Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Valuables in Albion

I'm going to be using quite a bit of Dyson's Delves soon, so I want to alter the treasure schema some, so there is weirder stuff than the traditional pieces of electrum and golden necklaces.

When adventurers in New Londinium stumble on a cache of commodities, roll a d6 to determine its size and quality. The d6 can explode (reroll on a 6) a number of times equal to the party's average level, the floor of the dungeon it is on, or the level of the monster guarding it, whichever you think is most appropriate. Certain buyers will pay more than the default value, but players have to track them down.

What's It Worth?
  1. 250 sp 
  2. 500 sp 
  3. 750 sp 
  4. 1,000 sp 
  5. 1,500 sp 
  6. 2,000 sp 
Once you have determined quality, a d6 twice to find out what is actually in the cache.
1. Metallurgy: precious substances used by the smiths and artisans of Albion
  1. Hardened Flame 
  2. Clarified Water 
  3. Rare Earth 
  4. Reified Aether 
  5. Sublimated Darkness 
  6. Immortal Blood 
2. Cosmetics: coveted by the fops and fine ladies of New Londinium
  1. Cream of Shoggoth 
  2. Spawn of Shub-Niggurath ichor 
  3. Spawn of Shub-Niggurath sap 
  4. Imp fat 
  5. Deep One bile 
  6. Refined Protoplasm 
3. Medicaments and Prophylactics: treasured by hypochondriacs and the credulous
  1. Mummia 
  2. Brain mummia 
  3. Transylvanian decoction 
  4. tincture of Dis 
  5. angel tears 
  6. Murderer's Last Breath 
4. Delicacies and Confections: sought by only by gourmands with jaded palates and strong stomachs
  1. Lotus nectar (black) 
  2. dinosaur steak 
  3. Spawn of Shub-Niggurath fruit 
  4. deactivated pudding (dolm) 
  5. demon flesh 
  6. Deep One liver 
5. Textiles and Adornments: beloved by the tailors of New Londinium' Silken Avenue 
  1. Jungle Ant Carapace 
  2. Dinosaur Leather 
  3. Angel Feathers 
  4. Lotus Pigment 
  5. Fairy-silk 
  6. Demon Ivory 
6. Liquor and Drugs: proprietors of New Londinium's salons and opium dens would quite literally kill for a supply of these
  1. Soulwine (damned) 
  2. Angel Sweat 
  3. Lotus Liqueur 
  4. Powdered Shoggoth 
  5. Ichor of Gloriana 
  6. Houndsblood

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pernicious Albion 2.0 Character Creation


You are in Albion, where the Romans never left, the pagans never died, and the aristocracy keeps their sterling silver sacrificial daggers in the cupboard next to the fine china. The city of New Londinium, the oldest, grandest, and most horrible city in the world reaches over the horizon far to the west, but you are in Greyshire, a provincial little town known only for the quality of its cheese, the restlessness of its dead, and the large number of barrows, ruins, dungeons, and oubliettes that fill the countryside around it. 

Dame Aggorath, Chief of the Knights Squamous, has contacted you with a job offer. A recent washout has exposed tunnels beneath Rope Crown Hill, a site of ill repute several miles from town, and several scholars have vanished exploring them. Bring back a report on what is happening there (along with compelling evidence), and you will be generously remunerated.













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Cast the Dice
When you try something risky or difficult, sum 2d6 and add an attribute based on the action you’re taking. Your success is determined by the total of your dice roll.
  • A 10+ is a complete success.
  • A 7-9 is a partial success and brings about a cost or complication.
  • A 6- is a complete failure. Bad things will happens.
Step 1: Roll Ability Scores


Your have six attributes. For each attribute, roll 2d6.
  • On a 6-, the value is 0.
  • On a 7-9, the value is +1.
  • On a 10 or 11, the value is +2.
  •  On a 12, the value is +3.
  1. Strength (Str): Capacity for brute force, physical violence, and melee combat.
  2. Constitution (Con): Ability to withstand pain, discomfort, and physical damage.
  3. Dexterity (Dex): Aptitude for agility, grace, coordination, speed, and dodging blows in combat.
  4. Intelligence (Int): Mental acuity, memory, and ability to learn
  5. Wisdom (Wis): Perception, sanity, foresight, affinity for spirits and gods, and ability to resist the effects of magic.
  6. Charisma (Cha): Attractiveness, force of personality, and ability to be persuasive.
Step 2: Calculate Hit Dice and HP

You have HD equal to 1+Con+Half level. When you rest, reroll your HD to determine your maximum HP. If you rest comfortably, set a single HD to 6. If you eat a satisfying meal, set another HD to 6.

