Pirates Campaign: The Prisoner of Al-Katras
A fantasy RPG campaign for Rolemaster and Midgard set in a pirates scenario.
Copyright Robert Wenner ©2001
Edited by Lowell R. Matthews for The Guild Companion
In this scenario, the PC's task is to free a prisoner from the notorious
prison "Al-Katras." The escape is further problematic because of
the conflicts between the families around the old citadel and the unsure
situation inside its walls. There is also the strange mage Predoncal,
who supports the prison's guards with magical means.
The scenario is set in Estoleo, a large merchant town and capital of the
county of Corua in the Coast States. Al-Katras is an old Valian citadel
that is now used as a prison. Three 5-m (16'5") high walls form a
small yard which is enclosed by the two-story main building. An almost
10-m (33') high tower provides an overview of the prison with its yard.
Al-Katras is placed at the riverside, but all old exits to the river have
Ten human guards (three are in the prison at any time), armed with light
crossbows, whips, and shortswords, take care of the prison. Three
big dogs stroll around the yard. They are used to detect Invisible
intruders by smell and to stop escaping prisoners at night. These
dogs are not trained for combat.
1. Yard: The ground consists mostly of packed earth
and dirt forming a puddle at the gate. The gate is made from heavy
oak. It is secured by a lock (the key is in the guard's room or is
carried by Miacapnar or Predoncal) and a huge bar. The yard is used
for physical training (running in circles, push-ups, etc.), depending on
the guard's choice. A small part of the yard is separated from the
other yard by a 3-m (10') high wooden fence. Behind it is the gallows.
No one has been executed here in the last several years; the main reason
for the presence of the gallows is to frighten the prisoners (or would-be
prisoners). Four doors lead into the main building, one into the
2. Storeroom: In the tower's ground floor, various
foodstuffs and firewood are stored. Some tools are also kept here.
Stairs lead up.
3. Quarters: This room is quarters and common room
for the guards. Some tables and benches are the furniture and some
hooks in the wall are used for capes and other clothing. In the rear
part of the room five beds line the wall.
4. Laundry: Some pieces of soap and some brushes
are kept here, as well as three big barrels and other washing tools.
Some rope clotheslines and wooden clothespins are stored on a shelf.
5. Ground Level Cells: This big room is divided into
five cells by iron bars. The space between two bars is about 20 cm
(7 3/4"), and each bar is 2 cm (3/4") thick. Some doors lead to cells
for solitary confinement. Between the two entrances there is a guard's
6. Guards' Room: The small guards' room has a only
tight high wall to the cells; it is the office for the guard on duty.
It contains a desk and a chair. A duty roster is attached to the
wall. In the desk are keys to the various cells, chalk, candles,
and flint and steel.
7. Open Plan Cells: In these cells live up to 10
prisoners. The walls are lined with hard plank beds; a hammock is
set up in a corner. All prisoners own a spoon and a plate made from
wood. Some may also possess other personal stuff (see below).
8. Solitary Confinement Cells: With floor space of
only 1 m² (11 ft²), these cells are not used very often; their
only purpose is punishment. Some mew prisoners may be kept here to
break their wills.
9. Corridor: The corridor leads to stairs leading
up to Room 10 and down to Room 14.
10. Corridor: The corridor leads to some cells.
11. Magicians' Cells: These solitary confinement
cells have specially secured walls with metal wires threaded between the
bricks to make them impassable to magic energy or spells. In these
cells, spell-casters or people who are suspected of being able to use magic
12. Madmen's Cells: These cells are the homes of
prisoners gone mad or whom someone wants to go mad. Violence
and confrontations occur quite often here, and sometimes the losers' bodies
are found the next day. Many of those imprisoned here have been "guinea
pigs" for some mage's experiments and have lost their minds in these experiments.
