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100 Encounters for a Fantasy Desert (Black Spear)

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Deserts are mysterious and sometimes deadly places to traverse, with heat and lack of water combining to kill the unwary. This supplement has 100 different encounters that a GameMaster can use to liven up a desert journey, or perhaps make it even more dangerous. Some are interesting, some may lead to new places and some will be harmful to the unwary. The different encounters have been strongly influenced by Ancient Egypt, with lost pharaohs and hidden tombs, with an element of Arabia, but are suitable more most fantasy desert.

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  • A series of regular stone cairns mark a circle in the desert 100' across. Each cairn is 2' high and made from stones of a similar size and shape. The stones are not of a type of rock that can be found in the area, the nearest region where it can be found being several hundred miles away (a Normal Lore (Geography) skill roll to confirm this).
  • A small dust devil, not big enough to do any damage, crosses the path in front of the characters before dissipating. A small fragment of papyrus that was being moved by the dust devil is falls onto the ground. The papyrus has a fragmentary cartouche that appears to be that of a pharaoh whose tomb was lost centuries ago (a Strenuous Knowledge (History) skill roll to confirm this).
  • A small lizard scuttles out of the way of the characters as they approach. It disappears into a hole in the sand and, when it does, the hole closes with a snap. That, and movement under the sand, suggests that some type of creature was laired beneath the surface waiting for prey.
  • A spring flows from a pile of rocks into a sandy pool at their base. The water seeps away into the ground rather than flowing from the basin. Underground, it forms a stream and then a river as more water joins it before returning to the surface many leagues away as one of the greatest rivers in the area.
  • A stone tablet protrudes slightly from the sand. The tablet has hieroglyphs on it, and is from a pharaoh who was sending treasure to a temple (unless the language is known, an Extreme Language skill roll to translate). The treasure is not fully detailed, but it looks as if there was a lot of gold. It looks as if the tablet accompanied the treasure, being part of an inventory, but whether it was dropped accidentally or whether the treasure is lost somewhere in the area cannot be told.


One page is the front cover, one the front matter, of one is ads and one is the Open Game License.

The supplement is also available in the following versions: 3Deep, Lore 100, system neutral and Pathfinder. You do not need all versions.


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