Chatted with Leilithar & Kendra about what has happened up until now. Discussed that we should investigated the recent killings & report incidents of Ill Marsh to the Watch Headman. Kendra offered to help search for members of the Order of the Palatine Eye (she is a member, RavensGrows sole member) so could try to get an appointment. Kendra asks Brock to dinner (The Magesty – Hotel).
Meet with Captain of City Watch: watch quarters. Given names & asked to wait. After while, brought to Captain. Told that could be multiple possibilities (maybe assassin’s guild).
Story: “Corpse fell from the roof of the inn. The Innkeeper deny’s giving the man a room. 2 piles of ash, in the shape of humanoids. A wooden stake left in each of the piles. The corpse that fell also dissolved into ash quickly, leaving behind a wooden stake.”
Victim3 → Was well dressed (Old fashioned). No head.
Murder site: Inn nearby with constable standing nearby. Brock figures that ash is likely vampire-ash. Upon checking the roof, looks like all 3 bodies might have been dropped (causing 1 to roll off). Spoke with Constable: other corpses turned to ash, but were shrivelled up.
The Haraday Theatre: told situation and asked to come back the following day, was a Order meeting. Brock remembers his Date and rushes off, whilst the others are invited inside and given a small meal.
Evening return: Danice, Rhada, Gathar & Leilithar hear a horse coming. Turn to see headless, plate wearing, Nightmare riding Warrior. “Stand and surrender the Mace! Or your heads shall be taken!” Summoned 3 ghoulish direwolves.
Brock went to visit the Iomedian Shrine. After talking with the priest, he observed a thief being beaten by a noble and his bodyguard. She was concussed and Brock offered to help her (shared room with Rhada and Danica. G’Tharia is her name (Is a succubus → Dei’gatharia Lilethar Bloodlash).
Next day: Spent waking moments being helped with ablutions by Tharia. She is a lot of fun to be around for the girls and they are made up to look stunning. When got downstairs, inn’s residents are worried over new murder. Tharia took a shine with Gathar and, after a brief interlude, went upstairs with Gathar. The others make a toast, but then leave.
Barkeep: “Murders. There may be a vampire problem. Bodies turning to ash at daylight.”
Cathedral: Old, incredibly impressive. Entered and spotted guards & a couple of junior inquisitors. Recognised Brock and brought to back where reunited with leilithar and Kendra Lorrimor. Given tea and talked of situation. Warned “I see a headless body and i think it is you. I think there is something hunting you and it would take your head if it could”. Leilithar also gave the 3 of them some gifts.
Meanwhile; Gathar went shopping with his sister. She got him a new Rapier: the Bloodlash and a replacement belt.
Returned to Ill Marsh. Brock explained the situation (Informed that evil within the lake has been dealt with).
Sherif Anders → brought us to the town hall where we met with him & other 4 Town Elders. Explained the sitution properly. Asked to take a letter to the Lord of Thrushmoor. Invited to an evening celebration meal after taking reward. Before leaving, found a black horse (was in Dreeley’s possession).
Taken to Caliphas via ship. Pleasant journey. Arrived in the dock and was informed of various places of possible interest. Go to the Hounds Tooth Inn to find a place to stay.
Hounds Tooth: brought to a table & ordered refreshments. Spoke with Inn Keeper and arranged for 2 rooms for 3 days and some stabling for our horses. Decided to do some book keeping in the meantime.
Lead through the Mi-go’s base, asked to deal with the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath which appeared.
Large Chamber → statue to Daegon, a Shrine to said Deity.
Notice eerie light in 1 of the corridors. When asked, the Mi-go take us there. Room containing 14 living brains (9 human brains & 5 nonhuman). Mayor Greedle’s voice pipes up from 1, causing Rhada to have a moment. “They plan to summon the-” before mi-go switch off his voice.
Large chamber → garden with large device in centre. A number of headless corpses laid down (Mayor, a female bride & 2 villagers), along with 2 migo & a dimensional shambler.
