Adventure Shorts #9: Micronaut Heroes

Visiting the laboratory of Mede the Micromancer was a frightening experience. Monsters bottled up inside small bowls, people diminished and locked up in canary cages. And then, startled, one of the heroes stumbled and fell through that shimmering doorway in the back of the room.

What may occur next:
  • Whether Mede is a good fellow or not, is unsure. He is a trickster and experimenter though, so there may be all sorts of strange devices and objects in his working rooms. Mede may hire or experiment with the heroes all the same, depending on his whim. And he is immensely powerful.
  • The shimmering doorway is a magical portal leading into a world with huge insects, some of which may regard the heroes as prey, food, or plain intruders. The way back is through a shimmering doorway further away on the edge of a giant beehive.
  • The insects in the strange world are not huge, but the heroes have become tiny. The portal diminished them and dropped them in Mede's garden, where also stands a beehive. The diminishing spell will wear off in a few hours, during which the heroes need to survive. Any undiminished heroes may spot their fellows as tiny people in the garden.

Killer Bee
Giant killer bees are just one kind of primeval insect, of which sort many can be found in the lost valleys. Killer bees may be aggressive, especially when one is close to their hive. Their wing span may vary from one to two feet.

OSR: AC 7, HD 1/2, Dam 1d3, poison sting, Move 120', Save: F1, #app 1d10
DD2: chitinous skin (armour class 1), bite 2 (weapon class 0), poison sting (weapon class 1, poison class 3 to chest), flight 4

Mede the Micromancer
Originally this very old, leathery skinned, tanned, short and bald man came from the Castellan desert. He is generally friendly and sometimes even helpful, but he can be merciless toward his enemies, and indifferent to others in need. He is an absolute expert at all magicks pertaining to the shrinking of objects an living things, and a powerful spell user.

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

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