Our intrepid group of adventurers sought to further investigate the stronghold they seek to take barony over once the mystery is solved and the place cleared of it’s problems.
The Courtyard lay before the crew as they investigated a head upon a pike some 25 yards in from the gatehouse.
There was a message, written blood upon the parchment attached to the forehead of the head. It said “Guilty” with the initials of T.S.
The group investigated the rest of the courtyard. Damakos noticed a glint in the cistern and went to investigate only to be snatched up by a pair of water weirds.
His adventuring companions saved the rogue and recovered a magic chess piece, a knight made of glass that Briony deduced was enchanted with some type of conjuration magic.
They investigated the garrison next which held an otherworldly aberration the group got the surprise on and killed handily.
The stables were in good order, but when they checked the storehouse, they discovered something awry in the loft that when entered deposited them into strange realms. Their first foray brought them to the Underdark, where they over heard a conversation in the Drow tongue:
udos ph’morfelith progress wun shinduago tresk’ri che’el d’waterdeep, udos z’klaen tlu oliste, l’Sengeren ph’doerain suspicious, Nind ph’yibin lu’waele, udos orn inbal l’warmachine p’los nind ph’avarik.
The next brought Amariel and Damakos into an ancient forest barely concealing a corruption that infested the land. They were detected by several lycanthrope’s that appeared to be on patrol, and they sensed a vileness that appeared to be of some unnatural experimentation. They then escaped.
The left the storehouse and entered the main door into the lower level hall of the two storey main hall of the stronghold. The encountered a series of 4 statues of goddesses with goblets. Close inspection reveals that each goblet bears an inscription in Draconic and contains a small amount of an alchemical material. The first reads “The First Spirit” and contains a silver liquid (quicksilver). The second reads “The Second Spirit” and contains traces of a red powder (orpiment). The third reads “The Third Spirit” and contains flecks of white crystals (sal ammoniac). The fourth reads “The Fourth Spirit” and contains remnants of a yellow mineral (sulfur).
After heading down the entry hall, they come into an entrance chamber with an adjoining dining hall, kitchen, and common room.
As Cedrick moved forward to investigate the bloodly writings in the dinging room (words like “revenge” and “burn” written in now dried blood) and Damakos went to investigate the kitchen, the whole group saw a ghostly procession occur of former staff working at cooking, making place-settings, and arranging invisible food and drink. Damakos then noticed the cooking hearth in the kitchen become unnaturally hot and spewed forth 5 infernal hounds.
Damakos, briony, and Anton attacked with healing help from Varis as they faced the fire of the hounds. After a heated battle, the hounds were dispatched, their corpses falling to ash. After clearing the area, they proceeded to the common room, they see a stairwell heading to the upper level, presumably to the sleeping quarters and perhaps a study. There also a stairwell heading down to the undercoft of the stronghold where presumably the armory and dungeons lie.
The vote stands on which way to go. To be continued!