Eastern tunnel: glaring aura coming from beyond.
Final Chamber → Dark Young of Shubniggurath. Slain after a brutal battle.
Face of Daegon/Sea sage effigy: located in a chest. sickening. A suit of chainmail, a sickle, a belt, coin pouch, scroll case, skull with mutilated lower jaw, holy symbol of whispering way.
Escape: fled out back to the brain room, but Mi-go were present. Rhada screamed and ran when Mi-go gestured with brain extracting tool, Gathar ran as well. Others ran, Brock grabbing a brain.
Mi-go facilities were destroyed. Upon surface, found letter in scroll case.
Went back down to see if there were any brains left.
Dimensional shambers grappled and disappear with Brock & Gathar. As Danica & Rhada consolidate, the DS which took Gathar reappears & is promptly killed by shadows.
Mi-go appears before Danica & Rhada. Danica kills it with her shadows & Rhada picks up the glowing rod it was holding. She manages to bring Brox back, but then dropped them. The trio ran out to find Gathar, discovering the next chamber (chamber 2 → Skum Nursery).
Hearing sounds of explosions, rush to find Gathar. Brock entered first, finding Gathar, in combat against a plant monstrocity. It summoned a planar ally (tentacle, eye, mouth monstrocity) and retreated back. Danica summoned her eidolon & sent it off to investigate the area. Rhada tumbled through the attack against spiritual ally and was turned into a Squirrel (kept mind). Gathar fireballed the plant monster & killed it.
3 Mi-go appear from a curtained off area. Ended up conversing with them & intimidated the Mi-go into leaving. They explained that they appeared since the Skum’s worship of Daegon was causing ripples in the dark tapestry. They discovered the mi-go were experimenting with the slugspawn on the skum and the humans. They agree to leave, but a powerful skum cleric has changed to worship Shubniggurath and would be upset if they left. The Cultist of the Whispering way was being used as a starslug incubator. 1 of the starslugs exploded into a Spawn of Shubniggeroth.
Attacked by a Black Gtacki (Intelligent varient of the Devilfish). Summoned 3 Fiendish Dire sharks. As combat continues, 4 lightening torpedoes get launched from domed construct. Sharks & squid repelled, but Danica & Rada (inside ship) are dragged down towards a glowing cave entrance (Not the main dome).
Gathar & Brock: swam out of squid ink cloud & spotted ship being dragged down into 1 of the caves via a grapple chain. Danica & Rada abandoned ship before it reached the cave entrance.
Regroup & head for 2nd Tunnel entrance. Come across a wall of the bubble of air. As party regroups and recovers, attacked by a Dimensional shambler.
Returned to Ill Marsh after collecting horses from the mansion. Small cluster of people around the statue in the centre of town (Rube Dreeley part of the mob). Attempted to talk with Rube Dreeley, the mayor has been missing (Usually walks around to talk with people).
Town hall: Guards wont allow people in. Requested to have Sheriff come and let us in. Sheriff returns with others (Tam Breckage, Rube Dreeley, Jaleen Halrush). “The Mayor is gone, taken from this very building.” Asked about the temple, the high Priest. When told about exploding head (Spawning Canker), Tam Breckage whispered a prayer to Daegon. Jaleen looked like she is trying to figure out how it happened.
Brock: explains what happened (neighbours killed). Jaleen suggested an ‘extraplanar intrusion’. Made a vow to find out what happened and drive the attackers from their settlement. Told to visit Tam’s shop and Jaleen as well.
Tam’s shop: weapons (spear & tower shield), bag of holding, oil of Magic weapon, bottle of air, scroll of moderate healing, wand of flame arrow, wand of enthrall. Took some of the items.
Jaleen’s apothecary: Has a Barrel of alchemists fire & a barrel of Silver.
Collected the survivor Bride & our horses. Put our heads together to figure out where to take her, decided that Jasper the boatmaker was the best option.
investigated the Mayors House → Front door has not been locked. Looks like a violent struggle occurred inside. Asked neighbours but they didnt hear anything. Likely 2 assailants, probably not human. Croon knocks on the door. offered assistance with getting into the lake using his machine.
