Quick version before I go to bed, feel free to edit.
Percival survived unscathed
Tad survived unscathed
Laura survived unscathed
Since it was a small party tonight, the players wanted to minimize danger and focus on smaller, safer spots around the town. They thought to research the water staff at the museum, only to find it locked up from both inside and out. None of them were charming enough to get much out of the campus administration, learning only that the curator was in fact inside. To make matters worse the brother of the Chinese waitress, another student, tried to pick a fight with Tad.
Defeated, they decided to visit Quiet Brook’s antique shop. While there was little to hold interest, there was a medallion that looked very similar to the water staff. As Laura was able to detect the presence of magic in it, the party bought it for the large sum of $75. This proved to be a good purchase, as it turned out to be an “earth wind earth water self heal” that after some experimentation was revealed to grant the wearer with night vision (at the cost of daylight blindness) while worn.
They next decided to research at the university library, particularly the origins of the city crest: well known to the intrepid group to actually be a seal covering one of the demi-gods. Percival discovered that the image was brought west from settlers trying to escape religious persecution (they were believed to be demon worshipers) whose lineage and tribulations date all the way back to the Salem witch trials. There were four family names involved in this: X (the gypsy fortune teller and her daughter, Jacquelyn), Anderson (the wealthy mansion who’s occupant owns most of town), X and a fourth, unknown name (this fourth name was revealed by the DM to be not important to the current goings on.)
The college library yielded other treasures. Laura learned that the water staff is something called the Key of Khampet Rak, a little heard of Egyptian god. Tad discovered that there’s probably a sixth book, since there are six main spheres of magic element: further, this number may actually be eight or ten. What these missing elements may be were unclear.
While they’d hoped to visit the city clerk for more records on the Quiet Brook seal and its founding families, night was descending. They finished things up at the gambling parlour, where despite losing a fair bit of the weekly stipend they earned the potential for great info gathering in the future. They met an archaeologist who described how the museum curator was busy working with some archaeology students, every night, on some sort of major Egyptian exhibit featuring many relics. Instead of gambling, Laura was able to segway her waitress experience into a new job at the illegal speakeasy, where she hopes the information gathering will be better among the area’s elite.
The White Hats learned a few things this adventure:
- Hobb’s book (brown) isn’t just spells, but a partial and out-of-order history of the elder gods. Gaining all six (ten?) books will clearly detail the scope of events.
- The brown book also reveals that the demi-gods can be killed; the ghosts protecting the seals went the self sacrifice route, but that isn’t the only way to go.
- If the party wants to risk it (and it’s a lot, these are influential people) Laura’s new job might help you cheat in gambling, if a scheme were devised and characters had appropriate skills. Even so, I’d personally suggest only attempting it the one time.