Against The Bugs



Encounter Conditions

Only if the you have searched for an image from atop the crates in the Innocent Pile of Crates, while the crates are in pyramid form.

Initial Text

Flipping aimlessly through the book, you find a picture of the hero facing down a swarm of maggot-like creatures extending throughout a warehouse. Some of the smallest burst from sides of meat, while others stretch far among the warehouse's many chains.

Something's challenging about the picture, agitating you far more than the content should justify.

Summary of Choices

  1. See what happens - gain a jar of acid
  2. Look if the hero escapes - Gain 3 XP in Will
  3. Search for a fight scene - Lose all HP, or gain 4 (random?) XP and "learn something" (if you have the battered pistol from the Gravestone choice encounter)

Choice Text and Results

See what happens

On the next page, there's a picture of the hero backpedaling and catching the thing's acidic spit in a jar. Without a face, it's hard to tell if it's supposed to be comical or terrifying.

Then again, that might have been the artist's whole idea.

(Adds a jar of acid to the list of items in your quest log)

Look if the hero escapes

You flip through the book looking for a picture of the hero's escape, your hands betraying panic you didn't realize you felt.

Thankfully, you find a hasty sketch of the hero escaping from the mass of maggot-like creatures. The style perfectly matches the subject, almost as though it were drawn while running away from pursuers.

The relief at examining the picture is almost as intense as the earlier panic, flooding your body like a drug.

You've earned 3 XP in Will

Search for a fight scene

You page through the book, looking for a battle scene. You find dozens, but none end well.

The hero is killed in dozens of different ways. He's dissolved in acid, devoured legs-first so he can't escape, and ripped limb from limb by dozens of the creatures.

You wake up face-down in a pool of blood, covering everything on your floor except the pristine book.

Lose all hit points.

(or, if you have a battered pistol from the Gravestone choice encounter)

After a quick search, you find dozens of images detailing the hero's fight against the creatures. He fires round after massive round from his pistol, showering the area and himself with chunks of flesh and streams of digestive acid.

It's certainly disgusting, but you feel like you might have learned something. You just can't quite put your finger on it.

You've earned 2 XP in random stat? (see discussion)

You've earned 2 XP in Will

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