Zealday, 1844 Wind 17
- Vayol and D’Jango ask the wight where the wraith is, but he doesn’t answer.
- Pan casts Detect Thoughts on the wight. Despite the wight not answering, she is able to see that it’s thinking about the wraith sinking into the ground. She shares this with the party, but nobody is sure what that means.
- Pan probes deeper into the wight’s thoughts. Its primary motivation manifests as a memory, oddly not from its past life. Dr. Suterre raised Erathar as a corporeal wight and Ona as an incorporeal wraith. This difference kept the two former lovers from being together. Suterre told them he’d join their souls in the afterlife after they were finished serving him.
- Vayol realizes that Suterre is using this longing in their souls for his own ends, both as a means to sustain them in their undead forms and to let him exert influence over them. Vayol offers to marry them using Ceremony. The wight Erathar agrees.
- As a wraith, Ona’s able to move through solid material, and she’s been exploring something beneath the bandit cave. They wait around for Ona to reappear, which she does around sunset.
- Ona is delighted with this marriage plan. She reveals that, at Suterre’s direction, she’s been exploring a vast underground complex, looking from the inside for a way in. She’s been unsuccessful, but she also has only explored a little of it. There is a spiral staircase that terminates beneath the magical stone pedestal in the main room.
- Vayol explains that he’ll need to rest before he can perform the Ceremony. He tells them to stay hidden and that he’ll return tomorrow.
- The party gathers the treasure stolen from Potterstead and head home.
- Ian Cooper (the party’s torchbearer, who waited outside the cave) asks if the monsters who killed his daughter have been slain. Vayol lies by omission and assures Ian that they won’t be a problem anymore.
Potterstead: Rolling Leaf Inn
- The people of Potterstead are grateful that the undead are vanquished and that their valuables are returned. Since the mayor was killed, Vayol appoints Tess to distribute the treasure fairly to the families. She is trusted and well-liked. She reluctantly agrees.
- The whole town celebrates. The ale flows freely. D’Jango brings down the house with a jaw-dropping performance on his magical mandolin.
- Ian Cooper confides that the entire ordeal has inspired him to become an adventurer himself. With his daughter dead, he feels the calling to avenge her and others by taking the oath of a paladin.
- When they go to fetch Elias, they hear shouting and crashing dishes. Vayol enters the boat’s cabin and sees Elias, barely human at this stage, backed into a corner while the shipmaster wields a cargo net, halfway as a shield. The room is a disaster.
- The shipmaster is furious. He demands to have his contract settled immediately. After some tense negotiations, Pan offers him a share of the treasure they’re sure to find. He eagerly agrees at the opportunity to enrich himself, but he still insists that the Elias-creature is not welcome on his boat.
- Elias seems to understand simple words, but his replies are gibberish. They cover him and move him through town.
Potterstead: Rolling Leaf Inn
- The party is ready to crash for the night. Tess is happy to provide lodgings for free, but she’s less sure what to do about Elias. They find an empty stable and leave him there.