Sunday, May 10, 2015

One Thing: Baphomet's Basement

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"Baphomet's Basement" by Brad Black

One thing I love about this One Page Dungeon is the attention to detail that is given to both the harpy and the coffer corpse. While getting a lot of detail into a OPD is a challenging affair, Black added just a few lines that I felt helped flesh these two opponents out. The harpy wields an enchanted warhammer, which seems an unlikely choice. Within the harpy's nest the remains of a fallen dwarf can be discovered, and the origin of the weapon becomes apparent. While this is really a small and simple detail, it adds a layer of depth and backstory to the monster.  Black offers a bit of strategy when describing the coffer corpse. Although it can only be harmed by magic weapons, it will feign death if it sustains enough "damage" from normal weapons, and then launch a surprise attack on the unsuspecting party.