Edge of Darkness: The Broken Circle
Curse of Kal'Dan in Wayreach
The cursed influence of Kal’Dan has stretched throughout Trigonum, but it is felt much more keenly the closer one comes to the source of the curse. Those that dare to tread in the county of Wayreach suffer greatly under the effects of the curse.
All non-Evil living creatures in the county of Wayreach suffer the following effects:
1. Overwhelming Evil – The sheer dark power radiating from the shard of Kal’Dan’s realm taints everything near it. All creatures and objects within Wayreach that are viewed with detect evil show up as overwhelmingly evil, regardless of real alignment or HD in comparison to the caster of the effect. The caster of the detect evil or the paladin is stunned for 1 round and the effect ends immediately after activation if kept up for more than 1 round.
2. Crushing Despair – All within Wayreach feel the overwhelming darkness of Kal’Dan’s influence. It crushes all hope within those that tread within the unhallowed borders of the county. All non-Evil, living creatures within Wayreach take a -2 penalty on attack rolls, saving throws, ability checks, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls. This is a mind-influencing effect, but there is no save to resist it. The spell good hope can temporarily negate these penalties to restore the subjects to no penalties. However, as soon as good hope fades away the subjects are fatigued for a number of rounds equal to the time spent under the influence of the spell as the subject crashes down hard into the depths of despair once again.
3. Unhallowed Ground – The corrupting influence of Kal’Dan’s power renders the entirety of the county of Wayreach protected by the effects of an unhallow spell. This has three major effects:
- The entire county of Wayreach is protected by a magic circle against good effect. This means that summoned good outsiders cannot enter the area. All creatures within the walls of the monastery receive the benefits of a protection from good spell (+2 deflection bonus to AC and +2 resistance bonus to saves vs. attacks and effects created by good creatures, cannot be touched by good summoned creatures, and receives a new saving throw with a +2 morale bonus against foes that are good).
- The DC to resist negative channeled energy within Wayreach receives a +4 sacred bonus and the DC to resist positive energy is reduced by 4. Spell resistance does not apply to this effect.
- The entire county of Wayreach is covered in impenetrable darkness. This drops the illumination level in the underground parts of the county to “darkness”. Above ground, the illumination is always “dim light” (during the daylight hours) or “darkness” (during the night). All creatures in “dim light” gain concealment (20% miss chance) and all creatures in “darkness” gain total concealment (50% miss chance). Furthermore, creatures without darkvision lose their Dex bonus to AC, take a -2 penalty to AC and suffer a -4 penalty to Perception checks. Creatures with darkvision can see perfectly fine in areas of dim light or darkness and do not suffer the above penalties. Nonmagical sources of light do not increase the brightness within Wayreach. Nor do (light) spells of 2nd level or lower. The penalties for the darkness only applies to creatures that do not worship Kal’Dan Melir.
4. Infectious Evil – Exposure to the darkness of Kal’Dan so close to the source corrupts both the body and the mind. Each night, all non-Evil creatures within the borders of Wayreach must make a Will save (DC 24) or gain 1d4 points of taint (on a failed save) as well as a Fortitude save (DC 24) or suffer 1d2 points of corruption (on a failed save). The saving throw penalty caused by the crushing despair of Kal’Dan’s curse applies to this roll.
5. Sealed Space – Teleporting or dimensional travel of any type within Trigonum is not possible without a special key object that was crafted by the servants of Kal’Dan.
6. Silent Communications – The curse of Kal’Dan prevents anyone within the borders of Trigonum from receiving or being able to send or receive sending spells or to use commune spells with outside entities.
These effects replace those listed under the Curse of Kal’Dan in Trigonum.
Many of the citizens of Wayreach have become mentally unbalanced as the mental corruption wears away at them, and many have succumbed to insanity or utter despair.
These effects are, however, still better than those generated by the influence of Kal’Dan at the source of his curse.