Sol'sora

Some Goddamn Elizabeth Bathory Dorian Gray-Ass Ruin of Xerxes Bullshit

The party enters the tower, ready for a nice enjoyable day of wholesome family fun. They hear movement from a bedroom on the second floor and head upstairs! Betha reads its mind – it’s hungry and in agony and confused and despairing. After a very long and circuitous discussion, the party opens the door and yeah, it’s another Intelligent Zombie, and it wants a piece of Seru.

What follows is a round robin of Persuasion checks and attacks, until finally Betha gets it to say that it blames Seru because “it has to be SOMEONE’S fault!!!” Feeling the weight of the world fly off her shoulders, Seru whoops in relief and explodes the poor zombie with radiant damage.

Next, they hear something on the roof! Grabbing Fen (who spent the whole fight in the kitchen with a sandwich), they head up, stopping in the library on the way. Yannic wants a map, since knowledge of the world they live in is not this party’s strong suit. Kaiva, in an attempt to help, picks up a book that promptly offers her a chance to learn a secret in a game of chance. The secret is upstairs, she learns, and the code is 4223. Before this can be acted upon, however, Yannic also touches the book and we’re in Freaky Friday town, folks. Yannic and Kaiva have swapped bodies. Also, the book is stuck to Kaiva’s hand (which means it’s stuck to Yannic’s hand but Kaiva’s in the driver’s seat).

The book, the Book of Deepest Secrets, used to belong to Morgaine and really wants to fuck up all of Theminor’s (Remi’s dad) shit for stealing it from her. It also says it will swap them back for another secret.

Finally, the group decides to just see this whole adventure through to the end, and head upstairs. There’s a gate in front of Theminor’s room, which 4223 opens, and a secret compartment in the fireplace that wants blood before it can open. Remi feeds it, and everyone (sans Fen, who stays to jump on Theminor’s bed) files into the hallway beyond.

The hallway is lined with creepy portraits, of half-elf half-[insert race here] people, all looking vaguely shocked and horrified. In front of each portrait is an empty pedestal, some of which have diamond dust still on them. Seru checks the stonework and realizes that everything – the paintings, the stonework, everything – is, as it says in my notes, old as ballsacks, and also the stone is from way the hell south and shouldn’t be here.

Remi deduces that his dad was fathering children, trapping them in jewels, then killing them and siphoning their life force to extend his own. The book is elated that they’ve worked it out, tells them to tell EVERYONE, and then swaps Kaiva and Yannic back after they each give it a secret. Kaiva carefully wraps the book up without touching it (first with the Friendship Rope, and then Theminor’s bedspread) to try and curry favor with Morgaine, we collect Fen, and troops back to the tavern. The party settles in to cope with their new knowledge (Seru falls asleep). Time: 2pm.

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