Argon writes "In the great peaceful theocracy of Veluna, lies a small town named Shandalanar.
A land who has known peace almost from its simple beginnings. This resurrected old miners town sports fertile soil and a peace loving people. When one of the farmers sons is arrested for stealing drinks at the local tavern its big news. Unfortunately for the people of Shandalanar things are about to get much more grim.
All Dried Out
takes place in Shandalanar a small town nestled within one of the few valleys
that cross through the Lortmil Mountains. It has long been a way stop for
travelers and adventurers seeking to rest aching limbs and drown painful memories
with in her borders. This town originated as a mining town its distance from a
now abandoned silver mine made it a prime location. If not for its fertile soil
Shandalanar would have folded.
As of late Shandalanar has been cursed with a
disease which cannot be cured or so it would seem. Individuals with the disease
slowly waste into dehydrated corpses. The tradition of burying their dead has
been curtailed as some of the recently laid to rest have risen again. It
appears decapitation ends their life though most people in Shandalanar refuse
to kill their brethren. Many hope soon that Kempton or maybe even help from
Mitrik will soon come and the dead will rest again, unlikely due to the harsh
winter snows that make travel near impossible.
Any one approaching
the borders of Shandalanar will see signs warning them of the illness. However
anyone entering the town will be watched by guardsman and told they cannot
leave until the sickness has been dealt with.
could be on their way escorting a caravan to Shandalanar for trade. If there is
a dwarf in the party maybe it could be a way stop to Clan Rockhammer. Maybe
Kempton sends them to escort a church official to aid the town. Shandalanar
could be your starting point for the PC’s caravans are always looking for help.
No matter what reason it is you use to get the PC’s to Shandalanar they should
be interested in helping its citizens. This adventure is best suited for 4-6
characters of 1st to 2nd level. All party types are good
though priests, rangers, and rouges could prove useful.
In the CY
591 an unusually cold day on the 26th day of Ready’reat a farmer’s
son Westil Forgoil is arrested for disturbing the peace at the Bag of Nails.
The Young Forgoil was consuming drinks in excess when his coins ran low he
demanded the keep to run a tab. The barkeep refused and suggested he go home
and sleep it off, Forgoil seemed possessed and started stealing the drinks of
Forgoil pleaded the whole time in custody for a drink, the guards assumed he
was struggling with an addiction and left him to sleep. In the morning Westil
was to be released in his family’s care. When they came to his cell Westil
flesh was dry as well as his lips his tongue was stuck to the side of his
mouth. He was given plenty of water and released to his family a priest was
sent to his family’s home.
Oddly enough Westil had worsened over several
days. After two weeks not a priest in Shandalanar could aid him. Westil was
consuming more than 5 times the normal amount of liquid then a normal person
yet he continued to waste away. Word was to be sent to Kempton for aid in
curing this young man. Before a message could be sent a heavy Sunnsebb snow
blanketed the town. Unfortunately no travel could be made to and from the town
movement was limited. That night a gray cowl figure appeared in Westil’s room.
In the morning Westil was nowhere to be found.
after Westil’s disappearance other citizens began to contract the disease. Now
Shandalanar is in quarantine. None can leave without the church or local
government approval. A task the PCs will have to complete in order to save
Shandalanar and her citizens.
Shandalanar Legend & Interests:
1. Lord Mayor’s Manor-A two floored
structure with at least 5 guardsmen present at anytime not to mention the
residence of Lord Mayor Elimier Kinninger. None have seen the Lord Mayor in a
week save Alduin Kinninger head of the Shandalanar Knights of Kempton. Rumors
persist that the Lord Mayor has fled Shandalanar to protect himself. Truth is
the Mayor is ill and is tended to all hours of the day. Alduin will not let the
good people know of the Lord Mayors condition. The priests tending to him are
forbidden to leave the manor until the mayor gets well. Alduin will only meet
with those who persistently visit the manor looking for an audience with the
Lord Mayor. He will refer them to check
the bag of Nails as this is where the first citizen was thought to be infected.
If asked what is being done to aid the citizens and end the
infection. Alduin will simply inform
those interested that the town guard, priests, and knights are doing everything
they can to be careful and safe and bid them well. If more questions persist he
will refer them to Hervis Goodwin captain of the town guard.
2. Manor House Stables-Where some fine
breeds of horses are kept including a prized Dwarf horse (a small mule sized
horse with the abilities of a heavy warhorse very stable on mountainous
terrain). The stables are still kept well and a knight is stationed here as
well. They will refer all inquires to the Temple of Rao or the Town Watch.
