Rise of the Runelords

A Murder Most Foul.....
The party begins to investigate a muder spree in the town of Sandpoint

3rd of Lamashan,

The party is met by Belor Hemlock who takes them aside and explains that a murder has occurred and the town would be grateful for the party’s assistance in trying to solve the mystery.

He says the following:

" First, let me thank you again for all you’ve done for Sandpoint. It’s fortunate you’ve proven yourselves so capable, because we’ve a problem I think you can help us with-a problem I wish I didn’t have to involve anyone with, but one that needs dealing with now before the situation grows worse." Put simply, we have a murderer in our midst one who, I fear, has only begun his work. Some of you doubtless remember the Late Unpleasantness, how this town nearly tore itself apart in fear as Chopper’s slayings went on unanswered. I’m afraid we might have something similar brewing now. " Last night, the murderer struck at the sawmill. There are two victims, and they’re … they’re in pretty gruesome shape. The bodies were discovered by one of the mill workers, a man named lbor Thorn, and by the time my men and I arrived on the scene, a crowd of curious gawkers had already sprung up.

I’ve got my men stationed there now, keeping the mill locked down, but the thing that bothers me isn’t the fact that we have two dead bodies inside. It’s the fact that this is actually the second set of murders we’ve had in the last few days. " I come to you for help in this matter-my men are good, but they are also green. They were barely able to handle themselves against the goblins, and what we’re facing now is an evil far worse than goblins. I need the help. But I’m afraid you’ll need the help too. You see, I’m afraid that this particular murderer knows one of you as well."

With this he hands the party a note,
The note is written in blood and inscribed on the outside it says…. “To Tyerk”

The Sheriff then goes on to detail the murders – the second one was at the lumber mill where Banny Harker and Katrine Vinder were murdered. The person that found them was Ibor Thorn – he is in lockup.

The first murders – were three local con men by the names of Tarch Mortwell, Lener Hask, and Gedwin Tabe. They were found when guards searched a barn outside of which a man named Grayst Sevilla was raving – quite mad and covered with blood. On the bodies the following note was found:
Grayst is currently being held at the local sanitarium.

Ven Vinder is also in lockup – having a local reputation for quite the temper and the fact that it was his daughter that was murdered – he is a natural suspect.

At the lumber mill the party discovered bare footprints in the gore – the body of Katrine who was mauled by a log splitter, and Harker’s body – hung from hooks on the wall and disfigured beyond belief. On Harker’s body was carved a symbol:
They also found an axe – reeking of carrion – Kwame was able to identify that the stench came from some kind of undead creature. Also Harker’s body had been mauled by something with claws in the shape of a human hand. Outside the mill the party was able to find muddy footprints that seem to come from the River onto the dock of the mill – Kruga was able to note that the footprints led to the wall of the mill where someone apparently scrambled up the wall and through a window at the top of the mill.

Investigating the bodies of the first murder the party found the same rune carved onto the chests of all three victims – they also noted the disfigurement of the bodies matched up with Harker.

Investigating the barn the party noted that there was a fight – and that the bodies were laid out side by side – and then butchered.

They plan to investigate the Sanitarium soon……

On the trail of a killer....

The party continued the search for the murderer.

After examining the barn where the first murders occurred – they returned to the jail to interview the people in lockup.

First they grilled Ven Vinder – who’s temper regarding the love lives of his daughters is a local legend. They asked him many questions – learning that he didn’t know about his daughters affair and was home during the murders. They also learned that Ven thinks the only people capable of this kind of violence locally are the Scarnetti’s.

ibor-thorn.jpgThey then talked to Ibor Thorn. Ibor was highly upset about finding the bodies at the lumber mill. From Ibor they learned that Harker had been scimming money from the mill and cooking the books. A mill owned by the Scarnetti family. They also were able to recall the local rumors about competing mills from around the area burning down mysteriously – none of them Scarnetti owned. Ibor was taking a walk when the murders happened – he recalled seeing Jesk “Cracktooth” Berinni on his walk.

The party is informed by Belor Hemlock that Ven’s alibi was confirmed by his wife and he was to be released. They then went around to different places in Sandpoint.

Cyrdrak Drokkus was happy to entertain Tyrek Ironhelm although he could not recall hearing of any recent exploits. He did invite Tyrek to the play that evening.

Jesk-cracktooth-berinni.JPGJesk “Cracktooth” Berinni did recall seeing Ibor that evening – he didn’t recall seeing anything out of the ordinary.

Rynshynn Povalli agreed to a deal with Kensington and Balthazar to create a war banner – the price was quadrupled to get a rush job completed in time for the morning.


