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Adventurers

Character Class Description
Hagar the Hewer Dwarf level 4 Imagine Conan as dwarf.
Ambros Cleric level 4 Follower of Aniu, Lord of Time.
Tarkus the Promising Cleric level 3 Follower of Bachontoi, God of Red Wisdom.
Beorg the Gravedigger Fighter level 2 Inspired to adventure after burying several adventurers.
Bob the Dwarf Dwarf level 3 Midget with big beard in search of an adventure.
Darius Cleric level 3 Follower of Dacron, God of Craftsmen.
Rorik Fighter level 3 A fighter.

Sweetrain 10th, Spiritday

“Pleasure dealing with you once more Master Dwarf.” Zenon was polite as always “I promise we will not accept any new contracts pertaining to you until summer.”

Hagar parted with one mithral bar; a minuscule price for his life. Then he spent several days with Bob planning the extraction of treasure from the crypt.

The plan was as follows: create a “wash-line” system using block and tackle on opposing ends and several hundred feet of rope. Fill fourteen backpacks with gold coins. Hang them on the line and pull them across the acid pool instead of using the bridge. Then carry it all out.

Forming a large party of seven adventurers—after all, somebody needs to carry all that treasure—they set out of Hara on morning of Sweetrain 10th.

Midway was their first stop. There Wershaw, the constable, chastised them for not keeping their word and delaying closing the crypt. He also conveyed Lord Kyle's deep disappointment in the party for not helping him as promised.

Adventurers hired Dubalan, the sweaty goatherd, to be their guide once more. They reached the crypt by nightfall, and opted to rest before the delve.

Sweetrain 11th, Airday

18.

18 hours of hard, hard work.

That's how long it took them to execute their plan.

Getting to the tomb was easy.

Setting up the pulley system was easy, but time consuming.

Illustration by kickmaniac.

Carrying 14 backpacks full of coin was slow.

Especially when you need to navigate a corridor full of swinging pendulums and scythes. While skeletons and burning blobs of flesh are trying to distract you.

But they made it out of the crypt, proudly carrying 5 600 gold pieces. They left behind around 11 000 coins, of which approximately one fifth was gold.

Exhausted from hard work, they once more rested at Dubalan's “secret spot” hidden between the bushes and rocks.

Sweetrain 12th, Waterday

Rested, but encumbered, the party headed back to Midway. What usually took just two watches now required double time. Having reached river Cedarwade by nightfall, the party decided to camp overnight and cross it in the early morning.

Sweetrain 13th, Earthday

“Get up!”

Beorg's yell was drowned out by tremendous noise create by a dozen of blood-red skinned barbarians charging the camp.

Everyone quickly jumped out of their bedrolls and grabbed their weapon. Altanians quickly closed in on the party, unleashing a salvo of spears and handaxes as they did so.

Beorg checked the advance of several barbarians, but others successfully circumvented him and barged straight into the camp.

From there it was a violent, free-for-all skirmish. Barbarians laughed and jeered at the adventurers. In return, the adventurers hit hard. Whenever their blows connected, that is.

One of the clerics managed to stay out of melee for long enough to blind one of the attackers with Light spell. Bob and Hagar drew a lot of attention, both for being dwarves and for wielding unique looking weapons.

“First one to take dwarf scalp wins!” one of the barbarians roared.

Lo and behold, all but the blinded one disengaged and rushed to attack one of the dwarves. In the confusion, or rather, excitement, two barbarians were hacked down.

Hagar pushed off his would-be scalpers. Bob, on the other hand, wasn't so lucky. First he was beaten. Then he was manhandled and forced to the ground. And then he felt burning sensation as winning Altanian cut across his forehead. Sharp pain followed, as the man jerked off his scalp by pulling hard on the hair.

The man ran off, showing his butt to the adventurers. Other barbarians laughed and insulted the party as they ran off into the sunrise.

“Bob, you good?”

“No.”

Clerical healing nursed the dwarf back to life. Faceless and scalpless, Bob was certainly taking on a rather ghoulish appearance.

“Bob asking the gods why his visage offends them” by Ryu-Ran.

“What about that guy?”

Blinded Altanian was still swinging madly. The party tied him up like a hog, and then dragged him with them.

Once at Midway, they hired a barge to take them to Hara. Much better than trudging along encumbered.

Entering through docks in northern Hara, the party registered their hard earned coins, paid the tax, and headed for their home.

Sweetrain 14th, Fireday

“We will kill you all! Burn the city to the ground! Rape you women! Feast on your children!” the Altanian kept yelling at his captors. Little useful information did he have. So they sold him at the market.

By now Hara has effectively been split in half. Southern portion was controlled by Namelin's thugs. They were patrolling in bands of four to six, always joined by at least one person displaying a compass rose icon—Namelin's family symbol—who seemed to be in charge. These bands never touched the party. In fact, the leader would always be polite, and make sure the adventurers have a free passage through the city, undisturbed.

Two areas in south Hara were devoid of Namelin's presence. One was Imrael's mansion, who deployed his own men around it. After all, he still is the wealthiest and most affluent merchant in Hara. Second was the keep overlooking the marketplace. Although there was no castellan, the few remaining soldiers decided to hole up there and maintain an illusion of control over the city.

Queen's island was closed off, with few rowboats going there and back.

Hagar, Bob, Rorik, and Tarkus accepted the invitation for lunch from Amulias Imrael, head of the family. There they were offered advice on dangers of flaunting their wealth. More importantly, Amulias wanted to know where they stand regarding the increasing tensions in Hara.

Hagar advocated for supporting the Queen, citing their previous help and good relations with Haermond II, the former castellan.

“New castellan will be appointed in the next few months. Namelin will nominate one of his sons, I'm sure of it. We will back Tagoler. He is a good man and has been doing stellar job at the Castle of the Wode. I'm afraid he will be assassinated on his way to Hara.”

“You would be perfect to protect him. First, you have clearly demonstrated your fighting prowess. No one dares touch you here. Second, you are foreigners, meaning there is less dirt on you someone can try to leverage.”

“While I admire your support for the queen, I must warn you that this might get ugly. Remember that crown you commissioned for some monster? Yes, you gave me a good explanation why, but surely you can see how that could easily get twisted and spinned?”

Adventurers discussed for a long time, reaching meek agreement on supporting the loyalists and protecting Tagoler.

“I shall let you know when he decides to set out for Hara. Expect that to be sometime within next two months, but definitely before the summer.”

On the way home, which is actually just across the Imrael's mansion, the quarter was greeted by a young man dressed in fine clothes. He was bronze skinned, had a wide grin, big eyes, and small, round nose. A basket full of goods was in his left arm.

“Well met fine adventurers! May I ask if you are Hagar, good dwarf?” the man motioned at Bob.

“No, this one here is Hagar.” the ugly dwarf pointed to another, less ugly, dwarf.

“Who are you and what do you want?” the muscled dwarf stepped forward and demanded sternly.

