Saturday, December 7, 2013


66 TAXIDERMY.  This is a very large room filled with excellent examples of the taxidermist's art. Two carver bugs are here. They are attempting to make a meal of a stuffed bear.

2 Carver Bugs (AC 5; MV 12"; HD 2; hp 12, 9; #AT 2 claws; D 2-9/2-9; SA +1 to hit, attacks as sword of sharpness; XP 52, 46)

Among the larger mounted animals there are an elk, two bears, five wolves, a lion, a hippogriff, a giant skunk, and three eagles (on well-made wooden perches resembling tree limbs). In addition there are scores of waterfowl, weasels, smaller cats, foxes, rabbits and similar creatures. Many of these animals are missing limbs and scarps of fur lie in testament to the many other trophies that were here at one time. Massive numbers of antlers and deer heads also line the walls.

A grand fireplace graces the east wall. Above the mantle is a portrait of Sergi Triskelion, the famous big game hunter. He appears as an overweight but vigorous middle aged man with a heavy beard and long black hair.

There are three other paintings. Two are portraits hanging on the north wall. One is of Luciana Triskelion, a girl of about 10 years old. She has straight black hair and very dark eyes. The next portrait is of her sister, Salvatrice. She appears to be about 8 years old and has curly blond hair and light green eyes. Like Sergi's portrait, these are labeled and signed by Patrizio Triskelion.

The final painting hangs on the south wall. It is labeled "The Hunt" and shows Sergi in chainmail and mounted on a large brown horse. He is charging a seven headed hydra, but each hydra's head has been replaced with the head of a rooster.

The walls are paneled in dark wood. The floor is likewise wood. The place is massively cobwebbed and the whole area has a musty smell.

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