After bringing damning evidence of Justice Ironbriar’s murder cult, and the Cult leader himself to the proper authorities, the Deputies quickly make their way over to the Shadow Clock, a decrepit clockwork tower that despite the property being banned to public access for it’s danger, holds rumours of something haunting the tower as of late.
Garram and Hun Qui decide they want to climb the tower, hoping to corner whomever is inside, Adoror and the Dwarves take the inside, where they’re attacked by a massive flesh golem dressed as a sick Scarecrow, the severed heads of it’s previous victims hanging on it’s belt. The Golem grabbed Adoror, and began to try to open him in much the same way you would a bottle when frustrated. That is to say the tower shook and teetered as Adoror was slammed against wall and ceiling and Dwarf. The Dwarves were unleashing as many spells as they could at the beast as Adoror struggled to release the beasts hold of him, smashing the behemoths’ arm and releasing the grip.
The commotion brought the rest of the denizens to the attention of the Deputies arrival, and worked to stop it, unfastening one of the massive brass bells from it’s holding, dropping it upon Hun Qui, who failed to get out of the way, getting crushed under the massive brass bell.
Against all common sense and laws of how reality should work, Hun Qui survives this, and after climbing out of the rubble, decides to climb the tower, logically determining that they probably couldn’t drop another bell on him.
The Paladin and the Dwarves manage to slay the Scarecrow, and as their climbing the stairs, The denizens above drop another bell, this time into the stair well. The massive bell tumbled down the stairs, knocking pieces of the stair case tumbling down into the tower floor below.
Adoror quickly smashed the side of the wall where he was standing, and leapt out of the tower, activating his ring of Feather Fall, mere moments before being crushed. Dakkam was grazed, but nearly fell to his death when the stairs crumbled beneath him, but Bolo was there to grab him.
Garram and Hun Qui make their way onto the Bell Floor, where three more Faceless Stalkers awaited the Deputies ascent. With the rest of the Deputies eventually making it up the stairs, The Stalkers were slain, and only one floor remained.
Steeling themselves, they reached the attic, where the Angel Statue could be seen outside the tower through the holes in the ceiling. Nearest to the Statue, was a makeshift bed of pillows and silks, and lying in wait were four snakelike beings with wicked thorn-like tridents. One stabbed Dakkam draining him of his very willpower as his lifeblood dripped with it.
With a simple word, Dakkam became an unwitting puppet of the Snake creatures, and began to sling spells at his own teammates. The Deputies struck mighty blows at the Snake creatures, only to find they vanish as they are revealed to be glamours. The real one, revealed to be a powerful spellcaster, as her invisbility ended with another vicious strike with her trident.
Adoror and Garram struck back with a vengeance, holding the Lamia at bay while Hun Qui grappled Dakkam and restrained him from doing anymore harm to his compatriots. Finally, they proved too much for her, and she successfully fled into the night, with Dakkam finally breaking her hold on him. After searching her lair (and finding considerable loot.) they find a taunting letter addressed to the Lamia, named ‘Xanesha’, the sender implied to be the beasts’ sister.
In the letter, Xanesha’s sister taunted her about her plot with the skinsaw men being crude, and how her own plan in Turtleback Ferry was much more elegant. There was mention about greedy souls being used in some plot by their mysterious Lord, and a hint of an attack on Fort Rannick.
But what does this all mean? And How far does this rabbit hole go?