Ravenloft 2017 (Whitebox Gothic)

Enter Simon.. the Hunter!

Attending:

Keegan the Monster Hunter – Ryan
Nimush the Spiritualist – Rachel
Simon the Dhampir – Jesse

Nimush has come out of her meditative trance and rejoins Keegan in the Ram and Mallet, while Simon Mignolet and Nasi continue their studies at Guillaume’s townhouse.

Shortly thereafter, a stranger enters the Ram clad in rather ostentatious red leather armor. Moments later, a young woman enters and recites the story of a serving girl pursued on the streets of Mordentshire by a strange wild-eyed night creature. Though unharmed, the poor girl, Katie McGilroy, was terrified and barely escaped to her job at the Wellington House outside Mordentshire.

Simon the Hunter (as the new stranger was called) met Nimush and Keegan and then retired. The next night, Sioban the serving girl reported a strange creature that had crawled around the outside of their serving girls’ quarters, though again no one was harmed. The strange creature matched Katie’s description, including the exotic “devil’s hat” tipped with the broken circle ( a corruption of Uther’s holy circle.)

At this point, Simon the Hunter urged Mrs Cooper to try to get a bounty for this creature, which was set at 100 sp. He enlisted the aid of Nimush and Keegan who joined him in staking out the Wellington estate where the girls worked. Keegan and Nimush watched from the stables while Simon watched from the garden.

During their stakeout, a strange carriage appeared and the heavily cloaked driver beckoned them nearer. Keegan approached bravely and found an enevelope in the carriage, which invited them to enter and ride to meet the mysterious individual who had signed the letter as “E.H.” After conferring, the trio decided NOT to go in the carriage and instead to stick with their stakeout. The carriage asked Keegan if he should call for him another time and Keegan told him to find him at the Ram and Mallet. The PCs resumed their stakehout.

Later that night, they spotted a shape crawling about on the servants’ quarters ( a detached building) and made their way to find the interloper, but found no one. Nimush talked with the girls and tried to convince them to keep the windows shut above all else. Shortly after this, they heard some scrambling in the woods and Nimush and Keegan rushed into the forest to find the source. They found a scene of violence and Keegan managed to track his quarry, finding Simon there. But it was much more than just Simon— a Spider Hag was waiting for them, and threatened to abuse their true names (she had overheard them talking) if they didn’t find the hair of a virgin girl to appease her. A short combat ensued in which Simon dove out of a tree onto the hag before they managed to gang up and destroy her.

The PCs also found 4 dead girls’ bodies spider-cocooned in the tree, devoid of hair but otherwise intact. They buried the girls and sanctified the ground as best they could before burning the hag’s remains, which turned into a foul-smelling smoke when they poured holy water on it. While they did this, Simon the Hunter disappeared yet again.

Making their way back to the Wellingtons’ estate, the patriarch ordered them off his land. The trio made their way back to the Ram and Mallet separately. Nimush and Keegan were surprised when Simon appeared with the “devil’s hat” that Katie and Siobhan had both reported and claimed the bounty! Mrs. Cooper took them to the Mayor’s house where the mayor (Samuel Stowe) reluctantly accepted the hat as proof and paid the 100 sp.

Simon the Hunter left town with Keegan and Nimush and at his makeshift camp outside of Mordentshire, Simon revealed that he was “the monster” all along, a charlatan acting out this ruse in order to hunt the creature and claim the bounty! Keegan at first refused his silver, but they finally made amends and Simon agreed to consider helping them again. They split up the silver and Keegan also sold his gold nugget he had found int he Fallows house.

Keegan and Nimush seemed to be set to wait for the approach of the mysterious carriage, curious as to where it would lead…

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The House of Torrance Fallows

Attending:

Keegan the Monster Hunter (Ryan)

Nasrat Ali Khan (Trevor)

Simon Mignolet (Todd)

The session picked up with the three companions seeking to learn more about Napier's death and considering whether to aid James Fallows by investigating his cousin's house.

Returning to Napier's house, Simon utterly charmed the sage's housekeeper, Mme Laforge, and she agreed to let them stay there with her as long as they wanted (until such time that the property will be sold, revert to the village, etc.)  They investigated further but found little of value. Simon did find that the reference in Napier's journals to the "Plaguebloom" would appear to reference a very rare and dangerous type of flower that is so toxic that a few blossoms could poison a whole community.  They also ascertained that the "B.W." referred to in the journals must be the "Black Widow" of Borca and that perhaps the strange "Spanish-looking" gentleman at the inn was from Borca.

