On Saturday I launched the Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure Kickstarter (here’s a post I did about it) and we are already at 67%! I have a great team assembled to do additional work (art, layout, stretch goals, etc.). I have also opened up three more Art and Fart Level 4 ($70) pledges (these go quick)!
The Blighted Sands- Rolling dunes of sand stretch as far as the eye can see. Eerie sensual voices seem to be carried on the wind of this desolate desert whispering promises, both too horrible and wonderful, to conceive, while the sand shifts, moving almost as if it were slithering like a snake.
Believed to have long ago been a land of rich resources and treasure, it is now a dangerous inhospitable wasteland. The horrors here are some of the most dangerous and only the strongest and most terrible survive in the Blighted Sands.
The Klind Empire; the invaders, the slavers, the deviants, the worshippers of the serpentine god, Set, have made their home in this horrid land. They roam the lands of Hubris in their bio-organic suits using the knowledge of their flesh weavers to create abominations and gather more slaves and sacrifices to be offerings to their dark god.
Devastating sandstorms, raging gigantic beasts, harsh environments, and a psychotic empire is all that stands in the way between an adventurer and unimagined riches from a long forgotten age.
Lay of the Land- The Blighted Sands
1-15 Large expanse of hot empty desert
16-17 Oasis that has been corrupted by malignant presence. Any who drinks from this water gains 1d3 mutations: Roll 1d6: 1-3) cosmetic mutation; 4-5) power mutation; 6) calamitous mutation (pg XX).
18-20 Volcanic region, lava and geysers erupt sending sulfur and ash into the sky.
21-25 Expanse of sand dunes that if watched closely seem to be rising up and down as if breathing.
26-27 Long-forgotten mine of ancient empire. Holds unimagined wealth, ore, and horrors.
28-29 A single magnolia tree in the midst of the desert. The white blossoms bring a calming effect to all who inhale their intoxicating scent.
30 A field of grass and flowers. The flowers can be dried and ground up to make an extremely powerful hallucinogen.
31-32 Ancient weathered statue of anthropomorphic elephant.
33-34 Ruins with doorway that resembles a bloated toad.
35 Whirlpool of sand, in the center is a single glowing rose.
36 Sun-bleached skeleton of a gigantic snake.
37-40 Field of colorful sand that swirls around in the wind to create beautiful pictures of the inner-most desire of any character that walks up to it.
41 Stone slab shaped like a table. Skeletons are arranged on rocks, sitting as if at a tea party.
42-45 The remains of an ancient town.
46-50 Jagged rocks jut out of the sand for several hundred feet There is a 35% chance the area will have patches of quicksand, 25’ radius (3d10+10 ft deep).
51-55 Klind enclave that is heavily fortified (2d16 slaves in area with 10+1d10 guards always present).
56-57 Outcropping of rocks that stand about 10’ tall. Upon closer inspection each resembles one of the characters.
58-60 A small oasis- 1d4 sprites guard this sacred land.
61-62 A small oasis 2d4 bandits have claimed as home.
63 Ruins made of a bright red sandstone, half buried in the sand.
64-65 A stationary sandstorm, with flashes of lighting in the sky. A strange structure is barely visible through the rolling sands.
66-67 Recently attacked Klind outpost, dead slaves, klind warriors, and orcs litter the area.
68 Medium oasis with waterfall where the water is falling up.
69-71 Small trading outpost of merchants from all over Hubris.
72-74 Field of volcanic rock lined with obsidian.
75-77 Field of sand that has been heat blasted into glass.
78 Dank sinkhole. Walls are wet with mucus. A chittering noise echoes from the sinkholes depths.
79 Large depression in the sand. Healthy pine trees are growing out of the desert floor.
80 The remains of a large stone crafted city, mostly buried in sand.
81 Klind outpost overrun with orcs that they have heavily fortified. Air around it shimmers due to large vat of alchemical substance.
82-83 3 mile area of wet sand that is a nesting field for water bears. The sand slows movement by ½ and there is a 30% chance per 100’ to fall into a sink hole that is 3d10’ deep.
84 Small village of exiled klind.
85 Wall made of the heads of humanoids, each is in a state of decay, oozing blood, pus, or ichor. All are alive and willing to chat.
86-88 Ancient temple to long forgotten god.
89 Large wooden ship birthed in a huge sand dune.
90 Area of land that severs the connection with the divine. Passing through causes a cleric to not be able to use spells and abilities for 1d3 days.