Others are to be used in later experiments. Sometimes Predoncal has
a need for such an assistant himself, but most times he charges other spell-users
for such a human "guinea pig." This is a very good source of income
13. Death Row: People imprisoned here only see the
daylight again when walking to the gallows. Sometimes these cells
are used for mental torture; prisoners are kept here to scare them.
14. Big Room Cells: The big cells on the first floor are
equal to those on the ground floor (Rooms 5 and 7).
15. Corridor: Two doors lead from here to the torture
chamber and the kitchen. Torches on the wall provide flickering light.
16. Torture Chamber: The torture chamber is fully
equipped with various pliers, wheels, coal pots, and of course a stretching
17. Kitchen: This room is occupied by a big chimney
with a huge iron cauldron on a heavy chain. Some bowls and kitchen
tools rest on shelves and tables. Some steps lead down to the sewers.
18. Sewer Entrance: Here is
an entrance to the sewers. Garbage is just tossed into the murky
waters. As the sewer exit to the river is blocked by a grate, nobody
is able to escape here. Anybody trying will come to an abrupt end:
if moving to the river, the passage is blocked after 5 m (16') by a heavy
iron grate; if moving away from the river, the diver reaches a impassable
narrow passage after 20 m (66') (room 7 in the sewer
19. Guards Room: This tower level is used as a big
guards' room. Weapons and armor are kept here as well as the key
to the prison's main gate and to all cells. A big table and five
chairs stand in the center of the room. At any time at least one
guard can be found here. The heavy trap door leading down can be
bolted from this side. Two beds at the western wall stand beside
a closet (containing clothes and uniforms for the guards). A small
chest is also hidden in the closet. It contains the guards' personal
items like coins, dice, etc.
20. Corridor: The corridor leads to the offices of
Predoncal and Miacapnar. A ladder and a trapdoor lead outside to
the tower's top.
21. Predoncal's Office: This room is dominated by
a huge desk burdened with magical tools and tomes. Shelves on the
walls contain other books and scrolls on various subjects. The main
desk drawer contains some headbands. Imprisoned spell-casters (or
prisoners Predoncal assumes to have magical abilities) are made to wear
such a headband (see below for their powers). Predoncal is here every
day, but usually goes home at night (if there are no important experiments
for him to make here).
22. Miacapnar's Office: This room looks quite similar
to Predoncal's room. Miacapnar has somewhat fewer books and his desk
contains the guard's wages lists and accurate listings of prisoners.
The walls are decorated with the coats of armor of the most important families.
Miacapnar uses this room to do his job leading the prison. For him,
this job is but a job, and thus Miacapnar won't be here in the evening.
Some fishermen live at the riverside. For some coins, they carry
travelers in their boats over the river (there are also some bridges, but
depending on the family ruling in that part of the town, these cost also).
The fishermen are in charge of the Boghet family, which controls this quarter.
The fishermen are supposed to take all items found in the river to Boghet
and to guard the sewer pipes around Al-Katras. If the found item
doesn't come from the prison, the fishermen may keep it. There is
no way of getting into the prison from the river. Some sewer pipes
meet the river below the surface; most of them are way too small to allow
a human to pass through. The only possible sewer pipe ends after
5 m (16') at a big iron grate. Behind the grate extends the kitchen
sewer entrance in Al-Katras (see room 18).
New prisoners are integrated into the prison hierarchy. Their food
or pillow is taken from them, they are beaten up, or somehow otherwise
shown to the people wielding power.
Most of the time the prisoners sit in their cells, even though the doors
are usually not locked (most guards choose to take bribes from Dodocap
instead of worrying about escapes). Escapes occur very seldom as
Dodocap insists on his agreement on any escape.
Inside the prison there is a black market for:
All these services depend on the prisoner's rank within the prisoners'
hierarchy. Those disliked by Dodocap will find most services and
privileges unavailable. A messenger might lose something if he doesn't
like the sender or the receiver.
Food: Who gets how much food when? This is either influenced
by bribing a guard or the prisoners coming around with the daily ration.