Brodert Quink was able to provide much information about the rune carved onto the chests of the victims. The “Sihedron Rune” was most likely the most important rune in Thassilon. the star itself signifies not only the seven virtues of rule (generally agreed among scholars to have been wealth, fertility, honest pride, abundance, eger striving, righteous anger, and rest) but also the seven schools of magic recognized by Thassilon (divination magic, was not held in high regard). Much of what is understood about Thassilon indicates it’s leaders were far from virtuous, and he believes the classic mortal sins (greed, lust, pride, gluttony, evny, wrath, and sloth) rose from corruptions of the Thassilonian virtues of rule. The rune was certainly a symbol of power, one that may well have stood for and symbolized the empire itself. The fact that the killer carved it into the flesh of his victims might point to the fact that the murderer is some sort of scholar – although Brodert was quick to proclaim his own innocence.

Early the next morning Tyrek mentioned that it looked like his jug was missing and he suspected Bethana Corwin of having taken it. Without proof he didn’t want to make a public accusation. Rodmin Quicksilver completed some alchemical experiments on samples he took from the victims and found no traces of poison in their systems – he also confirmed the gore on the axe was once human.

Traveling on horse (and dog) back the party then made their way to Habe’s Sanitorium. There they met Erin Habe who agreed to let them interview Grayst Sevilla.

Grayst was at first almost non-commital when asked questions however once he heard Tyrek speak up his eyes bulged and he started to babble…

“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 … "

And the session ended – we will resume next week.

An interview with a madman....

The almost Ghoul – Grayst Sevilla pointed at Tyrek Ironhelm – his eyes bulging out of his head – his muscles straining against the straight jacket….

“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 that if you came to his Misgivings, that if you joined his Pack, he would end his harvest in. YOUR. HONOR.”

And with that he promptly bit his tongue off and started to have a seizure.

At this point Krugga decided that anything turning into an undead was not fit to live and pulled an arrow and shot Grayst. Erin Habe screamed and his orderlies attempted to stop Krugga – this went on for several minutes until someone attempted to touch Habe at which point he drew a dagger – this caused the orderlies to draw their short swords.

Chaos reigned as the orderlies tried to grapple Krugga and everyone was trying to avert a bad situation – and then the door to the basement opened and 4 Zombies came out into the room. They were followed by a fat balding man named Caizarlu Zerren who started to cast spells – The very first thing he did was create a cloud of stinking gas in the middle of the room – while some managed to stay alert immediately everyone but Kwame the Conjure-Man started to retch.


Kwame stepped out and began a marvelous duel with the opposing wizard – which ended in Caizarlu’s death.

The party – recovered from the noxious gas – then put a sword through everyone else.

Investigating the sanatorium they found the necromancers lab – in which he seemed to be researching how to trace a ghoul’s lineage to it’s creator even through several generations. He also had notes indicating ‘ghoulish activity’ in the Foxriver farmlands.

The party also found several other patients – a wererat – and two very old men who were not coherent.

At the top of the building they discovered an operating room – which was used for operations much more sever and intrusive than anything a Sanitorium would need.

The party worked on the clues given by Grayst – and they were able to recall that Aldern Foxglove’s ancestral manor is called the Misgivings by local residents – due to it’s run of bad luck – there was a fire around 20 years ago and Aldern’s parents died – Aldern was then sent off to Korvosa for education – however the manor still stands.

Items found:

Wand of False Life
Wand of Gentle Repose
Wand of Identify
The necromancers spellbook
+1 padded armor
2 potions of cure light wounds
1 potion of cure moderate wounds
1 potion of gaseous form
masterwork dagger x 2
masterwork manacles
2 shortswords

Wait... did you say scarecrow?

The party finished at Habe’s and started back to Sandpoint when they noticed something flying over their heads. At this point they spotted a Giant Locust that was circling above them – descending rapidly. Once the Locust landed they were assaulted by the plants themselves as the ground sprouted around them and attempted to hold them fast.

At that point it was relieved that a Buckawn was attempting to entangle them – and then where there was one – there were two….

The party had a vicious battle which found a Druid of Ghlaunder who seemed to be leading the fae and insect against them. A tattered note half burned was found among his belongings – it was written in a language that Kwame had never seen before.

After heading back to town the party decided to avoid telling more than needed when relating the fight at the sanitarium to the sheriff. They stood with mouths agape when Kwame proceeded to proclaim every detail of what happened – the sheriff was stunned – but seemed to hear the news about a necromancer and experiments which (thankfully to the party) stood out in his mind.

They sold and bought items – then retired for the evening.

The next day they planned to head out to ‘The Misgivings’ to investigate if it had anything to do with Grayst Sevilla’s ramblings. On the way out of the city they ran into Farmer Grump who was pleading with a guard to do something about the ‘walking scarecrows’. After mentioning that they had eaten someones Dog Kensington decided that they would look into the matter.

