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Familiar Steps Haunt CR 9 XP 6,400 N haunt (25 ft. by 10 ft. alleyway) Caster Level 9th Notice Perception DC 20 (to hear the squeaking of a panicked rat familiar) hp 18; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day
Effect The familiar steps haunt is triggered when a spellcaster with a familiar enters its area. The spellcaster’s familiar wanders into the most crowded area nearby (no save), prompting its master to follow (DC 20 Will negates). Each turn spent in a square occupied by a creature of Small-size or larger prompts a Reflex save from minuscule and infinitesimal creatures (DC 25) or they are unknowingly trampled by the regular folk (1d4+3 bludgeoning damage, Fort DC 20 or knocked prone). Prone creature take triple damage from the familiar steps haunt. After being trampled by due to the familiar steps haunt, a creature must make a DC 20 Will save or be compelled to travel in a random direction (roll 1d8).
Destruction The remains of the familiar once belonging to Vagraxxa the Vivid (another mage that attempted to teleport into Mohkba against the will of the Sanctioned Arcane Practitioners) must be exhumed from the foundations of a building nearby, ground into dust, and used as a spell component in order to permanently destroy the familiar steps haunt.
Primordial Tar Haunt CR 6 XP 2,400 CN Persistent haunt (20-ft.-radius pool of tar) Caster Level 6th Notice Perception DC 22 (to hear the dying cries of primordial creatures) hp 27; Trigger proximity; Reset 1/day
Effect When the primordial tar haunt is triggered, a deinonychus, pteranodon, and rhinoceros rise from the bubbling sludge (as summon monster IV) and charge at the nearest creatures (melee touch attack +8). Creatures struck by the primordial tar haunt gain the tarred condition and make a Reflex save each round (DC 16 + 1 per previous check) or are dragged 5 ft. closer to (or into) the tar pit.
Destruction The bones of a deinonychus, pteranodon, and rhinoceros must be doused in holy water and set ablaze with a divine spell before being cast into the primordial tar haunt.
Tarred: You take a -4 penalty to all Charisma-based skill checks.Spells that target you instead affect a random target within 30 feet (no save) and have a 10% chance per caster level of triggering a random effect from the list below. The tarred condition can only be removed via dispel magic (CL 18th), heal, limited wish, miracle, or a wish. After 2d4+1 days the tarred condition alleviates itself as the substance crumbles away. 1 – Splay: targeted spell now affects all targets within 30 ft. of the original target 2 – Negate: targeted spell is negated and has no effect 3 – Damaging: targeted spell does twice the damage (in the case of spells that do not deal damage, double duration) 4 – Penetrating: targeted spell grants its caster a +10 circumstance bonus to bypass spell resistance 5 – Tricky: the saving throw DC(s) for the targeted spell are increased by +5 6 – Rebound: targeted spell also rebounds back on its caster
DESCRIPTION Before being worn this item appears to be a wondrous piece of magical jewelry; a DC 18 Knowledge (history) check reveals it is from the outskirts of Ravine. As soon as it is worn by a creature it transforms into a thick, rounded piece of ash that attaches to the wearer’s neck, transforming them into a mutant (if they are not already a mutant, roll once on the table below). [More on mutants tomorrow!—MM] Once the painful transformation is complete the wearer is under the effects of a permanent charm monster spell towards whomever attached the ashen choker and convinced via a suggestion effect that any attempts to remove it will result in instant death; these compulsions remain until the ashen choker is removed and the wearer does not receive a saving throw to negate either the charm monster or suggestion effects. After the ashen choker is removed, a transformed creature returns to their natural state after a number of days equal to double the number of days they wore the cursed item.
CREATION Magic Itemsnecklace of adaptation, necklace of fireballs, necklace of ki serenity
Ashen Choker Mutation Table
The wearer suffers the Ashen Death; roll on SL-2: Transgression Mutations. [Tomorrow!—MM]
The wearer’s skin sags, cracks, and becomes horned, resulting in a -2 to all Charisma-based skill checks.
One of the wearer’s legs expands, becoming a large slab of meat. The wearer can no longer be tripped or go prone but takes a -4 penalty to Dexterity.
Pus fills the wearer’s sweat glands giving the creature the stench monster ability (DC 15, 10 minutes). Unlike normal, this affects the mutant.
