Carrion Crown

The Last Will and Testament of Professor Lorrimor

Persona Dramatics

  • Professor Petros Lorrimor – Passed away and party members are in his will
  • Kendra – daughter of Professor Lorrimor – attractive young woman – modest clothing
  • Leslie – Female Hetch Witch – 4’10” 90lbs – Blond hair – Cha 16 – looks like a young teen – Pet Weasel
  • Andara – Female 5’2” fair skinned – black hair, green eyes – pretty girl with tones muscles – modest dress with a head scarf – Cha 19 – Half Elven
  • Delric – Male 4’2” Dwarf – Scale Mail – War Hammer & Shield – Holy Symbol of Torag
  • Hakeem – Male – Arabic – black hair, dark skin – dressed in Katapesh garb – middle eastern explorer’s garb

Events

Over a few days the party arrives before the funeral of Professor Lorrimor. We are greeted by Kendra Lorrimor, the professor’s daughter.

The day of the funeral, Delric and Hakeem (and Timmons) arrive. Kepheros, Hakeem, Delric, and Andara will serve as pall bearers. Kendra informs us that Father Grimburrow will be there.

A number of the town join in the procession, but other’s seem to be grumbling. One (named Gibbs) stops the party of mourner’s and says that they won’t let a necromancer be buried. A brawl ensues after Hakeem tells Gibbs to stop or his monkey will stop him.

After knocking out a few of the belligerent villagers, the fighting stops and Father Grimburrow arrives. He heals those that were knocked out and berates them.

We continue on and have the service. Following the service, we retire to Kendra’s house.

We talk about what happened to the Professor. A large stone fell and crushed the Professor’s head. He was at Harrowstone Prison – abandoned after it was burned down.

Vashan Hearthmount arrives – councilman/magistrate to go over the will. He is not friendly towards the party.

  • There are ghost fighting items in a false crypt in the graveyard
  • Help Kendra to assist her for the month to help her get settled
  • Has borrowed tomes in a trunk – relatively small – oak and iron
    • Three go to the college
      • Serving Your Hunger – Urgothoa Practices
      • Umbral Leaves – Common Unholy Book of Xon Kuthon
      • Unverified Madness – Treatise on Aberrations
    • One go to the judge
      • Pelantine Eye – Locked (30+ lock check) – Varisian and Coded
  • Go to Lepidstadt to return the borrowed books – no sooner than one month
  • 100 Platinum Coins to each party member – Embrath in Lepidstadt – when returning the books

The party starts investigating various leads on what happened to the Professor and on what he was investigating.

  • Whispering Way – Tar Baffon – Society of Necromancers – Series of philosophies that can only be learned by Whispers
  • Church of Pharasma – We can’t use the library yet – Father Grimburrow won’t
  • Harrowstone – at the tavern in town – Ruined Prison – in 4661 burned down during – Local’s speak about it in hushed tones – 4594 founded..so was Rovengro – Warden Hawkren and wife died in fire – statue build to commemorate – most of the prisoners were executed – prison guards gave their lives putting down the prisoner revolt that caused the fire – this occurred 50 years ago

The next morning while we eat breakfast, we hear a blood curdling scream from the edge of town. We run to investigate and the statue memorializing the prison guards has blood splashed on it and a V written on it. A young woman found the blood – she comes here every morning to honor her grandfather who was a prison guard.

  • Andara and Delric and Lelsie – Heading back to temple to see if they can gain access to the library
    • They tell the Father about a crypt that has a cache of items to help fight undead. Father will send acolytes to investigate the tomb (botched roll)
    • List of the prisoners -
  • Hakeem – Going to Magic Shop “Unfurling Scroll”
    • Shop Keeper had a Manual of the Flesh Golem – it was stolen – will pay 6,000 gp for return of it – bought it from Lepistadt from shady dealer
    • Harrowstone – get a bit more info
    • On the way back, goes through graveyard – Timmons freaks out and indicates a gravestone – nothing specific on it
      • Saw Gravestone with an epitah and Hakeem’s name on it
      • False crypt has been broken into
    • Five girls singing in Varisian common song
  • Kepheros – Staying to help Kendra and guard her

Hakeem returns and wants to go now to the false vault. We wait for Andara, Delric, and Leslie to return. Delric puts his armor on and Andara powers up with angelic power. We ask Kendra to go to the Father to tell them the acolyte’s are in danger. We rush back to the to the graveyard and prepare to enter the vault.

Two giant centipedes attack us and we defeat them. We go to the crypt and open it. It has a cache of items.

