D4: Wish Granters
Getting a magical lamp with a trapped genie is by far the most common trope for the wish granter. If you’re looking to change things up or if the genie doesn’t quite fit the story you are trying to tell, here are d4 other granters of wishes who want to mess with the player’s desires.
- Hags. Be wary of the lady in the wood. Even though she has saved the village three times in the past it has always come at a cost. In exchange for a good crop, each farmer cut off and gave her their left ear. In exchange for dealing with a plague that was ravaging the village, a newborn babe had to be left in the wood for her. Last, when the armies travelled through our village, we asked her to kill them all. I cannot talk about what it cost them for the favor.
- Devils. Let’s make a deal. In exchange for the temporary loan of my master’s vorpal sword you must help me fulfill two other contracts for my clients or serve in hell for a number of days equal to the duration of the loan. Should you die while in possession of the sword, and thus lose the ability to relinquish said object, the ownership would remain with you causing your service in hell to be indefinite. Do we have a deal?
- Sphinxes. You believe you are worthy of such magic? You are a fool, but if you are resolute of purpose I can test you to see if you are worthy. I will test your will by having you complete an insurmountable task. I will test your mind with a riddle that will expose your character. Finally, I will test your soul where it will likely burn into nothingness. Do you accept my challenge?
- Angels. I understand why you want this child, but things are the way they are for a divine purpose. The machinations of eternity run on a very precise cycle. All that lives must die. What is created must be destroyed. If you truly believe that this wish of yours is for the greater good than I cannot stop you, BUT a worthy sacrifice must be given. Are you willing to pay your pound of flesh?