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Chapter 3: In the Hook’s Shadow
With Xanesha fled, the party was left to hunt down rumors of her older sister in the small village of Turtleback Ferry. Arriving there from Magnimar would involve a week’s travel across the wilds of Varisia.
An eventful trip up the river led the party to Turtleback Ferry, where they learned of recent troubles surrounding Fort Rannick. Following a rumor about the Commander of the fort, the party traveled to the Shimmerglens and met a distraught pixie named Yap.
Yap led them into Whitewillow, where they met the ghost of the nymph Myriana. Following her tale of woe, they decided to head to Fort Rannick. On the way, they encountered a trapped cougar who was being hunted by an ogrekin and his dogs. Chasing off this threat, they prepared to resume their journey.
But Kibb the cougar tugged them deeper into the forest, and thus led them to the Graul Homestead. Awful hillbilly hijinks ensued.
The fight ended with Mammy Graul’s death in the basement. With the rest of the homestead cleared, the party found three surviving members of the Black Arrows captive in the barn.
Chapter 2: The Skinsaw Murders
There they found ghouls tied up as scarecrows in the fields, and a nest of ghouls and a ghast in the farmhouse and barn.
Exploring the barn and then heading back to town, they interrogated several surviving witnesses. They were unable to determine what connected the unrepentant con-men, the embezzling miller and the miserly farmer.
They decided to follow-up on the remaining clue: the key to Foxglove Manor, a place on the coast known locally as “The Misgivings”. Explorations of the house began…
..and proceeded quickly. Gilly’s use of hide from undead meant that the heroes were not molested by the various haunts of Foxglove Manor. They found Iesha Foxglove, the murdered wife of Aldern (who was himself now the Skinsaw Man) and both undead were destroyed. PiKrak was distraught for a bit.
Following up on this note led the party Magnimar, City of Monuments. Exploring Foxglove’s Townhouse, the party learned that Aldern was working for the Brothers of the Seven and that their cult could be found at the Seven’s Sawmill. There they defeated some cultists, and captured Justice Ironbriar and got some loot.
Interrogating their captives, they learned that the cult had recently been dominated by Xanesha, who had diverted their murdering ways towards the Sihedron Ritual, finding greedy victims to be destroyed. After breaking Xenesha’s charm on Ironbriar, he told them that they could find the evil woman in the Shadow Clock.
Making their way to the Shadow Clock, they defeated the golem guardian on the ground floor, cleverly using silence to hide their efforts. But the long climb up the tall tower proved difficult, with faceless stalkers, a falling bell and, ultimately, the deadly Xanesha. Her barbed spear took the life of Pikrak, and the other three heroes fled back into the streets of Magnimar.
They spent a week or so tending their wounds and crafting magic items and then returned to the Shadow Clock with Pikrak’s brother, Sir Melthas. The party discovered that Xanesha has fled, leaving behind only a note from her sister.
This contained rumors about Turtleback Ferry and Fort Rannick. The heroes decided to follow-up by traveling there…up the Yondabakari River.
Chapter 1: Burnt Offerings
Goblins attacked twice in force, but these weren’t random raids. Nualia was planning to burn the entire town as a sacrifice and complete her own transformation into a demon.
Nualia had allies of some sort below Sandpoint but our heroes seemed to have killed most of them. The quasit was chased off, but not killed. The heroes then turned their attention to Thistletop, where Nualia planned to gather a massive force of goblins.
Our heroes found the lair, entered the stockade and killed the goblin chief. Then they entered the lower dungeons. There they defeated Nualia’s minions, and found the way down into an ancient Thassalonian complex.
Here they defeated Malfeshnekor and seem to have ended the threat to the town.
Nualia has escaped, and her whereabouts are unknown.