Necromantic Vat Victims: (Not all inside vats, a couple of suspended by harness braces).
the fae skin thief and his partner from Lepidstadt
the werewolf who tried to become tribe lord
the vampire tailor
NB: Also present is the Executioners Scythe.
Looking around, 6 of the vats exploded, causing horrific damage, while the inhabitants jumped out to attack. After beating them off, Brock realised that Kendra wasnt actually Kendra…but was someone else with a fleshcrafted mask on to look like Kendra.
After discussing what to do, Gathar asked questions where a ‘safe spot’ below the cathedral complex might be. based on answers, decided to go East. Brock used Ethereal ARmour to scout out and find out for us.
Underground Catecombs: Large space where humanoid figures were inacting a ritual around a Thurible. Smashed Haunt syphons surrounded the item and the place was covered in necromantic energies.
Underground Corridor: Leading North-south, further Down & East in complex. Possible safe location for the time being.
Brock returned after a while, explained the situation and we dimension doored into the underground Corridor. Decided to follow corridor south.
Glass Chamber: Large chamber, hewn from local rock, containing large glass vats holding people (Witch we fought in countess summer house & Kendra recognised). People are dead…or undead?
Investigated the infirmary, found some rocks with gems in them and a haunt.
Haunt: people being healed (?) by insane doctor. all bar brock traumatised and weakened by effect.
Rested for the night in the infirmary. Prepared for encounters next day.
Encounter: outside, everyone bar Rhada heard the evil whisperings of the Whispering Tyrant (a curse). caused Brock’s holy icon to fall off and rust and Gathar to cough up a swarm of flesh eating scarabs.
Scarabs brutalised party, devouring Rhada. After dealing with them, the party reincarnated Rhada into a Sylph. Rhada wasnt pleased and the group was planning on how to assault the abbey.
investigated around the Abbey’s baptism font room. Brock went through the wall and then came back to get us to follow him. Danica cast a dimension door and we exited.
Outisde: Brock showed us where something was buried from Laelithar. But before we could investigate, Gathar mentioned that Minion was under attack and we went to help. Attacks coming from above (flaming arrows). Split the party into 2 groups, Gathar and Danica summoned a pteranodon to have it fly gathar around, while Rhada and Brock attempted to enter through the main gate of the building to get up and attack the archer directly. Brock got the main door open, but was attacked by a monster, while Rhada was attacked by some trees that dragged her to them and tried to eat her. Both monsters were destroyed after Gathar was finished firing fireballs and lightening bolts at the archer.
Decided to dig up whatever Laelithar had left us. used wand to help, but dug up a wooden box with a metal casing. Brocks ring opened the box…
Letter (parchment scroll with inset mithril glyph) inside chest along with lots of magic.
Letter contents: “To Ambrosius Brock, Inquisitor of Iomedae, and adventuring companions. I hear from my granddaughter that you are on a great and terrible quest to save our world from the return of the Whispering Tyrant. Laelithar is a kind and trusting child with deep insight, so I have allowed her to spend her inheritance in this matter as she sees fit. Nevertheless, I will not see one of my line used or abused. Therefore I call upon you to present yourselves at the Court of Kyonin once you have either succeeded or failed at thwarting this attempted return of Tar-Bathon. There you will be given the opportunity to repay my granddaughter’s kindness and to show your worth.” It is signed Queen Telantia Edasseril
Attacked by shadows in courtyard. Destroyed them & recovered wounds. decided to go investigate Northern Building complex (D2). Gathar instructed Minion to follow at a distance.
D1 Entrace: Chared, blacken bones at the entrance (building was burnt down). As get to opening, Haunt manifested as an explosion of fire, immolating the ghostly form of a monk. Insides ar blackened with old fire damage. Rubble beneath contains something, but requires 2-3 hours digging to discover (1 hour or so with Minion digging).
Northen Ruins: eerie sign of cold in the ruins, likely a Haunt.
