Song of Brew & Ire

Foxglove Mansion - Part 5
Artie may or may not be a little bit unconscious.

We’ve explored the left tunnel, and we need to decide whether to go down the middle or the right. Bono heals us all for +12 hp. Ness perceives down both tunnels, and it sounds like they both lead to the same place. She hears the echoing sound of combat and clashing, coming out of both.

Artie and Nastunye use Hat of Disguise to look like Nastunye. Artie goes first, Bono second, Elwood third, Nastunye fourth, Ness last. We go down the tunnel and its everywhere omnipresent. The tunnel widens out into a cave. Artie looks up and notices three ghouls crouching on the walls. All of their attention is focused down the hallway.

Artie stealths in. They’re slowly moving and descending down the cave. As we wait in the tunnel we hear a shriek, and some clattering. Artie rolls a natural 20 with his crossbow to hit for -5 dmg! Bono casts Acid Dart for -8 dmg and kills a ghoul.

The ghouls run toward Artie. He plays Inspire Courage. A ghoul jumps down and bites Artie for -10 dmg, and the other hits for -3 dmg. Bono runs in as far as he can. Elwood kills a ghoul!

Nastunye uses her dagger for -2 dmg. She takes -3 dmg. Ness rolls a natural 20 and the last ghoul falls to the ground and we curb stomp it until it dies. Ness heals Artie with the Wand of Cure Light Wounds for +9 hp.

A quarter of one of the ghoul’s head was bashed in previously. On the right is the sound of commotion and ocean waves. We go right.

The tunnel opens into a cathedral like cavern. There is a stone door at the NW wall, halfway down the slope. Everything is very slick. The stone door is open and we hear the commotion is coming out of that door.

Artie sees four creatures, maybe undead goblins, looking in the door but not going in. Ness uses Telekenetic Fist to punch the goblin for -2 dmg. We get their attention and they rapidly climb toward us. The sounds of the fighting intensifies from inside the door.

Nastunye hits one with her dagger for a natural 20. Ness casts Disrupt Undead for -2 dmg. One goblin climbs down the wall and tries to attack Elwood. A goblin bites Bono for -3 dmg, and Bono is paralyzed and helpless. Artie tries to move Bono, but he is too sturdy.

Elwood swings at a goblin but critical fails, and his weapon takes -2 dmg. Ness hits one with an arrow for -4 dmg. Al three goblins focus their attacks on Elwood. He takes -5 dmg, and -5 dmg. Ness hits the one in front for -4 dmg.

Elwood takes -4 dmg, and the other hits Nastunye but she dodges. Elwood drinks a Cure Light Wounds potion for +8 hp. Ness hits the damaged goblin in the eye and kills it! Nastunye is paralyzed for 5 turns and takes -10 dmg.

Bono does “lamb of god” on the goblin. Ness hits the closer goblin with Touch of Fatigue, but he shrugs it off. Bono hits the goblin in the face with his mace. The goblin critical fails and is flat footed. Bono gets paralyzed for 2 rounds. Artie attacks the hurt with with a short sword for -4 dmg. Elwood kills one!

The goblin jumps on Artemis for -3 dmg. Elwood hits for -5 dmg. Ness his for -1 dmg. Elwood hits again, Ness hits for -1 dmg, and Bono uses Acid Dart.

Artie takes -14 dmg and is unconscious. He stops bleeding out. Ness Disrupts Undead with a natural 20 for -7 dmg. Elwood takes -5 dmg and Nastunye kills the last goblin!

The sounds of struggle stop from inside the room.

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Foxglove Mansion - Part 4
BATS BATS BATS!!!!!!!!

There’s a gaping hole through the north wall. A large open table in the middle of the kitchen with shelves in disarray. There’s a spiral staircase that goes down, that Iesha went down.

Something speaks to Ness from the south wall. Ness needs to find what’s behind the wall. She pokes it with her ranseur.

