At the beginning of the year I brought you the Attack of the Riftsquid! Adventure Front, an outline for a single session of play. Today, I expand on that adventure front with the campaign front Tearing Through Space -an outline to use for a multi-session campaign. Since these are all ‘big dangers’ not every danger will come in play every session. Think of this outline as the Big Bads of a television show, the overarching dangers that may not always directly threaten the PCs, but tie together the Big Story.
The Triwip people hoped they could settle a new planet after their own had died in the explosion of its sun. But space is big and callous while habitable planets are small and fragile. Halfway through their voyage, a Riftsquid attacked the ship, the first of many pitfalls for the Triwips. Tears in space-time were forming dangerous zones of unpredictable chaos and were likely the source of the recent Riftsquid blight…along with other extra-dimensional threats. Even the Triwip people themselves stood divided on what the future should look like. An aggressive minority of Triwips who called themselves The Apex saw the new settlement as a chance to perfect the race, to finally free it of undesirable things…and people.
Danger: Dimensional Tears
Type: Unpredictable zones
Impulse: To grow, to tear apart reality
- A new tear opens up
- Reality and time near the tear warps
- The tears spread
- The multi-verses collide to form one erratic universe
Impending Doom: Rampant Chaos. Time and space swirl and crash together, making distinctions between past, present, and future meaningless. Continue reading “Campaign Front: Tearing Through Space”
This week I’m trying something slightly different. Like I’ve done before, below is a box-text description of a drug den. But, below that are three ‘hooks’ to choose from, various activities that you can use to get an adventure started. I’ve kept the setting non-specific enough that it could be used in both fantasy and sci-fi.
Giant hookahs hang from the ceiling of The Den. Glittery pieces of tile arranged on their surface give each the appearance of an octopus swimming through the thick smoke that clouds the place. Patrons lounge on dirty couches, sucking on the hoses dangling from the hookahs, eyes half-closed. Others gyrate on the dance floor, their eyes blood-shot from the Dizzy they’ve consumed.
Hook One – The Mysterious Group
In one corner, a group of people dressed in clean white garments talks in low voices despite the loud music. Only water glasses sit on their table, the hookah pipes unused. Anytime someone tries to sit with them, people in crisp red uniforms firmly pushes them away.
Hook Two – Behind Closed Doors
A man walks up to the counter and whispers something to the den keep. He’s led into a back room where a boy pulls back a heavy curtain. Behind it, Dragg, the Den’s owner, soaks in enormous tub filled with some kind of thick, foul-smelling substance. An old woman kneels before the tub, a golden swan held out in her hands. Dragg gives a short nod. A guard takes the swan from the woman and in return gives her sacks of rice and guns.
Hook Three – The Unseen Children
One of the hookahs has a “Pardon Our Cleaning” sign. Small children scramble over the hookah with rags, trying to shine its chipped tiles. Other children with coarse brushes climb through the hoses and into the hookah itself, scrubbing off the thick build-up of creosote. A locked brace encircles each child’s leg and prevents them from running away.
This week I continue adding to the Attack of the Riftsquid! adventure with a monster stat block for none other than the Riftsquid itself. Enjoy!
“Sir! We’ve been hit! Something is on the ship!”
“By what? How? There’s nothing around us for 10 light years.”
“I don’t know, sir. One second our sensors show nothing around us, next second massive damage to the agriculture level. Whatever this thing is, it’s big and aggressive.”
Passing through extra-dimensional space with ease, the Riftsquid swims through the multi-verse searching for ships to crack and consume the people inside. The few who have survived its vicious attacks claim that it looks like an inside-out squid, with its internal organs constantly flitting into and out of view. It moves unpredictably, one minute it appears to come from one direction, the next from another, and the next, completely gone only to reappear again. The beast also uses ships to reproduce by laying its eggs inside along with Riftsquid Minions to protect them. The Minions, miniature versions of the Riftsquid itself with a limited brain, kill most of the crew and mind control the others. The zombie crew then flies the eggs to a safe planet for the eggs to hatch and the larvae to grow up. Many a daredevil has made it their goal to ride the Riftsquid as it tears through the fabric of space, but to date, none have succeeded. Continue reading “Riftsquid (adult)”
Happy New Year! Today’s inspiration is an outline for a sci-fi one-shot adventure using the Dungeon World Front system. I plan on expanding this adventure into a full campaign, so check back!
The Triwip People knew their sun was dying. Knew they had to find a way to escape to a new planet if their species were to survive. So they built Deliverance, a massive self-sustaining spaceship that would use the force of the sun’s explosion to propel itself to a suitable planet in a nearby system. It worked. The sun exploded and they sailed its dying winds through the void of space. But then, in year ten of their fifty year voyage, an extra-dimensional space monster attacked. Materializing out of nothing, the Riftsquid latched onto the spaceship and punched its limbs right through the hull. It deposited into the ship gross creatures, writhing balls of tentacles and clashing teeth. While most of the crew joined in to fight the monsters, some did nothing and others even turned on fellow crew members. During the chaos, someone changed the course of the ship to a close, but hostile, planet. Unknown to anyone, safe within the bowls of the ship, cloaked by their natural rift biology, sat a clutch of Riftsquid eggs. Continue reading “Attack of the Riftsquid!”