Finally, they met with Fallows and agreed to investigate his cousin's house.  They scouted the grounds and Fallows offered them their choice of rewards:  They could either take the property or the contents of the house, whichever they preferred.  Briefly. they returned to town to acquire some holy symbols, rejected from both the larger temple of Sacred Weeping Uther and the smaller temple of Holy Dessication.  Fortunately for all involved, Mme Laforge loaned the party her own tin painted holy symbol and allowed them to use Napier's.  Thus after a large meal and a good night's sleep, they returned in the morning to enter the Fallows estate.

Wary of being locked into an evil house, the party removed the doors from all the entrances, save the Northern side door, which they spked open.  Entering from the rear door that looked out on the overgrown garden, they found the first floor mostly empty.  Looking back to make sure that the doors had not somehow shut them in, they discovered that the world beyond the house now appeared to be a torn, twisted hellscape.  Looking through the next window, they saw a blasted arctic plain.  The next door showed the desert where Ali Khan had camped and lost his family to a dragon; the next door showed  Keegan's home village  (Ali Khan who had known Keegan in this time, and recognized the village, did not share this.)  The Southern side door showed a strange amulet on a pedestal— perhaps the very sort of thing Simon was seeking in order to bolster his power.

The rest of the first floor was quiet, though Nasrat did discover a severed head boiling in the kitchen's hearth-cauldron, which narrowly missed vomiting boiling water all over him.   They decided to explore the second and third levels before venturing into the wine cellar.  

The second floor was largely empty, but the third floor had a large attic sewing gallery.  One lit candle perched on a table, and as they entered, it fell into a pile of old dry fabric.  They tried to put out the flames (2 critically failed rolls!) but failed miserably and finally ran back down to the first floor, hoping to find the secret in the cellar before the entire house burnt down around them!

There they found a strange imp with Torrance Fallow's head and a whip made of human tongues, aided by two undead domestics.  The many adventurers who had already perished in the house had been hung alongside the cellar walls, trying to grab anyone who came too close.   A short combat ensued with Ali Khan mightily smiting the imp (critical hit) with both his staff and a holy symbol they had found elsewhere in the house.

As the house was burning down quickly, they quickly fled the scene; after the demon perished, the way looked clear to return to their world. 

Treasure:  Ali Khan found a signet ring emblazoned with a stylized   and also they found some raw gold nuggets int he servants' quarters, as well as what appears to be a valuable gold-plated holy symbol.

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Welcome to Mordentshire

The characters have arrived in Mordentshire from various places in 17th century Earth.  They are seeking the sage known as Guillaume Napier.

Nimush (Rachel) -  A Native American spiritualist in her early 30s disguised as a man.  Seeking stories and healing to advance her career and understanding.

Simon Mignolet (Todd)-   Metaphysician, a son of a wool merchant family from France who is seeking knowledge and spell casting power.   Has heard that Napier has an amulet that has great spellcasting powers.

Keegan (Ryan)-  Monster Hunter -  a relentless vanquisher of the restless dead.  Former village blacksmith whose village was wiped out by witch’s undead minions.  He’s the only survivor.   Seeks the sage to help him find out why his village was destroyed and help him find and kill the witch.

Nasrat Ali Khan (Trevor)-  Reanimated -  As a living merchant, Nasrat’s caravan took refuge in a cave and found a giant sand lizard, who destroyed his family and colleagues.  He awoke months later in a strange land, pieced together from various corpses.  His matching arms and shoulders (brown) are fit into a back (white) that is missing the bridge of the massive tattoo that (should) span his back.   He has a left tentacle for a forearm.

Session 1 starts with the characters awaking in the common room of Ram and Mallet, an inn in which they stayed after arriving on the Javelin (ship) from Earth.  Discovering their common cause to seek out Napier, they sought directions from the proprietress, Mrs. Cooper, and made their way to Napier’s townhouse.

Note:  The common room was also host to the handsome young blond man and a mysterious stranger who looked vaguely Spanish/Italian to the strangers.

As they made their way to Napier’s house, they encountered James Fallows who claimed to be looking for competent strangers to help them with a task.  They took note but moved on.

Investigating Napier’s house, they befriended Mme Laforge, his housekeeper, and found that the corpse, though locked into his attic office and dressed in finery, had been literally gnawed to death by dozens of little mouths.  He also had a loaded pistol just inches away from his outstretched hand. 

The PCs found his real journal hidden in a secret attic compartment and made their way out just before the constables arrived.

The PCs then met James Fallows and he made them a formal offer to investigate and rid his inherited property of evil spirits.  (Inherited from his distant cousin Torrance Fallows).

The PCs attended the funeral of Napier and briefly met the Weathermay family (mentioned favorably in Napier’s journal).   They found that the Weathermays are hosting the blond stranger (Lils Kasper) and briefly met him.

They inquired with Mrs Cooper about Fallows and she spat, indicating that Fallows are from Dementlieu, with whom Mordent is in a trade war.

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