Nastunye opens the north wall. It appears to be servants quarters, and there is no dust or mold. Ness asks Nastunye to check out the south wall – there is nothing unusual. Elwood checks the wall – nothing unusual. Bono checks out the wall, and the door slams to the ground. Wine bottles break and fall.

Ness notices the wall is discolored, and finds 8 bottles of vintage wine. She gives 4 bottles to Nastunye.

We go down the corridor. Nastunye opens the door and there’s another hallway with a large iron door. Nastunye picks the lock – it’s very elaborate. Artie sings “Stumpet Betta Have My Money” and Nastunye rolls a 34 and opens the lock. It appears to be an arcane workshop. There are three iron birdcages with a dead, diseased rat in each.

We see two stained glass windows:
1) a thin man drinking foul-looking green fluid
2) a decayed man turning into smoke, pouring into a seven sided box
Ness can’t tell if the windows are for arcane ingredients again.

Ness finds a few books with arcane writing that are necromantic. On each cage is a gold sign that says “Pug’s contraptions – Magnimar.” As Elwood gets close to the books, he has a vision of the stained windows… A man working tirelessly, until he turns into a mist.

Elwood goes rushing up the hallway to save his daughter. Ness runs after and casts touch of fatigue. Elwood sees Verrell.

Elwood swings his scimitar at Ness, and she takes 9 damage. Elwood is Cassandra.
Bono heals Ness for +10 hp. Nastunye tries to look like Verrell. Arties tries another song, but it doesn’t work.

Elwood hits Ness for -8 dmg. Ness casts touch of fatigue again, but Elwood defends. Bono gets closer. Nastunye slaps Elwood across the face and rolls a natural 20. Elwood comes out of his trance, and takes -4 dmg. We tell Elwood he ran into the wall. Artie heals Ness for +6 hp.

We look at the windows again, and they are maybe 80 years old. There is one other door pointing south. We open the door into a narrow hallway that leads to the hole Bono made. We see piles of broken stone and pickaxes.

Ness looks at the staircase – there are no runes, but the staircase is really old and doesn’t fit the rest of the manor. THe mansion was probably built on the old stone – it is very ancient. It wasn’t built well.

Nastunye goes down first. In a sudden flash, she sees a vision of Aldern swinging a pickaxe to open the stairwell and says “FOR YOU.” Ghouls and claws come out and Nastunye screams and backs away. Nastunye takes -27 dmg! We see her screaming and red slashes of blood coming out of her. She looks down, and is bleeding out. Nastunye says, “I need medical attention.” She tells us about her vision. Ness heals her with her Cure Light Wounds wand for +7 hp. Artie heals Ness for +3 hp. Ness heals Nastunye again for +3 hp, and Bono heals Nast with Cure Moderate Wounds for +8 hp.

There is spiraling mold on the walls, and we hear a rhythmic sound, like snoring? The long cave stinks of rotten meat. Ness gives Artie her Everburning Torch.

Bono looks up and sees a black leathery shape, and it crawls over the wall and attacks! It’s a flying bat face creature!!! Artie sings resistance for +1 to saves. It dives onto Bono for -19 dmg. He heals himself for +6 hp. Bono hits the bat with acid dart for -4 dmg.

Ness casts Disrupt Undead for -3 dmg. Elwood hits with his scimitar for -7 dmg. Artie sings “Smelt of Horseshit” for +2 atk. The bat creature dives at Artie and bites for -20 dmg. Nastunye hits for -5 dmg with her shortsword. Bono hits for -5 dmg. I heal Artie with the wand for +3 hp.

The bat bites Ness for -13 dmg. Nastunye hits the bat for -2 dmg. Elwood uses his scimitar and crits for -20 dmg. The bat hits Elwood for -15 dmg. The bat shrieks and Bono is paralyzed. Nastunye hits for -5 dmg. Artie stops playing and shoot with a crossbow and misses. The bat misses Elwood. Nastunye kills it! She carves out it’s eyes and teeth.

We look around the cave and find body parts. We find a pearl ring (300g). Ness searches the cave and the corpses and finds an adamantine longsword (1h), and a Hat of Disguise.

