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Starring: Brock, Calum, Haneet, Hilma, Karaz, Tokki
Guest Starring: Erin Habe
Challenge: Below
Location: Sandpoint Hinterlands
Date Played: 18 July 2015


Bad Habe'ts

Chapter 2: The Skinsaw Murders - Part 4: Walking Scarecrows


The Sanitarium Occupants

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Erin Habe, Grayst (ghoul victim), Gortus and Gurnak (tiefling orderlies), Pidget Tergelson (wererat), Blind Sedge, Old Wald
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Caizarlu's Basement

Hilma
Dear Brother,
As we continued to investigate the series of gruesome murders that have occurred around Sandpoint, we made our way to a sanitarium to interview a possible witness named Grayst. Unfortunately, it seemed he had been afflicted by ghoul fever and succumbed to its ravages. After we dispatched with the resulting ghoul, we further explored the sanitarium. We found its operator, Habe, holed up in one of the cells, probably to protect himself from the tieflings he had unwittingly hired and who attacked us as we made our way to the cells.
Tokki
Hanett lives past death
I felt she lived without fear
Now, she dies with it.

Goblins?

Hilma
It seemed Habe was knowledgeable about a tenant that had taken up residence in his basement and was conducting horrifying experiments and creating undead. To my great dismay, as Haneet charged into battle (truly, the fire in her spirit must have come from Torag's great forge,) she fell. While I knew that we would be able to bring her back to life, such a feat falls beyond my own skill.
Although we quickly put a permanent end to the horrors in the basement, we had little time to catch our breath. It appeared that goblins had set fire to the sanitarium, and we rushed to save the inmates and ourselves before the whole building was engulfed.
Tokki
Danger in the woods
Knocking on civility
Flames salt all healing

The Walking Scarecrows

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Hambley Farm; Maester Grump
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"I fear you. I hate you. You must fear and hate me as well! You may unmask me, so I must unmask you first. --Your Lordship"
Haneet
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Hilma
After reviving Haneet, we got word that farmers outside of Sandpoint were being attacked and slaughtered. We went out to investigate. It seemed that the scarecrows were coming to life and attacking, like in that old Varisian nursery rhyme. As we approached, it appeared that some scarecrows were no longer on their perches. I suppose Tokki thought he was being proactive and testing the waters when he fired an arrow at one of the scarecrows still on its perch, but as the arrow struck its mark, we heard a ghastly scream. It turns out it was one of the farmers strung up there. I was truly disturbed by this gnome's lack of remorse at this terrible accident, but he has since explained that part of his condition is a lack of emotion and has since explained that he was affected by the death and does plan to make amends.
Of course, we didn't have time for all of this introspection in the moment. The barn contained more unspeakable horrors, and Haneet soon found the source in the farmhouse. A ghast and several ghouls had taken up residence. While dealing with them, we were further surrounded by more of the vile undead who did, indeed, look like scarecrows.
I do not know when I will be able to write you again, dear brother, as during our struggle, I was bitten by one of the ghouls and I fear I have contracted ghoul fever. I am confident that, with Torag's strength, I will overcome this sickness, but I am not sure how long my recovery will take.
Tokki See group facebook post for fallout of putting an arrow in the scarecrow decoy
Wolf in sheep's clothing
A proverb that we were told
Our wolf was a sheep
Farms grow more than crops
Fallow fields parody life
We sowed mockery

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Encounters

Orderlies
Gortus and Gurnak. Buffed with many levels.
Pidget
Wererat handled without combat, fled. Buffed with some levels.
Caizarlu
Wizard (Necromancer) 7 + 4 basic zombies. Buffed with (few) levels.
Hambley Farm
1 ghast (max HP)
7 ghouls (max HP)
6 ghouls (average HP)

Recap Reward

Before next session's day
The sudden death of Haneet to Caizarlu's phantasmal killer lingers on your mind. Next time you would die, you are instead at -(CON/2), and stable. If the cause of death is something else (e.g., constitution damage), you remain at the minimum not to die by that effect.
  • Haneet, Hilma, Tokki
Late
The sudden death of Haneet to Caizarlu's phantasmal killer lingers on your mind. Next time you would die, you are instead at -(CON/2), not stable. If the cause of death is something else (e.g., constitution damage), you remain at the minimum not to die by that effect.
Not done
Not Present
  • Israa, Breslin
Expires
End of Chapter.