Mysteries of the Ninth World 23: Back to Hell

Green slime with bones and arrows filling it opens it's maw toward the viewer

Heading into the last arc of this campaign, the party begins to make their way to Hell, hoping to finally stop Dagon and the threat he’s brought to the Ninth World

Note: Some of the imagery in the episode might be upsetting for those with PTSD.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Chuck, Landan, Michael, and Shaunna.
System: Numenera

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions.” (incompetech.com)
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Homebrew Monsters: Octopus Dragon and Mantis Dragon

While the bestiaries for Numenera, The Strange, and Cypher System have plenty of wonderful creatures for your players to encounter, sometimes you see something you know your players need to encounter during their adventures.

A dragon-like sea creature with blue rings, and spikes and 4 legs ending in claw, four ending in tentacles

Octopus Dragon (Level 7)

While it bears little relation to the intelligent octopodes that reside in the deep, the Octopus Dragon was named for it’s resemblance to them. A cunning predator, the Octopus Dragon camouflages itself to match it’s surroundings and ambushes it’s prey. An Octopus Dragon can breath air, but prefers the ocean, where it’s a more effective hunter. Octopodes despise any association with these relatively mindless predators and will pay handsomely to anyone who brings evidence of a successful kill.

Motive: Hungers for flesh
Environment: Anywhere in the Ocean, Solitary
Health: 35
Damage Inflicted: 8 points
Modifications: Stealth as Level 9, Speed Defense as Level 6 due to size
Movement: Short
Combat: The Octopus Dragon can make two attacks in a round, a bite attack, a claw attack, and/or grabbing with it’s tentacles. The bite attack is venomous and requires a Might Defense roll if the attack succeeds. On a failed roll, the victim becomes respiratory muscles begin to seize up, and breathing becomes difficult. They take an additional 2 points of Intellect Damage (then Might, then Speed) each round as oxygen struggles to make it to their brain. To stop the progress of the venom, someone must pass a level 6 heal check, assisting with false respiration.
The tentacle attack prevents the Octopus Dragon from moving, but allows it to grab onto a target, increasing the difficulty of avoiding it’s bite or claws by two levels. To avoid being grabbed, the adventurer must succeed on a Might Defense roll, level 7.
Interaction: The Octopus Dragon is not intelligent like the Octopodes it resembles. It cannot be reasoned with. Patient predators, they use their superior camouflage abilities to blend in the with terrain and attack when prey draws near.
Use: When a party is investigating something on the sea floor or in a coral reef, the Octopus Dragon might be laying in wait. They are drawn to numenera, or semi-precious jewels, and will kill to add them to their hoard.
Loot: Like most dragons, the Octopus Dragon keeps a hoard, usually in a nearby cave. While typically composed of pearls and shells, adventurers may also find several oddities, 2d20 abadis, 2-3 cyphers or even an artifact in the hoard. If time is taken, a careful explorer might be able to extract enough venom for three uses from the mouth of the Octopus Dragon.
GM Intrusion: The PC fails to realize that the Octopus Dragon has another limb that has been camouflaged, and it now uses it to attack the PC.

A dragon like creature with front arms like a preying mantis, and dragonfly like wings

Mantis Dragon (Level 6)

With a silhouette that shocks with its very wrongness, the Mantis Dragon is an enormous hybrid that is as deadly as it is frighteningly alluring . With their ability to enthrall prey, Mantis Dragons typically wait until their targets are too close to even contemplate escape before capturing them with their hypnotic hum and fluttering of wings. Many an unlucky explorer has been ripped apart by a Mantis Dragon’s powerful forelegs, dumbly smiling all the while.

