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Caenmore Welcomes: Koroboros

The day after you return from the Kitty Mansion there is a bunch of rumors floating around. A tower, approximately 300 feet tall, give or take a hill giant, has appeared in the middle of Caenmore. There was no construction of it; it just appeared one morning, giving Mr. Coddywobble, the local barber, a heart attack as he passed by during the event. (services are at 10am at the temple of Ilmater) It appears to be made from solid stone, dark with silver marbling running throughout the cylinder. There are no visible entrances or exits, and windows only exist after the first 100 feet. A clearing of 20 feet surround it in all directions.

Every 30 or so feet, there are gargoyles that circle the tower, menacing and creepy. These rings rotate, every other level rotates the same direction, but no ring rotates the same speed. You can’t tell from the street, but you swear the gargoyles look alive. Ocassionally a telescoping tube extends out from a side and swivels around to get a peek of the town. A “peek” because at the end of the tube is a large eye, about 4 feet in diameter.

You aren’t sure, but you swear there used to be buildings where the tower stands now.

Word on the street is, an archmage named Koroboros is said to be the owner and new resident (literally, someone wrote that Koroboros is this way, with an arrow, and some choice words about his heritage on the cobblestones in front of the tower’s base in few languages, infernal, common, and pictograms).

You can occasionally hear some noises from it, but you really have nothing to compare them to. Some sort of electrical buzzes, some animal screeches, and the occasional, “How now, brown cow?”

No one has gone up to the tower yet. The intesection on which it appeard, is almost completely devoid of foot traffic. In the few hours it has been part of Caenmore, a new record on declining real-estate value has already been set for the surrounding blocks.

You have some downtime between sessions, so feel free to post an action or question your character would like to do or find out.

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After the fifth person comes into the pie shop talking about the tower, Kate decides she needs to see this for herself. Leaving Blahg in charge of the shop (and a goth kid in charge of Blahg) she goes to take a look.

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It’s good that Kate leaves a goth kid in charge of Blahg, he seems to understand to eat the pies, but who would know if he understands commerce. The goth kid just stares at you, the kind of stare that Bill Clinton would have for a cheeseburger, or a new female intern. On the upside, they have managed not to throw up in the past week if they talk to Kate for more than 1 minute. Kate sees all of the above, the building has been in town now for a few hours. A scorch mark has appeared on the cobblestones just outside of the tower, a tendril of smoke wafts lazily away from it. You hear that some poor, brave, and misguided soul tried to knock on the…wall, since there is no door. People say a gargoyle head turned downward and shot a jet of green light toward the victim. He vanished and there’s some dust and scorch marks where he stood. Bruno Buckinheim is remembered by a dog named Bilbo.

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Zar is also going to check it out, but he is not going to be stupid enough to touch it. Not having a shop, Zar leaves no one in charge of his doing nothing. He is gonna find H and ask him to fly up to get a better look at the gargoyles.

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Also, Zar is gonna start checking about the cost of the buildings and land around the tower. He would not necessarily be looking to evict anyone, but he might be willing to buy some of the land if the price is right.

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Hieronymus looks at the scorch mark on the cobblestone, then back at Zar, then back at the tower and chuckles…”Um i may have to pass. I don’t feel like being disintegrated. We may have better luck at night. Those gargoyles are really magical, and this whole tower glows…magically that is.”

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I am not suggesting that you get closer than the scorch mark, I am just saying that a different angle might give us some perspective . . . can you honestly tell me that you don’t want to know? Zar

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Of course I want to know, and I’ve already been flying around up there since it got here, just not THAT close…But there’s not much, some windows, and there’s a balcony instead of a roof. Hieronymus

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Balcony? does the balcony have any stairs leading inside the place? Z

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No, just a flat surface with a podium on top. Kinda odd, doesn’t this Koroboros guy believe in doors? wtf (Hieronymus says boldly as he looks over his shoulder at the tower and hides behind kate)

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Hey Zar, you can use my spyglass if you like. It may be obvious that you trying to spy though, would you like me to play my new lute to distract attention away from you? I’ll bet I’m pretty good! Never been taught, but listen (strums the lute with a DC 6, but it is masterwork—does that mean I get a +1?) Isn’t it beautiful?

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DM It sounds like Smoke on the Water, but better than your average beginner. yes that would mean Bull gets a +1 Hieronymus holds up his finger, a flame springs from it, and holds it up while bobbing his head.

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Hieronymus would probably do better with the spyglass . . . he could look at the tower from all angles with the spyglass. Hieronymus, why don’t you take it and see if you can see more from the air, ground or wherever else you would go to see the tower?

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“Can do.”

Hieronymus takes the spyglass and flies up in the air (causing a nice commotion from the on-lookers)

He comes back a while later and hands the spyglass to Bull.

“The windows are dark, no luck.”

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So, the tower attacks people who get too close. There are no doors, and we can’t see in the windows? The Gargoyles seem to be alive and could attack people. I am going back to the castle to study. Zar

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Hieronymus throws some rocks at the tower to see how many the gargoyles can hit with the disintegration spell.

