Ravenloft 2017 (Whitebox Gothic)

Into the Gray House

Roll call:

Jon – Guy Gouberge

Ryan – Keegan the Hunter

Trevor – Nasi the tentacle.

Session 10 opened with a bald-faced threat to inflict a corruption point on the party for abandoning the poor mother who had been the victim of a fish-man attack to the tender mercies of a pimp or whatever he was (end of last month.)

Party discussed and decided to try to rescue her, but had no idea how to proceed (or what to do with her once they found her.)  After asking around Port-A-Lucine's dockside bars, they discovered that unfortunates often end up at "le Maison Gris" (the Gray House) and acquired directions to this place.  In addition, they hatched the plan to take the rescued woman to the Church of the Weeper to try to have her cared for or committed to a convent, etc.

As the party approached the Gray House, they saw a sign calling the building "Saint Marcel's Home for the Mentally Unfortunate" and saw some other roughneck types entering.  Inquiring with the guards at the gates, they purchased "the special" and were told to go down to the basement where they should "talk to Murten."  This unsavory character collected 1 sp from each and then led each one to a cell in which resided a woman.  To their surprise, they were each locked in a cell with their "date."  By dumb luck, Guy ended up with the woman they were searching for, Aideen, while Keegan and Nasi each ended up with a young woman complaining that they didn't belong in this place—  Keegan's cellmate, Emilie complained that she'd been unfairly committed after she turned in her sister for stealing a pendant from Mme. D'honnaire.  While Nasi's cellmate, Sylvie, complained that her own "lying bitch sister!" had turned her in for stealing, etc.

While Guy tried to reassure the distraught Aideen in order to precipitate a rescue, Nasi waited for the guard to peek in to their cell and grabbed Murten's neck with a tentacle.  They fought through the door with Nasi somehow choking his life out and bashing his head on the door until Keegan finally broke down his own cell's door (Critical feat of strength!) and Emilie took Murten's club and killed him with it.  

They took the keys and started freeing many of the prisoner's in this hellish asylum-turned-brothel, but their luck ran out when the Doctor appeared, accompanied by his massive orderly, Bubba DIrt.  At this point, Emilie charged him and attacked, but was flung to the wall and knocked out.  Sylvie took a knife from Guy and attacked him while Guy tried to fire his sling at the Doctor, who quickly retired from combat.  Sylvie was killed by the gigantic orderly but Keegan drew his angelic flame-sword which lit up brightly as he destroyed the murderer.  

Having freed many other prisoners now, including "Rando", one of the sailor-types they had seen entering, they made a break to pursue the devilish doctor.  Guy and Nasi chased him down and killed him, while the Nasi blew the head off of one of the guards.  Guy returned to coax Aideen out of her cell and then Keegan carried out Emilie and dragged Aideen out while Guy set fire to the other wing of the asylum, trapping off the orderlies that were rushing down the hallway toward them.  (It apperead that "Rando" was doing the same thing elsewhere in the place.) One of the orderlies jumped through the flames, lit on fire and pursued Guy with a madman's zeal before succumbing to the flames.  Nasi searched the Doctor's body and found a beautiful gold watch and chain, a pendant of Uther (Drycheeks) and a signet ring of some kind with the initials DH.

The Mordentshire Arsonists' Association rides again!

All three PCs fled, Keegan carrying Emilie, Guy leading Aideen and Nasi alone.  They split up and Keegan was able to return to the inn where Dr. Mignolet was holed up caring for NImush.  He verified that Emilie was fine and would be OK with a little rest and water.  Nasi made a detour to Jacque's bar to try to locate the pendant that Sylvie had hidden under some barrels behind the bar.  He found the rags she had supposedly used to conceal them, but no pendant.  He was then located by three guards and Nasi fled out of Jacque's bar and managed to shake them.

Guy was approached by one guardsman while ferrying Aideen home and managed to bluff his way past him by acting like a native of the city and keeping Aideen (barely) under control.

