Portals in Amn
By Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel
little-known one-way portal is at the top of the Elethephryn Falls
near Lake Esmel in Amn. The portal is submerged, though it's near
the usual surface of the water. It's a one-way trip to the Western shore
of Lake Esmel. What the spellcaster who placed the portal intended
no one knows.
was discovered recently when an unlucky trapper, Teri, capsized her canoe.
She tried to swim to shore, but the current was too strong. As she approached
the edge of the waterfall, she knew she couldn't survive the fall. To
her delighted surprise, in the instant she was tipping over the edge,
she found herself on the West Beach of Lake Esmel, suddenly appearing
near the health resort amid the tourists and vacationers.
Female half-orc Exp3; CR 3; Medium-size humanoid (orc); HD 3d6+6;
hp 16; Init +2; Spd 30 ft.; AC 12, touch 12, flat-footed 10; Atk +4 ranged
(1d8/19-20, light crossbow); SQ Darkvision 60 ft.; AL N; SV Fort +3, Ref
+3, Will +4; Str 12, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 10, Wis 13, Cha 6.
and Feats: Appraise +4, Climb +5, Craft (trapmaking) +6, Handle Animal
+2, Heal +5, Listen +3, Profession (trapper) +5, Spot +5, Swim +2, Use
Rope +6, Wilderness Lore +5; Alertness, Skill Focus (Craft [trapmaking]).
Possessions: Light crossbow, case with 10 bolts.
mages have undertaken the study of the oddly placed portal, but
little has been learned. Some speculate that a ship that wrecked on the
rocks at the top of the falls might have caused it.
of the matter is that about 10 years ago, a wealthy young halfling aristocrat
named Velth hired a mage to place the portal there so that he could
fake his suicide. A bardic knowledge or Knowledge (local) check (DC 25)
will recall that Velth owed a great deal of money to underworld loan sharks.
In fact, he owed more money than the cost of creating a portal,
and he never intended to repay the debt. He seemed to have committed suicide
by jumping into the river near the falls. His body was never recovered.
faked his death. He invested in an amulet of proof against detection
and location to help avoid attempts to locate him. He now lives in
Athkatla under the alias Souvrin with his ill-gotten gains. Due to a recent
misfortune, however, he has lost his amulet but has gained a ring of
mind shielding. If word of Velth's survival reaches the underworld,
a bounty of 5,000 gp will be offered to capture him alive.
Male halfling Ari10; CR 10; Small humanoid; HD 10d8+13; hp 58; Init +1;
Spd 30 ft.; AC 14, touch 12, flat-footed 13; Atk +8/+3 melee (1d4/19-20,
dagger); or +10/+5 ranged (1d4/19-20, dagger); SQ Halfling traits; AL
CN; SV Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +7; Str 10, Dex 12, Con 13, Int 14, Wis 8,
and Feats: Bluff +18, Climb +2, Diplomacy +14, Disguise +18, Forgery
+15, Gather Information +16, Hide +5, Intimidate +5, Jump +2, Knowledge
(local) +7, Listen +1, Move Silently +3, Ride (horse) +5, Sense Motive
+4, Spot +4; Lightning Reflexes, Skill Focus (Bluff), Skill Focus (Disguise),
Traits: Souvrin gains a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against fear,
a +1 racial bonus on all saving throws, a +1 racial attack bonus with
a thrown weapon, and a +2 racial bonus on Climb, Jump, Listen, and Move
Silently checks (already figured into the statistics given above).
Possessions: Bracers of armor +2, dagger, ring of mind shielding.
to Incorporate the Submerged Portal Into Your Campaign
- The PCs learn of
the bounty on Velth's head and decide to pursue it.
- Souvrin holds
the key to something that the PCs need in their current quest, whether
it be an actual key or item or simply information. Will his alternate
identity come to light? If so, will they stumble across the portal
- The PCs fall into
the portal and discover themselves in the resort. Who built this
portal, and why did this person build it?
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