Step 3: Pick a Skills
Pick one of the following:
  • Burglary: disable locks and traps and pick pockets
  • Bushcraft: hunt, track, identify flora and fauna
  • Linguistics: learn languages
  • Lore: recall esoteric and forbidden knowledge
  • Medicine: revive the fallen and restore the ill
  • Repair: fix and maintain armor, tools, weapons, and devices
Step 4: Pick a talent
  • Hawkeye: Add your level to ranged weapon damage rolls 
  • English Magic: You start with any 2 1st level spells from the MU or Cleric LotFP lists (though I am only using the general gist of the spell descriptions). You can learn any number of spells, but you must first find them. You can cast any spell you know as much as you like, but magic is dangerous and unpredictable. Rolls generally involve Int.
  • Glamour: You can change your appearance and turn into creatures who height or length is equal to or less than twice your level in feet, but particularly subtle or potent transformations may not succeed. Rolls generally involve Cha.
  • Pact: You have made a deal with one of the great gods, demons, or fairies of Albion. You can call on them to use magic pertaining to one of their domains as much as you like, but the consequences of offending them or failing to control their power is dire. You gain an additional related domain every even level. Rolls generally involve Wis.
  • Prodigy: Every level, you gain an additional skill of your choice.
  • Prowess: Add your level to melee weapon damage rolls.
Step 5: Pick a bloodline

  • Briton: You are from one of the chieftaincies beyond the grasp of New Londinium's rulers. Your people made pacts with the spirits of the wild long ago; you can roll Wisdom to speak with animals. 
  • Changeling: You are descended from a true fairy. You cannot lie or break promises directly. Any oaths sworn to you cannot be broken.  
  • Deep One: You are descended from one of the marine monstrosities from far beneath Albion's seas and lakes. As you are some sort of hybrid between fish and human (the specifics of how this looks is up to you), you can move with equal speed through water and over land, and you can breathe underwater.
  • Nephilim: You are descended from the race of giants born when exiled angels bred with humans. You are 6-8 feet tall. Whenever you roll your Hit Dice, add 6 to the total.
  • New Londoner: Your exposure to the radioactive knowledge-goddess Gloriana has given you a talent for chasing gristly secrets. When you study a fallen enemy, you learn a single fact or secret about their kind. 
  • Roman: The Empire's rich tradition of poorly conceived sorcerous experiments not only deposited ancient Britain into the middle of Carcosa, but infused all of its citizens with a lingering taint of undeath. You can cast Speak with Dead.
  • Tiefling: You are descended from one of the soldiers that took part in Hell's semi-successful invasion attempt a century ago. You can create and throw small flames at will. 

Step 6: Items
You start with 6 items. You can choose a number of them equal to 1+Cha. The rest are randomly determined. You may do the random rolls before you choose.
1. Weapons
  1. Hatchet, 1 hand, d6+1 damage
  2. Spear, 2 hands, d6+1 damage, reach range
  3. Great-axe, 2 hands, d6+2 damage
  4. Shortbow, 2 hands, d6 damage, with 10 arrows
  5. Longbow, 2 hands, d6+1 damage, with 5 arrows
  6. Rifle, 2 hands, d6+2 damage, 4 bullets, very loud
2. Armor
Armor weighs you down, and you can wear just 1+STR pieces at once. Each reduces damage taken by 1.
  1. Cuirass
  2. Helmet
  3. Greaves
  4. Shield, 1 hand
  5. Bracers
  6. Heavy cloak
3. Tools
  1. Grappling hook and 10’ rope
  2. Crowbar
  3. Caltrops
  4. 10 foot pole
  5. Weighted net
  6. 50’ rope
4. Paraphernalia
  1. 1 pound of salt
  2. A book on a random subject
  3. A horseshoe
  4. A bottled soul
  5. A dowsing rod, 1 hand, d6 damage, can detect magic and water
  6. 10 feet of silver wire
5. Odds and Ends
  1. 1 pound lard
  2. Bag of marbles
  3. Sack with live beehive
  4. Spyglass
  5. Choice cut of meat
  6. Box of matches
6. Dubious Goods
  1. 1d6 bombs, 3d6 damage
  2. Vial of virulent poison
  3. Flask of fire oil
  4. A glass cutter
  5. Flask of acid
  6. A collapsible knife, 1 hand, d6 damage

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Actions by Agents Unknown



So Throne is an angel of questionable sanity and reaching ambition, the leader of a desperate host on a radiation-scoured, magic-riddled hell-planet that is partially occupied by the forces of Hell. He says he is embarking on a Project, which will transform Carcosa into Eden and restore the Grigori to the heavens. Others say his Project will turn him into a tinpot godling, while other say it will once and for all wipe out all (un)life on Carcosa, while others say his real Project is even more glorious than what he says it is, while other say there is no project at all, while...

The main thing is that it is hard to tell who's good, who's bad, who's sane, who's in the know, and who's lying. Reinforcing that is this handy random table, which will provide a confusing background to the party's active interaction with angels, demons, and other factions who may or may not have a stake in the Project's outcome.


When the players attract the attention of angels or their enemies, there is a 50% chance of one of the following occurring sometime during a session. If the rolled event seems improbable or impossible, work it in anyway. NPCs and monsters will never acknowledge any conspiracy character or event under any circumstances. Particularly stupid NPCs might seem unsettled in their presence. The conspiracy NPCs will not appear in front of anything truly powerful, like a god or fairy-lord. Conspiracy NPCs  never interact with other NPCs or their environment, except through the party. Depending on their nature, they might show up when rolled even if previously dead or imprisoned.