Another way is pouring the victim's food on the floor (accidentally or
by using force). Special food is only available by bribing a guard;
in rare cases, the prisoners working in the kitchen may also gain better
food. Most guards think of better food as the guards' income and
won't tolerate others making money in this area.
Knives/Daggers: These are available without any problems.
Dodocap keeps an eye on those owning weapons; he takes care they won't
work against him, so only those Dodocap trusts will get a weapon.
Drugs: These can be bought in various kinds and qualities.
Exotic drugs are expensive and it may take some time to get them.
A (water) pipe may be necessary to consume the drug. It can also
Dice/cards: These are sold freely (and may be loaded or marked).
Most prisoners gamble for money.
Other Items: Parchment, ink, pipes, wire, lockpicks, candles,
etc., are also available, either from guards or other prisoners who have
purchased these before.
Working in the Kitchen: This is a special task. Prisoners
working in the kitchen or officially giving food to the other prisoners
may keep some food for trading and change the size of other prisoners'
rations. Most importantly, those working in the kitchen have access
to the sewer and thus may get items in or out the prison secretly (see
Working in the Laundry: This position is similar to working
in the kitchen. It is the key position for sending messages to other
prisoners without any guard noticing. Messages are just traded off
with the clothes. Now and then a small item may also be sent this
Working in the Yard: This is not considered a favored position
as it almost always involves extreme physical training. Prisoners
get the yard work bought by other prisoners as revenge or harassment.
Thus, there are days with only one prisoner working in the yard.
Brawling/Protection: Muscles vary in price depending on the
power of the hired bodyguard. Brawling results in a black eye or
some bruises. Severe wounds are rare; they would require Uncle Dodocap's
confirmation, and he will not easy give it to avoid raising the suspicions
of Miacapnar or Predoncal.
Other Harassment: Various other forms of harassment delivered
by the guards include: no/less food, solitary confinement cells,
whipping, working in the yard, a night in the madmen's quarters, etc.
Being Moved to Another Cell: This can be positive as well
as negative, depending on the new cell. There are few limitations
on the new cell (madmen's cells, magicians' cells, solitary confinement),
but usually people return to their former cell after a few days (especially
if they came to a special cell). With enough money it may take some
Removal of the Headband: This is a very expensive wish as
Predoncal will not tolerate spell casters without the headband. Maybe
a guard will remove the headband temporarily (while Predoncal is not in
the prison). Dodocap's permission and help is required to persuade
Escape: The only request even more difficult than removal
of the headband. Dodocap must see personal benefit in the escape
to agree. The prisoner to escape may not be a political prisoner
as in such a case Dodocap will not take such a risk.
Internal Message: A oral message is almost always delivered
by the next laundry service. Written messages are assumed to be items.
Message Out: Guards get oral messages out for prisoners.
Secret messages may also be delivered to other people than the intended
receiver. This can be avoided by higher payment or a notorious receiver.
Written messages are treated as items.
Item Out: Getting items of the prison may be done via the
sewers or by handing it to a guard. When sending messages by the
sewers, waterproof packaging is advised. This way of sending information
is complicated as it requires greater cooperation from people outside to
catch the item (see below).
Item In: Handled as Item Out.
Keys: These are special items. Cell keys allow changing the
cell, escapes, or private meetings between prisoners. The main gate
key is not available. Keys are traded as other special items but
are more expensive and not available to all prisoners.
Visitors: These require cooperation from the guards and good
timing (Predoncal must have left the prison). Important political
prisoners may not be visited. All visitors require Dodocap to agree.
Visitors may not bring in items, especially weapons.
Headbands: Predoncal's headbands are decorated with magical
symbols and create an additional 100 ESF (which cannot be reduced by the
Transcend Armor skill) to all spells. The creator of the headbands
notices any spell-casting attempt. The headbands have an intricate
lock (Sheer Folly [–50] Pick Lock maneuver) and (ordinarily) cannot be
removed without the key.