“I am Abek Namelin, and I am here to kindly request audience. We know you must be busy, and since you never replied to any of out letters and invitations, I decided to come here myself. You know how they say! If the mountain doesn't come to you, then you come to the mountain!”

Abek smiled and laughed and was in cheerful mood. Quite the opposite of the adventurers. Behind him were eight men, all dressed in tight leather armours, and armed with short swords and spears.

“We are very tired and would like to go home. Come some other time.” Hagar replied, unmoved by Abek's enthusiasm.

“Oh! Please, accept my deepest apologies for inconveniencing you! When would be a good time to come again? Please say so and I'll be there then!”

“This guy won't leave us alone, won't he.” adventurers whispered amongst themselves.

“And friends, silly me, I have almost forgotten! I bring you some gifts! The finest wine from Viridistan! Even the Green Emperor drinks it! Breads and biscuits made from the finest ingredients! And last but not least, a selection of exotic spices to spice up... any adventure you might have, if you know what I'm talking about!”

“Please, we are tired and would like to go home. We cannot accept your gift. You can come in two days.”

“But... Why? Why do you wound me so? What have I done wrong to you? This is a gift coming from our heart!” Abek stuttered, big tears rolling down his cheeks.

“Why would you turn away such generosity and kindness! Have you fallen for the slander of those envious of our success! No, you couldn't have, you are too wise for that!” Abek now spoke through tears, wiping them off with a piece of silk cloth.

“I shall respect your decision although it pains me greatly that you are refusing this gift. I will come at the time you say. And will bring something for the other dwarf! I hope you will accept my generosity then!”

And with those parting words Abek turned around, his cheeks puffy, red, and wet, and left the party. Adventurers exhaled and went home.

“We don't have much time. What do we do next?”

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Original Adventures Reincarnated 1: Into the Borderlands, Original Adventures Reincarnated 2: The Isle of Dread, and Original Adventures Reincarnated 3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks:

Original Adventures Reincarnated 4: The Lost City, and Original Adventures Reincarnated 5: Castle Amber:

Original Adventures Reincarnated 6: Temple of Elemental Evil:

Original Adventures Reincarnated 7: Dark Tower:

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Adventurers

Character Class Description
Hagar the Hewer Dwarf level 4 Imagine Conan as dwarf.
Ambros Cleric level 4 Follower of Aniu, Lord of Time.
Tarkus the Promising Cleric level 3 Follower of Bachontoi, God of Red Wisdom.
Beorg the Gravedigger Fighter level 2 Inspired to adventure after burying several adventurers.
Bob the Dwarf Dwarf level 2 Midget with big beard in search of an adventure.
Bairstowbury the Chaotic Halfling level 1 Remarkably muscular for a halfling.

Sweetrain 1st, Airday

“Help me out, will you?”

Ambros donned ornate plate mail worn by the undead knights the party had vanquished moments ago. He lost his own armour in an acid vat not even an hour ago.

Bairstowbury the Chaotic finally showed up. He was apparently shadowing them the whole time, but choose to appear only when he deems so.

Six adventures opted to thoroughly search the cursed king's chamber before proceeding down the steps hiden underneath the rubble of the king's tomb.

This was no tunnel, nor hewn spiral staircase. No, this was a hole in the ground, bored either by great might or magic. The slope was nearly vertical. The steps were nothing but formed soil and stone. It was a narrow one as well.

The party had to proceed in a single rank; they could only fight with small, one-handed weapons. Hagar took the lead.

Down and down they went. Deep. A hundred feet or more, if the dwarves are to be trusted.

Another twist, but this time ending with an opening into thick darkness, barely penetrated by the adventurers' torchlight.

“Help... me...”

Barely understandable cry could be heard. At first they misunderstood the accent as foreign; but after listening closely to some time they realised it is in fact Ancient Common.

Inching forwards soon revealed the sad predicament of the tortured one.

Upon a hexagonal plinth was a figure wrapped in chains; pinned to the ground like a ball, with face and belly pointing downwards. The chains were thick and of unknown material; two were anchored to each side of the platform. Figure itself was incorporeal, barely visible under all the chains.

Illustration by IdleDoodler

“We are here to help! By the holy orders of Poseidon! Are you the wrongly accursed soul?” Hagar inquired.

But the figure only communicated with nonsense, cries, wails, sobs, and repetition of pleas for help.

Canvassing the cave revealed little. Chains were indeed real, and not an illusion. Upon closer inspection, it became transparent that all of them wrap around the figure, and then through its torso and down into the center of the platform.

Halfling made another discovery, something much more interesting than a king cursed to suffer for all eternity: nine chests of blackened wood. Five had a gilded lid, three silvered lid, and one jewelled lid. First was filled to the brim with gold pieces, second with silver pieces, and third with small gems.

By now three adventures have climbed the platform and were attempting to speak with the figure. Two failed, but Beorg succeeded.

“Destroy... chains... please...”

Bob tapped his warhammer on the first link of one chain. Hammerhead shattered.

“Magic... use... magic...”

Everyone stepped off the platform.

Bob took out two-handed Wolfhammer.

He swung.

The link exploded, and the chain retracted like an angry eel, making the figure scream as it pulled through it.

Bob repeated this three times.

As the chains were broken one by one, the figure slowly rose to kneeling position, then to crouching, then slouching, and then to finally standing.

Without chains obscuring its figure, the adventurers could see a gauzy figure of a naked man. His body was broken, his regal face tortured but relaxed, his eyes sunk but radiating.

The man looked at each adventurer, as if he was studying them. They could feel the warmth of the gaze.

“Thank you.”

The man vanished.

As the warmth slowly abandoned them, Beorg and Hagar felt a bit wiser from the whole experience.

The heavy chests contained a total of 7 500 gold pieces, 9 000 silver pieces, and 40 small gems.

The party discussed at great length how to get all this treasure out. There is an unreliable bridge over acid pool, there is a corridor with pendulums and scythes, and there is a crypt with hundreds of restless undead.

Having adventured for nearly sixteen hours straight, the adrenaline faded away, and exhaustion set in. What better place to rest at than cursed king's torture chamber? At least it has one entrance, they said.

Sweetrain 2nd, Waterday

“Oh no!”

In the morning the party had found all their standard rations spoiled. They also spent ten torches. After another round of discussions, they decided to take all the gems, and load all the gold coins they could in their backpacks.

Heavily encumbered they moved on. It took them half an hour to get back up in the tomb! Low on torches, they opted to pour all their coins in one broken sarcophagus, and vowed to return for it all.

They successfully navigated the maze.

Their rope was where they left it, so they used it to cross the bridge.

Illustration by IdleDoodler

When they opened the stone doors leading into the long trapped corridor a mass of burning flesh fell upon them, setting some on fire.

Although the stomped the flesh blobs wreathed in purple flame with ease, that still left some adventures a tad charred.

“What is this?”

The corridor was chock full of broken skeletons—bones and skulls all over the place.

