From a distance, the exterior of the house looks much like that of the standard commoner. Its roof consists of clay tiles and its walls are made of stone covered mostly in vines and other vegetation from the years of neglect. The house has an entrance at the front as well as on the back and side of the house via the veranda.
Customizing the House: The descriptions of each room show the areas as they looked several years ago when Yurei lived here and also provide a description of what they are like after years of exposure to creatures and the elements. Enterprising DMs can find many places to insert something special to personalize the house. For instance, one or more of the locks to the storage room may be trapped, or the house may have become the home of any number of creatures such as a band of nats (Oriental Adventures, page 176) or perhaps a fire toad (Oriental Adventures, page 196).
Solid Walls: The solid walls of the house are crafted from large stone blocks made from volcanic rock. Their surface is matte black and rough to the touch. However, the rock also contains plentiful flecks of black crystal that reflects light, which causes the stone to sparkle when the sun strikes it just right. The crystal is imbedded in the stone and has no intrinsic value. While the structure was created long ago, the solid walls of the structure have held up well over the years and show little to no signs of wear.
Solid Walls: 1 in. thick; hardness 8; hp 90; break DC 35; climb DC 20.
Sliding Rice Paper Walls: The sliding walls of the structure have not fared as well as their solid counterparts. Over the years, the weather, along with the attentions of roving bands of various creatures, has deteriorated the walls so that little remains. Even the intricately carved wooden framework has long since been burned for firewood or used to craft a makeshift spear or staff.
Sliding Rice Paper Walls: paper thin; hardness --; hp 1; break DC 1; climb DC 10.
1. Entrance: At the front of the entrance gapes a doorway where two intricately carved wooden doors once stood. Now all that remains is a single rusted iron hinge from which an oxidized old lantern sways in the wind. Just inside the entrance the wooden flooring has been torn up and exposes the ground beneath. The remnants of a fire and some bones of indeterminate origin lie in the dirt. The room is empty of furniture and screens, which allows viewers to see directly into the bath and kitchen areas.
2. Living Room: The wooden floor in this room is intact although covered in a thin layer of dirt. Several badly rusted iron spikes can be found in the stone walls of this room. Once tapestries that were woven from the finest materials and depicted events in Yurei's life hung from the wall. There is a single stone pillar in this room; it appears to be made of the same stone as the solid stone walls of the structure. There are several holes in opposite sides of the pillar where once wooden stakes formed a ladder with which one could access the roof of the structure. Yurei would go to the roof from time to time to sit and meditate in the moonlight. The rice paper walls to the shrine, lavatory, bedroom, and veranda are all gone.
3. Closet: This small room once held a vast collection of wonderful clothing from all over the land. Now what remains is merely a pile of torn and tattered rags that some creature has used to make its bed.
4. Shrine: Nothing remains of the shrine that once stood here. Instead a pile of wood stands haphazardly against the outer wall. Removing the debris reveals a hidden area in the floor where Yurei once hid one of the fake sianghams; the area has long since been looted.
5. Lavatory: This room has been filled with wood and no longer serves its original purpose.
6. Bath: The marble floor of this room has held up rather well, although it now has a covering of mud and clay tiles that fell in on this area of the house when a portion of the roof collapsed. Where once stood a pool of water in which to cleanse oneself now stands a half-filled pool of muddy, foul rank water. Most of the solid stone walls in this room are covered in vines growing up from the pool.
7. Bedroom: The rice paper wall leading to the veranda is gone, which leaves the room open to the elements. The floor here is covered in a thin layer of dirt, and vines now grow from the rotting wood and cloth that was once an ornate bed covered in the finest of materials. Beneath the debris is a hidden door leading down to the workshop 10 feet below; the wood is weakened from the elements and breaks away easily if walked upon.
8. Kitchen: Once a kitchen filled with all kinds of culinary utensils, fine wooden cabinets, and plentiful dried goods, the room now lays in waste. The fine wooden cabinets and counters ravaged for their firewood and their fine marble countertops lay in hundreds of pieces scattered about the room, mixed in with the remnants of fine crystal plates and cups. The floor here has a thin layer of dirt upon it and some moldering bags that once contained some sort of flour. Vines have crept in through the opening where once stood a rice paper wall leading to the veranda. The hearth in this room is now a pile of rubble that further exposes the room to the elements via a hole in the roof.
9. Hearth: The hearth in the kitchen was once a fine cooking station indeed, but time has left it in a pile of rubble. The hearth in the workshop, however, lays almost untouched, although its flue, once secretly connected to the hearth in the kitchen, is now clogged by debris.
10. Veranda: The wood of the veranda floor has aged and warped while being exposed to the elements with no attention for so many years. Its once intricately carved railing is now gone. The veranda adjoining the kitchen and bedroom has become overgrown with vines.
11. Workshop: Beneath the kitchen and bedroom lies Yurei's workshop, which has been untouched by anyone for many years. A copper teapot with a carved wooden handle rests on the top of the hearth. Next to the hearth lies a metal box filled with wood. A long wooden table runs down the center of the room, and it is covered in all sorts of interesting arcane paraphernalia. Several barrels filled with unknown liquid line one of the walls while cabinets filled with vials and jars of other unknown liquids and assorted creature parts line the other. Many books and scrolls written in some sort of arcane language are stored in chests around the room. There appear to be no light sources such as torches or lanterns in the room. The floor and walls of the workshop are made of the same stone as the solid stone walls of the house.
12. Storage: The door to the storage area is made of a heavy iron with three locks and a bar across it from the outside. The room is filled with crates and barrels; many of the crates contain fine clothes, intricately carved figurines, and statues. A second fake siangham is buried within a box of dried tea leaves. Several odd iron rings are attached to the walls every 3 feet at about eye level, and from these rings hang rusted chains 10 feet in length. The wall and floor are made of the same stone as the solid stone walls of the house. Beneath the contents of the room lie an intricately carved magic symbol and several runes.
Bringing the Parts Together
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