Wednesday, July 5, 2023

#Dungeon23 Tomb of the Vampire Queen, Level 7, Room 5

 Going back to Room #2 and taking the next left leads to room where the party can smell the strong stench of brimstone.  Fires can be seen flickering in the tunnel and the party can feel heat.

Inside the room is a sight the party is not prepared for.

Burning Bunnies

Inside the room are three Burning Bunnies.

These creatures are the Elemental Plane of Fire analogs to the common rabbit.  They are here eating coal and sulfur. Thus the smell.  Like regular bunnies, they are quite scared and mostly harmless.

Picking one up (if you can) causes 1d8 points of fire damage. When scared (which is all the time), they will explode. This is how they get back to their home plane. The explosion causes 2d8 points of fire damage to anyone within 5' of the rabbit. This behavior has given them the nickname Boom Bunnies.

In an interesting side effect of their diet, the Burning Bunnies leave behind 1d3 small diamonds worth 10 gp each as their "droppings."

They have no other treasure.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Mail Call (of sorts) Tuesday: Birthday and Father's Day gifts

 This is a bit late, but one of my birthday gifts finally came in.

Dungeons & Dragons books

I got the three core D&D 5 books in Spanish. I have been taking Spanish all year and wanted an RPG to read. So my wife an kids got me these. The Player's Handbook was back ordered and I just got it. 

Now to practice my Spanish some more!

For Father's Day, in addition to having some of the best smoked food and strawberry pie my kids have ever made for me I got this ridiculous toy.

3.5" Floppy drive

Yup. A 3.5" USB floppy drive for my retro computers. I have to decide now if I want to mount it or leave it free to use elsewhere.

#Dungeon23 Tomb of the Vampire Queen, Level 7, Room 4

 Following the lava tube past the hellhounds, it gets hot. The party enters a large room with glowing rocks. The floor is cooling (but by no means) cool, lava.  Inside "cooling off" there are three Fire Nymphs

Fire Nymph

The nymphs look tired, but they do not attack. Nor do they attempt to charm. The floor is too hot to wal across and the nymphs move further back. 

They will ask the party what they want, and try to figure out if they have a ruby or diamond of good size (50 gp). They will say they missed their opportunity to get back to the Plane of Fire and are stuck here. If the party has a ruby or diamond, they can use a ritual to get back home. The gem will be destroyed though in the process.

If the party coporates with them and lets them have a gem. Then they should receive the same XP as if they had defeated them.  If there is a party member with Charisma of 16 or higher they will offer a "Kiss of the Fire Nymphs" to the party.  This will grant anyone who receives it a +1 against all saves vs fire and fire magic for 24 hours.

If the party chooses to attack the nymphs, instead they will use all their burning hands attacks and try to charm anyone onto the lava floor. Grant the party only 1/2 the normal XP for defeating the fire nymphs in combat.

Monday, July 3, 2023

Monstrous Mondays: Fire Nymph for Old School Essentials

 It's a warm one out today (and I am posting remotely after visiting with my mom on her birthday) so let's get a conversion in shall we?

Here is a Fire Nymph from the Tome of Horrors now for Old School Essentials.  An update to my 5e version.

Fire Nymph
Nymph, Fire

Armor Class: 5 [14]
Hit Dice: 2* (9hp)
Attacks: 1 x magic (charm) or burning hands (1d6 damage)
THAC0: 18 [+1]
Movement: 120’ (40’)
Saving Throws: D10 W11 P12 B13 S14 (4)
Morale: 6
Alignment: Neutral
XP: 25
Number Appearing: 1d4 (1d6)
Treasure Type: D

This creature appears as a very attractive and beautiful female with long, flowing fiery-red hair. Her eyes are pale blue and her skin is lightly colored with a cinnamon hint to it.

A fire nymph is a very beautiful creature that dwells on the Plane of Fire. It is akin to the nymph and dryad, though its origins obviously lie elsewhere. Fire nymphs rarely visit the Material Plane, though mages are known to request their company on occasion. A fire nymph is most easily summoned on Midsummer's Eve where they can walk about and interact with mortals and other fey. A fire nymph usually wears translucent robes of white or ash.

Fire nymphs can charm like a their terrestrial cousins, but they can also cast a burning hands spell three times per day. Additionally, they have immunity to fire and take double damage from cold.

Summoning a fire nymph is relatively easy but not without dangers.  The nymph's passionate nature causes her to move from one emotional extreme to the next very quickly. When a fire nymph is angry, her hair will burst into flames.

Also, due to their passionate nature, there are many gifted pyromancers that claim to be the offspring of a wizard and a fire nymph.

Fire Nyphs are also known as Pyroeads in some arcane circles.

#Dungeon23 Tomb of the Vampire Queen, Level 7, Room 3

In Room 2 there are five round passageways that lead out.  They look like old lava tubes and are larger than the one the salamanders came out of.

On the first tube on the left the party will come face to face with the three large mastif-like hounds. They are large, vicious, and on fire.


These are powerful Hellhounds

One has 7 HD, and two have 6 HD. They attack the party.

Sunday, July 2, 2023

#Dungeon23 Tomb of the Vampire Queen, Level 7, Room 2

 The area at the bottom of the stairs is an oval-shaped natural cave. There are small openings in the walls where fires can be seen. In one of the larger holes to the left of the stairs a glow can be seen. The glow, and the heat, grows stronger by the moment.

Fire Salamander

From the hole emerges a large lizard-like creature, a Fire Salamander

There are two in total, they crawl out to attack the party. 

They have Treasure Type F x2 hidden in their lair. 

Saturday, July 1, 2023

#Dungeon23 Tomb of the Vampire Queen, Level 7, Room 1

 The passageway beyond the opening on level 6 leads to long, long stair going down.

Level 7, Room 1

Giant visages of the soulless damned are carved into the walls on either side of this massive staircase. The detail is phenomenal and you swear it looks like they could reach out and get you. 

The air here is hot and quite fetid. The heat seems to come from everywhere, and even the rocks glow with a soft hellish light.

While on this level humans, elves, forest gnomes, and halflings will suffer a -1 penalty to hit due to the heat. Dwarves, deep gnomes, and others accustomed to the deep caves of the nether dark suffer no penalties.