“Were they following us?”

Pushing on led to another encounter with a mass of burning flesh; dispatched as easily as before. Afraid of descending into hip-tall purple fog, Bairstowbury the Chaotic climbed on top of Hagar's shoulders.

Illustration by IdleDoodler

Not a bad call since the party indeed had to deploy their stomping boots once more. Four skeletons were turned to dust by Ambros's holiness. The party increased their pace dramatically, and exited this place uninterrupted.

They reached Midway by end of the day. The plan was to sleep and head to Hara for a multitude of reasons.

Sweetrain 4th, Fireday

Mavis, the High Priestess of Poseidon, confirmed that she doesn't have any visitations from a cursed spirit. They did the right thing.

Hagar met with Zenon Coke, Headmaster of the Assassins' Guild, to negotiate terms on his life. Alas, since seven separate contracts were signed, Hagar would need to pay at least 8 600 gold coins.

“And that's why, my dear friend, I had helpfully indicated that one of your mithral bars would be sufficient to cover our expenses for cancelling the contracts. Think about it and let me know no later then by next Spiritday.”

For a little bit of good news, the party found two letters waiting for them. Both Imrael and Namelin, two of Hara's wealthiest and most influential merchant families, are interested in representing the adventurers in distant markets like Tarantis, Viridistan, and City State of the Invincible Overlord.

“Perhaps we can play them against each other!” Bob thought excitedly.

Beorg and Bairstowbury spent the day drinking and pub hopping. They learned that commoners are increasingly worried about ever growing tensions between Namelin and the Red Queen. Will Hara plunge in bloody civil war?

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Here is an index of pregenerated characters and matching equipment packs for all Swords & Wizardry Complete ancestry and class combinations:

Ancestry & Class Equipment Pack
Human Assassin (10 male, 10 female) Assassins' equipment packs
Human Cleric (10 male, 10 female) Clerics' equipment packs
Human Druid (10 male, 10 female) Druids' equipment packs
Human Fighter (10 male, 10 female) Fighters' equipment packs
Human Magic-User (10 male, 10 female) Magic-Users' equipment packs
Human Monk (10 male, 10 female) Monks' equipment packs
Human Paladin (10 male, 10 female) Paladins' equipment packs
Human Ranger (10 male, 10 female) Rangers' equipment packs
Human Thief Thieves' equipment packs
Dwarf Fighter Fighters' equipment packs
Dwarf Fighter/Thief Fighter/Thieves' equipment packs
Dwarf Fighter/Cleric Clerics' equipment packs
Elf Fighter/Magic-User Fighter/Magic-Users' equipment packs
Elf Fighter/Magic-User/Thief Fighter/Magic-User/Thieves' equipment packs
Elf Thief Elf Thieves' equipment packs
Half-Elf Fighter/Magic-User Elf Fighter/Magic-Users' equipment packs
Half-Elf Fighter/Magic-User/Cleric Fighter/Magic-User/Cleric equipment packs
Half-Elf Thief Human Thieves' or Elf Thieves' equipment packs
Halfling Fighter Halfling Fighters' equipment packs
Halfling Thief Halfling Thieves' equipment packs

Characters

Characters above are suitable as PCs and NPCs (e.g. classed retainers). They can also be used to quickly assemble a low-level NPC adventuring party.

Characters were generated strictly rules-as-written, meanining rolling 3d6 in order to determine attributes, and then building on top of that. Low hp was not re-rolled.

I did my best to present character blocks so you can use them as-is. Hence they include attribute bonuses and maluses (and I removed STR bonuses for all non-fighters; similarly, I did not include % spells known from INT for non-casters; nor bonus experience for multi-classed characters), class abilities (I included only descriptions for level 1), and ancestry abilities

If a player doesn't like their character name, appearance, or trait, they can change them. I've deliberately made apperance and traits terse, to allow for quick and generous interpretation.

Equipment

Selecting equipment is one of the most time consuming element of creating a new character. That's why I made bespoke equipment packs for all ancestry and class combinations. You can use them for any character you generate, not just those above.

Equipment packs contain the following:

  • Armour: armour equipped, with both descending and ascending armour class included.
  • Weapons: weapons carried, statistics included.
  • Gear: all other gear, usually listed from specialised to containers to exploration, and finishing with rations and misc.
  • Coins: remaining wealth, expressed in gold, silver, and copper pieces.
  • Encumbrance: total encumbrance in pounds, includes everything (yes, total coin weight as well).

Players roll 3d6 to determine their starting gold pieces. Then they can pick matching or lower equipment pack. In the latter case they also take the difference in gp.

For example, Hyrkon the Fighter rolls 16. That means he begins with 160 gold pieces. If he decides to buy equipment pack under 14, he will take everything listed in it and add 20 gold pieces. He should also add 2 lb to his encumbrance! (10 coins = 1 lb.)

But what if Hyrkon's player wants to hand-pick his equipment? Then I'd suggest sending him a categorised list of Swords & Wizardry equipment, and telling him to ensure he has one of each weapon type, appropriate containers, exploration gear, and rations.

Finally, Magic-Users can use this list of pregenerated first-level spellbooks to determine their starting spells. They simply roll d20 and cross-refernce it with their INT score.

Attronarch's Character Codex?

I did my best to collate all the Swords & Wizardry Complete characters and equipment packs in this post.

If there is enough interest, I'd be willing to write a supplement focused on characters and hired help. It'd contain:

  • 400 pregenerated characters, covering all ancestry and class combinations!
  • Equipment tables, for quick rolling!
  • Special ability charts for player characters, with over 100 000 unique combinations!
  • Recruiting, loyalty, and morale procedures for hired help!
  • 300 porters and torch-bearers, for when you need quick 1gp help!
  • 300 men-at-arms, for when you need non-classed muscle!
  • 12 mercenary companies, for when you need a gang of rascals!

The supplement would be Swords & Wizardry compatible, available in PDF and print-on-demand, and formatted for ease of use at the table.

Email me if that's something you'd like to see in the future.

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Here are forty fully fleshed out Halfling characters for Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised:

Class Equipment pack
Halfling Fighter Halfling Fighter
Halfling Thief Halfling Thief

That concludes the character creation project I set out to do at the beginning of the year. 400 characters in total! I'll make an overview post next week, so it is easier to access them all in one place.

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Adventurers

Character Class Description
Tarkus the Promising Cleric level 2 Follower of Bachontoi, God of Red Wisdom.
Beorg the Gravedigger Fighter level 2 Inspired to adventure after burying several adventurers.
Hagar the Hewer Dwarf level 4 Imagine Conan as dwarf.
Ambros Cleric level 4 Follower of Aniu, Lord of Time.
Bob the Dwarf Dwarf level 2 Midget with big beard in search of an adventure.
Pandora Thief level 2 Seeking to build a new life.

