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Awake in Alucinar: Suicidal Shadow Haunt

suicidal shadowSuicidal Shadow Haunt      CR 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.

 

[Submitted by Stefanos “netlich” Patelis!]

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Awake in Alucinar: Sea of Chaos

Alucinar, Plane of Dreams
Alucinar, Plane of Dreams

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 a Limbo overlap in the Dreaming Island, although never with an ameslari 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).

d20      Warpwave 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 the protean that was slain on the Plane of Dreams by an inevitable wielding an ameslari dreamblade. 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.

[Submitted by Michael Smith!]

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Awake in Alucinar: Doohan’s Doom

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.

Doohan's DoomDestruction 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.

 

[Submitted by Michael Smith!]

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Awake in Alucinar: Cinar Boundary

CINAR BOUNDARY      CR 10

XP 9,600
N Persistent haunt (50-ft.1,000-ft.-radius around Alucinar)
Caster Level 10th
Notice Perception DC 14 (to see a miasma of green energy)
hp 45; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 minute

cinar boundary hauntEffect The cinar boundary is triggered when a creature experiencing dual-existence on Alucinar (either from a somnambular skurgxon swarm’s attack or the use of dreamwalker dust) is 50 ft. or farther away from the dreaming island’s coastline. Every minute a dual-existing creature is within the cinar boundary, they must make a Will save (DC 15 + 1 per 50 ft.) or take a -1 penalty to Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma for every 50 ft. away they are from the coastline. This penalty remains until the dual-existing creature exits the cinar boundary and does not stack with itself. Creatures existing solely in the Alucinar dimension are unaffected by the cinar boundary.

Destruction The cinar boundary is a recent development on the Plane of Dreams, one borne from the interference of the P.R.A.N.K.S.T.E.R.S.—it remains until the criminal cabal’s meddling has been ameliorated.

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Bogs of Bane: Dreaming Terror Haunt

Dreaming Terror Haunt CR 8
XP 4,800
Persistent NE haunt (40 ft. by 40 ft. grove)
Caster Level 9th
Notice Perception DC 20 (to smell the scent of burning human flesh)
hp 36; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day

dreaming terror hauntEffect The dreaming terror haunt exists in the Dreaming Fields area of the Mangrove Maze where the living spores of mentis quie are most prominent. Creatures entering the dreaming terror haunt’s area must make a DC 20 Will save or fall into a magically induced slumber for 1d4 minutes. While in this slumber, affected creatures witness a distorted version of reality similar to that of the Plane of Shadow.  Additionally, sleeping creatures must make another DC 20 Will save or be plagued by unsettling spectral visions of demonic versions of their family and friends attacking them, becoming fatigued and taking 1d10 points of damage upon waking from the nightmarish slumber. Arcane spellcasters are unable to regain spell slots or prepare spells for 24 hours after succumbing to the dreaming terror haunt.

Destruction The dreaming terror haunt can only be destroyed by making a DC 20 Survival check to locate the remains of an acolyte that was burned alive by the Mud King for standing against him and casting bless on the burial area to free the tormented spirit.

Background Darius was a young acolyte in service to the great cabal of mages that unsuccessfully tried to murder the Mud King. While those mages suffered their own ill fate at the hands of the demon (being transformed into minotoyles) Darius was the recipient of a much more psychologically horrifying fate that continues to torment his spirit to the this day; to punish him  To punish the Mud King’s minions built a pyre of living mentis quie spores upon which to burn Darius alive. The fiendish lord cast an illusion upon the mage’s mind to make him believe that the Mud King’s servants were his own family and friends, and then beat Darius and tied him to a stake atop the pyre before setting it ablaze. As the smoky vapors generated by the burning spores of the mentis quie swirled and danced around Darius’ body within the flames, his mind perceived the onlooker to be his family and friends laughing at the spectacle of his demise. Whether it was the abyssal magic of the Mud King, the burning of the exotic local flora, or the combination of the two is not clear, but the mage’s spirit has been trapped on a plane of dreams lost for all time (a land known as Alucinar) until someone else sees fit to perform the rites necessary to allow him the eternal peace he now deserves.

 

[Submitted by Michael Smith!]

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Bogs of Bane: Lost Soul Haunt

Lost Soul Haunt  CR 4lost soul haunt final draft

XP 1,200
Persistent NE haunt (30-ft.-radius / ghost; 250-ft.-radius wide-area effect)
Caster Level 9th
Notice Perception DC 20 (to spot a ghostly figure wandering around as if lost)
hp 40 (ghost); Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day

Effects The lost soul haunt occupies a space in the middle of the Mangrove Maze where the vegetation is thick enough to create a maze-like effect. While in the vicinity of the haunt, creatures must make a DC 20 Intelligence check each day or they keep wandering in the maze of trees and grass near the lost soul haunt, always staying within 250 feet (and all the while, the ghost that fuels the lost soul haunt remains within 30 feet).

Destruction: A DC 20 Sense Motive check reveals that the ghost is looking for some kind of sign or path out of the Mangrove Maze. The lost soul haunt can be destroyed by marking an exit out of the maze that the wandering ghost can follow. Flags, bread crumbs, markers, a map, or even talking to the apparition and telling it to follow can help the ghost leave the area. When found, the ghost follows the directions and within 1 round after exiting the Mangrove Maze, the lost soul haunt is destroyed.

 

[Submitted by Rory Toma!]