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Corruption Rules

for 5th Edition D&D

Adapted by Matthew Mercer

Certain landscapes house deeply evil places or artifacts that corrupt the very nature of people who spend time around them. Sites where the presence of such terrible wickedness can slowly twist and infect the physical forms of even the most holy of creatures. Unhallowed or cursed locations that erode the drive and will of those that linger. When sleep comes to those that stay, it's this period of vulnerability that invites the darkness in. This ruleset, heavily inspired by and condensing many elements of the Heroes of Horror Taint rules, allows you to have this dark influence slowly infect your adventuring party, helping build tension as they traverse the shadowed lands.

 
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Theo S April 16, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
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taint
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Edward O February 05, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
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is this what was happening to VM when they were first in Whitestone?
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Jamie B October 06, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
To Percy at least, I imagine. It's been at least a year since I watched that arc, but I think Percy was experiencing something similar, if not this exact effect.
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Rob M February 04, 2018 3:05 am UTC
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I plan on having some fun with this, Thank you for doing the legwork Mr. Mercer.
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January 10, 2018 2:20 am UTC
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I woke up this morning planning on creating my own corruption rules for an upcoming campaign and now I definitely don't need to! This is exactly what I wanted from this type of mechanic. Awesome! :)
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Patrick D January 09, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
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Ha Ha Taint. All jokes aside these rules are awesome, I needed something like this for a game where someone has attuned to this evil artifact. Also If Matt Sees this thanks for the amazing work and the laughs, excited for the new campaign.
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Ben M January 09, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
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I love the flavor of these rules! I feel corruption lists, or at least descriptions, should be in alphabetical order.
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Matthew M January 09, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
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Ah! I had put them in the order of their severity/appearance on the chart, but I agree... much easier to locate if Alphabetical. Fixed!
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Ben M January 10, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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James W January 10, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
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Love the Heroes of Horror conversion, thank you for the rules (and the wealth of ideas)

Really minor thing being with this change you've got Jittery before the H's!
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Matthew E January 09, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Awesome supplement! My current campaign doesn't really feature horror themes, but I'm tempted to shoehorn this in anyway because it sounds so fun.

However... I would be remiss in my duties as an obsessive and pedantic nerd were I to not point out that the illustration used in this document is actually of a non-evil undead creature called a baelnorn lich (or just baelnorn). In my personal headcanon (I just started one specifically for this supplement), the illustration has now been replaced by another excellent Wayne Reynolds creation, the lich from the 3.5e Monster Manual.
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Matthew M January 09, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
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Hehe, another fine choice!
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Lian M January 09, 2018 6:03 am UTC
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Thanks, Matt! I had the Whitestone arc in mind a bit while crafting my most recent campaign, and having this will definitely help with the later half.
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Ernest D January 09, 2018 2:49 am UTC
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This looks great. Wish I had this back when I ran Legacy of the Crystal Shard!
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Henry F January 09, 2018 2:30 am UTC
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When the rules talk about combat lasting one minute, is that in real human being time, or in game time? Like, I guess 10 rounds equals one minute?

Can't beat the price! Thanks!
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Alex C January 09, 2018 2:32 am UTC
In-game time, or ten rounds.
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Max B January 08, 2018 11:22 pm UTC
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Awesome!

This may work its way into my Barovia campaign...
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Pat M January 08, 2018 11:21 pm UTC
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Matt! Thanks man, always glad to see new content from you. :)
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Jared G January 08, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
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Thanks Matt!
You put out great original content and are an awesome DM!
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Bob F January 08, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
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If you came here looking for senators or lobbyists, then this taint what you need.
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Gabriel R January 08, 2018 9:29 pm UTC
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The preview isn't working.
While I'm here, it isn't working for lingering soul either.
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