This short adventure for the Dying Earth RPG originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in October 2004.
This adventure by Steve Dempsey is for use as a diversion in your regular campaign and can be slotted in as the characters are travelling between locations. It’s suitable for Cugel-level characters, who encounter a small pool by the roadside containing some rather large tadpoles. Standing near the pool is an old man, Zafouc , with a sharp stick. He has a small fire going and has obviously been trying to catch some of the tadpoles, to no avail. Pedantry will reveal that these
are Polliwolls, delicious if grilled over the wood of the tattervine. It is probably time for the PCs to test their Gourmandism…
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