The Skeleton of the Unknown Obelisk

The Skeleton of the Unknown Obelisk

Indie TTRPG, Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells on Roll20

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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: None

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About the adventure

Deep in the Aberrant Forest stands a 100-foot-tall obelisk that absorbs all light. Zealously guarded by the demons that haunt the forest, only a few have made it back to tell of the strange singing that emanates from it. One week ago, the angel Kalena tasked you to explore the obelisk and discover how it has managed to ground them to the earth. With the promise of heavenly riches awaiting you, you set forth... Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells is an OSR game that aims for pulp fantasy adventure! Characters are quick to create and almost as easy to perish. Will your character survive to see the treasures that await them? Or will the dangers overtake them?


3 years on StartPlaying

21 games hosted

Highly rated for: Teacher, Storytelling, Creativity

Additional Details

How to prepare

Players are required to have a mic and access to Discord and Roll20. Nothing else is required as rules information will be available through handouts on Roll20.

What I provide

The game is primarily theatre of the mind, however I will be providing images to get everyone into the correct mindset. I will also endeavor to bring as much fun and exciting play as can be handled.

Gameplay details

Gameplay will highlight the fast and furious nature of the system. Expect a balanced amount of exploration and combat. As pulp heroes, you are expected to think fast and act quicker! Though Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells draws heavily from the pulp stories of a century ago, I aim to ensure the harmful tropes inherent in those stories does not continue here. There will be hard lines on sexism, racism, ableism, and queerphobia. We will be implementing Lines and Veils and the X, N, and O cards to make sure no one steps into topics that might make others uncomfortable or stressed. We will also have a 10-15 minute section at the end for Stars and Wishes, where we discuss what we liked and what we would have liked to have seen. Expect bio-breaks at around the 90-minute mark, though you are allowed to step away at any time with proper notice--we don't want wait for your turn if you stepped away without telling us!

Content warnings


Safety tools used
  • Lines and Veils
  • Stars and Wishes
  • X, N, and O Cards
How will character creation work

Character creation will happen at the start of the session. As it's quick, I expect to be diving into adventure by about 30 minutes in. I will be providing all the information for creation at the start of the game.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Medium
  • Roleplay: Medium
  • Puzzles: Low
  • Experience Level: None

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