When they gathered later in the incongruous root cellar which became their temporary HQ, they hit on the plan of delivering Aideen into the custody of the church.  (They first thought perhaps she could work at an orphanage, but she was too far gone to be of much help there.)  But first she told them of a strange dream where her boy Jamie had been taken to an "Island of the Blue Dome," and she wanted them to take her there.  There was some discussion about trying to find the island, but finally they didn't trust her dreams and wanted to stick to the plan (to return Kasper to Lekar, in Falkovnia.)  So, they met up with a churchman at the Weeper's temple and made plans for her to be installed at the Convent of St. Cunegonde.

The party now plans to continue on to Lekar along the original route.  They will take Emilie with them, who is glad to leave Port-A-Lucine behind.  Lils Kasper warned them that all Falkovnians are branded with the hawk as children so that to be seen there without the brand on one's face is to be considered either a noble (who are branded elsewhere) or a foreigner (who have no status unless under a noble's protection.)  So he will provide them a writ of protection, but they must be very careful in dealing with the soldiers there, who are arbitrary at best.  They must NOT speak ill of Vlad Drakov, AKA "the general" "The emperor" "the big man" "The Falconer".

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Out of Mordentshire!

roll call:

Trevor- Nasi

Jon – Guy

Ryan – Keegan

Todd -  Dr. Mignolet

The session started out in Mordentshire, in which the players debated what to do now that Napier's soul had been freed from the mirror (see last session.)   They discussed having a seance, but ultimately, after much discourse, went with the going to richemeulot to investigate the plaguebloom.  

They also hit on the idea of going with Lils Kasper to deliver him to Falkovnia, his homeland.  And decoying Rentini, who would expect them to go overland.  They summoned Lils to the townhouse and he arrived with Alice Weathermay, but there was no major confrontation.  They decided to leave Cecil and the horses at home and travel by sea, leaving plenty of silver with Mme Laforge & Cecil for upkeep of the townhouse and horses.  They debated putting the hell-mirror in the study but I noted that it's a cursed item and using it as a guardian would engender some corruption.  Nasi also considered taking the chopper with him (CHOP THE MEAT! CHOP THE MEAT) but finally decided to leave it in the garden.

Thus they bought various goods and equipments, booked passage on the 10th muse, under the captain Preston Wilson and went to Port-a-Lucine, thence to make their way overland (off -road) to Luker in Falkovnia.  Lils paid their passage on the ship.  

NOTE:  We decided that Nimush is coming along, but is indisposed so we did not play her in the background, but she is hovering as an NPC out of frame since Rachel will presumably join us for next session.

 

The 10th Muse was attacked en route to Port A Lucine by a tribe of fish-men.  A woman standing on deck was screaming out "Jamie! Jamie!"  Nasi rushed to her aid but got surrounded by a swarm of fish-men but rescued the woman valiantly.  However, to his surprise, she tried to jump overboard when he let her go to fight the fishmen.  The battle turned against him and he and was in trouble until Keegan, Guy and Mignolet came on deck and rallied the sailors to route the fish-men, who jumped overboard.   Keegan's sword lit afire of its own volition, terrifying the fish-men.  Dr. Mignolet was quite shocked to see Guy, after the combat, take a bite out of one of the fish-men corpses!

When the party looked over the ship's rail, they saw one of the fish-men calling back to her mockingly "Mommy! Mommy!"

The rescued mother was quite distraught and kept trying to jump overboard, so she was locked in the brig.  Captain Wilson was quite grateful and refunded their passage (to Lils).

Entering Port-A-Lucine, they made their way to a local seaside tavern and seemed to have been spotted by two Borcan-seeming men in the tavern.  Guy & Lils had a short private conversation.

After ascertaining that they were indeed being spied upon, the group put together a plan to lure the men outside and ambush them in an alley.

After a verbal confrontation, Keegan slew one of the men and they captured the other.  Upon questioning him, he was an agent of the Black Widow of Borca and recognized Lils (as they guessed.)  The enterprising Borcan rogue (named Salvatore) also claimed to be in touch with Dominic D'Honaire ("who runs things") and also claimed to be a member of "The Ragged Rose", a secret brotherhood dedicated to acquiring wealth.  He claimed there's a password for each day of the month and under threat of death, he produced the passwords.

