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Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:46 am
by fougerec
My characters are about to enter a lost city tomb deep in an Orrorsh/Nile mixed zone?

So I'm looking for ideas for a dungeon crawl/tomb exploration type of adventure, though I am wary of traps being overly deadly with the Law of Perseverance in play.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:53 pm
by GeniusCodeMonkey
fougerec wrote: I am wary of traps being overly deadly with the Law of Perseverance in play.


I think that's the point!

My group are just about to fight the zombies in the lost city on Fires Of Ra. They haven't been to Orrosh yet, so it will be a shock when there told they can't soak.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:53 pm
by fougerec
Oh they've had the eye opening already when a punji stick trap that was 15+1BD did 32 damage!

So it's more about getting ideas for a creepy dungeon crawl type thing.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:23 pm
by GeniusCodeMonkey
I would suggest to keep it claustrophobic. Have the dungeon being just big enough to hunch walk down. A labyrinth with dark side tunnels, pygmy and poison sticks.

I wouldn't have a map either. Just a list of obstacles they come across, the gorier the better. Also have the labyrinth change configuration once they get into it so they never know how to get out... unless they complete certain tasks.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:15 pm
by fougerec
GeniusCodeMonkey wrote:
fougerec wrote: I am wary of traps being overly deadly with the Law of Perseverance in play.


I think that's the point!

My group are just about to fight the zombies in the lost city on Fires Of Ra. They haven't been to Orrosh yet, so it will be a shock when there told they can't soak.


In our game nearly every soak roll took two possibilities which is super taxing on resources.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:31 pm
by MalicWanderer
When I think Nile/Orrorsh mixed zone I think of that campy Van Hellsing movie with Hugh Jackman. Dunno if that's the most helpful inspiration but maybe it gives some ideas.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:38 pm
by Spatula
A lot of pulpy action-adventure stories have elements of horror... Raiders of the Lost Ark, especially the opening scene and the ark-opening at the end, is good example (though the Indiana Jones franchise became more campy in successive movies). I guess I would lean heavy on the suspense and opportunities for fear tests, and then have some foe that can't be beaten without first deciphering some ancient runes somewhere. Maybe throw in some temptations to corruption, as well, like promises of ancient black magic in exchange for <some evil act>.

It's a tough fit though, I think. Nile doesn't mix terribly well with the more "serious" realities because the DRAMA! and bombastic-ness undermines whatever vibe the other genre is going for.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:59 pm
by Greymarch2000
Traps don't have to damage the Storm Knights. They can split them up, knock them out, possess them, teleport them elsewhere, etc etc. There's lots of options that can feel scary but don't actually do lasting harm to the character. Ironically those are the hardest for Nile characters to deal with since soaking is only for direct damage.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:15 am
by jhosmer1
Pulp Horror is definitely a thing... just look at Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith.

I would play up the Nile feel at first, but the deeper they go, the more Orrorsh comes out to play. Lights should go out, scratching sounds are heard in the distance, things move when they aren't watching... try to ramp up the feeling that something in the darkness (or the actual Darkness itself) is going to get them.

Remember the Mummy movie with Brendon Frasier? The scarab beetle swarm held back by the torch light that is slowly going out.... that's the sort of thing you want.

Re: Nile/Orrorsh Mixed Zone ideas

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:11 pm
by Atama
jhosmer1 wrote:Remember the Mummy movie with Brendon Frasier? The scarab beetle swarm held back by the torch light that is slowly going out.... that's the sort of thing you want.

Ironically, that movie was a massive influence on the Nile Empire sourcebook, so that film is less NE/Orrorsh and more just NE.

But I get what you’re saying, dial up the creepiness.