The party agreed to investigate and went to check on these ‘scarecrows’ – what they found were ghouls – tied to the stakes. Heading towards the farm they found a barn with the remains of people, livestock, and dogs – heading towards the farmhouse Rodmin Quicksilver and Krugga decided to circle around the place – when they got to the back door it burst open and more ghouls ran out and started attacking.

Rod managed to get off his horse before they viciously cut it down and started to feed on it. He was also paralyzed when struck – and is in grave peril. The rest of the party recovered from the shock and were heading to help him when we had to end the session.

Items found:
Ring of Mind Shielding
Belt of the Snake King
2 vials of Moonseed poison
2 daggers (small)
11 darts (small)
medium Lamellar, horn armor
1 sickle
Potion of blur
2 Potions of cure moderate wounds


Over the river and through the woods....

The heroes managed to fend off the ghoulish attack – finding that one of these ghouls was in fact a more powerful version – a Ghast! Rod’s horse died under the onslaught from the ghast and was nearly killed himself – however the party was able to save him. Kensington found his efforts particularly hampered as his faithful mount refused to charge the undead monstrosity.

Searching the farmhouse they found another body with a star carved into it’s chest – and another note left for Tyrek.


They also found an iron key on the Ghast’s chest – with the Foxglove family seal on it. Under a floorboard in the bedroom of the farmhouse they found a wooden coffer with 34 leather pouches – each holding 100sp.

Deciding the clean up the rest of the farmland they did a sweep of the cornfields finding more ghouls dressed up as scarecrows – killing each as they came upon it the made a horrible discovery – one of the scarecrows was in fact Lettie Guffmin – still alive – or she was until the party peppered her with arrows ending her life. Being more careful they found one other survivor – a boy named Horran – having no resources to save the boy ready they took him to Father Zantus in Sandpoint to try to cure the ghoul fever. Kwame made sure to mention that the party was very sorry for killing the boys mother – at the news Father Zantus stood in shock unsure what to say, the party departed before hearing what he might have said.


Heading back to Foxglove manor the party was able to enter the house using the key they had found on the Ghast – fearing the worst they entered cautiously. They found the manor in bad shape – mold growing everywhere – dust covering most surfaces. Some of the party heard faint crying coming from up the stairs – prompting Tyrek to rush up the stairs to the second level – and that’s where we ended the session.


Recent Loot:

perfect ice (1);
+3 full plate,
+1 icy burst bardiche[APG],
+1 impact transformative phaleros,
onyx rhomboid ioun stone (2),
amulet of natural armor +2,
bag of holding iv,
bag of tricks (tan),
belt of physical might +2 (Str, Dex),
cloak of resistance +3,
tattoo holy symbol of Glahunder[UE],
gold piece (59),
200 pp

Loot - 4-25-16

huge size: Gear +2 hide armor, +1 dwarf bone heavy pick, +1 light pick, ring of protection +1, war horn

elven chain, mwk buckler, 1 composite longbow (2 Str), mwk rapier, spell component pouch

8x – chain shirt, heavy wooden shield, masterwork scimitar, 3 javelins; Other Gear 4d6 gp – JD I lost my notes on gold from this encounter – do you still have the amounts or do I need to re-roll?

4x – mwk rapier, mwk shield

6 x -chain shirt, heavy wooden shield, masterwork scimitar, 3 javelins; Other Gear 4d6 gp

4d6: 4 3 4 3 = 14
4d6: 6 5 5 3 = 19
4d6: 5 5 5 4 = 19
4d6: 2 3 1 6 = 12
4d6: 2 5 3 2 = 12
4d6: 4 3 5 1 = 13

Dragonhide plate, darkwood shield, masterwork shortspear, dagger, 2 divine scrolls of bear’s endurance, scroll of summon nature’s ally V, scroll of cure moderate wounds and cure serious wounds
Treasure: the objects strewn on the floor include 9 bedrolls, 17 winter blankets, 2 travelers’ outfits, 3 daggers (one of them masterwork), 17 longbow arrows, a shortspear, 4, 3 +1 flaming arrows, elixir of love, a book of local history (worth 10 gp), 43 gp, 27 sp.

