Third Vornheim Contest Entry- Grave Diggin’

Zak S, the author of Vornheim, is doing a kick ass contest that really speaks to the spirit of the book!

I’ve already done two other submissions:

Vial Of… Chart
Wilderness and Other Encounters

Yesterday I saw that Nevermet Press did a post on grave robbing and I thought that would make a fun chart to have. You never know when players are going to go down that dark and creepy path.  Hell it might be something they HAVE to do;  Vornheim is a strange place after all..

I’m doing these charts, honestly not in the hopes of winning any of the cool stuff Zak is offering, but because I really think it’s a cool idea for a contest (hell without any prizes) and I look forward to (hopefully) seeing what other people have created.

So here is the PDF of the chart: Grave Diggin Chart.

Grave Diggin’

1 Bloated Rotten Corpse- Squishy.  Has golden ring (100gp) and a fine belt (50gp)
2 Only dust left in coffin.  Explodes out when open.  Character must make save or develop coffin rot.
3 A young woman is still alive in coffin.  Starts thrashing and crying.  Bound and gagged.
4 Freak of nature skeleton/body- 1) Giant; 2) Conjoined Twins; 3) Odd shaped body parts; 4) Bone Spurs; 5) Frail looking; 6) Organs on the outside.
5 Minor Undead launches out attacks 1) Zombie; 2) Ghoul; 3) Wight; 4) Skeleton.
6 Coffin is filled with riches and gold equaling 4,000gp.  One necklace is cursed with insatiable greed.
7 Coffin is chained up- Vampire inside.
8 Corpse of beautiful woman.  To one person her eyes open and she whisper a fortune (pg 56-57) to the player and go silent.  All other players she remains dead.
9 Dead body clutching tome of forbidden and forgotten knowledge of Demonology.
10 Body of famous hero.  Wearing gorgeous armor (magical) and has a sword (magical).  The coffin is ornate and tells tale of deeds.
11 Coffin is filled with blood and puss.  Spills out onto players and starts to burn.
12 Corpse is covered in large fat maggots that start crawling towards players and try to burrow into them.
13 The body of someone important to one of the characters is in here, obviously the victim of a violent death.
14 Double coffin- Husband and Wife- Finery on both equaling 500gp.
15 Coffin of a Half Orc arena fighter- has a master crafted battle axe clutched in hands.
16 Small box- in it is a still beating heart.
17 In coffin is an ornate vase with a stopper.  When opened a ghost of a philosopher comes out.  He is grateful for his freedom and begins following group around and won’t shut up.
18 Child’s grave.  Buried with a teddy bear and a music box (25gp).
19 When players open the coffin one of the characters that was helping dig is suddenly in there shaking and starved as if they had been in there for days.  This happens instantaneously.
20 Nothing in coffin.  Further examination reveals a secret door that leads down to a necropolis full of knowledge, danger, and riches.  All coveted by a demented, paranoid, and multiple personality Lich.

Author: Mike Evans

I am a History major attending a community college until I can get more financial aid and attend a four year school. I am living in NJ with my girlfriend who is currently wrapping up on obtaining her PhD in Toxicology. I love Star Wars, Role-playing, video games, working out, reading, writing, and hanging with my girlfriend, dog (Perfect), and two kittens (Birch and Brambles). My main focus on this site will be my discussion of Role-playing games and ideas and hopefully contribute something worth a damn.

5 thoughts

  1. Absolutely fantastic. I plan to use it, but changed the 17th entry; “A giant wedding cake has been crammed messily into the coffin. Careful searching reveals bride and groom figurines with each ring finger severed. “

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