(D6)Cemetary: Uprooted gravestones, surrounded by crumbling low wall.
(D5) OLd Stables: ruined stables. Likely contains a Haunt.
(E) Cathedral: Climb up North East side of slope. Danica sent eidolon up to investigate windows above. (room → Oppulant Vestury). Thin Tendrils of mist in the north West of the room appear and manifest into gaunt woman. Mid fight, 4 spectres rose up and shouted at us to stop fighting “Or the Grey Friar will be upset”. Vampiress escaped, but we destroyed the 4 Spectres.
Treasure: Carrybag (Noble Lady’s; worth 50gp)[Silk pouch containing a wand an coins].
Letter → Kendra left a letter. Managed to come using Vampire’s journey. Hid a chest filled with gifts from Leilithar. Ring along with letter will glow when near the chest.
Hallway of heads: Haunts, heads suck in air.
Choir Hallway: human remains left on a large table in the Choir, 4 Corpulant Ghouls devouring human remains attacks us. Aura of desecration great here. MelaDaemon (Famine follower) starts manifesting, but Danica Banished it away. Corpulant Ghouls destroyed.
Throne in Arch: Overlooking the Choir. Strange brown hair found on Throne.
Rear Room: Crystal focusing on Green Stone (Lazurite, Ghoul Stone). Likely, room is where ghouls/ghasts were created here. Decided to bring Minion here to destroy the Artifact.
Journey to Virlych → Traveled by coach, 3-4 days time. Nasty Weather and very hostile environment.
5th Day: Found camp on road, 4 knights of Ozem (3 men, 1 Woman) + 1 female Prisoner, Demanding who we are. Gathar points out the woman, causing the knights to draw swords on us. Kendra managed to diffuse the situation, and explained the situation. The old woman was caged, possessed against her will by a Daemon. Danica and Brock banished the creature, causing it to manifest. Was destroyed, freeing the woman. Paladins look more favourably (told to come back to Last Hold once settled the cultists issue). Given a Token by the Paladin, to show to other patrols.
Female Prisoner → Lacramoria, traveling with Verisian caravan (Travelling entertainers). The caravan was plagued by a powerful Ravener, so she let the Daemon possess her. Nearest Village is Witherleaf Barrows.
Witherleaf Barrows → Discovered Verisian Caravan’s smoking remains in an old burnt out village. Brock learnt there were 11 Caravans, all burnt & broken, in a loose circle. Ravager overflew, then swooped around and tossed the caravans which werent directly hit. Likely occured previous day. Gathar points out there are signs that hags have taken the area as they leave. A magical storm appears, causing everyone within to age unless they make saves (drivers age 2 years).
Town History → used to be an old, prosperous Ustalavian town. Had a large graveyard which held many old heroes. The Whispering Tyrant came, killed everyone and raised the dead. Huge Skeletal archway (20ft tall) in middle of road.
Evening → Lacramoria gave Rada an old Gauntlet (Unfortunately, Rada upset her inadvertedly). Interesting lights occured in the night far off (Witchflame).
Day 7 → Can see Renchurch Abbey (Cathedral is close to 80ft high) in distance.
Renchurch Abbey → Use to be an old Pharasman abbey, until Whispering Way moved in & desecrated it. Dropped off by coachmen (scared of area). Rada gave Lacramoria a masterwork silver daggar & a potion of Hide from Undead. Decided to move around to approach from the West. Rada casts invisibility on Kendra and Lacramoria & enter group.
D1 → Prison Tower. Rust covers tower, no doors, but has bars on it instead.
Attacked by Spirit Nagas, but managed to kill 1 and drive off 2 others. Spider swarm also attacked, but dealt with by Brock.
Made way back up to the surface and went to fetch Minion. Discovered Minion had dealt with a vampire who had tried to command him, killing him. Left some fine clothing remains, a magical amulet and a magical rapier (took over Rhada and got her to attack Gathar. Held person by Danica got Rhada immobilised and to release weapon)
Entered Abbey: found ourselves in a workshop. Went through double doors to West.
