The Heroes of Sandpoint were enjoying their time in relaxation. Adoror was reading a letter when their heard a distant explosion coming from the beaches. Grabbing their weapons, they went and investigated and found a familiar sight washed upon shore. Edward Teach has returned to them, quite the first way he was found before. The man had stolen another ship before the assault on Thistletop, and once again had drunkenly blown his own ship up.
Bringing the drenched and flustered pirate to shore, they brought him to their favourite tavern, the Red Dragon Inn. There waiting for them, was Shalelu Andosana with her half-elf nephew Edge Wilder. Shalelu thought Adoror’s prowess and morals would be good guidance on Edge’s own and asked the Paladin to take him on.
Soon after, a very grim-faced Sheriff came through the doors, pulling Adoror aside to tell him about a couple of sets of gruesome murders. A few years before, during the ‘Late Unpleasantness’ a series of gruesome murders was perpetrated by a killer who was called the Chopper. Belor’s predecessor was his final victim, managing to fatally wound the killer. Belor fears that murders like these would plunge the populace into panic.
Belor then handed Adoror a tattered and bloody parchment with Garram’s name on the top, the message read
“We have spoken of this before, my master. Now it begins. Join the pack and it will end.
The Sheriff was quick to assure Adoror that he didn’t suspect his companion, suspecting someone is trying to frame Garram. The townspeople however, might not be understanding. With that in mind, Belor has decided to ask for the heroes assistance in apprehending the killer and has deputized them.
While Adoror briefed his companions, Garram noticed the bard playing in the tavern was paying a little too much attention and grabbed him for some interrogating. The bard, a Chelaxian named Sven Culti, was looking to creat a ballad he coined as a ‘rock opera’ and after hearing about the heroes previous exploits through Ameiko during his stay, thought them suitable candidates for his stars. The party decides to allow him to come with them, so long as he did not get in their way.
As the party was about to leave The Rusty Dragon, when the door was flown open by a tall and dark cloaked stranger. The ever friendly Chopska approached the man, but was struck by him. Tensions arose, before he handed Adoror a letter. The man was named Messer, a dirty secret of the Magnimar Church of Iomedae. Alarmed by the description of the runewell Adoror reported to them, they had sent Messer to go do what the Paladin himself, bound by his code could not. Feeling obligated to take him, Adoror and the party headed to the most recent murder scene, at the Lumber Mill.
A large crowd had gathered outside of the lumber mill, kept at bay by Belor’s men. Once let past, the party was stunned to what they saw. Katrine Vinder, the beautiful daughter of the General Store owner Ven, pushed through a log splitter. Her mangled remains laying crumpled on the earth.
Her lover, the mill owner, Harker, was in a worse state. Torn flesh hung by hooks, and a sihedron star carved into his chest, and his lower jaw missing and strange claw marks covered his body along the knife wounds.
The same symbol they found in Malfeshnekor’s chamber, and the same symbol etched on Garram’s ring, which he quickly hid from view.
Edge managed to find tracks leading from the water to the outside wall, finding the entrance the killer used to be from the 2nd floor window. A hatchet was found which Adoror determined was used against something undead in the last day or so.
Garram, taking a look from the 2nd floor window, noticed a clearing across the marsh, when the party investigated, they discovered signs that the killer had staked out the area before it’s attack.
Finding all they could, they decided to head to the Sandpoint Garrison to talk to the people of interest Belor had, and to examine the bodies from the murder a few days before. First they talked to Ibor Thorn, Harker’s Partner and the discoverer of the gruesome scene. The man obviously still in shock, had sadly little information to give to the party, and Belor’s suspect, Ven Vinder, was even less of a help, adamant about the party’s own guilt. Before long Ven’s alibi was proven and he was released.
Accompanying the bodies was again, another note. Instead of being addressed to Garram however, it seemed to have been addressed to the victims, a few known swindlers who were told to leave town by Belor a few days before.
Belor was not surprised to find them murdered, and originally did not think of anything out of the ordinary before today’s gruesome discovery. He noted there was a surviving witness, a thug named Grayst Sevilla, but his mind was so gone he had no choice but to drop the poor soul to the Sanitorium West of Sandpoint. Adoror once again discovered claw marks on these bodies along with the Sihedron carvings on their chest done by knife wounds.
The Party decide to embark West to see if they’d have more luck than Belor in gaining information from the Grayst. Belor gave them a letter of recommendation to give to the Sanitorium owner, Erin Habe.