Harrowing Haunts: The Haunted Hovel
These haunts were inspired by Tom Allman’s Haunted Hovel and fit nicely into that scenario.
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)
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)
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.