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Episode 9: Nine-Tenths of the Law
Nate couldn't make it this week.
We start by going back in time to last session, experienced from Diath's point of view. Diath is a disembodied consciousness. He sees himself hanging on the gallows. Hundreds of ravens descend on the town square. They attack and chase off everyone - guards, townsfolk, and citizens alike.
It takes Diath a long time to get acclimated to Paultin's body and we skip to the group riding to Krezk, which is where last session ended. The group has Diath's corpse with them and they want to have him resurrected.
He spots tracks. From what he could tell, someone ran into the woods and the wolves didn't chase them.
The group arrives at the walled-in village of Krezk. There are guards on the wall. The group wants "Paultin" to do the talking and it doesn't go well. Paultin/Diath ends up asking what the business hours are for the monastery.
The guards think Evelyn is Saint Markovia and let the group in. We learn that the son of the "Burgermaster" of Krezk died. The Abbot brought him back to life, and then the son slashed his dad's throat. The Burgomaster is alive, but his vocal cords are cut and he can't speak. His wife speaks for him.
The heroes further learn that the son fled into the woods, along with a peasant lady. The heroes realize that the peasant lady is the corpse the group found earlier.
The group thinks about exploring the abbey. It's night, so they decide to rest and check out the abbey in the morning. They stay with the Burgermaster.
At night, it's cold. The group sleeps on a wood floor. They can hear the Burgomaster's wife taking care of her husband downstairs.
The Abbey of St. Markovia
The mongrelfolk let the group into the abbey. Evelyn is carrying Diath's corpse. Strix chucks a rock at a scarecrow. The group heads to the main building and knocks loudly. The only response is the sound of wings flapping.
Evelyn uses her boots to fly up and look over the wall. She sees fog swirling down there and spots a creature chained to a post. It's a mongrelfolk with bat wings. It's trying to fly off but it can't.
Strix approaches the mongrel and tries to give it food, but it lunges and tries to attack her.
Suddenly, bells begin to ring, followed by monstrous cries of "food!"
The well is 80 feet deep... and he's not alone. That's where we stop.