The party regrouped and entered into the “Bazaar of the Bizarre.” Harley, your “strings of silverware” strung from nails on the walls attracted attention from several. I don’t know why that intrigued Nightwing and Ragnar1965, but it did.
The fight between the party and the two toughs didn’t last but two or three rounds. I made them 2nd level fighters with, if I recall, 12 or 15 hp each. These early encounters were fairly weak. I knew this was going to be a straight shot with no “retreat and rest” breaks for the PCs. At this point I was not at all sure how to best to gauge what the PCs would look like at the end encounters, so I didn’t want to run the cleric out of cure spells too early!
As the players all wanted to search the room I had each of them roll their 12-sided die to see what treasure their respective PC found.
Trevor rolled a seven which netted his elf, Occulus, “A pair of leather shoes. Hidden in the sole of the right shoe is a set of masterwork thieves’ tools (in C&C rules I declared it gives a +1 bonus). Hidden in the sole of the left shoe is a single worn platinum piece [an unusual specimen worth 100gp].”
Nightwing rolled a four. His ranger, Greyson, thus found “the haft of a broken greatsword. The blade bears elvish runes that mark the blade as the heirloom of a fae-lord.” This blade later proved to have remnants of fae-magic clinging to it. Although the sword haft only does the damage of a short sword, the blade will strike creatures that can be hit by +1 weapons. Perhaps if the remainder of the blade could be found and reforged, a powerful fae-blade would be reformed!
JediWife rolled a five and her elven archer, Alura, located “a dusty waterskin containing one quaff of a potion of healing.”
Ragnar1965, by this point, was excited about the possibilities for his cleric/magic-user, Madriel. Since he rolled a one, I held off on telling him his prize because with me telling each of the others their cool find, I kept watching the “glee factor” in Ragnar’s face grow. I can’t help but grin even as I type this. When I told him his witch found “an orc skull with gold teeth” Ragnar1965 stared at me with a blank face of incredulous disbelief for about a second before he said “WHAT?!” I tried to comfort him by explaining the skull was worth 3 g.p.!! LOL!!!
With that, the party opted to go behind the curtain towards the horrible smell. But that is a post for another day.