|Is that paint?|
Veneticus reluctantly agreed that it was time to take a closer look at Professor Lorrimer's trunk of tomes, but despite the enthusiasm of the necromancer Nicodemus Eldritch, who wanted to remove the books to study in private, Veneticus insisted they only be examined with at least one other present, and then returned to the trunk. Still not too sure about Nicodemus, and whose side he's really on!
|Ex Libris Professor Lorrimer|
Veneticus stayed the night in the village gaol in an effort to study Gilbert in his cell, and saw the man sleep walk, and try to escape from his confinement, before returning to his pallet. This further reinforces the theory that the phantom of the Splatterman intends to use the villagers as its tools.
In the morning, the letters VE had been painted in blood on the monument. Another villager was found to be the perpertrator, but was obviously again an innocent victim. It also looks as if the Splatterman is singling out Veneticus for his attention. Let him come!
During this session the party questioned some gypsy children they overhead singing a song about the Lopper. Although questioned politely, they publicly insulted the characters, and more importantly, the authority of the church. Veneticus threw stones at the little brats in an effort to instil some degree of respect for authority in them, but this seems to have shocked his less Lawful comrades. Honestly! If nobody is prepared to stand up for the institutions that keep the very fabric of society from unravelling, especially in a land such as this where the forces of Chaos stand ready at every quarter, what will become of us all? The forces of evil can win over their followers at an early age unless they are taught to respect legitimate authority. Weakness will be our undoing.
We have learned that the Harrowstone prison burned down because prisoners rioted and took over the dungeon level. The warden used a deadfall to seal the dungeons, and the fire was deliberately started when it looked like the prisoners might still escape.
|Harrowstone prison - yikes Shaggy!|
In a secret room, we have found objects of importance to the five key prisoners, including a hand axe, a collection of holy symbols, a flute, a hammer and a spell book. The ghost Vasoria thinks these will aid us in defeating the phantoms.
NB: I'm still getting my head around playing a cleric at the moment. Veneticus has used two of his daily channels, one Touch of Law, and his daily Deflection Aura. He's also mistakenly used his domain spell, Protection from Chaos, against a non-Chaotic haunt, and has switched out his Summon Monster for a Cure Light Wounds on Sir Erudil, who was wounded in the fight with the spiders. The Light spell has been coming in useful as well...