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One day a year the ancient manor of the vault appears. It sits above the meandering creek that passes by the village, on a lightly forested hill, its battered form a silhouette on the horizon.
The vault is said to hold treasures and artifacts beyond your wildest dreams, but local folk don’t go near the area anymore for it is said that shadowy figures haunt the hillside ruins, and should you spend to much time close to the ruins you too will become one of them…
This hasn’t stopped foolhardy adventurers from invading the broken manors grounds, keen on unlocking the vault and plundering its treasures.
When you arrive, the ruins lie empty and silent but for the echo of birds in the distance. Down old, stone stairs you find four colored orbs upon damaged pedestals.
Before you is the large iron doors of the great vault. Engraved on it’s surface is a world sliced in half, you can see magma in its core, the trees its surface, the sky above and space with stars beyond that.
The solution to this puzzle is to touch the red orb, then the green orb, then the blue orb and finally the purple orb.
When the vault opens however, a rush of shadows blast past you down the corridor and out of the manor house, leaving only the strange weapons on their altars and great riches behind. When you exit the vault and climb the stairs you’re greeted by several distorted shadowy figures which assail you.
What’s going on? The vault is imbued with an ancient magic which, when the manor was destroyed, was distorted. This distorted magic seems to be teleporting the vault and the ruins with it to new locations every day, maybe even different time periods.
Living creatures caught within the vicinity during this time are consumed by the vault’s magic and, due to the distorted magical effect, turned into evil shadowy apparitions of their former selves.
When the vault was opened these shadowy apparitions were released on the world.
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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.