 1. The Lady in Red
She tends in to blend in with her environment—shell be dressed as an aristocrat in a high class neighborhood, as a prisoner in dungeons, as a traveler on the road—but her clothes are always red.
  1. There is no Throne. It’s really just Something Else hiding its true nature for its own inscrutable(r) purposes.
  2. You need to listen. The Others will make her do this over and over until you get it right. Await further instructions.
  3. The last person the party talked to is actually an agent of the so-called Grigori. Kill them.
  4. One of The Others' most dangerous enemies is hunting you. He wears yellow, and he has killed before.
  5. She has broken free from the control of the Others! They are evil and the Grigori are good. You must disregard all of her previous instructions.
  6. no, no, NO. The last time you met her was her evil twin. You must ignore all her previous statements.

2. The Man in Yellow

He operates identically to the Lady in Red, but he is always in yellow clothes.
  1. He can hear the Angels. They don’t know he can hear them, be he can. Hear them, that is. They are planning something terrible.
  2. Don’t drink the water. It’s filled with the Angel’s poison. You’ll believe anything they tell you if you drink it.
  3. Always cover up your windows. The Angels like to watch you sleep.
  4. There is a child in black, who draws strange things. They know what’s going on, but that doesn’t mean you can trust them.
  5. There is a terrible Engine deep beneath the capital. If you destroy it, the Angels’ plans will be for naught.
  6. He violently attacks the party, saying he can see the Angels inside them.  

3. The Child in Black

Never says anything. Always wears a ragged black coat. Otherwise operates as the Lady in Red does. 

  1. Is standing over a chalk picture of a man and woman, both in suits. There is a stylized eye drawn above each of their heads.
  2. Is standing over a chalk picture of an angel with two faces.  One is angry, while the other is smiling.
  3. Is standing over a chalk picture of a figure seated on a throne. He has no face.
  4. Is standing over a chalk picture of a burning gate with many hands reaching out of it.
  5. Is standing over the following message, written in chalk, “THE RING HAS FOR YEARS BEEN SYMBOLIC OF ALL GYNO EDUCATE AND HYDRATE AND ESCAPE OUR ENFETTERMENT AS THE INDIGO CLOUDS RISE OVER THE ZENITH INTO THE ARCHIPELAGO OF OUR CERTAIN DREAMS AND WE WILL ESCAPE THE BOUNDLESS RIVER OF AZRAELS SACRED JEWELRY*.”
  6. Is standing over the following message, written in chalk, “THIS NEW DAY IN THE PRIMARY AGE OF SUBTERFUGE GENDER WILL BE CONFOUNDED AND SEX WILL NO LONGER BE THE HEGEMONIC SPRING OF LIFE NO LOVE IS THE BLACK DEATH THAT HAS INFECTED US TO OUR VERY CORE WE ONCE NEVER SUCCUMBED TO THE LUSH GRAYNESS OF SLEEP THE ZOAS ARE OUR ONE HOPE*.”

4. Richard and Eleanor

They are polite, aristocratic, slightly condescending. They offer you cigarettes with immaculately gloved hands. They are both dressed in fine suits of black silk. Their expressions are impassive, and while they always stand next to each other, they never quite touch. 

  1. “We do so appreciate your work. Will you accept a token of our esteem?” They offer the party a briefcase containing a single random angelic weapon.
  2. “Don’t bother reading that dreadful graffiti. It’s simply hellish.”
  3. “You didn’t hear it from me, but there’s an angel sniffing around. Take care. Wouldn’t want to get caught up in anything compromising, now would we?” An angel of a random Sphere is now pursuing the party as if they had stolen its weapon.
  4. During a fight or confrontation, Richard and Eleanor watch the party through a shared pair of opera glasses, preferably from a great distance or difficult to reach location. They applaud if the party does well.
  5. “Hmm. It seems they’ll let just anyone in here these days. Watch out for the riff raff” As soon as Richard and Eleanor are out of sight, a powerful demon attacks the party.
  6. “How we hate to see you struggle.” Richard and Eleanor hand the party a key. It will open the next locked door they encounter.

5. The Grafitti

It will appear on any flat surface. Always dripping red paint.

  1. THRONE IS SHIT
  2. FUK THE GRIGORi
  3. WE WATCHING U BUT WE ARN’T WATCHERS
  4. ANGEL’S WIL KILL U
  5. WE R GOING TO EAT UR BONES
  6. SEE YOU SOON

6. The Pedestrians

Random passers-by in crowds. If there are none of those, then adapt the event for humanoid monsters or animals.

  1. Make an elaborate hand-signal while making eye contact with a member of the party
  2. Say “The Watchers are watching” over and over again under their breath.
  3. For a moment, their eyes and mouth burn gold and white.
  4. Lift their hands, revealing wings tattooed onto their palms. They will not be there if you look again.
  5. Steadily staring at the party as they walk past. Their neck will rotate up to 180 degrees to facilitate this.
  6. White feathers tumble from their sleeves.