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101 Twisted Pop Culture Adventures

DeathbyDoughnut

a.k.a. Mr. Meat Popcicle
Validated User
#1
One of my favorite things is subverting pop culture. Sometimes that's exploring pop culture from a different perspective, other times that's changing the circumstances. Let's make some adventures:

1) A band of pirates has sought out the PCs as renowned heroes. The pirates offer the PCs their weight in treasure if they'll travel with them to a small demiplane and deal with a band of fey who constantly harasses them. The fey lead by a mysterious shadow-less person with a pixie sidekick.

2) Guards offer a reward to anyone who will capture a well known thief who has some how acquired a decanter of genie summoning, and is now disguised as a royal official.

3) A local samurai clan has been spreading rumors of oni inhabiting the sewer who come out at night and raid their estate. The final encounter of the sewers is a were-rat, and four tortle monks.

4) Giant monsters begin appearing the land. An imprisoned wizard recruits the PCs to awaken ancient apparatuses, legendary vehicles able to combine into the ultimate warrior.

5) A titan asks the PCs for help as he travels the planes searching for the eternity orbs which grant unlimited power over one aspect of nature. His goal is to stop suffering across the multiverse, that sounds like a noble endeavor for a group of heroes.
 

Terhali

Weird and pissed off
Validated User
#2
6) A band of mercenaries are hired by the agent of a reclusive necromancer to retrieve a stolen item--a gold ring of sentimental value--from the halfling who absconded with it.
 

DeathbyDoughnut

a.k.a. Mr. Meat Popcicle
Validated User
#3
7) Speaking of orbs. The world is full of monsters, and the PCs play plucky monsters who are captured by people with pocket sized orbs that act as iron flasks. A newly formed league of pocket sized monster fighters offers money and prestige to battle its best.

8) A druid who claims to be a princess of mushrooms spreads a version of ophiocordyceps unilateral (popularized as zombie ant fungus) is which affects many monsters effectively controlling them. A local dragon is organizing a resistance force to capture the druid.
 

Count Dorku

Renegade librarian
Validated User
#4
9) The PCs are hired to capture four escaped ex-military prisoners. Keep an eye out for their distinctive van.

10) Researchers have located a strange, eldritch entity that happens to resemble a small, pink thing, but which is astoundingly powerful. Thankfully, it appears content to wander around its surroundings eating things, except when its roaming is disturbed, in which case there will be a rampage. The PCs' job is to ensure that no matter what happens, it does not disturb the Entity.

11) A local scientist hires the party to deal with a bright blue enemy that keeps destroying his robots. Eyewitness reports are ambiguous: some report that it is a robot, while others insist that it is some sort of strange mutated hedgehog.
 

DeathbyDoughnut

a.k.a. Mr. Meat Popcicle
Validated User
#5
12) A local scientist hires the party to deal with a bright blue enemy that keeps destroying his robots. Eyewitness reports are ambiguous: some report that it is a robot, while others insist that it is some sort of boy with a gun arm.
 

Count Dorku

Renegade librarian
Validated User
#6
13) A mysterious bright blue shape hires the party to destroy the scientist's robots, insisting that it just needs a holiday.
 

Craig Oxbrow

Ah, y'know. This guy.
Validated User
#7
14) An elder vampire needs help moving from Transylvania to London without attracting the attention of the hunters brought in by his estate agent.
 

Terhali

Weird and pissed off
Validated User
#8
15) Law enforcement is sent to investigation a liberal arts professor accused of brutalizing right-leaning activists and smuggling antiquities.
 

kami2awa

Registered User
Validated User
#10
17. A group of scientists are running amok in the city with improvised high-tech weapons, claiming they are chasing ghosts. Clearly they are mad and must be stopped.
 
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