Under the Dopple Tree

Somewhere in the forest, a baby cries. It’s easy to tell what general direction the noise comes from, but it stops as suddenly as it started. If the PCs search for the source of the sound, they find a peculiar tree growing in the middle of a clearing. The clearing is full of dead vines and rotting saplings, as if something leached all the life from the area. The tree itself is dull red and its branches are a tangled mess that seem to be consuming each other. Heavy webs cling to them.

In the midst of the branches is a human baby. A small dopplegänger clambers around it. It adopts the child’s form as the PCs watch. The webs contain 1d6 giant spiders. In ten minutes, 1d4 full-sized dopplegängers return to the tree.



Baby Dopplegänger

AC 6 [13], HD 1-1, Att 1 × bite (1d6), THAC0 19 [0], MV 60’ (20’), SV D14 W15 P16 B17 S18, ML 8 (9 if other dopplegängers are present) AL Chaotic, XP 5 TT None

The Baby Dopplegänger has all the abilities of a fully grown member of its species.

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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.