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Weird Wednesday (Duty in Drak’kal): Pernicious Taxes

flash paper trap - pernicious taxes - 000-frontispiece-chained-biblePERNICIOUS TAXES     CR 2
XP 600
LN Persistent haunt (10 ft. by 5 ft. entrance to the tax office)
Caster Level 2nd
Notice Perception DC 20 (to hear the shuffling of paper forms)
hp 9; Weakness slow; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 week

Effect When the pernicious taxes haunt is triggered, the ghostly and invisible apparitions of long dead bureaucrats rise from their graves to pilfer from the pockets of creatures that pass through the haunt’s area. The apparitions attempt one steal combat maneuver each turn against any creature in the pernicious taxes haunt’s area with a +6 CMB. On a success, the pernicious taxes haunt causes 7% of the creature’s currency (coins or bills) to be removed from their person and disappear 1 round later; a DC 20 Perception check notices the money being taken.

Destruction One hundred citizens of Drak’kal must bring 5% of their wealth (not wealth given to them) to the pernicious taxes haunt and leave it in the entryway of their own free will.

Adventure Hook There is a long and depressing history of taxation in Drak’kal and unfortunately, there’s no shortage of tales about the painful deaths of collectors. A DC 15 Knowledge (local) check reveals that the spirits of the pernicious taxes haunt came to be not long after they collected duties in response to an unexpected disaster in the city.

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