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.
Returned to inn to take stock of situation and plan to search for Gathar. Gathar is drinking in the Inn. Returned to taylors place to check basement. Sent Minion/Greedle first, ambushed by vampires in basement.
After defeating most vampires, spent 2 hours digging Greedle out of the collapsed room ahead. Sent for Kendra who brought a case filled with potions. used a potion of Restoration on Leilithar to bring her back.
Discovered staked and chained vampire in coffin. Searching around, found a journal (of Radvier) containing proof of nobles attempting to kill off vampires, along with request for vampire bodies & letters demonstrating proof count wanted. Found info on 2 witches attempting to create a potion engendering undeath, side effect is bloodbuff (drug used by vampires). Brock intimidates the vampire for information.
Vampire talk: Suggests containing Radvier’s coffin, can take advantage. Twin vampires are best minions he has. Has a hat of disguise & cloths conceal weapons.
Blood drug: can be used to make other vampires susceptable to vampires charms.
Radvier’s coffin: stone sarcophagus of some quality.
Discussing options: a) Get Church of Pharasma to help, b) get watch to help, c) get both, d) get banishment/dismissal scrolls from somewhere.
Used charm person on the staff to get them into 1 place, where we put them all to sleep. Dealt with the demons, but unfortunately, Gathar’s Golem went beserk and we got to see it completely mangle him before he disappeared. Before it could turn on us, we ran out of the warehouse, casting grease on the floor and Leilithar cast hold portal on the door.
Return to obtain samples of the drugs the thrall guards are using. Rhada talks with the guards to distract them, while Danica (Invisibled) pick pocketed the drug. Gathar investigates the potion.
Potion → grants temporary hp to living user. Vampire Spawn: gives spawn freedom from masters, unfortunately would become highly addictive.
Spoke with Count (private meeting): brought to a side waiting room. Gathar asked Danica to check something on the ground, Rhada claimed she felt strange and fainted. Gathar realised it was a poison in the air, coming from beyond the doorway. Smashed out and Brock saw an invisible imp escaping. Brought to the Decons place where Rhada was cured and we regrouped.
Meeting: Informed both Decon and Count of the situation (Imp attack & Blood/wine drug). Given drug to decon and informed them of situation regarding the fake noble letters. Count said that he is grateful and in our debt(ish). When reminded of Nosferatu, told that he is likely innocent, but must leave and aid in find stuff.
Nosferatu: told the situation and given potion. The Count was one of the key figures pointing out the flaws in allying with the Whispering Tyrant. Likely a spellcaster made the potion, not an alchemist. The whispering way were interested in securing a premise near the city. Large enough to contain a significant number of people. not sure of exact location, butnot far North of the city. Joke on location (Laughing in hoarse voice). “The Chapel is fine for a noblewomans estate”. The Lady (The Hostess) was the hostess Carmilla Caliphvaso.
Deciding what to do: wanted to rest. knocking on door and told to meet with Decon as he had found something. Decon had taken thrall & tortured one. Discovered where the drugs were coming from. Went to deal with.
Location: Discovered a dozen drugged up vampire thralls. Leillithar used daylight to kill them, while Gathar & Brock tried to find the production/distribution area. Sorceress vampire double fireballed area and us, then escaped. Rest of vampires slain.
Discovery: Sorceress was minor member of court, fled from the area. Likely fled to shop of the Taylor. Rested so that could recuperate.
Taylor Shop: Huge shop that sold high class cloths. Infiltrated the area by shopping for good cloths for Ambrotious & sending familiars to investigate. discovered 6 elite guards on the above, vampires in the basement & 3 Nabasu with ghouls in the warehouse.
Options: Attack the warehouse ourselves or inform the watch of the situation and try to implement the taylor as part of the Whispering Way.
Ambushed by 2 vampires, attempted to scratch us. Vampire’s flee after claiming the Count will get us. Realised they were trying to hoodwink us. Decided on next target → Lady. Guards outside ask what happened.
