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Episode 29: Mirror the Opposition
The party continued to explore.
Kevklas entered the guest bedchamber, followed by Thrôllgar. When nothing happened, the party tried to work out who should go in to make the hauntings trigger. Kaddo refused first, so Thrôllgar and Regis tried to manhandle him into the room (and failed, embarrasingly. Regis didn't even manage to get a grib, and Kaddo just slipped out of Thrôllgar's grasp.) Kevkas had wandered off to the door to the master bedroom, so Kaddo scuttled off behind him. Thrôllgar tried to lure him into the guest bedroom with a Bluff check and dropping a gold piece and claiming he'd found something shiny. It did not, as you might imagine, work.
Kevkas booted the door to the master bedroom in and went inside. As he surveyed the room and moved over to the painting, Regis and Thrôllgar decided to try bullrushing Kaddo into the master bedroom. Again, embarrasingly, the two burly fighters failed to budge the bard. Kaddo tried to dodge out of the way so as to make them both fall on their faces, but with surprising grace, neither did. Abbondio wandered past them into the room, and he and Kevkas examined the painting.
Seeing as nothing happened, Ruamaini and Regis went in and looked at it next. The latter felt a sudden wave of fear and the former heard a shrill voice shrieking about what he got up to in the basement, but aside from a brief urge to punch a woman in the face, nothing happened.
Regis then took the painting down and showed it to the rest of the party and Thrôllgar got a sudden surge of sadness. Regis put it back, satified, before Kevkas cut it out of the frame and rolled it up. (Greed point...!)
Having found the attic stairs, they headed back to the double doors to the galley. Kevkas went in and started pulling the cobwebs off, as Thrôllgar peered behind him. They both were in the room as the mould exploded everywhere, but sadly both made their Fort saves. The party then had a good look at the paintings, which jogged Abbondio's memory (as I looked a bit harder at the timeline)), allowing him to remember that while the Vorel incident was fifty years ago as stated, the fire-murderey incident was more recent. Kevkas again cut out all the paintings and took the away.
Kevkas went into the bedroom, and then went right up to the desk. He promptly grabbed the dagger and announced he was going to end it all. I made the party make initiative checks, and Ruamaini managed to rush in to try to grab his arm, but got a good stab instead. As Kevkas blinked as his head cleared and Ruamaini slapped him upside the head, Thrôllgar barrelled in to try to punch Kevkas out. The latter just dodged the blow before the rest of the yelled to Thrôllgar that Kevkas had actaully stopped trying to kil himsefl and/or the party...
Galmard and Regis seemed to put together that the person in here had had their throat slit (from the bloostain) and from Kevkas, had done it himself, though I don't think they attached it to Traver yet.
Kaddo was finally pursuaded, as the party were going to head upstairs, to stick his head into the mouldy guest bedroom. And promptly screamed, clutching at his face. As Thrôllgar and Regis were standing right next to him and watching him carefully, I let them have a grapple check (Regis, once again failed!), but Thrôllgar's iron grip prevent Kaddo from hurting himself too badly. (I gave him half damage. Still, two points of Cha damage hurts the bard!)
The party headed up to the attic, quickly clearing the storerooms and bulter's bedroom. They heard the scream and Kevkas rushed down to the door. He failed to open it after a couple of attempts, and as the scream did not re-occur, Regis insisted they explore everywhere else first. Kevkas opened the door to the observatory and had a look inside. Finding nothing, Kevkas wanted to try opening the trap door but Regis was dead set against it, Kevkas tried anyway but failed.
The party were then heading down towards the other room. Well, they said they were, but no-one was moving figures so (not for the first or last time that evening) I told them to put them damn figures where they were (they are getting very lazy at moving the figures, especially when it's important like this.)
Galmard's player moved the figures into position, and Galmard ended up in the observatory with Kevkas, still trying to open the trapdoor, with Gavril in the doorway and Kaddo and Ruamaini behind him, with the rest down the far end oif the corridor.
Galmard had a brief sensation of warmth, and then suddenly felt himself catch fire. With a desparing cry of "not again!" he rushed forward, before Gavril or Kevkas could stop him (initiative checks again!) and leaped out the unbroken window. He avoided getting impaled on the wind-vane, slithered all the way down the roof and finally (as I made his Climb check for him behind the screen, not really wanting to lose a character! - luckily I rolled a 16!) managed to grab the very egde before he fell 300' to his doom. Kevkas tied a rope to the trapdoor and effected a quick rescue. He then had another couple of goes at the trap door before giving in and heading down to deal with the unlocked door to the private study. Inside, he felt a sudden rush of depressing memories and lost a good 5 points of Wisdom (putting him to 5! That's not going to help his impulsive streak!) He did at least managed to find the loot, however...
Kevkas then managed to finally unlock the door to Iesha's room. He went in behind the mirror, and started moving it. Iesha immediately awoke and shouted her warning to Aldern (which I'm pretty sure the players either weren't listening to or ignored/forgot...) She was a bit difficult to recognise with the decomposition (and as she shredded the sheet off), but Kevkas placed she had black hair.
As Kevkas acted first, he backed slowly towards the door, carrying the mirror. He pointed it at her and she once again went torpid. After a few times of moving it slightly to make her move and stop, I decided that (as the party were trying to decide what to do and Abbondio didn't get a good enough Knowledge (Religion) check to work out what she was) Kevkas had had plenty of actions this round and asked Thrôllgar, who was next in initative, what he was doing. He charged. At this point, the mirror stopped working (since it's difficult to look at your reflection while a screaming Dwarf is hitting you with axes.)
I was smiling at this point - I was hoping they'd end up doing something this stupid. Especially since, with the nine of them, they'd be blocking the corridor all the way down; they'd have to fight Iesha without having her to soften up the other monsters!
Galmard moved up and cast Flaming Sphere, but Iesha easily made her save. Abbondio went in and tried Turning her. He got a really good check roll and plenty of damage - and to my surprise, she didn't have turn resistance. Sadly - for them - when I looked up the duration, I also realised that if the Undead can't run away, you can't get within 10' of it without breaking the effect - and as he was standing inside the room, Abbondio was too close.
Iesha took a couple of pathetic swipes at Thrôllgar. Ruamaini lobbed a Firebolt at her, doing some damage, Regis rushed in to land a solid blow. Gavril tumbled past to the only other slot, to hit the revenant with a Cure Light Wounds. Kaddo starting singing, since there was pretty much nothing else he could do.
Kevkas retreated into the observatory with the mirror, having neither space to attack nor being much use anyway against Undead. Thrôllgar and Regis hacked at Iesha, Abbondio asked Ruamaini to get out of the way and readied an action to step back into the doorway (where he was out of 10') and try turning her again. Galmard's Flaming Sphere again failed to do anything, and Galmard backed out of the way. Iesha let out her scream and to my great disappointment, the entire party (sans Sungmanitu who was some distance down the corridor and not involved in the fight anyway) made their saves. Gavril tried another Cure but missed, Ruamaini threw another Firebolt, ran into the observatory, out of the way while Abbondio tried to turn her again and failed.
Kaddo helpfully continued to sing in the background, as there's nothing else he could really do.
That was where we had to leave it.
There may not be an update next week, since we have club AGM next week, and it might take up most or all of the session (depending on whether we actually get enough members turning up to vote on the contenstious club constitution issue or not!)