Carrion Crown

HoH: Recap of Day 001
A Funeral for a Friend

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Prior to the start of the adventure, each of the party members received the message that Professor Lorrimor had passed, and their presence in his hometown of Ravengro has been requested by the executor of his will, Councilman Vashian Hearthmount, along with a personal appeal from his daughter, Kendra.

Not long after the party had arrived in town, much to the suspicion of the locals, Kendra decided that all that were able had arrived. With that, the party first met at the edge of the town’s graveyard, colloquially called The Restlands, to witness the burial of the professor’s preserved body. Gathered alongside them were only a handful of villagers that had come to pay their respects: Council members Vashian Hearthmount &, Gharen Muricar, tavernkeep Zokar Elkarid & his 13-year-old son Pevrin, and Ravengro’s apothecary Jominda Fallenbridge.

After brief introductions were had, the party was invited to help inter the body as pallbearers. A few of them accepted, and the funeral procession began down a gravel pathway towards the professor’s final resting place. As the procession rounded a corner onto an intersecting path called the they saw that the way ahead was blocked by a group of a dozen surly looking locals. The tallest of these was an elderly but wiry man, who the party later learned was a retired soldier named Gibs Hephenus. He spoke out as soon as the group was noticed.

The thugs stated that they had no intention of letting the professor’s body to be buried in town. Claiming they spoke for many more townsfolk who wished to not have the necromancer buried next to their kin. Kendra shocked by their ignorance could not stifle her shock and anger. The party attempted to convince them that what they believed was not true, but the intrusion of outsiders into this manner only lead to blows. It wasn’t long before the assembled mob realized how outclassed they were by a party of adventurers, and most were able to flee with their lives, including Gibs. {XP Rewarded: 600}

In the process of responding to the threat the members of the party who were acting pallbearers did not properly account for the weight of the coffin, seeing it fall to the ground and the poor professor’s body spill out onto the gravel. It was at this point the party could see the full horror of the his death as little was left of the professor visage, crushed by the statue that had killed him.

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Fortunately for all involved, Father Grimburrow along with two gravediggers, who had been waiting grave side, heard the commotion and arrived just after the party had dispatched the mob. He healed the fallen villagers as well as the party, instructed the gravediggers to see the professor’s body back to it’s coffin, and insisted, after the procession had a chance to breath, that the they all continue, as the grave was dug and the professor needed to be laid to rest. Turning his stern glare to the thugs that he revived, urging them to seek out the sheriff to turn themselves and their fellows in. The party insisted that a harsher penalty be taken, at which point both attending councilors point out that the beating the party administered to the thugs is punishment enough.

While multiple party members disagreed with them, it would have be dealt with later. The procession continued up to the plot Kendra purchased for her father, and no further complications arose. Father Grimburrow gave a short sermon, followed by Kendra tearfully giving a brief account of her father’s more courageous and self less moments. Thanking everyone once again for coming, particularly the party members who traveled from abroad, she then invites them all to share a few stories or remembrances, which they did.

With goodbyes said, and the funeral over she invited the party members back to her home for a drink and to hear the professor’s last will and testament. While awaiting the Councilman Hearthmount to read the will, the party finally had enough time to properly acquaint themselves. Once the councilor arrived, he kept his interaction strictly to the reading of the will, making it clearly obvious that he doesn’t completely approve of strangers being involved in local matters, but keeping any comments to himself.

Councilman Vashian immediately produced a scroll case, showing that the professor’s personal seal is unbroken. Breaking the seal, and opening the case a small iron key falls out of the tube, clattering noisily onto the table. Completely unfazed by the noise, he began to read, clearly eager to be done with the business and to get back home:

“I, Petros Lorrimor, being of sound mind, do hereby commit to this parchment my last will and testament. Let it be known that, with the exception of the specific details below, I leave my home and personal belongings entire to my daughter Kendra. Use them or sell them as you see fit, my child."

“Yet beyond the bequeathing of my personal effects, this document must serve other needs. I have arranged for the reading of this document to be delayed until all principals can be in attendance, for I have more than mere inheritance to apportion. I have two final favors to ask."

“To my old friends, I hate to impose upon you all, but there are few others who are capable of appreciating the true significance of what it is I have to ask. As some of you know, I have devoted many of my studies to all manner of evil, that I might know the enemy and inform those better positioned to stand against it. For knowledge of one’s enemy is the surest path to victory over its plans."

“And so, over the course of my lifetime, I have seen fit to acquire a significant collection of valuable but dangerous tomes, any one of which in the wrong circumstances could have led to an awkward legal situation. While the majority of these tomes remain safe under
lock and key at the Lepidstadt University, I fear that a few I have borrowed remain in a trunk in my Ravengro home. While invaluable for my work in life, in death, I would prefer not to burden my daughter with the darker side of my profession, or worse still, the danger of possessing these tomes herself. As such, I am entrusting my chest of tomes to you, posthumously. I ask that you please deliver the collection to my colleagues at the University of Lepidstadt, who will put them to good use for the betterment of the cause."

“Yet before you leave for Lepidstadt, there is the matter of another favor—please delay your journey one month and spend that period of time here in Ravengro to ensure that my daughter is safe and sound. She has no one to count on now that I am gone, and if you would aid her in setting things in order for whatever she desires over the course of this month, you would have my eternal gratitude. From my savings, I have also willed to each of you a sum of one hundred platinum coins. For safekeeping, I have left these funds with Embreth Daramid, one of my most trusted friends in Lepidstadt—she has been instructed to issue this payment upon the safe delivery of the borrowed tomes no sooner than one month after the date of the reading of this will.

“I, Petros Lorrimor, hereby sign this will in Ravengro on this first day of Calistril, in the year 4711 AD.”

With the will read, Councilman Vashian was prompty thanked and dismissed by Kendra, afterwards turning to the party and informing them that while decides if she is to sell her family home or remain in Ravengro they were welcome to take up residence in the house, providing free room and board for the month the will requests. Leaving them to make of their minds in private, she excused herself, returning a few minutes later with her father’s chest.

Opening the chest with the key enclosed in the will, the party found a small stack of tomes, with the newest tome resting on top bearing the phrase scratched into the leather cover. Opening this book, the party found it to be the professor’s journal, with the majority of entries being relatively bland, accounting for day-to-day activities in a small town.In stark contrast, several later entries in the book are circled in red ink, with the last of these entries dated 17 days ago, the same day the professor’s body was found:

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The remaining tomes were the books of dangerous lore mentioned in his will. Three of them ( On Verified Madness, Serving Your Hunger, & The Umbral Leaves) had notes tucked into them indicating that they should be delivered to Montagnie Crowl, a professor of antiquities at Lepidstadt University. The note in the fourth, Manual of the Order of the Palatine Eye, has indicated that it should be discreetly delivered to Embreth Daramid, a judge at the Lepidstadt Courthouse, including the address of Embreth’s home so that it could be delivered personally.

With much to take in, the party retrieved their belongings from the inn, and began to settle in at Kendra’s.

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