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d20 Modern Adventures 02/24/2004

Anything Goes
By Owen K. C. Stephens

"The evil that men do lives after them." That saying is often used to explain family curses and people's enduring fascination with famous crimes. But some acts are so vile that they release evil as a palpable force -- one that can infest the very land on which it arises. Even though the deeds that spawned it may be long forgotten, the evil remains, twisting and corrupting all who come into contact with it.

Such an ancient evil is at the heart of the events in Anything Goes, a new d20 Modern adventure by Owen K. C. Stephens. Centuries ago, vile acts of treachery combined with the necromantic arts to create an enduring evil force on the island called Remorte. Ever since, it has brought death and worse to those who dared to visit. Can the heroes cleanse the island of its malady before it claims even more lives? This adventure is designed for 14th-level characters.

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The island of Remorte is a small, isolated rock somewhere off the northeastern coast of the United States. Remorte was a pirate haven in the age of sail, and a horrendous massacre occurred there when the crews of two pirate ships fell to blows over the division of a cargo ship's spoils. Local legend marked the island as accursed, and no one visited it for well over a century.

An effort to turn the island into a resort in the 1950s met with ill fate when an entire construction crew vanished during a storm. Once again, the locals declared the island cursed.

During the 1980s and 1990s, many strange tales were told of Remorte, some of which were picked up by internet sites and small-press news agencies. Amateur hunters of the paranormal visited the island regularly, along with a few daring college students and young party-goers. Some disappeared, but others managed to get crude video that suggested some kind of humanoid creatures lived there -- including one who resembled a construction worker who had vanished forty years before. What exactly is going on in this place? Is it truly a cursed island, or is someone playing a dangerous game?

About the Author

Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens was born in 1970 in Norman, Oklahoma. He attended the TSR Writer's Workshop held at the Wizards of the Coast Game Center in 1997 and moved to the Seattle area in 2000, after accepting a job as a Game Designer at Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Fourteen months later, he returned to Oklahoma with his wife and three cats to pick up his freelance writer/developer career. His credits include author and co-author credits on numerous Star Wars and EverQuest projects, as well as Bastards and Bloodlines from Green Ronin. He also has producer credits for various IDA products, including the Stand-Ins printable figures.

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