Estoleo is governed by a city council, which is elected once a year.
Members of all important families form the council. The council decides
on laws and taxes, supports the military units (city guards as well as
some warships to prevent pirates from plundering too much). The city
council chooses the members for court, customs, and administration.
The city's quarters are ruled by the families. Each family controls
its area and collects money ("protection taxes") from those living in their
area. Some families have a strong mutual dislike and wage their little
wars over the years; many families have lost members to the vendettas.
With a family's power, the size of its controlled area grows. Most
families would like to expand at their neighbors' cost. Most normal
people don't care for the families' little wars; it doesn't matter to them
to whom they have to pay. If the claims are too high, people may
ask another family for help, which will in many cases be used as the reason
for a new family war. Each family has its own coat of arms, which
will be recognized by almost all people from Estoleo (or even the whole
of Corua). These coats of arms can especially be found at district
borders and are placed as carvings in door frames, patterns in the cobbles,
or paintings on walls.
Al-Katras is somewhat untouched by the family rivalries and claims.
Miacapnar has to respond to the council only, and no family chief would
dare demand that the prison be under his control. This is not because
of the high walls or guards, but because of the special meaning the prison
has. To avoid open violence, or even open provocation against another
family, many families bribe some judges and have the annoying family member
incarcerated in Al-Katras. This won't result in a bloody vendetta,
but moves the victim out of the way for some time or cuts a deep hole in
the family's finances. For this reason, Al-Katras has to be independent/neutral
and all tries of controlling the prison will fail because of the resistance
of various other families. On the other hand, the neutrality of the
prison has also been used to get important family members to a safe place
before a vendetta starts—sued by his own cousins, young Massio spent almost
three month in the prison while his family enlarged their quarter by violence.
Massio was somewhat upset, but looking back, it might have saved his life—four
other family members didn't survive the expansion.
Davin Boghet is the chief of the Boghet family, which controls the area
around Al-Katras. The quarter is not very big, neither do important
or rich people live here. Most inhabitants are fishers or simple
merchants living at the riverside. Boghet's coat of arms features
the tomato, which decorates the big family house in intricate carvings.
(The chief's shield is blazoned simply Argent, a tomato plant eradicated,
flowered, and fructed proper, meaning a white shield with an uprooted
tomato plant bearing flowers and fruit, all in their natural colors.
The family also widely uses a red tomato badge and livery colors of red,
white, and green.) Tomatoes are planted around the house as well.
All inns in the quarter will offer at least one meal with tomatoes.
As the taxes collected from fishermen are quite low, Davin Boghet is
somewhat jealous if anybody tries using his second money source, Al-Katras.
Boghet doesn't allow anybody to enter the sewers and watches over all contacts
the prison guards may have (they get some payment from him as well).
Everything done in Al-Katras, such as smuggling, escapes, treatment, hiring
new guards, etc., should be controlled by the Boghet family as far as Davin
is concerned. Most other families respect Davin Boghet's claim on
the trade/exchange with Al-Katras, but no one will allow Boghet to take
influence on the prison's internal affairs. If the PC's work against
Boghet (i.e., they ignore his claims), they will attract trouble.
Lowell's Suggestions for Other Families
The following summary of suggestions for other influential families of
Estoleo might prove useful to GM's constructing background details.
It should not be considered to override other information to be provided
by Robert in the future. The families are listed in order of increasing
wealth and influence. Each dominates a particular sector of the Estolean
economy, but each also has widespread, and often conflicting, interests
in other sectors.
1. Bassam Al-Said: Controls the Upper Docks Quarter
upstream of Al-Katras; dominates trade in canvas, pitch, and other ship
necessities. Badge: Fouled anchor (an anchor with a rope tangled
around it). Livery: blue and white. Arms: Azure
semé of reef knots argent, an anchor fouled also argent, meaning
a blue shield scattered with small white knotted ropes and bearing an anchor
with a rope tangled around it in white. The cousins Bassam (1) and
Izzadin (2) Al-Said hate each other but stop short of open vendetta, fearing
the curse of the kinslayer.