Motive: Hungers for flesh
Environment: Grasslands, temperate and tropical climates, Solitary
Health: 28
Damage Inflicted: 6
Modifications: Stealth as Level 7, Perception as Level 7
Movement: Short, Long when flying
Combat: The Mantis Dragon has powerful forelegs that it uses to clasp and cut apart it’s prey. Once grasped in the strong forelegs, it’s a difficulty 8 Might Defense roll to escape. The Mantis Dragon does an additional 2 points of damage each round once it has a creature in it’s clutches.
The Mantis Dragon frequently mesmerizes it’s prays with it’s wings. As an action, the Mantis Dragon may spread it’s wings and move towards it’s prey in a slow rhythmic motion, emitting a low hum. Each creature in line of sight must make a Level 6 Intellect Defense roll or become mesmerized by the patterns in it’s wings and the sound it makes. On a failure, the targets are stunned and unable to take actions until the Mantis Dragon ceases it’s dance, or they suffer harm from an attack.
The Mantis Dragon can also bite it’s prey, though it’s preferred attack is to crush a victim in it’s forelegs.
Interaction: Mantis Dragons are predators, and cannot be reasoned with.
Use: The Mantis Dragon, blends into the surrounding environment, rather then tracking it’s prey. The party might venture into its territory and it sees a chance for a meal, or hunters in the region have reported the Mantis Dragon as a threat on their ability to hunt for food for their families.
Loot: Mantis Dragons hide their hoards well, and it will take some time to discover it’s location. The hoard typically consists of 2d20 shins, several oddities, and 2-3 cyphers, taken from previous meals.
GM Intrusion: While an adventurer is in its clasp, the Mantis Dragon takes to the air, and drops them. The adventurer has moments to try to stop their fall.


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Mysteries of the Ninth World 22: Ummm…I’m Debilitated

Map of Innsmouth showing the port, the streets, and all of the important locations from Lovecraft's story

Escaping from Innsmouth is a little more complicated then expected.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Chuck, Landan, Michael.
System: Numenera

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions.” (incompetech.com)
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Mysteries of the Ninth World 21: The Esoteric Order of Dagon

A building that looks like mausoleum in black and white. The sign reads "THe esoteric order of Dagon"

The party travels to a new reality to retrieve a book. Should be easy, right?

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Chuck, Michael, Shaunna.
System: Numenera

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions.” (incompetech.com)
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Mysteries of the Ninth World 20: Grand Theft Numenera

A  metal bracelet of a snake eating it's tail

As the heist begins, the party finds that security might be better then expected.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Chuck, Landan, Michael, Shaunna.
System: Numenera

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions.” (incompetech.com)
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Mysteries of the Ninth World 19: The Best Laid Plans…

Overhead view of a city full of dirigibles and mist

The party needs to pull off a heist in order to get the information on their next step. However, reality keeps interrupting their perfect plans.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Chuck, Michael.
System: Numenera

More information on the game Megan is running to benefit the SPLC can be found here!

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Numenera: The Hideous Game

A pale creepy figure with long fingers and no eyes, but mouths covering it's head

Three adventurers try to find the answer to the nefarious game that is being played on the citizens of Qi before it’s too late.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, John, Richard
System: Numenera

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions.” (incompetech.com)
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Mysteries of the Ninth World 18: Let it Go

Side view of Qi. It's a tall city with floating dirigibles.

As they make their way back to Nihliesh, the adventurers have a new mission. Find Ilthana.

Featuring Aser, Chuck, Landan, Megan, Mike, and Shaunna. Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions”.

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Mysteries of the Ninth World 17: I’ll Give You Two Shins

Red slime

The adventurers head deeper into the Tombs of the Nacrosanti, facing new dangers and and intriguing new possibilities

Featuring Aser, Chuck, Megan, Mike, and Shaunna. Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions”.

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Mysteries of the Ninth World 16: Stronger Today, Stronger Tomorrow

A varrakith menaces a now headless body. It has long insect like limbs with skulls at it's joints

The party descends into the mysterious caverns, where challenges to their wits might be the most deadly of all. Also, there are monsters.

Featuring Aser, Chuck, Megan, Mike, and Shaunna. Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions”.

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