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The Count’s Carriage

Kobold TrailThe Count’s Carriage     CR 9

XP 3,200

CE haunt (10ft. x 70ft. roadway) 

Caster Level 9th

Notice Perception DC 25 (to hear the faint neighing of galloping horses)

Hp 14; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day

Effect      A sickly florescent green horse-drawn carriage with ghostly tendrils trailing after it hurtles down the forested roadway. The curtains have been drawn and the interior cannot be seen and while the details upon the carriage show that it is a noble’s, it does not indicate which noble or even which family. 

When the haunt is triggered, the carriage appears and moves 70 feet down the road (in one turn); any target within ten feet of the carriage at any point during its move are attacked by one of the ghostly tendrils (melee touch +9). On a successful hit, the victim is pulled into the carriage. Here he suffers the same ordeal as the count’s victims centuries before (an effect emulated by a slay living spell). 
Resisting this haunt requires a successful Fortitude save (DC 17). The victim is thrown out of the carriage afterward (whether dead or alive) although any survivors elicit a primal scream of rage from the carriage as it dashes away.  
Destruction     The original carriage (located in the forgotten Dungeons of Anguish) must be burned while watched over by a cleric of a good-aligned deity. 
 
Adventure Hook     Two hundred years ago, the Uberwald forest was the home of the Uberwald Fiend. Victims were found along the road, their faces frozen in terror with horrific injuries from slashings to their bodies. These atrocities followed no particular pattern, afflicting nobles and commoners alike. When Count van Twerten was found to be the Uberwald Fiend, massive mobs descended upon his manor and burned it to the ground. The count escaped in his carriage during the commotion and was never caught; the reputed Dungeon of Anguish, below the manor, was never found. Recently slain persons showing the same signs as the victims of old have begun to turn up along the forest road. Whispered rumors in the roadway's inns speak of the return of the count, or possibly something even more sinister.

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