from a heavy sleep brought on by a night of adventuring, the town of Ravengro
was awash with activity, mostly involving the desecration of the Harrowstone
Monument.The twenty-foot statue of
Warden Lyvar Hawkran, who gave his life to keep the nation’s most terrifying
criminals from escaping, was covered with blood, a large “V” marked on its base.The names of Warden Hawkran, his wife
Vesorianna, and twenty-two other town heroes who died at the prison are
inscribed on the base of the monument.
extreme searching, it was determined that whoever desecrated the monument left
next two days were spent investigating the vandalism.The party split up in order to better use
their time and not startle the citizens of Ravengro.They decided to meet up afterwards at the
Outward Inn for a drink.
Coh stayed at home to keep an eye on Xiuj and research Harrowstone in Professor
Rassendyll went to the Unfurling Scroll, a school for children, where he
learned that the teacher there sold minor magic items.He also had a small but helpful library that
the party could use for a sizable donation.The children also sang a song in Varisian that gave some clues.
Nesphebius visited the Temple of Pharasma.His line of questioning didn’t get him far, but he decided to ingratiate
himself more deeply to the head of the local order, Vauran Grimburrow, by
giving a sermon.
his part in the investigation, Dorvall Uptall
went to the Town Hall.Unable to get
past the clerk at the front desk, he gave up.On the way to the Outward Inn he stopped to meet the town’s migratory
pet dog, Old River.
Brightmoon went to the jail to get information.The inept deputy asked more questions of Maligar than he answered,
questioning Maligar’s whereabouts the night before.
the Outward Inn, Dorvall and Maligar tried to strike up a conversation, but the
locals were uninterested.When
Nesphebius arrived, he did little better to impress the occupants, but a round
of drinks got him a loud cheer.
and Cad, with money from Maligar and Dorvall, spent the next two days
researching in the Unfurled Scroll, while Dorvall stayed at the Lorrimor home
to keep an eye on Xiuj.Brother
Nesphebius took another shot at the Town Hall, catching town councilman Vashian
Hearthmount on his way inside and gaining access to the town’s records but
finding nothing of value.
their research and observation, the party found this information:
1. The names of the
five major criminals in Harrowstone at the time of its burning:
A. Vance Saytressel,
a.k.a. The Lopper, who beheaded his victims with an axe
B. Father Charlatan, a
C. The Moss Water
Marauder, who (perhaps) killed his wife with a hammer
D. The Piper of
Illmarch, who (apparently) killed with a pipe
E. The Splatter Man,
who wrote the names of his victims in blood on the walls
2. The Whispering Way
is an evil cult that is involved with the undead.Their ultimate goal is the release of the
Whispering Tyrant, Tar-Baphon, who is imprisoned in Gallowspire in Lastwall.
3. The Whispering Way
have been seeking unusual or unique undead creatures and experimenting with
4. The fire at
Harrowstone was caused by the panicking guards after the rioting prisoners had
taken over the east wing of the prison.Warden Hawkran sealed himself and the guards in the tunnels beneath the
east wing along with the prisoners to be sure they wouldn’t escape and threaten
the town of Ravengro.
5. The warden’s wife, Vesorianna
Hawkran, lived outside the prison itself but died in the prison fire.Her body was found
6. The Splatter Man is
the memorial’s vandal.
The First Assault on Harrowstone
party decided in the name of urgency to at least reconnoiter Harrowstone
Prison.The front gates were unlocked,
so they decided to just walk in.Cad and
Xiuj were almost injured in a roof collapse in the warden’s house.
base of the prison itself was inscribed with writing inlaid with dried
blood.The writings were determined to
be a combination of abjuration (protection magic) and necromancy.The party then came to the conclusion that
the Splatter Man is loose and has visited Ravengro.The ghost of the warden is keeping the ghosts
of the prisoners inside for the last fifty-two years, but the Whispering Way
have found a way to imprison or banish him.
to enter the prison from the west, the party encountered its first combat, the
headsman’s animated scythe.Brother
Nesphebius did some damage with a vial of holy water, but the party could do
little damage.Xiuj finally killed it
with an acid grenade, but he did damage to party members, as well.The injured party members decided to go back
to town to rest and heal.