Sweetrain 1st, Airday

Having completely recovered from coming back to life, Hagar led the party consisting of himself, Ambros, Bob the Dwarf, and Pandora to Midway. There they were to meet with Tarkus and Beorg, and proceed back to the crypt they cracked open a month or so ago.

But something else weighted heavy on Hagar's mind. As he was resting in the adventurers' townhouse in Hara, he received slightly disturbing letter from Zenon:

Dear Hagar the Hewer,

first, I'd like to extend my sincere congratulations for another chance at life. It isn't often that our Lady of the Sea grants her immense gift to us.

Secondly, I have to share with great regret, but little surprise, that such a chance did not go unnoticed by people of Hara. We have accepted no less than seven, yes, seven, different contracts to restore you to your previous state.

Thirdly, as you know from our previous interaction, by the decree of our Holy Queen, everyone is given a chance to buy back their life. Rest assured that even just one of the rumoured mithral bars you might have will be sufficient to ensure none of my people come close to you.

With love, Zenon Coke Headmaster of the Assassins' Guild

Hagar dealt with Zenon before and was well aware that these were no idle threats. He also knew that Master Assassin is a man of word, and if he was paid as negotiated, then he would be safe. Either way, the party met in Midway, donated 100 gold coins to families of deceased locals who went into the crypt after the party, and then went to seek the final two corpses.

In reality, the party is operating under the assumption that this is actually the crypt of “wrongfully imprisoned king” that spoke to Mavis the Magnificent in her dream. If that is true, and they manage to release him, then one third of Hagar's revival debt would've been repaid.

And so, on this sunny day, the adventures returned to the crypt.

Tarkus and Beorg took the leading, since they are the ones who delved furthest. They went in the antechamber with purple-fire and eight plundered sarcophagi, then left into the chamber covered with ancient parchment, then north into the chamber with three dozen altars, then right into the round chamber with fog-spitting well.

From there they went left, and into the large chamber with countless wall crypts, then right through narrow corridor, and then left—giving the Red Sun altar a wide berth—into the wider corridor where they were opposed by an undead knight. Two dwarves confirmed what Tarkus and Beorg theorised about in the last expedition: the floor slopes down.

Onwards they inched for half an hour before reaching a junction. Up ahead were obsidian black double doors. They were sucking in the purple fog. To the right were marble white doors. They were repulsing the purple fog, keeping it at bay some five feet. Stairs leading up were to the left.

Inspecting doors led up to a whole bunch of nothing. Listening checks revealed nothing. Pulling and pushing on the doors made no difference. And the dwarves really tried!

“We need a Magic-User with Knock!” Tarkus the Wise announced.

“Let's check the stairs.”

Oh, what a sight!

Going up, the party found themselves on a twenty feet wide landing, opening up in a long corridor—swinging pendulums and scythes as far as the eye can see! Observing them revealed pattern to the madness.

One by one, adventurers slowly advanced.

Step. Stop. Step. Stop. Duck. Step. Stop. Jump. Duck. Step. Stop.

And so it went for an hour!

Adventurers made it to the other side intact. There they were welcomed by another landing, and stone doors, similar to the ones they've opened earlier in the crypt. The dwarves forced them open. Corridor turned and then opened up in a large room with a narrow bridge going into darkness.

The “bridge” were simple stone slabs standing on equidistantly spaced columns. Floor looked to be some ten feet below. It had a weird shimmer to it. Ten feet pole was used to touch it. It sizzled and melted away.

“A transparent pool of acid!”

“The bridge looks unreliable. How about we hammer some iron pitons to the side of the wall and then stretch the rope to the other side? Then we can shimmy across.”

Pandora, whom was both the lightest and least armoured, agreed with the plan. Bob handed her over the Wolfhammer, and others gave her rope. The thief carefully moved forward for around seventy feet. Then the bridge turn right for another twenty feet, terminating at the wall.

Master Thief she is, Pandora found the poorly concealed stone doors. She forced them open, and the doors slammed shut behind her.

Everybody on the other side exhaled.

Hagar ran over the bridge, followed by Ambros. In addition to having some meat on the bones, both were also wearing metal armour.

Dwarf could hear the stone pillar cry a little cry before snapping. This gave him sufficient time to jump and throw himself on intact portion of the bridge.

Ambros had no such luck. As the column underneath him collapsed, the cleric lost footing and fell straight into the acid bath. He felt his skin slowly burn.

Using the remains of his ten-foot pole, he pushed himself upwards to avoid submersion. But his chainshirt was pulling him down...

Hagar and Bob grabbed the rope, each on opposing side, and begun to shake it up and down, hoping to lower it enough for Ambros to grab it.

The cleric found himself in a world of pain as he desperately reached upwards, again and again. The ledge was mere five feet above him...

Snap!

His wooden pole gave in, and Ambros sunk like a sack of rocks. Unwilling to go down so easily, he endured and pushed off the ground with all his might. By now the acid has eaten into his chain links, allowing him to shed the armour.

Tarkus jumped forward, landing on his belly. He pushed forth his polearm, yelling “Grab!”

Ambros broke the surface, and managed to grab the falling polearm. Then he sunk into the liquid, oriented the polearm upwards, used the blunt side to vault himself up, and then swung the hook side just above the rope—his final attempt at life!

Success! He hooked the rope, and climbed up the polearm. Tarkus grabbed his arms, and pulled him to safety. The cleric was badly burnt, but alive.

Hagar had to drop the rope, and jump once more as bridge continued to collapse. Landing with a thud only made the things worse, and another column broke down. Again, the dwarf was quick enough to jump on, landing on the solid portion hanging in front of the secret doors.

Holding the rope, he forced the doors open. Then he tensed the rope hard enough so it forms a straight line from the pitons to behind the closed stone doors. Now the rope was taut enough for adventurers to cross the acid pool, one by one.

Whilst this was happening, Pandora explored narrow passageways she found herself in. Dead ends, corridors going in circles, weird twists and turns... Half an hour later she heard noises and Hagar shouting.

Once the party was reunited they explored the labyrinthine corridors. It took them an hour or longer, difficult to say, but torches were counted, before they stumbled upon gilded double doors. Plaque next to them read:

Here lies king thrice cursed for treason, torpor, and triviality

Hagar took the lead, and opened the doors.

The air was stale, and thick layer of dust undisturbed for centuries caked everything.

“I enter here King, to release you of your curse! So I have been sent by the High Priestess of Poseidon himself!”

Dwarf loudly announced.

Silence.

Right wall was lined by four sizeable stone sarcophagi.

Left side of the chamber was elevated, with broad stairs leading to it. Atop it, on a dais, rested a magnificent stone sarcophagus, fifteen feet long and ten feet wide. It was adorned by splendid motifs and plenty of gilded lining.

Everyone but Tarkus and Beorg climbed the stairs and begun investigating the gilded tomb. The duo opted to stand on staris and watch guard. They faced four stone sarcophagi and the doors. You never know where the danger might come from!

