Frightening February Day 3: The Witching Hour.

3:00 AM. The Witching Hour. The time when strange things start to happen.

Ever notice how everything goes wrong at 3:00 AM?

Three brief plot ideas for any Horror RPG.

Plot 1: An unwitting college documentary film crew stumbles upon private graveyard and accidentally disturbs the mausoleum. Soon they begin to see shadow beings more and more regularly. Shortly after 3:00 AM 3 days after the incident, the first student vanishes. The next day shortly after 3:00 AM another. If the group doesn’t step in, all of the students will be lost. They will be drawn into the shadows where an unknown horrible fate awaits them.

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Plot 2: A farmer in rural Iowa sets up trap cams around his property in an attempt to track down the cause of vandalism in his barn. At 3:00 AM, strange lights appear over the property and strange, vaguely bat-like creatures can be seen roaming about the property as if they were studying the various items and animals they find.

It’s all fun and games until the farmer decided to take matters into his own hands. When the beings approached the house a few nights after the initial encounter, the farmer set up camp with his trusty shotgun and waited. He was never found.

Now the lights have returned. 3:03 AM every night. Cattle, sheep and farm dogs in the area have been reported missing. The footage from the missing farmer’s trap cams turns up and adds more confusion. Can the group convince the beings to leave and never return?

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Plot 3: The group stumbles on a prophecy about an evil warlock that will be reborn on the third day of the third month in the 23rd year. The group has about two days to find and stop the coven before 3:23 AM when the ritual is supposed to be completed.

Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

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