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November 20, 2005, 9:53 am

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Spring cleaning


Sometimes things are simpler then they look…

A wizard has been living in the city for years, but now he plans on duing some interesting new research so he recently bought a nearby tower & is planing on moving there soon.

The party is contacted by a servant of the wizard who tells them that his master has heard of their abilities & wants them to clean out a nearby tower & dungeon (the afore mentioned area). While the wizard could do so himself, he is very busy with his research & is sure the party is more then capable of the task at hand.

When they reach the tower/dungeon they find it infested with all kinds of extremly rare monsters & many traps.

The twist :
As it happens the wizard actually wants the players to CLEAN the tower. The monsters were brought in for his research & the traps are designed to keep them seperate from each other. When the party returns to collect their fee they will find a very angry (& possibly powerful) wizard.

This should allow you to place a varity of rare creatures at one place.
It might be a good Idea to point out to the players that these are very rare cretures, but good PC’s should notice that the traps are built in conjucture with the nearby creatures (design traps so that it makes sense that they are there to keep the cretures in).

P.S : I actually put a broom & mop near the enterence (my Pc’s were pretty thickheaded) but I think it would be too much of a give away for most players.

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July 19, 2003, 18:16
Nice idea. Maybe you could replace the broom and mop with a broom cupboard and give the players the key (if you wanted more subtlety).

July 19, 2003, 20:48
Perhaps the wizard also put in some constructs as well to guard his treasure. If the players miss or misinterpet the mop and broom, but then start noticing the wizard's symbol around, especially on the golem in front of the pile of gems, they might start feeling double crossed.
Barbarian Horde
November 10, 2003, 14:56
It is a cute idea, but why would the wizard pay adventurers a huge sum of money to do something that a middle aged cleaning woman to do for a small fee

1) After all the PCs would not do this job unless they got paid alot. A first level character could do the job if expressly warned about what was in the tower.

2) If the wizard did not want the the monsters killed or traps sprung he would have told them how to avoid them or at least of their existance. Otherwise how else would he expect them to handle these things, but to be accidently springing them all or killing the beasts in self-defense?
Barbarian Horde
August 5, 2005, 5:26
Maybe the animals are making a mess inside the trapped areas as indeed animals are wont to do if not taken for walkies. Maybe that's what the wizard meant. Cleaning a T-rex or black dragon's catbox would surely command a high enough fee to confuse the players.

If the servant who was supposed to have given them the key and or map/instructions had fallen prey either to a monster, a dropped experiment, or just an ordinary hang-over that day then the players would also be much more inclined to do things their own way.

Also that way they could later find the map, or a message or some sort of clue that gives them a hint.

What if the law says you must replace or repair that which you destroy or damage even if it's an accident. Then you could give the players a list of what they just got XP for and send them off on the mother of all treasure hunts.


Voted Ancient Gamer
February 2, 2006, 15:51
This one made me laugh.
Voted axlerowes
November 16, 2012, 16:23
I was amused.
November 16, 2012, 16:37
I love how he casually and non-judgmentally mentions that while the broom and mop may give it away for most players, his are thick-headed lol
November 16, 2012, 16:46
yeah reminds me of my mother, she always called me "a thick headed life ruining mistake from which the greatest gifts she could ever except would be silence and never using her family name." But the way she said it was so casual and non-judgemental that you couldn't be offended.

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