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DM Jelani's Carrion Crown

Game Master WesternWolf777


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Anton sees them as faintly evil creatures, but he also knows that all undead are "evil", whether they are intelligent and able to make choices or not. Their very nature causes them to register as creatures of darkness.


human alchemist 7
Baseline Stats:
Max HP: 52 | AC: 15 (11 T / 14 FF) [varies w/mutagen] | F/R/W +6/+6/+4 | CMD 19 | Ini +5 | Perception +12

"They were giving you a serum? With your former masters gone, it's only a matter of time before you run out now, isn't it?" Dantrian's tone is leading, as he tries to bring the creatures around to the conclusion that their minds will be lost eventually either way.


"Perhaps. Perhaps we will find another supply before we lose our minds. Please, just let us go."


human alchemist 7
Baseline Stats:
Max HP: 52 | AC: 15 (11 T / 14 FF) [varies w/mutagen] | F/R/W +6/+6/+4 | CMD 19 | Ini +5 | Perception +12

"Do you know where they kept their notes for this serum? I'm afraid I'm unwilling to let you go on nothing but the simple hope you might stumble onto this previously unheard of solution in your wanderings. If they kept instructions for its creation however, I'm fairly confident I could duplicate the results and be of some help."

It's obvious from Dantrian's tone and posture that he feels a keen and deep empathy for the former monks and their plight. His eyes shining with earnestness, he turns to the others to hear their thoughts on the matter.


"It must be in Vorkstag's study. He was the real alchemist. Grine was more of a poisoner and thug. If you could help us, we'd be forever in your debt."


Male Fetchling (World Walker) Rogue (Burglar) 7 [ HP 43/52 | AC 18/15/13 | Fort +3, Ref +9, Will +2 | Init +5 | Perception +10 ]

Drosil looks warily at Dantrian. "After all of the problems we've had since the professor passed away, you can't possibly be entertaining this idea, right? These things are evil. Do you not care to remember, or...or do you just not care?"


human alchemist 7
Baseline Stats:
Max HP: 52 | AC: 15 (11 T / 14 FF) [varies w/mutagen] | F/R/W +6/+6/+4 | CMD 19 | Ini +5 | Perception +12

Dantrian narrows his gaze as he focuses it on Drosil. "And when this curse fully takes over my body, Drosil, if the wolf's bite left a seed of evil behind, how then will you deal with me? I have no more control over my present affliction than these monks do over theirs. Weigh your actions here carefully, all of you. What you do to this pair now you may well need to do to me before too much longer." As if to punctuate his argument, the alchemist's eyes flash a lurid yellow as he shifts his gaze from the fetchling across the group as a whole.

"I simply offer to do for them what Petros did for me."


Half-Elf Spirit Ranger 7 (HP 35/(53)60; F+7 (+6), R+7, W+4 (+1 vs. Arcane); AC 18, Touch 12, FF 16; Perception +14, Sense Motive +2, Initiative +2)

"We probably would be forced to deal with you the way your logical mind would tell us we should. If you turn and are well and truly gone, then you of all of us would talk of putting a dangerous beast down, despite our compassionate hearts. Despite any ties or feelings we had."

"But you are yet still with us. Not just your mind and reasoning, but your heart and soul. A cure is still possible." Janos points to the corpses. "But these are corpses already. They will never have their hearts beating again. The ability to speak of their old lives does not make them alive. Death is not a curse to be broken or a disease to be cured." He looks at the zombies sadly. "My apologies, but it's true. You won't ever be human again."


human alchemist 7
Baseline Stats:
Max HP: 52 | AC: 15 (11 T / 14 FF) [varies w/mutagen] | F/R/W +6/+6/+4 | CMD 19 | Ini +5 | Perception +12

"And what if, when the curse takes me Janos, that I am myself during the day and evil wolf at night? Where do you draw the line then, hmmm? And yes, while these monks aren't what they once were, they still can't be held responsible for the means of their creation, however twisted it may have been. Had the Beast been infused with necromantic energies during its creation, would you have still sought justice for it as we did or simply slaughtered it in the chair to which it was strapped?" Fur bristles down the back of Dantrian's neck as he speaks, and his lupine ears flatten back as more of the group seems to disregard his point of view. His eyes seem to shift back and forth between their natural color and a wolfish yellow, but it could just as easily be a mere trick of the torch light.


