Session Report: Sneak-Thieves in the Tower of the Stargazer
Part 2 of 4 sessions exploring the Tower of the Stargazer. Read part 1 here.
Campaign Date: June 6th, 1630 CE
Location: The mysterious tower, now revealed to be the home and observatory of the wizard Calcidius
Cast: Bartholome the Fighter, Hadrian the Dwarf, Mystery the Specialist, Peter the True XXVI the Fighter, Seigjagt Crowe the Magic-User, Vesper the Specialist, and a plucky young peat-farmer guide
Despite their horrific appearance and unexplained presence in his home, their host seemed glad to see them. He apologized for the blood, that something must have gone wrong. He had an assistant, you see, who had left him some time ago and stolen vital parts of his projects and research, trapping him in the process. Regardless of the circumstances which had led them to find his tower, he was glad to see them there and offered them a generous reward if they would help free him.
The party were somewhat hesitant about this, and took note of the circle of salt. This reeked of fae or some other supernatural danger to them, and Seigjagt made a Lore roll to determine what type of creature was likely to be contained by a circle of salt. He determined it was a circle which would contain creatures of many types if they were summoned magically, and that fae, demons, and cosmic entities were all possibilities. They asked him his name, and he was happy to respond that it was Calcidius. Other tests, such as reciting the Lord's Prayer and holding an iron musket ball (commissioned by Seigjagt and Bartholome after the prior adventure) convinced the party that he was likely neither demon nor fae, and that they would free him in exchange for the reward they were promised, 100sp each. They moved some of the salt, and he immediately honored his part of the bargain, heading upstairs to procure the silver. He then told them he desired his privacy and that they should leave at once, growing somewhat testy at any further attempts at conversation or questions, as he had spent years upon years locked within a circle, unable to sleep, eat, drink or shit, and anticipated that he would soon need to rest. The party accepted this as reasonable and left, and Calcidius conjured a magical barrier behind them, blocking access to the third floor.
A safe distance away, they urged Seigjagt to use Glass Earth to observe Calcidius within his tower. They saw him moving around, searching for things and laying them out on a waist-high table (all inanimate things are invisible while using Glass Earth, making discerning what's going on difficult) and then laying down on it. After some brilliant deduction, they ascertained that he had made a bed and was going to sleep. The decision was made to wait a bit until they were sure he was asleep and re-enter the tower so they could take everything not nailed down.