The session begins as silence falls over the abandoned keep. Unsure if they should quickly leave for the Old Beldame‘s to warm her of Rigg Nimbleshanks’ desire to kill her and risk being attacked by her or continue on exploring the keep and let her deal with anything that comes her way. The PC’s decide to take quick look through the courtyard before heading out to warn Beldame.
The silence is broken as Rigg again decides to sneak attack Walays who had strayed away from the group. A game of cat and mouse takes place, with Nimbleshanks in the role of cat: slowly and methodically attacking then hiding while awaiting for another opportunity to pounce. Frustration boils over as Nimbleshanks uses a Shatter spell to destroy Andrei‘s fathers Androri dueling sword while it was in Andrei’s sheath.
Walays decides to climb the stairs to the upper levels of the keep where he sees, unbeknownst to him, a baobhan sith who is admiring herself in the mirror. Walays introduces himself and she demands he beg for his life.
While this is going on, Tess trips a trap, leading to the grand hall to be filled with a sickening purple gas. As the gas fills Andrei’s lungs, he begins laughing uncontrollably, a sound Tess is not sure she’s ever heard from Andrei before. Tess begins pulling him out into the courtyard.
Just outside the keep, also at the same time, Walker, in eagle form, has zeroed in on Nimbleshanks who has pulled a crossbow out to deal with the flying menace. Walker dives down and grabs Nimbleshanks and begins carrying him up into the sky all in one fell swoop. Walker climbs ever higher and released Nimbleshanks to fall to his death – but the constant thorn in the PC’s side has one more trick up his sleeve as his Ring of Feather Falling activates, allowing him to slowly fall to the ground. Walker is able to hit Nimbleshanks with lightning once, but misses his second shot as Nimbleshanks evacuates the area – swearing revenge on the party.
Tess is out in the courtyard with Andrei, trying to help cure the poison that has gripped him. Walays is attacked by the baobhan sith and begins trying to retreat back downstairs. Walker follows Nimbleshanks as much as possible, but turns back when he loses sight of him. The stage is set for a showdown in the grand hall as everyone is gathered there as the baobhan sith comes down the stairs.
Tess tries to blind her, but is unable to and then the baobhan sith begins seductively moving her body – a dance that grips Walays, Walker, and Whisper in its grips. Tess steps up and crits the dancing lady with her fey bane greatsword, causing massive damage. The baobhan sith lunges at Tess in order to grapple her and drain her blood – but Tess sees and opening and plunges her sword up behind her ribcage, killing her. With one defiant breath, the dancing lady tries to curse Tess, but her last vision is that of Tess resisting the curse and sending her regards from Gorum.
With the keep seemingly secured, our heroes begin looting the place. Many artifacts, gems, and riches are found in the dancing lady’s chambers. One of the towers contained skulls interwoven in the vines and creepers which grow inside the tower. The next contains skeletal remains and the less desirable parts, tossed here for vermin to feast. The PC’s also are able to find a statuette that Walays feels would appropriately impress Lily, though is unsure if her affections (and the +1 Cloak of Protection) is worth the value of the statuette.
The final tower is that of Nimbleshanks where the PC’s find the perfectly preserved full-faced scalps of over one hundred previous victims, each with their weapons nailing them to the wall. The faces encircle the entire inner walls of the tower, from the ground all the way to the rafters. Included in this was three Aldori dueling swords, two bearing the marks of the men who died alongside his father and the other bearing his father’s mark. Many of these scalps had gold, gems, sewing kits, wetstones, and other miscellaneous items in them, as if he was using their lower jaw areas as makeshift storage areas.
Andrei, overcome with grief and anger steps outside to deal with seeing his father’s face decorating a madman’s room. Tess goes into full “cleric mode” as she has the party start pulling down each of the faces and cut down a tree or two inside the courtyard. Everything not of value in the room is tossed onto a makeshift bonfire in the middle of the tower and is set alight.
The session ends as the tower is engulfed in fire and Andrei now faced with innumerable questions as to what exactly happened when his father was killed – as well as what his step father, Ihvon Sokolov, hadn’t told him and how Old Beldame was involved.