The thing that attacked us was a Skaveling.

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Foxglove Mansion - part 3
"GET THESE MUTHAFUCKIN RATS OFF OF MY MUTHAFUCKIN BARD"

Aldern’s Mom is Cyralie – she died on the cliffs below.
Iesha is Aldern’s wife
Verell (a man) built the house
There was a period of unoccupancy, and then Aldern returned.

We go into the first room.

We go into the second room and see a low cot and a dresser. It looks like the servants quarters. Ness searches the dresser but only finds clothing.

We go into the north hallway, and we hear a scream from down the hallway. Bono goes in. We see a desk and a chair. We see paintings of a dark haired woman with a jagged staff. A painting of a handsome man with a crown of ivory and jade. There is a trap door on the roof, and a telescope shattered on the ground. Elwood picks up the telescope, but it’s shattered beyond repair. There is a pulley system to the trap door that is broken.

bono feels hot and thinks about jumping out the window. We look out the window and see a sloping roof, a weather vane, and the ocean below.

Bono uses mending to fix the trap door. We can see the coast, and the roof is steep. We can see the house is hanging over the cliff underneath. Half of the house extends beyond the cliff’s edge, and we see there is another floor below the one we entered on. Down the slop the weathervane is constantly changing directions.

Elwood pulls open the tarp on the window. Nothing feels out of the ordinary. Nastunye finds an old star chart in the desk. The latest date is 30 years ago. We take a book-worth of the star notes.

We leave and go in the right door, We hear sobbing behind the door. Nastunye breaks the lock. Bono knocks on the door. Elwood bashes the door and it weakens. Bono tosses Elwood at the door – it slams open. Dwarves fall to the ground. It’s a small room with a window facing north.

We see an old armoire, full sized mirror with a frame of roses angled toward window. Ness sees a storage area, to the side is a crumpled pile of cloth. Out of the cloth are eyes darting around, but only looking at the mirror.

Nastunye introduces us to the eyes. Then she knocks over the mirror. The thing screams “Aldern! You’ll be in my arms soon!” Ness casts flare, but the banshee keeps going toward the door. Her body is decayed but she is still walking. She is Iesha Foxglove. There is no headwound, but we see a neck scar.

Iesha goes down the hall, slams the door, and looks like she is listening for stuff. She pulls the carpet over on the first floor, and tears the floorboards up. Ness uses ghost sounds to make the manticore sound like Aldern. She shakes it off and stares at Nastunye. Nastunye gives her the scarf, and Iesha rips it up. Then Iesha tears up the floor and creates a huge hols and jumps in. Bono jumps in too.

We find a spiral staircase going donw, and a foul stink in the darkness. Ness and Artie hear scratching at the far wall. A wave of rats pours out of the wall at us and heads toward Artie. He swings but it doesn’t make a difference. Ness casts ghost sounds to sound like cats but the rats keep running. Elwood casts stone call. Elwood makes a dent in the rats, but the rest of them are still running toward Artie. They climb all over Artie. Artie gets nauseated.

Bono comes through the walll like the Kool Aid man. Nastunye swipes at the swarm with a torch. Ness shoots arrows at the rats, but nothing happens. Elwood summons lightning, and kills a significant amount of them. They start going toward Elwood, but Elwood rolls a natural 20!

Artie takes -2 damage. Ness tries to shoot arrows again, and critical fails for a -50% hit chance for 1 round. Bono gives Ness a sleep scroll. Artie pukes. Ness casts sleep scroll on a few of the rats. Bono hits some rats with his mace. Elwood casts lightning again. No more rats come out of the walls.

Nastunye grans rats and kills them with her bare hands. Ness uses mage hand to fling rats off of Artie. Elwood zaps Bono with lightning and kills all the rats.

