4d4 Aboleth's Sunken Lair
by Guest Designer
September 25, 2019
As ancient as the gods, the aboleths roam the darkest reaches of the sea and earth capturing slaves and devouring knowledge. Seeking ancient memories, thoughts from their slaves and mysterious power they slowly plot their way to once again become the masters of the world.
Major Lair Features
- The corpse of a reptilian-looking human child lies crushed and broken in a corner. Closer inspection reveals horribly mutated arms and malformed legs.
- Several broken tridents, all coated in thick greenish slime, impale a decomposing elf to the wall.
- A series of marks are painted on the wall in thick black ink. (These are actually music notes for an ancient song).
- A stone slab bears a large carving of three eyes.
What’s Going On?
- Rests silently on the floor its tentacles twitching in time to the sound of dripping water.
- Carefully positions stones atop one another on the cavern floor. (The stones’ positions form a crude maps and mark nearby caverns and water sources).
- Cavorts madly in a deep pool before throwing a mutilated reptilian body across the chamber.
- Gazes intently at the walls with its three bloodshot eyes. (Scratches and cracks are all that remains of an ancient map).
- The aboleth has a multitude of scars covering its purple hide. One of its eyes is covered in a glassy white film—it is likely blind in that eye.
- The aboleth peers around intently through its single remaining eye; a huge scar covers its head and the two gaping holes show which once held its other eyes.
- The aboleth wears golden bracelets, graven with strange and unknown runes, on its writhing tentacles.
- The aboleth is covered in blackened scales on its back as if it was recently burned by intense flames.
Treasures to Find
- A barnacle encrusted trident with obsidian prongs. Carved shoals of fish, sharks and squid swim along its length towards its prongs.
- A ring of gold bears a symbol of a three-eyed fish-like creature upon its outer surface. A single fell and unknown rune is engraved on its inner surface.
- A stone bowl is intricately carved with pictures of a sunken city with hundreds of tentacled fish swarming around it.
- A pitch-black pearl decorates the rusted hilt of a poor-quality iron dagger.
This is an extract from Monstrous Lair #13: Aboleth’s Sunken Lair by Steve Hood. Monstrous Lair #13: Aboleth’s Sunken Lair is a System Neutral product and compatible with virtually any fantasy game (that features aboleths).
This material also appears in GM's Miscellany: Monstrous Lair I.