The gentle sound of a small stream running through the swamps calls you closer. The Clearwater Caverns is the eye of the storm in the Dar’Spelun Slugmarsh. Any light source is reflected from the stream up unto the walls and ceiling in bluish hues—the view has a soothing effect after all the madness that otherwise seems so prevalent in this hellish place.
Torgould’s Rest CR 5
NG special haunt (30 ft. by 30 ft. cavern)
Caster Level 5th
Notice Perception DC 21 (to see the fluorescent image of a regal dweorg beckoning you)
hp 22; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day
Effect When this haunt is triggered, Torgould appears as he did before he died—a dweorg regaled in all the glory of his peoples. Anyone in the haunt’s area of effect can hear his soft voice: “Welcome to this accursed place, travelers. I met my doom here—hopefully you will not follow me”. Torgould serves as a guide in the Dar’Spelun Slugmarsh; he answers any question the party asks, but can only communicate within his area of effect. Below are examples of Torgould’s knowledge of the Dar’Spelun Slugmarsh, but it is not exhaustive; in addition to telling the party of the Sunken Asylum and Tangleroot Forest, he can inform them of anything else the GM wants the adventurers to know about.
Destruction As stated under Bolghar’s Despair, bringing Bolghar the message of Torgould’s forgiveness also destroys this haunt, granting XP for both haunts. Once Bolghar and Torgould’s haunts have been destroyed, Torgould can no longer assist the party, but he grants each PC a +2 insight bonus to Will saves for the next 24 hours.
“Bolghar was my brother, but he was suffering from the curse of youth, brashness, and pride.”
“He always thought he should lead the expedition and when the madness of the marsh gained foothold in his mind, Bolghar’s fate was sealed.”
“I am sorry I did not see my brother’s slow descent into madness until it was too late.”
“Yes he killed me, but it was not the Bolghar I knew—he was long gone at the time of the fateful event.”
“I wish he knew that I forgive him for everything that transpired here, so he can finally rest.”
“Yes Nogth Ma’klurl’uth is its true name, a creature of insanity.”
“It comes here from a planar rift somewhere in the Veil, to the south of here.”
“Bolghar was killed in battle with Nogth Ma’klurl’uth—I like to think that the Bolghar who died in the beast was the Bolghar I knew my entire life.”
“I have watched men go insane in the presence of the madness slug, and just standing and waiting for its maw to take them. Too many good men have died for the might of the madness that crawls.”
“Vyn the slug hunter, you say? He lives in a shed southeast of here—it is not of dweorg workmanship if you know what I mean.”
“He suffers from a malady, and needs the glands of karz slugs in order to create a remedy.”
“Vyn seeks to fell the queen of the slugs, in the hopes that her gland will cure him entirely.”
“If it will help him I don’t truly know, but if you seek a cure you should talk to him about it.”