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Children of Typhon: A New Cult and Its Leader

Leaders, Organization, and Goals The Children of Typhon are fractured into two distinct sects, each with its own power structure, leaders, and means of operation. They are both united in the purpose of releasing Typhon from his imprisonment. Despite this, they are also rivals, constantly competing with one another. Each sect wants the prestige of …

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The Song Undying: Mid- to High-Level Plot Hooks

Levels 10–12 In an effort to purify the effects of the Thrice-Cursed Heart, Salamondre decides he needs divine aid. The cult summons and binds an angel to their bidding, attempting to add its power to the ritual singing of the Song Undying to refine the artifact’s powers, to allow it to truly heal and restore …

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The Song Undying: Low- to Mid-Level Plot Hooks

Levels 1–3 Explorers in the high mountains recently found a body partially frozen in melting ice. Well-preserved, the human is dressed in furs and carrying stone tools. He could be thousands of years old. The body was taken to the city of Zobeck—there to be examined by scholars at the Arcane Collegium—packed in ice and …

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The Song Undying: Magic Items

Empowering Amplifier Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement) This hollow cone of beaten brass has a handle attached at one side. When attuned to the amplifier, you can use an action to sing through it, channeling your voice and magical power into deadly sonic attacks. The amplifier has 3 charges. You can spend a charge as …

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The Song Undying: Magic

Lullaby Enchantment cantripCasting Time: 1 actionRange: 30 feetComponents: VDuration: 1 minute You sing a lullaby to a target within range. If the target fails a Wisdom saving throw, it has disadvantage on saving throws against spells and effects that cause sleep for the duration of the spell. Luring Melody 2nd-level enchantment (bard, sorcerer)Casting Time: 1 …

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The Song Undying: Rank and File

Versifiers A versifier is a member of the Song Undying trained in the bardic traditions under Salamondre. They typically operate as evangelists for the cult, going among the population and touting the wonders of the Song Undying and the power it has to make life wonderful. They use their magic and natural charisma to sway …

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The Song Undying: Reborn by the Song, Part 2

Reborn made from the living appear alive, their flesh whole and unblemished with no sign of the decomposition normally associated with undead creatures. However, the taint of the Thrice-Cursed Heart lies heavy on their spirit, corrupting them on the inside and making them cruel, hungry things. Those whose bodies are reformed and raised from the …

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The Song Undying: Reborn by the Song

One constant of all those touched by the power of the Song Undying is a tendency for violence toward the living. This violence can also manifest as cannibalism. Because of this, those tended by Salamondre are kept apart from their living relatives, even if those people brought them to the cult in the first place. …

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The Song Undying: Salamondre’s Second-In-Command

CRESSIDA VALLIS A minor noble whose family emigrated from Illyria ahead of the Mharoti Empire’s conquest, Lady Cressida Vallis’s father was exposed as the head of a slaving ring and sentenced to execution. Unsatisfied with his punishment, the judge decreed that he would be excommunicated by all the temples of the Crossroads, as would his …

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The Song Undying: A New Cult, Its Leader, and a Terrible Relic

Salamondre Vacarro Salamondre was well known in Zobeck and elsewhere years before he founded his religion. As a bard, Salamondre was a renowned dirgist, having composed for and sung at the funerals of dignitaries, nobility, and wealthy patrons. And then the bard’s parents died suddenly, one after the other. His mother succumbed to a sudden …

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Harbingers of the Yawning Void: Hvergelmir & Niflheim

Environs of Niflheim A great plain of ice, devoid of plants and animals, the environment of Niflheim is inhospitable to life. In addition to the bone-chilling cold, dangerous foes lurk amid the twilit landscape. The worst of the dark souls confined to this place are transformed into tvierherjar (see Creature Codex) by Nidhogg. They do …

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Harbingers of the Yawning Void: Cult Activities and Adventure Hooks, Part 3

LEVELS 10–12 The Cursed Madstone. While cities have streets lined with temples and assorted apothecaries and doctors to deal with sickness, in rural areas and borderland settlements, those not lucky enough to have a healer in residence must rely on itinerant clergy or other wandering healers to come through. Those without clerical magic rely on …

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Heralds of the Yawning Void: More Dangers from the Darkness

Curse of Dissipation To enact this curse, the Harbingers will conduct a ritual to affect a thing or place already tainted by the Void—the lair of a creature associated with the Void, a battleground where Void spells were cast, or a spellbook containing Void magic—to direct the taint in a specific fashion. The curse afflicts …

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