Random Paths

I Smell A Rat

Drik, Ca-caw, Demetria, and Talathis meet at an inn in Thrushmoor. After becoming aquatinted, Talathis decides to turn in for the night, but Demetria and Dirk plan to stay up later than expected to take advantage of Ca-Caws willingness to share his knowledge, and the gullibility of the locals. Unfortunately, it also fall out that Ca-caw has no understanding of currency, and spends Demetria’s travel stipend on buying round for the inn’s patrons.

The next morning, the guests at the inn, including our heroes find that their belongings have been ransacked. The general crowd is willing to blame the petty thefts on the Varisian woman and her flashy huckster friend (Ca-Caw) and are prepared to exact mob justice, until Talathis Valadil manages to calm the crowd and assure them that the true culprits would be found. After some investigations, it is discovered that the inn is not the only place these minor burglaries have occurred. The town has, of late, been inundated with reports of small items of varying value, going missing with no explanations. After compiling all of the evidence, it is decided that the most likely culprits, no matter how unbelievable, are the local rat population.

After a small amount of searching, and a large amount of Ca-caw wrangling, our heroes find an entrance to the sewers, and a path to a section where many of the tunnels have been barricaded by rubbish or rubble. While exploring this area, they are forced to do battle with monstrous rats. They also encounter puddles of festering grey ooze, which is employed by the city to help eliminate waste products.

After nearly being buried/devoured alive by a tidal wave sized rat swarm, our heroes meet a small being who had proclaimed himself “King of Ooze” and would only be placated by a tribute. He was given a silver fork, and in return, told the adventurers of The Rat king, who lived nearby, and how he would send his pet rats out to forage for treasure.

The group eventually confronted the Rat King in his throne room. He was no match for a band of future Pathfinders however, and was dispatched, his body carried away by a wash of sewage, into the deeper depths.

The rat king’s coffers were found, and their locations reported to the town guard, but not before Dirk and Demetria had time to reimburse themselves for their troubles. As our heroes had recovered the owner’s heirloom soup ladle, their tab was erased, and a free nights stay was given (though no one was game to try the newest batch of soup served from a ladle found in the sewers.)

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