The Pool of Terre Haute
57 S 21st Street, Terre Haute, Indiana
Description: two story single-family residence, wooden frame, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, car park to the side, decent yard in back. Unoccupied, but maintained. There is a hatch in the basement that leads to a pre-Columbian underground stone-lined room. The room has a shallow (1ft deep) pool in the exact center: there is no obvious water source, but the water is continually clear and fresh.
Properties: variable. Drinking from the pool results in a dramatic transformation of some sort. The effects range from the mundane (winning the lottery, going blind) to the unquestionably esoteric (de-aging, bodily transformation, instant and irrevocable death), but the effects are always permanent, and people only get one drink from the Pool. Theurgists and magicians both report that the anima behind the Pool is essentially benevolent, but it is neither ‘nice’ nor ‘sentimental.’ At least, towards adults; the Pool is remarkably more forgiving and solicitous of children.