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.
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 :
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.