Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hex Location: Petrified Crocodile

Two stone protrusions on the surface of the river, about ten feet apart, which are the upper and lower jaws of a submerged, petrified giant crocodile. This was the site of a battle between gods - the crocodile was an umalagad of a powerful family, its maw open as it attempted to swallow a celestial diwata. The umalagad has been petrified for its hubris, its mortal family falling into disfavor and scattering to the winds. Their descendants still remember the insult - there is a 1% chance that some of them are nearby in some scheme or another to restore their ancestor.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hex Location: Annani Warrens

Photo from a page of Mga Tambay sa Tabi-Tabi by Ang INK.
Used without permission.
A settlement of 6d10 annani goblins. Half of the them are adults, and the rest are children - barely bigger than puppies. They have makeshift shanties, made of loose wooden planks salvaged from a nearby human town and standing atop the swamp waters on sticks. Since their grasp of engineering is very poor, it is likely (40%) that any particular monsoon will devastate their homes and rapidly deplete their numbers. But they breed quickly as goblins are wont to do, so they will recover in a few years' time. Annanis likewise care little for hygiene, so these warrens will tend to be infested with rats who eat their shit, which they eat, in turn, when carabao heads are scarce.

Annanis are red-skinned goblins who have a irresistible appetite for carabao heads: They will always attack and kill a carabao if they think they can get away with it. This brings them into conflict with humans who use these animals to help plough their fields. Nothing else is remarkable about them. They are neither peaceful nor irrationally violent. They can be friendly if given food more delicious than rats, but they will not go out of their way to help a friend, either.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Oryang, the River Goddess

Part 2: The daughters of Habagat

Once on a time, a marriage between two diwatas came to its bitter end. In his spite, Habagat the rain giver saw fit to deny the diwata of Oryang of the masculine essence needed to fertilize her feminine soil. Hungered by this denial to fulfill her divine mandate, she turned to the men who lived upon her bounty and ate them for sustenance.

Amidst the chaos, a babaylan named Kristo beseeched her to have mercy upon the people. Moved by her devotion, the goddess agreed to stay her hand, so long as masculine essence was offered to her whenever the monsoons demand that she give life to her soil. And so began the primitive practice of human sacrifice where virile young men were sacrificed to Oryang as the storms come and the season for wet planting begins. So long as the ritual sacrifice was observed, the river diwata remained dormant and her ire remained unprovoked.

This continued on for an age.

But savagery eventually gave way to illumination, and the more learned successors of Kristo came to better understand the nature of spirits and souls. For it was not the blood of young men that the diwata craved, per se; she only needed their masculine essence. Chickens are indigenous to river Oryang, and the practice of keeping prized cocks as pets was already popular in what will be known as the town of Sabungan. Through their auguries, the babaylan found that men who are fond of their cocks imbue their souls of masculine pride into them. The babaylan argued that it was sufficient to sacrifice the cocks. They can always just raise a new chick and eventually have a completely new cock to be proud of, right?


Table: Critical hits from a cock’s spur
Critical Hit
Lose a finger
Forevermore, you drop whatever you are holding whenever you roll a natural 1 on any d20 roll using your hands.
Calf muscle cut
Until you receive healing, your speed is reduced by 5 feet.
Eye poked
Forevermore, you have disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks using your sight.
To the heart!
Extra 1d4+2 damage. This will kill most commoners.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Daughters of Habagat

Sabungan has no walls, but as the nipa huts become fewer and the rice paddies of the town make way for wild jungle growth, the area of the haunted wood begins. It is a bastion of wildlife abundant with game. However, last year rumors of a white lady roaming the jungle began. Upon the possibility of seeing such death, the cocksureness of Sabungan’s hunters vanished. Why hunt and risk the attention of the white lady when the Oryang river is fertile with fish?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hex Location: Balete of the Forgotten Datus

Not mine. Owned by Lakad Pilipinas

A balete (banyan) tree, its strangler roots enclosing an area 25 feet across. Its leaves and roots tower above, forming a canopy that can shield from sun and rain. (The latter less so.) The area covered by the balete is sacred ground - all Utang (Prayer) checks made within the area have their DCs reduced by 5 because of this. 

Long-dead datus have been meticulously exhumed, washed, wrapped in silk, and placed in large porcelain jars along with their jewelry and possessions. The jars were then "reburied" by leaving it under the younger strangling roots for the balete to slowly subsume. Now, the people who practiced this tradition are gone and the deeds of their once-glorious datus have long been forgotten. But the balete remains, as do three of the jars. If the jars can somehow be unrooted, treat the entirety as CR 4 Treasure Hoard. (Roll only on Gems or Art Objects, and Magic Items columns.)

(If used as part of COCKAMANIA:  The datus remember an earlier form of the cock festival and might speak of it, assuming of course that the dead are allowed to speak.)