Last month, continuing our Kingdom Death theme, we challenged our audience to come up with something totally gross. You did not disappoint.
The Killer GM wrote to us, saying:
In the Cess Pond, no plant is quite so insidious, or deadly, as the Devil’s Delight. A mushroom said to have been cultivated in the Burning Hells, patches of it litter the Cess Pond. If left alone, they are quite harmless, with intricate colors and veining on their caps. Petty nobles who make their fiefs on the fringe use it as decoration (and security, to be elaborated on below)
The mushrooms exude a pleasing aroma, and are quite delicious when eaten, raw or cooked. The aroma is so appealing, so appetizing, even those who have sat a full meal can find themselves compelled consume this tasty fungus. This is the trap! The Devil’s Delight thrives in the dark moist of a creature’s innards, it’s spores graced with an unnatural hardiness against the constitution of man or beast. It harbors itself in the creature, and begins to weave it’s insidious tendrils. It may take days or even a couple weeks for the fungus to spread throughout it’s host. The host shows no ill signs, save a continued craving for Devil’s Delight. Once the spores have completely infested the host, the 2nd stage begins.
The host falls ill, his body rejecting all nourishment, save mushrooms of any sort and water. Unless the subjected is cleansed at this point, he will be doomed. The illness takes days to progress, the host begins to see visions (The spores playing tricks on his mind) and his body becomes flush with fever and excess blood, the latter of which the host will start to weep and spit. At long last, when the body has been all but subsumed, the host will seek a spot on the ground, planting himself in the soil. It is then the newly matured Devil’s Delight erupts from the failing flesh of the host, who dies wracked with pain. All that remains is a stand of Devil’s Delight in the vague shape of the host, slicked with blood and covered in the last tatters of flesh. The remaining vital organs trapped in the gruesome sculpture are used to sustain the colony, and it begins to exude it’s delicious aroma, ready to begin the cycle anew…
We’re sending out a little ‘thank you’ and token of recognition to him, a Defy Danger skull sticker. #putaskullonit
This Month’s Challenge – Fourthcore Memories
The theme this month is tagging onto the recently re-released Fourthcore adventure modules. The next challenge invites you to walk back in time and tell us about your pinnacle gaming experience with any of the Fourthcore series, including tangential things like Fourthcore Team Deathmatch. If you unfortunately missed some of that gaming history, you can pick anything else that you have played.
We want to hear about that one time which is seared into your brain forever, that you can’t forget because it was so amazing and encapsulated all the head-exploding terror that we carry on and perpetuate with Defy Danger. Tell us your best nightmare D&D story.
Post it here in a Comment. We’ll choose a winner next month and mail you a cool skull sticker.