Courtesy of the Skill Challenge Request Line — Eric, this is for you!
Scenario: Kobolds have kidnapped a group of children from the village the PCs are currently in. The players must gather information to find out who did it, and find their way to the location in order to rescue the children before the kobolds can sacrifice them to a dragon.
Complexity: 3 ( eight successes before three failures)
Encounter: PC level -1
Goal: Gather information to find the location of the kobold’s hideout. Failure means that the PCs are unable to find the lair that day. They can try again the next day. If they have successfully completed “Gathering Information” the challenge becomes a complexity 1 challenge (four failures before three successes) and focuses solely on the “Searching the Forest” phase of the challenge.
The players will use skills in two phases. The first is gathering sufficient information from the villagers and the second is traveling to the location in the forest where the kobolds are at.
Gathering information (four successes will allow the players to move to the next phase, searching the forest)
Diplomacy (easy DC, maximum two successes):
1: The villagers don’t know much, but they know that they miss their children and when they wen missing. They were out in the fields…
2: Someone does report that they thought they saw more children than normal playing for a while…
Intimidate (moderate DC, maximum one success): One child who is still in the village seems to know something. After concern for his friends seems not enough, you scare him a little bit to get him to reveal his information. He saw some creatures that look like small dragon-people. The child didn’t want to confess because he was afraid they might come after him if he told someone.
History (easy DC):
1: This area has not seen too many hard times, but goblins and kobolds can always be a menace.
2: Goblins haven’t been seen around this area for some time…
Nature (moderate DC, maximum two successes):
1: Examining the tracks in the field, and near some of the houses, fairly small creatures kidnapped these children.
2: The creatures are most likely kobolds judging by the tracks.
Insight (easy DC): Kobolds are most likely to commit this sort of act, and there are only a few places they are known to inhabit…
Searching the forest (four successes will allow the players to find the kobolds’ lair)
Perception (easy DC, maximum three successes): The kobolds are not as good at hiding their tracks as they are at making them.
Insight (moderate DC, maximum two successes): The kobold tribe is most likely worshipping some sort of dragon. There are a few places where the dragon
Nature (easy DC, maximum two successes): You understanding of the forest and the terrains helps guide the party to where they should and should not look.
Athletics (hard DC): Climbing up to a advantageous spot high among the trees grants a good view of the terrain. Grants one extra success.
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