Male Human Paladin 7 | HP 60| AC 18 FF 15 T13 | Saves +9/+8/+8 | Init + 3 | Percep + 2 | Dip +13 | SM +9 | KR +6 | Heal +3 | Hero Points 1

Dantrian, Anton says, putting his hand on the alchemist's shoulder. Calm yourself, you are among friends here. I have faith in you as a man of sound being and as a man of sound mind. If there is a cure to be found for your affliction, then you will find it. And we will help you where we may.

But as for these poor souls, I don't believe it is for us to decide whether they live or die or stay or are freed.

He turns to the zombies.

You are the only ones who bore witness to the actions of Volkstag and Grine and can tell the authorities of their actions. I cannot say whether they will let you free or take some other course but I will vouch for you, if my word carries any weight. If there is one thing I have learned since meeting Aaron, it is that judgement made in haste is nothing but ill-judgement.


Half-Elf Spirit Ranger 7 (HP 35/(53)60; F+7 (+6), R+7, W+4 (+1 vs. Arcane); AC 18, Touch 12, FF 16; Perception +14, Sense Motive +2, Initiative +2)

"Do these folks turn into living people during the day and corpses at night, Dantrian? If so, then I'll very much be interested in that."

He takes a deep breath and shakes his head, trying to heed Anton's words about calming down. "Remember that I've studied and fought against undead a long time. Perhaps even as long as you've been studying your curse. The forces which animate them...it isn't a tool which can do good or evil depending on the wielder. That's what many fledgling necromancers believe, but they're wrong. It's a darkness which consumes life. Whereever life is, it seeks to snuff it out. That's what they're made of."


Male Human Witch 7 | HP 44 | AC 14 (18 w/ Mage Armor) FF 12 T 14 | Saves F+3/R+5/W+4 | Init + 5 | Percep +7

Tibideau pipes up in agreement with Dantrian. "If we can help them maintain their intelligence for a bit longer, then let's find the recipe for the serum. They just want to meditate!"


So seems like two votes to keep them alive, two to kill them, and one to turn them over to the authorities. Need some kind of majority before we can move on.


human alchemist 7
Baseline Stats:
Max HP: 52 | AC: 15 (11 T / 14 FF) [varies w/mutagen] | F/R/W +6/+6/+4 | CMD 19 | Ini +5 | Perception +12

A vote to turn them over to the authorities is a vote to not kill in my book!


Female Human (Chelaxian) Bard (Diva) 7 | HP 45 | AC 14 FF 12 T13 | Saves +3/+7/+5 | Init + 4 | Percep +10

Not being there, but if I were... kill or turn over to the authorities. They are pretty sure to kill them. Also, they could be witnesses against V&G. :D


Male Human Paladin 7 | HP 60| AC 18 FF 15 T13 | Saves +9/+8/+8 | Init + 3 | Percep + 2 | Dip +13 | SM +9 | KR +6 | Heal +3 | Hero Points 1

B'yelka is thinking along the same lines as me. They can provide a witness testimony against v and g which could help our case for Aaron. What happens to them after that is a matter for the authorities but Anton would hope that the act of speaking against the pair would spare their lives.


Male Fetchling (World Walker) Rogue (Burglar) 7 [ HP 43/52 | AC 18/15/13 | Fort +3, Ref +9, Will +2 | Init +5 | Perception +10 ]

Drosil looks hard at Dantrian before speaking. "As Janos says, these things are evil at their core. You, Dantrian, while logical to a fault, are not." Drosil pauses briefly, gethering his thoughts.