91 Gigantic sculpted face, peering through the eyes shows a different location in Hubris, changes ever 1d7 hours. Next to it is a huge hourglass counting down until change.
92 20’ pool of thick tar. Standing in it for more than 1 min causes skin to become dyed permanently black; also melts metal instantly.
93 Tomb of a forgotten civilization of giants that served gods from beyond the Void.
94-96 Area where sand is black and white, all magic is 1) amplified (+5 to rolls); 2) dampened (-5 to rolls).
97 Gnarled and twisted singing bush.
98 Remains of a floating citadel that crashed into a small mountain.
99 Wishing well in the middle of nowhere that is home to an angry fire genie. He is willing to grant a wish, but will ask a terrible price in return.
00 Field of ooze- 40’ x 40’- travel is cut down to ¼ of original speed. Targets take 1d2 damage/rnd while in the area.
Encounters- The Blighted Sands
1-10 2d8 Klind slavers prowling the Blighted Sands, one is a cleric of Set (lvl 1d3).
11-12 1d4 orcs and a giant snake abomination.
13 Nest of large sand wasps, 2d4 wasps present at any time.
14-15 Caravan of traveling merchants making their way from Klind to Shadowfall.
16-21 Skeletal Runners of the Black Queen, making their way to Klind.
22-24 A gigantic serpent that escaped control of a Klind priest has been wreaking havoc in the wastes.
25 A water bear bursts from the sand and wants to snack on the characters.
26-27 2d8 escaped slaves, covered in congealed blood and sand wander aimlessly in the wastes.
28 The cursed mummy of a 1) klind; 2) kenku; 3) water bear; 4) human; 5) goblin; 6) orc lingers around collapsed ruins, which houses the Squelching Wish of the Envious Winged Monkey. The powerful protections around the ruin cursed the poor creature to become a protector of this valuable treasure.
29-32 Warband of 20+1d20 marauding orcs. They have a full siege weaponry and look to be heading towards the Klind capital.
33-34 A ball-like shape of 100+2d100 dead bodies rolls along in the desert. Hidden in the center of this grotesque monster is a Necrotic Demon.
35-36 Cave full of scorpions. Also full of 3+2d20 gems worth 25pg each. At any time there are 2d10 small scorpions, 1d6 medium scorpions, and 1d3 large scorpions. There is also 2d6 dead and half eaten carcasses at the cave entrance (half of which are animals, the other half are humanoids).
37 Exiled Dreamer Upon High of the Temple of the Lucid Dreamers is levitating slightly above a painful looking rock. Behind him is his keep; an upside down pyramid.
38-39 2d6 Venomous Red Scales are prowling the desert in search of a kidnapped young initiate priestess.
41-45 A caravan that is completely undamaged, but covered with a fine layer of sand. All the herd animals and people are dead, dehydrated, covered in spider webs, and small scurrying brown spiders.
46-47 A 20’ high, roughly hewn stone face that likes to talk in riddles about each of the character’s past.
48 The High Priest of Set, traveling the wastes looking for a suitable place to create a new tower for his serpentine god. Accompanying him are 10 Venomous Red Scales, 200 troops, 1000 slaves, caravan of goods, animals, entertainers, nobles, merchants, and supplies.
49-52 A desert troll sitting atop a sand dune eating a giant scorpion.
53-54 1d3 giant lizards.
55-57 1d6 klind fighting 1d10 orcs, also being attacked by 1 water bear.
58 A blight hag rests atop a jagged outcropping of rocks, singing a song of death and decay. Any who listen to the words risk madness and mutation.
59 Ritual of Set occurring in the dead of night in the wastes. A child of Set is born out of the womb of a tied up slave, who dies during birth.
60-62 Field of cactuses with sharp crystalline thorns.
63 1d3 Elephant like creatures with emaciated bodies, overlong trunks, on 25’ high spindly legs.
64-66 Emissary from Fairweather on his way to Klind, under attack by 1d6 large desert spiders.
67-70 2d20 troops from Eisenbar bringing the pain of Drallic the Flayer to the heathen and blasphemous Klind.
71 30’ area of pulsating flesh with 2d8 bulbous mounds. Closer inspection of the mounds reveal fetuses with malformed body parts. These body parts will attempt to throttle any who dig them up.
72-73 Whirlwind with lightning and large hail whipping through the wastes.
