Inspired by Ancient Egyptian mythology of the Underworld, today’s inspiration is a random encounter table:
||A group of hostile undead mindlessly attacks the PCs.
||A dirty river filled with hippos or crocodiles who might be hostile.
||Shadows unpeel themselves from their hiding spots.
||A pack of roving Hell hounds attack.
||A group of souls living in rotten structures. They are determined to stay here instead of moving on to the next phase.
||A lost pet soul wanders across the PCs path looking for its master.
||A friendly traveler hails the PCs. She’s here on a mission to recover some rare Underworld plants for her research.
||A group of fading souls meander aimlessly. They will soon vanish if nothing is done.
||An angel, its wings chained and broken, pleads the PCs for help.
||A solitary door covered in ancient runes.
||A temple with a group of strange creatures performing some kind of sacrifice.
||A small woods in which the trees seem to fade in and out of existence.
||A broken machine in scattered pieces, its gnome owner sits nearby trying to fit two back together.
||A crashed boat, its captain dead at the wheel.
||A Glabrezu offers the PCs a deal.
||New souls arriving. Most begin to silently make their way across the Underworld. Some don’t seem to realize they are dead and rush about confused.
||Giant boils rupture out of the ground. Some of them pop, releasing a noxious slime.
||Gold, honey, and fruits suddenly appear, reflecting sacrifices made on the material plane.
||The ground becomes soft and gives way into a cavern.
||A group of manes eating souls.
This week’s inspiration is based upon a session run by a friend using the Mutants & Masterminds system.
The Museum of Human History has recently acquired the complete collection of Pharaoh Cletokep, a newly discovered pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Famed archaeologist Eugene Bullstein found the tomb in the remote Sahara far beyond where people previously believed the ancients lived. Scholars believe the pharaoh may be the person referred to in later Egyptian writings as “the enemy” or “the blasphemer.” Unknown to anyone, the sarcophagus serves as a portal to a pocket dimension where the soul of the fallen Pharaoh and her army await the day they will rise again to bring about the Order of the Stars.
Inside the Museum
Hushed voices echo off the polished stone of the museum’s floors and walls. The museum boasts an impressive collection filled with dioramas, interactive displays and multi-media. The curators have even reconstructed rooms from long-gone periods down to pens on desks and tables set for tea. A gilded dog cage, its originally occupant dead for hundreds of years, still sits with pride alongside its dead king’s throne. But few patrons admire these impressive displays and instead flock to see the newly acquired Pharaoh Cletokep Collection.
The Egyptian section
Crowds of people peer through the display cases’ thick glass at the carefully labeled artifacts and sarcophagus. The cases and people fill room after room. School teachers attempt to quiet their charge of students while a curator lectures. In the last room, stone tiles cover the walls. Hieroglyphics and pictures coat each one so that the entire room appears as a giant storybook. Pharaoh Cletokep’s ebony sarcophagus dominates the center, its gold hieroglyphics shimmering as if just painted. Continue reading “The Order of the Stars”