  • 12 silvered arrows – assigned to Kepheros
  • 17 arrows (magic) – assigned to Kepheros
    • 10 +1 arrows
    • 5 +1 ghost touch arrows
    • 2 +1 undead bane arrows
  • 7 potions (magic)
    • 5 potions of cure light wounds – assigned
    • 2 potions of lesser restoration – assigned
  • 6 flasks of water (magic)
    • 6 flasks of holy water – assigned
  • 4 scrolls (magic) – assigned to Delric
    • 1 scrolls of detect undead (divine)
    • 2 scrolls of hide from undead (divine)
    • 1 scroll of protection from evil (divine)
  • 4 sunrods – assigned
  • 1 darkwood case – contents (magic) – assigned to Kendra
    • Spirit Planchett of Brass (Ouija board) – 4 iron and glass flasks of vapor – haunt siphons – 6 empty slots

Father Grimburrow, Kendra and 4 acolytes arrive. We turn the cache over to him, but tell him that we’ll investigate Harrowstone. He gives us the cache to use.

Delric realizes that ‘haunts’ have been plaguing us. They usually attach to an item, person, or area. Poltergeist like activities.

Kendra knows what a Planchett is used for. The flasks are haunt siphons. They allow you to ask questions of a specific haunt. We plan to head back and rest for the night and go up to Harrowstone in the morning.

That evening, we siphon the haunt on Andra into a haunt siphon and use it to power the planchett.

  • Who are you: Martin

The next morning, another shout is let out. The party runs down to see what happened.

There is a V and an E on the statue in blood this time.

Then head to Harowstone. It is encircled by a hexagon wall. There is a path past the guard towers. The eastern portion side of the complex has fallen away into a giant sink hole that is filled with water.

  • Observation tower #1 has things moving in them – a rat swarm
  • Observation tower #2 has some rats, but not a swarm
  • Small Building on the Outskirts – brick building – on closer inspection it looks like it will cave in
  • The main building
    • Around the building, there is writing etched into the stones – runes – then blood smeared into it
      • Leslie thinks the runes are part of a ritual – more recent – within the past month – part of a large ritual – involving abjuration and necromatic magic – in Varisian – a name is repeated dozens of times – Lyvar Hawkren – part of the walls do not look like they would handle the runes well, so they would have had trouble -
    • The front entrance has a balcony over it. If some thing something medium sized were on it, it might collapse.

We continue circling the outside to search and go up the stairs to the balcony on the left side. When we step up on the platform, we hear rustling and something rushes forward to meet Delric. Two ghostly arms holding a scythe. This was probably where the executions took place. There are doors into the interior. Hakeem attempts to pick the lock. It takes him two minutes to open it.

Inside is a short hall way. It’s a 5 by 10 room with another door at the other end. On the other side is the smell of smoke. Beyond there are doors on the right, cell doors. Some of the party hears a soft, faint sound of a flute, very mournful and the flapping of wings.

Hakeem seemed to have a vision of a cloaked spirit playing a pipe with a flock of stirges surrounding it. The groups back itself outside. We circle back to the front door.

Once a wide hall with waiting rooms on either side. The ceiling is sagging and there is a pair of old, oak door at the other end. We investigate down the right. These are administrative offices. It will probably take us 6 hours. One room is the warden’s office and has a safe. The warden’s office is oddly, peaceful and at rest.

By spending the 6 hours, we get a +4 bonus to knowledge checks on Harrowstones from now on.

They open the safe – mostly full of legal documents and:

  • 500 gp – assigned
  • 4 potions of cure moderate – assigned
  • 2 potions of lesser restoration – assigned
  • 2 potions of remove disease – assigned

We spend an hour outside getting noting down the runes. It will take a 30 Arcana check.

Gravestone
  • Hakeem – Died 4661 AR
The Song

“Put her body on the bed
Take a knife and lop her head
Watch the blood come out the pipe
Feeds the stirge, so nice and ripe
Drops of red so sparkling bright
Splatters spell her name just right
With a hammer, killed his wife
Now he wants to claim your life
Tricksy father tells a lie
Listen close or you will die”

Session Information

  • Ravengro
    • 5000 gp limit for Town
    • 4th level spell
    • 1000 GP limit at Magic Shop
  • XP – Total of 650 each
    • 600 XP – Thugs at the Funeral
    • 350 XP – Knowledge of Arcana on Whispering Way
    • 350 XP – Harrowstone Information
    • 100 XP – Gravestone Year of Death was Year of the Fire
    • 400 XP – Centipedes in the Crypt
    • 600 XP – Scythe Construct

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