Lady Evgenya Zunaida → brought to East of complex. Oppulant greeting chamber inside. Can hear laughter from beyond. Inside, 4 people (Clean). Claim that they are friends of Lady Zunaida, who is convinced to come out (beautiful young woman). Talks to us, but offers 3 girls a dance.
All hunted in restoration park briefly before disappearing.
“Those who are dead are those who had the largest broods…most servants of their own blood…their Childer. Have an interest in the wellbeing of the lost childer. But they are not acting as those who have lost their Parent. Behaving as if they have a master themselves.”
Lady: One of the Elder vampires, older than Quenleys Mother. They seemed to know one another.
Decon/Inquisitor Desmund Coat: He examined the stakes which were found with the murder weapons. Claims they appear to all be made by the same origin (i.e. chair legs, with identical patterns). They appear to have been used (spliters and bits of fabric between each). Brought up issue about the substance abuse amongst some of the vampire thrall guards (sweating blood & throbbing veins).
Drugs/Bottles Plan → Attempt to obtain one of the bottles & have Gathar investigate it.
East Door → Catacomb corridor. 6 Coffins with vampire spawn discovered and dealt with. After an hour’s walking, Quinley informed us about guards ahead. Decided to let the Dhampire speak with guards (5, 1 woman, rest men). Brought through to 4 vampire elite guards who allowed us to be escorted to the vampire overlord. warned not to reach for weapons or will be cut down.
Brock & Gathar → Vamprie spawn guards are sweating blood and are twitchy. (Gathar) → likely substance abusers.
Church → Door with elaborate decorations (Demon Lord Zaebos iconography). Cathedral like chamber beyond the doors, 20ft high room. Statue of man with demonic fangs and wings in centre. Monk (moves silently) demands of escort who we are. Asks us to change into appropriate attire. Scowls and shouts “Louise! here!”. Summons another vampiress (dressed provocatively and likes the look of the girls of the party, while ignoring the boys).
Corridor → small window with grill at top of corridor. Sign displayed outside of chamber (Darkvision → thread is finely used). Brought to vampire tailor (Radvier Giovanni). Measured us & gave us clothing appropriate to wear (with 3 attractive vampire spawn assistants). After talks (informed him of situation with Whispering Way), lead back to the chapel with 2 guards (dressed up in formal wear as well).
Hallway → lead into by expensive large doors. Large chamber filled with iconography of beautiful fey creatures & suffering humans. Many people in the hallway (vampires, checking us out). Announced to Lord Luvick Siervage in the center (4 figures). Spoke with the elder vampire & requested information about the whispering way in the city. Given a ring to show to vampires in the city, they will not interfere as long as we have it. If we can find the killer, bring it to him & he shall offer his protection to us and our loved ones for as long as we are in Caliphas.
Doors: Gold leaf covering, at least 2000gp worth, depicting beautiful images of power and influence.
Information: i) Nosferatu captive (Ramoska Arcaminos), who is suspected to be part of the conspiracy. ii) Speak with Lady Evgenya Zunaida, who believes she is the next victim. iii) Decon Desmond coats, keeps the cathedral to the north. iv) Tailor i also worth speaking to.
Interrogate Nosferatu: taken by guards to the eastern side. Brought into a pumping house. Spoke with Ramoska, admitted he was an alchemist who made a potion to aid in becoming a Lich (being commissioned by the Whispering Way). Wants to have something for his information. Willing to help us screw over the WW since they didnt pay him.
Speak with Radvier: wasnt present. opened a boobytrapped cabinet & found letters (leilithar discovered previously). Brock and Danica notice movement in the side of their eyes. See 2 vampires form & try to rapier Gathar and grapple Rhada.
Letters: discuss nobles belief in having vampires culled, noble names listed. Leilithar discovers that nobles listed have been absent from the city for a few months. Must take them to a specialist to discover if these are fake.