There are all kinds of interesting stories about Hlubočí forest. Many say it is a place where dreams come true. And those people would be right, although not entirely. You see, a wish has a great power, if you're willing to pay whatever price to get it. You can stumble upon a peculiar piece of wood that looks just as the thing you needed. Should you pick it up, well things are going to happen. People really bring what they desire from the forest. One lord desired for a beautiful bride and his plea was heared. However, you never hear how these stories continue. What you brought home from your journy isnť just some ordinary thing or even person. It is in fact a very special kind of mimic, very rare and very dangerous kind. What comes next is that your wish starts to turn aginst you. That lord's wife? She started to maltreat him, humiliate him and threaten to leave should he not do as she wants until he just couldn't bear it anymore ang hung himself. A boy found a little friend in the forest. Next week he burned to death in his family's barn with all the grain and the family starved to death. A woman wished to heal her sickly boy, so she brought home a staff that could banish death. Now nobody in the village can die, not a man, not an animal. What will you wish? Are you willing to let go of it when all goes awry?
So if a player wishes for the classical trope of "I wish I had X amount of gold or platinum pieces" would it be a scenario where: they find all these coins in the woods make a large number of purchases with them then debt collectors come to seek vengeance because the coins all turned back into wood a few days or months after they made said purchase?
Edit 1: I love this, and it has a Samurai Jack feel to it that I'm digging.
This sure could be one outcome, but a sum of money usually isn't the greatest desire one could have. I'd make it something they could keep on to for longer, like a infinite purse, except, as you said, the money turns to wood and the things purchased with it (if they are material, that is) start to go missing. You could have them roll perception chcks with disadvantage every night and keep them guessing and torture them and THAN make the shopkeepers come asking for money. There's a way more you can do if they keep the thing they found. Also, since they wished for it so hard (so hard...), it shouldn't be easy for them to dispose of it even if they know it's not good for them.
Last Edit: May 1, 2017 18:05:26 GMT by Orinen: I am a neatfreak and I am proud of it, most of the time..
The lord hung himself and now the mimic wife runs the local kingdom. This is a great hook. The players investigate and learn about the forest. Because the forest is a secret, well, kind of anyways. Now they must find a way to depose of the mimic Lady and neutralize the forest.