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January 1, 2007, 8:41 am

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Here, have a sup, just two piece of silver.

As the valiant PCs gallavant across the land, and travel down strange roads, they encounter a curious man and his push cart. Rolling on two rough cut wheels and covered with a bison-hide awning, he and his cart seem to be some sort of peddler. A bison’s severed and preserved head swings from a support in the awning, a macabre thing that bounces with each bump the cart rolls over. The smell is more peculiar, a whiff of the slaughterhouse and a reek of the taphouse.

When the PCs approach, the vendor quickly assumes his pitch. “Step up, step up. Have a sup, just two pieces of silver. It will put the spring back in your step, put an ace up your sleeve, reload your crossbows and sharpen your swords.” He says with obvious enthusiasm. The vendor himself is rail thin, his ribs visible, but almost vibrates with energy.


It Gives You Wings - By mixing boiling bison and cow intestines in his cauldron and adding generous amounts of suger to the mix and then mixing the resultant mixture half and half with beer or liquor, the vendor has concocted a medieval Red Bull. If the PCs accept drinks they will find their initiative improved in combat as well as not needing to sleep for a while.

The Cuckoo - Unfortunately for the PCs the Vendor is a deranged hermit who woke up one morning believing it was his task to start killing people. He made his cart, covered it with the hide and his talking bison head (which only he can hear, of course) and started on his merry way. The poison in his tonics is slow working so that he has time to sell a few and be on his way before customers starting dropping dead from the toxins. The PCs now have 48 hours to find him again and try to get an antidote out of him.

The Secret Formula - The Vendor is a genius, but rather than making alchemical potions and magic items he started making a tonic that aids digestion, sharpens the mind and calms the nerves. This tonic also happens to have a very pleasant flavor that children and adults alike love.  His rough appearance comes from the fact that he has been robbed a number of times and doesnt take the time to eat enough while traveling.

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Voted Ancient Gamer
January 1, 2007, 9:17
I like these short adventures. In fact I think I will no longer write the long epics, and damned be my average vote score. Well, except the campaign preparations for my table top RPs that is ;)

It is a twist on the traditional snake oil salesman, but a good twist. I especially found the bison head evocative. A nice touch that will improve the players' visualisation.

This is one of those you can put into your game with little or no effort.
Voted Mourngrymn
January 1, 2007, 10:20
Quarky... not a huge epic of an idea but one of those stop offs in the middle of a campaign or adventure that makes the party wonder if he is part of the larger plot. I am curious at the title though, I was expecting this to be tied in more closely with the other Minotaur subs.
January 1, 2007, 10:25
Minotaur, Red Bull, and Minotauromachty is a painting of a guy fighting/fleeing from a minotaur with a bison-ish looking head.
Voted manfred
January 1, 2007, 11:20
This I call an encounter. Handily short, self-contained, with that little extra touch. I can imagine players requesting to see the NPC again (providing he is not of the poisonous sort ;) ).
January 1, 2007, 12:55
...And if he is a poisoner, then they'll REALLY want to see him again!
Voted Wulfhere
January 1, 2007, 13:02
I will use this guy. He's just too quirky and interesting not to. I'm kind of curious about what he calls his strange elixir...

Minotamakity? Minnow Tar machy? Minaminaminamachty? The classic I Love Lucy episode where she tries to sell a tonic (...that's mostly alcohol!) comes to mind.
Voted valadaar
January 1, 2007, 15:34
Yup. This is Good. Mmm. Cow Intestines!
Voted kamina
January 2, 2007, 8:33
A lovely piece that I am definetly going to use.
Even if the PCs refuse to sample the "brew" it is still a nice bit of color along the road. But, I doubt they will refuse.
Voted Murometz
January 2, 2007, 16:29
I will have trouble forgetting this one, between the piece's name, Wulf's further tongue-twisting suggestions :), I Love Lucy, and the Bison head in general. Nice visual!
Voted Cheka Man
January 2, 2007, 18:51
I like this short thing more then some long things.
Voted Pariah
January 2, 2007, 21:57
Made better by actually reading the history of Red Bull today.
Voted Iain
January 3, 2007, 5:10
Quite nice - I'm really liking these three-pronged adventures.

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Sages and naturalists frown at the common name given to these strange creatures by the small folk, but sometimes the silliest nicknames for creatures, places and people persevere in the minds of many. “Purifiers”, “Pond Jellies”, “Breath-Stealers”, “Lung-Ticklers” and “River Butterflies” are much less commonly heard appellations for these life forms. Wet Faeries are basically (and simply) a species of fist-sized, fresh-water jellyfish. Several traits steer them toward the peculiar category however. Firstly, Wet Faeries are nearly invisible in the water, much like their marine cousins but even more so. One can swim in a river swarming with these critters and not even notice their presence. Secondly, they possess the unique ability to clean and purify whatever body of water they inhabit. They do this via some sort of biological filtration process, sucking in all toxins present in the water, and releasing it back in its purest form. Needless to say, they are both a blessing and a curse to whichever folk dwell beside the rivers and lakes Wet Faeries inhabit. On one hand, no purer water can be found anywhere than a Wet Faerie lake or pond, and yet, in “pure” water “life” tends in fact to die out, lacking the needed nutrients to prosper. Thirdly, their “sting” is (unfortunately) virulently poisonous to all mammalians. Wet Faeries are loathe to sting anyone or anything, using their barbed fronds as a last line of defense, but if stung, most swimmers will suffer respiratory arrest, and die within minutes, usually drowning before they can make it back to shore.

Alchemists, druids, and less savory characters have studied these creatures over the years, and have predictably found all the ways Wet Faeries could be exploited. Morbidly humorous, some bards find it, that the Poisoners and Assassins Guilds as well as the Healer’s Union, all prize these creatures. The assassins use the extracted venom in obvious fashion, while the priests and healers use the still-living jelly-fish to sterilize other poison potions and to cure those already poisoned on death’s door.

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