Journey to the lake: Croon tries to explain his device to us, but its mostly too much. Pointed out the location where the condemned criminals were left for the Neighbours. Croon attempted to explain his vehicle. Rada offers to pilot the device.
Deep Lake: Dive down. After a while. think we see motion ahead. looked around to see if there was anything present.
Examined corpses nearby (all desecrated & drained). Found some items nearby.
Attempted to discover the origins and function of the Device. its likely originated from the realm of The Dark Tapestry. Brock destroyed the remainder of the machine.
Returned back from dead end corridor and follow tunnel which has Brine smell.
Brine smell tunnel: Tunnel floods a while after the first turning off.
Returned to nursery chamber. Gathar prepared spells whilst rest gathered corpses of women & children, before burning them and giving them last rites. Gathar got a pet scorpion.
Next morning: Noticed message on area near in Aklo (Not sure what message is).
first turning off: soon becomes flooded. Leads back to the temple (secret chamber where skum are summoned).
Main Passage: Long passage, water gets cold eventually.
Underwater landscape: Open into underwater landscape. Decide to swim up to the surface & find out we are near the show in Lake. Swim to the shore. Decide to return to town to explain the situation to the Mayor. Have to rest
Brook: Nightmare of Ill Marsh. Shattered doors opened & corpses of children strewn around (throats and faces savaged off). See the whole town dead but then saw a wolf man holding the sheriff up by the throat, claws out & ready. He awakens in a cold sweat.
Leilithar offers to help get Brock back to life, but she will have to disappear for a time. She gives the party 3 potions of cure moderate & the wand of Spectral Hand. Takes out a horn & blows on it. A glow starts and grows brighter and brighter until it is hard to see. There appears to be a tear in the world to Elysium (forest with elven people, beautiful). See a tall elven woman (violet eyes), holding a staff (Queen of the elves).
Brock returned to life (Aasimar). Where the tear was, a small pebble shaped item lies.
Corpses of women: women didnt die quickly, feelings of despair and hopelessness. Numbers about current population in the chamber.
Pit: woman in a pit, rocking a corpse of a baby back and forth. Woman has gone mad from grief.
Purple glow tunnel (Left passage): Sense of eerie creepiness. Strange visions. (Rhada believed she was with mother and mother was angry with her). Several corpses on the floor (including skum). A Color out of Space attacks us (Immaterial Ooze). Destroyed the device, but that freed the Color Out of Space. Brock killed it.
Discuss what to do about the Shantak. Searched around the central chamber to see if we could find something out.
Central chamber: Circle of stones are magical, very powerful. 1 stone in particular. There is a cord to pull which rings a bell and causes the circle to activate.
Gathar rings the bell. loud ‘bong’ heard, strange roaring sound coming from outside.
Brock walked up to stone and touched it. He disappeared, proving that the stone was a portal. Others join him momentarily. Dark room, but stairway going down. Crude stairway going down (likely a natural fault going down converted into stairway). Leads to a chamber (down maybe 20 yards).
Chamber: Damp walls, worked natural stones. Not stalagmites. Sees a tall glass tank with a man inside in North. A large dis-coloured bronze bell nearby (Alarm spell on the bell). Rotting cabbage smell to the north west, leading to a tunnel. South has noises. Sharkskin book present.
Tank & bell: notice a golden medallion hanging from the bell, identical to that worn by the Vizir. Original Casius Undiomede preserved within tank. Took a moment to read from the book and discover history of the town.
Midden Chamber: human remains thrown away inside. Gathar walked into the midden, but was too sickened before long. returned with leg, but too decomposed. As tried to leave, Gathar grappled by mutant Shambling mound. Brock killed by the monster. Killed the monster. Searched monster body. Fled from the chamber after hearing sound of webbed feet. Rested the night out and when returned, only could find a finger of Brock (his holy symbol is missing).