Day 33 (Continued)
Maybe we don’t want to camp here. Maybe head to Asceti Manor and bargain with the Darklings.
What do we know about Darklings? Dark Stalkers and Dark Creepers. The leader of the dark folk is named Unwrapped Harmony. They are tolerated because they are not undead. The clan is called Xotl.
Unwrapped Harmony is interested in mummy’s and such.
We make our way across the Necropolis avoiding the swarms of undead to the south. We arrive on the other side of the wall and Cassandra goes over to make initial contact with the Darklings.
“Twitchy Rat” shares some local gossip – the Dark Folk are having a bit of a schism. Gaunt Cadaver was the 2nd in command and they (Gaunt and Unwrapped) have interest in the dead. Gaunt is interested in resurrection of the dead (undead) and Unwrapped was more interested in preserving the dead.
Gaunt Cadaver is looking to make the Dark folk undead. They have set themselves up in another villa – Kowab.
After about 30 minutes, we are invited inside to meet with Unwrapped Harmony and 2 of her hand maidens.
Cassandra negotiates safe shelter for the night. If want more, then as a favor – return magic stone Gaunt Cadaver.
Nefara treats Kephraim for his poison to help me partially recover. The party spends the night resting.
We get some help from Unwrapped Harmony with some False Life spells. Nefara casts Hide from Undead.
On the way to the Kowab Villa, we run into 2 shadows.
- 2 x Shadows (CR3)
We continue on to the Kowab Villa and approach the front door. There a likely Ankhegs on the grounds.
- 2 x Ankheg (CR3)
During the fight, Cassandra notices a humanoid figure watching us – possibly a ghoul. Also, Cassandra notices in the windows of the villa a curtain twitch.
No response when we knock at the door – we take a few minutes and batter the door down.
Just inside is a large room with a big dining table. Fetid smell in the room. There are 3 darkling creepers and a leader type.
- 3 x Dark Creeper
- 1 x Dark Creeper Leader
Cache – 3 potions
Cassandra convinces the conscious darkling to tell us where Gaunt Cadaver is. He also describes a big abomination in the court yard. The lab is in the back.
We go down the left side of the building (and not into the corridor) towards where the lab should be.
Cassandra open the door to the lab and…combat ensues.
- 3 x Dark Creeper Undead (CR3)
- 1 x Dark Stalker – Gaunt Cadaver (CR4)
After we defeat them, Cassandra recover the stone and we decide to press on to the abomination in the center.
- 1 x Lurching Abomination
We then search the rest of the villa. It’s now about 11am and tie up the darklings in the front room and prepare to return to Villa Ascita.
“Chundra’s Champions” – 4 adventurers – illusion – 4 undead things
- 4 x Hucuva (Undead) (CR2)
We continue on the Villa Ascita. Unwrapped Harmony is happy to see her brothers returned. We can keep the stone. She’ll share more of the coming and goings. A few hours before the pulse, a figure was carrying a golden mask and arguing with something in a copper cage. He left behind a scrap of paper.
The paper is a star chart of the of the night sky over Wati. Not sure what if it scholarly or navigation or divination from the scrap.
The golden mask does sound familiar to Harish.
The star chart might have originated from a few places
- Pyramid Arithimetic Bliss
- Mahepts’s Marvelous Maps
- Academy of the Skies and Moon
Locations to still check for Elegiac compasses
- Shiny Bauble
- Ghoul Market
- Tomb of Matya
We return to the Villa Kowaba and hole up for the night.
During the night, on the third watch, an undead Velriana breaks into the and attacks Belten.
- 1 x Zombie Lord – Velriana Hypaxes
First place we want to target is Academy of Skies and Moon.
Once we get out of the area, we’ll sell the gems, and pretty items and get the raise deads. It will take one day (to Day 35) for raise deads.