'Barbarism is the natural state of mankind,' the borderer said, still staring somberly at the Cimmerian. 'Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.'

-Robert E. Howard
Beyond The Black River

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tool Trunk Thursday: Skeleton Key

Welcome Dog Brothers and Sword Sisters to the next installment of Tool Trunk Thursday! The feature where I present a piece of equipment for Conan 2d20 and its effects in a friendly card-shaped format.

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Skeleton Key


Those who gather riches or arcane knowledge seek to lock those secret away from prying eyes, and fingers. As those hordes grow, so do the number of locks. Some wish to maintain their security, but grow lazy with the tedious chore of remembering which key opens which locks. The laziest of these forgo some of their security with the creation of a skeleton key. This single key allows them to open many or all of the locks within their vast vaults of knowledge and gold. Over time these keys sometimes become separated from the estate of those that created them, and the locks that they open.

These keys are capable of opening a large number of similar locks. They are rare, expensive and uncommon. From time to time such a key may fall into the hands of the characters. When this happens, which specific lock it opens is less important than for it to open a key lock for the players that will be of narrative importance to the story. If you liked this article then don't forget to subscribe to get the next exciting installment on pulp gaming both Sci-Fi and Fantasy!

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