One month after the destruction of the Daemon Xulthos and driving out of the Khulis Gnoll tribe, Kelmarane has been reestablished as a small settlement, though there is much rebuilding to do. Over the next several weeks a massive influx of immigrants have increased the population from dozens to hundreds of souls. Expecting this, Almah focused the majority of her resources in rebuilding housing with Sayid’s help and establishing farmland and pastures in the nearby hills. While severely depleting her treasury, the town is now relatively self sufficient. Some effort was put towards rebuilding the Temple of Abadar and the Monastery, but it will take more time (and money) to fully restore them.
There was a funeral for the fallen cavalier Zaeda. She had left behind a will and letter to be delivered to her Order in Katapesh City, along with the ring which was the counterpart to Mia’s slave collar. Since Garavel was going to travel to the capitol city anyway to deliver Almah’s report and secure loans and workers he would take the message with him.
Dr. Zorastan and Undrella got into an argument over ownership of the Infuseum, an alchemical device located in the Battle Market that could inject a potion directly into the bloodstream. The elven witch was screeching vile insults and Dr. Zorastan looked like he was going to have a heart attack. Fortunately the party (Sayid? Kharis?) intervened and convinced them to share the device and pool their efforts into opening a business. (Result CR 3 reward, working Alchemy Shop)
Aarak patrolled the lands around Kelmarane, focusing his attention on the ruined fort to the North where lights are seen at night. Upon closer examination there was no activity on the outside, so he led a group of adventuers into the place. They discovered the remains of a terrible battle, gnoll bodies torn apart and eaten. Strangely, many body parts, especially limbs were missing. After some searching, they found an trapdoor that led into a set of underground rooms whose walls, ceiling and floors were scrawled with maniacal statements of hunger. It was theorized that a group of ghouls (or worse) were trapped under the keep for decades with nothing to do but write on the walls. When the gnolls occupied the fort they opened the trapdoor letting the ravenous undead loose. Outside there were some tracks found, leading Northwest following the river.
About a week after Xulthos was defeated, Haidur the former emir of Inep, now fallen cursed with lynchanphropy, asked to see Kharis. What happened exactly was unknown except that the two got into an argument and Haidur tried to attack or grab the Sohei. With the help of the guards armed with longspears Kharis got out, though visibly shaken. Later in the following weeks, dead mangled animals were found outside of twon. Good tracking on the part of Aarak showed the killer coming to and from Kelmarane. After some investigation, it was theorized that another were-leopard was in the area. Using diagnose disease spell Kharis was soon found out to be the one. El-Nebi, the magical Katara Kharis took as spoils from Haidur, was apparently cursed to inflict Lychanthropy on its wielder.
During the next full moon Kharis and Haidur were locked up and chained in separate rooms in the battle market. They both changed and remained confined. Mia, using her Oracle trance power, received visions that the answer to curing the two laid to the north, in the desert country of Osirion. She dreamed of four pyramids made of green stone and then a huge pyramid appearing in their place. Her vision then went up the side of the structure and through a tunnel, blurring through corridors until it came to a large square room with an alcove where an ornate sarcophagus. The dream then took her inside the ancient coffin where she saw the linen wrapped form a beautiful woman, clutching an ornate crooked staff, whose green eyes opened and stared into Mia’s whose vision was suddenly hurled away. The Oracle was certain then that the staff was the key needed to remove the curse inflicting Kharis.
Another mystery near the end of the month, perhaps connected was the report of one of the new immigrant farmers was reported missing. Investigation showed that the most recent tracks wandered off from his field, stopping about thirty feet away from a tree. From it looks like the farmer just vanished. Looking around, A’b’da found a large vulture feather. There were Grier in the area, they could be seen now and then gliding about the mountains, but only a small person, a child or gnome would be in danger of such…unless it was a BIG Grier…hmmmm.
Earlier A’b’da, Alenor, and Surkin traveled to Katapesh City. Garavel had been sent there by Almah to report her success and secure loans to buy supplies and recruit workers and farmers to rebuild the town. The group did some shopping and selling the loot that the party had gained during their adventures. They also delivered a message to the deceased Zaeda’s order. In it her executer of her goods, including Mia, was her good friend Kaira, a cleric of Pharasma. Kaira is a beautiful silver haired human woman constantly accompanied by a silent human(?) warrior in black platemail, his features concealed by his helmet. After reading the letter, Kaira suspected something wasn’t right, as while it seemed written in Zaeda’s handwriting, the fact she wanted Kaira to sell off her property, including Mia, was out of character. The forgery was so good that local scholars could not detect any deception, only a master linguist like Surkin (was it Surkin?) could spot the tiny distinct flaws.
Later A’b’da and Surkin did some investigations of their own. A’b’da wanted to find out what happened to his tribe which was wiped out 20 years ago. He found a dealer of information who told him where to find one of his people, a slave that worked in a for a forbidden book dealer in the Dark Stalls. While there he talked to the man, and found out where his tribe’s territory was located. He decided to buy and take the slave back with him to Kelmarane with the intention of freeing him there. While in the bookstore Surkin found an beautifully engraved and illustrated book that detailed the legends of the battles between Sarenae and Rovogug. While interested, the 4000 GP price was out of his price range.
After returning to Kelmarane, along with hundreds of workers, farmers, hunters and two score of the pactmaster guard, the party reunited and decided to investigate the nearby waterfall that was rumored to be haunted. They discovered this rumor was not true but was the site was the home of a nixie sorceress who didn’t like her privacy intruded on. There was a fight, the fae using the territory to her advantage using her song to lure some of the adventurers into the water and then casting entangle on the plants to ensnare and drown them. Fortunately, once the adventures discovered the nature of their opponent they managed to convince the nixie to cease hostilities before anyone was seriously injured. After some tense negotiations, the fae released the adventurer’s she had charmed. She then told what knowledge she had of the ghouls, confirming they had gone Northwest and in that direction was an old dwarf hold.
It was decided then that since the ghouls were gone for now, that it was best to pursue Mia’s vision and take a trip to Osiron to the North.