Carrion Crown Adventure Path – Game Session – 073

Game summary for October 14, 2014, Carrion Crown Adventure Path campaign, Ashes at Dawn adventure; PCs included Dario Malavasi (human afflicted dire werewolf oracle), Gnok Thatek (dwarf vampire monk), Radimir Dragomirov (human cleric), and Thrain (dwarf slayer), accompanied by NPC companions Alleric Swiftblade (half-elf rogue) and Nyssa Pagonis (human cleric).

The team went to the Haraday Theater and were turned away for not having an invitation and wearing improper attire. They went back to the Nobleman’s Stitch and stole fine garments for the social occasion. After returning, Dario was able to talk the servant into speaking with Abraun Chalest to confirm their invitations. The team went inside and were presented with fine wine of which they partook. Nearly immediately, Gnok began to feel sick and nauseous. He shook it off, and the team began to mingle. They discovered that Count Lucinean Galdana was supposed to be present but had not been seen.

The group spoke with Edjureus Modd, a high ranking member of the order and aristocrat, and were able to appeal to his pride to convince him to give access to the vaults. They then talked to Abraun, and after the soiree, he took them to the basement vaults. They group did some research and discovered the Moribund Key would unlock various locations associated with the Whispering Way. Abraun was in shock when he recognized a gargoyle statue depicted in one of the books. There was a matching statue in the vault! The group ran to it and realized they still had their finery instead of weapons. They went and retrieved their gear and then activated the statue with the key!

An illusory compass appeared on the ground surrounded by four hideous liches. In unison they whispered, “What is the fifth catechism?” The group had no idea, and the liches whispered in unison, “Die!” Each illusion collapsed into a hell portal through which emerged a bone devil! The four osyluths immediately attacked. At first the team found them extremely difficult to harm, but they switched to spells and flanking attacks. Alleric suffered critical damage and collapsed, but the group turned the tide and began defeating the devils one after another.

After the last of the creatures was banished back to hell, an illusory map appeared over the floor and highlighted the Quarterfaux Archives as the Whispering Way stronghold! Again, Abraun was taken aback, for he is none other than the curator of the museum!