Rise of the Runelords

The Misgivings | 1-Kuthona-4707 A.R.

It was just getting dark by the time the party made it back to the Misgivings. It had been raining for a while, but on the promontory where the Misgivings sat the wind was whipping and howling. The party brought their mounts in through the servants entrance and blocked them in the dining room.

The party then continued upstairs searching room by room, and they were compelled by numerous manifestations of negative energy. One compelled Mathew to inflict a fatal wound on himself, but Salton’s quick actions were able to revive him.

One room contained cobweb covered portraits of the previous tenants of Foxglove Manor. Each painting bore a plaque to identify those pictured within.

The three paintings to the north depict Vorel and Kasanda Foxglove and their daughter Lorey. Vorel is a tall, middle-aged man with long dark hair, a clean-shaven face, and dark blue noble’s clothes, while Kasanda is a stern-faced brunette woman with wisps of gray in her short hair and a flowing blue dress.

The five to the south show Traver and Cyralie Foxglove, their son Aldern, and their two daughters Sendeli and Zeeva. Traver, like Vorel, is tall and thin, but with an even narrower face and a thin mustache. Cyralie is a young woman with long red hair and an impish smile.

When the cobwebs were cleared away, the temperature in the room dropped dramatically. Breath frosted in the air and fingers of rime slither across the walls. The figures depicted in the portraits suddenly shifted from paintings of living people to those of dead folk.

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Kasanda and Lorey slump into misshapen, tumor-ridden corpses. Traver grows pale as a long cut opens in his throat and blood washes down over his chest. Cyralie blackens and chars, and her arms, legs, and back twist as if broken in dozens of places. Aldern’s flesh darkens with rot, his hair falls out, and he deforms into a ghoul-like monster. Both Sendeli’s and Zeeva’s portraits frost over but otherwise remain unchanged. Vorel’s entire portrait, frame and all, erupts into a sudden explosion of fungus and tumorous growth. This wave of fungus and disease washes over the entire room in seconds before the room suddenly reverts to normal.

In the attic, the party finally found the source of the sobbing. An undead creature that was once Iesha sat transfixed by a mirror. When the view of her reflection was broken, she unleashed a baleful shriek and shouted a threat at Aldern. She attempted to flee the room, but Twin Feather blocked the door. After a fierce fight, Iesha was finally released from her prison.

Papa Doc predicted the house would try to compel someone to jump out the attic window. The party followed his wisdom and took the precaution of stinging everyone together with a rope. The precaution was warranted, because Pinky was overcome with the desire to hurl herself through a window and off the cliff. The rope prevented this.

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