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Cabinet of Curiosities

WFRP4e
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ORC License
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The Cabinet of Curiosities in Bridgeport's Chapel Hill district is a unique and enchanting museum that stands out among the city's cultural landmarks. Dedicated to showcasing the odd, the mysterious, and the extraordinary, this special museum draws in visitors with its eclectic collection and whimsical charm. It houses a variety of intriguing items that lack historical significance or don't belong in the Bridgeport Museum due to other reasons.  

Management

  Professor Phineas Cogglewort, a gnome of remarkable intellect and insatiable curiosity, manages the Cabinet of Curiosities. Professor Cogglewort, known for his gelled hair and ever-red nose, has dedicated his life to uncovering the world's most peculiar artefacts and sharing them with the public. He is often seen bustling about the museum, guiding tours, and regaling visitors with tales of his adventures.  

Financial Support

  A combination of ticket sales and private donations financially support the museum. Additionally, Professor Cogglewort has established a "Patrons of Curiosity" programme, encouraging local benefactors and wealthy collectors to contribute to the museum's upkeep and expansion. This programme offers exclusive benefits, including private tours and early access to new exhibits.  
Cabinet of Curiosities by Tillerz using MJ
 

Collection

  The Cabinet of Curiosities contains an astonishing array of items, each with its own story and significance. Some of the highlights include:  
  • The Clock Without Time: A clock that spins its hands randomly and never shows the correct time.
  • The Dancing Shoes: A pair of worn leather shoes that tap dance by themselves when music plays.
  • The Feather of Endless Tickles: A feather that, when touched, causes the sensation of being tickled.
  • The Glowing Pebble: A small, ordinary-looking pebble that emits a soft, eerie glow in complete darkness.
  • The Invisible Umbrella: An umbrella that offers perfect protection from rain but remains completely invisible.
  • The Juggling Stones: A set of stones that hover and juggle themselves in mid-air without any assistance.
  • The Laughing Mirror: A mirror that distorts reflections to look humorous and chuckles along with viewers.
  • The Never-Melting Ice Cube: A small block of ice that remains cold and solid no matter the temperature outside.
  • The Pastry Pointer: A compass that never points north but instead directs towards the nearest bakery.
  • The Self-Writing Quill: A quill that writes nonsensical poetry on any available parchment when left unattended.
  • The Singing Teapot: An old, slightly dented teapot that whistles popular tavern tunes when filled with hot water.
  • The Sneezing Powder: A jar of powder that causes uncontrollable sneezing when opened, even at a distance.
  • The Stubborn Spoon: A spoon that insists on stirring in the opposite direction of the user’s intentions.
  • The Talking Fish Head: A mounted fish head that delivers weather forecasts in rhyming couplets.
  The museum also features rotating exhibits showcasing rare and newly acquired items from Professor Cogglewort's ongoing expeditions. Visitors are encouraged to explore every nook and cranny, as the museum is designed to surprise and delight at every turn. The Cabinet of Curiosities is not just a museum; it is an experience, a journey into the unknown, and a testament to the wonders of the world.

Architecture

The building housing the Cabinet of Curiosities is a marvel in itself. It is an old, three-story structure with a facade adorned with intricate carvings and stained glass windows depicting mythical creatures and legendary explorers. A grand archway marks the entrance, above which hangs a sign bearing the museum's name in ornate lettering. Inside, the museum is a labyrinth of winding corridors and secret rooms, each filled with fascinating exhibits. Dark wood panelling lines the walls, and the creaking floors enhance the special atmosphere.
Bridgeport
The map of Bridgeport, a harbour city located in the south of Farenia, showcases a maritime center characterized by vibrant activity and bustling trade. Unlike other cities in Farenia, Bridgeport's harbour opens onto a different sea, setting it apart and granting it a unique status. To bolster its connectivity and reinforce its importance in regional trade, the ambitious Bridgeport Channel project is underway. Not everyone is pleased with the construction of the new channel, leading to a surge in violent resistance...  
Bridgeport by Tillerz using MidJourney
 
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Services: Exhibitions, Tours, Souvenirs
Ethics
Legality
Prices
Security
Supply
Wealth
 
Owner
Phineas Cogglewort
Phineas Cogglewort by Tillerz using MJ
Founding Date
2841 PB
Type
Museum
Parent Location
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Plot Hooks

The Bottled Storm (Adventure): A bottle containing a captured storm has accidentally been released. The party must contain the storm or find a way to control it   The Haunting Melody (Delivery): A cursed music box that was inadvertently acquired begins playing on its own, causing strange occurrences. The party must return it to its rightful place to stop the disturbances.   The Lethal Lantern (Disposal): An unassuming lantern that traps souls was mistakenly placed in the Cabinet. The party must figure out how to destroy or neutralise it before it causes more harm ( -> Warehouse III ).   The Malevolent Mirror (Exploration): An ornate mirror showing ominous reflections was mistakenly placed in the cabinet. The party discovers it is a portal to a sinister realm and must navigate its dangers to prevent dark entities from crossing over.   The Missing Curator (Investigation): The cabinet’s manager, Gideon Wraxford, has mysteriously disappeared. His last known actions involved cataloguing a newly acquired item of peculiar nature. The party is hired to find him.   The Pastry Pointer Theft (Investigation): The Pastry Pointer is stolen from the Cabinet. The party is tasked with retrieving this beloved item before the annual Bridgeport Pastry Festival.   The Time-Worn Tapestry (Adventure): A tapestry that changes scenes every night, depicting future events, was placed in the Cabinet. The party is tasked with interpreting its messages and preventing the predicted disasters.   The Uninvited Guests (Defence): A relic accidentally taken from an ancient tomb has brought ghostly guardians to the Cabinet. The party needs to find a way to appease the spirits and return the artefact.   The Whispering Skull (Guard): A skull that whispers dark secrets has been acquired. Now, sinister figures seek to steal it for their own gain. The party must protect the Cabinet and find a way to silence the skull before it damages the city ( -> Warehouse III ).


Cover image: Cabinet of Curiosities by Tillerz using MJ

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