09 - 5/3 : Something Wicked This Way Comes
Intent on fulfilling the promise to Milvoj to rescue the children, the group quickly made their way out of vallaki and began the trek east. The trip took a mere couple hours, being not far from the towns gates, and soon the party saw the ominous windmill standing in the distance.
Old BonegrinderThe group briefly discussed their plan in the shadow of the structure and pondered as to what evil may lie within. Unable to see much in the hard-packed path, Wixley examined the path for evidence of activity. There were signs of small child-sized footprints, as well as three distinct adult-sized footprints. Judge used his divine senses to look for the presence of evil within, and having sensed at least one fiend on the lower level the group cautiously approached the door. The raspy voice of Morgantha rung out from the interior, asking if the group had come for her dream pastries. After being invited into her dwelling, her and her daughters seemed confident that they could handle the party and tried ot negotiate. After realizing the floor was littered with small bones and having suspicions of what the dream pastries ingredients were, the party wanted nothing more to do with the vile hags and attacked! The coven opened up with some devastating attacks including a lightning bolt, but the tide began to turn as the group used stunning strikes and Wixleys spirits to control the battle. Morgantha fell first after coordinated strikes, her daughters attempted to flee but using magical senses and their impressive speed the group was able to strike them down before they could escape! Inside the group found a single small child, unfortunately the rest were gone. Putz was grateful to be rescued although deeply troubled by the terrors he had witnessed. He thought Qiao an angel, and quickly latched on to the group. Wixley inspected the attic and helped remove some nests so that they would not be hurt, and in doing so found a mysterious locket the birds had deposited there containing the picture of a young tiefling with pink hair. After leaving the horrible windmill behind, Judge set it ablaze and the group walked solemnly back to Vallaki.
VallakiUpon arriving back at the town gates, the guards this time were prepared for the group this time and confronted the party in force. A dozen or so informed the group the baron wished to speak to them. Before going, the guard agreed to let the party drop off Putz at the church with Milivoj and let them know what had happened. After doing so, the group was escorted to Burgomasters Manor to find out what he wished of the party.
Burgomasters ManorUpon arrival, the group was escorted to the Barons lounge. He stood up, and his serious expression quickly faded as he congratulated the party on their job well done! The vampires being rooted out were credited to the party, and he wished to parade the group in the upcoming festival in appreciation! Before leaving, Qiao spotted a strange satchel that had gotten kicked under some nearby furniture. Qiao snagged it without anyone noticing, and on the way out investigated to find a small journal. Upon investigation, it seemed to be penned by Viktor Vallakovich, the barons son. Wixley took the honor of reading the notes to the party, resulting in some disturbing revelations. (See Sidebar for the journal entries). The group was horrified by what they had read, but had not yet come to a decision on what to do with the information. For now it was time to retire, and the group returned to St. Andrals Church to reconvene with their friends.
St. Andrals ChurchBack at the church, the group caught up with Ireena and Ismark who had begun to make themselves at home. The pastor once again thanked the party for their work, and the group began to discuss their plans going forward. All of a sudden a loud CRACK echoed out from the churches entrance as thunder bellowed overhead. A silhouette was seen in the entryway to the church, and after a second thunderous roar range out, the lightning illuminated the form of the devil herself, MORRIGAN! The priest confronted the vampire and presented his holy symbol. With the confidence that Saint Andrals bones had consecrated the holy grounds, he commanded the vampire begone! She looked up, fire blazing in her eyes. A single foot began to move forward before crossing the threshold to the church. He recoiled in terror, how was this possible?! Before he could act, with blinding speed Morrigan lunged forward and grabbed the priest by the neck. Without uttering a word, he shriveled up Morrigan discarded the priest in a smoldering heap. With another step, Morrigan approached closer...
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