• Taklinn leads the expedition to clean out the dwarven structure with pervia, Duri, Rewis, and a few others. On there way back they encounter a swarm of stirges that aren’t deterred by the usual smoke deployment – a confusing and overwhelming battle ensues where Rewis and Pervia end up losing an eye each to the stirges large stingers.
• Meanwhile Ezekiel and Rham (along with a large portion of the village) get attacked by a considerable sized bandit raid at night. One of the farmers, Wine, is slain during the raid and another farmer, who goes by Wyny, is exposed as an arcane caster – even though he was using his arcane arts for the defense of the town – Wyny flees the scene in fear of what the townsfolk will do to him. *note: Taklinn and the others arrive right at the end of the night raid to help defend Befield.
• A number of bandits surrendered and taken captive. After questioning the bandits the townsfolk and adventurers learn their leader is a marauding Ogre by the name of Balug the nimble. Furthermore, the bandits that attacked Befield were promised unimaginable power if they prove their worth by successfully raiding the village that is harboring the adventurers that that freed the slaves from their imprisonment in the dwarven structure – the same one Taklinn had been clearing (the secret cyst of souls).
A few bandits fled the fight and escaped.
Upon more interrogation the adventurers learned Balug – the bandit leader – isn’t a mere Ogre, but holds the curse of vampirism (proudly it seems) and was promising to bestow the same fate onto the bandits that returned from the raid on Befield.
• After the bandits were imprisoned in the village’s make-shift holding cells (abandoned warehouse) Exekiel and Rham decided to investigate Wyny’s farm house. Wyny is the only farmer in Befield without a family. Yet when they went into the house they found paintings of Wyny, with a wife, two boys, and another painting – who’s canvas had mostly been removed from the frame.
Ezekiel cast Mend on the parchment – which still had some paint brushing of what looked like locks of hair on the part of the parchment that remained inside the frame – to reveal a picture of a beautiful girl. The parchment looked to have been torn out of the frame in haste.
Rham and Ezekiel also found – in a back room – tables sprawled with open books covered in arcane symbols and runes. Maps and pieces of parchment with strange writing nailed to the room’s walls.
Even more interesting, the heroes discovered a book detailing information about vampirism. The two heroes left the house to go speak with the town leader and the other party members.
Outside Wyny’s house there were 4 graves – loving wife, two brave sons, and his beautiful daughter.
• While the party and town leader (Reder Dysley) was discussing the night’s events Merovious brought in a sack and told the others he had something to share. He emptied the contents of the bag to reveal the crystal stones from the ritual Reder Dysley (the town leader) was involved in at the dwarven structure. There were less stones than originally obtained and one of the stones was larger now.
• The next day, as the group was looking at the crystals they began to shake – but then.. so did the table, and the rest of the room and soon the entire area was violently thrashing as a powerful earthquake was upon the land – again.
After the shaking and the aftershocks had left the damage was assessed. Half of wyny’s home had been engulfed in a deep sinkhole – taking the arcane scribbling, grave sight, and clues on vampirism with it.
Does Wyny have something to do with the Ogre’s vampire curse? What connection could he possibly have?