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Terrain: Wasteland          Random Encounter: 0 in 6          Foraging: Survival DC 30 

A strange haze hangs in the air all around you as your eyes flutter open to see the light. The last thing you remember was an explosion, indescribably large and unfathomably loud. You don’t recognize this place and the sky has a strange, purple tinge to it that plays oddly off the ruined stone around you.

  • If you wish to thoroughly search the area, make a DC 15 Investigation check. This will take one watch.
  • If you wish to glance about and see what you see, make a DC 14 Perception check.

Ruins art © Dean Spencer


The area is pretty barren. After much searching, you find a small leather sack full of ancient dried beans (equivalent to 1 day of dried rations), and a small dagger.


It seems you’re in a bit of a depression in the earth. You can see an incline on all sides of you, rising out of the dampness. Perhaps something large impacted the ground here long ago…

Random Encounter

There is no chance of a random encounter in this area.


Digging in the Sand

Bones. So many bones. How many people have been buried here?

You find a rusty long sword and a small, golden vulture head worth 250 gp.

Red Sand

The sand here on the edge of the sacrificial ground is loose and looks recently churned.

Vulture Priest

The Vulture Priests are the enemy of knowledge and enlightenment. They seek to bring the eternal silence, the end of all things. Decay and obedience is their only god.

Armor Class 6 [13]
Hit Dice 1 (4hp)
Attacks 1 × Beak (1d4 or by weapon)
THAC0 19 [0]
Movement 120’ (40’)
Saving Throws D12 W13 P14 B15 S16 (1)
Morale 8 (11 when at their temple)
Alignment Lawful
XP 10 
Number Appearing 2d4 (1d6 × 10)
Treasure Type D
Immune to the Divine: The spells and powers of clerics and paladins have no effect on them.
Weapons: They frequently use wickedly curved daggers, which they use for sacrificial purposes.
Soul Clouders: There is a 10% chance that any Vulture Priest can use the sleep spell once per day. The targets are still awake, but they are beset by such a deep depression that it has the same effect as sleep. They may only watch what unfurls around them.