The party returned to Sandpoint victorious on 04-Lamashan-4707 A.R. Thistletop has been cleared. The weather is growing cooler, and harvest is in full swing. Winter will begin next week.
It is Sunday morning at The Rusty Dragon. Bethana Corwin wakes everyone before 9:00. It is early for most of our young adventurers. Sheriff Hemlock waits in a banquet room downstairs. Hemlock hands Papa Doc a note addressed to him and written in blood.
A grisly murder occurred last night at the Sandpoint Lumber Mill owned by Titus Scarnetti. Banny Harker and Katrine Vinder were killed. Banny’s corpse has a sihedron rune carved into the chest. Katrine was eviscerated by the log splitter. The party finds rotten flesh and claw marks they associate with a ghast. The ghast climbed onto the pier from the river and left the same way.
Sheriff Hemlock is particularly concerned because the Sandpoint Lumber Mill murders are not the first. Three local con men were lured to a barn south of Sandpoint. They were murdered there and had sihedron runes carved into their chests, but their bodyguard managed to escape. The bodyguard is a man named Grayst Sevilla. He is now insane. Sheriff Hemlock delivered Grayst to Habe’s Sanitarium south of Sandpoint. The Sheriff and his men found a note on the con men.
The party questioned Ibor Thorn and Sheriff Hemlock in a zone of truth. That combined with detect thoughts determined neither was involved in the murder. Ibor grudgingly admitted Harker has been skimming profits from the lumber mill, and that Harker and Katrine have regular trysts there.
Ven Vinder was obviously grief stricken and combative based on Salton’s alleged impropriety concerning Shayliss. Sheriff Hemlock does not believe Ven had anything to do with the murder. He let both Ven and Ibor go after they were questioned.
The party investigated the murder scene at the barn. It was obvious something horrible had happened there, but the only clue they found was a set of ghast footprints that led from and to Cougar Creek. They proceded to Habe’s Sanitarium to question Sevilla. Habe and his two tiefling orderlies were convinced to bring Sevilla out. Sevilla was wearing a straight jacket and obviously very ill. When Sevilla saw Papa Doc he seemed to recognize him. Sevilla said he had a message for Papa Doc from His Lordship: “He said. He said you would visit me. His Lordship. The one that unmade me said so. He has a place for you. A precious place. I’m so jealous. He has a message for you. He made me remember it. I hope I haven’t forgotten. The master wouldn’t approve if I forgot. Let me see … let … me … see … He said you should come to the Misgivings soon, to meet the Pack, for they have something wonderful to show you.”
Sevilla broke free of his straight jacket and attacked Papa Doc. The party made quick work of him. Habe apologized profusely, and tried to get the party to promise they would not speak of what happened. Mathew said they would try to keep it secret. That wasn’t good enough for Habe. As the party was mounting their horses to leave, a small group including zombies followed them outside of the sanitarium. “You should have promised to keep quiet,” Habe said.