After retreating back to the Monestary for healing, the party decided to continue with their primary mission of cleaning out Kelemarane.
Firstly the party healed up and Davor prayed in the temple for guidance from her goddess. As she was praying a mist rose around her and Iomedea appeared. “Consider your actions” the goddess warned before disappearing into the mist.
While resting Toby and Raz heard faint screams coming from the village. As the party looked out on the village from the highest point in the monestary, they saw a body sprawled out on the flat section just out from the village’s battle-market. His intestines had been pulled from his body and were staked upon the ground. There was no disernable significance to the pattern made.
The party decided to venture into the village. After checking out the mill and the tannery buildings and finding them clear of all evidence of past occupation, they checked the slave market. When checking the slave market Davor wanted Irizati to stay back, safe from harm.
The party crept through the village checking out all the ruined and empty buildings, until they came upon a more intact building. This had obviously been a hostel in the past. The bottom level was an open room with a bar to one side and an empty fountain in the centre. When entering the building, Raz glimpsed a golden glint in the corner and found an earring. In the meanwhile, Phos looked behind the bar and retreived three bottles. Although they were full, the labels had fallen off and there was no way of telling what they were, short of tasting them. Upstairs there were six bedrooms, each full of dust from the open windows. While some of the party was upstairs, Phos threw a gold coin in the fountain and made a wish that slavery was abolished. The fountain burst into life, water cascading down into the pool.
The party then went through the small door on the ground floor. After a short corridor they came into a building that was obviously a former stable. While investigating the building, Raz and Toby heard a small sound from the loft above. After climbing into the loft they found a very frightened human. When asked his name and how he came to be there he told the party that his name was Felliped. He had been part of an adventuring party that had heard about great treasure concealed in the church of Sarenrae in the village, but had been captured by the gnolls. Only he had escaped, but had only made it as far as the hostel, as he has heard that passing through the pesh fields that surround the village is deadly. Over the two weeks since he has escaped he has seen all but one of his party tortured to death by the gnolls. He thinks there are about 15 gnolls which are directed by a big human, about 7 foot tall. The party decide to take him back to the Monestary then return to save his last party member, Oxvard. When at the monestary Felliped recognises one of the Templars of the Five Winds, Kardswann, as the one directing the gnolls. The party is quite puzzled by this as the Templars are, by all accounts, the good guys. While at the monestary Phos approached Almah to ask her a question but when he called her ‘mistress’ she looked quite confused.
The party went back to the village to rescue the last member of the Lions. However, when rounding the corner where they had been previously attcked by the dire boar they found themselves ambushed by six gnolls, using javelins. The party successfully fought them off, but took damage doing so. Davor spent the battle making sure that Irizati was safe, and got quite wroth when Irizati went into melee. After healing up, the party continued on. The first building they came across after the hostel was a large mansion. Raz unlocked the door and they entered the mansion, to find it in very good condition, and completely untouched by the gnolls.
The next building the party approached was a gatehouse, with smoke emerging from the chimney indicating it is occupied. Tessare used a scroll of Clairvoyance to see within the building, discovering three gnolls and a number of hyenas. Phos suggests that some sort of accellerant poured down the chimney would be good and grabs his three bottles. The first bottle is vinegar, the second is pesh syrup and the third is almost pure achohol. However, as Phos has sipped the pure pesh syrup he starts to act in a very reckless manner, climbing onto the roof to instigate his plan. Toby quickly accompanies him to, hopefully, keep him out of trouble.
The plan goes well. The pure achohol expolsion doing some damage to the occupants. One of the gnolls opens the door and six hyenas come flooding out to attack the party. The party can also hear the sound of a horn being blown. As the hyenas attack the rest of the party, Phos tries to block the sound, when that doesn’t work he pours the remaining pesh syrup down the tube, causing much coughing and spluttering below. He also notices about thirty gnolls and a large human leave the battlemarket and make their way across to the upper gatehouse. The three gnolls inside have also retreated to the upper gatehouse. Recognising this as a good time to leave, he yells down to the rest of the party to mop up the hyenas and retreat. Meanwhile the rest of the party is being attacked by the hyenas. One even manages to attack Irizati much to Davor’s angst. In the second round Toby jumps down from the roof and wades into the battle. The hyenas are quickly dispatched and the party retreats to the monestary.
Early in the evening the party notices a group of gnolls bearing a bound and gagged prisoner into the middle of the pesh fields between the monestary and the village. One of the gnolls uses a large staff to thump on the ground. The rest of the gnolls look around nervously, and when they notice a hump of earth moving in thier direction they all retreat towards the village. The party start running toward the prisoner hoping to get to him before the creature. While running Phos suddenly draws ahead, his stride lengthening into a cat-like lope and his body changing into a hybrid/leopard creature. He grabs the bound prisoner and heads back to the party, thrusting the prisoner into Davor’s arms and disappearing into the night. Although the party is concerned for the prisoner they have saved, they are more worried for their companion, so they start to track Phos after taking the prisoner, Oxvard, back to the monestary. Raz looks for Phos’s tracks but can see no sign of his passing, until Davor points out some faint tracks heading north-east, towards the river. The tracks lead the party to the Shrine of Nethys, where the party finds a naked and confused Phos in the Altar room. He has no knowledge of how he got there.
Irizati used his knowledge of esoteric subjects to work out that they needed wolfsbane to counteract the affliction and, if possible, before the next full moon. Leaving the rest of the party looking after Phos, Irizati went to the monestary’s herb garden, where he was lucky to find some wolfsbane, but only enough for one try. On returning to the shrine, the party helped Phos take the wolfsbane, and although it sucessfully removed the affliction, it left him very weak and sick.
While they were waiting for Phos to recover, the party decided to investigate the corridor that Raz had cleared when they were last in the shrine. The corridir seemed to go for miles, but closer inspection revealed that it was a large spiral. At the end of the spiral that party discovered a door. The door seemed to be made of gold and had a image of a sun covered by a dove etched on it. There was some writing in Celestial under the image, which Irizati and Tessare translated as:
When the Fire Bleeds, When the Earth Screams, When the Air boils, When the Water Seethes, When 1,000 wishes are spoken, Call my name and I will come.
None of the party could recognise the image, and when the door was approached found their way blocked by an invisible wall about six inches from the door.
The party then went to the scriptorium to see if they could find anything about the door or the image. The only clue they got was that the image was in the style you would expect to see for an avatar of Sarenrae….Irizati was obviously asleep the day this was discussed at seminary.
The party rested in the altar room to allow Phos to regain his strength.