By Robin Sloan
From Robin Sloan, writer of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, the tale of Mr. Penumbra’s first journey to San Francisco—and of the way he received entangled with the city’s most unique always-open enterprise…
It is August 1969. The summer season of affection is a fading reminiscence. The streets of San Francisco pulse to the sounds of Led Zeppelin and Marvin Gaye. And of jackhammers: A futuristic pyramid of a skyscraper is emerging a number of blocks from urban lighting fixtures book shop and an unparalleled subway tunnel is being equipped less than the bay. in the meantime, south of town, orchards are quick giving approach to a brand-new equipped on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has now not arrived in San Francisco searching for unfastened love or a glimpse of the technological destiny. he's looking a book—the unmarried surviving replica of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious quantity that has introduced and misplaced nice fortune for a person who has owned it. The final list of the e-book locates it within the San Francisco of greater than a century previous, and on that scant little bit of proof, Penumbra’s college has dispatched him west to procure it for his or her library. After a number of weeks of rigorous looking, Penumbra feels no in the direction of his objective than while he all started. yet overdue one evening, after one other day of dispiriting lifeless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour book shop, and the chances earlier than him extend exponentially.
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The sofa is so large that the entire party of PCs will be able to sit on it at one time if they desire. There is nothing unusual about the sofa, nothing is hidden or lost in its cushions, and it is in poor condition like most of the other items in these rooms. If all the PCs decide to sit on the sofa at one time, it will promptly collapse beneath them. Next to the sofa is a stone table bearing a metal tray and six crystal goblets. The tray has rusted and is worthless, but the goblets are in good condition (despite a heavy layer of grime) and are worth 25 gp each.
The skulls are in fair condition, some displaying the wounds that caused them to be here. This bedroom also contains three stuffed chairs, a small writing table and wooden chair, and a night table. All these are in poor condition. An oil lamp stands on the night table, its oil long ago evaporated. In addition to the skulls, the walls in this room are decorated with a large tapestry depicting a snake kingdom ruled by a giant snake, and a life-size portrait of the Falcon in human form. She wears robes, a cloak, and a tiara that portray her as royalty; she stands in a n arrogant, triumphant pose.
18. Storage Area: This cave holds all kinds of tools, junk, and foodstuffs. Anything that a jermlaine could consider useful may be found here: old bones, rusty weapons taken from victims but too large for the jermlaine to wield, rusty and battered armor, various tools taken from victims, backpacks, sacks, torn clothing, animal pelts, feathers, teeth (both animal and humanoid), and a small quantity of dried meats and harvested mushrooms and fungi. The PCs will find nothing of value here. This cave is never occupied at night and is used only 10%of daylight hours.