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Alien Orifice-specific answers to Jeff’s twenty questions

February 2, 2013

Jeff Rients posed twenty useful player-centric questions a DM should think about in the early stages of campaign planning. Here are my current answers (they may change, and probably will) to Jeff’s questions, as they relate to my long-gestating Alien Orifice science fantasy megadungeon setting. Hob’s Hub, by the way, is the nearest equivalent of the Keep on the Borderlands to be found on the planet Inanna. Only much less lawful.

What is the deal with my cleric’s religion?
No deal. No clerics.

Where can we go to buy standard equipment?
Try any of the adventurers’ outfitters at Hob’s Hub.

Where can we go to get platemail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended?
Seriously? Try “Knotty” Tom Tonks the armourer at Hob’s Hub. And a word of advice: don’t turn your back on your new friend.

Who is the mightiest wizard in the land?
Probably Tortagrue the Blue-Black. He maintains a well-guarded villa in the southern mountains, and has a private space yawl. But it’s rumoured that some of the renegade robots on the planet have learned to cast spells. Who knows how powerful they’ve become?

Who is the greatest warrior in the land?
Greatest warrior is pushing it, but the biggest brawler is most likely Abelard du Toit, commonly known as “Bad Ab”. He once punched a man’s head off. For jostling him and spilling his ale.

Who is the richest person in the land?
It’s a toss-up between Hob Mitchum, the founder and de facto mayor of Hob’s Hub, and the aforementioned Tortagrue.

Where can we go to get some magical healing?
Pick a wizard and meet his asking price.

Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath?
Some of those don’t apply on Inanna. For the others, you’ll need to find a decent doctor (good luck with that!) or a powerful wizard and persuade him to help.

Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells?

Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC?
Among the adventurers based at Hob’s Hub, you’ll find experts in a surprisingly wide range of fields. Ask around.

Where can I hire mercenaries?
Hob’s Hub.

Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law?
Not out here in the Fringe Worlds, no. Back in the Terran Empire, wizards are persecuted. That might be why you left.

Which way to the nearest tavern?
Well, in Hob’s Hub (where else?) I hear the Star Bar and the Architect’s Arms are both quite good.

What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?
Outlaw robot bikers, especially the gang called Metal Hurlant.

Are there any wars brewing I could go fight?
No. Just some vicious feuds between rival adventuring parties.

How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes?
Not really, no. But anything’s possible in the underworld.

Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
Who knows? If they exist, they’re secret.

What is there to eat around here?
Plenty, if your constitution is up to it.

Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for?
There are rumours of a place in the underworld so well defended by traps and puzzles that no one’s ever penetrated it. They call it “The Vault”. There must be something pretty sweet inside.

Where is the nearest dragon or other monster with Type H treasure?
There are monsters and treasure galore in the underworld. Seek and ye shall find.

Awesome model of Mongrol by fengschwing

Awesome model of Mongrol by fengschwing

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