GET THESE MUTHAFUCKIN RATS OFF OF MY MUTHAFUCKIN BARD

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Foxglove Mansion - part 2
Elwood punches everyone

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:

  1. A large, pale, ghostly scorpion
  2. A gaunt man with extended arms, with bats hanging off him
  3. A moth with a distinct pattern on its wings
  4. A plant with bell shaped flowers
  5. A maiden at a well with a spiderweb above

With Arcane knowledge, Ness recognizes these as reference to necromancy materials:

  1. _ A large, pale, ghostly scorpion_ – SCORPION VENOM
  2. A gaunt man with extended arms, with bats hanging off himVAMPIRE’S BREATH
  3. A moth with a distinct pattern on its wingsDEATHWING MOTH
  4. A plant with bell shaped flowersBELLADONNA
  5. _ 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.

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Shilelu and Artie's ear dies

We ask Shilelu what happened to her. We go inside the farm house. Shilelu followed the trail of dead bodies to Hambley Farm. We notice the dead Hambley isn’t as decayed as he should be. He died from hemorrhaging. Bono smashes open Hambley’s chest, with a dagger Ness gives him. It seems like a normal death.

Ghouls are stronger, but zombies are more weak. We dig a giant hole and put all the bodies in. We burn them. Nothing else catches on fire.

We go back into the farmhouse. Letty starts freaking out that we don’t know where he husband is, so Nastunye knocks her out.

Everyone goes to sleep. Ness and Nastunye stand guard the second shift, and suddenly there is banging on the door. Ness is on the roof with Stickfoot. The house is being attacked from all around by zombies. Ness hits the one to the right of the front door for -9 damage. Elwood runs outside and gets attacked by 3 zombies and gets paralyzed.

Artie casts animate rope, and a rope climbs up the chimney. Nastunye is about to clumb out. Bono casts channel positive energy. He goes through the window to help Elwood, and kills one.

Ness casts disrupt undead around Elwood, and hits a zombie for -4 damage. Bono gets attacked and hit for -7 damage. He gets paralyzed, but keeps his spiritual weapon.

Shilelu gets hit with bohemian ear spoon and is deafened. The bard loses an ear for -1 Charisma FOREVER.

Zombies descend on Shilelu, she slumps to the ground. Nastunye jumps out of the chimney and crits a zombie!

There are two zombies left. They kill Shilelu! Artie hits a zombie with a natural 20, and kills it with a short sword. Bono channels divinity and kills the last one.

The stench is overpowering. Netty is still passed out, but alive. All the ghouls are wearing burlap sacks – they were probably scarecrows.

Artie looks for his ear. Then he casts blood biography.
“Who are you?” – Hoarim Guffman
“How’d you die?” – The Fever
Nastunye searches the bodies.

Ness takes Shilelu’s stuff – she would have wanted her to have it! A bow, 10 sleep arrows, wand of cure light wounds, +1 studded leather armor, Masterwork short sword, amulet of natural armor, +1 cloak of resistence, 8 platinum.

Ghouls were wearing tattered tunics. Nastunye finds jewelry worth 500gold. We burn all the corpses. The sun rises.

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I lost my ear

Dearest Venture-Captain Sheila Heidmarch,

I lost my ear! I LOST MY EAR! Creepy dead scarecrows attacked us in a hamlet shithole and tore off my ear! This is going to wreck my music career in Magnimar. I didn’t sign on for this type of damage!

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Tuggle

We look inside the farmhouse – there is no sign of life, but there is a body on the ground. There is signs of a struggle.

We go inside. The stench from the dead body is powerful. Ness pokes it with a ranseur. There’s a nail in the chest of the corpse with a rune carved into it and a note for Nastunye. Ness also finds a rusty iron key.

We hear screaming and a wail coming from the barn. Ness, Nastunye, and Bono go to the front door. Elwood goes around the side. We hear creaking from the beams above. We see gore everywhere inside. The body on the ground is Shilelu. We run to Shilelu, and ghouls drop down from the ceiling!

Bono gets clawed for -8 damage. Ness critical fumbles and rips her clothing. Elwood crits and kills one. Ness gets clawed and bit for -11 damage. Bono channels positive energy and kills two. Ness gets hits one for 6 damage. Elwood sees a larger ghoul in the rafters, and sends Monkey after it. Elwood slingshots the ghoul and kills it, and it falls out of the window.