They had hauled Salvatore into an abandoned building's root cellar (Luck roll- Critical!) and debated what to do with him before wrapping him in an old mouldy blanket and bringing him back to the Tenth Muse.  When they arrived, Captain Wilcox appeared to be selling the distraught mother, who could not take her, to a greasy, wicked loooking man with a purple hat and peacock feather.  The heroic band did nothing (look forward to a corruption point at next session.)

When they asked Captain Wilson to take Salvatore on board as a press-ganged sailor (this was their plan to remove him from town rather than kill him in cold blood), Wilcox declared he would have nothing to do with the Ragged Rose, clearly fearful.  They relented and decided to sneak him onboard the dinghy of another ship, bound and gagged and wrapped in a blanket.

Notes: 

Nasi acquired his silver gauntlet, before leaving Mordentshire.

 

 

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Through The Lurking Glass

Roll call:

Jon -  Guy the Wanderer

Rachel – Nimush The Spirtualist

Ryan – Keegan the Monster Hunter

Todd – Dr. Mignolet the Metaphysician

Trevor – Nasi the Reanimated

 

Session opened with the party committed to looking for clues as to Guillaume Napier's death (See session 1!)  They decided to visit the Weathermays and use Nimush's abilities with those of Helen's and Georgianne's to work a seance.  

While doing so, they spent some time with the Weathermays as summed up below:

1.  NImush got a tarot reading:  Reversed King of Wands, Temperance, Reversed Queen of Swords. Beware of dark men and authority— deceit;  Be sober thoughtful and honest in behavior; Be thoughtful and careful in behavior, avoid emotion, embrace clear-sightedness.

2.  Nasi wanted to see if Helen could make him some warding armor or clothing; she wasn't able to but she gave him the ward-scarf she had worn and made a wry comment about riding into battle as her knight.

3.  They had dinner and they noticed that Guy eats a lot!  

4.  Donald Sheridan was very drunk and became angry with Dr. Mignolet for not respecting his work, slandering Nasi in the process.

5.  Daniel Foxgrove led an evening recitation of harpsichord, singing and poetry.

6.  During the seance, Georgianne spoke for the dead and she collapsed after writing out the words GILMR GLAS and then shouting "DANNY NO"   Helen vaguely remembered that Hobart Gilmour had been an occultist around Mordentshire some time ago (50 years or more) but was unsure what had happened to him.

7.  On the way out, the friends snuck into Donald's lab and saw him passed out, investigating a strange device that seemed to lash together a coffin and a slab with various electrode helmets, etc.

  • Also, Nasi had paid two silver bars to have a silver gauntlet produced that will have a graspable thumb.

Returning back to chez Napier, they were rather surprised to learn that Hobart Gilmour's daughter Oswilda was living next door to them all this time.  They invited her over to learn more and Nasi snuck into her place, finding some diaries that referenced an occult glass.

More hijinks took place involving sneaking into Oswilda's place and trying to find the mirror.  When she agreed to let them look at her father's library, they saw that she had hid the books Nasi had first seen.  Finally they found a covered panel/painting/mirror type thing in the attic.

After cautiously exploring the mirror and trying to avoid its magic by not looking in it, they found that there was a serial killer named Danny Valentine a generation or two ago; who had been dismembered and burnt by the town elders in a illicit trial.  

Finally seeking the mirror, they found Danny Valentine in his magenta frock coat, wig and hose, with four other prisoners he had (apparently?) trapped in the mirror:  Hobart Gilmour, Napier, the Witch Marisol and the young girl Eliza Willoughby (who was crying blood tears.)

Nasi finally charged into the mirror to confront Danny and a fight ensued in which Danny was slain.  Dr. Mignolet & Nasi freed the trapped spirits after Keegan had destroyed Marisol the witch.  As they were escaping, they heard a woman's voice from downstairs in the mirror dimension shout…. "DANNYDANNY!"

Meanwhile, Oswilda had returned from her market sojourn and Guy intercepted her.  The suspicious Guy had a shouting match in the stree with her, finally alerting Mme Laforge who joined the fun.  The various neighbors seemed to chalk it up to a domestic disturbance.

