Friday, September 26, 2014

Village Raid Procedures

These procedures and tables are for running any number of village raid scenarios in Hoard of the Dragon Queen, from the RAW Greenest to whatever village you may happen to generate.

  1. As written: tell them that they crest a hill and see to the east that smoke is rising from the town and that a huge winged form passes overhead. Thunderclouds gather and whirl above. Lightning strikes. Does the party leave or engage? 
    1. Leave: commence hexcrawl procedures (product not included—yet)
    2. Engage: commence the raid turn
  2. Modified: the PCs are all faction members. Have them pick one, assume one of its ideals and take a bond with their immediate supervisor, should such a thing be applicable. Membership in a faction is secret, but, because of the current situation, they've all been assigned to work together. They already know each other. They are investigating cult activity in the region on behalf of their (now cooperating) factions. Begin scene Greenest Arms (below). 
Greenest Arms
The PCs are in the inn, on the west side of town. Just pick a likely building from the HDQ map of Greenest. Ask them if they're:
  1. Eating and drinking
  2. In the upstairs rooms, amorously
  3. In the upstairs rooms, meditatively
  4. On the balcony, reflectively
  5. At the stage, listening to the (avant-garde / terrible / heartthrob / intoxicated) bard
  6. At the bar, asking for info about cult activity
Once you know who's where, tell them they hear screams, and, when they look out the window (or balcony), they:
  • see people running to the keep
  • hear screams and see figures moving in the distance
  • see distant fires
People in the inn start yelling to get to the keep; there's a raid. They know the drill. Then start the raid turn

Raid Turn
  1. What are the players doing? Holing up or moving?  If they're holing up, use the holed up procedure below. If they're moving, proceed.
  2. Ask how they're moving:
    1. off road or in cover: 1/6 encounter chance
    2. in housing block: 2/6 encounter chance
    3. on road: 3/6 encounter chance
    4. around important structures (mill, smith, store, inn): 4/6 encounter chance
    5. around refuge (church, manor, keep): 5/6 encounter chance
  3. Generate and describe an encounter (
  4. Ask if they intervene or keep moving. If they intervene, resolve as normal. Otherwise, proceed.
  5. If the dragon is here, check the table where is the dragon?
  6. Check for unavoidable encounters using the same procedure as above. They can run, of course. Resolve the encounter as normal and proceed.
  7. Movement finishes. 
  8. End turn. 
Greenest Arms is two moves away from the Keep. You can make a hexmap of the village if you want for this purpose. Otherwise, assume a move is about 200 feet. 

Each movement turn is 10 minutes. Each holed up turn is an hour. 

If they get to the Authority (in the keep/manor/church), the Authority will likely have missions for the PCs that will grant them no immediate benefit. But they can be heroes if they want. Just use the missions from the module: saving people at important structures, getting prisoners, driving away the dragon if the dragon is present.


What's the situation? 2d6:
  • 2: worst possible (the most important place in town has been breached / slaughter commencing or nearly over)
  • 3-5: worse than you expect (the most important place in view is surrounded / aflame, large group of people suffering)
  • 6-8: what you expect, given the progess of the siege (chaos, people running around being slain, looting of houses, stacking bodies, wrapping up and loading the treasure, etc.)
  • 9-11: better than you expect (a group of militia fighting back, the coast is clear, survivors running to the woods without pursuit)
  • 12: best possible (the siege is ring called off early, or the forces are engaged in a tactical retreat—what magic is afoot?)
The people want (when things calm down or place isn't besieged):
  1. the children to stop going missing 
  2. the lord to stop taking the loveliest youths
  3. the crops to stop purpling, crisping, and floating away as ash
  4. the dead to stop clawing up
  5. the ancestors to stop haunting in their preachy and nagging way
  6. the bandits to stop stealing our crops—won't make it the winter this time 
  7. the boys and girls alike to stop coming home pregnant from the forest
  8. the other sect to abide by the ban on their worship
  9. the fields to be rid of the 6-18' long muscular tooth-mawed worms 
  10. their prized chocobos to return to their stables; something scares them, and they won't enter the village
  11. to stop lying compulsively about everything
  12. the river to un-petrify
  13. the bronze clouds above to melt and let the sun shrine through again 
  14. the body parts to quit floating down from upriver 
  15. the trees to stop screaming
  16. the heavy special tax nullified—what is the lord building with the money anyway?
  17. to have enough food that hibernation isn't necessary after this year's harvest
  18. to drown the lord in a bathtub of his own vodka
  19. to subdue and despoil their intolerable neighbors
  20. the plague to stop 
The Authority wants / from (d6, twice):
  1. Money / the people 
  2. Respect / peers
  3. Compliance / superiors
  4. Revenge / enemy
  5. Cover / allies
  6. Love / family
Why can't this person get what he wants from the other person (2d6):
  • 2: Lacks unreasonable virtue
  • 3-5: Lacks secondary virtue
  • 6-8: Lacks primary virtue
  • 9-11: Other person unreasonable
  • 12: Misunderstanding 
Holed up
At the start of the turn when the party is holed up somewhere, make a reaction roll:
  • 2: worst 
  • 3-5: bad
  • 6-8: same
  • 9-11: improvement
  • 12: best
Very context dependent here. If the PCs barely made it in and are holding the doors against an actively opposing force, a bad result means, in addition I whatever opposed do-they-break-through checks you might do in the round, a boarded up window breaks, and a villager gets shot through it. 

If the PCs are holed up somewhere and no one saw them, the worst thing is that they're discovered. Bad would be a group of monsters encamped nearby. Etc. Good would mean maybe some militia passes by you can link up with.

Where is the dragon? (2d6)
  • 2: coming right for you
  • 3-5: headed your way 
  • 6-8: staying where he is
  • 9-11: heading away from you
  • 12: leaving (for now anyway)
Checking for survivors:
  • Players commit to the search for the given amount of time
  • GM determines how likely it is or there to be survivors here (x in 6, definitely, or definitely not)
  • GM checks, but doesn't reveal if there are survivors
  • Random encounters checked for, if any hostiles may still be in the area, and those encounters resolved
  • GM determines how likely it is, given then time, method, and area the players are searching, for them to find survivors
  • If none are found (whether there are any or not to find), GM asks what they want to do now. Players can repeat the search, modify it, abandon it, what have you. 
  • If survivors are found, check the d20 table on the village encounters roll all the dice table to see what kind of group is encounters 
  • Use reaction roll to check their mental and physical health
  • Resolve encounter as usual 

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