Carrion Crown Adventure Path – Game Session – 069

Game summary for September 2, 2014, Carrion Crown Adventure Path campaign, Ashes at Dawn adventure; PCs included Brutus Bonesmasher (human fighter), Dario Malavasi (human oracle), Emilian Sandulescu (human paladin/ranger), Malthus Brightray (half-elf cleric), Radimir Dragomirov (human cleric), and Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander (human abjurer/cleric/mystic theurge), accompanied by NPC companions Alleric Swiftblade (half-elf rogue) and Nyssa Pagonis (human cleric).

The party decided to investigate the Nobleman’s Stitch. Figuring no one had seen them yet, Radimir and Zeddicus went into the shop. When asked what they could do for them, Radimir replied he would like a banner repaired. The tailor asked to see the banner. Since Radimir did not have a banner, he said it was outside in the cart. The tailor looked out into the empty street, puzzled. Radimir then claimed the banner was back at the church of Pharasma and that he would get his companions at the bakery next door to go get it. He then went to the bakery and then went all the way to the church and back to get a banner. Realizing there was nothing wrong with it, he had Emilian slash it with his sword. Out in the street. In full view of the tailor. He then walked back into the tailor shop as if everything were normal and asked for a quote on a repair. The perplexed tailor quoted 10 gp. Soon, Radimir’s companions came over and began behaving in a manner that made all the workers uncomfortable. One slipped out the back to find the city watch while Dario haggled over the price of a custom hat or scarf. He finally commissioned one for 30 gp. The group then went out into the evening streets as the sun set and the full moon rose. As the city watch approached, the moonlight fell upon Dario. He screamed in pain and rage as his dormant lycanthropy emerged! Astounded, the team watched Dario twist and transmogrify into a towering twelve-foot slavering carnivore! The city watch tripped all over themselves as Dario leapt into the air, scaled a building, and disappeared into the night! The watch quickly arrested the party after they announced they were friends with the beast. It took several hours to get released when the authorities determined they really knew nothing of Dario’s infection.

Now free on the street, the team realized they had no idea where Dario had gone. So, the group went back to the Nobleman’s Stitch to snoop around. The group tried to go in through the basement door but could neither pick the lock nor bust down the stone door. They then picked one of the first floor locks and entered the dark building. Within, they blazed three light spells to illuminate the shop. They went back to the dressing rooms and started going down the stairs when Zedd triggered an alarm spell. The team paused and debated their options while a trio of vampires, under the cover of invisibility, moved up and attacked.

The vampires drained energy from Malthus. Another dominated Alleric and forced him to attack Malthus as well. Radimir cast undeath to death and utterly destroyed two of the vampires! Emilian channeled positive energy and drove the vampire back while Brutus smashed it with his hammer. The vampire moved down the hallway and cast fireball! The flames harmed the team, but Malthus closed in and channeled positive energy, driving the vampire into mist form!

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