Large prongs extend from the wearer’s hands, making it so it can’t use manufactured weapons and suffers a 35% chance of failing to cast any spell with a somatic component. The wearer gains two claw attacks as secondary attacks as well as the attach monster ability.
The wearer’s eyes become large crystals that extend a few inches past their nose, granting darkvision 60 ft. and low-light vision, but sunlight powerlessness as well.
XP 4,800 CN haunt (15-ft.-radius centered around humanoid ash pile) Caster Level 8th Notice Perception DC 28 (to see a humanoid pile of cinders subtly move) hp 16; Trigger proximity; Reset 1d4 days
Effect The ashen corpse haunt targets the first creature to approach within 15 feet of the pile of cinders. The ashen corpse rises and the nearest creature to the haunt must make a DC 22 Will save or switch souls with the deceased creature (otherwise this effect functions as the magic jar spell). The effect lasts until the ashen corpse haunt resets 1d4 days later, the ashen corpse is destroyed, or the pile of cinders is scattered by a wind effect of 50 mph or greater.
Destruction The ashen corpse haunt can be permanently destroyed by scattering the remains of the ashen corpse with a 50 mph or greater wind effect as they are cleansed by a fire-based effect (such as burning hands, fireball, and other fire-based spells with an area of effect). Once disrupted or destroyed any soul trapped in the ashen corpse is returned to his body.
The ashen corpse haunt is a relic made by one of many victims to fall to the Transgression’s deadly passing, an unfortunate soul cursed to rise as a horror of cinders every 1d4 days only to suffer its death again and again. Driven mad, the ashen corpse seeks any escape—even if only temporary—and attempts to possess any creature that wanders near it.
On casual observation a metallic puddle looks like any other sitting pool of water, but a closer look (normally requiring a DC 22 Perception check) notes the peculiarities of its reflections—and that they don’t mirror what they should. These strange anomalies appear randomly across both Aventyr and Alucinar, though wayward planar explorers claim to have seen them elsewhere as well. Metallic puddles are gateways between planes, separating dimensions with only a permeable barrier of liquid.
Creatures native to a plane that a metallic puddle is connected to can make a DC 20 Sense Motive check to sense where it leads and particularly focused individuals familiar with the portals are able to attune them to go to planes they are familiar with after an hour of meditation and a DC 22 Wisdom check. When traveling through a metallic puddle, creatures experience potent synesthesia (the confusion of senses)—tasting colors, seeing odors, smelling music, and feeling sweet or sour for the duration of their travel through the barrier and 3d20 minutes afterward. Otherwise these are highly valued and generally protected when found, as after a certain number of uses (generally 20, though it varies with the size of the portal) a metallic puddle loses all of its magical qualities and becomes regular standing water.
Suicidal Shadow HauntCR 10 XP 9,600 CE Persistent haunt (60-ft. to 100-ft.-radius of a Shadow Overlap) Caster Level 10th Notice Perception DC 22 (to notice subtle movements of the shadows) hp 45; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 minute
Effect When the suicidal shadow haunt is triggered, creatures inside of its radius make a DC 18 Fortitude save to resist its effects. Creatures that fail this save take 1 point of Constitution damage after 1d10 rounds but seem to be unaffected otherwise, though in truth the suicidal shadow haunt grants some limited malevolence and intelligence to their shadow. Only a true seeing spell recognizes that a suicidal shadow is present before it strikes. The next time a creature affected by the suicidal shadow haunt goes to sleep their silhouette animates itself in a fashion similar to shadow projection, though the shadow is focused entirely on killing its originator. The instant before a suicidal shadow attacks, its originator receives a DC 18 Will save to wake up and resist it but otherwise takes a coup de grace attack while they slumber (made with whatever weapons the shadow has at hand).
Destruction Removing the supernatural affliction of the suicidal shadow haunt requires a remove curse and remove disease cast within the same minute, causing an additional point of Constitution damage. To completely destroy the suicidal shadow haunt a total of 5 suicidal shadows must be simultaneously subjected to daylight effects until destroyed.
