Pathfinder - Carrion Crown
A queer green stone idol of some octopoid creature with seven tentacles
The Whispering Way enthralled The Beast of Lepidstadt in order to covertly acquire this artifact.
Housed in the Antiquities Department of Lepidstadt University, little is known about this strange totemic statue. It is made of an unknown material, and the acting chair of Antiquities has no idea where it came from. His descriptions of the missing item are vague, and often unsettling.
The Whispering Way carried out an elaborate scheme to acquire the artifact. They infiltrated the Schloss of Count Alpone Caromarc, overcame the alchemist’s considerable defenses, tortured the Count, and gained access to the Bondslave Thrall: a powerful device capable of controlling The Beast. Whatever the Seasage Effigy is or does, it is clear that The Whispering Way was willing to devote considerable resources to acquiring it discretely.
Despite a near perfect crime, the heroes were able to unravel the Ways’ web of lies and discover the truth behind the crime. Although the heroes attention was diverted along the way after the death of Rurrt whilst exploring the Schloss, a group of Holy Warriors embarked on a quest to clear out the Schloss as the behest of Judge Daramid of the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye. The quest, led by a Pharasmin Cleric named Brother Drakkar found and located the body of Count Caromarc, which had been trapped in an elaborate Iron Maiden. Whilst at the Schloss, they were confronted by a horrific creature made from the parts of a dozen creatures. After half of his party was killed, Drakkar was able to commune with the spirit of the fallen former Palatinate Leader who informed him that the Whispering Way left his Schloss as soon as they had acquired the idol from the University. His last comments were that the band of Whispering Way under the guidance of a man named Vrood were bound for The Shudderwood to “complete the next step.”