Sunday, August 24, 2014


10 CALAMITY CAVERN. The narrow worked passage terminates in a small natural cavern, where the ceiling varies in height from seven to nine feet above water level. A shelf of rock near the west wall holds a large open wooden chest, brimming with multi-colored gems. Although it is not obvious to the casual observer, due to the dirty water, the floor varies in depth from four to six feet deep below the water line. It also hides a nasty surprise in the form of a giant crayfish who will surprise on a 1-3 in 6.

Giant Crayfish (AC 4; MV 6”//12”; HD 4+4; hp 20; #AT 2 claws; D 2-12/2-12; SA Surprise on a 1-3; XP 190)

Sadly, the chest of gems is merely illusionary and will disappear if touched (only to reappear about an hour later). There is something worthwhile in the cavern, however. At the area marked 'x' there is the remains of a human magic-user who fell victim to the crayfish quite recently. The body is submerged and has been picked clean of flesh by the industrious crayfish, but his belongings are still present. A leather backpack holds 35 gold crescents, 72 silver spanners, 13 copper pieces, a turquoise worth 200 gold crescents, a very small glass cone (used for the cone of cold spell), and a bone scroll tube. The tube is inlaid with gold and worth 75 gold crescents. It is air-tight and the scroll inside, which has the enlarge spell, is still good.

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