2. Izzadin Al-Said: Controls the Lower Docks Quarter
downstream of Al-Katras; dominates trade in marine carpentry. Badge:
Fouled anchor (an anchor with a rope tangled around it). Livery:
blue and white. Arms: Azure semé of reef knots argent,
an anchor fouled also argent, meaning a blue shield scattered with
small white knotted ropes and bearing an anchor with a rope tangled around
it in white. The cousins Bassam (1) and Izzadin (2) Al-Said hate
each other but stop short of open vendetta, fearing the curse of the kinslayer.
3. Suleimah Kuhulein: Controls the Al-Kuhul Quarter
of brewers and distillers; dominates trade in alcoholic beverages and medicines.
Badge: cluster of grapes. Livery: purple and gold.
Arms: Purpure bezanty, on a pale engrailed Or, three clusters
of grapes slipped and leaved proper, meaning a purple shield strewn
with gold coins and bearing a gold vertical stripe (|) with a sawtooth
edge, bearing in turn three clusters of grapes, each showing part of the
stem and a few leaves, all in natural colors (i.e., purple and green).
Kuhulein tries to avoid the personal vendetta with Amiralein (11), but
is often forced to defend himself.
4. Isha Arav'ein: Controls the Horse Quarter of horse
and camel merchants; dominates trade in horses, camels, and oxen.
Badge: "The White Stallion," a white stallion rearing. Livery:
white and black. Arms: Sable semé-de-lis argent,
a stallion forcené also argent, meaning a black shield scattered
with white fleurs-de-lis (stylized lily flowers) and bearing a white stallion
rearing for combat. Arav'ein (4), Hussein (6), and Azzam (8) all
hate each other but are usually forced to cooperate on their mutual interests.
5. Davin Boghet: Controls the Al-Katras Quarter of
riverside fishermen and merchants. Dominates the fish market and
smuggling within Al-Katras Prison. Badge: tomato. Livery:
red, white, and green. Arms: Argent, a tomato plant eradicated,
flowered, and fructed proper, meaning a white shield with an uprooted
tomato plant bearing flowers and fruit, all in their natural colors.
Boghet actively works against the Al-Saids (1 and 2) as he would like to
control the whole waterfront.
6. Ismail Hussein: Controls the Blood Quarter of
livestock merchants, slaughterhouses, and butchers; dominates trade in
cattle, sheep, goats, and meat products. Badge: "The Rose Bull,"
a red bull's face with a white rose on the forehead. Livery:
red and ermine (white with black spots). Arms: Ermine, a
bull's face gules charged upon the forehead with a rose argent, meaning
a white shield scattered with black spots (representing ermine fur) bearing
a bull's face with a white rose on its forehead. Arav'ein (4), Hussein
(6), and Azzam (8) all hate each other but are usually forced to cooperate
on their mutual interests.
7. Salah Al-Dib: Controls the Bread Quarter of grain
merchants; dominates trade in grain, flour, and other basic necessities.
Badge: garb (sheaf of wheat). Livery: gold and black.
Arms: Sable, a chevron engrailed between three garbs Or, meaning
a black shield bearing a chevron (^ shape) with a sawtooth edge and three
bound sheaves of wheat, all in gold.
8. Imrakh Azzam: Controls the Spice Quarter of spice
merchants; dominates the spice trade and much of the overland transportation.
Badge: mint leaf. Livery: green, white, and gold.
Arms: Argent semé of mint leaves vert, a wheel Or,
meaning a white shield strewn with green mint leaves and bearing a gold
wagon wheel (eight spokes). Arav'ein (4), Hussein (6), and Azzam
(8) all hate each other but are usually forced to cooperate on their mutual
9. Izzim Dru'ein: Controls the Silk Quarter of silk
craftsmen and merchants. Dominates the larger cloth trade.
