We begin with the party splitting for the night. Elsbeth and Hadrian have made contact with Goodman Reinave regarding whatever has been attacking his sheep and are going to keep watch over his flock; while Mirram and Taras elect to stay in the Lorrimor house to rest so that they may return to the fields for work the following day. Galifreyna has taken ill and retired to her room for the next several days to recuperate.
Late in the night, Elsbeth and Hadrian do indeed discover what is killing Reinave’s sheep; several wolves are spied prowling the edges of the farm. Though surprised when one of the wolves begins speaking
as it is actually a worg they charge into action and kill the worg, gravely injure one wolf and chase the other away. Elsbeth and Hadrian keep watch during the rest of the night but it passes without further excitement. In the morning Goodman Reinave pays them for the confirmed kill, which they then drag into town and sell to Zokar Elkarid.
Mirram and Taras journey to Coger Malwrest’s farm to see about some more work for the day. This day’s work goes much better than the previous, though Taras is sent to join the “women folk” for some slightly lighter work. That evening they meet up with the others at The Laughing Demon.
While finishing dinner, the tavern’s patrons suddenly find themselves facing a blazing fire in one corner of the room where 2 locals had been playing cards. The fire is quickly extinguished to find that neither the cards nor the table have been burned or even singed, though a faint odor of smoke hangs in the air. The final card played was The Uprising, which represents overwhelming strength that catches the subject up in something much more powerful.
The party retired for the night but were awakened early in the morning by a pounding on the door. It was Pevrin, informing everyone that the Harrowstone statue had again been vandalized. The group made their way to the statue to discover a large “E” painted in blood on the statue’s base. A search about the nearby grounds turned up distinctive boot tracks but they quickly lost the trail. Taras offered to clean the statue again while the group split up once more.
Mirram returned to Malwrest’s farm and engaged the locals in some discussion of the recent desecrations, but her work was brought to a halt by an incoming storm. Taras had just finished cleaning the statue when, to his joy, the storm broke and washed away any remaining blood and/or evidence.
Hadrian and Elsbeth went back to Reinave’s farm to track the remaining wolves to their lair, finding the injured wolf dead in its cave. Here they found the remains of several sheep and a months-long-dead corpse of a human. They received payment for the bounty on the wolf, buried the human body, and (having met up with the others) brought its belongings to the sheriff to see if anything could be identified. With no known missing locals or recent travelers through the city, the two laid claim to the goods by way of local custom.
On the way back to the Lorrimor house, the companions passed a group of 5 young local girls skipping rope. Not too out of the ordinary, until Mirram and Taras happened to overhear their rather unsettling skipping song. Taras approached them, carefully, to inquire about the song, but was unable to discover anything other than “it’s just song that’s always been sung around here.” Later questioning of other locals was unable to confirm this as a known local song.
After an uneventful night, the group escorted Kendra to the temple of Pharasma, as Mirram had previously arraigned for her to have access to the temple’s town records to try and find out further information of subjects mentioned in the professor’s journal. The party then visited the Emeras farm to investigate the death of several of their cattle (mysteriously drained of blood). spent some time in town before retiring for the day, with the plan to be fully rested in order to keep watch over the farm at night.
That evening they spoke briefly with Kendra about what she had been able to research during the day and then positioned themselves at various locations around the Emeras farm. Several hours later, they heard and then quickly converged on the slaying of one of the remaining cattle to find a floating red mist drifting away from the now blood-drained cow. After the battle resulting in the demise of the icky blood ghost, Mirram offered to pay Goodman Emeras for failing to protect the cattle, which he eventually accepted.
The party made their way back to the Lorrimor’s library to attempt to identify the creature and then reported their slaying of the vampiric mist to the sheriff. After having deputy Riff confirm their story, the sheriff produced a previously unposted reward and, following a short discussion, the group took the reward money to the temple for donation.
Requesting of Father Grimburrow that Kendra be allowed further access into the temple’s records, the party was pleased to discover that their good deed and actions in town were beginning to pay off, as Grimburrow reluctantly offered to let the party into the temple archive, with proper supervision of course.
The session ended mid-morning with jubilant celebration over this beginning change in events.