Adventure Shorts #16: The Caravan through Mirkwood

The girl's clothes are haggard and torn, her face full of grime and fear. She screams when she sees a hero: “The spiders bound them all up! You have to come and rescue them!”

What may occur next:
  • The girl is from a caravan that took a fatal shortcut through a dark, overgrown forest. The group encountered a nest of giant spiders who spun their webs over the road, and now many of the traders ended up as neat spider food packages.
  • Most of the merchants may already be dead. Including the father of the girl. If so, she will go into a frenzy and attack the spiders without regarding her own safety.
  • The girl may also be a shapeshifting spider in disguise, who just lured the heroes into a huge trap. More spider food!

Giant Wolf Spider
The man sized wolf spiders are the most common weapon left from the wars of destruction. They were first used by the northern attackers, but soon they took to their own and hid in every crack of not occupied by civilisation.

OSR: AC 7, HD 2, Dam 1d8, poisonous bite, Move 120', Save: F1, #app 1d6-1
DD2: chitinous armour (armour class 1), stealth 3, bite 4 (weapon class 2, poison class 2, paralysis and damage to chest)

Update: You can find all shorts of this series and more in Unpleasant Encounters at RPGNow

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