6x – Combat Gear chain shirt, masterwork battleaxe, masterwork
handaxe, 3 hand axes, potion of cure light wounds; Other Gear 1d3

gems = 10gp each


potion of bear’s endurance, potion of cure moderate wounds; Other Gear +1 elven chain, +1 orc double axe, handaxe, handaxe, handaxe, handaxe, keys

• Rust bag of tricks
• Brooch of shielding (with 73 hp remaining)
• A gold, silver and ruby statue of the sun god worth 1400 gp
• A jewel-encrusted ritual sacrifi cial dagger worth 600 gp
• 4 fi re opals worth 200 gp each
• 7 golden topazes worth 150 gp each
• 6,474 gp and 12,381 sp

loot from last session

shillelagh staff, sling, 20 bullets, masterwork, hide armor, scroll of 3 cure light wounds, scroll of summon nature’s ally II

masterwork club, masterwork. hide, heavy wooden shield, wand of cure light wounds (3rd level), 2 scrolls of cure moderate wounds

Shillelagh Staff
Aura faint transmutation; CL 3rd
Slot weapon; Price 8,300 gp; Weight X lb.
This simple-looking 1 quarterstaff is a weapon favored
by elven druids, rangers, and monks everywhere. This
masterwork oaken quarterstaff can be activated three times
per day by speaking the command phrase “death to the
enemies of nature!” which causes the staff to glow with
green light and grow leaves. While so enchanted it inflicts
1 points of damage and counts as magic weapon for
causes of overcoming damage reduction for three minutes.
Requirements Craft Arms and armor, shillelagh; Cost
4,300 gp

bracers of armor +4, cloak of resistance +2, golden necklace with rubies and emeralds (worth 2,200 gp)

• Helm of comprehend languages and read magic
• Fire elemental gem
• +1 dragon bane greatsword
• 3 potions of cure moderate wounds
• 9 rubies worth 500 gp each
• Emerald statue of a tiger with golden pearls worth 1,200 gp
• 5 crimson garnets worth 300 gp each
• 13,786 gp and 19,461 sp

+1 Large keen scythe, bracers of armor +1; Other Gear masterwork gardening tools


• Plate armor of the deep
• Lion’s shield
• +1 heavy mace
• Cloak of charisma +2
• Scroll of raise dead
• Scroll of summon monster v (arcane)
• 800 gp

Lion’s Shield
Aura moderate conjuration; CL 10th Weight 15 lbs.; Price 9,170 gp


This +2 heavy steel shield is fashioned to appear to be a roaring lion’s head. Three times per day as a free action, the lion’s head can be commanded to attack (independently of the shield wearer), biting with the wielder’s base attack bonus (including multiple attacks, if the wielder has them) and dealing 2d6 points of damage. This attack is in addition to any actions performed by the wielder.

Plate Armor of the Deep
Aura moderate abjuration; CL 11th Weight 50 lbs.; Price 24,650 gp


This +1 full plate is decorated with a wave and fish motif and often has tiny fins and scales worked into the design. Although the armor remains as heavy and bulky as normal full plate, the wearer of plate armor of the deep is treated as unarmored for purposes of Swim checks. The wearer can breathe underwater and can converse with any water-breathing creature with a language.

Combat Gear cloak of the manta ray, bracers of armor +3, pink and green ioun stone, pearl of power (3rd level); Other Gear spell component pouch, surgical tools, manacles

Treasure: The following items can be found lying on the table:
• 3 scrolls of summon monster II
• 2 potion of water breathing
• 250 gp worth of various spell, scroll and potion components
• The lungs and wind pipe of a human, a demon, a high, an aquatic elf and a dryad
• The fins of a various fishes and a sahuagin, and a snake

The false drawer (Perception DC 25 to locate) holds 1,350 gp worth of various semi-precious pearls

Combat Gear +2 greataxe, 2 potions of cure light wounds; Other Gear necklace of human and elf ears

• Staff of binding (lesser) 10 charges
• +2 bastard sword
• Amulet of mighty fists +1
• Salve of slipperiness
• Arcane scroll of detect poison, true strike, and delay poison
• Arcane scroll of rage, and animate dead
• Potion of darkvision
• Potion of hide from undead
• 4 deep blue spinels worth 400 gp each
• 12 bloodstones worth 60 gp each
• 935 pp, 3,283 gp and 21,461 sp

ring of protection +1, periapt of health

Staff of Binding
Aura moderate varied (lesser), strong varied (standard and greater); CL 8th (lesser), 13th (standard), 17th (greater)
Slot none; Price 10,000 gp (lesser), 47,400 gp
(standard), 116,000 (greater); Weight 5 lbs.
These staves are made from stout oak and are banded with the cuffs from iron manacles
(with short bits of chain still dangling from some). These magic items are popular with prison wardens and court guards, but also with slavers and pirates. Staves of this kind focus on magic that paralyze and bind.
The lesser version of this staff allows use of
the following spells:
• Hold portal (1 charge)
• Hold animal (2 charges)
• Hold person (2 charges)
• Hold monster (3 charges)


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