74-76 3d6 Giant fire salamanders are attacking a Klind outpost.
77-80 Orcs riding on corrupted moths dropping alchemical compounds that melt through flesh and rust metal.
81-82 Fire beetles have made a hive in the carapace of water bear.
83 A drake flies overhead, breathing flame and smoke on the characters.
84 Sink hole trap created by a giant sand wasp. Will sting and incapacitate any who falls into the hole. Eggs will be laid on the back of the target immediately and hatch in 1d3 days and begin eating target’s flesh.
85-86 Caravan attempting to flee from the Slithering Peaks after having confiscated several of the deadly red asps from the holy mountains.
87 2d30 gnoll slavers bringing in “cargo” from all over Hubris for trade with the Klind Empire.
88-91 Herder making his way to an oasis with his flock of giant beetles.
92-93 What seems to be a massive sand dune is lumbering across the wastes. The dune is actually a gigantic sand turtle. An old hermit lives on the creature’s back.
94 Sentient inky black pool of malevolent intelligence that seeks to corrupt those who come near to its shore.
95 2d6 raiders setting up ambush on caravan approaching in the distance.
96-97 Weathered and ancient book sitting on stone dais in the desert; pages are dripping in a disgusting substance (that fits chosen patron). Book contains the ritual of the patron bond spell (Judge’s choice).
98 Raiders have unearthed an entrance to a catacomb. They are being slaughtered by 10’ necrotic beetles and scorpions.
99 A group of 3d5 bald, blind albino half human half centipede creatures are laying eggs on the belly of a dead water bear.
00 A powerful ritual by a group of klind priests and sex prophets bring forth a spectral manifestation of Set.
Caverns of Maddening Unearthly Pleasures
This cave has been created and shaped through dark rituals and the twisted Klind Flesh Weavers. The inside of the cavern is not rock, but flesh. Two thousand slaves were subjected to equal amounts of torment and pleasure as the ritual was cast. Through the blessings and will of Set, the flesh of these pitiful people was melded together into a gigantic pulsating mass. Their faces, visible throughout the cavern, express both the horror of their plight and the constant throngs of ecstasy that the will of Set perpetuates.
The Sex Prophets of the Klind make pilgrimages here to feed on the sexual energies and be granted powerful visions.
1) The power of the cavern is weakening. The Klind are setting out in earnest to find another two thousand slaves worthy of strengthening the bond of the ritual.
2) The ritual holding the slaves in the cavern breaks. The undulating mass of flesh bursts free of its confinement and begins roaming toward the civilized territories, attacking and absorbing all flesh it comes in contact with.
Ancient texts speak of the Emerald Oasis as a primordial life blood of Hubris and the shimmering emerald waters are believed to have healing properties. Gigantic slathering water bears borrow under the desert floor around the oasis, consuming any who foolishly stumble across their sinkholes. Several small islands dot the waters and a derelict ship which holds wondrous treasure rests along the beach, guarded by three sirens.
1) The water bears around the oasis have become agitated and have begun borrowing deeper than normal. The activity is causing small quakes in the area that has cracked the water bed, causing the oasis to start to drain.
2) Traders leaving the Blighted Sands have mentioned that the Klind enclave has set up an outpost at the edge of the oasis. They have begun dumping a smoking, bubbling concoction into the waters.
Holy Temple of Set
This immaculate temple has been painstakingly crafted over fifty years. Over 100,000 slaves worked on the construction, and over 10,000 perished from harsh conditions and overwork. Those that did not perish from the work were sacrificed upon the temples completion to satiate the hunger of Set. The temple was constructed as a visage of Set and reaches 500 feet into the air.
Sathiss, the High Priest of Sets rules the empire from top of the temple, staring out of the ruby eyes of the serpent temple. The eyes grant the priest the ability to scry on anywhere in Hubris.
1) Rumors have reached the civilized nations of Hubris that the Klind are setting forth to cast a dark ritual to return Set to the Material Plane. The Klind have sent out invasion forces to distract all the nations from their true purpose.
2) A dark portal opens in the sky above the city that the characters are adventuring. A gargantuan snake head slithers out of the portal and begins destroying several of the structures, causing devastation and chaos. Eventually the snake disappears back into the portal. The snake is actually the Holy Temple of Set and the high priest has just demonstrated one of its many powers.