Having fled the mirror, Nasi & Nimush were arguing about whether to ward the wooden frame of the mirror or whether to try to use it as possibly a way to ward or frustrate other portals (i.e, Hell-cuisine portals, ooze-lord portals, etc.)

The most likely next scenario will be to do the seance again or find a way to communicate with Napier's untrapped soul in order to find out how he died and why.

 

 

 

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The Angel In the Woods

Roll call:

Nimush the Spiritualist (Rachel)

Dr. Mignolet the Metaphysician (Todd)

Guy Goubert the Wanderer (Jon)

Nasi Ali Khan the Reanimated (Trevor)

Keegan the Monster Hunter (Ryan)

The adventure opens with the Nasi, Simon and Rachel filling Keegan in on the last adventure (see ISLAND OF FEAR, session #6.)  There was a short discussion of what their next move should be.. seek revenge on Napier's killer, deal with Emminence Hawthorne, etc.  No clear conclusion except to decide on this question at some point.

Keegan moved his possessions to Napier's townhouse too so now the whole group is effectively living in the townhouse of Guillaume Napier.

Shortly thereafter, Guy Goubert showed up, a petty noble who claimed to be a refugee from Richemeulot (Mortigny) to be exact.  He claimed that the Three Sisters had destroyed his family and chased him out of the country.  (As we learned later, he even had to sell his signet ring to escape.)

Mme. Laforge was happy to have a countryman there and reminded Simon that he had promised to revenge Guillaume's death (not 100% clear whether this is entirely true or not!)  They offered to provide Guy a refuge in the short term. 

During the downtime, they also studied the potions they gained on the Island of Fear (session 6).  Dr. M  was able to determine the nature of the potions by studying the wizard Tristan's journals:  2 were healing, 1 was some sort of invisibility postion and 1 was the antidote to the Blight plague.

Not long after that, Charlotte Steele showed up at the door, a tanner's wife who was seeking her daughter, Anne.   She had heard of Dr. Mignolet as an associate of "Simon the Monster Hunter" (Jesse's character) who made quite a splash as the (fake) vampire hunter in Session 3.

Anne, an unusually devout girl, had disappeared three nights ago and the family was at their wits' end with anxiety.  She was engaged to be married to an older merchant, Fenton Oswald, but by interviewing Anne's sister, Faith, the Nimush & co quickly learned that Faith knew that Anne had a secret boyfriend— a "glowing, beautiful man".  They would meet by the woods, near the crooked tree where Anne and her friends had played as children.  Faith confessed that Anne was quite taken with her strange lover and was determined not to marry Oswald.

The PCs ventured to the Crooked Tree and found two names scratched into the tree:  Anne Loves Lucian as well as Simon the Monster Hunter Was Here!    Keegan was able to pick up the trail and follow it through the woods.  He also found some wolf-scat and signs that a pack of wolves was close by.

After that, they found the lovers:  Lucian was a golden, glowing angel, and his body was giving off a thin yellow smoke, perhaps a symptom of his weakness.  He had to find a "true chapel" of goodness and pointed the direction he sensed it, even as Nimush felt a great evil from that direction. 

As they went that way with Lucian and Anne, the PCs saw a monastery loom out of the forest.  In front of the monastery were stakes, with skeletons impaled in front of the building.  After some investigation and with night coming on, they entered the monastery.

After some exploration, they found a chapel and encountered an undead monk with a stake impaled through him still.  He tore off the tip of the stake and attacked them, then summoned ghostly knights of the Golden Order to attack his foes.

Dr. M was able to turn the monk but the PCs asked Lucian to attack him with his flaming sword— which the weakened angel did. (They were trying to assess whether Lucian was truly an angel, good, evil, etc.)  A desperate combat followed in which Nasi was twice seized by the Golden Order knights who almost impaled him outside the monastery, but twice Nimush turned them, before being grievously wounded by the monk.

Finally, Keegan, Guy, Lucian and Nasi destroyed the monk who muttered that he would return unless they "Find it."  Subsequent exploration discovered that the chapel, while it looked wholesome and pure, actually had a secret compartment behind the altar that had the bones of sacrificed children and demonic sigils.