3. Knights of Kempton-A small group of
knights under the direct order of Duke Peter Basalle of Kempton. The base here
is lead by Aldun Kinninger (LN Flan Fighter 6th lvl) adopted son of
Lord Mayor Elimier Kinninger (LG Oeridian Aristocrat 3rd lvl). The only knight
always present is the knights Champlain. He will inform any who wish to join
the Knights of Kempton they must wait until the infection has been dealt with. Otherwise
he refers them to the Temple of Rao or the towns watch.
4. Town center and Well Spring- This
section of town is a large wide open space well-paved with access to the town’s
main source of water from an underground spring. Town Center and Wellspring-During
the day six guards are stationed here they often protect other citizens from
the few infected that have wondered over to the wellspring. If its midday
several infected have escaped from one of the local boarding houses and find
themselves barreling towards the largest source of water in the town. In truth
the infected attack the guards to get to the well. However if they can’t get to
a source of water they will try to grapple a non-infected and attempt to suck
and bite moisture from their mouths. Any
one attacked successfully in this way might be killed or become infected.
paved stones of this open area are perfectly placed and cared for potted plants
and trees are placed artistically. In the distance muffled sounds and groaning
can be heard. Several gaunt figures moving in quick jerking motions make their
way towards a well and some guards posted in the area. The guards make their
way to intercept the figures.
If the PCs make their way to aid the guards describe the
Several human like
beings with dried flaking skin, cracked lips, pale faces, and spots of what
looks like dried blood begin flaying themselves at the guards. The guards look
like they are trying to subdue their attackers with small clubs.
It should be obvious to the PCs the guards do not want
to hurt the infected. If the PCs draw their weapons the guards will yell at
them to sheath their weapons and help subdue them. Spells used to distract or
charm them lose their effect in half the normal time as their thirst supersedes
any other need. Life detection shows a faint glow in an infected chest. Turning
or rebuking undead has no effect.
See stat blocks for this encounter:
5. Northern Guard Towers- Consists of
two simple wooded construction mostly used as a way of greeting visitors and
enforcing peace strings on sheathed weapons. There are usually five guards on
duty at each tower. They will warn visitors of the dangers present in
Shandalanar. Visitors, who insist on entering, will be informed they cannot
leave until the infection has passed.
6. Southern Guard Tower –This two
storied tower is older than the northern towers but serves as the town’s
lookout tower. They will warn visitors of the dangers present in Shandalanar. Visitors,
who insist on entering, will be informed they cannot leave until the infection
7. Town Watch and Prison-The main post
for the towns guardsmen it has four cells and in the town’s history it has
never been filled. This area borders some old flan ruins. There are five to ten guards present in or
around this structure at any given time. Some are responsible for patrolling
the ruins. The leader of the guardsmen is often present here or in the town
center he can be seen in all quarters but is rarely home. The guardsmen leader
is Hervis Goodwin (Suel, fighter 3rd level) a dominating 6’ 5”
figure who dislikes Alduin envious of his position in the town. Hervis will
often make decisions to spite Alduin. However Hervis loves the people of
Shandalanar and would work with anyone to help its citizens.
8. Ruins-The town was built near the remains of
ancient flan ruins. Some groups are granted permission to enter this area but
it is off limits to travelers and citizens without church or government
approval. Any who wishes to gain access to the ruins must have approval from
either the lord mayor, Alduin Kinninger, Eldried Sarneth or Hervis Goodwin.
However the nobiz sheriff Lowgar Bucklebrook can influence approval for the
entrances to many ruined structures here however one rectangular structure made
of Obsidian stands out as during the night the moons light reflects on this
ruined towers remaining surface. If the PC’s find their way in here read the
The cracked and broken structure
reflects the moons gaze in an eerily glow. Tips of broken obsidian shards
decorate the floor inside. The light reflects off these shards as well, the
absence of a roof gives one a clear view of the night’s sky. An obsidian pillar
half covers a set of stairs built into the towers floor leading downward with
no source of light touching the stairs base below.
If the PC’s
pursue go to the tunnel entrance section of this side trek.
9. Town Center- Many businesses mostly
caravans and housing establishments, foodstuffs and clothing are also well
represented here. Also home to the Bag of Nails Inn a former dwarven run
The Bag of Nails Inn- This inn is frequented by residents and
travelers alike. This is also the place young Westil first displayed the
effects of his infection. There is also a bulletin board which displays various
postings for caravan guards and the like. There is also a posting from the
Forgoil family on a reward of 25 Staffs for the return or information leading
to the return of Westil. See rumor lists for information that can be obtained
from patrons at the inn and the barkeep.
