Fallow Temple of Tymora
As the land changes from forest to scrubland going west along the Dead Road, a structure looms out from beside the roadway.
Roundish in construction, with supporting columns encircling the outside, the building is roughly 30 to 40 feet tall at its highest point, a small portion of the roof caved in.
Inside it becomes apparent that this is a fallow temple of Tymora, goddess of luck and good fortune. The walls on the left side of the temple are engraved with parables of Tymora; trickster stories involving farmers, gamblers hitting the jackpot, heroes escaping just barely. On the opposite wall, the reverse of these stories is etched, dedicating the wall to Beshaba, twin-goddess of ill fortune.
In the middle of the floor sits a 30 foot wide pool of water, barely a foot deep, a short lip of stone surrounding it. In the center of the pool, a roughly pyramidal rock sits, the shadows at its base darker than the surrounding water. Metal glints from a plethora of gold and silver coins in the pool.
After much experimentation, you discovered that throwing a gold coin into the pool causes water to bubble forth from the rock in the center, which feels rough and porous, and that filling a cup from the pool afterwards causes the water in your cup to become holy. The water in the pool itself doesn’t seem to change, however, until it’s taken. Throwing in a silver coin has a similar, but far lesser effect. Throwing in a copper coin produces a violent reaction, the coin hissing and smoking and flying around before embedding itself in the wall of Beshaba’s side.
In Thieves cant, the phrase “Still works. Toss a gold, take a cup. Don’t overreach. Holy” is scratched into the inside lip of the pool’s low surrounding stone wall.
Paladin’s and other sensitive beings can tell that the temple is hallowed ground; tossing in a coin increases that feeling…removing a coin lessens it dramatically. Coins cannot be removed by magical means; they must be plucked out by hand, after which they no longer emit any magical presence; tossing such a coin back in has no effect, and it can then be removed by any means.
If one were to climb to the roof of the building, you could look down into the small hole in the ceiling and see that the coins dropped into the well seem to form an image of a face, possibly of Tymora. Judging from the amount of gold presently in the well (around 175 gold, 300 silver) one might judge from an artistic standpoint that another three or five thousand coins might complete the roughly 5’ by 5’ image.