Mage at Old Owl Well
As you begin hacking away at the zombies, a mage appears from his tent and asks, “What is the meaning of this?”
How do you respond? Decide before clicking the spoiler box below.
1. Observe the mage for a moment
Make a DC 10 Intelligence (Arcana) check. A successful check recognises his tattoo as [a necromantic symbol].
Make a DC 10 Intelligence (History) check. Success allows you to recognise that [the garb is Thayan. Thay is a land far to the east where wizards pattern their heads with tattoos. His tattoo represents necromancy].
2. Continue fighting
The mage joins in. Refer to page 29 of the adventure booklet in order to see who you are facing.
If you win, you may read the whole ‘Old Owl Well’ passage in order to see what rewards you find.
3. Parley with the mage
The mage ‘orders’ the zombies to stop fighting. You may decide what you wish to speak to him about. Possible questions and answers are provided in the spoiler box below.
1. Who are you?
He introduces himself as Hamun Kost.
2. Speak to him about the undead terrorising townsfolk and find out what he is up to
He states that it is really none of your business. Just know that he has his own reasons for being here. If questioned about the undead, he apologises for the trouble the zombies may have caused, but it’s a good way to make sure he is able to operate here undisturbed.
When you’ve finished asking your questions, he is willing to provide information to you in return for a favour.
If you agree, he shares the following requests.
- Wipe out or drive away the orcs at Wyvern Tor. If you ask why, he says they seem keen to cause him trouble. Wyvern Tor is half a day’s travel from here.
- Ask a question of Agatha the banshee: “What is the name of the wizard who built the tower at Old Owl Well?”. Agatha’s lair is roughly a day’s travel from here.
Simply doing one or the other will be enough to conclude your business with Hamun.
Once you’re done here, you may read the rest of the ‘Old Owl Well’ section on page 29 to see what kind of rewards you get.