Now Lucian led them to the garden where he uncovered an overgrown old rough-hewn alter of stone.  Here he was able to commune with the Savior again, and was healed.  Keegan thoughtfully grabbed Anne to keep her from being swallowed up by Lucian's evil- or as it turned out, his good.  Lucian thanked him for protecting her and gave Keegan his flaming sword, bidding him to earn his trust with the weapon  — and Lucian ascended in a bolt of lightning flame from this world.

The PCs camped in the garden and made sure the disconsolate Anne did no harm to herself.  Investigating the monastery more, they found the monk's tower and his black altar to the dark gods, as well as an urn containing a small representation of himself (i.e, his soul.)  Keegan and Nasi took the altar out of the tower and destroyed it, then opened the urn— where Keegan destroyed the small naked monk-man wriggling within.  This seemed to exercise the monk's ghost from the building.

They camped one more night at the monastery so that Anne could sleep on the altar where Lucian had ascended.  Anne refused to return to Mordentshire and marry Oswald, so the PCs decided to have the devout girl enter a nunnery, which she agreed with wholeheartedly.  Returning to Mordentshire, Guy gave the 90 gp they found in the monastery to Charlotte (Anne's mother) and told her she would go to a nunnery.  (Crit on charisma check..!  So Charlotte was quite happy to split the difference and perhaps groom Faith to marry Fenton later.)

Broke up there with a high level plan to eventually find Napier's killer. 

 

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The Island of Fear

Attending:

Nimush the Spiritualist (Rachel)
Dr. Mignolet (Todd)
Nasi (Trevor)

Group started out the day after the masque ball

They returned to the Weathermays and met with Helen Seaburg
Helen and Nimush exchanged ideas about sigils
Georgianne gave Nasi a reading about his wife and kids (optimistic!)

Tarot Reading:  (Past, present, future)
* Reversed King of Wants – Austere, tolerant, etc.  -  (perhaps someone has interceded for them)
* 8 of Pentacles – Put to Work (now they are working)
* The World – Success likely
Helen and Nimush went herbal walking the next day
Simon and Helen traded spells
Helen was able to offer him:  Friends, Write, Detect Magic, Light, Sense Undead, Ghostly Servant-  He took Friends.
They met Chalmers the withering stare butler!
They hired Cecil the driver numerous times, including on their return journey to the Hook House beach.  Cecil admires Keegan since Keegan got him drunk during the Weathermays masqued ball.

Nasi tried to commune with the hell-chopper he had picked up at Hook House after the Pantry Incident, but he could make no progress and the spirit in the chopper seemed very low-grade intelligence and willing and/or able to provide any information on its existence or goals.

It was confirmed that Nimush, Nasi and Simon have all moved into the Napier house and will share the rent, etc.

After doings at the Weathermays', they returned to Mordentshire and bought boat repair supplies.
They also hired two sailors from the docks to help with the boat and to accompany them:  Fletcher and Lucas.
Additionally, since Emilio Rentini was inquiring with them about Kasper and the masqued ball, they decided to take Rentini with them (!)  Nasi told Rentini that Lils Kasper had wanted to meet them here to "Pick up some stuff".

Thus prepared, they made their way to the island across from Hook House's beach.

Reaching the island, they found an elderly man in a robe outside what appeared to be an abandoned castle wall, its wall semi-intact.  He introduced himself as Tristan and said he had been betrayed many years past by the castle's Lord (Baron Leech) who blocked his marriage to Rose, his daughter.  He said that there was treasure in the castle, including his spellbook, and he asked them to accompany him inside the castle.

They didn't trust him and left him outside the castle, making their own way in.  They were attacked by horridly moist "Blight Zombies", dispatching them and then attaining the wall.  Here they were attacked by a cherubic, faceless gargoyle.  (Lucas was killed here— reduced to zero, fell of the wall and broke his neck.)  They saw Tristan try to enter but be chased out by more zombies.  