"Okay, Dantrian, since you won't listen to reasoning of one sort, let's apply your logic to this issue. You say you will make them some amount of the serum now. What happens when it runs out? Will you vow to make them more whenever it's needed? What happens when you're not there, either because you're away, or because you've died of old age? Do you trust them to be able to make more themselves? What if they can't find the ingredients, or don't have the skills? What, then?" He waits for a moment, then presses on, more gently.

"Look, I respect your position in this matter, but even you must realize that eventually, some day, they will have none of this serum available to them. They may live in peace with the world for a hundred years, but, rest assured, when the serum runs out, do you doubt that they will be as vicious as any of the creatures we've come across recently? Will you accept the responsibility for whatever deaths they cause at that time? Because we can prevent them, here and now."

He looks to the rest of the group. "If the rest of you will not be swayed to Janos' and my position, then I will not press it further. I would ask, however, that if you choose to let them live, then at least let them be turned over to the authorities, as Anton suggested."


Male Human Paladin 7 | HP 60| AC 18 FF 15 T13 | Saves +9/+8/+8 | Init + 3 | Percep + 2 | Dip +13 | SM +9 | KR +6 | Heal +3 | Hero Points 1

Drosil has the right of it. Anton nods. And then turning to the creatures he says; I trust your kind not at all. But I will not end your existence arbitrarily. If you come with us we will see that you are not mistreated, but the authorities can decide your fate. You say you have no wish to harm others and I would like to believe that but you must see that we cannot simply take you at your word.


human alchemist 7
Baseline Stats:
Max HP: 52 | AC: 15 (11 T / 14 FF) [varies w/mutagen] | F/R/W +6/+6/+4 | CMD 19 | Ini +5 | Perception +12

Dantrian's ears flatten once more at Drosil's argument and a snarl begins to curl the alchemist's lip before he seems to catch himself. He takes a slow, steadying breath though his eyes remain locked with the fetchlings as he does so. The tension in his posture relaxes noticably as he finishes, but a steely edge remains in his voice.

"You speak of intrinsic evil, Drosil, delivered as part of their very nature. In all my studies of lycanthropy, which are quite extensive, I assure you, I have found all the same claims which you now level against these monks. There are no good, well-intentioned, kind, or beneficent lycanthropes of any stripe, Drosil. They are all universally, blood-thirsty and murderous monsters." He pauses briefly to order his thoughts before continuing, "These men were once monks. Now, they are transformed into zombies or some other sort of undead. I was once an aspiring archaeologist, and was transformed into a werewolf. It is only by Professor Lorrimor's intervention that the inherent evil within that wolf's bite has not yet overtaken me. It is untested and untried ground which I walk. If you truly believe what you are saying, then you must also believe that Petros was wrong to take such a risk on me. Your view insists that the only right course would have been to put me down rather than try the untested."

At this point his gaze breaks from Drosils and turns across the room, taking in Janos first, then Tibideau and at the last Anton. "It is possible that the serum may not be a permanent solution for these monks. It is possible its effectiveness will diminish over time, much like that which Petros developed for me has diminished. Another possibility though is that the serum may become increasingly effective, perhaps even to the point of perpetuity. It is untried and untested ground. We cannot know for certain unless it is tried. Petros faced the same decision when I knocked upon his door: to risk catastrophe and great tragedy for a stranger's possible but uncertain salvation."

"If you think I am wrong, then you must also think Petros was wrong. And if Petros was wrong, then you should commit to your belief and strike me down before my own potential for savagery and wanton slaughter reveals and exerts itself."


Male Fetchling (World Walker) Rogue (Burglar) 7 [ HP 43/52 | AC 18/15/13 | Fort +3, Ref +9, Will +2 | Init +5 | Perception +10 ]

Drosil closes his eyes and bows his head, shaking it slightly. "You take what words you wish and twist the rest, Dantrian." He sighs and raises his eyes to meet Dantrian's once more. "You are not immortal. You will die, one day, and that will be the end of it, for better or worse. While you live, you will continue to seek a cure to your affliction, and you may yet succeed before the beast inside you takes over completely. I am willing to give you that chance, because you are a brilliant man, and your intentions are still good."