Large Foya: Found mercenary band (6 strong), who attacked us after Brock introduced himself. 2 escaped, but 4 are dead (NB – Must search armour when come back).
Belltower → stopped to heal at bottom of staircase. Made way up.
Abbey 2nd floor → Heard skittering around. Brock charged through and found corpse of 2nd witch (throat ripped out) & dead bat familiar. As looting witch’s corpse, vampiric sister attacked. Summoned an air elemental and 4 invisible stalkers. Cloud Kill got us as well. Brock fell to the cloudkill & Rhada jumped out the window.
Epilogue → Return after getting Loot & Brocks body. Inform the Count of situation. He promises to give us aid in 1 way he can but will not sacrifice his life.
Beautiful Piece of velum. → Told that Whispering Way has likely fled to Fortress Monstry of Wrenchurch in the Haunted Virlych Hungry Mountains. Ready to enact the final part of their plan.
Plan: Give potion to give to someone to turn him into a powerful lich → Vessel for Whispering Tyrant.
Kendra → Told us that she would help try to get the Temple of Pharasma. Also gave Danica a letter from Leilithar to us (group). Kendra intends to come along with us.
Leilithars Letter → She has been grounded and is babysitting for her mother. Should the endtimes be upon us, she will fight for our right to enter into her Grandmothers realm, where we can escape.
Brocks Raise Dead → Comes back and has Greater Restoration cast on him.
Decided to attack the witch currently by herself. Brock went ethereal and discovered witch had been turned into a true vampire. Explored the surrounding areas (Throne room and Ritual chamber, F29), discovered Witch might be able to see him even though he is ethereal.
Gathar slams through the door and we end up fighting against the vampire witch. She disappeared after being harmed enough, but her blood knight minion came through and killed Leilithar after severely damaging Rhada. After killing the Blood Knight, Leilithar was given a potion of Raise Dead, but she disappeared into dust (Brock → leilithar might have not wanted to com back; Rhada → felt kiss on cheek & ‘thank you’). Rhada managed to snatch her bag before she disappeared, using a Restoration potion on herself and Brock.
Staff of Cackling Wrath → claimed by Gathar since he was the only one who could cast it. It appears to be semi sentient and likes him.
Talked with Halloran Idriss (Vampire Paladin, ally) about what else is in the basement. F27 → Abbots tomb contains something nasty. F28 → Place where the witches took vampires to experiment on.
F28 → Former Embalming chamber. Now an exsanguination chamber (4 bodies strapped down with stakes in their hearts, blood collected in pots). 4 8 ft tall wood elemental stands nearby the vampires, ready to stake them. 1 attacks Gathar & almost stakes him, but he retreats and the group destroys the golems & the vampires.
Move to get up to Abbey: F33 is a cavern with lumenous lichen. Remains of bodies can be found. Something in the lichen & amongst the stalegits.
Abbey of St Lymirin: Abbey of Iomedae, just of the Shining Crusade, fortified. Sizeable estate.
Countess Carmilla Caliphvaso: Wanted a fountain of youth, using combination of alchemy & necromancy. Mysterious cases of young women disappearing. She is not dead but possesses vermin to sustain herself.
Whispering Way Potion → create a lich (for high up person).
Winery: 3 huge barrels inside. Hidden trapdoor discovered. Appears to be smugglers tunnel.
Next day: eat breakfast. Bought an open top carriage & travelled up. Hide carriage nearby and discussed out options.
Underground Passage: Go north, then left off a passageway. entered into a chamber (crypt & Shrine of St Lymirin). As exploring, Rhada possessed by vampire. After making deal with him, he releases Rhada. Explains about the countess. Conus (very skilled blood knight. 2 bastard sword style) & Naga. Told about a chamber in the complex. Ghosts of 2 hags exist here, but Sister betrayed them & took 2 witches to substitute Coven numbers.