Hagar repeated himself, only to be countered with silence once more. Ambros explored the tomb, finding nothing much. Pandora couldn't find any way to open the tomb—it was sealed, and would most likely have to be broken open.

Bob, thin on patience, knocked on the tomb and asked

“Hello, anybody home?”

The tomb exploded open, hitting all around it with debris.

Huge skeleton wearing gold crown and necklace emerged. It swung a large two-handed battle axe with amazing ease.

“We are here to help–” Hagar's word fell on deaf ears, as attested by the skeleton king attempting to cleave him in half.

Beorg ran up and joined the fray. Skeleton king swung all around, hitting many adventurers every round. Hagar the Hewer got hit, thrice, but took it all like a champ. Ambros, the unarmoured tried to turn the king. It did not work. Bob and Pandora's attack attempts were failures at best.

“Watch!”

Two stone sarcophagi broke open, and a heavily armoured figure exited each. Tarkus took a stand in the center of stair, preventing their advance. Undead guards swung with great might, but failed to strike the cleric. Remaining two tombs exploded as well, and two new guardians joined the fray.

“Agh–”

Bob was sent to the ground by the relentless king. Hagar bled, but consistently chipped away portions of the dead king. Beorg rarely hit, but whenever his poleaxe connected it did good damage. Pandora was split in half, top to bottom; dead on the spot. Ambros retreated, for he had no armour and no weapon to fight.

He jumped off the balcony and on the floor. Then he snuck up to the southernmost broken tomb and searched it for weapons. Alas, only pieces of the stone lid! Would he dare to use it against the raging undead?

“Bachontoi, give me wisdom!”

Tarkus parried and blocked; dodged and evaded; swung back and countered. Little did he know Bachontoi already gave him wisdom. How else would Tarkus know which exact spot to choose to prevent the advance of four undead guards? Now it was up to the cleric to hold them back.

As his fellow adventures fought the king, Tarkus checked the advance of king's guard. Ambros jumped from behind one of the guards' broken tomb, and yelled holy words. Much to his and Tarkus's joy, two of the guards cowered and turned to retreat.

Alas, joy was short-lived, for one of the guards' strikes passed through Tarkus's defence. It drove the sword deep into the cleric. Tarkus stepped back, still defiant, but half-way to his doom.

With Pandora and Bob down, Hagar and Beorg faced the king's rage alone. The skeleton swung its battleaxe. The duo ducked and dodged. Finally, Hagar drove his magic spear through the skeleton's eye socket. The king roared and crumbled to dust. His guards followed suit, leaving nothing but empty armour behind.

As the dust settled, clerics administered healing spells. In the rubble of king's tomb, Hagar noticed a set of stairs leading down...

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Twenty Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised Halfling Thieves incoming! Attributes rolled 3d6 in order:

SET STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA GOLD
1 7 12 9 10 17 7 11
2 17 12 8 14 11 12 15
3 15 11 10 13 10 10 16
4 11 8 6 15 5 7 15
5 13 9 9 9 11 4 8
6 7 11 7 12 14 9 11
7 9 11 13 8 7 9 11
8 11 11 5 9 11 6 8
9 11 16 8 12 11 17 11
10 8 12 13 15 8 16 10
11 12 11 8 16 16 12 4
12 17 18 11 13 8 8 16
13 11 3 10 11 8 9 9
14 15 12 6 9 11 11 11
15 10 11 7 8 11 11 15
16 14 9 10 5 11 13 10
17 13 13 10 13 14 9 11
18 14 15 7 9 12 14 16
19 8 11 12 11 13 16 9
20 15 17 10 8 13 8 9

Character 1–10 are male, while 11–20 are female. Half are Neutral, and half are Chaotic. All use halfling thieves' equipment packs. Without further ado, here are the characters.

1. Lilidon Yulley

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'3'' / 0.99 m, 95 lbs / 43 kg; red hair; tan eyes; pale gold skin tone; 3'' scar; pentagram-shaped birthmark Traits: realistic, visual, uncaring

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 7 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: 0 lbs) DEX: 12 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 9 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 10 (max additional languages: 2) WIS: 17 (experience bonus: +5%) CHA: 7 (max # of special hirelings: 3; retainer morale adjustment: -1; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

2. Felchin Longshank

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'7'' / 1.09 m, 115 lbs / 52 kg; mixed yellow and red hair; dark brown eyes; medium brown skin tone; all double joints Traits: responsive, amused, tasteful

Hit points: 1 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 17 (open doors: 1–4; carry modifier: +30 lbs) DEX: 12 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 8 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 14 (max additional languages: 4) WIS: 11 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 12 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1); 3 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Ladder (10 foot); 1 × Pole (10 foot); 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Tent Coins: 4 gp, 5 sp, 4 cp Encumbrance: 67 lbs

3. Berd Oans

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'5'' / 1.04 m, 115 lbs / 52 kg; red hair; silver eyes; dark tan skin tone Traits: academic, optimistic, proud

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 15 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +10 lbs) DEX: 11 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 10 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 13 (max additional languages: 3) WIS: 10 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 10 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Crossbow, heavy (2H, ROF ½, range 80’); 1 × Bolts, heavy (20) (1d6+1); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 4 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 2 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 4 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 2 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 2 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 2 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

4. Jerun Barrels

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'6'' / 1.07 m, 110 lbs / 50 kg; brown hair; aqua eyes; grey-green skin tone; 2'' scar Traits: vivacious, childish, cutthroat

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 8[11] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 11 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +5 lbs) DEX: 8 (missile to-hit modifier: -1; AC modifier: worse by 1 point) CON: 6 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 15 (max additional languages: 4) WIS: 5 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 7 (max # of special hirelings: 3; retainer morale adjustment: -1; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1); 3 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Ladder (10 foot); 1 × Pole (10 foot); 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Tent Coins: 4 gp, 5 sp, 4 cp Encumbrance: 67 lbs

5. Giles Amblin

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'5'' / 1.04 m, 115 lbs / 52 kg; grey / orange hair; brown eyes; pale silver skin tone; 4'' scar; circle-shaped birthmark Traits: funloving, threatening, distraught

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 13 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +10 lbs) DEX: 9 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 9 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 9 (max additional languages: 1) WIS: 11 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 4 (max # of special hirelings: 1; retainer morale adjustment: -4; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 3 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Staff (2H 1d6); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 2 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 3 sp, 10 cp Encumbrance: 69 lbs

6. Oen Yimrick

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'5'' / 1.04 m, 110 lbs / 50 kg; roan hair; amber eyes; light brown skin tone; z-shaped birthmark Traits: foolish, corrupt

Hit points: 1 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 7 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: 0 lbs) DEX: 11 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 7 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 12 (max additional languages: 3) WIS: 14 (experience bonus: +5%) CHA: 9 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

7. Pipki Zachs

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'6'' / 1.07 m, 110 lbs / 50 kg; orange hair; yellow eyes; pale grey skin tone Traits: bashful, studious, brutish

