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A remote village has been affected by a plague that leaves its inhabitants with patchy fur and yellow, ridged claws instead of fingernails. Babies are born with pink tails and heads like rodents, only to be killed by their own mothers. Those who have let them live have suffered from vicious attacks, for the children are not just hideous, but mindless and aggressive.
Now, adults are beginning to lose their memories as well, becoming something different and unrecognizable. It starts with hoarding shiny objects and twitching, before quickly escalating to paranoia and rampant aggression. The worst of them burrow into the soil and seem sensitive to light; coming out at night and hunting the remaining villagers for their worthless, yet reflective, possessions. In this way many friends have had to kill those they once knew to survive.
What’s happening? A magical contaminant has been flowing downstream in the water (if your players have drunk any they may start changing). Bandits have created a mine and refinery for this valuable, green substance upstream, and, due to the danger, are using kidnapped prisoners to dig it out of the underground veins.
The prisoners don’t live long and are usually killed in two weeks due to the rapid changes, unbeknownst to the other captives. The bandits lie to the survivors, telling them that those who are gone have been freed to return to their families. Because they are not entirely heartless, everyone must work a shift of two weeks, before they can leave. This, they claim, is why they have a constant influx of new slaves.
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LUKE: The founder of Seafoot Games, Luke's been making maps and RPG games since he was a child, and spent over a decade creating his own game systems from scratch to play with his brothers. That was before he discovered other TTRPGs existed. Now, he paints the realistic grimdark fantasy battlemaps we're known for, helps write adventures as needed, and spends his free time printing and painting 3D minis, as well as working on his forever in-development TTRPG system.
BEB: Luke's wife, Beb's been writing, painting, and graphically designing things her whole life. She published her first book when she was 20, alongside a handful of sci-fi short stories, and was responsible for writing almost all of our adventures until mid 2022 when Steve joined the team. Now she mostly creates the outlines for the adventurer's guides with Luke, graphically designs documents, handles the bookkeeping (or as she likes to call it, bureaucrat wrangling), and manages the website—but she is slowly delegating these responsibilities, so she can focus on raising her and Luke's beautiful son.