The next morning, Jax went out and appraised the statue with Sonya. A small boy tour guide offered to show him the statue and tell him its history in exchange for money. Jax took the deal and the boy provided him with a detailed history of the statue, its properties, and a bit of regional history. Jax asked the boy if he knew anyone with a chess set – the boy said no but he would find out. The party identified a local historian they chose to seek out in order to find more information and possibly information on the chess set. The historian played very coy and wanted money for his services. Obviously dealing in information isn’t necessarily the most rewarding career path unless you make people pay for it. When finally pressed and some money was exchanged, the historian told them he knows exactly where the chess set is – he goes over and plays chess on it maybe once a week. The man’s name is Hank, and he’s the ex captain of the guard.
Hank haggled with them – they didn’t have the 500g he wanted, but they promised to bring him a book on magic for his niece in exchange for the chess set, which Hank obviously didn’t know was magical. The four are just leaving Jaxus when a massive earthquake strikes. The earthquake causes one of the walls to the fort to fall, revealing a long-hidden side room. The side room has a secret entry way into a main hall as well as a hidden trap door. The trap door leads to a crypt. The warriors are attacked by a gelatinous ooze and two skeletal humans, which they defeat.