Pathfinder - Carrion Crown

CHAPTER 84

Forgotten Soul

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Episode 5

PREVIOUSLY:
The heroes, having made further discoveries in the Esoteric Vaults in the Maladay Theatre under the watchful eye of Brother Abraun Chalest of the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye, returned to the vault to learn more about the Whispering Way’s plan. Their investigations led them to discover the Whispering Way’s use of the magic item called the Moriband Key and its connection with a statue found to be contained in the vaults. However, due to an unforeseen circumstance, the statue, which itself was magical, was inadvertently activated prematurely, summoning four Bone Devils who were acting as protectors of the statue’s secrets. After a harrowing fight, the Bone Devils were dispatched. What secrets lay hidden within the statue?

EVENTS:
The heroes venture to the The Quarterfaux Archives in the company of Abraun Chalest. Whilst making their way to a disused section of the vaults, the heroes came across a painting of a man who’s plague read, “Honours Student, Adivion Adrissant”. Abraun confirmed that Adrissant was a former student of the archives when they were located in Ardis. Abraun stated that he did not know the man personally, but knew that he had left the institution under a cloud.

Upon arriving at the destination of where Abraun claimed to have seen the statue they saw in the Esoteric Vaults, the heroes discovered a hidden passage behind the statue of a Priest of Pharasma who was excommunicated due to his beliefs. This passage led a secret hideout of the The Whispering Way.

Within the hidden chamber, the heroes found a missive from the person they have previously referred to as A.A. The letter was a goading of sorts, but confirmed the heroes’ worst fears, in that they were being played.

Also within the chamber, the heroes met the twin brother of Nevan Blackthorne, the dhampir Quinley Blackthorne who mysteriously stepped from the shadows. Quinley claimed to have been also searching for the The Whispering Way and in so doing, revealed his concerns regarding the possible connection between The Whispering Way and the deaths of numerous vampires in recent weeks, one of which was his mother. Quinley revealed that the upper echelons of the Pharasmin nobility were aware of the alliance that was forged between the vampires and humans which had existed soon after the vampires agreed to turn their back on the Whispering Tyrants rule many years ago. Quinley also explained that the Pharasmin church itself was aware of the truce in exchange for turning a blind eye to some of the vampires indiscretions. Shocked with this news, and seeing that the Quinley aligned with their own, the heroes agreed to assist. Soon after, Quinley agreed to attempt to arrange a meeting with the vampire underground in order to get to the bottom of the situation however warned that the vampires had shut their doors to the outside world in an attempt to prevent the killings, and that it may be required to fight their way to the the vampire masters who ruled the underground.

Whilst they waited for Quinley to contact the vampires, each of the heroes prepared themselves, during which Arno returned to the Palace of Voices to meet with Marrian and Paulo Carameizta to continue his practice for the opera. After practice, he returned with Marrian who introduced him to a vampire named Florian Lamorath. Unfortunately, that is all that Arno could recall.

Meanwhile, Augustus and Sediki returned to the Maiden’s Choir to speak with Mother Verith Thestia. There Augustus revealed his knowledge of the pact between the humans and the vampires, and that the Pharasmin Church knew of this. A heated discussion ensued ending with Mother Verith Thestia asking the Inquisitor to leave.

Later that evening, the heroes rendezvoused with Quinley in Restoration Park only to find that instead of a secretive vampire underground, as Quinley said there was, but instead the vampires themselves were there to greet them. As they approached, the heroes were presented with a password to which Arno responded. What became odd, was that Arno did not know how he knew.

Upon entering the greenhouse in order to enter the underground, they briefly spoke with the druid vampire Merrick Sais, who showed them the way in.

After walking through several hundred feet of corridors and sewers, the heroes were ambushed by eight ravenous vampires with red glowing eye, and pulsing veins. Who were these creatures? As was this a trap after all?

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