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d20 Modern Adventures 10/28/2003

Blood Sugar
By Stan!

Everyone knows that too much candy is bad for your health, but never has that old adage been as literally true as it is in this adventure. Tales of cruel and deranged people tainting the candy they hand out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween have changed the entire culture of that holiday in America. But in Blood Sugar, a group of fanatical cultists takes the adulteration of children's candy a step further. Check out the second adventure in Stan!'s continuing Heartless campaign for the d20 Modern Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed for 10th-level characters.

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The Children of Chaos is a religious cult whose members worship the elemental force of chaos as embodied by the Roman god Janus. They pray for power, deliver "sacrifices" in the form of random acts of destruction and violence, and publicly profess their belief in magic and the occult. In truth, they are easily manipulated individuals gathered into a loose coalition by the cult's founder, Nicholas St. Andrew, who regularly takes advantage of their gullibility. But thanks to the loyalty St. Andrew inspires in his followers, no connection between him and the cult has ever been proven in a court of law. The Children of Chaos are so fanatically devoted to their leader that, when captured, they refuse to do anything other than mouth random words of devotion or make oblique threats to society as a whole. To date, not one of them has ever implicated St. Andrew in any of the cult's activities.

Over the years, cult members have committed numerous acts of vandalism, obstruction of justice, destruction of property, and occasionally petty theft. Recently, however, they have stepped up their criminal activities. About one month ago, a group of cultists (all of whom had formerly served in the military) took a penthouse full of people as hostages and demanded a huge ransom for their release.

The cult members have now initiated their greatest random act of terror yet. Using an ancient idol supplied by their leader, they have placed a curse on a batch of candy, which they intend to distribute to local children on Halloween.

About the Author

Stan! has been publishing fiction, cartoons, and games professionally since 1982. He has served as a graphic designer and line editor for West End Games, an editor and designer for TSR, Inc., and an author, senior designer, and creative director for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Stan! is currently the Creative Vice President for The Game Mechanics, Inc. His recent projects include the Urban Arcana Campaign Setting for Wizards of the Coast and the Modern Player's Companion for Green Ronin. In what he laughingly refers to as his spare time, Stan! writes and illustrates the Bolt & Quiver and Table Talk comic strips.

Stan! lives in Renton, WA, where he eats nothing but meat and cheese. Visit him online.

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