Hit points: 4 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 9 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +5 lbs) DEX: 11 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 13 (hp per hit die modifier: +1; raise dead survival: 100%) INT: 8 (max additional languages: 1) WIS: 7 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 9 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

8. Tarlan Daggs

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'6'' / 1.07 m, 105 lbs / 48 kg; bald; light brown eyes; grey-green skin tone Traits: vague, belligerent, abrasive

Hit points: 1 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 11 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +5 lbs) DEX: 11 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 5 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 9 (max additional languages: 1) WIS: 11 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 6 (max # of special hirelings: 2; retainer morale adjustment: -2; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 3 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Staff (2H 1d6); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 2 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 3 sp, 10 cp Encumbrance: 69 lbs

9. Balbo Hilltopple

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'6'' / 1.07 m, 105 lbs / 48 kg; light brown hair; brown eyes; caucasian skin tone; hermaphrodite Traits: adaptable, babyish, gentle

Hit points: 3 Armor class: 6[13] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 11 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +5 lbs) DEX: 16 (missile to-hit modifier: +1; AC modifier: better by 1 point) CON: 8 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 12 (max additional languages: 3) WIS: 11 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 17 (max # of special hirelings: 6; retainer morale adjustment: +2; experience bonus: +5%)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

10. Robin Burrow

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'5'' / 1.04 m, 105 lbs / 48 kg; roan hair; gold eyes; yellow white skin tone; snake-shaped birthmark Traits: organized, callous

Hit points: 3 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 8 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: 0 lbs) DEX: 12 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 13 (hp per hit die modifier: +1; raise dead survival: 100%) INT: 15 (max additional languages: 4) WIS: 8 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 16 (max # of special hirelings: 6; retainer morale adjustment: +2; experience bonus: +5%)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Bell; 1 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 3 sp, 9 cp Encumbrance: 65 lbs

11. Denoffo Fallfoot

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'5'' / 1.04 m, 110 lbs / 50 kg; light brown hair; grey eyes; pale green skin tone; 2'' scar Traits: disorganized, thrifty, glum

Hit points: 3 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 12 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +5 lbs) DEX: 11 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 8 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 16 (max additional languages: 5) WIS: 16 (experience bonus: +5%) CHA: 12 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Club (1d4); 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 2 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 8 cp Encumbrance: 67 lbs

12. Umnap Ingles

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'8'' / 1.12 m, 120 lbs / 54 kg; grey / dark blonde hair; amber eyes; pale grey skin tone; six fingered Traits: hotheaded, unscrupulous, kinky

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 6[13] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 17 (open doors: 1–4; carry modifier: +30 lbs) DEX: 18 (missile to-hit modifier: +1; AC modifier: better by 1 point) CON: 11 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 13 (max additional languages: 3) WIS: 8 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 8 (max # of special hirelings: 3; retainer morale adjustment: -1; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Crossbow, heavy (2H, ROF ½, range 80’); 1 × Bolts, heavy (20) (1d6+1); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 4 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 2 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 4 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 2 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 2 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 2 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

13. Wanda Dunbarrel

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'5'' / 1.04 m, 110 lbs / 50 kg; blonde hair; light green eyes; gem sparkled medium tan skin tone; bird-shaped birthmark Traits: indifferent, incompetent

Hit points: 3 Armor class: 8[11] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 11 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +5 lbs) DEX: 3 (missile to-hit modifier: -1; AC modifier: worse by 1 point) CON: 10 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 11 (max additional languages: 2) WIS: 8 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 9 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Club (1d4); 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Bell; 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 2 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Lock (minimum price); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 3 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

14. Ganny Highhill

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'5'' / 1.04 m, 115 lbs / 52 kg; dark blonde hair; tan eyes; pale gold skin tone; pentagram-shaped birthmark Traits: charming, enigmatic

Hit points: 1 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 15 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +10 lbs) DEX: 12 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 6 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 9 (max additional languages: 1) WIS: 11 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 11 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

15. Itta Elwed

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Neutral Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'6'' / 1.07 m, 110 lbs / 50 kg; yellow hair; hazel eyes; pale grey skin tone; fang mouthed Traits: passionate, wise, scheming

Hit points: 3 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 10 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +5 lbs) DEX: 11 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 7 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 8 (max additional languages: 1) WIS: 11 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 11 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1); 3 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Ladder (10 foot); 1 × Pole (10 foot); 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Tent Coins: 4 gp, 5 sp, 4 cp Encumbrance: 67 lbs

16. Taltha Elwed

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'7'' / 1.09 m, 105 lbs / 48 kg; roan hair; silver eyes; pale silver skin tone Traits: uncommitted, tacky

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 14 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +10 lbs) DEX: 9 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 10 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 5 (max additional languages: 0) WIS: 11 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 13 (max # of special hirelings: 5; retainer morale adjustment: +1; experience bonus: +5%)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Bell; 1 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 3 sp, 9 cp Encumbrance: 65 lbs

17. Kerra Shortwick

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'8'' / 1.12 m, 115 lbs / 52 kg; light brown hair; cyan eyes; caucasian skin tone; 1'' scar Traits: devoted, ambitious, unlucky

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 6[13] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 13 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +10 lbs) DEX: 13 (missile to-hit modifier: +1; AC modifier: better by 1 point) CON: 10 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 13 (max additional languages: 3) WIS: 14 (experience bonus: +5%) CHA: 9 (max # of special hirelings: 4; retainer morale adjustment: 0; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

18. Goorro Farstote

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'8'' / 1.12 m, 115 lbs / 52 kg; dark brown hair; brown eyes; pale orange skin tone; tree-shaped birthmark Traits: naive, defiant

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 6[13] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 14 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +10 lbs) DEX: 15 (missile to-hit modifier: +1; AC modifier: better by 1 point) CON: 7 (hp per hit die modifier: -1; raise dead survival: 50%) INT: 9 (max additional languages: 1) WIS: 12 (experience bonus: none) CHA: 14 (max # of special hirelings: 5; retainer morale adjustment: +1; experience bonus: +5%)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Crossbow, heavy (2H, ROF ½, range 80’); 1 × Bolts, heavy (20) (1d6+1); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 4 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 2 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 4 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 2 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 2 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 2 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

19. Usfana Oldhearth

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'4'' / 1.02 m, 105 lbs / 48 kg; dark blonde hair; silver eyes; ochre skin tone Traits: forceful, deceiving, sulky

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 7[12] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 8 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: 0 lbs) DEX: 11 (missile to-hit modifier: 0; AC modifier: none) CON: 12 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 11 (max additional languages: 2) WIS: 13 (experience bonus: +5%) CHA: 16 (max # of special hirelings: 6; retainer morale adjustment: +2; experience bonus: +5%)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Club (1d4); 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Bell; 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 2 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Lock (minimum price); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 3 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

20. Osolt Elrunner

Class: Thief Ancestry: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Languages: Common, Halfling, Alignment

