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Adventure Hook 001 – Espionage!

I have decided to start a project that will keep me updating this blog as frequently as I can.  To that end, I have a goal of posting an adventure hook every day. For a year.  Yes, pretty bold for a guy that usually only updates his blog once a week, but I have some goals that I wish to meet and this will keep me focused.  Let’s see how I do.  Oh, and don’t worry, I will still be posting the once a week review, advice, or session recap.

So, without further ado, here we go:



Home-town of one of the PCs, or the town they consider their headquarters.


Three prominent nobles, merchants, or politicians have been assassinated, one every other week, in the past 6 weeks.


The three assassinated notables belong to the same group (e.g. noble family, merchant’s guild, or political party).  The father (or brother or sister or good friend) of one of the PCs is also a prominent member of this group and those close to them fear that he/she is next.


The players need to

1) Find out who is doing the killing

2) Find out who hired them (if different than #1)

3) Find out why

4) Stop the next assassination

Things to explore:

1) In their investigation, the PCs could find out some unsavory details regarding the assassinated NPCs activities, this may lead them to question the presumed next target about his/her activities.

2) The party may find that the assassinations are an inside job.

3) The party may find that the assassination has been sanctioned by the powers that be.

4) The party may not be able to stop the next assassination attempt.

5) The party may find them selves framed for the assassination.

Okay, there you have it – Adventure Hook 001!  Hope you enjoy it and the ones that are posted in the coming days.  Drop me a comment to let me know what you think of it.

Want to write a guest Adventure Hook?  Let me know!  Drop me an email at GamerDMSamuel AT yahoo DOT com and we’ll talk.  It will also enter you in my contest and you could win a copy of Martial Power 2!

Until next time, I wish you good gaming!

~DM Samuel


DM Samuel is the Editor-in-Chief here at RPG Musings as well as the podcast editor for The Tome Show. He is also a host of the gaming podcast Play on Target. He plays all manner of role-playing games and boardgames and continues to learn new games all the time (and new things about old games, too). Sam lives in Upstate New York with his wife and their game collection. You can follow him on twitter @DMSamuel.

6 Responses to “Adventure Hook 001 – Espionage!”

  • The party may find an ancient prophecy that predicts that x may die under “current rare astrological event”. Is the prophecy true or someone using it as a cover?

    The assassins are rebels/freedom fighters and ask for the party’s help.

  • Oooh – interesting. I like the rebel/freedom fighters angle.

    Astrological event slightly more difficult to add into my campaign at this point, but a good idea in a setting with lots of divine powers…

    Thanks for the input!

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  • I loved this adventure Hook! Can I translate it to portuguese and publish in my site?

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  • Thanks! Glad that you liked it! Feel free to translate and post anything you’d like, as long as you give this site credit and put a link to us! Also, if you do so, can you comment here again and link to your translation? That way people can find either one from either site.