Shilelu is alive, but barely. Bono casts cure light wounds on her for +12 heal.

Monkey is repulsed by the smell of the larger ghoul body. Nastunye searches the ghoul boss. He’s wearing the clothes of a higher class caretaker. There’s an iron key around his neck with a flower crest on it. We recognize Rogors Craesby – he oversaw Floxglove Manor. It is 3 miles to the south. It is a very wealthy house, and over 80 years old. Ness remembers there was tragedy there, but can’t remember what. The locals consider the manor house haunted.

Artemis asks Letty questions. Her husband is Horrim Guffman – they were farmers in a neighboring farm. Theyr’e young and wanted to start a farm. She was dragged out of bed in the middle of the night, and woke up strung up like a scarecrow.

Bono perceives recognizeable parts of the humans. The barn is an undead Sizzler. The larger ghoul boss is a ghast. They all used to be people.

Nastunye and Ness find a lockbox under the floorboard. It’s filled with sacks of money – each filled with 100 silver. The total is $3,400 silver.

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Artivus Letter to Venture-Captain Sheila Heidmarch
My Introduction

Dearest Venture-Captain Sheila Heidmarch,
I have arrived in Sandpoint. What a hellhole. The only pub in town is one run by a bunch of kids with abandonment issues. It was all I could do to keep their grubby little mittens out of my pockets. Luckily, the locals are so starved for entertainment that I was able to set up shop in the tavern until the Pathfinder team arrived. Can you believe these locals have never heard of “Stacy’s Mum” before?! I mean, it hit the Magnimar charts at no.3 for a week!

The party you mentioned arrived, looking worse for wear, about a day later. There was a gruffy, tree-hugging dwarf named Ellwood that has a rather questionable level of affection for an ape; a drunk named Ness who had seemed to suffer from identity issues and doesn’t know what she wants to be; a wild eyed, fanatic dwarf priest named Bono with a “kick-the-cat” principal to training his acolytes; and the smoldering Ms. Pickpocket and self proclaimed orphan elf mother herself, Nastunye. Now I see why you asked me to keep an eye on them. Subtlety doesn’t seem to be in their vocabulary.

While chatting it up with the tavern locals and picking the odd hair out of my beer, the town’s sheriff gathers the crew for a bit of a chat. I see my opportunity and quickly introduce myself and offer my assistance. Only Bono has heard of “Stacy’s Mom” and I think he was lying to me.

The next morning the party was met by a wild-eyed farmer who claimed to have seen walking, flesh-eating scarecrows! My first reaction was to strike some sense back into the poor sod and send him on his way. But this group of Pathfinders took to the story like ants to sugar. So off we went, looking for spooky scarecrows. Luckily, I had some joke material regarding scarecrows that I practiced on Bono with. I think he like it. I’ll use it in my main act.

Come to find out, the scarecrows were spooky and did in fact move. Worse yet, they bit the druid’s monkey on the shoulder. The ape returned the favor by shredding the thing to pieces. A bit of an overkill, really. Note to self: do not cross the ape.

Once this happened, there was mad talk about burning the farmhouse, burning the fields, burning everything! I had the strike up a few songs to quell the rising bloodlust in this group.

So one of the scarecrows was, in fact, a human missus bound to a wooden post. That’s when I began to consider this to be another one of those bizarre sex cults I keep reading about in Magnimar. I kept my deductions to myself for the time being.

The missus takes off in a panic and the druid “snackles” her! It’s a new word I was forced to invent to describe what I saw! A “snackle” is a snuggling tackle. When the little lady took off over the pasture, the druid gave chase like a cat after a mouse and tackled her, rolling her into a snuggle position, gently caressing her hair to calm her down. It worked, but there was an uncomfortable period of time (at least to me) that the druid continued his soothing snuggle well after the lady had calmed down. I looked up in a little bit of disbelief to see if any of the others were perturbed with this extended length of time “snackling” but none of the other party seemed to register any discomfort.