Badge: silver butterfly. Livery: green and white.
Arms: Argent, on a bend vert, three butterflies volant of the
first, meaning a white shield with a green stripe from upper left to
lower right (\) bearing three white butterflies.
10. Daoud Al-Khor: Controls the Gold Quarter of precious
metals smiths and merchants. Dominates the metals trade. Badge:
sun-in-splendor. Livery: gold and blue. Arms: Azure,
a chevron inverted, in chief the sun in his splendor Or, meaning a
blue shield with a gold inverted chevron (V shape) and the golden sun with
rays, figured with a human face. Has a natural rivalry and vendetta
with Amiralein (11).
11. Akhat Amiralein: Controls the Ruby Quarter of
jewelers and jewel merchants. Dominates the lucrative gem and jewel
trade and has many other diversified interests. Badge: cornucopia
(horn of plenty). Livery: red and gold. Arms: Gules
bezanty, a cornucopia Or, meaning a red shield strewn with gold coins
and bearing a large horn of plenty, also gold. Has a natural rivalry
and vendetta with Al-Khor (10) and a personal vendetta with Kuhulein (3).
Beneath the streets of Estoleo some old sewers still exist that were built
several hundred years ago. Such a sewer leads below Al-Katras into
the river. Some people work in the sewers; their task is to clean
narrow passages from time to time and to remove big junk which would block
the smaller pipes.
Most sewer pipes are made from carved stone, but sometimes pipes made
from clay have also been used. The ceiling is usually about 1.5 m
(5') high and the floor is almost everywhere covered by knee-deep wastewater.
Smaller tubes of 10 cm (4") to 40 cm (15 3/4") in diameter carry more waste
to the main system. As the sewers were built by the Valians several
hundred years ago, some places have broken down and are unsound.
The whole sewer system smells terrible beyond belief.
The sewers are frequently used by the Boghet family to transport items
and messages into the prison.
1. Abandoned Post: Here lived a sewer guard some
years ago. The house is empty since the man died and Boghet takes
care to have only his trusted sewer guards live in the hut.
2. Entry: This small hut contains nothing but a hole
in the floor and a ladder leading down. On a board beside the door
are a lamp and flint and steel.
3. Sewer Guard: Here lives the old sewer guard Irom.
The old man has some problems with his left leg and cannot walk normally.
He will be seldom found in the sewers, but Boghet doesn't care about this
as he wants only a few people in the sewers. Irom has known the sewers
for years and will gladly tell some old sewer stories ("I remember that
winter 15 years ago! The sewers were blocked and we stood there trying
to remove the blockade—with the muddy waters just below our chins!
That was some rush as the sewage finally got away! Flushed the old
Cinopi's hat away!").
4. Small Tube: From a hole in the wall a smaller
tube joins the main tunnel. The small tube's diameter is 30 cm (12")
and in irregular intervals some sewage drips from the tube.
5. Big Cave: This natural cave was used in the sewer
design to collect larger amounts of sewage in case of a blockade.
There is a trapdoor in the ceiling through which the sewage could be removed
in the worst case of blockade.
6. Old Flood Gate: The wall here shows a strange
form—on each side are three pillars built from bricks. Nowadays these
pillars don't have any meaning, but they were intended to serve as a set
of floodgates (the wooden gate was removed long ago). Other floodgates
are not accessible anymore.
7. Broken-In Room: This room
has a dry pavement and can thus be encircled without getting dirty.
About 20 rats live in this room and will defend their territory if threatened.
They will first try to scare any intruder away by high screaming (which
may attract other people and/or creatures in the sewers) and then bite.
At the end of the room the ceiling is broken down, blocking the exit.
There is a current showing that the exit is not totally blocked, but digging
does no good here as further rocks and earth will come down if other rocks
8. Alcove: In this 20 × 30 × 10 cm (8"
× 12" × 4") alcove some burnt down candles can be found.
