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    197 KB Opera House Encounter Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:03 No.10088662  
    /tg/, I've had this idea in my head for a couple years now, but I haven't found a way to make it work.

    The setting is what you see to the left: an opera house, or at least a theatre. It may be its own building, part of a dungeon, part of a castle, whatever. When the PCs enter the concert hall, there's a lone man sitting at a piano. Anyone hearing the piano rolls a DC 30 check save or stun.

    ...and that's all I have. I think it would be an awesome start to an encounter, especially for a BBEG, but I don't really know where to go from here. /tg/, let's see if you're more creative than I am...
    >> S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 05/27/10(Thu)08:05 No.10088679
    This suddenly reminded me of Bioshock for a reason.

    Anyway awesome idea.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:05 No.10088683
    BBEG: Vampire Bard//Warblade, a dashing blade type who wears a white mask over half his face.

    Skeletal opera patrons, trapped there forever. Banshee chorus singers, with a buffed up Banshee main star. Zombie hulk fat tenors. A Chandelier trap.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:06 No.10088690
    The curtains pull back, and the players see their latest BBEG on strings like a marionette, being puppetted about the stage. He/she/it seems to be hypnotized or otherwise mind-controlled. The BBEG moves to the music being played by the piano man.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:07 No.10088698
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    Mix bioshock style with music meister BBEG?
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:08 No.10088708
    You're fucked.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:08 No.10088714
    The BBEG and various minions and villains from plots past, who all appear to be mind-controlled, play out a few scenes reflecting the party's deeds. Everything seems to be directed by the piano, and the man playing it.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:08 No.10088716
    Abraham Lincoln
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:08 No.10088719
    Play this instead of having the BBEG monologue.


    Also a bone dragon with an organ built into its head and neck. And lots of steampunk musical undead. Violinist automatons based off human corpses and so on.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:10 No.10088728
    Up in the box seats are propped the corpses of the past victims of any of the villains the party has faced... as well as any innocent bystanders killed by the party in their quests. They are in the finest opera-going attire.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:13 No.10088753
    Here's a thought: no monsters.

    Instead, the room is chock-full of traps. Curtain net traps, (the chandalier trap mentioned is awesome), enchanted rugs that roll up the heroes, benches that crack and splinter, candles that spread fire throughout the room and surrounding the heroes (think firewall/blaze from diablo 2), etc. The goal is for the heroes to actually make it to the front, in range to kill the BBEG on the keys.

    Some kind of magical force shield protecting the stage from the audience.

    Just something different from the undead theme.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:14 No.10088760
    You're even sicker than the marionette guy.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:16 No.10088774
    The opera goes on, silent but for the dancing villains, the shifting sets and the music from the piano.

    It depicts a grand scheme of some sort, enacted by an always-unseen figure, to manipulate the fate of the party and the land they travel in from behind the scenes, so to speak. Every plot foiled by the party was a secret victory for this puppetteer, every mistake his gain, up to this moment.


    It depicts a tragedy, the hero an unseen victim, whose every friend or family member has fallen to some ill fate due to the meddling of the party members. The music grows darker, and louder, as the opera progresses, until finally the climactic scene is reached- and the man at the piano leaps up, turns, and screams "YOU! YOU HAVE BEEN THE SOURCE OF ALL MY PAIN!"
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:19 No.10088789
    But I AM the marionette guy....

    All me. Basically, the man at the piano has formed some obsession over the party, and has maneuvred them here for some purpose; instead of giving the standard BBEG monologue, he gives them exposition via a sick and depraved wordless opera of slaves and corpses.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:20 No.10088796
    Corpses of the PCs' family members/respected idols/love interests! Yeah!
    >> S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 05/27/10(Thu)08:21 No.10088801
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    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:23 No.10088814
    Yes! That's the spirit!

