Session 10 – Spider Manor
Posted On August 6, 2015
Having been hired by the shining hero, Captain Von Der Fule of Candlekeep to investigate the missing wizard brothers, Mordecai and Lucius Malvern, the party finds itself on a slight rise overlooking Malvern Manor. But something is amiss! Ain’t it always?
Three sides of the manor are covered in thick, ropy webs, and a figure stands along the approach to the manor – one fingerless hand stretched out in the universal gesture of “Halt!”, the other hand pointing back along the roadway. A corpse, staked to the earth, and flayed of every inch of skin, it is an appalling sight. It’s also a warning the party refuses to heed.
Using the standard party tactic of hey-diddle-diddle, straight up the middle, they essentially assaulted Malvern Manor in a SWAT style raid. On the porch they get slapped around by giant spiders that pack a punch but lack staying power – one hit and they drop. The largest spider teleported back and forth, landing a few blows before being gutted at range by a highly accurate Grim the rogue.
Inside, the party lured a pair of starving guard dogs into a bathroom using a day’s rations, and then barred the three headed beasts inside. The ground floor echoed with bestial howls from the basement, and a thumping and moaning from the floor above. Searching the living area for clues revealed…
Upstairs the party found a pair of nice bedrooms, one of which contained a starving, eyeless, fingerless, and tongueless brother, crazed beyond all sanity. No attempts at first aid or magic healing could mend the wretches severed mind. The party did find a journal written by one of the Malvern Brothers that pointed the way to a hole to hell in the backyard of the manor.
The top floor was given over to four summoning circles that the party dared not touch.
The stairs down led to a small landing, flooded by six inches of water. The water, the howls, and the dank oppression led the party back upstairs – nothing could be worth all that trouble.
The last thing to investigate – the back altar – would have to wait for the next session.