Friday 27 August 2021

The Dullahan for Romance of the Perilous Land

The Dullahan is a headless rider who carries their grinning head under one arm and a whip crafted from a human spine in another. They are harbingers of death, emerging from the soil to reap the souls of the living and carry them to the underworld. If the Dullahan calls your name, your fate is sealed. 


HP 36

AP 10

Attack: Spine whip (melee) or Call name (ranged, 100ft)

Damage: d10+8 (melee)


- If the Dullahan calls a victim's name, they must make a Mind save or be marked for death. A character marked for death takes double damage from the Dullahan. The Dullahan must be aware of a victim's name to be able to use the call name attack. 

- The Dullahan can move 40ft per turn 

- When the Dullahan reaches 0HP it returns to the ground where it takes 2d6 nights to fully regenerate it's HP. 

- The Dullahan is weak to gold. If struck with a weapon laced with gold, it takes an extra d10 damage. 

Thursday 26 August 2021

The Nut Nan for Romance of the Perilous Land

 Today I'm injecting some Mancunian folklore into the Perilous Land, with the Nut Nan. This fey creature resembles an old woman smoking a long pipe and wielding a constantly hot poker. She sits in trees to stop youths from taking her ripe hazelnuts. While she never goes so far as to use lethal force, she doesn't mind giving someone a whipping with her poker, much to her glee.

Nut Nan 

HD2, HP 9, AP 2

Attack: Hot poker (melee)

Damage: d6+2

No. Appearing: 1-4

Special: The Nut Nan is treated as being invisible while sitting in a tree.

Saturday 21 August 2021

Gawain for Romance of the Perilous Land

Sir Gawain is a young and headstrong member of the Round Table. He's fiercely loyal to Arthur and his companions and his passions have been known to run so high to obscure his better judgement. A charming, handsome man, Gawain is known for taking male and female lovers (they say he can talk the feathers off a hen, whatever that means). With his horse Gringolet he rides the Perilous Land on special quests, wielding the enchanted sword Galatine, Excalibur's twin. Merlin himself taught Gawain healing skills, though the knight could never reach the mastership of the old conjurer. 

Sir Gawain 

Class: Knight 

Background: Outrider

Faction: Knights of the Round Table

Level 8

Might 21, Reflex 17, Charisma 20, Mind 15, Constitution 17

HP: 47

AP: 18

Skills: Riding, Perception, Athletics, Survival,  Persuasion, Bluff, Intimidate

Talents: Charming, Jack of all Trades, Master Healer, Shield Expert, Swift Recovery 

Weapon: Galatine (shortsword) d8 (after noon but before dusk becomes a d10 weapon). 

Armour: Plate 12, Tower Shield 6

Art: Alan Lathwell for Romance of the Perilous Land.

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Quill: Shadow & Ink scenario - City on Canvas


This is a free scenario for Quill: Shadow and Ink.


You are living in the heart of Paris in 1889. Recently you have moved into a commune where you've become good friends with a group of like-minded painters, sculptors and poets. Every week you correspond with your old friend, Pierre Duchamp, who is a confidante.

One day one of your new found friends, a painter called Marie, shows you her new piece in secret. It's a photo-realistic image of a world beyond our own, beyond anything. A city of yellowing towers reaches like crooked fingers towards a black sky. Marie told you that ever since moving into the commune she had been dreaming about this city, each night revealing itself bit by bit. A mix of awe and revulsion washed over you before you gave your leave. 

The next day you dared to look upon the painting again. This time a figure was standing at its gates, one you swore you hadn't seen before. The same day the sculptor Jean had vanished without a trace. As days went by you checked on the painting and more figures began to appear, all the while members of the commune were vanishing. Now Marie is nowhere to be found.

You are writing to Pierre to try to explain what is happening, and hopefully get your friend to pay a visit to stop this madness once and for all.

Rules of Correspondence

- The Artist gains a +1 to language tests when describing the painting 

Ink Pot 

Picture/ Watercolour

Stars/ Hyades 

Room/ Chamber 

Looked/ Scoured 

Scene/ Cyclopean vista 

Lovely/ Elegant

Wood/ Timber 

Secret/ Clandestine 

Bony/ Osseous 

Torch/ Flambeau 


Fewer than 5 points 

You receive a teasing response from Pierre who asks if you have been on the green fairy (so what if you have?). Your friend doesn't have time to travel across the channel to see you. Soon you begin to dream of the city in the painting, the black stars and a gaunt figure in flowing tattered robes. A week later you awake in a sweat. Only, it's not a sweat. Your skin is like oil, leaking off your body and staining your bedclothes. You feel the need to see the painting. No, to be one with the painting. You reach inside the canvas, your body flowing away from you, becoming part of the painting. You stand before the gates of the city surrounded by the smiling faces of your commune friends. Marie approaches you, but she answers to Cassilda now.

6-8 points 

Duchamp responds with a half-mocking letter, but admits it has been too long since you last saw each other so agrees to visit. Between his arrival you begin to dream about the city, the black stars and the gaunt figure wrapped in a flowing tattered robe. You decide you can no longer sleep, staying awake for nights on end until your friend arrives. Seeing you in a state of exhaustion he grows increasingly concerned. You show him the painting, but his response is indifference. He says that because you're sleep deprived your mind is playing tricks on you. He has you drink a concoction that puts you right to sleep. When you awake, Duchamp is nowhere to be seen. You creep into the room with the painting and scream when you see a new addition to the canvas.

9+ points

Knowing you to be a rational person, Duchamp is clearly intrigued by your story. He decides to visit and help you investigate these strange events. Between his arrival you begin to dream about the city, the black stars and the gaunt figure wrapped in a flowing tattered robe. You decide you can no longer sleep, staying awake for nights on end until your friend arrives. Seeing that you're in despair, Duchamp reviews the painting, scraping the paint with a knife. He tells you he would like to destroy it, whether it is haunted or not - it's clearly having an adverse effect on your psyche. Thanks night the painting is burned and the ashes scattered into a field. Miraculously the dreams subside and your nights become peaceful once more.