Age of Worms
Tales and Whispers of the Hills
A Charming Place: At an unknown location in the hills, hidden within a cave complex, stands a seven-foot stone statue of Wee Jas, Suloise goddess of magic. Its origins are unknown, but any wizard casting a charm spell here has a greatly superior chance of success. Wizards bring monsters here to charm them, especially if the monster is powerful and otherwise has a good chance of resisting the charm.
The Walking Stone of Eyes: Rumors sometimes circulate concerning a green-purple boulder, some eight feet in diameter, which is capable of standing on two rocky “legs” and moving around. Periodically, a vast number of stony, eyelike appendages burst forth from the boulder and stand out on flexible, stony antennae, as if spying out the terrain. The boulder doesn’t attack anyone, and appears impervious to magical attacks.
The Choking City: A cairn complex has been discovered that is virtually a necropolis, nearly a mile in length. Some of the buried city is comprised of tombs. Much of it, however, appears to be a normal city of people going about their business-but these people were at some point instantaneously petrified, so that they (and all they possessed) were turned to stone. As the figures are exposed to some days of sunlight, the stone figures develop the texture of old papyrus and crumble to flaky dust. Both such decomposed figures, and the city, are dangerous because the dust inflicts a horrible, rotting fungal disease similar to mummy rot. The city is currently sealed up by a group of Greyhawk militia, with wizards using stone to flesh spells and other variants to ascertain what riches might be obtained from the property in the ruins.
Dweomerstones: A small clan of gnomes have discovered a few score small, utterly smooth, black, pebblelike stones which, if held in the hand of a wizard, can grant extra spellcasting power The gnomes selling the stones are fearful and eager to sell at reasonable prices. One rumor says that a wizard using ESP discovered that the gnomes freed a tanar’ri by taking the stones. The fiend is stalking the Hills, and is headed for other sites, where adventurers might slay it and find stones of their own-and perhaps another Fiend to slay . . .
Caves of Milk: A set of catacombs with milky, opaque, mineral-rich waters has been discovered. The catacombs contain many oozes and slimes, but the gray oozes here have within their bodies pearl-like stones of surpassing beauty, often slightly pink or blue in hue.
Bandits in the Hills: An upsurge of banditry in the northeastern Cairn Hills is ascribed to straggler-refugees from the Bandit Kingdoms who have fought their way through the old Shield Lands, shipped across the Nyr Dyv, and started to terrorize folk in the Cairns. It may be that Iuz’s forces deliberately let them go, hoping they would cause havoc to the south. There is a bounty offered for their heads, but they are worth more alive, for Greyhawk’s rulers believe they could be useful in the Penal Militias of the Wild Coast or as forced labor in the quarries and workhouses of Greyhawk itself.