Appearance: 3'6'' / 1.07 m, 115 lbs / 52 kg; golden hair; black eyes; milky white skin tone Traits: available, shiftless, fretful

Hit points: 2 Armor class: 6[13] Saving throw, Thief: 15 Saving throw modifier(s): +2 bonus against devices, including traps, magical wands or staffs, and other magical devices, +4 bonus on saving throw against any magic

Attributes

STR: 15 (open doors: 1–2; carry modifier: +10 lbs) DEX: 17 (missile to-hit modifier: +1; AC modifier: better by 1 point) CON: 10 (hp per hit die modifier: 0; raise dead survival: 75%) INT: 8 (max additional languages: 1) WIS: 13 (experience bonus: +5%) CHA: 8 (max # of special hirelings: 3; retainer morale adjustment: -1; experience bonus: none)

Class abilities

Backstab (+4 to-hit bonus and double damage when attacking from behind); thieving skills (climb walls: 87%; delicate tasks and traps: 20%; hear sounds: 3-in-6; hide in shadows: 20%; move silently: 30%; open locks: 30%).

Ancestry abilities

+1 bonus when using missile weapons.

Equipment

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Club (1d4); 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Bell; 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 2 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Lock (minimum price); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 3 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

The end! I've rolled up 400 characters, covering all the ancestries and classes in the Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised rulebook. After a brief rest, I shall write a compilation post, hyper-linking all of them for ease of use.

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Comments

There is only one combination of Swords & Wizardry Complete ancestry and class combination to make—Halfling Thief.

Since Halflings have to-hit bonus for missiles, I included darts in nearly all packs. Yes, even if they have a crossbow! Firing a heavy crossbow at long range, and then dropping it in lieu of dart barrage is a good tactic. Whatever survives ought to be mopped up by others.

All packs include constraining gear. From 150 gp and up, packs also include a mule.

P.S.: if you or your Judge allows all weapons to Halflings, then you can simply use Human Thieves' equipment packs.

30 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Club (1d4); 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 2 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 2 sp, 3 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

40 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Club (1d4); 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 2 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 8 cp Encumbrance: 67 lbs

50 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Staff (2H 1d6); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 2 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Canvas (per square yard); 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 6 sp, 4 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

60 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Axe, hand (1d6; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 3 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Staff (2H 1d6); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Bell; 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 6 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 2 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 3 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 3 gp, 7 sp, 3 cp Encumbrance: 66 lbs

70 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Bell; 1 × Grappling hook; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 2 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 3 gp, 8 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 65 lbs

80 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 3 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Staff (2H 1d6); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 2 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 3 sp, 10 cp Encumbrance: 69 lbs

90 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Club (1d4); 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Sling (2H, ROF 1, range 40’); 1 × Stones, sling (20) (1d4); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Bell; 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 2 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Lock (minimum price); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 3 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

100 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Bell; 1 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 3 sp, 9 cp Encumbrance: 65 lbs

110 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 4 gp, 1 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 64 lbs

120 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Signal whistle; 1 × Garlic, charmed; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 4 gp, 8 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 74 lbs

130 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Axe, hand (1d6; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Crossbow, heavy (2H, ROF ½, range 80’); 1 × Bolts, heavy (20) (1d6+1); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Chain (10 feet); 1 × Lock (minimum price); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 5 gp, 1 sp, 1 cp Encumbrance: 68 lbs

140 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 3 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Staff (2H 1d6); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 2 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Lock (minimum price); 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Bottle of wine, glass; 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Tent; 1 × Ink (1-ounce bottle) Coins: 4 gp, 9 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 79 lbs

150 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1); 3 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 2 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Crowbar; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Ladder (10 foot); 1 × Pole (10 foot); 1 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 1 × Tent Coins: 4 gp, 5 sp, 4 cp Encumbrance: 67 lbs

160 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Spear (1H 1d6; 2H 1d6+1; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Sword, long (1d8); 1 × Crossbow, heavy (2H, ROF ½, range 80’); 1 × Bolts, heavy (20) (1d6+1); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 4 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 2 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Hammer; 4 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 2 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Mirror, small steel; 2 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll; 2 × Parchment (sheet) Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 5 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

170 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 3 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Hammer, war (1d4+1); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, light (2H, ROF 1, range 60’); 1 × Bolts, light (20) (1d4+1) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 6 × Sack (15 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Flask, leather; 1 × Bell; 3 × Chalk, 1 piece; 1 × Grappling hook; 3 × Rope, hemp (50 feet); 1 × Shovel; 12 × Spike, iron; 6 × Candle; 6 × Torch; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Chain (10 feet); 1 × Manacles; 1 × Lock (minimum price); 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 6 × Wolfsbane; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 4 gp, 2 sp, 0 cp Encumbrance: 68 lbs

180 GP PACK

Armour: 1 × Leather (-2[+2] AC) Weapons: 1 × Dagger (1d4; missile ROF 1, range 10’); 1 × Mace, heavy (1d6); 1 × Sword, bastard (1H 1d8; 2H 1d8+1); 1 × Crossbow, heavy (2H, ROF ½, range 80’); 1 × Bolts, heavy (20) (1d6+1); 9 × Dart (1d3, ROF 3, range 15’) Gear: 1 × Mule; 1 × Thieves’ tools; 1 × Backpack (30-pound capacity); 6 × Sack (30 pounds capacity); 1 × Waterskin; 1 × Lamp, bronze; 1 × Case (map or scroll); 1 × Block and tackle; 1 × Grappling hook; 1 × Ladder (10 foot); 2 × Rope, silk (50 feet); 6 × Candle; 1 × Lantern, hooded; 1 × Lantern, bullseye; 6 × Oil, lamp (1 pint); 1 × Flint & steel; 1 × Manacles; 1 × Fishing net (25 square feet); 1 × Signal whistle; 5 × Rations, trail (per day); 5 × Rations, dried (per day); 1 × Pot, iron; 1 × Bedroll Coins: 5 gp, 2 sp, 4 cp Encumbrance: 73 lbs

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Adventurers

Character Class Description
Darius Cleric level 3 Follower of Dacron, God of Craftsmen.
Rorik Fighter level 3 A fighter.
Tarkus the Promising Cleric level 2 Follower of Bachontoi, God of Red Wisdom.
Beorg the Gravedigger Fighter level 1 Inspired to adventure after burying several adventurers.

Flowerbloom 15th, Spiritday

“I made a mistake.”

Dubalan of Midway sobbed to adventurers. Beads of sweat rolled down his puffy cheeks.

“The word of the great wealth you had recovered from the crypt spread like wildfire. And I agreed to lead some of the locals to it. They went missing! Oh, it's all my fault!”

“Common folk should go adventuring. It can be dangerous.” one of the adventurers said stoically.

It didn't take long for constable Wershaw to find the party and join the discussion. “I want to know what exactly did you find in that crypt! Spare no details!”

He listened with worried face. “You will join me to Lord Kyle and tell him that. He will judge accordingly.”