Resident Quarter-The establishments of local
residents while travelers are not barred from this area it is well patrolled
and its citizens know well those which do not belong there. A friendly hello is
the norm however since the infection most citizens remain indoors. Some residents
if stopped will mention that none of the nobiz seems to be infected. Others
might actually believe the nobiz are behind this whole infection. However most
folks fear infection or are caring for an infected relative.
Temple to Rao-This old stone building resides
on a hill it is rumored to be as old as the flan ruins and was in decent
condition before being renovated by the church. Eldried Sarneth (LG Oeridian
Cleric of Rao 5th level) is the high priest of this temple. Many of
the priests here urge the uninfected to stay home until the time of the
infection has passed. No one is refused entrance unless they chose to bear arms
then they will be asked to leave.
They will be happy to supply the PC’s with a potion of
healing three uses if they offer to help find Westil. The High priest of the
Temple Eldried Sarneth believes he can cure the virus if he can see Westil once
again this will not happen but the priest believes he can cure it. However if
one or more of the PC’s have five or more ranks in healing they can aid the
priest in finding a cure. By casting a Remove disease spell while covering the
subject in a pound of salt. Finding the cure is a DC 30 check minus 2 from the
DC for each PC’s aiding the high priest which has five or more ranks in
healing. Note: This will cure one individual but there are only three ways to
stop the virus from spreading.
See finding the cure.
Cemetery-This large building is fenced with
wrought iron and though the dead are laid to rest on the grounds pastures this
cemetery has trees which grow peaches during the warmer months. There are two
followers of Rao who tend the property and keep the grounds fairly green, clean
The two grounds keepers if questioned by the PC’s will inform
them that two recently deceased infected left their graves as zombies. Unfortunately
one was decapitated by a spade and the other was slain by Hervis Goodwin.
Hervis avoids this conversation as he is still upset about harming one of Shandalanars’
citizens. (One of the citizens was present when his father came out of the
grave he pushed him hard and the infected fell backwards his neck hit a spade
lying on its side and the head was severed. Distraught by seeing his father die
twice once by his hands the citizen was attack by his mother and was afraid to
take action. Hervis was present to pay respects and beat the infected head in.
He took the citizen into his home and unknown to all save Hervis the citizen is
infected. Hervis has him locked in chains and brings him water daily he fears
he might have to kill him and has avoided long stays at his home because of it.)
Note: If a cure is not found in two
weeks Hervis is forced to kill the infected and he turns to alcohol and begins
to act strangely and displays fits of rage and depression. If he loses his job
he will commit suicide a month after losing his position.
Quarter-As noted this section is dominated by Halflings and they even have a
sheriff Lowgar “Quick Fingers” Bucklebrook (N(G) Tallfellow Rouge 3rd
lvl). Who works closely with the local government solving any disputes that
might happen between the big people and the halflings. Fact is most of the
populace likes to treat themselves with Mother Blarts famous pies. This
business is actually her home but Mother Blart refuses no one who can pay the
hefty crook for one of her delicious pies.
If the PC’s start asking questions around this quarter many
of the halflings will be polite but tell them nothing of substance. Eventually
they will come across Lowgar Bucklebrook Sheriff of the Nobiz quarter. He will
openly approach the PC’s and inform them that any questions they have should go
though him. Lowgar has at least six halfling slingers hidden at multiple points
in this quarter. It’s a rare occurrence that any one gets the drop on him. Lowgar
is not above receiving compensation for information. See Bargaining with
Bucklebrook. If the PC’s persist to blame or accuse Lowgar he will make sure
the town guard is aware of some things his people observed the PC’s doing. He
will have rumors of thievery, and unwanted entry spread in about six hours the
PC’s will face charges and every guard and knight will know their faces like
they know a family members name.
After three days in jail Lowgar will get the PC’s released
and warn them to be careful about spreading rumors that aren’t true. It can
hurt innocent people, if the PC’s get the message Lowgar is still willing to
offer his services. Though his fee is less negotiable if he’s had to go through
all the trouble of teaching the PC’s a lesson.
If the PC’s use diplomacy and avoid blaming the nobiz for any
wrong doings Lowgar will be more acceptable to them. His fee will go down if
The PC’s mention they are helping to locate Westil and are looking for
information on what happened to the boy. Lowgar is not bad; in fact he has the
uncanny ability to charm the pants off of anybody. The PC’s will find no
friends ever in the nobiz quarter if any harm comes to Lowgar. Citizens of Shandalanar will also show
disdain for the PC’s resulting in a DC penalty of 5 if harmed and 10 if killed.
