So I'm writing an adventure and could use some thoughts. comments appreciated from Doseyclwn's blog

So I'm writing an adventure for Swords and Wizardry complete and could use some advice/thoughts from the community. As the adventure starts, the pc's are basically chased through a maze by a group of weird fast-moving undead (they don't know how they got there) along with a group of Orcs. They get sort of herded into this big manor house. When they enter the great hall, there's a banquet going on. All the folks attending the banquet are ghosts, kind of. I was them to be able to switch between ethereal and non-ethereal. I haven't decided what I want to actually be going on in the banquet. I do want the ghosts to respond to the PC's, interact with them, maybe even fight a little bit. It's for beginning characters, so they players won't have magic weapons. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be more than grateful.

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Sep 21 '19
There's an interesting banquet/party mansion in Jack Vance's The Green Pearl. I'm a little distant from it right now but it seems there could have been undead involved. Or maybe just death. It's a cool concept, herded into a party, and then you're ok??? except for all the ghosts. What are they eating? Why are they celebrating? Is this a special event or do these ghosts do this all the time. Are the adventurers recruits? Are they wanted around the table or on the table (as food). Just a little bit of Hansel and Gretel there. Are the ghosts a cover for something really nefarious going on. Upstaris or in the dungeon?
Sep 21 '19
The Jack Vance book is the second book of the Lyonesse trilogy. I recommend the whole trilogy. Some of Vance's best fantasy work. Lyonesse and The Dying Earth. I think The Dying Earth is a little darker. In The Dying Earth even the protagonists are questionable.
Sep 21 '19
If there are ghosts at the banquet maybe there could be skeletons in the closet. (get it?) Bats in the belfry. Some kind of vampire keeping the bats as pets upstairs. The ghosts don't let you go upstairs (for the party's safety). But they let you go down into the dungeon. After you survive what's down there and find something maybe you can go upstairs and fight the big bad. Now what kind of undead inhabits a dungeon? I'm just throwing stuff out there. Maybe some of this stuff will match a gear in your head.
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