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Rats and Pearls
Genet asks Marat and Margon to enter the sewers first. Once in the sewers, a herd of rats comes towards us shepherded by a figure with a lantern. The man is moving through the sewers on a boat. It's a rat catcher! Marat does some strange incantation, but it doesn’t seem to work on the rats.

The rat catcher, Krully, hasn’t seen anything unusual. He gives us directions towards the thieves guild. He has a partner, but hasn’t seen him in a while.

Marat speaks with the rats. They tell him that two footed predators have been eating them. On the bright side, there are good scraps. No one seems to think it odd that Marat can speak with them. What’s up with that?!

We find the scraps of Krully’s friend. The rats tell Marat that they found the body. They didn’t kill Krully’s friend.

Behind the pile of human remains are the shattered pieces of one of the pearls. Could these pearls be eggs? There are scraps of more than one human body.

We decide to head further down this tunnel instead of going to the thieves guild. It is a dead end.

We double back and head towards the thieves guild.

We see a pearlescent light coming towards us. Marat and Margon recognize that it isn’t another rat catcher. Its some sort of monster with a light on its head. The light mesmerizes anyone who looks at it. We kill two of the monsters.

We head down a different passage and find another pile of corpses at the base of a waterfall. There are many shards of pearls. They appear to be shells ---like egg shells.

We hear screams from the streets above. Genet rushes in and attacks two of the monsters. With help from the city watch, we kill these two. The citizens of Lankhmar cheer our actions when we hear more screams down the street. That must mean the last two! After a short chase Flossin kills one by throwing his spear and hitting one in the back.
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Runinations #15: Studies
Tssssk tsk swwwt... tk tk tk kt... swwwt sqwk... tsk swwt swt SQUEEK! Damnit!!!

Must be the cheese combo. I need to go back to the cheese monger. If Marat can do it so can I. I think I am seeing some patterns though and there is a lot of upside if I can understand these dirty little hair balls. Don't know how I am going to get the smell of cheese off me though...
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Miracle Gro
Flossin knew he had perfected a combination of plants, flowers, and oils that resulted in rapid growth of his flowers. Within minutes corn would grow from a seedling to knee high tassels. He wondered how this would affect a living thing with perhaps less chlorophyll. After falling through the bank vault into the sewers, he knew he would need something to help him get back up out of the hole. This was his chance. He quickly mixed a piece of creeping Kletch vine, a crushed crocus flower, and expensive essential oils from a giant black orchid.

He could feel Gerry smiling in his head. They gave a nod, and Flossin swallowed the mixture. The test was quite astringent and initially he wasn't sure if he could keep it down. His stomach settled, and his feet doubled in size. He ankles plumped into giant cankles, reminding him of April's mother. A shudder at the thought, and his calves grew into huge rippling muscles the size of hams. His quads became tree trunks, and his whole body grew two full feet. Finally, his ears felt plugged, and as he cleared the pressure, he heard a "pop" and his head became proportional to the rest of his body.

It Felt Great To Be Big! Flossin towered over his friends and could feel life flowing through him. His strength felt nearly endless. He felt almost invincible. This was the physical manifestation of Gerry's favor. He never wanted to feel small again. Hmm...maybe a little geranium root might make this mixture even better. In the back of his head Gerry smiled, pulled their fedora lower on their head, and puffed on a thin stemmed pipe.

Thanks Granny!
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Ruminations #14: Master Thespian
Captain Blackskull/Maron was a master! After all of my years of training in the on and offstreet Circus, I have never seen better acting. It must run in Tyla's family's blood. I hope that one day I can be as convincing. I also wonder if Maron needs a new first mate... Seafaring does run in my blood after all.
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Smells good!
It smells good in the alley behind the Two Holes tavern, as a small crowd of hairy fellas congregate around a makeshift grill filled with tasty looking meat. There is tension in the air, but it's not just excitement for the unusual meal. These fellas though jovial are looking around like they may be doing something that could get them in trouble. But what trouble could there be in just eating some tasty skewers? Then you notice some pelts in the corner.. what kind of pelts are those? Are those rabbits? No, rabbits are grey, but those pelts have all sort of hues. Some are furry, some have just the shortest hair, what kind of animals are those? Then you notice the collar... and you understand. Nothing better to dispel the plague that has been affecting the crops than sacrificing some stray cats to the Rat God. But hey, are we to blame if we keep some for us as a reward for our efforts? I don't think so.
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