Calling in to a small town, we spot John walking down the street, hoping that he won’t notice us; we turn and stare at a house. Unfortunately, he does notice us and runs over, ranting about how we should buy the house. Mahalath tells him we don’t want the house and I point out that, even if we wanted the house, we only have the few worthless coins I picked up in the ruins. But John grabs the coins, tells us not to worry, one of the coins has the image of Agrippina, Drusilla and Julia, demonstrating, amongst other things, the attributes of Security, Concord and Fortune, which he can easily trade that for bronze Vespasian sesterces, which he can exchange for a rare coin of Panias which he can exchange for more coins which will raise enough money to buy the house. Refusing to listen to Mahalath trying to tell him that we are not worried, but that we don’t want the house, and we don’t want any money to buy the house, enthusing about currency exchange opportunities and how much we will get when we sell the house, he rushes off to do the transactions. He returns a short while later, to offer a complicated explanation about what happened to the money, but assures us that having shares in a big candle is a great investment. We sneak away at the first opportunity.
Coming across another pile of ruins, we decide that, although we are having a lot of fun, we are fed up with stumbling around ruined, decaying cities. Fortunately, as we remember it is Jock Black’s birthday, we have to abandon our plans and, stumbling through the remnants of the mighty, singing and cheering; we head for a party, as fast as we possibly can.
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