Apache Vampire

Into the Death House

Vanna Helmsong, Spatula City, Rakanishu, and Dalinar met another group who were swallowed and transported in the fog. They were Samurai Jack, Kozac, Ysuran Auondril, and Balthasar. Ysuran said “hey” and that meant they were to adventure together. Rakanishu licked the stone wall and discovered it tastes like stone. Ysuran checked for any creatures hiding on the path and found nothing.

The group ventured down the path to the town under the cliff. All the houses, shops, and taverns were boarded up and had no lights in the windows. They encountered two children in fine clothing standing in the road across from a large house. One was an 8 year old girl and the other was a 5 year old boy. Rakanishu sensed something undead in their vicinity. The boy was whimpering and clutching his doll. The girl answered the group’s questions, and they learned:
There is a monster that their parents keep in the basement of the house
The children were never allowed in the basement, but they can hear the howls of the monster
There is a baby on the third floor whose name is Walter

Spatula City tried to be thrown onto the third floor balcony. Rakanishu threw him but he just hit the ground. Samurai Jack also threw him and he hit the wall of the second floor.
The group walked inside the house and explored. Balthasar kept a close watch on the children, checking in on them when he could, but they stayed outside.

On the first floor, Dalinar picked the lock of one of the cabinets in the den and took a crossbow. Ysuran looked at a tapestry depicting a dog hunt in the den. He saw the dogs were frothing at the mouth from rabies and the flesh on the faces on the hunters were decaying; he went temporarily mad from the scene and ran outside to eat some dirt. Vanna Helmsong searched the dining room and noticed that the carving on the wood panelling had twisted faces and wolves among the trees. It frightened her so badly, she hallucinated a friendly spider to make herself feel better. Spatula City found a dumbwaiter in the kitchen he could fit into. Samurai Jack hoisted him up to a servants room on the second floor.

On the second floor, the group found a library with a desk and chair. Rakanishu cut the legs off the chair because he doesn’t like chairs. Spatula City started pulling books off the shelves to try and find his brother in them, and found a book-shaped switch that opened a secret door. In the secret room, they found a treasure chest with a skeleton inside. The skeleton was someone who had triggered a poison dart trap inside the chest and died. It was clutching a letter signed by Strahd Von Zarovich.
Ysuran inspected the tomes in the secret room and found that they were rituals for the cult of Osybus, but the spells were bogus.
Across the hall on the second floor, Vanna Helmsong explored the conservatory. She looked at some figurines on the mantelpiece and discovered that they were well dressed skeletons. She was stunned from fear for a short amount of time. Kozac played the harp in the conservatory just for kicks while Vanna was stunned. Having left the library and entered the hall, Spatula City touched the painting of the Durst family and started screaming for 10 minutes like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E6d5j3qrss

Something freaked out Ysuran in the second floor hallway, and he fled to the third floor. While running in terror, Ysuran was grabbed by 1 animated armor which cleared his terror. The group caught up to Ysuran and defeated the armor. Kozac explored a closet and discovered two angry brooms, which he slowly backed away from. Down the third-floor hall was a nursery with a black veiled crib, just like the children had told them. Spatula City unwrapped the bundle in the crib and found the skeleton of a baby. His disturbing the remains summoned an angry specter. Spatula was able to speak to her though she was enraged. While distracting her, he stealthily and totally on purpose cast invisibility on the rest of the group. He learned from her:
She was the nursemaid of the family and had an affair with the father of the family, Gustav Durst
Rose and Thorn, the children of the family, are dead
Her baby, Walter, was sacrificed for the cult

Something very disturbing indeed is going on in this house…

Wolf Hunt

Vanna Helmsong, Spatula City, Rakanishu, and Dalinar happened to arrive at the same tavern at the same time, and all took on a bounty listed on the notice board there:

There is a pack of wolves causing mischief in the woods near Daggerford.
The party that brings their heads to the Lord of Daggerford will receive 500gp each.

The barmaid in the tavern told them that the wolves had been terrorizing the village folk. Children who had wandered into the forest had gone missing, assumed to be taken by the wolves. The only other strange thing happening lately was a pervasive fog that had settled in the town. The group decided to enter the forest to find the wolves. Spatula City made howling noises so that the wolves would hopefully find them more quickly. Vanna Helmsong lit a torch to help guide their way through the fog.

After traveling down Daggerford Trail into the forest, they walked through a heavy fog. They noticed the trees had changed and Vanna Helmsong noticed the dark red sap running down the trees like blood. The group (except Dalinar, who is potentially the wisest of them) took turns licking the sap, learning that it tasted metallic like blood but was still, in fact, sap.

Further down the trail, they encounter a wolf pack headed by a Dire Wolf. The Dire Wolf had glowing red eyes and could cast a Shield spell to protect itself. During battle, with the pack, the Dire Wolf did not attack the party but simply watched them. Spatula City helpfully cast confusion on himself, Rakanishu, and Dalinar during battle. After defeating the rest of the wolves, the Dire Wolf disappeared in the fog.

The party attempted to turn back down the road with the heads of the wolves to claim the bounty, but encountered a grove of trees on the path that had not been there before. Spatula City tried to set the trees on fire, but the humidity of the fog and the presence of sap made this impossible. Dalinar jumped into the trees to scout and learned that the town of Daggerford was nowhere to be seen, and all around was forest.

Seeing no other path but the one ahead of them, they pressed on. They came upon a gate flanked by large stone walls and humanoid stone statues, which opened as they approached. The group warily moved into the gate. Spatula City attempted to climb one of the doors for some reason but failed. As they entered, the gate slammed shut behind them and pushed them inside. Trapped inside the gate, the group decided to camp since the sun was setting and Dalinar kept watch.

In the horizon, they could see large cliffs with a castle atop it overhanging a small village about two hours away…


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