They saw a jail/military building so descended into this building, searching and finding very little.  However, it had a trapdoor down to the dungeon of the keep, and here Nasi and Nimush descended and found an odd extra-planar creature (or at least avatar) called Yg Thril Krin, lord of the Slime.  The Slime Lord offered to make Nasi his avatar on earth but Nasi declined.   Nasi reached down into it (!) to try to kill it or grab its magic, but could find nothing.  Nimush poured her holy herbs on it and Nasi tried to block the portal with a desk, and they left.  (This whole episode confirmed a Forbidden Lore roll by Dr. Mignolet, in which he learned of an ancient astrologist named Tristan who had later been corrupted and turned to the worship of Earth/Ooze magics.)

Making their way through the main castle building, they found the ghost of the Baron, who ordered them to bring him Tristan for revenge.  The Baron told them that Tristan had caused this blight plague upon them after Rose had refused to marry him.  They left the castle, as agents of the Baron, unattacked, and hauled in Tristan.   The Baron slew Tristan and pronounced the curse lifted.  Fletcher the crossbowman henchman critically failed his morale check and broke down in tears and would go no further.   
The blight zombies and ghosts melted into slime and bones.  The PCs searched Tristan's laboratory, finding four beekers (Potions) and a book that turned out to be his diary.  Later, they also investigated the church and crypt and found Tristan's spellbook.  Rentini wanted one of the potions (the gray/white cheezy one that was vaguely reminiscent of the blight) but Nasi & Nimush would not give it to him.  He appeared to accept this despite the fact that he had been handy with the pistol and supporting the party.

They returned to Mordentshire, bringing Lucas's body for burial and with the aim of finding some care for Fletcher.  They also retrieved some miscellaneous jewelry from Tristan, (a necklace with planets and the sun), a circlet and scepter of Baron Leech.


 

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The End of Hook House

Attending:

Todd – Dr. Simon Mignolet

Rachel- Nimush the Spiritualist

Trevor-  Nasi the Reanimated

Ryan -  Keegan the Monster Hunter

The session opened up with Simon (Jesse/Dhampir), Keegan and Nasi returning from Hook House and after a night's rest, gathering Nimush & Dr. Simon Mignolet for further exploration of Hook House – after receiving an invite to a ball at the Weathermays', two days days hence.

The companions made plans to attend, buying masks and clothes, and so forth and also using a gold nugget found in the Fallows House to purchase a carriage and horses.  (Nimush finally is the one who haggled this purchase.)  Horses:  Chevy and Maduka, two strong dark mares.

After laying the preparations for the ball, the party returned to Hook House together, to find it abandoned.  They explored the house and Nimush used the silver ring Nasi had found to detect a ghostly presence in the upper level of the house.  (The Silver Ring had a signet with an "H" on it.)

THey found the pantry seemed to contain an unearthly presence or portal as well and avoided this at first, before exploring the second level. Here they found a strange skin-bag amongst the rifled library, along with a portrait of Henry Hook, once a proud magistrate and patriarch of the Hook family.  NImush used the ring and portrait to commune with Hook who asked her to free him from this place and destroy the bag, which had "recipes" for his son's profane deeds (His son had somehow started the cannibalism tradition and society that Simon/Nasi/Keegan had disrupted in Session 4).

They gathered to burn the bag in the hearth, hearing the screams of many suffering souls as it was destroyed (apparently, the poor souls were released.)

They found a secret stairway in session 4, so they returned and followed it down, finding a secret trapdoor that led to the beach. Also a secret compartment filled with a hidden treasure cache— 20 silver bars and 100 sp.  On the beach, they find a boat of questionable repair, and see off in the clear night, a fairly close island or sandbar or something but they are not brave enough to try the boat.

Returning to the house, they opened the pantry (curiosity got the best of them) and Keegan and Nasi plunged in.  They found themselves in a hellish world where a minotaur-demon attacked them with two meatcleavers held by his entrails, while other demons feasted on living suffering souls.  They fled and the minotaur demon chased them through the portal, but Nimush, Simon and Keegan were able to close the portal by carving off the runes.  However the minotaur's chopper fell down on the floor of the kitchen.  Nasi picked up the cleaver, suffering a point of corruption.  (They had got two points of corruption from arriving in the hellish banquet room already.)

