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5e: Roadside Encounter: Flea Knights Burning Books

A quick encounter for my 5e group, built around reskinning Trey Causey's 5e Imskians . By the side of the road, there is a pavilion tent, surrounded a dozen smaller tents. There is a large cooking fire with a great bronze pot and sever skewered animals roasting. Humanoid creatures mill around the camp. To one side, eight large, chitinous beasts, looking at first like brown, armored elephants, mill quietly in the shade of some trees. An impressive bronze banner is stationed amid the tents. Its standard is a golden cabbage on a field of red. Guards are posted, and likely to spot the PCs as the approach. Four Pulex Knights and soldiers are traveling the countryside, looking for the fabled Lost Library. They are on a quest to destroy the Lost Library, as a place of infamy and necromancy, filled with secrets best forgotten (successful Arcana or History check may reveal that the Lost Library is also know as the Library of Hell, or the Stygian Library ). They are courteous and friendl

Knaves Death & Dismemberment, Improved

In Knaves, fancypants , I included a Death & Dismemberment table. In play, however, I haven't much liked it. So, here's what I think might be a more fun version of same: When a character reaches 0 hit points or fewer, roll 1d6 and 1d4. The d6 determines which attribute is affected. Subtract the 1d4 from the attribute affected.  If this drops the affected attribute to 10/0, you are dead. Roll a new weirdo. If not, you have an injury that takes up one Item Slot.  The player, in consultation with the referee, gets to make up what the injury is. Could be you lost a leg, or developed a phobia, or picked up the clap. Attribute points lost can be recuperated via advancement, or, if your ref is generous, through other means (you get a clever prosthetic, say, or the Ogre Pope blesses you), but you never get that Item Slot back. The old wound will weigh on you, always. If you want higher lethality, increase the d4 to a d6.  This is simpler and easily remembered. It&