Okay, I'm beginning to sketch out a concept for a swashbuckler-themed homebrew to be played as a PbP on these boards. What I'm looking for is any interesting encounter ideas anyone may have involving port towns, ships, docks, underwater, and anything aquatic and piratey. I've got some ideas of my own, but don't want to spill anything due to the high chances of somebody reading this who might end up playing in the actual game.
I'm looking for inspiration from other successful encounters you may have had, that kind of thing. The campaign will probably be open to any alignment, so something for a CN party would be best. I'm just assuming that the party will be working on a CN privateer ship, so a job is a job.
Thanks in advance for whatever you give me :)
A suggestion and some preliminary thoughts (most of which you have probably thought of already)
I'd suggest you ensure all your players have some skill in stealth as it tends to be a swashbuckly pirate theme
Just throwing out ideas.
Their ship is skirting a sandbar when they encounter a shipwreck banked on it. It appears to have been damaged recently (maybe during that storm yesterday) but not to have sunk. The party boards to discover that the loot is guarded by a few very unfriendly undead – former crew members – and a haunt – created when the captain murdered her crew in a paranoid frenzy.
Some Fay creatures sneak aboard their ship and create some humorous chaos. Once found, the creatures beseech the party’s help. Some pirates have overtaken their atoll for use as a base and they need help getting rid of them (maybe for a reward).
Probably a tad too epic, no idea what APL you're working with.
Another idea this one could form an adventure or even a campaign
It all starts when an Aquatic elf sells/rewards the party with a chart leading to a hidden treasure. The chart shows a hidden inlet to a large bay on a distant island where the map claims a fabled pirate had a hidden base...
... The base could be real a hidden Tortuga like place or abandoned and in ruins, The map could be fake leading to a dangerous place, The elf could be a Malenti Sahuagin whoes task is to send ships and crews to their doom for a bigger plot.
BTW if you do set this up warn us here i'd love to play (hence why i'm giving broad ideas not specifics :D) and i'm sure the other posters here are thinking the same thing.
Alright, I'll be sure to throw up a post here as well when I open the game up for recruitment. For the time being I'm just waiting on my laptop to get fixed before doing too much preliminary work.
Thanks to all of you so much for the ideas, I've got a few things mulling around in my head now to consider: opened lots of creative doors for me, haha.