The Haunting of Kincep Mansion
by Skip Williams
No one has been to the Kincep mansion in years -- at least, not voluntarily. Locals say the place is haunted by the last of the Kincep family line, while others say that goblins, orcs, or worse have taken up residence in the house. But all anyone can say for certain is that these days, anyone who wanders near the mansion is unlikely to come home. Can the PCs unravel the mystery of Kincep mansion and bring some semblance of safety back to the area?
This mansion was once a manor house owned by the Kinceps. They were an old and respected noble family, though not one of any great political import. Though fairly wealthy, the Kinceps lived simply and enjoyed few luxuries, avoiding anything ostentatious. The family home was large but practical, well hidden behind an encircling orchard. A small mausoleum is the final resting place of family members.
A point of pride among the Kinceps was that each generation should make its own way in life, starting out with a small inheritance and earning a living through business, adventuring, or public service.
In more recent years, a series of misfortunes and disasters all but wiped out the youngest generation of Kinceps. Many believed that the family had fallen into poverty, then died out. In fact, the sole heir, Jaccobux Kincep, had traveled to foreign lands as an adventurer and mercenary, becoming rich in the process.
About the Author
Skip Williams keeps busy with freelance projects for several different game companies and was the Sage of Dragon Magazine for many years. Skip was a co-designer of the D&D 3rd Edition game and the chief architect of the 3rd Edition Monster Manual. When not devising swift and cruel deaths for player characters, Skip putters in his kitchen or garden (rabbits and deer are not Skip’s friends) or works on repairing and improving the century-old farmhouse that he shares with his wife, Penny, and a growing menagerie of pets.