Masks of Greyhawk

The Plaza Incident
Escorting the Professor

The next afternoon, Sergeant Ironhorn gives the DIRT team their next assignment. Professor Koanar Cragnossen has requested an escort to the Plaza, where he intends to take possession of a rare manuscript to aid in his researches. Evidently the tome was no readily acquirable, and the Professor engaged the services of the Cartel, one of the two criminal organizations active in Dumadan, to acquire it from the outside world.
When the team arrives at the Gravesmoke Import/Export Emporium in the Plaza, they find the Dwarven proprietor and two human Cartel members slain, while the storerooms are being ransacked by diminutive blue humanoids and scores of rats. The team engages with the blue creatures, and wipes them out to a … whatever they are.
The Professor locates his unwrapped volume, and the DIRT Team discovers a mysterious letter that perhaps indicates what the blue creatures were searching for…

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Special Delivery
into the Dustward

Leaving the Museum, DIRT Team 12 heads to its second assignment. PIcking up a delivery of medicines from the Temple of Berronar Truesilver, they make the long trek to the Dustward in the lower levels to deliver them to the Hospice of the Silver Road.
On the way, the team is ambushed by a gang of street thugs. They make short work of the thieves, leaving all but one fleeing bandit dead in the street.
At the Hospice, Sister B? is grateful for the delivery of the medicines, and informs the team that the Filth Fever is occurring primarily around the area of the Dustward bordering on the dead zone that was once Grimechapel. In questioning some of the victims, most have no recollection of being bitten, but those that do report hearing a strange piping sound, like a flute. One crazed victim swears he saw a cloaked dwarf, surrounded by rats, with a tail!
The team returns to their quarters at the Bastion, and fills out their first DIRGE reports.

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Plight at the Museum
The Black Mirror

The newly formed DIRT Team 12 is found lounging around their barracks at the Bastion. The new team consists of Dren Stoneskin, Torkin Coppertooth, Scratch, Duth, Waltli Beerson, and Caster.
Sergeant Ironhorn, DIRT Team 12’s supervisor, arrive with a pair of assignments passed down from the Bureau. One is a request for a DIRT Team from a curator at the Museum. The other is a request for a DIRT Team from a high priestess of the Temple of Barronar Truesilver. The team decides to investigate the Museum first.
The team makes its way from the Bastion, across The Grand Promenade and over The Great Bridge to the Outer Wards, and from there travel to the museum. Contacting the curator, they are directed to Examination Room B6, where a recently delivered Suel artifact was being uncrated and examined in order to determine its authenticity and suitability for display.
The area around the examination room is being studiously avoided by other museum employees. A sub-curator informs them that they were examining a large black mirror when strange things began to happen. The DIRT team opens the door to witness a scene of bloody devastation.
The mirror is very large, 6 x10, with an ornate frame into which are set a series of runic lozenges. From the mirror come small demons which the team identifies as lemures. A half-dozen museum workers lie around the room in various states of slaughter. Lemures are bumbling around the examination room, breaking things and looking to eat something. The DIRT Team engages.
The fight goes fairly well for the team, until the Black Mirror pulses, and disgorges a bizzare flying demon that looks like a cross between a cupid and a fly. The creature appears already wounded, and it avoids battling the DIRT Team, instead summoning a spider swarm to keep them occupied while it hides. The team eventually takes out the swarm, and manages to corner the small flying demon and dispatch it back to its home plane.
Meanwhile, Scratch has been climbing up the mirror and carefully removing the runic lozenges from the frame. When he removes the last rune, the Mirror ceases to act as a portal, and the team quickly wipes out the last of the lemures.
Duth gives the sub-curator a lecture on proper safety controls for examining a questionable artifact. The sub-curator responds that they have such protocols in place, but that someone obviously bypassed those procedures. He assures the team that museum will relocate the Mirror to the secure Storage Area 51, and make sure nothing like this happens again.
The team moves on to its other assignment.

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