Πέμπτη, 23 Ιανουαρίου 2014

Human Slaves Of An Insect Nation, Part 15-The Great Big Plot Hook Thread

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Human Slaves Of An Insect Nation-The Great Big Plot Hook Thread.

Story hooks. The treasured bounty of GMs and StoryTellers stuck everywhere. That little bit of nonsense that you can built an adventure around. The Philosopher’s stone that transmutes awkwardness into awesome and helps you move that hot potato from your own blistering hands to those of your players’.

In the interest of helping out, here is a smattering of random plot hooks, pooled together for your own interest and enjoyment, in no particular order!



  • Everything that has been lost, every person that has been forgotten lives in the scrapheap, their world made out of everyone else’s garbage.
  • The Holy Man offers absolution in the confessional, eating away your sin. He asks for no payment, but takes away what he considers ‘unclean’
  •  A word springs into the mind of every man woman and child who have been touched by a supernatural force. The word eats away at their vocabulary, until they lose any means of communication.
  • The town statue seems content and fed the night after a child has gone missing.
  • Gears grind away behind the floorboards, under the beds and inside the closets of children’s bedrooms. Adults can’t hear them.
  •  The works of art in a private collection come alive and wage war on the world.
  • A taxidermist is known for his craftsmanship far and wide; it is said that his clockwork copies of the dead are even better than the deceased.
  •  A watch only tells the exact time and date of its owner’s death, but never reveals the year.
  • The Harbinger Child ages backwards, to retreat into its mother’s womb on the eve of the end of the world. It is now a year old.
  • The food served in a specific inn at the side of the road always tastes like a favorite childhood dish to each person that consumes it. Sometimes, the patrons find a memento of thir childhood in their beds or their belongings, after they have left the establishment.
  •  A woman gives birth to a horse’s head. The creature babbles vague prophecy for a fortnight before it dies.
  •    A cult dedicated to serving an alien evil deity packs its things and leaves after receiving some alarming news.
  •  It rains dead bodies for a night. The dead are people that have gone missing during the recent war.
  •  The wrongfully accused and executed haunt the inside of mirrors.
  •  A madman combusts into flame mid-sermon in a busy street. His work survives him and causes others to investigate, with similar results.
  •  A multitude of dead fish of all shapes and sizes and species are washed ashore on a single night. They all seem to have been ripped apart by some huge and unidentifiable predator.
  •   A plague of gilded locusts with mother-of-pearl wings descends on a city, tearing it apart.
  •  The Necronomicon does not exist as an actual tome; it is, instead, an idea that is waiting to be born which haunts the psychically sensitive and the mad.
  •  A constellation of stars above spells a very specific prophecy of things that come to pass. Over the years, it predicts disaster on a larger and larger scale.  
  •  Laboratory rats and guinea pigs die in strange formations in their cages, formations that hurt the eyes to even look at.
  •  Once a year, a random door in the world opens into Hell.
  •  A mysterious agency pays a pretty penny to disinter specific people on certain days of the month.
  •    The multitudes of the faithless and the lost haunt the House Of Mirrors
  •  A freakshow carnival, its exhibits creatures from Earth’s distant past and unknowable future, comes to town.
  •  The forgotten superhuman returns to Earth, his exploits and works forgotten.
  • A terrorist organization that call themselves ‘Cancer Cowboys’ detonate a reality-altering bomb in the middle of a major metropolitan area at rush hour.
  •  A cartoon character leaps out from the TV set, begging for help.
  • All it takes for someone to step outside of reality is a wrong turn at the right time.
  • The ghost army of a wrongly waged war come back home and they’re mad as hell.
  • Make It Better! Inc. Buys out your problems for a nominal fee, in exchange for your first-born child.
  •  Contact with the future is established and televised; the world of tomorrow is not for man.

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