Our adventurers casually stroll through the busy mid-day market. The bustling of tradesman and artisans meetings patrons brings comfort to them. Having recently solidified their Athenian citizenship, the heavy flow of commerce is a measurement of power of this Greek city-state.
[Perception] (DC 10)
Some of the party sees a small man of middle age pandering to strangers. What he wants is uncertain, but it surly causes him distress.
[Streetwise] (DC 10)
Normally a man after gold is more cunning and calm.
[Will the party confront this fellow citizen to see what ails him?]
(Yes- Read Below; No- Have the man confront them before they have a chance to leave the area)
“Please, please! My names is Otos. By the gods themselves, a curse is cast upon our this land! I have witnessed the passing of my father ”/characters/omplios" class=“wiki-content-link”>Omplios. Now Hades ask me to live through it again. His body moves with life but, whether it is his soul in there, I do not know! Will you come noble citizens? Help seek peace for my father’s mortal remains?"
[Sense Motive] (DC 10- He’s telling the truth)
[The party should most likely unanimously agree to at least inspect it. Those who are reluctant could be enticed by at least wanting to see if the man speaks truth or is a mad fool. The two views would create an interesting party dynamic]
Otos leads everyone outside the city walls to the poor slums where his family resides. His two young sons are tending the tiny 30×30ft field adjacent to the shack. They stop cold to stare as the heroes enter their home. They find a woman in the main room is bedside to what looks like an undead abomination in the form of an old man. The stench in the air is foul. He’s whiter than the sheets he lay on. His eyes are bulging. He coughs and chokes, but whether he is breathing is uncertain.
“I knew him to be dead. His heart was stopped. Late in the night I heard the noise he currently poisons the air with.” -Otos
[Perception] (DC 15-18-20)
Success- Heroes decipher a few words from Omplios’ speech.
15-“Celestial flame” 18-“At the gates” 20-“Cerberus”
“If this is not the sign of chaos in the realm of Hades then I know not a Satyr from a sheep. I ask one more favor from you Athenians. Please, go to our temple and invoke the name of Athena. She will listen to the prayers of your adventurous hearts over a humble peasant such as I. Go outside and tell my eldest son, Ono, to give you a lamb for an offering at the temple.”- Otos
The Heroes exit. Before they even have to ask. Ono is leading a lamb by a collar toward them. He offers the rein to [Roll randomly to determine whom]. The walk is long to the temple. It is evening in Athens and the time for commerce is fading. The city is drowning in a red-orange glow from the sinking sun. In combination with what they’ve witnessed and the eerily empty streets, the tone should be solemn.
They arrive at the temple. The place is scarce but nobles and peasants alike are praying. There is no hierarchy here.
[Knowledge Religion] (DC 5)
Success- Perform rite of summoning.
" I begin to sing of Pallas Athene, the glorious goddess, bright-eyed, inventive, unbending of heart, pure virgin, saviour of cities, courageous, Tritogeneia. From his awful head wise Zeus himself bare her arrayed in warlike arms of flashing gold, and awe seized all the gods as they gazed. But Athena sprang quickly from the immortal head and stood before Zeus who holds the aegis, shaking a sharp spear: great Olympus began to reel horribly at the might of the bright-eyed goddess, and earth round about cried fearfully, and the sea was moved and tossed with dark waves, while foam burst forth suddenly"
Time freezes. Athena herself manifests in front of the eyes of the adventurers.
“Heroes after my own heart, you have come to me because you would listen and care for those less fortunate when no one else would. That is a sure sign of the courageous. It is because of this I offer unto you a means to find the answers you seek.” [She scoops the lamb up into her arms and pets it gently] “A Pheaecian sailor resides at the local port tavern. His name is ”/characters/halius-1" class=“wiki-content-link”>Halius. He sailed with the now King of Ithaca, Odysseus. Cunning Odysseus who sailed to Hades once for the wisdom of the soothsayer Tireseus. Halius knows his tale by heart and has the power to enter the realm of the dead. However, he will need convincing. Whether it be gold or a silver tongue (winks at the rogue of the group), he will only need a gentle shove to want to leave port for it is a hidden desire of his to witness the underworld. Go now and leave for the gates of hell before the sun rises."
Time is restored and everyone in the temple goes about their business without having any knowledge of the divinity that was before them. The heroes now make their way down to Port Tavern.
The tavern is full tonight and is louder than the streets are during the day
Halius resides with his crew at a table towards the back. The group will need to decipher for themselves where Halius is within the tavern.
Shout out his name- [Perception] (DC 13)
Halius will be the only man to not to look up at the group.
[Streetwise] (DC 10)
Ask various patrons where to find the sailor.
Approaching the table, all men are in the middle drinking and merriment. The noise slowly dies as the group gets closer. Halius will be reluctant to give a straight answer whether he can complete the task. He also will try to extort as much money as possible from the group.
[Appraise] (DC 15) – The actual cost of renting such a vessel for the alloted time.
[Bluff] (DC 14) – Lying about the amount of gold the group has.
[Diplomacy] (DC10) – Appealing to the idea of witnessing the Hades for themselves. A glimpse of death in life. Secretly, Halius has always wanted to find the realm of the dead since Odysseus had told him of his own venture there. Fear has always kept him back.
A fight can break out between some of Halius’ crew and other patrons. Using non-lethal damage (lethal damage would be illegal), subdue the violent drunks and solidify your new partnership with Halius.