The Novice Training Grounds is a place of relative peace, where budding adventurers learn the basics of surviving in the world.
Today however, things would be different.
An announcement was made by His Royal Highness King Tristan Gaebolg III to the new novices that, due to a shortage in manpower, they are to be geared up and assigned to investigate an unusual event taking place in Aldebaran. Four bright hopefuls took up the call, and they were immediately teleported to the center of Aldebaran, where the Clock Tower looms over everything else in the city.
It was here that they learned that the Clock Tower’s denizens have been replaced by swarms of lovable, cute porings, and while it was a blessing to the residents, the cause of such transmutations was a complete mystery. Upon exploring the depths of the Clock Tower, they found a man — Bavol Peterson — who claimed to be a researcher for Rekenber Corporation. He claimed that they were testing out a new chemical that had surprising results on their part. In particular, there was a creature called the Clock Tower Manager who transformed into something entirely different, and he wanted to know why. While they were looking for the creature at the top of the tower, they saw what looked like a Merchant — specifically a ghost-like Merchant — and she was staring at them with a red glare shortly before disappearing into thin air. As they were heading back to report this to Bavol, they found that he was being swallowed whole by the said Merchant. In an effort to save him, they beat the creature back, causing it to melt into a puddle of goo.
They were awarded with several hundred zeny, and the gratitude of the said researcher.
(NOTE: Considering the play style of the players involved, I’ll have to switch to Dungeon World for the mechanics)