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Tribal Troubles: The Alimpulosa

aaw-website - alimpulosa - sade p07 1 [only right side]The Alimpulosa
A vast territory of plains, badlands, and sandy dunes in the Disputed Territories are walked upon by the Ayaxan gypsies. These nomads are well-versed in the fierceness of the elements in the wild lands, but travelers can quickly be overcome by the whipping winds and scouring sands—or the dangerous creatures that lope through them.

Sandstorms

A sandstorm reduces visibility to 1d10 × 5 feet and provides a –4 penalty on Perception checks. A sandstorm deals 1d3 points of nonlethal damage per hour to any creatures caught in the open, and leaves a thin coating of sand in its wake. Driving sand creeps in through all but the most secure seals and seams, chafing skin and contaminating carried gear.

Centuries of predatory behavior have been bred into the animals that wander the Alimpulosa, and they are the greatest threat brought by the sandstorms that whip through this part of the Disputed Territories. The strange magics at work across the realm sometimes color these tempests, making them even more dangerous than normal. The Ayaxan gypsies know the best ways to avoid the dangers of these different storms, better able to recognize them from afar. If tipped off about these anomalies by the nomads, PCs receive a +5 bonus to CMD against galestorms, and any Skill checks or saves made against the other kinds of sandstorms.

d100        Sandstorm Hazard
1-12         —
13-35       Predators on the Hunt
36-57       Shredstorm
58-78       Carrionstorm
79-100     Galestorm

These sandstorms have severe winds (30 to 50 mph) and last 1d4-1 hours (minimum 1 hour), taking up a 3d6 x 50 feet circle-radius that travels at a speed of 60 feet a round, from a random direction (roll 1d8) and moving in a straight line.

Predators on the Hunt     CR varies
The PCs are ambushed as the storm passes by them when creatures leap out of the clouded winds. Roll on the Random Encounter Table and give the party Perception checks (DC = 10 + monster’s Stealth) to determine if they are able to act in the surprise round.

Shardstorm      CR 2
Bits of stone and sharp shards of rock whip through the winds on these sandstorms, though curiously, they only cut those that bleed. Living creatures in a shardstorm must make a DC 14 Fortitude save or take 1d4 points of piercing and slashing damage while they are within its area of effect.

Carrionstorm     CR 4
Fell and foul, these sandstorms carry the detritus of corpses already swallowed up by the Alimpulosa. Rife with sickness, living creatures in a carrionstorm must make a save every 1d6 rounds against a disease (roll 1d6; 1 blinding sickness, 2-4 bubonic plague, 5-6 leprosy) which has an immediate onset. Once a living creature has saved from a disease in a carrionstorm, he is immune to that carrionstorm’s disease (though they might succumb to its other afflictions).

Galestorm     CR 5
Arguably the most dangerous of the strange sandstorms, these tempests carry random, extremely strong winds that can easily lift and throw even the stoutest of travelers. Once per minute, 1d4 creatures in a group (for every 5 total creatures, roll another 1d4; for a grouping of 10, 2d4, a grouping of 15, 3d4, and so on) are targeted by a barreling gale that comes from a random direction (1d8) and makes a bull rush attempt with a +18 CMB. Unlike normal bull rush attempts, on a success the creature is not just moved in the direction the wind blows, they remain aloft for 1 round per each 5 points the wind exceeded their CMD. For each round they remain aloft, a creature travels 20 feet, increasing by +20 feet for each successive round they are aloft. When a creature lands, they take 1d6 bludgeoning damage per round they remain aloft (no save).

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