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Fallen Angel's comment on 2008-09-13 10:23 PM
The Apothecary

The Apothecary is a cliche name, but this noticeable little shop has a good clientel for it's specialized wares and it's 'special' inventories. The stall is broken into two parts - out on the outside of the shop is a series of thick bookshelves without backing. To the outside is glass, with signs painted on the outside pointing to products on the shelves. The shelves are as tall as the rood of the stall, and thick with various bottles. her 'public' selection is not to be scoffed at, but it is only fair.



If you give the female proprietor a double minted silver coin (fmr. counterfeit) with a specific flaw (which the assassin's/thives guild will give you), you will be welcomed with a copper coin (with a specific flaw)back out of a special purse she keeps from view.

Welcome to the real apothecary.

You now have access to the largest collection of poisons in the Capital, as well as the best selection of anti-poison's.

Each is prepared using recipes made by specialists, or recipes given to the Guild by a specialist, Spy or a Assassin wishing not to have their secrets lost(, perhaps seeking vengance from the grave.) For magical poisons, the guild will offer mages assistance in small ways. (As assassins are expected to be fair thieves as well.)

Special orders are not her forte, and she will need to have the guild look for the item in question (expect a three month delay with payment up front). Although if you have a special request you are probably insane, as the store already has every poison known to man. This may be a mark on your record with the guild, who prefers 'flexible' assassins. ('Flexible' when it comes to methodology, as the guild specializes in 'to order' assassinations.)

The rumor that a poison shop in the area of the city has 'everything' is well known. Hamlets will be searched for the shop by the royal army.

Where is the Myth?
The King is looking for the mythical shop because his assassins would benefit from such a shop. And putting it under royal watch would benefit his longevity. (The kind is cut from the same cloth as the Borgia's.) He hires your party to find that damned shop! Unfortunate for the king, the Assassin's guild/Theives' guild considers this shop a very very important secret. Expect them to try and stop the PC's. Go to Comment
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Fallen Angel's comment on 2009-08-28 01:22 PM
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Nafar's comment on 2010-06-01 02:18 PM
The shack

The shack sells everything a budding thief might need, from lockpicks and needle-thin daggers, to contracts with hitmen and blackmail opportunities. But in the back of the store comes the real goods, explosives, acids, and anything that is extremely dangerous. The proprietor is never seen due to the fact that he never comes out of is small room but even then any thief that steals from him has a nasty accident later in the week. the shack is famous for the amazing amount of blackmail opportunities ceapt in one of the shelf's in the back, it is also known for the huge amount of explosives that the owner packs into the tiny place, the one time it went off it destroyed half the stalls at the black market that year and the owner disappeared, but the next year he was back with a new stock. Go to Comment
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Nafar's comment on 2010-08-13 02:11 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Nafar's comment on 2010-12-14 10:44 AM
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-08-16 01:14 PM
I feel like this could be a scroll in itself, with a list of interesting insects that would be of use to a thief. Go to Comment
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-08-16 01:40 PM


There are at least two typos, Whne and muc. A priceless submssion.


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Barbarian Horde's comment on 2006-03-12 08:17 PM
This deserves to be a Golden Submission. Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2006-03-18 10:17 PM
Love it. Awesome idea.

Mentioned in chat about the need to expand on why the cities allow it. Bribes is one thing, but if the city allowed anything to happen to the 'Convention' then the retaliation would be huge. Not only from the thieves, but also from the economic sanctions that other cities would put on them at the behest of the thieves. A city would be ruined if it allowed the 'Convention' to be disrupted.

Other questions:

-How secret is the convention..really? You could go anywhere on the spectrum but the size and games of it tends to say that it would be common knowledge in the right circles. Or, depending on the geographic separation of the guilds, it could be known by the 'planners' and then guilds are notified in a certain amount of time prior to the event to maintain as much security as possible.

I expand on those questions because I see more plot ideas.

- If you assume a city could be destroyed by ruining the convention then there would be big thoughts for players outside the guilds. A neighboring city might be getting underrun by another city and what better way to destroy them then by ruining a convention taking place there.

- Knowing the location of the city would be very valuable information to the right people. PC's may just know the right people if they can learn the location. Word travels fast once it is announced so they must beat it to the punch. Perhaps that is how it gets announced as well. The guild who figures out where the event is being held gets some prestige to add to the other games listed above.

- It could be that the cities actually bribe the guilds to use their city as well. If the cities convention is a success they probably get many visitors in the after math to hear stories and possibly try and make some after convention purchases.

Posts that get my mind reeling are always easy 5s. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-03-14 07:57 AM
The devil is in the details. Great and entertaining work. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-03-22 08:51 AM
(Ack... is it only me, or are the special characters marring the beauty of this post?) Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-03-12 07:57 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2006-04-02 01:12 AM
An extremely powerful set of ideas. As MJS said, this one bears the stamp of greatness.

It can be divied, and remodeled, and reset into any world, and all of it still holds together, so long as there's greed and caution in the human heart. Brilliantly done, overall. Congratulations. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-03-15 08:06 PM
yeah, I know it should technically be my submission, but Murometz worked for a long time on this and I really mainly helped with the organization and the day to day planning. He did all the background information, the guilds, and the entire base idea was his.

and a HoH for Roack Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-03-12 08:18 PM
That was me who got booted by my computer. Go to Comment
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2006-03-21 10:35 PM
This is really one of the pearls of the citadel, already. And that's saying something. Nothing to add, besides: Awesome one! I'll find a way to use it;)

::Stamp of greatness:: Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2006-08-28 10:48 AM
Okay. This starts out as the stereotypical "mobster warfare story". The tale also presume a highly romanticized version of a thief's life, as one can hardly imagine murderous gutter scum playing these "noble thieves' games" in a realistic setting. Magic items as rewards in thieves' games also seem a little far fetched to me.

On the other hand there is a lot of love and affection in this post. The roast is particularly enjoyable. There is also a lot of love put into the different guilds and I salute that. A good resource for any GM indeed.

In retrospect I notice the exceptional high score awarded to this post by other Strolenites. It seems that traditional thieves guilds in high magic settings is to their taste.

That is a matter of taste and preference.
From me this sub gets:

4.0 Base for good subs
+1.0 for diligence and affection
-1.0 for features that I find not to my liking
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4/5 Total score Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-03-13 04:07 PM
I give these out so rare that I almost hate giving them out. But this one is definately worth the effort.

Good job Mur and Sras... I tip my hat to you both... wonderful job.

I would like to say that, everything is set up perfectly. There is a lot of information that doesn't bog down in the particulars. The added events are a nice touch, this just speaks of time and effort put into it. This is a v2.0 submission.

The added brief description of the thieves guilds is wonderful. Enough odd flavor to begin any amount of mayhem to the players.

The hooks were a nice touch as well. Go to Comment
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2006-03-17 06:58 AM
Wow - I'm simply speechless - definitely one for the Wish I'd thought of that award

Great stuff - 4½ / 5 and gets today's Hall of Honour vote Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2006-03-31 10:54 PM
I must say, this post is excellent! Not only worthy of 5/5, but a HoH too. Go to Comment
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