Rose of Westhaven #3: Fire & Fury

IC date: 12.09.1540

  • PCs are leading angry mob towards @”Sage Salazaar” ‘s tower after @”Edwin Locke” (with the sage’s apprentice @”Barden”) accused the sage of harbouring ^”Royalists”.
  • With the mob is @”Father York” who was performing the #”Blessing Of The Evening Catch” for the villagers when @”Edwin Locke” (disguised as a witch-hunter) made his accusation.
  • During the blessing a number of gold ingots were miraculously revealed in the catch. @”William Of Riverhead” pocketed a few.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” mentioned #”Battle of Broken Birch”.
  • As the mob arrives at the tower @”Sage Salazaar” is there, @”Maarku The Elf” has seen the mob leaving #”Porthcrawl” from the window of the #”Siren’s Whisper” and he has run to catch them up.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” catches up with @”Sasha Of Riverhead”, panicking he asked why the village is riled up and if something has come from the sea?
  • @”Maarku The Elf” ‘There hasn’t been an accident like this since the #”Riots of 22″‘
  • @”Sage Salazaar” is stood out the front of the tower and tries to calm them.
  • @”Barden” clings close to @”Edwin Locke” as the crowd get riled up, Edwin tells him to keep his dagger handy.
  • @”Sage Salazaar” starts calming the crowd down a bit as he talks about how he has ministered to the village as a herbalist, @”Sasha Of Riverhead” shouts for him to show what is in his tower.
  • @”Sage Salazaar” claims that there are hazardous materials in his tower, @”Father York” tries calming them down (unsuccessfully).
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” shouts for the crowd to remember the #”Battle Of Broken Birch” the crowd surged forwards, @”Edwin Locke” pulls @”Father York” away as the crowd rampage into the tower, trappling @”Sage Salazaar”.
  • @”Father York” says he knows his locals lost family in the #”Battle Of Broken Birch”, but he hoped the wounds had started to heal. @”Father York” goes to help the trampled @”Sage Salazaar”.
  • @”Sage Salazaar” asks why the villagers turned on him? @”Edwin Locke” asks him about the ^”Royalists” soldiers. The Sage says “If there were Royalists here and I was free to tell you so, I certainly would do so.”
  • @”Edwin Locke” starts heading to enter the tower, there are screams from inside and a crowd of panicked villagers come stampeding out.
  • A couple of the villagers have dropped their torches whilst fleeing and some of the furnishings inside the tower have caught fire.
  • Meanwhile @”William Of Riverhead” has arrived at the–largely empty– #”Church Of Holy Repose”, a place of worship for the ^”Church of Westhaven”.
  • The #”Church Of Holy Repose” was originally built for the old faith and uses their architectural style, it has two entrances, one for the public and one for the priests/holy spirit.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” forces open the side-door of the #”Church Of Holy Repose”, he is satisfied that no-one has seen him.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” doesn’t see any sign of anyone in the church (besides a few rats), he checks behind the altar and finds a box with the key still in the lock. Inside he finds some general church items and six of the small $”Squid-Like Pendant”s in them. He takes them,
  • Searching around he finds @”Father York”‘s quarters, he finds a false-bottom in a set of wooden drawers, removing it he finds the $”Golden Statue”/idol of the squid-person he saw earlier.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” takes the $”Golden Statue” and continues searching the #”Church Of Holy Repose”.
  • Back at the tower, @”Sasha Of Riverhead” shouts for them to go.
  • @”Sage Salazaar” shouts for @”Edwin Locke” to get out ‘It’s too dangerous in there!’
  • They hear slow footfalls from inside, @”Sage Salazaar” shouts ‘I warned them! It’s not my fault!’
  • Thinking it might be another of the *”Zombie Weapons” @”Edwin Locke” withdraws from the tower.
  • @”Father York” helps @”Sage Salazaar” to his feet and followers the retreating PCs as a 1-armed zombie smashes its way out of the tower.
  • @”Edwin Locke” attempts to shoot the creature with his arquebus but his weapon misfires.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” takes off her 12-apostles (a bandolier of twelve powder shots) and throws it over the neck of the zombie.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” grabs a torch and hurls it at the zombie, igniting the powder and causing a huge explosion, however–as the smoke clears–the upper torso of the zombie is still pulling itself forward.
  • The zombie bites into @”Father York”‘s leg and the creature begins to devour him, @”Sage Salazaar” starts trying to crawl away.
  • @”Edwin Locke” fires his pistol, but instead of hitting the zombie, in the confusion he hits @”Father York” killing the priest.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” tells @”Maarku The Elf” to care for @”Barden” while she runs to grab @”Sage Salazaar” .
  • The zombie crawls out of the smoke, biting into @”Edwin Locke”‘s leg, pulling him to the ground.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” fires a shot at the zombie but misses, @”Maarku The Elf” also takes a shot but @”Barden” grabs Maarku’s leg at the last minute, throwing off his aim, the bullet bounces off @”Edwin Locke”‘s armour.
  • The zombie kills and continues to eat @”Edwin Locke”, tearing away part of his skull.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” draws her other pistol, aims and slays the zombie.
  • The body of @”Edwin Locke” begins to twitch.
  • Zombie @”Edwin Locke” begins to lunge towards @”Sasha Of Riverhead”, clawing at her. Seeing her friend as a zombie is too much for Sasha, she grabs @”Sage Salazaar” and begins to run.
  • Meanwhile @”William Of Riverhead” discovers a moveable flagstone in the #”Church Of Holy Repose” in #”Porthcrawl”, he finds a subterranean crypt below the church.
  • On the back of the stone is written “Here lie the forefathers and forebears of the noble ^”Harper Family””
  • In each alcove there are three shelves with coffins and three life-sized statues showing people wearer medieval style armour and a sword held across their chest.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” leaves the church and sees the panicked villagers returning to #”Porthcrawl”, he runs towards the tower to see what has become of his friends.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” ‘By the ancestors things have gone to shit all of a sudden.’
  • @”Maarku The Elf” thinks about grabbing @”Edwin Locke”‘s kit but decides against risking the wrath of the zombie.
  • As they run, they meet @”William Of Riverhead” who–after hearing about @”Edwin Locke”‘s death–he runs towards the tower with his bow drawn.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” aims a pistol at @”Sage Salazaar”, he claims that it wasn’t his fault and that the ^”Royalists” took his adopted-daughter @”Dhani” and forced him to work on the *”Zombie Weapons” project.
  • @”Sage Salazaar” refers to the zombie as a #”Djinn”.
  • Over the course of a few minutes @”William Of Riverhead” is able to destroy the zombie remnants of @”Edwin Locke” but keeping it at a distance and firing his bow.
  • The tower of @”Sage Salazaar” is entirely ablaze.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” buries the remnants of @”Edwin Locke”.
  • @”Sage Salazaar” tells them he was forced to work on the zombie by the ^”Royalists”, who threatened his daughter @”Dhani” (who was kidnapped whilst gathering herbs for him) and wanted it as a weapon.
  • @”Sage Salazaar” tells them if they can rescue his daughter he will gladly give them whatever he has left and also his expertise.
  • The PCs return to the #”Siren’s Whisper”, the town is still largely deserted but the mob has gathered outside the ^”Harper Family” residence to demand some action be taken.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” gives @”Barden” a fancy hat (once belonging to @”Edwin Locke”) and tells him that he’s coming with them, @”Sage Salazaar” releases the boy to their care.
  • The PCs head to their usual campaign spot to the south-west of #”Porthcrawl”, carrying all their gear with the aid of @”Barden”.