I was considering doing the A to Z challenge this year, but just don't have the gumption. I do, however, want to continue work on a series I've been toying with on and off for the last 20 years -- the Ravaged Ruins of the Roglaras. The original listings for Region 01 never included a Ravaged Ruins entry, so I long ago set out to fix that error. Hopefully, I will finally complete the list this month. And even if I don't, meh, here's a bunch of stuff for you all to try out on your players...
0103 MYSTERIOUS CARVINGS: A mile-long 100’ tall cliff-face wall of black basalt runs east to west in his area facing north; the wall is covered by mysterious carvings of apparently utterly ancient age. The carvings are of dragons and snake-headed men, mixed in with a strange, undecipherable hieroglyphic script, each carving ranging in height from one inch to several feet. Rough stone altars upon which can be seen ancient bloodstains stand before sections of the carvings.
The idol is hollow, and can be entered through a secret door between the idol’s forelegs under the wide-open maw. The secret door is trapped; the trap consists of six spikes that shoot down from the lower jaw of the idol, the poison coating is obvious but ancient and no longer dangerous. The trap is charged for three shots of six spikes each.
The small chamber in the idol contains the temple treasury, consisting of 30,230 cp, 8,654 sp, and 1,542 gp mixed together in four large, iron-bound chests; 24 gems (2x5 gp, 4x10 gp, 3x25 gp, 10x50 gp, 4x100 gp, 1x250 gp) in a gold plated velvet-lined box worth 1,500 gp; a gold music box worth 1,000 gp, that when wound plays hymns of the Toad; a 12” by 12” gem-flake portrait icon of Evil High Priest Zukkotakua (4017 to 4033 BCCC) worth 550 gp; four vials of unholy water worth 30 gp each; eight silver-plated and gem-flake encrusted tridents worth 100 gp each; a covered ivory brazier in the shape of an eye encrusted with gemstones worth 3,000 gp (stolen long ago from the Hell-Bridge Temple); a silver scepter with an emerald atop it worth 1,250 gp; a silver orb carved with toads, with gemstones of emerald flakes, worth 1,250 gp; an ancient clay brooch in the shape of a toad worth 10gp, but worth 10 times that to the Temple of the Toad; a magical +1 amphibian bane trident; and the Codex Bufonidex Mutatis Magnus.
The Codex is a unique gem-encrusted volume which includes in its pages the illuminated Book of Batrachian Joy (the holy canon of the Temple of the Toad), plus an appendix detailing the magical research into and rituals and spells necessary to create and control troll-blooded giant toads -- it is worth 3,000 gp from materials alone, but the unique rituals and spells therein increases its value to 10,000 gp to the right buyer;
Curse of the Toad: If anyone other than a duly-anointed priest of the Temple of the Toad, or someone magically blessed by such a priest, takes anything out of the treasury chamber -- even so much as a copper piece -- they must make a saving throw versus Spells or, over a period of three days, be slowly and painfully polymorphed into a giant toad (normal variety, not a troll-blooded giant toad).