to collect tolls. (Which will probably not go well, but that's life.)

J.D. Mills
That's interesting. Using MCDM's Strongholds and Followers as a basis I think repairing the bridge should cost anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 gold. Because it has a fortress attached it would become quite a profitable crossroads through a hostie mountain path. I don't have much of an idea of how to handle monthly income in D&D but a few hundred gold pieces coming in a month from tolls and housing would probably be a nice reward for sparing the place. As for paying Bumbus and Hooble, they would maintain the structure and building and do a great job defending the fortress from attackers and would probably want half the income. It is definitely possible and probably ideal option to negotiate with them and work out a fair deal!
 

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