Another of the scarecrow broke free of his bonds and scampered into the depths of the field. Perhaps fear of being “snackled”? Who can say. Regardless, the party considered moving to the farmhouse to secure a defensive position.

It was along the way that I spotted the large Varisian stone statue. Naturally, my college training kicked in and discoursed a long tale of the historical implications of these giant statues and their socio-economic and pseudo-arcane/religious symbolism they represented at the time of their construction in the Age Before Ages. No one really listened. Meanwhile, the drunkard mumbled something like “Hey, it’s the Stone Warrior.” and everyone nodded like she was a genius! I’m the one who studied in Magnimar, not her!

Pathfinder Skald, Former BackAlley Boys Member,
Artivus Spicklewick

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Don't be silly Toto, Scarecrows don't talk
We go farming!

We go back to the Tavern, and we see a bard telling a “Rectum, damn near killed him” joke. Nastunye checks her orphans. One of them has a handful of money and jewels.

The Sheriff asks what happened at the Sanitorium. Bono tells him what happened. The Sheriff warns us there are strange reports from the local farms. We meet the bard, Artemis Spicklewick. Bono gives Ness 1 potion of Cure Moderate Wounds. We sleep.

In the morning, Nastunye goes to get her stuff appraised. Bono tries to teach Lil Bro the way to god (and fails). Ness tries to identify what the wand that she found is.

The doors fly open and the Sheriff comes in with Farner Grump. We all go to the kitchen. The Farmer is trembling, “they’re all dead!” He talks about scarecrows eating everyone, even the dogs. He goes into shock. The scarecrows came from Hambley’s place – about 5 hours away. Ness doesn’t know Hambley specifically, but knows there are farms to the East.

We leave the Tavern. Ness checks for tracks and sees there are hurried footprints coming from the south. The road forks again and we see a sign that says “Hambley’s Place.” We notice things are eerily quiet.

We come to the boundary of two farms and we see a scarecrow. We poke the scarecrow. it smells like damp hay, not undead.

Scattered through the fields are scarecrows. Bono sees things in the field – three more scarecrows! The ones to the left and the right appear to be moving, says Elwood. One scarecrow is pulling and fractures the wood. It breaks the posts. Ness casts negate aroma. Elwood and monkey destroy the scarecrow corpse. Nastunye kills the other scarecrow. Ichor comes out instead of blood. They’re semi-dismembered. They’ve been gagged across their faces with wire, and have claw marks all over them. Ness tries to track how they got there, but only sees snapped wheat, and can’t tell where it came from.

We approach the third scarecrow, but it’s only straw. We head to the house. We see another scarecrow jerking. Ness lifts up the bag over the head with the ranseur, and we see a woman in fear and terror. Elwood undoes the gag, and she says “HELP GET ME DOWN!” Ness recognizes her as Letty Guffman.

She runs away, but Elwood stops her. Bono casts cure light wounds. She says her husband is missing. There is another scarecrow in the fields, it breaks off the beam, and looks me in the eye.

The scarecrow jumps down and runs away. We stay on the path to the house. The road forks to a smaller dirt road. Ness perceives an 18 foot high stone head, with a barn attached to it. The locals call it “The Stone Warrior.” Artie’s history class knows it’s from Varisians.

Letty is terrified, asking us to find her husband

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Part 3 of a one night encounter
Melon is a zombie

Bono & Ness follow Kazarlu down to retrieve the notes from the basement.
Habe says “I think you should allow me to treat Melon.” Melon claims he’s fine. Melon is probably corrupted. Habe is worried that the same thing that happened with Grayst will happen with Melon. He asks us why did we come here in the first place? He wants to know when we’re leaving. Nastunye says we’ll leave as soon as we get the notes.

We go downstairs to get the notes, and it smells bad. Melon examines the Ratman. Kaizarlu gives the notes to Bono, who is excited. Bono tries to read them, but he’s full-on illiterate.
Bono expresses concern about the fact they had all those zombies in the basement. We should prrrrrrrobably do something about the room with the body parts.
Ness: “Why are there so many corpses down here?” He hands us the papers.

