With Kendra and lunch arrives Beija Thorus, a gimp Gnome touched by the spirits of the dead and here to repay her debt to the deceased professor. While they eat lunch the ladies are brought up to speed, and when Kendra takes her leave Beija trades places with Luna for escorting her home while the rest spend the rest of the day (and half the night) researching the remaining three prisoners they know so little about.
It is nearly midnight when they stop, but the only additional clues they find relate to the Piper of Illmarsh and his modis operandi. To placate Aaron Narsius dispatches his pet flaming skeleton, discovering the hard way that they explode when destroyed. Though they are merely injured, the paperwork is set alight and they are forced to flee.
Back at the house, they begin readying for bed. Kendra scolds them, having waited up with worry, and sets off for the kitchen when a knock at the door rouses concern. Before she can be stopped, the innocent Beija opens the door and is nearly struck hard by the undead corpse of Professor Lorrimor himself! Everyone is shocked, and Kendra & Beija give out little screams, but few spot the nervous twitch or gleam of madness slipping into the edge of Narsius’ eye. Before their mentor turned zombie can do harm though, Narsius brings the mindless corpse under his control. After some argument it is agreed that the Professor must be escorted back to his grave and reintured by Narsius, while Aaron runs ahead to get Father Harrowgrim to oversee things.
As they are heading out, however, Nisca spots lights gathering down at the town square, then advancing in their direction, so they send Narsius out the back way with his undead charge. They then head out to distract the arriving Sheriff Caeller and his deputies, who had come out to investigate the screams. Kendra and the others persuade them she had had a fit of histaria from a nightmare, and after they have taken their leave Aaron hustles to the church while the rest head off to catch up with Narsius.
They soon find Narsius, standing alone and seemingly stupefied on the southern bridge. After a few frustrating minutes he comes to with no recollection of what happened. Desperate to track down the missing professor, Ozric leads them on the first, most recent tracks he can find leading away from the bridge, which in turn takes them further south along the river… to the Harrowstone Monument. As they approach Nisca’s nose catches the sent of blood on the rain-swept wind, and her Dhampyr nature spurs her on, but also gives them warning that something ahead is freshly dead.
But instead of the professor they find Gibs, the leader of the rabble that had disrupted the professor’s burial. Dressed only in his nightcap and gown, with bloody razor in hand and a dead dog at his feet, he screams “you shan’t stop our escape! She WILL die again!” as he charges! The old soldier proves almost more than they can handle, but they manage to subdue him, noting that he had added an “S” in dog’s blood to the “VE” already there just as they’d arrived. Dragging him back to the town jail and filling Caeller in on the facts as they saw them, the Sheriff agrees to lock him up and bring this issue before the Town Counsel at the meeting the following night, recommending they come as well.
Meanwhile, Aaron had been banging on the church door when he spotted a shadowy figure lurching into the Restlands, and had sprinted after. He had almost caught up with the figure, and managed to identify it as the zombie Professor, when another zombie burst out of a nearby grave and pummels him into unconsciousness.
When the rest of the gang arrives, they find Father Harrowgrim leaving the Restlands, the unconscious Aaron on a stretcher, and hear of how he had been found & rescued by the recently awakened Acolytes. Narsius and company bring the Father up to speed, and so all return to the Professor’s grave, where – following Narsius’ last instructions – the Professor’s body patiently waits. Giving the Paladin healing for his injuries in Pharasma’s service, Harrowgrim sends them home to get some much needed rest and to tend to their injuries from this busy night.
The following day, while Beja tends to the injured and Aaron tidies up the Lorrimor place, Nisca heads into town to chat with Sheriff Caeller. The Sheriff is out, however, off investigating claims of the recently conscious Gibs that he has no recollection of being out last night and his accusation that they must have set on him while he slept at his home and are trying to frame him for their own crimes.
As she is heading back, she notes there seems to be a slight change of attitude amongst the populace of Ravengro. The son of the owner of the Laughing Demon calls out to her, telling her tht she should bring the rest of the gang by for a round of free drinks. At the General Store they give her a free mince pie to take back to feed her injured friends. Word is out about Gibs capture, caught red-handed mutilating Old Samson, the town mongrel, to desecrate the Harrowstone Monument, and the locals appreciate what the gang has done for them.
Back at the Lorrimor place, while Narsius is away taking confessional with Father Harrowgrim, the gang decides to pull out the planchette and use it to talk to what spirits their may be lurking about the Lorrimor home. After asking the spirits what is animating the dead, the bronze device jerks to life and drags their hands through each number until settling on the number 5. Thinking it through leads to only one conclusion, the five notorious prisoners of Harrowstone they keep hearing about must be behind these dangerous hauntings…