The dungeon is a temple, and it is not far from the town where the players realize there is a problem. There is a disaster of spiritual consequences at hand. Perhaps it is a battle for men's souls, protecting humanity from the opening of a demonic portal. Entry will be permitted to this dungeon if the players can convince the clergy somehow that they are the right people to do the job. Perhaps they will need someone to vouch for their deeds; a religious character like a Cleric or Holy Warrior might have the investment needed to be taken seriously without much argument. A party with evil characters will probably need to use measures of subterfuge and deception to succeed.
The Puzzle or Roleplaying Challenge
- The one page that is found has some scribbled words on it. The words can optionally be in a difficult to translate language and/or be a riddle. And now we begin a scavenger hunt to find the pages. Who wrote these hints? Why didn't they just assemble the document themselves if they wanted to be helpful?
- The library could be an immense thing in deteriorating condition. You need to use dungeon parkour to traverse the entirety of its decomposing platforms, collapsed staircases, and overturned shelves.
- Misdirection - in the library, where you would expect to find the scripture, you instead find a map. Someone thought to protect such an important piece of writing, but now you are going on a wild goose chase that is on a whole magnitude higher than a mere scavenger hunt.
|Grimacing Tattoo men.|
The Trick or Setback
Climax, Big Battle, or Conflict
- Ugh, guess we need to destroy these guys and figure out how to do the real purification ceremony.
- You know what? Maybe we can just hang with them. Infernals might make good patrons anyway.
Rewards, Revelation, or Plot Twist
- If the players decided to vanquish evil:
- Deus Ex Machina: The text of the evil ritual transforms itself into the proper ritual.
- The clergy are grateful to the heroes, but from here they ask for more help since the ritual they need to use will only help abate the earlier mentioned cataclysm, not end it entirely.
- Appropriate awards might be
- Favor, Reputation, and Contact
- Some type of nothingness power or otherwise depending on the realm of the deity of the temple
- A religious treasure with properties related to the deity.
- If the players decided to side with evil
- They begin a corruption process into an infernal or Elder-spawn template from Dungeon Fantasy 3: The Next Level. Give a number of free points of advantages and some disadvantages without getting points back each game until they are completely consumed within the entire 75-point template. 5 points every session for a gradual morph, *probably* about a year 15 for a pretty fast transformation, about a month, or 25 if you really like the thought of it occurring overnight.
- They are branded enemies of the church
- They are granted infernal treasure or the opportunity to develop infernal powers.
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Entrance Extra Details
- Worship of the deity is performed by meditating to become nothing. Forget all prejudices, desires, and earthly callings. As the deity represents nothing, it has no name. If it must be referred to, some call it "Absence", but religious figures are quick to correct the assumption that even that is a real name.
- There is still a demonic presence at the temple to this day, but it is pretty weak.
- The clergy are extremely powerful. Why would they call upon outsiders to do something that is probably within the scope of their ability?
- Traveling shouldn't be difficult; it is less than a day away, and the temple is small.
- I don't trust the Clergy; they are probably planning something awful. It would suit you to believe the same.
- Can we really believe in demons? Aren't they just a different side of the "angel coin"?
Puzzle Extra Details
Relinquish the things that bind you| So ignorance can purify | Render thy focus to the new | So that way the truth becomes lieI am cringing right along with all you fellows at home, but this is about what I would go with. Something that is obviously not right, but still along the themes of our deity of nothingness. Our evil spirits represent the concept of ignorance, a kind of negative aspect and perversion of the more naïve true concept of this deity. As for some scavenger hunt riddles to find the torn pieces of paper that might work for a library (stolen from here):
- The only place in the world, where Saturday comes before Thursday
- A Dictionary
- I have a neck, but no head, but I still wear a cap
- A bottle
- I have a face that does not smile or frown. I have no mouth, but I make a familiar sound. I have hands, but fingers I do not.
- A Clock
- What invention lets you look right through a wall?
- A window