In the about 2 m (6'7") high ceiling there is a passageway leading to a
closed entrance to the sewers. The little room is used as a hiding
place and storeroom by the Boghet family. Here can be found some
candles, flint and steel, chalk, and two tin document containers.
Some meters next to the alcove is a small tube leading away from the main
tunnel which leads to Al-Katras. Boghet family members use this alcove
as hiding place if they hear someone else in the sewers and try to spy
on the intruder.
9. Big Room: This room was used as a buffer (as Room 5)
but it has no trapdoor in the ceiling.
Miacapnar: The official boss (warden) of Al-Katras.
He doesn't care about the families and their vendettas and reports only
to the city council. He is politically neutral and listens in case
of doubt to the voice of gold. Miacapnar is 50 years old and content
with his job and career. He has a good secure income and doesn't
have to fear a painful death in a vendetta. Miacapnar decides on
everything in the prison, as from which peasants to buy food, etc., but
doesn't really care and orders only in special cases (i.e., if someone
has bribed him to buy from another merchant). Miacapnar knows about
Dodocap and some of his activities, but doesn't care about them, as he
underestimates Dodocap. He will only react if the chaos gets too
Predoncal: Miacapnar's assistant is a 46-year-old Mentalist.
His task is to magically enhance security in Al-Katras. He uses his
spells ("Mind Control" and other Open Mentalism) to determine if a new
prisoner is capable of spell-casting. If Predoncal is suspicious,
the prisoner has to wear a headband (see above) and will be placed in a
magicians' cell (Room 11). Predoncal is, like Miacapnar, content
with his work, as he can get some prisoners for magical experiments and
as he has power over prisoners and guards as well. Predoncal knows
about Dodocap's activities, as Miacapnar does, but doesn't feel responsible
for intervening as long as Miacapnar doesn't.
"Uncle" Dodocap: One of the oldest prisoners, he is the unofficial
boss of Al-Katras. As "godfather" of the prison, he demands money
and services from other prisoners and controls the black market.
Buying or selling items as well as special treatment are bought under his
influence. He has several bodyguards to enforce his wishes.
Dodocap also pays many of the prison guards on a regular basis. The
main rule Dodocap teaches each new prisoner is to never hurt a guard, as
this is the basis for Dodocap's business; he needs a good relationship
between guards and prisoners. Dodocap is convinced that he is the
mightiest man in the prison; he believes that he is even more powerful
than Miacapnar and even Predoncal. If he wanted to, he could bring
Al-Katras into disrepute by telling some rumors and by mysterious murder.
By that, Miacapnar would get some trouble with the families and the council.
A revolt in the prison would do that as well. As Miacapnar and Predoncal
don't care for Dodocap, he is in fact the most powerful man in the prison's
|Predoncal wears a +10 robe (AT 2) and which acts as a ×3
PP multiplier. He knows all Mentalist Base lists to lvl 20 and "Delving,"
"Damage Resistance," "Attack Avoidance," "Detections," and "Illusions"
lists to lvl 20, and "Mind Mastery" and "Mind Merge" to lvl 10.
|One of the guards on patrol wears a ring which allows the
wearer to See Invisible in a 10-m (33') radius. The ring is
handed to the next guard at the change of the guards.
Adventures Around Al-Katras
The most interesting adventure is the escape of someone from Al-Katras.
The PC's will soon see that at least one of them should get inside the
prison to aid in the escape, and they will hopefully be prepared for the
special situation behind the wall.
A PC coming from Corua or even Estoleo can be an advantage as well as
a disadvantage. The PC may know something about the political situation
and some families in Estoleo. He may recognize quarter borders more
easily and he may have friends or even a family to support him. Problems
arise if the PC comes from a higher family, as he may make other families
suspicious. The Boghet family won't be happy if their young Clionvin
and his friends have been caught in the sewers once again....