The ruin had been there since the time of my grandfather's grandfather. No-one knew cared what it had once been. What it had become to us was a source of dressed stone for our homes and granaries and for the walls that we built about the fields.
Within the hillside, through what was left of the dilapidated ruin stood a plaster statue of what we assumed was some long-forgotten hero, or deity perhaps. Plaster. For generations we had thought the statue to be worthless plaster, and we had left it untouched, perhaps out of reverence for those who had once felt the subject worthy of a statue.
Then, one day, I found a block of stone had fallen from the roof and cracked the plaster away from the statue's shoulder. What I found beneath was the first surprise, but not the last, for what I found beneath the plaster was gold.
Who had hidden it thus and why I knew not, but there it was, a king's ransom in a damp, dingey chamber within the hill. Nothing but the ancient, crumbling ruins outside to watch over it. Or so we thought… Not until we tried to move it did we uncover the true, and dreadful, Secret of Serpent Tor. A secret that cost me an eye and the lives of so many old friends. A secret that wakes me screaming in the night still to this day.
The Secret of Serpent Tor is a an adventure for the Spelldancer fantasy RPG by Gethsemane Games. Intended for a small group of of moderately experienced or a larger group of inexperienced characters, the adventure pitches the party headlong into a desperate struggle to contain an ancient evil, a cult of demonic serpent folk, unleashed after centuries of imprisonment and bent on once again subduing all around them.
Fabulous wealth and terrible danger await those that would learn The Secret of Serpent Tor.