    Glad I had an effect. Think of the effect a good DM could get out of his players with this.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:24 No.10088815
    Cool. OP wants to know: what's your vision for how it should be set up? In your version, would the PCs be barging into the BBEG's lair, or should they be formally dressed for the occasion, sent there by a trusted noble or comrade?
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:24 No.10088822
    You fags are the reason why few PCs are stupid enough to have families/love interests/etc.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:26 No.10088830
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:27 No.10088839

    >> S.T.A.L.K.E.R. !3qAmTM/9W. 05/27/10(Thu)08:27 No.10088843
    They should definitely be in full battle gear.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:28 No.10088855
    And then he dies from the first hit. And you announce the game is done.

    And they sit there.
    With their guilt.
    The real BBEG.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:28 No.10088856
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    You should have an octopus midboss try to drop a 16 ton weight on the party.
    >> S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 05/27/10(Thu)08:29 No.10088858
    You would be an awesome DM.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:29 No.10088859
    >family members/respected idols/love interests!
    >implying any PC is stupid enough to have family or love interests.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:29 No.10088865
    d20 Call of Cthulhu has a nice adventure set in a theater, the map is very nice

    Also: Coraline.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:33 No.10088881
    Oh, come on now. There's always that NPC that the PCs would happily sacrifice their lives for.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:33 No.10088884
    Hmm. Both are good possibilities...

    If they are sent by a trusted noble or comrade, they'll likely be expecting an opera house, so they won't realize anything is wrong until the curtains go up. It'll catch them off guard, enhancing the effect it will have on them. Plus, the idea that this trusted noble or comrade was also in league with/a tool of the man at the piano will complete the task of turning their world on it's head. Plus they'll be largely unarmed, and completely unprepared for an encounter both mentally and equipment-wise. You can put them in a box seat, so they won't notice the occupants of the other boxes (or that there aren't any other living audience members) until a bit into the show... I like it.

    With them barging in, you'd get more surprise and confusion as they find an opera house in the middle of the BBEG's lair rather than, say, a dungeon or laboratory. That's about it, though.

    So I'd say have a trusted noble or comrade send them.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:35 No.10088902
    No, and Shit Tier DMs are the reason why.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:36 No.10088907
    >And then he dies from the first hit. And you announce the game is done.

    >And they sit there.
    >With their guilt.
    >The real BBEG.

    Or this for a slightly different sort of mindfuck, I suppose.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:37 No.10088919
    That's a little harsh. And you're wrong.

    ...not that arguing on the internet is going to change anything.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:39 No.10088935
    I was thinking more that the corpses would be the PCs' family members/respected idols/love interests who had died from other events earlier in the campaign, whose corpses had been dug up, meticulously cleaned, made up and dressed up before being put in these seats. The man at the piano wouldn't kill them himself, I don't think. He'd just want to dredge up old memories, old wounds that were just beginning to heal over.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:44 No.10088974

    Saving thread until I need it. Thanks everyone!
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:45 No.10088985
    So... does this give you enough to go on, or do you require more, OP?
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:47 No.10088995
    Ah. I guess that answers my question. Glad to have helped!

    Once again, /tg/ - Gets Shit Done.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:49 No.10089011
    Yeah, I'm good. A very helpful thread.

    I was thinking I had 3 options:

    -Introduce abandoned Opera House at beginning of campaign, visit it in its glory near the end of game for BBEG.
    -Part of bad guy's lair
    -Magnificent and exclusive opera house in the middle of the city; restricted to only the noble elite.

    I think I'll go with the latter, just to put things on a more epic scale. (All the elite are in on it.)
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:51 No.10089026
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)08:51 No.10089027
    How so? I was pretty shocked that the most sentimental, naive RPer friend I had already knows that its standard operation procedure to not have NPC ties for your characters or else faggot DMs WILL have the BBEG kill them or kidnap and mastermind them.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)09:01 No.10089126
    Here's a thought- The PCs are spectators, where the opera re-enacts their enemy's life, and his defeats. However, he mixes attacks into the play; The clues are how they beat him the *last* time.
    >> Anonymous 05/27/10(Thu)09:07 No.10089197
    If you're really going to pull this off right though, you're either going to have to plan for it the entire campaign, or hope you're really good at bullshitting all the connections to everything.

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