The Klind are a race of humanoids devoted to their serpentine god, Set. They seek to dominate Hubris and bring all into Set’s fold, either through conquest, corruption, or as a suitable sacrifice.
For over 300 years the Klind have schemed, fought, and plagued Hubris. Most people of Hubris have only heard of the Klind whispered as frightening tales, from the safety of their homes or taverns. The true visage of a klind, armored in their bio-organic suits, with bizarre and dangerous weapons, marching ceaselessly across the territories of Hubris in search of slaves and sacrifices is not something that can be accurately captured in story.
The capital of the empire is built around the Great Ziggurat of Depravity where sacrifices of the pitiful and unworthy are made to satiate the hunger of Set. The Venomous Red Scales are the elite guard to the High Priest of Set. These terrifying warriors police the streets, gather those suitable for sacrifice, and carry out the High Priests wishes. While risky and dangerous, outsiders still come to Klind to trade or search for treasures in the Blighted Sands.
1) The Venomous Red Scales are searching the streets of Klind furiously. A thief has stolen a large red ruby from the Ziggurat. There is a red glint coming from the alley way across from the characters.
2) A parade is proceeding down the main street to the Ziggurat, the High Priest has arrived to perform a ritual, bestowing the blessing of Set to the worthy.
3) Screams ring out around the Great Ziggurat of Depravity. Serpent men covered in blood burst through the door branding obsidian blades.
4) Klind Sex Prophets form a circle in the central bazaar and begin to dance, the masses topple over, cries of torment and ecstasy issue from their throats as their energies are being leached from their bodies. In the center of the circle a rift opens and a gigantic red eye can be seen.
5) The Klind are amassing a large invasion force, their sights set on conquering the Bogwood Swamp, which is a great staging point for the rest of Hubris.
6) Explosions rock through Klind. High in the air orcs ride on a sky whale abomination, firing down mortars into the city.
Ruins of the Deranged Elephant Emperor
Long ago, before the kingdoms were founded, the great Elephant Emperor ruled over much of Hubris from his ivory tower, crafted from the bones and tusks of his rivals and enemies. His wisdom crafted many wonders that are now lost to the ravages of time, space and the greed of the inferior races.
Like all things in Hubris, eventually the Elephant Emperor went mad, lost in the grips of a prophecy that spoke of doom from the stars and from the belly of Hubris itself. In an attempt to understand the meaning of this prophecy, the Elephant Emperor began conducting terrible experiments on his subjects. As a result he was eventually overthrown, his body desecrated and his spirit locked within a mutilated and feeble shell, trapping him forever.
Eventually his tower was swallowed by immense sandstorms that ravaged the area, giving birth to the Blighted Sands. His name and tower were lost and forgotten to Hubris for millennia. Now, thousands of years later, the tower has reemerged, and the Elephant Emperor hungers…
1) A bright yellow light has begun appearing in several cities across Hubris, showing a gorgeous and pristine ivory tower. A deep and prideful voice echoes on the wind, “Come, my children. Come home.” People all across Hubris have begun a pilgrimage to the east in a deep trance.
2) One book in the halls of the Temple of the Lucid Dreamers mentions the Elephant Emperor and the ritual used to bind him. Three pieces of a staff are needed to put the fiend back into his slumber. The staff pieces are located in the Mountains that Crawl, the Razorback Mountains, and the Whispering Mountains.
The coarse rock of the Slithering Peaks have become pitted and jagged from centuries of harsh sandstorms, but are laced with veins of natural riches. The clanging of pickaxes and hammers fill the air; the sound of over a thousand slaves working at break neck speed to mine ore and obsidian for the Klind Empire.
The Slithering Peaks received its name due to the thousands of red asps that make their home in these craggy mountains. Potential recruits hoping to become a member of the Venomous Red Scales must survive the bite of a red asp and complete the Ritual of the Serpent, a vile act that transforms them into a member of the elite guard and something less than man.
1) A dozen potential recruits for the Venomous Red Scales are being lead up the mountain pass to begin the Ritual of the Serpent. The slaves are agitated and fearful. The mountains are more live with red asps than usual.
2) A gigantic cyclone has enveloped an entire range of the mountain as numerous water bears burst through the sand, swallowing up the few stragglers that escaped the storm. The Klind are rushing to discover what caused this and to reclaim their mountain range. Both Fairweather and Eisenbar are now anxious to claim the range as their own and deliver a blow to the Klind.