Numerous new guildies were in the southern part of the Foreign Quarter going about their business when they came upon a somewhat strange scene. There was an obvious dip in the road like it was sinking and ahead two city workers and a guardsman were examining an open sewer drain. To the left stood a severely dilapidated single story structure with sounds of construction or destruction inside. A plaque is set into the stucco on the nearest corner of the building. It read:
| Here stood House Churo, a home to a foreign scholar and magic worker known as Churo the Too-Curious. He was a professor and lecturer of magic theory and a magic experimenter who discovered many amazing things while probing the unknown. Strange lights and noises were often heard coming from within the building. On the night of the big earthquake, catastrophe struck and the building exploded. His body was never found. Only the basement remained but it was so marred by the release of intense magics that rooms had lingering magical properties. It was covered over and this structure built over top.
Then more noises of splintering lumber and shifting stones erupted from inside the building. The door burst open and a dusty worker leaves running. He heads to the lone guard. From within you hear screams of “Help! Help! Oh Abadar, the humanity!”.
Reluctantly Afarrah, Adam, Gidget, Noah, Ratfink Bellum and Weisse decided to get involved. The landlord had abandoned the property and the city had sent laborers to tear down the dangerous structure. The floor had collapsed beneath them and disturbed a huge nest of ravenous centipedes some of which were as large as a man. It was a disturbing sight. All of the man and halfling sized centipedes turned out to be easily killed and a few healing channels sustained the workers a little longer. Much more challenging was the ten foot swarm of diminutive centipedes in the basement. They couldn’t be effectively fought and killed the two injured workers below before nearly killing Adam a couple times. Afarrah had started the fight with a fan of fire but it hardly affected anything. The guildies were reduced to throwing the worker’s lanterns and lamp oil. Then they had to tear down a merchant’s canopy and take his oil (only half of which was paid for) to cover the swarm in a flaming blanket. The swarm briefly covered Noah and the remaining worker on the ground floor before it retreated to the basement and was finally wiped out.
Those that were in the Churo’s old basement saw 3 rotten doors and a newly constructed barrier opposite each other. By this time Than and Magnus had arrived. Noah and Gidget remained above to keep people away and the rest of the group descended into the hexagonal room below. The basement was dank and muddy. Clearly it must get flooded. People began examining the four exits to the room. The northern door blocked a room of whispers, the eastern a 40 ft passage with 3 doors, the southern passage was blocked by a newly constructed barricade, and the western door was pushed aside by Adam who advanced down the 20 ft hall.
Adam slid the next door to the side and was ambushed by two crossbow bolts. His scream was cut short by unconsciousness. The group ran to his aid as a tiefling in studded leather came out and took Adam’s Lighted scimitar. Only the invisible kitsune ninja had gotten into the room to see that there were also two ratfolk in leather inside. Strangely she noticed that she was Slowed while the ratfolk were Hasted. Nobody wanted to purchase Adam back from the tiefling and the situation looked dire. Before the tiefling killed him with his own sword though, Weisse snuck over and sneak attacked him. Weisse also tried to take out one of the ratfolk with a ninja star but it was Than’s magic that put them both to sleep. The unconscious tiefling was tied up for questioning later but the the ratfolk were killed.
The room was discovered to have multiple spots where people were either Slowed or Hasted and even one spot with a stasis field. The north wall had a secret door that took them a short distance to another door that they forced open. That lead into a rectangular room with a broken down fountain in the center. A cascade of dim multicolored light from the fountain illuminated the room. The dribble of water was magic but also appeared to have been tainted and unsanitary. They decided to leave it be.
Meanwhile Magnus checked out the room of whispers. As soon as he entered he was able to discern, through the magic, statues in each corner and numerous carved faces on the walls. The magic voices elevated in volumne but spoke only nonesense. He left.
The group headed to the remaining door which broke apart when moved. The slick hallway was badly water eroded and while Magnus stomped along, Weise slipped and slid downslope taking out the lower portion of a rotten door and continuing into a steeply sloped room with some sort of acid pool or open stomach. She was able to throw a rope up to the others and get rescued before being too badly digested though.
Adam and Weisse used presidigitation to clean a narrow path through the hallway to the far door. The room beyond was pleasantly appointed with furniture and a convenient pile of treasure in the center. The opposite wall had a steel door behind which wind and banging could be heard. The room was as they expected, a trap.
Weisse entered invisibly but the entire room was a magical creature that could sense her movement. The treasure spilled to the side as a mouth revealed itself, then it used a carpet-tentacle to push her into it’s mouth. Chomp. The ninja was held in place. Magnus threw his big rock and others tried stabbing the floor or touching it with spells. It wasn’t enough to stop Weisse from being swallowed. The kitsune bit the throat on the way down but wasn’t spit back out. The rescuers redoubled their efforts and Magnus destroyed the magic living room with the next blow from his rock and the other cut Weisse out. The treasure was all real and happily scooped up.
The metal door was picked open and revealed a room filled with a dusty magical whirlwind and a battered head-sized metal chest. Magnus roped up and grabbed the chest in giant form. It was badly crumpled but he and Ratfink figured that they could pry it open with a crowbar. And they did but electricity arced from the chest to their bodies. Ratfink was electrocuted and Magnus seriously injured. Ratfink was briefly mourned. The chest only contained some magical notes – no doubt very important to Churo but a disappointment to the group. Than tucked them away thinking they’d be valuable. Undeterred by the deadly trap, Magnus was back in the whirlwind with Weisse working at the wall where a secret door had been spotted. After removing the impacted dust from the lock, Weisse tried and failed to pick it causing more arcs of electricity to burn them. This time nobody died. They kept at it and got inside the door.
More disappointment. The small closet initially looked to contain nothing but tattered clothes and decomposed papers. A quick search revealed several interesting items including a small ivory box they decided not to open, a future fantasy roleplaying game “Accounts and Laywers”, a spell book, some jewelry and strange jeweled coins.
After clearing out the closet the group decided that they were spell depleted and had pressed their luck enough and dragged themselves out onto the street again not caring about the blocked passage and forgetting the tied up tiefling.
400 Noah and Gidget
770 Than and Magnus
1,170 Everyone else