The shaken party decided to burn the house to the ground and they drive the horses back to Mordentshire as Hook House burns behind them.  

Returning to town, Nasi buries the cleaver, which has started talking to him.  ("CHOP THE MEAT! CHOP THE MEAT!")  Then they go to the Weathermays' party.  Here they meet the following personages:

George  Weathermay   Awkward and abrasive.  He proposes to the party that they attack Emminence Hawthorne, as he's an evil flesh-eater- in exchange for the sword Derasateur.  They politely decline.   Alice sits in on the meeting with them.  After the interview, George disappears from the ball.

Daniel Foxgrove-  Well meaning and whimsical, not manly or principled.  Married to Alice, charming and effete.

Alice Foxgrove (Weathermay) -  Sister of George, does not seem interested in her husband Daniel.

Vivian Sherwood (Seaburg) -  Cousin to the Weathermays (daughter of Prudence)  Younger sister to Helen.  Married to Donald Sherwood. Engages in games, trying to make her various lovers jealous with the aid of her half-vistani maid, Georgianne.

Helen Seaburg – Unmarried older sister, wears a scarf adorned with some esoteric sigils.  Intelligent but does not seem as principled as her cousins.

Donald Sherwood -  Passionate scientist, looking for the secret of the legendary Apparatus.  He has a machine in the greenhouse of the estate, but he wants the "Plans" that he says Weathermay is keeping from him.  He says he can use it to make the "perfect man".

Georgianne the maid-  Vivian's maidservant is very confident and talks with the party, even telling Nimush that she can tell fortunes and perhaps teach her the same.

Keegan leaves the party early to fraternize with the grooms and drivers (Cecil the driver proves to be a reliable drinking buddy.)

Nasi dances with VIvian and Helen.  Nimush and Dr. M make indefinite plans to see Helen and Donald Sheridan again at some point.

They also speak with Lils Kasper, who is a Falkovnian refugee staying with the Weathermays.  He claims that he sought refuge in Borca because his family spurned his pacifism, but that the Black Widow had tried to kill him when he fell in love with a younger woman.  He asked them to help him to get to Falkovnia where he might be safer from Borca's agents, such as Rentini.

Later in the Ram & Mallet, they asked Rentini about Kasper, who told the same story but also mentioned that Kasper had stolen a bag of famous small cut diamonds called "The Thousand Eyes".

 

 

 

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Hanging Day in Mordentshire

Attending:
Simon the Monster Hunter (Jesse)
Nasrat Ali Khan (Trevor)
Keegan the Monster Hunter (Ryan)

The adventure opened up in Mordentshire in the aftermath of the introduction of Simon the Monster Hunter. The Ram and Mallet, still home base to our adventuring crew, was all abustle with the upcoming Hanging Day, in which the criminals of Mordentshire and environs were to be hanged. Hanging Day also functions as a major market day and the whole town gathers for the grim entertainment as the criminals are put to the noose.

The crew carried out several investigations, Nasi was introduced to Simon and following the day’s events, a carriage pulled up outside the inn and a letter was delivered from the same mysterious carriage encountered in the last session, promising to help them discover “TRUE EVIL” if they ventured to the Hawthorne mausoleum in the cemetery. Nasi followed the carriage to the cemetery but, seeing it disappear into the tombstones, thought better of venturing in alone at night.

At midnight, they journeyed to the mausoleum and met Eminence Hawthorne, a ghoulish individual who appears to be the owner of the carriage, served by his bizarre rag-wrapped footman Squanders. Hawthorne offered them a deal. He would give them information in exchange for them preventing a cannibalistic cult from consuming the criminals that were to be hanged tomorrow. The cult was made up of four pillars of the community of Mordentshire, and the meal was prepared by a strange “presence from beyond.” Hawthorne wished to have the criminals to himself. If they could ensure this, he would answer one question within his power. If they could in fact destroy the cult and slay the cultists, he would answer one additional question for each slain cultist.

Some minor misadventures occurred in which Simon wandered through the town at night looking for information but finding little. Finally Simon and Nasi staked out the jail and discovered that one of the guards had been bribed by the cultists to deliver the criminals’ bodies to the abandoned cliffside property known as Hook House.