“Listen, we want to go to the crypt first to find these people. They might still be alive.”

Dubalan wept, while Wershaw agreed. It's been nearly a month since they went missing.

“Tell us more about them. How many? How do they look?”

“Three men, Oridus, Dardabus, and Cephantides. Two women, Timile and Mavaid. They are all young and strong, with mighty limbs and healthy gait.”

Flowerbloom 16th, Airday

“That's Oridus.”

Wershaw yelled from above.

The party had just descended down the shaft leading into the crypt and that's where they found a young man, broken and crushed under a pile of rocks. From the looks if it, a stone slab collapsed under his weight, and the man plunged into his death.

Rorik and Tarkus took the front line, with Darius and Beorg taking the second rank. Tia and Tailltala, two fresh women-at-arms recruited at Hara, acted as the rearguard.

“Stop.”

First chamber, the one with eight tombs they've plundered before, was not empty. A dozen or so skeletons were sitting around the fireplace, gazing into the purple flame. Two human figures lay in front of them.

Adventurers turned half, and smashed other half. These skeletons looked charred, with splintered bones and burn marks all over.

Tia retched at the sight. A young man and women, faces of frozen terror, with broken limbs, torn skins, and exposed insides.

“Let's get them out. They should be buried properly.”

“Isn't that what we got hired help for?”

Hired help did not jump at the opportunity to carry horrifically disfigured corpses.

“Fine, we'll do it...”

“Watch out!”

A mere moments latter east doors flung open, revealing a familiar abomination. A mound of acidic, pulsating organs, ten feet wide; splashing and squirming and slowly rolling towards the party.

Weapons were drawn; stabs and slashes delivered; weapon tips and edges melted away and monster was reduced to nothing but a collection of hacked organs.

“These are Cephantides and Timile.” Wershaw identified the poor souls.

The party continued their exploration, opting for west doors. That lead them into a thirty by thirty foot chamber with two sealed doorways, and an open one to north.

The chamber was littered with scrolls, torn books, and writing paraphernalia. Whatever they touched would immediately crumble into dust.

Sealed doorways had text in auld common above them. The south one read “Scripter Morminoa,” while west one said “Court Arcanist Feraldi.”

“Let's move on. We have to find the remaining folks.”

“Or their remains.” was left unsaid.

North chamber was longer, and even more perplexing.

Three columns of altars ran along the long side, a dozen in each line. Atop each altar was a matching holy symbol and scripture. Tarkus and Darius did not recognise many of the symbols, perhaps they were of forgotten deities or some barbaric ones that only the locals know. Darius did find one dedicated to Dacron. He spent time to pray and tend to it thereafter.

Sealed doorway to the west read “Bishop Pormqui,” and sealed one to the north read “Avetrix the Zealot.” Corridor to the east was wider, and so were the doors.

They opened into a large circular chamber, some sixty feet in a diameter. It was dominated by a well spewing purple haze that covered the floor.

Beorg the Brave was the first to step into it. He used his polearm to test the ground before making any step. Others lined behind him and followed.

Clerics felt like they've entered a place of death.

Round chamber had three exits: the west, which they came from; east, which looked very similar to the one they came from; and north, which was narrower and turned right at weird angle.

“Let's check east side first. It might loop back.”

A smell of rot assailed them the moment they forced their way in. The chamber floor was stained with ancient, dry blood.

Nasty meat hooks reflected their torchlight. A young woman hanged on one in the middle of the room. Her eyes were gouged out, and her entrails were prostrated underneath her.

At least two dozen hooks were visible. They hung from chains, that in turn hung from holes on the ceiling. No anchor point was visible. Hooks were hanging at various heights, with some as low as to touch the ground and some as high as if they were poking straight out of the ceiling.

“This must be Mavaid.”

“I really don't feel like getting hooked.”

“Let's check the other corridor and then we can figure out how to recover her.”

Purple fog continued down the north corridor. Turning to it, the party ran into four skeletons, which they immediately turned and forced to flee.

Moving on, they entered into a massive chamber, where all walls were dominated by small wall crypts. Some were broken, but most were still sealed. Sounds of flesh thumping against stone could be heard coming from within many of them.

“This must be the source of our skeletons...”

The party followed the right wall for a brief moment. They encountered an archway leading into a narrow tunnel, barely three feet wide. Forming a single file, they marched on.

“What...”

Three wide stairs led to an dais atop which an altar depicting pulsating a person laying down before the red sun glowed gently. Dais had a large red sun painted on it.

Tarkus took a step towards it.

His mind was vacated, and he found himself in a vast black space, disembodied entity floating around.

An endless mass of men laid prostrated facing an impossibly large, blood-red sun.

Tarkus felt the urge to join them.

He stepped off the stairs and informed the party to move on.

Ten feet wide archway to the north led down another corridor. This one was sufficiently wide to resume in their standard marching order.

It was a long corridor. More worryingly, the further they went, the deeper they went into the fog. Was it a descent?

“Look ahead!”

A plated figure blocked their way. It raised its greatsword and marched towards the party. The warriors clashed against it, barely evading the swing of sharpened steel slab. Clerics attempts at turning had proven most impotent.

Darius cast Light on the creature's great-helm, turning it into a ferocious lighthouse. The plated warrior roared and smashed it sword against the ground, creating tremendous noise.

“Behind!”

A horde of skeletons stretching as far as the light blocked their retreat. Clerics had to turn around and face their unrelenting assault.

Skeletons were easy to parry and block. But there was something attacking them below knees; something in the mist! They could feel something ramming them, followed by burning sensation.

Warriors quickly finished the lighthouse, and then swapped with the clerics. Whilst moving forward, they stomped heavily, crushing whatever might've been in the fog.

Through superior tactics, armour, and long reaching weapons, the party fought their way back, smashing a great deal of skeletons.

“How about we head back?”

“The last person is surely in the final room. Right?”

“Let's get back, rest, and then we return.”

And so the party backtracked into the red sun room, then down a narrow corridor—which was not the same as the one they came in through—and then ran straight into a gibbering ghost which made some of them lose their minds.

From then on it was an insane flurry of activity. First they chased the screaming ghost, only to find their weapons cut straight through its incorporeal form. Then they heard numerous sounds of stone seals breaking. Then they turned on each other, trying to subdue that one guy who still wanted to fight. And then an army of undead appeared at the edges of their light. So they all sprinted towards and exit.

“We will bury the dead in Midway!” they said to Wershaw, panting. “And return to seek others a bit later!”

Beorg had a slightly saddened facial expression.

“We will continue to explore this crypt, but my heart is no longer in it. I thought I would be slaying dragons and performing feats of derring-do such as the bards sing of. Instead, I find myself killing those who have already been killed before.”

Such were the thoughts of Beorg the Gravedigger.

Will the party ever find Dardabus and Mavaid?

Or will they let them rot in the ancient crypt?

Discuss at Dragonsfoot forum.

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