Innocent Pile Of Crates

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Encounter Conditions

None

Initial Text

Wandering through the pages, you find a sketch of the hero encountering a massive pile of crates. They seem fairly inoffensive, unlike the rest of the sketches.

It's actually almost eerie seeing such a normal scene interspersed with the rest of the book's contents.

Summary of Choices

  1. Search for a view inside the crates - Gain limbs (if crates are in the "eye" formation), or lose all HP, gain 10 energy of Broken Bone (if the crates are stacked)
  2. See if the hero moves them - Gain 3 XP in Strength
  3. Look for other crate arrangements - Gain 3 XP in Strength (only after moving crates)
  4. Search for an image from atop the crates - Gain 3 XP in Perception

Choice Text and Results

Search for a view inside the crates

(If the crates are in eye formation)

You flip past a few pages of the hero being mangled by demonic creatures that don't seem to have anything to do with the boxes. The first image after those reveals the hero looking into a crate containing the dismembered parts from the previous half-dozen images.

Which are… his body? The next image makes it even stranger, with him carrying off an armload of his own limbs like firewood.

(Adds a collection of his own limbs to the list of items in your quest log)

(If the crates are stacked)

You flip through the sketchbook, eventually finding a drawing of the hero trying to pry open the bottom crate of the stack. It doesn't entirely surprise you that the next page shows the entire pile collapsing on him, crushing him into a bloody pulp.

What does surprise you, at least a little bit, is blacking out and realizing your limbs are bent at uncomfortable angles when you come to.

Lose all hit points.

You've gained 10 energy of Broken Bone.

See if the hero moves them - (initially - when stacked)

Within a few pages, you find a sketch of the hero scattering the crates. The eighteen crates carve out patterns in the dust suggesting a massive eye.

The hero probably would've gotten quite a workout. Whether the burning in your arms is just sympathy pain is another question.

You've earned 3 XP in Strength

Look for other crate arrangements - (after moving them - when in eye formation)

You carefully search the book until you find a sketch of the hero stacking the crates into an elaborate step pyramid. It looks like hard work, inspiring a bit of sweat to your brow and a tingle of pain to your biceps.

You've earned 3 XP in Strength

Search for an image from atop the crates

(If the crates are in the "eye" formation)

Earlier in the book, you find a series of sketches showing the hero standing on each crate in turn, observing his surroundings. It's funny at first, but gets a bit surreal as he appears standing on other crates as well in the later imagines.

The art is interesting and detailed, although it's hard to say what he's trying to get across.

You've earned 3 XP in Perception

(If the crates are stacked)

A set of careful sketches detail the hero crawling atop the pile of crates, then looking out over the contents of the building. Countless hooked chains hang, from a ceiling shrouded in darkness.

Many of those chains suspend slabs of meat that crawl with massive maggot-like creatures. The amount of details in the pictures is astonishing. So much so that wonder at the craftsmanship almost overwhelms the intended nausea.

You've earned 3 XP in Perception

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