Simon posed as a food vendor for an embittered elderly woman whose nephew was being executed. Then they found the guard and bribed him to let them take the criminals bodies to Hook House. This was accomplished with the bribe. The criminals (two robbers, a rapist and two cow-stealers) were executed after a blessing by Ladavius Spencer, one of the men listed as a cultist by Hawthorne. (In fact, this is one of the priests that had rejected the PCs’ entreaty for a Holy Symbol in Session2). Criminal corpses aboard, the wagon was taken straight to the cemetery and delivered to E.H. He offered them one question on the spot, (see below.)

Then the crew took the wagon up the road to Hill House, stopping at a pigfarmer to slaughter and and “steal” his pigs. (They left a compensation for the poor pigs at his door.) Thinking to use the pigs as a cover for the executed criminals, they approached Hook House, which they found disconcertingly well-guarded — by 13 armed men.

Entering the House, Simon found a strange Swine Demon in the kitchen, preparing a man as food— soon they realized that they were in fact so late that the cultists and/or the Demon had in fact decided to prepare one of their own for the feast. A pitched battle ensued between the crew and the demon; they lit him on fire and Nasi slew him with his Holy Staff. During this altercation, Father Spencer opened the door wonderingly and seeing the combat, fled. Simon and Keegan pursued and slew Calvin Buckham the wool merchant. Keegan then tackled Spencer and knocked him out, capturing him alive. The last of the cultists tried to rouse his guardsmen to his aid, but Simon fooled them with a claim to be agents of the “Circle of Puritanical Wisdom”(!), an order of zealous monster-hunting inquisitors. (Much luck was burned on this unlikely charisma check.) When the cultist, enraged, fought back against Keegan and Simon, they slew him and the guards melted away into the night, hoping to never hear of this incident again.

Nasi meanwhile searched the house and found a silver ring in a secret space behind a painting as well as a secret door in the wine cellar that led down into a steep, stone stairway. However, they wanted only to get the cultists back to Hawthorne and claim their prize, which they did, and Hawthorne granted them an additional question as they had in fact slain the swine-demon as well as the cultists. (Father Spencer was given alive to Hawthorne, who had Squanders get a coffin … as he apparently intended to bury him alive.)

More questions were asked and answered (see below) and we ended there with the midnight conference; the crew intended to go back to Hook House, search the remaining bodies and the rest of the house before any authorities or the emboldened guardsmen returned. Session ended there.

Notes:

The cultists were:
1. Ladavius Spencer (The Drycheeks father that they met in Session 2) – Wiry, old, bad bald spot (Delivered alive but half-comatose to Hawthorne)
2. Calvin Buckham (Prominent wool merchant) – Slain by Keegan
3. Everson Gryphon (Town magistrate) – porkchop sideburns – Apparently butchered by his own brethren and t/or the Swine Demon.
4. Kurtis Scopes (Customs Officer) – scarred ex-Marine.- Slain by Keegan in combat while the guards watched, hesitating.

The questions :

Q:
Where is the witch who slew Keegan’s village? 
A: Hawthorne didn’t know much but a witch had come through Mordentshire from the Oceans of the West. He only knew that she traveled North, to Falkovnia or Darkon or Dementlieu; she had not gone South. (This was not counted as a full question.)

Q: What is the Black Needle?
A: The Black Needle is the most powerful object in the Lands. It will destroy any monstrous Lord of these Lands, Godfrey’s Ghost, the Three Sisters, even Azalin himself. (Most of these names didn’t mean much to the crew, but that’s what he said.) It is quite powerful but its use comes with a price. It is also called the Goat’s Tooth.

Q: Who are the Weathermays?
A: (This involved some editorializing from Hawthorne apparently): They are do-gooders and self-righteous nobles who think they have the right to avenge injustice and so on because their ancestors made a bad marriage with Godfrey long ago.

Q: Where is the sword Derasiteur? This holy blade is in the possession of the Weathermays.

There are three questions owed by Hawthorne to the trio; they decided to retain them for future use.

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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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