If the PC’s kill Lowgar no halfling in Veluna will forgive the PC’s and they
will have a price on their heads until they are brought to justice.
Arithyl Peak-Named for the famous Flan hero of
long ago, believed to have been a devout follower of the old faith. A top this
hill one can view all of Shandalanar and it has four stones atop its peak each
devoted to the old faith gods of the four seasons.
A stone statue sits in the middle of these four stones and
some citizens still pay homage to the old faith here. The Stones are summer;
spring, winter, and fall. The stones where meant for gods of the flan old faith
though oeridian people have associated their gods with the stones easily.
Unknown to anyone the statue hides an entrance or exit to underground tunnels.
A DC 25 search check reveals that the statue can be swung sideways to reveal
stairs leading downward into the peaks underground. However a DC 30 open lock
check must be made to unlock the base of the statue so it can be swung open.
If the PC’s manage to get this open and have not been to the
ruins yet go to the back entrance section of the side trek.
Barracks- This long house type wooden structure is used for training and in
times of need a place for the local militia to be prepared for whatever comes
their way. Currently many of the sick are gathered here. Many here are infected
that appeared dead and now have come back. Turn undead does not work only water
or any other fluids appease them temporarily, and when ones dies the others
seem to drain the fallen dry.
Ten guardsman are posted here and it is rare to see a
guardsmen sleep. They are sleep deprived out of fear. So far the guards have lost
3 infected and one guard who got mauled by the other infected whom drained him
dry. Unlike the guards at the well these guards are scared enough to attack
without restriction on the infected. They will pull no punches and fight
fiercely to escape an infected grasp.
If a week goes by with no cure the infected level 2 escape
the guards will fight them until they lose half their number to the infected.
Then the guards flee some willing to warn the town. Others will go home to
rescue healthy family members. A few will just leave Shandalanar altogether.
See the appendix section of this side trek for statistics on the guards and
If the PC’s are present at the barracks read the following.
“The sounds of battle
ring in the distance guardsmen clamor to intercept the crackled fleshed
infected. The guards fight like rats whom been cornered and the infected seem
stronger than ever. The battle goes badly for the guards as it seems their
attacks do little than shake the crackled flesh from the infected”.
If the PC’s are in the town when this occurs read the
“Screaming can be heard
as guardsmen can be seen running through the streets like frightened children.
If not for the sounds of their armor flapping as they run, one could mistake
their pale faces for haunted spirits chasing mortals away. A rare guard screams
warnings of zombies escaping the barracks”.
If the PC’s choose to investigate read on otherwise wait for
if they stay.
“You quickly approach towards the source of
the commotion. The sounds of hungry dogs can be heard in the distance. Much to
your dismay several guards are being drained by what appears to be infected.
Some of the infected appear to be making their way towards the farmlands. Some
gurgle others croak and screech each time they see a living being. It appears
some of the infected have spotted your approach and hobble quickly towards
See the appendix for stats for this scenario.
Caulin Family Wheat Farm-Caulin family was granted this land
by the church of Rao and must tithe fifty percent of its goods to the Diocese
If the infected have escaped the barracks this is one of the
farms that get ignored as little moisture is found here. The family here
refuses to speak to anyone but priests, guards, or knights. The PC’s will be
turned away long before they enter the gate. If the PC’s do anything but leave
they will sound an alarm to call for guards. It’s obvious they are afraid and
except for doing chores on the farm refuse to deal with anyone until a cure is
found. In ten days for the beginning of the side trek one of the family members
will become sick. Anyone passing by will see a figure locked out of the house
with the members inside refusing to open their door for fear of infection.
If anyone gets close to the house they hear the following
“Lord Rao hear our
prayers”. “He, who prevails amongst the violent, brings rest to those who need
it”. “Deliver us from the blight, bring forth peace again”. “We hold this vigil
to bring one of us before you in the hereafter”.
This is repeated every time someone or the infected family
member knocks on the house door or windows. The house will be boarded from the
inside to prevent any break-ins.
Forgoil Corn Farm-The Forgoil family was
granted this land by the church of Rao and tithe ninety percent of its goods to
the Diocese of Kempton. Most of the corn products tasted by residents and used
by the Diocese is produced on this farm. When the PC’s inquire about Westil at
the farm his father Gregor (Oeridian LG, Com 3rd lvl) will speak with the
party. Read the following.
A well built cottage
sits within a fenced in farm. The sign
on the entrance gate reads Forgoil. A brisk walk leads to the cottage step and
a wooden door. A few raps on the door alert one of its residents. As the door
opens it reveals a man looking forty winters old. He places a closed hand over
his mouth and coughs.
