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Hocum's Fantasmagorium

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Hocum's Fantasmagorium once served Kintargo as a strange mix between a museum and a freak-show, but it has been closed for decades now. The boarded-up Hocum's Fantasmagorium sits towards the northern end of the Redroof district; it is distinctive as, unlike the majority of the district's buildings, it is constructed from Kintargo's distinctive white limestone rather than redbrick.[1] Hocum's Fantasmagorium was built in 4641 AR by Braedan "Hocum" Azperex to bring a little joy back to the city after the horrors of the Chelish Civil War. During its heyday, the Fantasmagorium boasted several halls of exhibits. The Hall of Cryptids displayed a misidentified cyclops skull as well as the skeletons of a pair of sasquatches.[2] The Hall of the Seas once contained live exhibits, mostly common, local fish but the collection also included a four-armed reefclaw, and a pair of ningyos misidentified as 'Arcadian Mermaids'. The Insect Zoo included the remains of giant insects including a scarab beetle, a giant ant, and a giant centipede.[3] The Wax Gallery was a wax museum dedicated to local heroes, celebrities, and myths, including the infamous Temple Hill Slasher.[4] Finally, the Hall of Historical Truths was, in fact, dedicated entirely to displays about rumours and urban legends.[4]

Whilst Braedan Azperex's showmanship and charisma ensured that Hocum's Fantasmagorium was initially successful, once the novelty wore off, the business struggled. Within 20 years, Hocum's Fantasmagorium had closed its doors for good. Unknown to almost all, the building was secretly purchased by the Sacred Order of Archivists, a secret society of Iroran scholars dedicated to preserving the true history of Cheliax. Beneath Hocum's Fantasmagorium, they expanded the building's basement creating the secret Many-Steps Monastery. Unfortunately the Sacred Order and their secret headquarters were destroyed by lackeys of Lord-Mayor Barzillai Thrune during the Night of Ashes.[2]

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