The Carrion Crown

Session One

The first two days

1st Pharast

The dawn of the day of the funeral coincided with the first of the new month. A foggy morning found the party waiting at the edge of the Restlands along with the only remaining family of Petros Lorrimore – his daughter Kendra. Somber, she greeted each of you and was thankful that you were able to make it in time. They delayed the funeral as long as they could, with the lead cleric of Pharasma casting gentle repose on the corpse as needed. Determining that the group would act as pallbearers, they began the walk into the graveyard along the main path, winding towards the final resting place of the professor.

Partway through the walk they were stopped by a mob of half a dozen locals. Their leader, a ne’er do well farmer named Gibs argued with Kendra…

“That’s far enough. We been talking, and we don’t want Lorrimor buried in the Restlands. You can take him upriver and bury him there if you want, but he ain’t goin’ in the ground here!”
Kendra is swift to respond, her sadness swiftly transforming into anger. “What are you talking about?” she cries out. “I arranged it with Father Grimburrow. He’s waiting for us! The grave’s already been…”
“You don’t get it, woman. We won’t have a necromancer buried in the same place as our kin. I suggest you move out while you still can. Folks are pretty upset about this right now.”
“Necromancy!? Are you really that ignorant?”

At that point, Vors stepped in to diffuse the growing tension. Calming both sides, he convinced the mob to disperse, leaving each of them abashed at their attitude.

The remainder of the funeral went along without incident. Retiring to the home of the Professor for the reading of the will. At the conclusion of the reading, Kendra produced the chest that her father mentioned, and offered up the house for the group to use.

At this point the party discovered the journal the professor had left, with a ‘Read me First’ message scrawled into the leather cover. The other items of the chest are detailed here. The journal itself was troubling, and called into doubt the ‘accidental’ nature of the professors death. At this point the group split up to take care of personal errands in town or to look through the rest of the professors library to learn more about the Whispering Way.

Vors, while retrieving his horse from the local inn, witnessed a frightening phenomena. A few locals are playing a game of Towers with a Harrow deck nearby when one of them cries out triumphantly as he lays a winning hand down on the table. As he does so, the five cards suddenly burst into flames that flare up to a height of nearly 2 feet and send all the nearby locals staggering to their feet in a momentary panic. Vors hears the faint, muffled sound of numerous people screaming below, as if there were burning victims in a basement. When the flare ends, the cards remain on the table, unscorched, but the smell of smoke lingers in the air for several minutes. An investigation of the cards revealed that the card the player used that “triggered” the flames was The Uprising — a card that shows a small army of enraged peasants marching amid a field of flames. The inn cleared out quickly leaving just Vors and the innkeeper. Doing his best to comfort her, he convinces her to close the inn for the night and promises to return and check on her tomorrow.

With the group reunited that evening, -no further events took place, and they slept soundly through the night.

2nd Pharast

The morning of the second day in Ravengro was much more pleasant than the day of the funeral.

Deciding to investigate some of the areas they had discussed with Kendra over dinner, Vors and Azabath left early to check on the inn. They found that no further disturbances occured, and after a thorough investigation of the inn from top to bottom, they left the innkeeper.
On their way to reunite with the rest of the group, they overheard a group of young children playing a skip-rope game and singing a rather disturbing song. Using their best behavior, they were able to win the trust of the children and learned that the song has been sung here ‘forever’.

With the group reunited, they decided to first visit the memorial built along the river. However, they were barred from visiting by the sherrif. Apparently someone had vandalized the statues base by scrawling a large “V” in the blood of a dog. Unable to win over the trust of the sherrif, the group went on without being able to investigate further.

Their second stop was the Temple of Pharasma, where they hoped to gain permission to investigate the Professors report of a crypt full of items. Based on their tactful handling of the situation in the graveyard, Father Grimburrow granted them access not only to the crypt, but to the library of the temple for any research they may need to do on the death of the professor.

Leaving for the Restlands they were able to find the crypt and gain entry. It seemed as if no one else other than the professor had been there in many, many years. Despite being attacked by a group of giant centipedes who had taken up residence, they were able to find a cache of items that will hopefully prove useful.

End of session notes

  • Exp gained: 540
  • Current trust level: Wary

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