Campaign of the Month: March 2016
Ptolus, City by the Spire
Despite the fact that the Delver’s Guild has existed for just over three years, it is already one of the most powerful and prominent guilds in the city. It offers its members information about job opportunities and events pertaining to the exploration of regions below Ptolus, which many call the Dungeon. The Delver’s Guild also maintains the city’s most extensive collection of maps of the underground areas and an impressive library for research. Most active adventurers in the city belong to the Delver’s Guild, at least for the discount at Ebbert’s Outfitters and access to the maps and library.
Members not only have access to this information, they also receive passwords that allow them into secret chambers within the underground regions. These secret chambers, called waystations, are stocked with food and simple supplies. High-ranking members gain retrieval insurance, which guarantees them that, if they should die while exploring, guild members will retrieve their bodies and have them raised if at all possible (retrieval and raising paid for out of a special guild account funded by the insured). The guild’s membership hovers around eight hundred. There are said to be at least four hundred delvers not affiliated with the guild. At any given time, about one-fifth of this number is exploring the Dungeon (about two hundred fifty). The Guildmaster Delver, Sorum Dandobal (male human expert4/fighter4), is quickly becoming one of the most powerful and influential people on the City Council.
There are four levels of Delver’s Guild membership.
1. Associate Guildsman. Open to anyone. Dues: 10 gp per year (payable upon admission). Benefits: Access to guild information, 10 percent discount at Ebbert’s Outfitters.
2. Guildsman. Open to anyone. Dues: 20 gp per year (payable upon admission). Benefits: As associate, plus access to guild library, maproom, and waystations.
3. Master Delver. Open to guildsmen after at least one year’s membership. Dues: 500 gp per year. Benefits: As guildsman, plus voting privileges and retrieval insurance.
4. Grand Master. Open to master delvers with at least three year’s membership. Dues: 5,000 gp per year. Benefits: As master delver, plus claim staking.
Guild Library and Maproom: The Delver’s Guild Library and Maproom is located in Oldtown, despite the fact that the main headquarters of the Guild is located just off the Undercity Market, below Midtown.
Guild Waystations: Each waystation contains several days’ worth of iron rations and water, antitoxin, torches, flint and steel, a healer’s kit, potions of cure light wounds, sacks, daggers, rope, and some miscellaneous simple tools. Most waystations are protected in areas sealed with voice-activated magical locks. All waystation locks open to a single password communicated to the entire membership of guildsman rank and above. The passwords change weekly. Members using a waystation’s supplies are expected to return and restock them.