Articles By Author - Richard Pett

Your Whispering Homunculus: 50 Treasures of the Southlands, Part One

“Well?” “Well, what, your domeness?” “You’re covered in dust—explain.” “Ah, the dust. Yes, well, I was under the Great Stair and—” “You are not to go under-stairs, ever. You’ve only been briefly in my employ and would do well to remember the last homunculus that pried too deeply into my affairs and property.” “Yes, master. I was drawn by the curious red leather tome with its ankh...

Your Whispering Homunculus: All Smiles, Part Three

All Smile, Part Three “Gah! He’s left one of those irksome snowmen outside, curse the man.” “No master, I’m afraid that snowman is your Uncle Flobb.” And so we come to the end of our suggested seasonal get-togethers. One final pair of events that may get everyone together in an uneasy way… The Call for Help from an Enemy You need to know your players well to try this one as you might be wasting your time before you...

Your Whispering Homunculus: All Smiles, Part Two

All Smiles, Part Two “Is he still there?” “Yes, master. Ah, you’ve changed your mind and are going to let him in from the cold? Kind master.” “Not at all. I want to drink this brandy and eat this cake from the window where he can see me whilst he shivers outside.” Continuing our dark look at the season of goodwill, here are a few more ideas for unusual or unexpected events to throw at your players. The Gift What a tale you can spin when your...

Your Whispering Homunculus: All Smiles, Part One

All Smiles, Part One “He’s still out there master.” “Good.” “But master, your great uncle Flobb is turning blue.” “Let him. I never liked the man.” “But master, it is the season of goodwill. Surely, you have some kindness in your bones at this, the happiest time of the year.” “Nope.”  This is the season of good will—the giving of gifts, the joy of friends and family, the season of happiness and pleasure. At least in general. Not everyone shares...

Your Whispering Homunculus: Obscure Symbols and Portents, Part 2

Everything has meaning some say, and in a world of suspicion and magic and portents that come true, these curious signs must assume great importance to some; particularly to those that have little else to grasp onto except toil and woe.  Here are fifty such beliefs, customs and warning signs from the gods, together with their randomly generated, somewhat obscure meanings or consequences. Use these to have NPCs warn PCs of the true meaning of...

Your Whispering Homunculus: Obscure Symbols and Portents, Part 1

“‘Tis a dark night, Master, and full of evil portents. I saw three toads heading toward the crescent moon as night fell, and we all know what that means. For days now the air has been alive with buzzards, midges, and the distant singing of one-armed mummers. Only last week a piglet with three faces was born out toward Gimly. Something terrible is clearly afoot.” “Shut up, and get on with clipping my toenails.”...

Your Whispering Homunculus: 50 Treasures of the Rajahs

“What’s that unpleasant smell?” “Which one, your unbeautifulness?” “That strangely sweet, smoky one.” “Ah, incense, your massiveness. I’ve just found a box of uncatalogued goods from your trip to the lands of the rajahs.” “Well, be careful. Those things can be dangerous. Now, help me adjust my sock gaiter.”  As a companion-piece to Treasures of the Pharaohs, we humbly provide for your use a list of treasures that originate in the land of...

Your Whispering Homunculus: 50 Troll Features

 “What is that?”       “What is what, oh Oft-Accidentally-Flatulent One?”       “That extra head.”       “Oh. That. Well, tonight is the homunculi and magically-birthed menials’ ball, and I’m going as a troll whose regeneration has birthed an extra head.”       “I don’t remember giving you the night off—get that roof repaired, and when you’ve finished that, starch my...

Your Whispering Homunculus: 100 Noteworthy NPCs (part two)

As a busy GM, you have enough on your plate writing or preparing adventures for your next gaming session. Here at YWH, as you know, we like to share your burden. For this session, we have a few one shot or single-notable-fact NPCs to spice up your adventures. Perhaps, the PCs meet them on their journey between adventures. Maybe, they are important NPCs in need of a little extra tweak to get attention. Or maybe, the PCs ask someone unexpected...

Your Whispering Homunculus: 100 Noteworthy NPCs (part one)

“She’s back again master.”       “Who.”       “That fat woman with the extra mouth. I bet she likes pies”       “Honestly, grotlette, I wish you wouldn’t judge people on so simple a basis. She’s probably an accomplished harpsichord player or something.”       “Shall I bring her in?”       “Yes, but don’t leave us alone, she might try and eat me.”...

Your Whispering Homunculus: For One Night Only… Funny Weather, Too

“Close the shutters, grotesquelet. I have it on good authority we’re in for a stormy night.” “With pleasure, Oh Round One. Hail?” “Don’t grovel. My dear friend Ragwort the Amaranth Wizard tells me he’s expecting toads.” “Please, proffer him my congratulations master.” “Don’t be impertinent, and get that cat oiled.” For One Night Only are occasional articles within YWH to spice up a...

Your Whispering Homunculus: For One Night Only… Funny Weather

“Close the shutters, grotesquelet. I have it on good authority we’re in for a stormy night.” “With pleasure, Oh Round One. Hail?” “Don’t grovel. My dear friend Ragwort the Amaranth Wizard tells me he’s expecting toads.” “Please, proffer him my congratulations master.” “Don’t be impertinent, and get that cat oiled.”  For One Night Only are occasional articles...

Your Whispering Homunculus—10 Curious and Mercifully Unique Maladies

Master Pett’s Your Whispering Homunculus presents only the finest in British gaming. Indeed, you are not likely to find a more comprehensive assortment of miscellany anywhere. (So much more than just another bloke in a dress.) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ “Master!” “Again, tape-wormlet, can’t you see I’m busy with this flan? What now?” “Apologies, oh copious one, but my ongoing research into hedge-witches has brought up a list of curious illnesses and afflictions...

Your Whispering Homunculus—A Dozen Obscure Village Feuds

Master Pett’s Your Whispering Homunculus presents only the finest in British gaming. Indeed, you are not likely to find a more comprehensive assortment of miscellany anywhere. (So much more than just another bloke in a dress.) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ “Master!” “What is it now, tapewormlet?” “There appears to be some sort of ruckus outside in the snow, with one side of the street lining up against the other, both armed with pitchforks.” “Really? Doubtless...

Your Whispering Homunculus—20 Curious Tavern Chambers

Master Pett’s Your Whispering Homunculus presents only the finest in British gaming. Indeed, you are not likely to find a more comprehensive assortment of miscellany anywhere. (So much more than just another bloke in a dress.) “My lady!” “For the thousandth time, will you please refer to me as Master? I am, as you know, researching the magiks—magiks with a k I hasten to add—of our good friends the witches, and tonight I find myself in need of...

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