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Interesting approach. How is it working out so far?

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It’s kind of fun (a stone flies toward the tower and is struck down by a green bold of energy from the nearest gargoyle, going up in a puff of smoke)

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Just watch out to see if they ever start aiming for the origin of the stones. I would hate for you to suffer the same fate as the rocks.

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Good point…(Hieronymus steps back a bit)

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Oh, before you go Zar, are you missing a dagger? (Bull flips one up in the air to him (hilt first)) You better keep an eye on your stuff. There are theives in this city! (he winks and turns to walk away).

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Zar, are you dropping equipment again? Tsk tsk.

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Grrrrrr.

Z

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Over the next few days you see deliveries being made. Sometime during the first night a circle appears in the cobble stone. Just some darker colored cobblestones that contrast from the normal stone color. It’s outside the tower’s death zone by a few feet.

Some bakers, tailors, brewers, and even Zook makes a stop by the tower in the next few days. They leave a package in the circle and step out. The package then immediately starts to levitate to the top of the tower where it disappears from sight.

There now is a make-shift shrine to Bruno, with some trinkets and flowers outside the scorch mark. Some friendly soul has even drew a painted outline of the “Death Zone” and put up a hastily painted sign, “DO NOT ENTER THE TOWER’S OUTER CIRCLE”.

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Zar would like to talk to everyone he knows has left something in the circle. Starting with Zook since Zook likes Zar.

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Zar visits Zook in his shop (which immediately starts Zook’s excited twitching). Zook is evasive on the subject, muttering something about ‘not wanting to tick off a new BIG customer’. Supposedly he’s bought some of Zook’s more expensive goods. Zook says he recieves a letter in his mailbox and a promissary note for the payment to be reimbursed by the King. He only has to take the goods to the circle, leave them there, and…activate it. (he totally shuts down here and changes the subject on some new socks that he swears have a +2 to dancing on them)

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I see. Zar thanks Zook for his time, asks him is he has Bracers of Protection +6, and then after Zook answers, he takes his leave.

From there, he is off to King Thord to see how he is doing.

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Kate has one of the Goth kids try to leave a complimentary pie and a flyer.

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(damn that’s funny) the goth kid walks up to the circle very timidly and leaves a pie and flier and steps away really slowly. nothing happens

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Does anyone dare to remove the pie from the circle?

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No one looks too excited about taking it. Even the rats won’t, then again it could contain a cousin.

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I can see that . . . Canibalism is one thing, but when it’s family it’s a whole new set of ewwwww.

So how is King Thord doing?

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King Thord, I’m assuming you’re heading to the castle, looks insanely stressed…and drunk. It’s hard to say which came first.

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Zar is not shocked, Zar ask him if he had heard about the new tower in town.

I assume he says yes, so after he answers Zar will ask what he knows about it.

Depending on how much info the King gives to this response Zar might ask if he knows that this koroboros is saying that the King will pay for anything he “buys” in town. But that will be based on his initial response.

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Thord doesn’t answer the first question, he merely glares at Zar. This is the first time you’ve really seen him angry. Even when he was almost stabbed by the girl he never looked angry. Thord tosses the table he’s sitting at a few feet in the air where it overturns and collapses to the floor. (no small feat)”OF COURSE I HEARD ABOUT IT!!! I TOLD THAT PANSY-ASS THAYAN SCUM HE COULD BUILD A TOWER HERE, NOT PLOP THE ASS OF HIS TOWER ON MY RESIDENTS!!! NOW IF YOU EXCUSE ME I HAVE A MESS TO CLEAN UP!” He punches a suit of full plate, leaving a huge dent in the chest plate. Without much ado he leaves the room and you then notice about six guards standing at the door who were there at a moment’s notice when the King went off.

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Zar is gonna go and talk to Sturla to see if he knows anything.

And then he is off to talk with more of the people who were dropping stuff off at the tower.

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Sturla’s not at home.

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So then Zar is off to the other people who have been leaving stuff

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You find the local grocer, Arty, who is a portly man with a splotchy beard. He is huffing his way back to the shop he keeps. He just pulled a car full of groceries to the tower and is now pulling his empty one back.

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Zar asks him what kind of groceries he sells (converse for a little bit about stuff). Asks him about the cart and where he is coming from, and about the tower (what stuff he was bringing, how he knew what to bring, payment and the such, and see what other info he might know).

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Arty goes into a half-hour long diatribe about his fine selection of turnips and his cart that, surprisingly enough, he built himself. He’s an aspriing songwriter, which he doesn’t shirk from letting you know. As far as the tower goes, he shakes his head. He said it was the most surreal experience he’s ever had…even more odd than the time he found three apples that had fused together. The morning of the appearance, he’s sitting in his store, writing a song about cabbage, and a letter appears. It’s finely written, with a small pouch of gold. It gave him a list of items to deliver to this circle in the cobblestones. It says this was half his payment and the pouch will be filled with the rest when he delivers. He basically is delivering grain, bread, carrots, ...the list goes on and on. But, it’s your basic shopping list to last a small group of people for a month, or a larger group of people for a week.

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