We go into the next room. Bono opens the door and it slams off its hinges, and we’re in a wash room. Bono walks in, and a plague rat leaps on his face and attacks his for -3 dmg! Artie tries to grab the rat. Nastunye grapples the rat, and gets it off Elwood and kills the rat. The rat has been diseased. it looks like it fell into the tub from above, and couldn’t get out. Elwood looks up, and there’s cracks and fur everywhere. There must be rats everywhere!
We go to a small door in the hallway. The door is unnaturally cold… but only to Ness. Bono opens the door to a small lounge, and a couch covered with fungus. Ness notices the dust is blowing eerily – footsteps are moving through the dust. Artie doesn’t see anything.
Elwood goes in. He leans over and looks under the couch. Elwood tries to pick Bono up with a grapple, and fails. Artie sees that and he tries to pick up Bono – “And THAT’S how you pick up a dwarf!”
Elwood sees a ghoul, and punches Artie. Bono runs into the room and flips the couch, and Ness helps. Dust blows everywhere. Elwood comes to his senses, and sees Bono and Ness flipping the couch. Ness gives Elwood wine, and we go upstairs.
Ness casts ghost sounds to sound like cats and scare the rats away. Ness hates rats. We hear lots of footsteps and other strange sounds – Nastunye stabs the air. Bono runs upstairs, and goes in the small door to the right.
This room is a small bedroom with a kids bed and a fireplace. Artie checks the toy box. Nastunye sees her parents – Dad is trying to stab Mom. We see Nastunye huddled against the chest. Dad stabs Mom in the heart. Artie takes a well-loved straw doll.
We look in the next room. There are family portraits. A mother, father, and 2 daughters (twins?) One the left, a couple and their son. Everything is covered in cobwebs. Bono goes in and clears cobwebs. Ness uses mage hand to help clear webs. One of the paintings is of Foxglove. Nastunye feels chilled. The parents paintings turn into ghouls. Foxglove gets boils. Other parents turn into ripped up corpses. The girls turn into ice, and the boy into flames.
Nastunye stabs the paintings, and then a blackish green fungus crawls across the room. Artie feels the fungus crawl across him and itch. The fungus mimics natural mold, like you would find on rocks.
Bono opens the other door to a master bedroom. There is a dark stain on the desk. Nastunye enters the room.
The stain on the desk is blood. The window looks dark. We see the remains of the servants quarters from the window. There’s even more crows now.
Artie investigates using blood biography. He opens the drawer, pulls out something, and stabs himself in the neck! It looks like a sliver of wood. Nastunye puts a cloth on his neck, as he comes to his senses. Bono heals him for +10hp.
Artie tries to cast blood biography again. He looks in the desk and sees a paper and a quill. He puts it on the desk and waits for something to happen. Ness uses mage hand to draw a middle finger. “WHAT DOES IT MEAN??” he says. Ness says, “It’s a runelord!”
We realize maybe the boy died in the fireplace, so we go back to the kids room. Elwood pokes in the fireplace but finds nothing.
We go to the next room, which is a gallery of stained glass windows. We see the following windows:
- A large, pale, ghostly scorpion
- A gaunt man with extended arms, with bats hanging off him
- A moth with a distinct pattern on its wings
- A plant with bell shaped flowers
- A maiden at a well with a spiderweb above
With Arcane knowledge, Ness recognizes these as reference to necromancy materials:
- _ A large, pale, ghostly scorpion_ – SCORPION VENOM
- A gaunt man with extended arms, with bats hanging off him – VAMPIRE’S BREATH
- A moth with a distinct pattern on its wings – DEATHWING MOTH
- A plant with bell shaped flowers – BELLADONNA
- _ A maiden at a well with a spiderweb above_ – HEART OF A MAIDEN SLAIN BY POISON
We open the next door, and Elwood pushes Bono in. it’s another wash room. Bono walks in, hears creaking, and the floor collapses on top of the previous tub. We back out of the wash room. Everything is spongey and waterlogged.
The next room is a small bedroom. It smells putrid. Dark mold that’s green and blue is everywhere. Bono hears a child. “Mommy, what’s on your face?” Nastunye walks into the mold. We see the same spiral under the mold as in the foyer.
The bedroom is destroyed, except one painting which is flipped over. Ness uses mage hand to flip it over. It’s Iesha Foxglove. Elwood feels sad, in a manly dwarf way. We hear a shrill female voice, being critical. Elwood has an overwhelming rage against all women, and tries to attack Nastunye. Ness tries to cast touch of fatigue, but fails. Elwood gets tied up by Nastunye. Ness tries to slap Elwood to his senses, and he tries to bite her.
We hear a faint woman’s voice say, “What do you get up to, down below?”
Artie asks Bono to check him. There’s nothing visible, but he finds some strange lumps. He’s also not a doctor.