27 Rova 4707
After the goblins have been dealt with, Rena and Tig rush after Tsuto following his path to the basement. Samoth, Rose and Kazillon check out the figure covered in molten glass – it’s Lonjiku and he is dead with his mouth open in a silent scream.
Rena and Tig run along corridors until they discover two more goblins – one pounding against a door shouting at it. The other rushes to attack them. Soon the others in the party join the fray, queuing along the corridor. The goblins flee at the sight of the whole group. Rena bursts open the locked door that the goblins were banging against. Inside she sees Ameiko lying on the floor unconscious, with Tsuto kneeling over her babbling in their native language.
Rena secures Tsuto, who puts up no resistance, while Tig chases after the Goblins and Rose tends to Ameiko. Tig discovers an old set of smuggler tunnels which lead under the town. After travelling for some distance she decides to return to the group.
Samoth and Kaz have searched Tsuto’s room, and discovered a disturbing set of papers. Tsuto has written notes about the raid and methods for a second raid. He refers to a Quasit below the town, and also his love for a woman with a ‘celestial taint’. The papers have plenty of evidence for his total obsession with her, and reading over them the group surmises that this mysterious woman could be Nualia, the daughter of the previous town priest Father Tobyn. They were both presumed to have died in the town fire 5 years previously. The papers describe a ceremony that Nualia has carried out with the remain of Tobyn that were stolen in the raid.
Samoth is sent to fetch Rena’s father and brother. Tsuto grew up in the orphanage, and was considered part of the family until he ran off following his mother’s death and his fight at the funeral with Lonjiku. Tsuto is taken to the garrison for detention by the rest of group. They are met by the town mayor, who is shocked at the news of Nualia and tells the sad story of her childhood and the her upbringing. She asks the group to search the tunnels to find out what the reference to the quasit means.
They head down the tunnels and discover two branches. One leads to the river, the other to a cave. Tig scouts ahead, and is attacked by a mysterious creature, when it bites her she is filled with a blinding rage distracting her fighting efforts. The creature is dispatched by the combined efforts of Rose and Rena and they move on. Beyond the cave are a set of ancient ruins. Exploring the corridors and rooms, Tig scouts ahead finding a lit room with a statue of a beautiful but angry looking woman clutching a very fine looking ranseur. She tugs at the weapon and it comes free in her hands. The rest of the group enter the room and Samoth decrypts writing around the base – Behold the Glory of Alaznist – Runelord of Wrath. She is depicted holding a book with a strange rune emblazoned upon it.
Following this discovery, the group separate – Tig and Rena head down a corridor discovering a black altar with a pool of evil liquid on it. Rose heads up another corrider, up several flights of stairs to a door, while Samoth goes to another door.
Rose opens her door to discover a flying demonic looking head, and Samoth opens his door and hears movemetn beyond it. Soon a pitched battle ensues. Two more of the strange creatures rush the door that Samoth opened, while the flying head comes after Rose. A three way battle is fought, the head screams paralysing Tig. The creatures attack Rose, hitting her and she is then filled with the mysterious rage. Their combined attacks almost knock her down into unconsciousness, but the ferocity of her orc heritage enables her to stay conscious long enough to heal herself. Then the demonic head lunges at Tig and forces itself on her in an unnatural kiss.
Samoth and Kaz fire magic at the enemies, while Rose and Rena strike with their swords. The tide is turned and the enemies are despatched. But the danger is not averted. Samoth recognises the demonic creature as a Vargouille, and deduces that Tig may be in mortal danger from the unholy disease the creature carries that will result in her unpleasant death.
The group rush back to the surface and Father Zantus is summoned. He performs a healing ritual on Tig to remove the foul taint. But not before she surprises everyone with her appearance. They had all realised that she was different, but how different!!
They decide to rest and recover before venturing back to the ruins, but before retiring for the day, they check in on Tsuto. He has started to talk, but simply rants about how the town betrayed him and Nualia. He seems convinced that the town had decided that he and Nualia were inferior due to the circumstances of their births, that they were both rejected and cast aside. And yet, there is a sadness when he speaks to Rena’s family as if he doubts his own words when he talks to them. Before they leave for the inn, the town historian and sage is summoned – Brodert Quink. He is an expert in the ancient history of the region, although he is known to have some strange theories of the past. He recognises the description of the statue as Alaznist and the writing as Thassilonian. He tells of the ancient empire of Thassilon, founded by the emperor Xin and then ruled after his death by the seven Runelords. The rune on the statue is said to be the Sihedron Rune, symbol of the empire.
The party rests for the remainder of the day, readying itself for the trials ahead.