The following adventure for The Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in January 2005.

This short scenario seed by Steve Dempsey can be dropped into any ongoing Dying Earth campaign.

The adventurers are on the road traveling to their next destination. It is getting late and night is drawing in. As they near their they spot a lone tree from which hangs a gruesome bundle: the half-rotted remains of what may have once been a man. As the characters approach, birds of carrion flap their great wings and fly off in a raucous cacophony. The darkened sun is setting and the long shadow of the hanged man falls across one of the PCs. As it does so, a great dark patch passes portentously over the face of the sun, plunging all into near darkness. It is this shadow that triggers the events that will eventually come to pass…

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The Dying Earth — and its rules-lighter version the Revivification Folio — take you into the world of master fantasist Jack Vance, where a flashing sword is less important than nimble wits, persuasive words,and a fine sense of fashion. Survive by your cunning, search for lost lore, or command the omnipotent but quarrelsome sandestins. Purchase The Dying Earth or the Revivification Folio in print and PDF at the Pelgrane Shop.

The following article on the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in December 2004.

By Steve Dempsey

Tolstoy had it that there were only two possible plots: a man goes on a journey, and a stranger comes to town. And so it is with the Dying Earth. Cugel, as the main protagonist is usually up to one of two things. Either spreading his brand of mayhem to a new town, somewhere they haven’t yet had the misfortune of his endeavours, or fleeing from said town’s enraged inhabitants; Cugel doesn’t often visit the same place twice. Jack Vance uses this itinerant lifestyle to create ever more fanciful locations from the mud pits of Flutic to the “other cosmos” in a bag.

The Dying Earth game was written to recreate this kind of existence….

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The following PDF article originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in November 2004.

A discussion of Dying Earth RPG rules by Steve Dempsey.

Imagine the scene: after spending a night on the town, our hero is chased by irate husbands and is forced to sleep in a hollow out on the moors. In the morning, much to his chagrin, he notices that the entrance to his sleeping quarters is being watched by a hungry looking pelgrane. “Kind sir”, entreats the creature, “I am almost fainting for the lack of food. In such inhospitable circumstances as we find ourselves I am the most likely to survive. It is only logical that you should be my food.” A spate of dice rolling ensues and the pelgrane triumphs on an illustrious success. The character’s fate is sealed and he happily feeds the expectant bird, “You poor hungry creature, …”

It may not seem obvious, and even though such a end is droll, this is not how a Dying Earth character should perish…

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This short adventure for the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in October 2004.

This adventure by Steve Dempsey is for use as a diversion in your regular campaign and can be slotted in as the characters are travelling between locations. It’s suitable for Cugel-level characters, who encounter a small pool by the roadside containing some rather large tadpoles. Standing near the pool is an old man, Zafouc , with a sharp stick. He has a small fire going and has obviously been trying to catch some of the tadpoles, to no avail. Pedantry will reveal that these
are Polliwolls, delicious if grilled over the wood of the tattervine. It is probably time for the PCs to test their Gourmandism…

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This short adventure for the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in September 2004.

Part two of an adventure by Steve Dempsey.

This part of the adventure is very unstructured and is an opportunity to use Robin’s “Yes, But …” See Page XX columns.

The adventure takes place in the PCs’ collective memory so it is essentially up to the players to construct the backdrop to the adventure. The film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has sequences that illustrate this kind of thing, and it’s well worth seeing too!

Wiping the Slate Clean (Part 2)

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This short adventure for the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in August 2004.

by Steve Dempsey

Amaranth is tall and willowy with a girlish bob of black hair. Her features are attractive but quite sharp. Her eyes are gray. She wears outmoded fashion from Aeons ago, a green military jacket with lapels and medals that jangle, purple trousers and riding boots of fine leather. She carries a shoulder bag in which she keeps all her worldly goods, a few terces, a shell she found, a small Bakelite statue of a bearlike creature that she found on the banks of the Scaum, a thin sheet of metallic material under which she sleeps, and some leaves of the bodo-bush. One of these will feed a person for a day but stains the mouth bright red.

Amaranth has approached the PCs as she needs their help. She knows of a manse…

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This short adventure for the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in July 2004.

by Steve Dempsey

The mage Vanduk has promised to deliver a talk at a conclave. His reputation rides on the success of his demonstration. His talk is about how spell pervulsions are combined to make worthwhile effects, but his understanding is that of a hedge magician. So he called on Pandelume and negotiated an exchange.

Pandelume was to teach him the pervulsions of Vorredol’s Removable Eye for use at the Symposium. In exchange, Vanduk was to deliver certain rare spices to Pandelume. Vanduk cheated – some of the spices were fakes. Pandelume realised that Vanduk would try to cheat him and put in a faulty syllable to at
least gain some advantage. The mistake summons a demon who, it just so happens, Pandelume wants to capture. Had Vanduk been honest, Pandelume would have sent him a message explaining that there had been an accidental inversion and giving him the correct version of the spell.

The PCs are the unfortunates who are left to sort out this sorry mess.

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This short adventure for the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in June 2004.

by Steve Dempsey

Master Wilbon Sar, a member of the Scholasticarium, teaches XIIth Aeon Custom.

Wilbon dresses in typical style of that period, that is to say cumbersome robes that splay out into a calf length skirt. They are highly pretentiously decorated and definitely impractical for anyone performing manual labour. He claims they are the robes appropriate to the Elder Sage of a Syronical Potentate and that he is justified in wearing them because he is the last descendant of the Syrons.

Another member of the Scholasticarium, Ildegar Wemms, has entered into a wager with Wilbon that he cannot prove this by sundown tomorrow.

Wilbon has engaged the PCs to help in this endeavour, either because they are his students and he holds absolute power over them, or they are tempted by the lure of the terces that a man of such stupendous dress must surely possess. In any case, the point is moot, and the game afoot…

 

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