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"A cool and usable mix of folk-tale encounters to drop into any 5e wilderness. I dig it!"
-Sly Flourish

Welcome to the wilds. Here you reap what you sow. 

Inspired by the settings and themes of The Wicker Man, Over the Garden Wall, The Ritual and many other folk horror tales, comes What Crooked Roots: 15 folk-horror themed roleplay encounters created for Fifth Edition.

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Focusing on western tropes and anxieties, What Crooked Roots flips some expectations and reinvents others for a fresh but familiar series of scary scenarios. With a haunting range of encounters that vary in length and difficulty, you’re sure to find something that lingers with your party well beyond their travels…

  • ...Explore cursed corn fields growing something wicked.
  • ...Meet beekeepers who hide a secret.
  • ...Unearth forgotten, haunted groves.
  • ...Crack a black egg or see if it hatches.
  • ...Hear the whisper of something following in the shadows.
  • ...Feast on the fruit with human teeth inside instead of seeds.
  • ...Flee the Groat Man as it hunts you through an abandoned village. 
  • ...And much more!

The harvest is ready, and the ritual always has room for one more...

Cover of What Crooked Roots And some of the text included on the description page.


  • 15 Folk-horror encounters focusing on roleplay (some violence may be required).
  • A sprinkling of fantasy to remove and reimagine harmful stereotypes typically associated with folk-horror stories.
  • Lore to distribute as rumors, journals, dreams or other means as the GM sees fit within their world.
  • Encounters you can slot in as your party travels through or explores rural terrain, adapting to most settings.
  • Optional additions and roll tables to further customize encounters.

Download Includes: 

  • 33-page, full-color, and bookmarked PDF with original folk-horror style artwork.
  • Printer friendly and accessible PDF.
  • High-resolution player handouts with color inversions to help save printer ink.


  • Body horror and blood 
  • Allusions to cannibalism 
  • Allusions to pregnancy 
  • Allusions to stalking
  • Animal hunting and harvesting
  • Self-harm in a ritualistic setting
  • Cult-like Behavior
  • Funeral for a child

About Cassi Mothwin

I’ve spent 4 years within the world of TTRPGs, but I’m no stranger to weaving tales. With a master’s degree in writing and several publications under my belt, a shift to creating content for 5e, as well as other roleplaying games, seemed only natural. Thank you for taking the time to review my content. I hope you find a use for it at your table. If you have feedback, feel free to message me here or find me on Twitter at @CountessCassi.

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October 30th, 2023
really love the ideas in this book. the whole style is exactly what i was looking for. a lot of these ideas are rather short in comparison to other books, however the quality i feel makes up for it. very happy with this lil thang [...]
September 22nd, 2023
great little book full of interesting ideas for a horror themed game. [...]
June 10th, 2022
What I love the most of this product is that the author was able to make scary events, creatures and objects that are hard to make it so in a game that deals a lot with fantasy. Also, the illustrations are so cool to see since those complements [...]
May 25th, 2022
Beautifully written encounters, they inspired great sessions and germinated some unique character backstory. [...]
February 17th, 2022
This collection of folk-horror themed encounters is an excellent suppliment to a huge range of TTRPGs, not just limited to DnD 5e. You can tell from the very first pages that the author put a lot of thought into what she was creating and you gain a sol [...]
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