Carrion Crown Adventure Path – Game Session – 011

Game summary for May 23, 2013, Carrion Crown Adventure Path campaign, The Haunting of Harrowstone adventure; PCs included Amras Amandill (half-elf inquisitor), Dinedal Ironbow (elf ranger), Gnok Thatek (dwarf monk) and Irnadette Steelsoul (elan psion) accompanied by NPC companion Thorkatla Foamflagon (dwarf cleric).

Early in the morning, Gnok, Irnadette, and Thorkatla went out into the Restlands graveyard with Sheriff Caeller and Father Grimburrow to look things over in the day.  They found the deputy and acolyte asleep, huddled together either out of fear or cold.  They claimed cold.  Looking around, Gnok found a tombstone with Thorkatla’s name on it dated 4661 AR.  However, we he and the others looked at it again, they saw a different name altogether.  They discovered Father Grimburrow saw something similar.  They discussed the year of the Harrowstone fire and started talking about the stories of the prison being haunted.  Gnok mentioned the group was having conversations with the ghost of Vesorianna Hawkran.  This lead the priest to believe they were controlled by evil spirits, and they spent the next few hours undergoing a ritual exorcism and cleansing.

Irritated, the group went to breakfast at the Laughing Demon tavern to eat some wolf balls.  They then checked on Kendra and met up with Amras and Dinendal.  The five then returned to Harrowstone Prison and tried to research more on the Five Prisoners, with no success.  They then went back down a rope into the deepest part of the prison.

The team traveled through the room wherein they had discovered the ectoplasmic humans and found a collapsed stairwell and three other passageways labeled with brass signs:  The Oubliette, The Nevermore, and Reaper’s Hold.  As they read, eight skeletons clattered to un-life around them, and a brutal fight ensued!  Gnok and Thorkatla found their bludgeoning attacks very effective against the undead, as did Amras and his disrupt undead spell.  Before long, the undead were put down.

The group went south into the Nevermore and found an old guardroom.  Within was a lever system which Gnok promptly broke.  They then found a portcullis barring their way.  They turned back north and found another guardroom.  Within a headless flaming skeleton swinging an axe emerged!  The terrible undead staggered Gnok in one blow and nearly did the same to Thorkatla.  Dinendal, who hates undead more than anything, unleashed a couple of well-placed arrows into the monster.  Meanwhile, Irnadette used cold energy rays to harass it.  Amras dealt some more damage with disrupt undead.  Thorkatla bought Gnok the time to drink his potion of cure moderate wounds.  He then moved into combat and used flurry of blows only to cause the skeleton to explode into fiery shards!  This explosion almost killed Thorkatla.  After nursing their wounds, they went further north to find a large metal grate.

Gnok peered into the darkness about 30 feet below and saw a horrendous spirit dart up through the air and slide right through the grate like it didn’t exist!  This cackling axe-wielding spirit wounded Amras, drawing blood from his neck wound to heal itself of damage dealt by Dinendal’s ghost touch arrow.  Gnok recognized the ghostly axe as a spiritual version of the bloody axe they found in the property room, which they had left back at Kendra’s!  The group fell back and retreated, with the spirit giving up the chance after a few moments.  It stood laughing and licking the blood off its spectral axe as the team ascended the rope back into the old training room.

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