He pauses for a moment
and warns you all to not get to close.” I fear me and the rest of my family
have fallen ill”. “What can I help you all with?”
If the PC’s mention they are here to find Westil read the
“Bless Rao our prayers have been answered”.”
My son was very sick and he could not leave his bed””. We took turns caring for
him. He pauses again to cough into his closed left hand then continues. Westil’s
missing lord hopes he’s resting peacefully. He lets out another cough. Enough
of this find my son, bring him home and earn the reward.
The whole family is distraught and has become sick since
Westil has gone missing. The family will offer 25 staffs for the return of
Westil. If the PC’s wavier at the offer, the family will increase it by 5
staffs for every two points beyond a DC 15 diplomacy, barter, or bluff attempt
they succeed on. If the PC’s won’t help for the price the family offers then
they will ask the PC’s to leave and ask the town for help spreading the
infection ever where they go.
If the PC’s refuse they will have a permanent -2 penalty in
all dealings with the citizens of Shandalanar. The Forgoil family will be
completely infected within ten days. In Eighteen days the family will become
stage 2 infected. In a month stage 3 will begin and it will cause a lot of
bloodshed. The appendix section will explain this in more detail.
Basil Corn Farm-This land was granted to the
Basil family by the church of Rao. They tithe ten percent of their goods to
Shandalanar and trade with their neighbors for other goods. The diocese
receives a tithe of thirty percent of these goods. The members of this family
are experts when it comes to negations. The family has recently hired help to
tend their fields.
If the infected escaped the barracks this farm has plenty of
water sources. The family has planned for this and has reinforced its root
cellar. There are enough supplies to live for a month. If the PC’s look to
investigate a sign on the gate and doors clearly states to speak to the church
of Rao regarding any concerns.
Harsouse Livestock Farm-This land was granted
to the Harsouse family goat and rabbit are the main stays. Ninety percent of
the goods produced are tithed to the diocese of Kempton. Though Harsouse goat
butter is prized all over Veluna.
The animals are more resistant to the initial effects of the
virus. However animals start at stage 2 in ten days and stage 3 just three days
later. If this much time has not passed mother Igetha will still be selling her
goat butter. Funny enough the goat butter actually grants a bonus to save
versus the infection. Anyone who has eaten the butter will get a +2 to save
versus infection. Read the following if
the PC’s are present on the morning of the tenth day here.
Loud growling and
gnawing can be heard from a distance. It’s easy to determine the noises are
coming from the Harsouse Farm. As you approach the farm signs of escaped
animals and matted dry fur litter the farm area. Some of the animals have begun
feasting on each other.
There will be three living infected rabbits the others were
killed before the infection could take hold. They will attack any who do not
have an infection see appendix for stats. If the PC’s are within 20 feet of the
farm the rabbits will hop the fence to attack them. Read the following.
Small feral patched
furred rabbits hop sideways towards you. Dried patches of fur fill the air;
dried blood and saliva cover their twisted emaciated frames. An eerily
scratching gnawing sound resonates from the infected creatures. Gapping their
maws they leap for an obvious attack.
Should the PC’s investigate the farm further read the
Bodies of goat flesh,
fur, and blood fill the once peaceful grazing fields. Surveying the fields a
humanoid body is being shared by four goats. One of them spots your party and
pauses for a moment then is lets out a cracking naghhhhh……
The other goats follow
its lead all four heads down beeline for your party. Hanging pieces of fur and
dried blood decorate their well feed bodies. The cracking NAghhhh NAghhhh..naghhh…..
come closer. You brace yourself for the outcome.
See the appendix for infected goat stat blocks. If the PC’s
investigate the cottage read the following.
The cottage appears
eerily quiet and slightly unkempt. Fresh blood patches decorate certain walls
and stools. The floor has one long streak which ends in a corner. Slumped in
the corner holding a bloody stump is Erigene Harsouse. His breathing is slow
and he needs healing, barely conscious he speaks only one word, Igetha then
If the PC’s heal him he will thank them and ask if his wife is
ok. If the PC’s share the info he appears quite distraught but keeps his
composure. If they ask what happened to his hand he will tell them the rabbits
ate through his wrist. He followed his wife into the house but she went out the
back door. He explains that he lost conscious several times. Each time he woke
he would crawl towards the back door. He will compose himself again and ask the
PC’s to leave him be. It is obvious he wants to sulk but will refuse to do so
in front of strangers. When the PC’s leave those with exceptional hearing can
pick up some whimpering sounds from the house."