Nastunye looks around Habe’s room, and rolls a natural 20. She finds 41 gold.

We thought Habe turned into smoke, but it turns out only Melon saw that and Melon is going crazy so maybe that was just Melon?

Kaizarlu goes back upstairs, and asks Bono to be discreet.
Melon pokes the dead ratman with his finger, deeply. It is still warm. It feels very satisfying.

Ellwood goes into the room of one of the Teiflings. He pulls out a key, unlocks the door, and lets him in. Ellwood sees a bed, checks everything, and sees a locked chest. The Tiefling opens the chest for Ellwood, but there are no ears inside. The Teifling tries to make Ellwood feel guilty. Ellwood gives him a high five.

Ness tries to see if the bodies were murdered, but can’t tell.

Melon smells a delicious steak from a side room. Melon pokes the head of another corpse with his other finger. Ness says, “stop poking dead shit or I will blowgun dart you AGAIN!”

Melon freezes like a cat, and sticks his tongue out near his finger, and then licks his finger. Ness blowgun darts him. Melon squeals. The finger tasted delicious. Ness yells “Stop that!” and gets ready to blow dart him again.

Bono comes downstairs and channels positive energy. Ness gets healed for +5HP. Melon licks his other finger. Ness blow darts him, but misses.

Ellwood wants to have a drink with the Tieflings. Nastunye hears the commotion and comes downstairs.

Melon thinks the fresher body tastes better. Melon basically politely asks Ness if he can cut a bit off her and taste it. She says, “NOOOOOPE” and runs upstairs. Melon hits Ness for -5 dmg with his axe. Nastunye follows Ness up the stairs. Bono closes the door behind him, and tells Melon, “Don’t eat anything I wouldn’t eat.” Melon compares the axe blood with the blood on his fingers, like a fine blood sommelier.

We all run up and ask Habe and Kailzarlu. Kaizarlu says, “I’ve never seen it advance to this stage quite so quickly, we need to get him in a cell.”

Bono finds he has a sleep scroll. He thinks we can lure him into the room, and he can use his spell to put him a stone box.

Ellwood gets a glass and puts Ness’ blood in it. Bono gives Ness the scroll.
Ness has the sleep spell scroll, and the cup of blood. “I’m going in!”

Ness says, “Hey buddy!” and puts the cup of blood on the ground, and backs away. Melon senses motive and suspects something is up. But he starts gnawing on the Ratman!

Ness reads the scroll, but It doesn’t work. Bono is repulsed. He casts spiritual weapon. Melon puts the rest of the arm in his back pocket. Melon critical fails and loses his axe.

Ness runs upstairs. Nastunye asks the tieflings to subdue him. They say they will, if we can bring him upstairs. Elwood goes flying down the stairs to shield bash, but misses. Melon thinks this is all really weird, and everyone needs to calm down.

Ness rummages around for spells or something that can knock him out (but not kill him). She finds nothing on the bookcases, and runs to the Habe’s office.

Bono hits Melon for -8 dmg. Mace to the face! He says, “STOP. EATING. PEOPLE.” Melon rolls a natural 20 – pimp slap! Bono is dazed for 4 rounds, and loses -10 dmg.

Ness finds two vials in the office with a rusty liquid. Kaizarlu says, “What’s happening?”

Suddenly the air downstairs materializes into solid shards and does -12dmg to Melon. (Probably Kaizarlu). Nastunye says she’ll lick Melon lick her blood if he goes upstairs.

Ellwood summons a satyr, which charms Melon. The Satyr says, “Hellooooooooooooo…” and Melon critical fails and waves back at him with the dead arm in his pocket. Melon is charmed, but Bono’s spiritual weapon keeps attacking because Bono is still dazed.

The tieflings subdue Melon and bring him upstairs. We lock him in a cell.

Elwood has the satyr cast suggestion on us, to get us all to leave. We all think going to Sandpoint is a great idea, including Habe. Bono resists the suggestion, and thinks poorly of Ellwood.

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