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Harrowing Haunts: The Haunted Hovel

St. Boniface cuts down Thor's Oak by Charles RobinsonThese haunts were inspired by Tom Allman’s Haunted Hovel and fit nicely into that scenario.

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Sigard the Woodsman was a doting father. Ever since his wife was taken by the Black Death, his children have been his whole world. But, of course, this was before the brain mold…

He could hear them laughing inside their modest home, preparing for the evening meal. They took his wife. Faster and faster, he kicked the rotating grindstone.

He could hear them mocking him over the bustle of the dinner dishes. His axe, the tool of his trade, was now razor sharp. Sigard rose from the whetstone. It was time to silence the laughter.

The table was almost set for the evening meal when the door was flung open and father stepped inside. The laughter died on the children’s lips—they could see the madness in Sigard’s eyes…

Last Supper (CR 4)

XP 1,200
CE haunt (20-ft.-diameter area)
Caster Level
5th
Notice
Perception DC 20 (to hear the laugher of children turn silent, followed by an wrathful howl)
hp
8; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day
Effect
When this haunt is triggered, the affected area is filled with the rich smells of freshly cooked food. All creatures in the area of effect are targeted by a bestow curse (save DC 14) spell. All affected creatures are cursed to not feel hunger or the need to drink; this exposes them to the dangers of starvation and thirst (see Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook).
Destruction
The casting of heroes’ feast destroys the haunt.

Little Siegfried narrowly dodged his father’s axe and—together with his sister—fled into the bedroom. Sigard’s axe eagerly bit into the bedroom’s flimsy door, turning it into tinder. It didn’t take long before the axe tasted flesh.

Sigard’s Bloody Axe (CR 11)

XP 12,800
CE haunt (55-ft-diameter area), persistent
Caster Level
13th
Notice
Perception DC 25 (to hear the sound of wood being chopped, the last few chops sound different)
hp
49; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 day
Effect
When this haunt is triggered, splashes of blood appear on the walls and a ghostly axe slowly appears, dripping with blood. All creatures in the area of effect are targeted by a mage’s sword (atk +19).
Destruction
Bringing Sigard’s real axe into the room and breaking it ends the haunting.

Finding Sigard’s axe is an adventure in itself. It has changed hands many times since the death of Sigard. It is currently wielded by Hrothar the Bloody, a barbarian with a particular mean streak.

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6 Replies to "Harrowing Haunts: The Haunted Hovel"

Tom Allman

February 1, 2011 at 8:25am

Thank You Maurice! I found an awesome free hovel paper model over at Fantasy Cutouts. It fits perfectly with this encounter. His other stuff is cool also!
http://www.fantasycutouts.com/Hovel.html

James Thomas

February 1, 2011 at 8:41am

Being attacked by a bloody disembodied axe on a full stomach is delightfully macabre Maurice!
[PING!][PING!][PING!][PING!][PING!] :)FIVE points on the Pett Scale!

Darkjoy

February 2, 2011 at 2:34am

Those cutouts sure look cool Tom and thank you for giving me some inspiration.

@James: thanks for the rating ;-)

Dark Mistress

February 2, 2011 at 3:00am

Very cool haunts, I love haunts and would love to see more.

Nic Quimby

February 3, 2011 at 8:30pm

The “last supper” effect is a pretty clever idea for a curse/haunt. I’d use it.

Shane Smallwood

February 11, 2011 at 6:16pm

Awesome. I look forward to springing these on some PCs as they seek shelter from a storm.

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