While splitting up from the party was not my first choice I couldn’t trust anyone else in the transport of Trask to Temple Rise. While setting him up to perform manual labor I couldn’t help but remember something my father said to me once ‘What is better, to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?’ While I don’t think all of the Bowmen are evil by nature, it worries me that by repeatedly committing evil acts by either choice or coercion that it could become part of your nature. Possibly seep into your soul.
Olt asked me to deliver a message to his grandfather detailing his discovery of the Oirthuir Clans plan to destroy them. He took the news with his normal stoicism, simply stating ’It’s war then’. I of course offered any assistance. After accepting the offer of a room for the night I left before dawn so I could do morning services at Temple Rise. Thanks to the growing power of Nathaniel Bronnson and The Spire I was able to transport back to Anglers Cove to reunite with my companions.
Upon my arrival I was informed by the captain that they had recently left for Carrion Hill. He escorted me down to the docks and after introducing me to several people I was able to acquire free passage. Word of the accomplishments of The Watchmen have spread rapidly and people are willing to openly offer assistance to us. With the fear of Bowmen reprisal lessening everyday our job has become easier, especially with recruiting new members.
The smell of The Boil will be something that I hope will never be something I get used to. Even as I try to power through until higher ground is reached I can’t but help notice something had the city on edge. Instead of seeing more crows in the city there seemed to be less, of course most of the populace are staying inside too, so maybe they didn’t need the extra help. As I finally reached the Mucky Duck my companions are walking out.
They inform me they’re heading to meet with the mayor, apparently there was some kind of explosion recently inside the city and he has asked for assistance. With several people giving me information I almost miss the voice of the newest member of our group. Introducing herself as Mianissa, she is Catfolk which kinda surprises me since they are not known for being residents of the Wildlands. I have no idea how she’ll get the smell of this place out of her fur. As we head to our destination I walk with Olt and inform him of my conversation with his grandfather.
Upon our arrival we are ushered in to the mayor, who seems quite anxious. It was not so much an explosion in the city as it was an attack by some unknown creature that destroyed a building and killed several people, including a few crows, one of which was the captain of the guard. He asks us to investigate as there have been two other attacks since and the citizens are scared and staying inside, not knowing the attacks seem to come from underground. Since the first one happened at the market we should start our investigation there. After several questions we know the bodies were torn apart by something very powerful, as were the buildings. The mayor grows more nervous as we talk, we need to act fast or he may completely fall apart and we could use him on our side.
As we are led to the site of the initial attack the crows talk about how much of a loss the death of the captain is. When we arrive at the market, which is empty of people except for some crows, we see the area has been roped off. They have recovered a few bodies from the building which Nathaniel and Sorscha move to examine. Olt starts examining the area looking for tracks that may be from a creature capable of this destruction, while I talked with a neighbor who might have seen something. He tells me the man who lived there bought the place a couple years ago, and had been doing a lot of renovations to the place. No one ever went inside except for some workers that would show up in the evening and leave in the morning.
The examination of the bodies reveal they have no blood in them, and the damage done to them was caused by something very powerful as one body was twisted around and another had it’s chest crushed in. We discover a symbol drawn in blood on a nearby building, a huge spiral that Nathaniel believes he recognizes as one of the old chaos gods. As some of the lighter people enter the remains of the building I wait outside in case it’s not stable. The inside is in total shambles, everything inside is destroyed including the furniture and a couple of walls. Sorscha follows a trail of black slime down a set of stairs, followed by me and everyone else.
The basement has 5 sarcophagus set along the walls and one knocked over and broken. The slime trail leads over to another set of stairs going down, the only other exit being a door across from the stairs as part of the basement looks to be caved in. The door is barred from the other side Herschel tells me, so I put my shoulder to it. The new room only has camping gear for seven and one door inside which Herschel again says is batted from the inside and voices can be heard coming through the door. The language is unknown so I say a prayer and Heironious grants me the power to temporarily understand them. There sounds like there is three of whatever they are, and they’re hiding from something. After trying to get them to come out, Olt starts trying to smash down the door with his weapon and I step in and put my foot to the door. The door goes down as my foot goes through the door. I immediately feel a sharp pain as a couple of daggers pierce my foot. We make short work of the creatures which turn out to be Dark Folk.
Sorscha had scouted out the staircase and leads us down a long descent. It opens into a cavern where the slime trail looks to have started from. A portion of the room is covered in a pool of slime with a body floating in it next to three dead looking trees that overlook an altar that permeates evil. As we approach the trees a figure can be seen lurking just behind the altar. It tosses out a portion of a person that it was apparently chewing on. As I get closer the ghoul leaps upon the altar but before it can attack Nathaniel freezes it with a spell and everybody teams up to finish it off. After we finish a search of the cavern we find a book that will need closer inspection,and supplies that would indicate they’ve been doing whatever they’ve been doing for a while. When we return to the surface we inform the crows of what we found and they set up a guard until we can figure out what to do. The mayor should be a little relieved we discovered the source of the disturbance though we have yet to find the creature that caused it. Maybe the book will have some answers…