By Tenea D. Johnson
“One of the main compelling elements of speculative fiction is its skill to meet differently unimaginable desires—whether one desires to create a paranormal society or shuttle via time, stopover at an alien civilization or remake heritage. It additionally satisfies extra mundane reader wishes, those it'll no longer appear so tough to satisfy. to name some of these out, I'll willingly step in this mine: the explosion of ‘should.’
“It shouldn't be more straightforward to discover a zombie apocalypse than it really is to discover a lesbian protagonist within the aisles of your neighborhood bookshop. Falling for werewolves and form shifters shouldn't be extra approved than a transgendered love affair; marginalized humans quite will nonetheless exist sooner or later; extra parents should still recognize that, and extra so create like they understand it. an individual then needs to step into the space, or to be extra actual the gaping holes within the collective visions of our chances as humans. In those pages, anyone has. Seventeen someones to be exact.”
—from the advent via Tenea D. Johnson
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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.