The Alphabetical DM Episode #15: Minis vs. Theatre of the Mind vs. My Method
Main Subject = Minis vs. Theatre of the Mind vs. My Method
Mini = Maybe “coolest” but also cost/space prohibitive.
TOTM = Loose some functionality and “tacticality” but perhaps enhances story and RP
Monster = Adult Red Dragon
Spell = Arcane Hand
Location = Adhe Wood
Adhe Wood was infested with spiders of all shapes, sizes and magical genetic abnormalities. Adventuring parties have made attempts to penetrate and destroy the source of the arachnids but none have ever returned… It has reached the point now that to “Kill it with fire” is the only option… Normal means to light the wood proved unfruitful so more drastic measures where taken in the form of dragon fire… Specifically one of the hottest of all magical fires that of an Adult Red Dragon! Getting a Red Dragon to help “out of the goodness of its heart” is obviously not really an option so a group of wizards (Coven? Pack? Murder? Parliament?) banded together and used the spell “Arcane Hand” to both get the dragon into place and also tickle its fire breathing glands in what ended up being a sort of fantasy flame thrower basically…
“Viewer” Question = “The party knowingly entered an area of dangerous magical radiation. What mutations will they develop from overexposure?”
I like to use a sort of “formula” where it fits that uses all of the ability scores. For example for this one in particular I was thinking the radiation either effects whichever of your PC’s stats is highest OR lowest (DM’s choice but I think it effecting lowest might make more sense logically as it is most “prone” to be effected since it is weaker…) I also like a trade off between good and bad so I am thinking:
STR = A third arm grows from your chest that gives you ADV on grapple checks BUT your armor no longer fits and once a day it acts on its own… (DM to decide when and how)
DEX = Your skin, bones and organs take on a translucent and “oozy” look giving you ADV on stealth checks as long as you are naked… BUT The transformation seems to have weakened your internal structure giving you DIS on any STR Based Checks.
CON = Your metabolism speeds to an incredible degree burning off any poison/disease giving you resistance (even immunity…) BUT you have to eat and drink 5-10 times what you normally would or start taking levels of exhaustion.
INT = Parts of your brain you did not even know existed spark into life allowing you to quickly learn any language you hear as long as you hear it spoken for an hour BUT for every new language you learn in this manor your CHR Score goes down one point as you become more and more strictly analytical and lass caring of the thoughts and feelings of those around you.
WIS = A third eye grows from your forehead giving you ADV on perception checks BUT Either the eye has sunlight sensitivity OR maybe it will show you things that are not there 1d4 times a day (DM to decide when and how)
CHR = You become hideously deformed by the radiation giving you DIS on all CHR Checks except Intimidation which you have ADV. Also Aberrations have a percent chance to treat you favorably based on their CR…
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