4th 8th, 3241, excerpted
The pouch that Gwen left me is filled with bluebells. They are magical and somehow related to healing. Not all of the blossoms have these properties. These may come in handy.
I finished the chakrams that Gilroy commissioned and our training is going well.
4th 9th, 3241, excerpted
We were able to sell the things we acquired during the disasters. It seems much of the money in the town is currently tied up so we were paid partially in credit.
4th 11th, 3241
The Leader called us together again. He wanted us to investigate the Khierast Manor. Much of the town needs wood and the manor’s boards may be salvageable. I hadn’t seen it myself, but some say it burned down or was haunted.
The Khierasts were a mostly elven family, focused on entertainment. They trained people for caravans, were very talented with animals, and were a well respected family until they left the town a little over 100 years ago. Little is known about what happened.
We agreed to help, of course. Khierast Manor is located on the north end of town, not far from the Terring Manor. It’s hard to believe people would let a place like that sit there for so long, but the Terrings probably didn’t want anybody to go there.
The Manor has a smaller building nearby. As we approached, we could see that both buildings were losing the battle against nature but were still in fairly good shape. This is likely because they were constructed in part with the strong wood of the First Fire trees.
As we approached the smaller building, it was immediately obvious that something was wrong. The place was ominous and disconcerting. I drew Daemon’s Death and approached. The craftsmanship of the wood was high. The entrance depicted dancing elves.
Within was a single chamber split in half. The front area was like a lobby of some kind, while the back contained a stage. At first it seemed like there was nothing there, but then the music started. It sounded like elves practicing a song and reminded me of sad memories, but it made Jaden actually start dancing. Once Jaden stopped, he said the music sounded like Rilla and Dazen said he heard her sing that song before. I don’t know what this means yet, but it seems like we should talk to her.
The main building couldn’t have been more haunted. Even the doorways were possessed of some malevolence. Gilroy could see it somehow. I am still coping with the fact that I can make my hands webbed, but my friends are otherworldly. I would say that itself is scary, but in practice it’s always good. I do not share my neighbors’ prejudices.
The manor was laid out in a fairly typical fashion. There was a dining hall, a topiary room, a study, a kitchen, etc. Many of the rooms were haunted. I didn’t care for it, but we pressed on. Chairs attacked us, doors closed behind us, and strange noises echoed out.
Two events were particularly worrisome. The pokers that came out of the fire to attack us were really brands and they bore the Terring symbol. And on the second floor, we found a Feybelanje, a spirit that was burned alive. It was an elven fetus. These two facts point to a potentially evil intent from the Terrings. The brands suggest a long term influence over the Khierasts, but the dead spirit and indeed the entire haunted house suggest something malicious happened here. And while I bare no previous ill views on the Terrings, this evidence does not show them in a favorable light.
There were some signs that creatures were living in here is well. We found starving dragonmen and vanquished them to keep ourselves and the town safe. We also found evidence somebody slept here in a more civilized manner: a bedroll, several flasks, and a bird from a foreign land. I’m not sure what it all means yet because the paper’s found there are written in Saring. We’ll have to get them translated. Whoever this was also marked locations on his map of the best views of Lehamo.
Ultimately, we cleared out the entire above ground level and had yet to find a hidden passage to the basement so we removed the things we found (some, oddly, being magical) and sought out the Keeper. She claimed she had no magic powerful enough to bring an entire house to rest.
Upon our return, we found the hidden chambers. The basement was haunted as well. And the one true room at the end of the chamber was one of the most disturbing in the house. A skeleton was inside. We were only in for a moment when the walls started seeping blood.