While wasting time reading about Black Metal bands on Wikipedia, I couldn't help noticing what great stage names some of these guys have. Building a Norwegian Black Metal band lineup looks sort of like an adventuring party, doesn't it?
- Fafnir- vocalist
- Shagrath- guitarist/vocalist
- Silenoz- guitar/songwriter
- ICS Vortex- bass guitar
- Winter- keyboard
- Hellhammer- drums
"Hellhammer" is a great name for a metal drummer, isn't it? This really makes me want to run a campaign where where the party are a Dark Metal band questing through mythic Norway. What might that look like?
SoundtrackThis is easy. Play some Black Metal music from youtube to set the tone. Burzum, Emperor, and Darkthrone are a good place to start.
|A strange cultic symbol|
Pick an old school DnD of your choice.
- Pick a really metal name
- choose musical specialty
- Starting level 3 is good
- Since there are no starting weapons, PCs will need to be a bit resilient...
- Alignment: choose between Pure Black Evil and Nihilistic Neutral
- Choose a class. Some of you may soon discover you've gained strange cultic ability. Choose between Viking, Anti-Cleric, and Witch/Wizard)
- Regarding spells, I need to go through the list and find the most metal spell list possible...
- DCC Spellburn and Ritual rules would be a good fit
As DM, you really want to sell the mystery of where they are and how they might get back. Point out how bummed they must feel unable to play their instruments. Have them run into places/people they know, but that are different. Tease them with hints at a way back to the normal world.
As for setting, have strange, run-down castles, haunted forests, bleak snow-covered peaks.
- Huge dumb Trolls
- Rowdy Vikings
- Cattle-riding Huldra
- Pale alluring Nattmara Werewolves
- Depressive, man-eating Mermaids
- Ship devouring Krakens
- Cryptic Witches
- Hungry Fossegrimen
- Black-Metal Nøkken
- Plague-ridden Pesta
- Forlorn Draugen
- Cattle-tending Wights
- Greedy Svartálfar and Female Elves
- Fanden- the devil himself