He points into the corpse-filled room. "They, however, already are what we know to be evil, and that will not change, not in a hundred nor a thousand years. We know that they will eventually revert back to their...natural state." He points his finger at Dantrian. "You still have a chance to avoid this fate, a chance to find a cure, for you have not yet been wholly taken over."

He pauses again, unsure whether to continue, but only briefly. "If you were to change into a true lycanthrope, with only evil in your heart, then I would do to you what I propose we do to them, as a mercy to you and a help to others. Until that time, however, there exists a chance, and I would not take that from you." His arm drops to his side, and, with one last look at Dantrian and the others, he leaves the small room.


Male Human Paladin 7 | HP 60| AC 18 FF 15 T13 | Saves +9/+8/+8 | Init + 3 | Percep + 2 | Dip +13 | SM +9 | KR +6 | Heal +3 | Hero Points 1

Dantrian the difference is that if we give these creatures a serum and release them into the world, we have no control over the outcome. Petros helped you over a matter of years. He was able to observe and adjust. To learn and adapt until you gained a modicum of control over your affliction.

Let us not forget that Petros' killers are still out there and we do not have the luxury of looking after these creatures and ensuring they do not revert to their nature.

He sighs but then meets Dantrian's gaze. Even as the alchemist's eyes flicker between amber and their natural colour, even as his ears flatten and his voice takes on a lower, more bestial growl - the paladin does not avert his eyes as he says seriously;

The difference, my friend, is that when you are with us we can continue to observe. And if you should lose all control, to become that deadly unrelenting beast.... we would stop you. Or destroy you. Because you don't deserve to have the blood of innocents on your hands.

But if we work together and support you where we can, it won't come to that.


Anton Klasnic wrote:
B'yelka is thinking along the same lines as me. They can provide a witness testimony against v and g which could help our case for Aaron. What happens to them after that is a matter for the authorities but Anton would hope that the act of speaking against the pair would spare their lives.

The trial's over. Aaron's been exonerated. He's fine.


Half-Elf Spirit Ranger 7 (HP 35/(53)60; F+7 (+6), R+7, W+4 (+1 vs. Arcane); AC 18, Touch 12, FF 16; Perception +14, Sense Motive +2, Initiative +2)

"Dantrian, you continue to take our words to an exaggerated end. Let me do the same with yours. In a quest to find the secrets of the serum for these monks, will you continue Vorkstag's work? Will you kill others to examine the secrets between life and death for them? There are dozens of pitiful villages like Morast whose inhabitants' worth may pale in comparison to such an alchemical discovery. Perhaps we should call the mongrelmen back to continue their work for you?"

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Half-Elf Spirit Ranger 7 (HP 35/(53)60; F+7 (+6), R+7, W+4 (+1 vs. Arcane); AC 18, Touch 12, FF 16; Perception +14, Sense Motive +2, Initiative +2)

Janos shakes his head. "No, Dantrian. You are a good man still thanks to Pertos' efforts. And until you stop being one, I will stand by you as your friend no matter our disputes. But these things are neither good nor men anymore. They may wish to be left aline but they have an inherent darkness and a wrongness to them now, no matter if you create an infinite supply if serum."

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Male Human Paladin 7 | HP 60| AC 18 FF 15 T13 | Saves +9/+8/+8 | Init + 3 | Percep + 2 | Dip +13 | SM +9 | KR +6 | Heal +3 | Hero Points 1

So what are we doing guys, we've been discussing this for a week lol. Anton still advocates the authorities.


Good question.


human alchemist 7
Baseline Stats:
Max HP: 52 | AC: 15 (11 T / 14 FF) [varies w/mutagen] | F/R/W +6/+6/+4 | CMD 19 | Ini +5 | Perception +12

I may be reading into things, but I got the impression that leaving them to authorities was a suitably acceptable compromise for all of us.


