Once Midden, Twice Shy

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Once Midden, Twice Shy
Once Midden, Twice Shy

You find yourself in a foul-smelling bugbear midden. A midden, in case you're wondering, is like a warren, but with more trash in it.

The floor is littered with slimy eggs -- you pick one up and see the faint silhouette of a fetal bugbear through its veiny, translucent exterior.

Weird. Bugbears... don't lay eggs.

Smash the eggs
You stomp on bugbear eggs until your shoes get too slimy for you to stand on one foot, then you smash the rest of the eggs with a rock.

(Fewer bugbears will appear in the forest now)

Dig through the garbage
You dig through the trash. Most of it is worthless, but you do find an old baseball card that you sell to a drunk guy at the Terrified Eagle.
Dv krueggerand.gifYou acquire 5-6 Freddy Kruegerands

If 10 players have already looted this choice:

You dig through the trash, and verify by experimentation that it is indeed trash, and therefore worthless.

Flee the scene
You don't want to be stuck in the midden with anybody, so you bid the adjacent clowns and jokers adieu as you head back the way you came.

Occurs Below the Roots in Dreadsylvanian Woods.

References

  • This adventure's name is a reference to the old saw, "Once bitten, twice shy" -- meaning that after one has been hurt by someone or something, one later tends to avoid that person or thing.
  • A midden is a type of refuse dump.
  • The sentence, "You don't want to be stuck in the midden..." (including the clowns and jokers part) is a reference to the song "Stuck in the Middle with You."