Sea of Chaos CR 11 XP 12,800 Persistent CN haunt (2-mile-radius area of effect) Caster Level 10th Notice Perception DC 20 (to notice a shimmer in the surrounding landscape) hp 49; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day
Effect The sea of chaos haunt manifests each day within 1000 ft. of aLimbo overlap in the Dreaming Island, although never with anameslari within its area of effect. Creatures that trigger the sea of chaos haunt are always at the center of its area of effect when it manifests. While the terrain within the sea of chaos does not change randomly as it does in a Limbo overlap, it does shimmer and give the illusion of the landscape moving as if it were a large body of water. Creatures within the area of effect must make a DC 26 Reflex save or be caught in a sudden gravity surge. Creatures thus affected take a -2 penalty on all Strength checks and lose all Dexterity bonuses to AC due to the awkwardness of working against the increased gravity. These penalties remain for the duration of a creature’s exposure to the haunt. Creatures that successfully avoid the intense gravity surge must make a DC 26 Fortitude save or be affected by a randomly occurring warpwave (roll 1d20 and consult the table below for the actual effect).
d20Warpwave effect 1 2 Strength damage 2 2 Dexterity damage 3 2 Constitution damage 4 2 Intelligence damage 5 2 Wisdom damage 6 2 Charisma damage 7 1 negative level 8 blinded or deafened for 1d4 rounds 9 confused for 1d4 rounds 10 entangled by filaments of energy for 1d4 rounds 11 fatigued (or exhausted if already fatigued) 12 nauseated for 1d4 rounds 13 stunned for 1d4 rounds 14 sickened for 1d4 rounds 15 staggered for 1d4 rounds 16 gain 4d6 temporary hit points 17 affected by a heal spell (CL 10th) 18 petrified as flesh to stone (CL 11th) 19 affected by baleful polymorph (CL 10th) 20 parts of creature’s body burst with energy of a random type (acid, cold, electricity, or fire), dealing 4d6 points of energy damage to it
Destruction The sea of chaos haunt can only be destroyed by making a DC 40 Survival check to track down one of the nomadic ameslari tribes in Alucinar, and then succeeding on a DC 45 Diplomacy check to convince one of the tribe to make a pilgrimage to Limbo and become a cleric of the dualistic deity of that plane, thereby completing the original mission of theprotean that was slain on the Plane of Dreams by aninevitable wielding an ameslaridreamblade. Only by performing these tasks can the spirit of the fallen protean Kazlei be released to return to Limbo and potentially be reborn as a protean once more.
Doohan’s Doom CR 9 XP 6,400 Persistent CE haunt (500 ft. radius area of effect) Caster Level 9th Notice Perception DC 20 (to smell the scent of sulphur) hp 40; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 hour
Effect The constant shifting of the planes that intersect to form the distinct environment of Alucinar causes Doohan’s doom to manifest in a random location within the Dreaming Island each time an unfortunate traveler is unlucky enough to experience its consequences. Creatures with an Intelligence of 1 or greater that enter the area of Doohan’s doom must make a DC 25 Reflex save or be instantly transported up to 5d100 feet away in a random direction. Failure on the save triggers an additional DC 25 Will save to avoid materializing within a “solid” object that deals 1d10 damage. Given the nature of Alucinar many objects are both real and illusionary at the same time, depending largely on the viewer’s belief in the state of that object. Each subsequent round those that materialize within a “solid” object may make an additional Will save (DC 25 – 1 per previous save) to disbelieve their current state or suffer an additional 1d10 damage. Creature receive a +5 conditional bonus to their Will save others are actively attempting to convince them the object they believe themselves to have materialized in is not real.
Destruction Doohan’s doom can only be destroyed by making a DC 32 Survival check to locate the physical remains of the mad gnomish wizard and taking them back to the Prime Material Plane, thus allowing Doohan the escape from Alucinar he so eagerly sought while living.
Background Doohan was a gnomish wizard who sought to understand the mysteries of Alucinar and though he meticulously refined his own batch of dreamwalker dust in preparation, he failed to do so properly. Unfortunately for Doohan when he snorted the dust he subsequently entered into a dream state he could not awake from, but rather than just his subconscious mind entering the Plane of Dreams his entire being was transported to the Dreaming Island. Subjected to the changing landscape of Alucinar, as well as the arcane energies released by the intersection of the various planes that touch the Plane of Dreams and the sometimes frightful visions of unconscious minds, the gnome slowly went insane. His grasp of reality slipping, he sought to use his knowledge of magic to escape his fate but after several failed teleportation spells, he eventually found himself trapped in what he perceived to be a solid mass of volcanic rock. As with many things in the Plane of Dreams, perception is reality and Doohan thus died in Alucinar from his belief in another being’s unconscious dream. His spirit is now corrupted and seeks to torment others by subjecting them to similar circumstances.