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GM's Resources

4d4 Haunted House

4d4 Haunted House

by Guest Designer

September 30, 2019


GM's Resources

4d4 Haunted House

by Guest Designer

September 30, 2019


4d4 Haunted House

The haunted manor house is a classic adventure locale ripe for flavoursome dressing up. Use the lists below to add flavour and detail to the haunted houses in your campaign!

Outside the House

  1. A riot of weeds, thick bushes and several sickly trees grow closely about the haunted house.
  2. A scattering of rotten, smashed furniture—perhaps thrown from the house—lies on the ground.
  3. No vegetation grows within 15-foot of the house. The twisted trunks of several trees lie stark upon the ground.
  4. Shadows seem to gather closely about the haunted house, on all but the sunniest days.

What’s Going On

  1. At the characters’ approach, the nearest door flies open and then slams shut.
  2. Suddenly, wild and high-pitched screaming breaks the relative quiet. It stops as quickly as it started.
  3. The loud sound of something heavy being dragged across the floor comes from an upstairs window.
  4. The wind moans through the house’s eaves, giving the impression the building is sighing. 

Major House features

  1. Unwholesomely thick darkness gathers in various nooks and crannies and is strangely resistant to mundane light.
  2. Faint, half-seen spectral figures move about the house seemingly completely unaware of the characters.
  3. Thick cobwebs choke the staircase; so thick are they, burning them might set the whole house on fire.
  4. Strongly good-aligned characters have terrible headaches while in the house.

Treasures to Find

  1. A gold locket, still attached to a fine chain, hangs from a nail driven into the back of a door.
  2. A small leather bound book, “Vilimzair Aralivar: How to Be More Like Him”, lies forgotten on the floor.
  3. A crack in one wall reveal a secret compartment filled with old gold and silver coins minted in a far-off land.
  4. Decorated with beautiful gold embroidery of a fire-breathing dragon a pair of lady’s silken gloves hangs from a hook embedded in the back of a door.

Guest Designer

This post--and Monstrous Lair #35: Ghost-Haunted House--are by Robert Manson.

Monstrous Lair #35: Ghost-Haunted House is available here at the Raging Swan Press store. 

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