Part 1: The last will and testament of Professor Petros Lorrimor.
Our heroes filter in over the last few days of Pharast and begin as Pallbearers, carrying their former friend and mentor in his coffin into the Restlands. Aaron, Ishara, Lune, Ozric, Narsius & Ursus all take a poll, while Nisca walks ahead providing comfort to Professor Lorrimor’s daughter Kendra. Behind trail a small collection of local friends, including the local tavern-keeper & a number of local councilmen, none of whom prove very useful when the processional finds it’s way blocked by an unruly mob.
Led by Gibs, a disgruntled veteran, the mob is outraged that a “necromancer” such as Prof. Lorrimor might be buried in Pharasma’s graveyard, and Osric, Narcius and Luna’s attempt to calm them down only outrage them further (“let these freaks & foreigners tell us who can & can’t be buried in our backyard? Never!”), but they are put to route when Nisca draws herself up to her full, aristocratic height and puts the fear of their betters in them before any real damage to either side is done. Only one is taken, falling early on to Ishara’s sleeping magic, and he gets to hear Father Grimburrow’s full lecture himself when the elderly priest arrives to be properly shocked by the mob’s scandalous behavior.
The precessional reformed, they continue on to put the Professor in the ground, and as the service concludes, each of his old friends says a few words, sharring their memories of the dead man who has brought them all here. Later, they reconvene to listen to the will at the Lorrimor home, where they continue to get to know his daughter Kendra better, as well as each-other, had find out the details of the Professor’s demise. Councilman Vashan arrives to present the will, informing them all that while Kendra inherits the majority of the Professor’s affairs, he has left them with 100PP each, presuming they can watch over his daughter for a month and deliver some library books back to the Lepidstadt University at the end of that time. After the Councilman leaves, Kendra pulls out the collection of books, and they find the Professor has left to them his Journal as well. The Journal holds many curious hints, not the least of which seems to be suggestions that the Whispering Way had come to Ravengro with a sinister interest in the old Harrowstone prison, that he had visited a hidden catch left behind by Pharasmian ghost hunters before he died, and that these and other factors may have led to his death.
Part 2: Crimes not Forgotten.
The next morning is spent arguing while dealing with hangovers from the wake the night before, and much of that argument revolves about how to spend the next month. In discussing what they’d learned the night before, Aaron & Narsius prove veritable founts of lore regarding the history of Harrowstone (and it’s five last, most famous prisoners) & the Whispering Way. In the end, Kendra shows Nisca around town while Osric & Luna reconnoiter the Restlands, Narsius & Aaron wander up to look at the Harrowstone walls, and Ursus & Ishara sleep in.
At the Restlands, Luna’s Eildolon is spooked by finding her mistress’ name on a gravestone dating 50 years ago, but the words vanish before she can draw attention to it. Osric & Luna find the mausoleum wherein the ghost-hunting gear is supposedly hidden & note the lock is already rusted & broken before returning to join the others.
Everyone meets back at the town square before retiring for lunch at the Laughing Demon. After another rousing debate of etiquette vs. expediency, Aaron persuades them to talk to Father Grimburrow to seek permission to retrieve the ghost-hunting cache from the Mausoleum. THe Father proves reluctant, but he reluctantly agrees once Nisca weighs in and provides some assurances that she will provide oversight. Except for a brief bout of trouble with some centipedes thinking of them as potential snacks, the Party retrieves the gear with little trouble. While everyone else returns to the Lorrimor house so Kendra can figure out what their treasure is and what it can do, Luna drops by the church to update the Father on what they found and has a strange encounter with ghostly wagon-tracks heading up to Harrowstone. Back at the house, Ishara notes that the symbol on the box containing the spirit planchette is the same as on one of the books in the chest they’ve agreed to take to Lepidstadt – the seal of the Palatine Eye.
Part 3: Strange days in Ravengro.
The following day they find Sheriff Caeller at their door with a couple of deputies, asking their whereabouts two nights before. Turns out the Harrowstone Monument to all those who died in the fire 50 years back had been vandalized. Kendra vouches for their alibi, and the Shriff takes his leave, but leaving their curiosity piqued. After spreading around the gear recovered from the previous night’s excursions, the gang follows Kendra to the Monument, where they find a large “V” scrawled in blood at it’s base. Recent rains has washed away any tracks though, Osric discovers. Sending Kendra back to the safety of the house with Luna and Ursus for company, they push on for Harrowstone.
As they enter the prison grounds Osric scouts ahead, only to fight off an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia and the sensation of being on fire, a condition that disorients him only momentarily. After nearly a half-an-hour turns up nothing searching the smaller of the two buildings on the prison grounds, they are re-joined by Ursus and head up to explore the outer wall, upsetting a massive rat’s nest in the process. Fighting off the swarming rodents, they find little of interest and head back down and across to stairs leading up to the westernmost balcony of the Prison proper. While Ishara works on unlocking the door to the second floor, a scythe is lifted up from a nearby block of stone by two skeletal hands and attacks! Nisca puzzles out that this was once Harrowstone’s place of execution, and the scythe the tool thereby – not that useful, but a marvelous distraction from the sunlight finally pushing out from behind the clouds. Working together they manage to alternately wrestle it to the ground or otherwise distract it enough for Narcius to batter the haunt away with his magics. The lock proves too hard for Ishara, so Aaron & Ursus set about struggling to batter it in…