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Story Locale (Destiny Derailed): Railcar City

654px-Catlett's_Station_VA_with_US_military_railroad_boxcars_and_soldiersRailcar City is the name given to the 2-3 spurs of track that lead off the main track on the construction side of Steamtown. This area is home to the several on-site high ranking officials, as well as the jail car and payroll car. At any given time there are half a dozen or more railcars inhabiting Railcar City. Besides the above, any official visitors that arrive by train also use this area. As of right now, the following cars are in Railcar City.

 

Spur #1 (closest to main track, starting at the end)
Presop’s car and Boss Myers‘ car.

Yigfet’s car – Yigfet (CG Male gnome wizard 5/artificer 4) is a gnome wizard and artificer from Samsara. His car contains a small but well appointed chamber with a bed, desk, and sofa; the rest is devoted to his mobile workshop, complete with a small forge and bellows. Yigfet was brought here by Borys to help investigate the relationship between alligotonium and the demons that have been cropping up from time to time. His car is filled with a king’s ransom of the ore, and several unfinished magical items (made from alligotonium) are on the workbenches in various states of completion. He has nothing for sale and offers no services, although he does have knowledge of the strange material’s properties. [Showcased in an upcoming blog entry! – RT]

 

Spur #2 (between the other spurs
The PCs car, guest car, and jail car

PC’s car – If the PCs acquired the car as living quarters, it is here.

Guest car – This car has 2 separate cabins in it, each with its own external entrance. Guests or important specialists (such as alchemists or specialty engineers) are housed here when they are needed.

Jail car – The jail car is nothing more than a normal boxcar with several iron rungs bolted into the floor. Long term prisoners are not kept in Steamtown—they are either killed or banished, left to fend for themselves in the cold. However, the car is used to hold prisoners, either temporarily before the final punishment is meted out or for short sentences. They are bound in hand and foot shackles, secured to one of the iron rungs in the car. It requires a DC 35 Escape Artist or Strength check to break these bonds by pulling the rung from the wood.

 

Spur #3 (furthest from track, starting at end)
Borys’ car [see his entry for more information], guard car, payroll car

Payroll car – This car is reinforced with iron bands and is made of extra thick wooden planks. At anytime, the payroll for the entire workforce is inside. Only the higher officials get paid in actual coin. Most get paid in company credit, which the quartermaster keeps track of in a logbook (kept inside this car when not in use). There is also a chest that contains 1,100 gp, 768 sp, and 10,000 cp. It is a DC 40 Break/Disable Device  DC to get into the car.

Joshua Gullion the WarriorGuard car – Four guard sergeants (LN Male human fighter 4) are in or near this car at all times. Their job is to watch both the payroll car (just ahead of them), and the next car down the line behind the guard car—the jail car.

 

Other than Borys, the residents of Railcar City tend to not socialize with the other parts of Steamtown (although the PCs are more than welcome to do so). For the normal worker in Steamtown—human, goblin or otherwise—Railcar City is off-limits. Unless they have specific business there, they are run off by the 4 guards who are in the guard car. If the adventurers wish to forge relationships or to meet with the residents of Steamtown, they are more than likely to do it outside of their Railcar City residence—Borys controls who is welcome and who is not, and he’s not about to consult the party on the matter.
Also, at any time, one of the guards keeps an eye on the PC’s car, and reports the comings and goings to Borys; a DC 20 Perception check reveals which guard is keeping tabs on the PC.

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Weird Wednesday (Destiny Derailed): Wereguten Curse

Wereguten Curse     CR 5

weregutenXP 1,600
CE persistent haunt (random broadsheets from the fortunetelling press [2% chance])
Caster Level 5th
Notice Perception DC 30 (to catch the peripheral aura of transmutation magic)
hp 22; Trigger reading the article about turning into a wereguten; Reset 1 week
Effect When this haunt is triggered, the reader of the Steamtown Herald broadsheet must make a DC 17 Will save or become obsessed with information, doing everything they can to read as much as possible (from every available source) before finally resting to sleep.
When they awaken, their head is transformed into a printing press. Succumbing to the wereguten curse leaves them with a -3 penalty to AC, an inability to speak, and a -4 penalty to all Charisma checks (with the sole exception of Intimidation). While so afflicted, the target gains comprehend languages as a constant spell-like ability (CL 5th), and can print out as many mundane, non-magical pieces of writing as they like, without the need for paper or ink.
Removing the wereguten curse from a creature requires bathing them in holy water for 10 hours while within the area of a consecrate spell. If at any time the afflicted creature reads while undergoing this process, they must begin again from the beginning.
DC 20 Knowledge (arcana) or Spellcraft check is recognizes how to reverse the effects and how the accursed haunt might be destroyed.

Destruction The most recent cursed broadsheet of the Steamtown Herald must be submerged in holy water and incinerated by flame. A new issue is pressed out every week, taking the magic out of the older editions and turning them into regular, inert mundane items.

Adventure Hook Every issue of the Steamtown Herald includes a small article about the strange wereguten curse, randomly afflicting folks from the city on the rails. PCs that make an investigation of it can find that those afflicted by the haunt are of the same type of blood used to print the press that week (mostly gnomes, elves, and humans) with a DC 22 Diplomacy check to gather information or DC 24 Knowledge (local) check.

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Trap Tuesday (Destiny Derailed): Leech Mist

Leech Mist – CR 3

As the crowd gathers for their nightly drinking, a light mist settles in amongst the patrons.

Type: magical; Perception DC 27; Disable Device DC 27

Trigger location; Reset repair

Effect

The mist only affects those that are drunk. Anyone who comes into contact with the mist after having a number of drinks equal to their Constitution modifier (minimum 1) must make a DC 13 Fortitude Save or lose 1 point of Con due to blood loss and gain the fatigued condition. If already fatigued, then the exhausted condition is gained instead. The mist can affect an area of up to 600 square feet.

The goblins that operate2000px-Shot_Glass_(Marked).svg the fortunetelling press need blood in order for it to print its stories. Killing to get the blood would draw undue suspicion. Nobody, however, is going to give a second thought if heavy drinking from the night before leads to some lethargy the next morning. Usually the goblins have the leech mist trap rigged to trigger right at closing time as drunk patrons make their way to their tents. Once the blood is leeched by the mist, special vials hidden nearby collect the mist and distill the blood out of it. It can take several nights to collect enough blood to make a single printing run.