Immortals’ Wake: The Trial
What follows is a continuation of the first vignette of Immortals' Wake here. What would…
Why do we have so much trepidation about hallways in the movies? Is it the fact that they seem to be haunted in horror films? Or that sometimes they stretch to infinity when we know we should be reaching the end? Or running to the end of a hallway only to be presented with another equally horrific hallway or even multiple choices… The options are endless it seems.
Well, why not apply that same horror to our RPG sessions? Dungeons are full of creepy halls connecting rooms full of danger and hope. Imagine what fun you might have introducing a new aspect to a traditional dungeon that has a long hallway or two just begging for some new angle, odd moment, or insane encounter?
Take a sense. Find just the right element (or two or three). Mix in a few sensory descriptor words and BLAM! Instant creep factor.
Let’s take the first five elements in the list… None of them seem too creepy off the bat, right?
Then let’s look at the first 10 items in the descriptors list:
Now let’s combine those pieces with a few die rolls in the context of a creepy place and see what we come up with:
(Smell/Wall/Horrid) The dark hallway stretches before you into the distance, but it’s not the darkness that’s worrisome. It’s the stench. Something foul is oozing from the walls only to collect in puddles on the floors. Every step releases more and more noxious gas that grows more overwhelming the deeper you get into the complex…
Though any of these descriptions might feel at home in a horror movie, they would be equally at home in any fantasy, crime, or science fiction setting. Feel free to use them!
Many more options will be available – using the 5 senses in unique combination with 20 different elements and 50 descriptive terms you will have more than 50,000 different possibilities to play with. And when you add in your own imagination, the sky is the limit!
Or as Poe says in “5 and 1/2 Minute Hallway”…
“I live at the end
Of a 5 & 1/2 minute hallway
But as far as I can see
You are still miles from me in your doorway” – Poe/5 and 1/2 Minute Hallway lyrics @ Metrolyrics
Now let’s figure out what’s waiting in the hallway AND the door!!
Little Spaces: Horrid Hallways will be available soon, but in the meantime feel free to play with some of the random generators and pick up one of the other Little Spaces products at RPGNow, DriveThruRPG, Paizo, or d20pfsrd!