Living Campaign: Salt Lick Farm

By Caleb Gillombardo on

 

This Living Campaign is a series of articles where every author has an impact on the world. Articles can focus on any part of the setting, from locations to NPCs or even events. Writers can add new elements to the world or they can build upon what already has been defined. This will be a system-agnostic series, meaning that it will provide flavor and content instead of stat blocks and monster entries.

The intent of this series is to provide inspiration for home games. It will draw on foundational elements from Lovecraftian fiction as well as the horror and urban fantasy genres. The ideas presented can be utilized individually, or as a whole. As the setting develops and evolves, special articles will feature story lines within the established world. But all of the content in this series is simply fodder for additional development.

The specific boundaries and details of this campaign setting are intentionally vague. This is done so that all contributors have absolute freedom to create whatever they wish. Authors can add in any geographic details they want, from coastlines to mountains. The city itself might contain a university, manufacturing plants, shipping docks, or any number of physical locations. The general location and time frame will be the United States in the 1920s. However, the nature of this genre lends itself to a certain flexibility. Anything can, and might, happen.

And with the introduction complete…welcome to New Coventry.

Salt Lick Farm : Location

Outside of town a few miles is an old, abandoned farm. The forest has reclaimed the previously plowed land. The buildings are all but destroyed, having been ravaged by wind and weather. This place has been abandoned so long that no-one in New Coventry even remembers who used to own the place. The one thing that stands out, though, is the fact that animals of all kinds congregate in the area.

Some of New Coventry’s old timers used to say that the animals were attracted to minerals in the land or left over in the abandoned buildings, and coined the name that everyone knows now. But if that was the case, the animals would’ve consumed the source of interest and wandered away. However, animals continue to congregate on the farm land. Some brave souls have tried to claim the land and establish a new farm. However, their effort always end in failure after a few months. Some share stories of poisoned earth in which nothing will grow. Others say that there is a deep underground spring that floods the land and kills any crops. And a few tell stories of odd occurrences that simply drove them away.

Over time, the farm has become the source of local tall tales. Young children dare each other to run through the fields and touch the decaying remains of the barn door. Teenagers attempt to spend the night to prove their bravery. Ghost stories are told about what really happened on the old farm, and about all the bodies buried in the back acres. Some people say they hear strange noises or see lights floating through the underbrush. But with all the woodland creatures that make the old farm land home, most everything can be explained. And occasionally, hobos squat in the ruined buildings. They are typically rousted after a local constable heads up to look for one of the town’s work horses that has wandered off.

Still, no amount of logic can change the fact that Salk Lick Farm is a creepy place.

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