Male Human Witch 7 | HP 44 | AC 14 (18 w/ Mage Armor) FF 12 T 14 | Saves F+3/R+5/W+4 | Init + 5 | Percep +7

Ultimately, Tibideau doesn't really care one way or the other. As he said though, he'd lean toward keeping them intelligent and letting them live out their "lives," but if it were easier for everyone, turning them over to the authorities and whatever they want to do is also an acceptable solution. So, if we want to speed this up, let's turn them over to the law.


The Six attempt to take the zombies into custody, they resist, not wanting to be arrested, and they are quickly put down.

Not going to bother with the combat, child's play. Get 200 XP each.

The two monk's souls are finally free to make their way to the Boneyard, and the Revengro Six are left staring at a pool of frozen corpses in a dank cellar, under a city full of bigots who despise them.


Half-Elf Spirit Ranger 7 (HP 35/(53)60; F+7 (+6), R+7, W+4 (+1 vs. Arcane); AC 18, Touch 12, FF 16; Perception +14, Sense Motive +2, Initiative +2)

Janos wipes his blade off and shakes his head. "I suppose the hole in our plan was assuming they would go peacefully. " He gives the others a look that clearly says 'I told you so.'

"Now it seems like we may be done here."

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Female Human (Chelaxian) Bard (Diva) 7 | HP 45 | AC 14 FF 12 T13 | Saves +3/+7/+5 | Init + 4 | Percep +10

B'yelka stands in the courtyard just outside the Chymic Works and struggles to compose herself. I could have died in there! Drowned and melted into a vat of acid! Nothing could be more horrible. She trembles with the memory of it. But I didn't. How many times will Dantrian save me? When will I stop being a helpless maid? She calms herself by running through some simple vocal excercises, focusing on tone, pitch and projection helps to settle her somewhat. She is distracted by the mutterings of the mongrel men still in the factory. And what to do with those? Not for me to worry about. They seem harmless enough, easily cowed and... and what? Worthy of disdain? Yes. That is what I was going to say. The Diva mentally turns away from the thought and takes some time examining her ruined costume. To no one in particular, "Well, that's the end of this suit!"


Male Fetchling (World Walker) Rogue (Burglar) 7 [ HP 43/52 | AC 18/15/13 | Fort +3, Ref +9, Will +2 | Init +5 | Perception +10 ]

Catching B'yelka's comment, Drosil responds, "Well, sure, but finding a new one is half the fun, right?" In response to her questioning look, he points to the doors from which he had just emerged. "The others are debating the ethics of killing intelligent undead...I don't expect they'll be much longer, and then we can get out of here."


Male Human Paladin 7 | HP 60| AC 18 FF 15 T13 | Saves +9/+8/+8 | Init + 3 | Percep + 2 | Dip +13 | SM +9 | KR +6 | Heal +3 | Hero Points 1

As the final arrows fly, Anton looks grimly one;

Such is the nature of things, I suppose. It's a shame they would not accept the aid we offered. But I cannot weep for their passing, they had become less than they once were.

Without another word Anton makes his way back to street level and once back out into the fresh air, he takes a deep breath.

It's done. he says to Drosil and B'yelka. They chose to be destroyed.


Female Human (Chelaxian) Bard (Diva) 7 | HP 45 | AC 14 FF 12 T13 | Saves +3/+7/+5 | Init + 4 | Percep +10

"Hmmpf. At least they chose it, no?" B'yelka is non-commital as she thinks to herself, What are they talking about?

Turning back to Drosil, she gives a soft laugh, "Of course it is. The joy of purse-suit?" Her mind wanders off again, thinking of colors and designs and her hair. "Drosil, is it as bad as I imagine?" the Diva asks touching the burned down remnants of her hair. "Maybe there is a Coiffeur in this town that can work a miracle? I was hoping to maintain some of the length at least."

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