After resting for some time at the Healer’s house, Sidus Fatorum and Sjaud decided to head to the local libary to soak up some free knowledge. Whilst there, the ever friendly, oddly present, and well informed Master of Ceremonies spoke to them about what had happened at the Royal Castle the night before. He mentions that he knew Sarkus, and knew something about the mask, but didn’t expect Sarkus to run off with the mask. After a brief description of his knowledge of the mask, he finally called out to a timid young elf who had been eavesdropping the entire time. The group suspicious of her actions surrounded her. The Master of Ceremonies questioned her intent, then saw need of her particular skill set.
From what the Master of Ceremonies observed in his brief time in the library, Kendra was a necromancer. Not a lightly looked upon profession, in the common world, but very useful if applied correctly with an open mind. Seeing on how the party seemed to be short two party members, a replacement needed to be found. Kendra just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Half asking, half threatening to expose her as a corpse perverting witch, the Master of Ceremonies finally convinced Kendra to assist in finding, and returning the Obsidian Mask that Sarkus had stolen. A little after this incident, Sjaud overheard the Royal Guards talking about the kidnapping of a young red haired girl who frequently spent time with Sarkus. The next morning, the group headed West, where The Master of Ceremonies thinks Sarkus may have headed.
After 2 days of travel, they finally arrived at the town the Master of Ceremonies spoke of. Balefulton, and were greeted by a strange old man named Rosseau, and then by a bitter merchant wearing a magic school uniform by the name of Sahara. She asked the group to retrieve a valuable vase from the noble she sold it to, in exchange for a magical item, if she should come across one. Sidus agreed for that price, and they headed to the Inn/Tavern to gather information about Sarkus
Sjaud learned the following
- Sarkus and the red haired girl were definitely through this town, but nobody knows which direction they left in.
- It rained the entire time they were in town
- Rosseau is a creepy old man, who some people claim to have seen stalking around at night.
- Rosseau is a religious creepy old man.
- There are other adventurers in town. They’re names are Runt and Grunt
- There are reports of monsters looming in the southlands.
- The Healer’s house is full of people sick with some unknown disease.
Whilst the rest of the group slept, Sjaud took it upon himself to investigate Rosseau. Sure enough, the old man was up to something. Following Rosseau revealed that he had been constructing icons of Lament, and setting them up along the road to the southlands.
The next morning, the group investigated these icons, and found a decayed corpse near one of them. Kendra identified these icons, not as attractions for the undead, but rather to ward them off. Sidus was convinced otherwise, and decided to investigate Rosseau personally. Rosseau warned the group of an approaching darkness, and said he was doing what he could to prevent it. He then directed them to the Healer’s house.
The Healer’s house was full of the sick previously mentioned, a very flustered Healer, Runt and Grunt who were spending the night there. Upon asking about the creatures in the south, Runt and Grunt made a hasty exit. Sjaud pursued them, and managed to squeeze more info out of them disguised as a bar maid.
- They came from the south
- They described themselves as Dungeon Raiders
- They are waiting for their friend to return, but do not plan to wait any longer.
Deciding there is nothing else for this town, the group decided to pursue Sarkus, whom Sjaud believes may be heading for the neighboring kingdom to the south.
As the group was departing, something caught Sidus’s eye in the fading sunlight. Shadows lumbering back and forth. He warned the group and they took precaution. Kendra sent out her familiar to identify the shadows. It returned and informed her that the shadows were the undead.
The group halted the gathering undead at the south border of the town. During their combat, more came, until finally a giant zombie appeared in the battle. Sending the undead that Kendra took control of after it proved fatal to her minions that were smashed back into the ground. Sjaud set up a defensive barrier with Sidus in the town, preparing for the worst. Kendra however, in an unfathomable act of bravery (for her at least) attempted to seize control of the enormous beast, and was successful.
Rosseau applauded Kendra on her mastery of the undead, and awarded her an amulet that belong to his father, also a necromancer.
The group gathered their things, and bid farewell to the town of Balefulton