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Black Rain

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简介:本文档为《Black Rainpdf》,可适用于高等教育领域

BlackRainAshortadventureforfourthlevelplayercharactersCREDITSDesign:MonteCookEditingandTypesetting:SueWeinleinCookEditorialAssistance:PennyWilliamsCartography:DennisKauthWebProduction:JuliaMartinWebDevelopment:MarkAJindraGraphicDesign:SeanGlenn,CynthiaFliegePlaytesting:MicheleCarter,SueCook,JesseDecker,ErikMona,Chris,Perkins,SeanKReynolds,andKeithStrohmBasedontheoriginalDUNGEONSDRAGONS®gamebyEGaryGygaxandDaveArnesonandontheneweditionoftheDUNGEONSDRAGONSgamedesignedbyJonathanTweet,MonteCook,SkipWilliams,RichBaker,andPeterAdkisonDD,DUNGEONSDRAGONS,MONSTERMANUAL,andDUNGEONMASTERareregisteredtrademarksownedbyWizardsoftheCoast,IncThedlogoisatrademarkownedbyWizardsoftheCoast,IncAllWizardscharacters,characternames,andthedistinctivelikenessesthereofaretrademarksownedbyWizardsoftheCoast,IncThismaterialisprotectedunderthecopyrightlawsoftheUnitedStatesofAmericaAnyreproductionorunauthorizeduseofthematerialorartworkcontainedhereinisprohibitedwithouttheexpresswrittenpermissionofWizardsoftheCoast,IncThisproductisaworkoffictionAnysimilaritytoactualpeople,organizations,places,oreventsispurelycoincidentalThisWizardsoftheCoastgameproductcontainsnoOpenGameContentNoportionofthisworkmaybereproducedinanyformwithoutwrittenpermissionTolearnmoreabouttheOpenGamingLicenseandthedSystemLicense,pleasevisitwwwwizardscomd©WizardsoftheCoast,IncAllrightsreservedMadeintheUSAWhenthedreadedblackrainfalls,allthosewhoreveredeitiesorrelyonthemforpowerandprotectioncringeinfearTheblackrainformsawallbetweenthemortalandthedivineandthus,whenitfalls,clericslosealltheirabilitiestocastspellsandworkmiraclesOnlythefoulestofvillainswouldusethisopportunitytostrikeagainstthenearhelplessclericsofanotherwisepowerfultempleWhentheblackrainfalls,thetempleofStCuthbertcomesundersiegeandamagicalbarrierpreventsanyonefromhelpingthebeleagueredclericsandtempledefendersinsideSomeonehastofindawaytoaidthem,andquick!PREPARATIONYou,theDungeonMaster(DM),needacopyofthePlayer’sHandbook,theDUNGEONMASTER’sGuide,andtheMONSTERMANUAL®tousethisadventureShadedtextisplayerinformation,whichyoumayreadaloudorparaphrasewhenappropriateBoxedsidebarscontainimportantinformationforyou,includingspecialinstructionsMonsterandNPCstatisticsareprovidedwitheachencounterinabbreviatedformor,whereappropriate,theproperpageintheMONSTERMANUALisreferencedThisadventureusesamodifiedversionoftheCastlemapfromtheSeptemberMapaWeekfeatureontheDDwebsiteItisavailablefordownloadat<http:wwwwizardscomdndimagesmapofweekcjpg>TherelevantportionofthemapisreprintedhereforyourconvenienceDMsshouldplacethisadventureintheirowncampaignswhereverappropriateThebestplacewouldbeinaverylargecity,preferablyonewheretheplayercharacters(PCs)areknownorhavesomeinfluenceTHEBLACKRAINImperfectionsmarthebeautyofcreationInabattleamongthegodsthemselvesuntoldaeonsago,adischargeofdivinemightchangedtheweatherpatternsoftheworldsothatonceeveryfewdecades,anoilyblackrainpoursoutofparticularlydarkcloudsWhetherbydesignorbymeremischance,thisrainsignalsaperiodduringwhichinviolatepowerseversthelinkbetweenthemortalandthedivineworldsEventhegodsthemselvescandonothingtoremedythisClericsloseallspellcastingability,wardsaresuppressed,andsoonDuringthetimeofablackrain,allcharacterslosetheabilitytocastdivinespellsorusedivinespellcompletionitemsClericslosetheabilitytochannelpositiveornegativeenergy,anddivinebasedclassessuchasthepaladinordruidlosesupernaturalorspelllikeabilities(inthepaladin’scase,forexample,thisincludesdetectevil,divinegrace,layonhands,divinehealth,auraofcourage,smiteevil,removedisease,andturnundead)Further,divinespelleffectscurrentlyactivewhentherainstarts,includingpermanentdivinespelleffectssuchasglyphsofwarding,hallow,orbull’sstrengthcastonacharacter,areallsuppressedforthedurationoftherainBACKGROUNDTerridFomgartenwasaclericofStCuthbertuntilhisfellowpriestsfoundhimextortingmoneyfromlocalmerchantstoprotectthemfromcriminalsandevildoersHewaskickedoutofthechurchandevenspentsometimeinprisonforhismisdeedsForyears,hestewedinhumiliationandregret,spendinghiswakinghourstraininginmartialskillstopassthetimeTerridwasnotanevilmanatleastnottostartwithBeingaformerCuthbertian,however,hewaspronetothoughtsofretributionEventuallyoneday,anerinyesdevilnamedYallathanciaapproachedhimindisguiseOverafinedinnerandabottleofwine,shegavehimtwoimportantbitsofinformationthatledhimdowntheroadtoevilShetoldhimwherehecouldfindtwoartifactsofevilpowerandsheletslipthedateofthenextblackrainfallWiththisinformation,TerridsetuponhisownplanforrevengeagainstthechurchofStCuthbertInhisquesttogettheartifacts,theironrods,heencounteredapowerfulhydraandanumberofcreaturescalledbloodtrollsOncehegainedtherods,heusedtheirpowertomasterthemonstersThen,hebidedhistimeforafewmonths,waitingforthemomentwhenhisfoeswouldbeattheirweakestduringthecomingblackrainYallathanciashowedhimhowtoconstructspecialrugswithteleportationcirclesonthemThesespecialcirclesconnectedtoeachotherliketwowaygatesHekeptoneinhishome,andoneneartheruinswherehefoundtheartifacts(wherehismonstrousretinuestayed,includingevenYallathancia)HemadeonetotaketothetemplewithhimonthedayofthecomingrainFinally,thedayhewaitedforcame…CHARACTERHOOKSUseoneofthefollowinghookstogettheplayercharactersinvolvedintheattackonthetempleofStCuthbert:•Althoughtheexacttimeandplaceofablackrainis(almost)neverpreciselydivined,itscomingisoftenseeninomens,portentsanddivinationsChurchesallovergoonhighalertwhentheylearnthatsuchaneventiscomingthePCsmightbeinvolvedinpreparing,andthusbeonthescene,inthecity,whentheeventsoftheadventureoccur•TheinitialcallofalarmmightbeallittakesfortrueheroestocometotheaidoftheStCuthberttempleinitshourofneedIfthisisthecase,allthatisrequiredisthatthePCsbepresentintown•IfthePCsareofsomerepute,knownfortheirskillandtheirgenerosity,thetownleadersmaysendamessengertothemspecificallytorequesttheiraidIfneedbe,theleaderscanofferthePCssomemonetaryrewardperhapsevenasmallplotoflandwithinornearthecityitself•ThePCscounteitherBishopJeardorTerridFomgartenasafriendoracquaintanceTheyarethuspersonallyinterestedeitherinsavingtheBishoporinsavingTerridfromhimselfCALLOFALARMThecitywakestorainablack,oilyrainthatgathersintiny,fetidpoolsAnimalsfleeundercoverwherepossible,andpeopledotooWhileitdoesnotseemharmfulorpoisonous,theblackrainsmellsabitlikepitchandisinnowaypleasantItdoesnottakelong,however,foracallofalarmtorisethroughthecityThetempleofStCuthbertisunderattack!IfthePCsgotoinvestigate,readthefollowingtexttothem:ThetempleofStCuthbertisasinglestorybuildingwithahigh,pointedroofAbelltowerisneartherearandanopen,flagstonepavedcourtyardisatthefront,withthedeity’ssymbolacrosswithinconcentriccirclesdisplayedprominentlyattheentranceoftheyardCurrently,however,atranslucentrednimbusofenergysurroundstheentirebuildingOutsidethishemisphereofpower,alarge,restlesscrowdstandsinthepouringblackrainCityguardsareeverywhere,occasionallysubduingsomeoneinthecrowd,butmostlyjustlookingatthetempleincuriosityandfearThecity’schiefconstable(LNfemalehalfelf,Ftr)isinchargeoftheoperationoutsidethestrangeenergyfieldsurroundingthetempleHertroopsattempttodispersethecrowdfortheirowngood,butfolksarefearful,upset,andultimatelyresistantIfapproachedbythePCswithDiplomacy(DC),shetellsthemallsheknowsSheneedshelpandfastIfthePCscannotgetherinsidethetemple(andatthisstage,theycannot),sheeventuallyignoresthemWhattheconstableknows:•AmannamedTerridFomgartenwasseengoingintothetemplecarryingtwostrangeironrodsabouttwentyfiveminutesago•Shortlyafterward,ahuge,multiheadeddragonlikebeastwasseenintheopencourtyard•Briefly,somelargeredskinnedcreatureswereseenfightingwithsomeofthetemplars(templedefenders)throughtheopendoorwayShehasseennosignofthedefendersoranyoneelseinthetemplesinceGatherInformationorBardicKnowledgeCheckIfthePCstakethetimetoaskaboutTerrid,orifabardispresent,theycanattempttodiscernmoreinformationResultInformationDCNooneknowsverymuchaboutthisindividualHekeepstohimselfmostofthetimeWasn’theinprisonafewyearsagoDCThePCslearnofTerrid’sgeneralbackgroundandwherehelivedDCTherewasafireatTerrid’shouseafewdaysagoItwasbadlydamagedDCTerridhaslongbeenpromisingrevengeagainstthetempleofStCuthbertHewasrecentlypokingaroundsomeoldruinstothesouth,returningeventuallywithapairofstrangerodsTheEnergyFieldTerridusedawishtocreatetheredenergyfieldaroundthetempleNoonecanteleportintoit,breachitinanyway,orusedivinationmagictoseewhatisgoingoninsideTheonlywaysininvolvethemagicalgatewayteleportationcirclesinTerrid’shomeandnearsomeoldruinsfartothesouth(theseruinsarenotdetailedinthisadventure,buttheDMcoulddevelopthemfurtherifneeded)TERRID’SHOMEThePCs’onlyrealistichopeofgettingintothechurchisbyinvestigatingTerrid’shomeTerridlivedinatwostoryapartmentlikehouse,onafloorthathesharedwiththreeothersinglemen(afamilyoffivelivesonthefloorabove)Oftheotherthree,onlyGartHerson(N,malehuman,Com)iscurrentlyhomeGartisaweakwilled,fearful,slovenlytypewhoisusuallylackinginfundsHeisafraidofthestrangerainoutside,andalmostcertainlyevenmoreafraidofthePCswhentheyshowupathisdoorInside,thesmokestainsofarecentfirearestillvisibleonthewhiteplasterofthewallsOneroomwasclearlythemostdamagedinthefire(Terridsetthefireinhaste,hopingtodestroytheteleportationcircleinhisroom,buthefailedresidentsputoutthefirefasterthanheanticipated)Gartcanbeconvincedtotellwhatheknows(Diplomacy,DC),andhecanevenmoreeasilybeintimidated(DC)WhatGartknows:•Terridwasaquietman,alwaysbroodinganddepressedNotabadfellow,butnottooenjoyabletobearound•Terriddisappearedfortwoweeksaboutthreemonthsago,rightaroundthattimeheseemedtoacquireaverybeautifulgirlfriend(this,unknowntoGart,wastheerinyes)Hehasactedstrangelyeversince(ThisreferstotheadventureinwhichTerriddiscoveredtheironrods)•TerridtalkedaboutgettinghisrevengeontheChurchofStCuthbertallthetimeNoonetookhimveryseriously•Terrid’sroomcaughtfireyesterday,buttheroommatesmanagedtoputitoutratherquicklyThewholeplacecouldverywellhavegoneupinflamesifnotfortheirquickactionNoonehasseenTerridsinceTerrid’sRoomASearchoftheroom(DC)revealsanimportantclue,andthewayintothetempleClue:Inthedesk,amidburnedandcharredpapers,there’sanunfinishedletteraddressedto“Yallathancia”Marredbyfire,thisroomisablackened,charredmessAbed,adesk,achair,andawardrobefurnishedtheroom,butnowtheyarealldamagedbeyonduseInit,Terridtalksabouthisgratitudetowardherforhelpinghimexplore“theruins”andfind“therods”HehopesthepowerboosthegaveheradequatelydemonstratedhisthanksItalsomentions“keepingthebloodtrollsinlineuntiltheraincomes”andfutureplanstodestroythe“gateway”inafireThewayin:There’sastrangerug,slightlyblackenedandsingedfromthefire,rolledupunderthebedUnrolled,itdisplaysamagiccircledrawninwhatappearstobeblood,withmanymagicalrunesarounditandtwoyellowstoneswovenintotherugitselfIfonestoneispressed,thecircleglowswithpowerAnyonesteppingontotherugendsupstandingonasimilarrugoutinthewildernesssouthofthecityTheremainsofacrudecampsitearecloseby,andthegroundislitteredingnawedbones,trash,anddungIftheotherstoneispressed,thecirclealsoglowsAnyonesteppingontotherugendsupstandingonasimilarruginthecourtyardofthetempleofStCuthbert(seeArea)Notethatallthreerugsworkthesamewayallofthemleadtooneoftheothertwo,dependingonwhichstoneistouchedNomatterwhat,however,allthreerugslosetheirpowerindweeksTEMPLEOFSTCUTHBERTOFTHECUDGELUndernormalcircumstances,thiswouldbeastandardtempletothelawfulneutralgodofretributionTempleFeaturesTheouterwallsofthetemplearesmoothstone,feetthick(hardnesshpBreakDC)TheDCtoclimbthemisTheinteriorwallsarefootthick(hardnesshpBreakDC)Alldoorsarewooden(WoodenDoors:inthickhardnesshpACBreakDC)TheceilingsareallfeethighunlessdescribedotherwiseThetempleismostlywindowless,exceptforsomesmallwindowsinAreas,andallroomsmarkedand(althoughthewindowsinArearoomslookintothecourtyardonly)PavedCourtyard(EL)Onceheusedthewishfunctionoftheironrodstocreatetheenergybarrier,Terridsetupthespecialteleportationcirclerughereinthecourtyard,nexttothewall,betweenthedoorstoAreasandHecommandedthehydratoguardhere,andhisbloodtrollalliesthenracedintothetempleandbeganovercomingthetemplarsandpriestswithinCreaturesTerridtamedapowerfulhydraonhisadventuresandbroughtitthroughtheteleportationcirclefromtheruinsonceheestablishedtheenergybarrieraroundthetempleIthaskilledandeatenafewofthepeoplewhowereatthetemple,butitisstillquitehungryandimmediatelyattacksanyoneotherthanTerridorhisalliesInfact,ifanyone(evenTerrid)comesintothisareawounded,thesmellofblooddrivesthehydratoattackThisbeautifulcourtyardispavedwithflagstonesanddecoratedwithplantersfullofsmalltrees,shrubs,andflowersTwonormalsizeddoorsleadofftoeithersideoftheyard,andapairofimposingdoubledoorsleadsintothetemplestraightaheadAfewsmallwindowsonthesideslookintothecourtyardAterrifying,bluescaledbeast,feetlong,withadozensnarling,draconicheads,stompsaroundthesouthpartoftheyardAfewbloodyspotsonthegroundmarkthegrislyremainsofwhatmusthavebeenrecentmealsforthecreaturedTwelveheadedlernaeancryohydra:hp,seeMONSTERMANUALpTerridusedthewishfunctionoftheironrodstoincreasethebeast’sStrengthto,givingitabonustoattackanddamagerollsRefectoryPriests’CommonRoomThecorpsesarethoseofclericskilledquicklybythebloodtrollsAlloftheirvaluablesweretakenLibraryThisroomhasgonemostlyundisturbedbythefightingsofarAsecretdoor(Search,DC)behindabookshelfistriggedtopivotwhensomeonepullsafakebookfromitspositionThepassageleadstothesacredAreasandaswellasthemainsanctuary,AreaPriestCellsThesixmediumrankedclericsofthetemplelivedintheseapartments,twotoaroomFiveoftheseclericsaredeadTheircellsholdnothingofvalueorinterestjustholytexts,candles,priestlygarments,andpersonalbelongingsEachoftheseroomshasasmall,highplacedwindowintheoutsidewallCreaturesHidinginthesouthernmostroomisNesterFalinash,amidrankingclericofStCuthbertSheishavinganextremelybaddayFirst,herlinktohergodisseveredNow,mostofherfriendsarekilled,hertempleisdefiled,andherlifeisinextremedangerShebideshertimehere,waitingforanopportunitytostrikeatherfoesorgogethelp(althoughshecanseeastrangeredglowoutherwindow,sheremainsunawareoftheenergyfield’sactualfunctionshedoesnotknowshecannotgetoutandthathelpcannotgetin)Sheknowsthat“somestrangemanwithironrodsistormentingBishopJeardinthesanctuary,”butshefearsshecannotgettohimintimeNesterwillinglytellsthePCsthebasiclayoutoftheplace,includingthesecretdoorsthatmightallowthemtogettothesanctuaryShedoesnotknowaboutthewallofforceinArea(sinceTerridjustputitup)kNesterFalinash:FemalehumanClrCRMediumsizehumanoidHDdhpInit–SpdftAC,touch,flatfootedAtkmelee(d,heavymace)SATurnundeaddayALLNSVFort,Ref,WillStr,Dex,Con,Int,Wis,ChaSkillsandFeats:Concentration,Craft(woodworking),Diplomacy,Scry,SenseMotiveCombatCasting,MaximizeSpell,PowerAttack,ToughnessClericSpells(baseDC=spelllevel):NonecurrentlypreparedDeity:StCuthbertDomains:Law(castlawspellsatcasterlevel),Protection(protectivewardday)Possessions:heavymace,fullplatearmor,masterworklargesteelshield,scrolloflesserrestoration,potionoflevitate,potionofcuremoderatewounds,holysymbol,gpThissimpleroomhastwobeds,achestofdrawers,asmalltablewithanincenseburneronit,twochairs,andawardrobeAsmallbookshelfhangsonthewestwall,nearalargeholysymbolofStCuthbertFilledwithpackedbookshelves,thisroomisclearlyalibraryAfewchairsnexttotableswithoillampssitinthemiddleoftheroomThisroomhastwolongtablesgirdedbywoodenbenches,aswellasafewchairs,endtables,anddivansclusteredinthesouthpartoftheroomnearapairofbronzebraziersAstackofdirtydishesispiledononeofthelongtablesTwodeadpeople,amalehalfelfandahumanwoman,dressedinpriestlygarments,lienearthedoortothecourtyardAdventuringintheBlackRainObviously,fightingintheblackrainisdifficult,foralldivinespellcastersandcharactersarebereftofmuchoftheirpowerFortunately,allsuchcharactersstillpossessarespectableamountofcombatskill,andthusstillhaveplentyofabilitytobackuptheirfriendsTherealdangeristhelackofhealingCurativepotionssuddenlybecomeextremelyimportantAtsomepointduringtheclimacticencounterwithTerrid,thedivinelypoweredPCsshouldrealizethattherainhasstoppedthepowersthattheyhadbeendeniedreturnThisprovesparticularlyeffectiveifithappensjustasTerridseemstohavetheupperhandandallislostDuringtheblackrain,allELratingsshouldincreaseby

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