Updated: I re-worked my whole submission for clarity (it was needed), and I put a few more specifics on how I envisioned the animation process to be. I also figured out a way around the melt-the-gold-down procedure, but I am afraid that I did not properly explain it. The idea was to use a heat metal charm of some sort so that the gold would melt itself down, then rise back up as a snake. I was also unsure whether to quote Moonhunter's comment or simply to reference it in my submission Go to Comment
Great fun bit of history that has plenty for a campaign backstory.
Give me a little more on the chaos and what your idea of it is and that would bump up the rating for me. Would have to come into play and right now I have some ideas about it but would be nice to have a bit more info on it. A detailed talk about the madness, a first-hand description by one of those affected, something. Go to Comment
A small, primitive village has yet to discover fire, which is a good thing because there are highly flammable (but not otherwise dangerous) gasses in the air. The heroes, blissful in their ignorance, don't know that and think it a wonderful idea to show the locals open flame.