Another filthy cultist took at swing at Dr. Lorenz, who jumped back to avoid the cut. The unholy temple was poorly lit and the stench of decay and filth was everywhere. Tobias was by the alter, with a good hold in Karl, the holy child, and his cultists were doing a good job of keeping the intruders back. Meanwhile the high priest was chanting, soon covering the intruders in a miasma of pestilence. The Altdorf Band pressed further into the room, cutting down cultists and Konrad took a shot at the High Priest. Behind the adventurers a new group poured in! Sophia and around 12 of her Minions: “I knew you would lead us to the boy. Humans are so simple. Neither of you will be taking the boy. We need him. He will follow his destiny. He will be the Champion of the Night!”. With that the battle was joined. Dr. Lorenz did his best to stay alive fighting Cultists and Minions. Konrad and Gromnir had a heated argument in the mist of battle of who would have the honor of fighting Sophia. Brother Maynard faced off against the High Priest of Nurgle and finally Gerhart and his dog, the lone dwarf who pressed hard towards Tobias to prevent him escaping with the child again…
In this episode the Altdorf Band reach Villa Hahn. But not before swimming over a slow flowing river thick with algae. Brother Maynard and Konrad of Altdorf both contracting Green Pox.
As they approach Villa Hahn, Von Gemylte refuse to continue and flies to a nearby tree.
Villa Hahn is a large manor house, the house and grounds completely corrupt by the powers of Nurgle. After discovering evidence of Tobias/Jan’s coming with Karl, the get an overview of the grounds, and then enter the mansion.
Gerhart Brickle bumps into an armor, trying to sneak around in the darkness. But soon the Altdorf Band follows the sound of a girl whimpering. In her room, they face off against her parents… now melted together as a chaos spawn. They quickly destroy it though. The girl bites both Brother Maynard and Gerhart Brickle, however both avoid catching the fatal “Nurlgle’s Rot”. At the upper levels they discover both the journals of Erich and Ruprecht Hahn and start to piece together the story of the family.
Next checking the wine cellar they encounter Lucious Hahn. The father of the family now possessed by some giant bug. Gromnir Groinsplitter quickly destroy them. Brother Maynard also finds a bottle of rate Tilian Wine, likely worth at least a gold crown.
At the ground floor the band further investigates the study, kitchen, library and uncovers more details about Ruprecht. In the dining room, they are attacked by a ghost, and the party flees outside. After trying to set the house on fire, they head for the Hedge Maze. In the maze they almost make it to the center by a series of daunting tracking rolls. But eventually they end up by the entrance again, realizing they need one of the amulets in order to find their way.
The party splits up to search the corpses in the house and the glasshouse outside. Each groups finds a Sigil of Flies. However Gromnir Groinsplitter and Gerhart Brickle both gets affected by “Something Far Worse….” when investigating a bloated corpse. They do find a good deal of coin though!
Armed with two Sigils. One around Gerhart’s neck. He guides the party through the maze. Here they come upon the entrance to the temple. A boated mound of rotten meat pulsing with sick life. They all put effort into it and hack through. Covered in gore, flesh, blood, pus and goo, the party decent into the temple. Gerhart and Konrad now infected with Brown Pox.
Making their wait through the temple, Gerhart discovers the Liber Pandemic.
The Liber Pandemic.
Penned by Hadred over 150 years ago, this book could be the single most deadly item known. Cataloguing hundred of diseases, the book is more of a checklist than how to conjure them yourself. It describes the diseases, usual locations they are found, and even some cures for a couple of them. As a special bonus, Hadred had every page contain a sample of the disease showcased on that page.
Gerhart flips through the book in search of Brown Pox and stops just a page before his goal. He manage to resist contracting anything new before the party destroys the ancient book.
Finally in the temple the party intrude upon the ritual of binding, stopping the High Priest from placing the necklace overKarl‘s head. They charge the cultists, but soon Sophia and her minions emerge from behind. Turning their attention from the chaos sorcerers, the warriors of the party focus on bringing down the vampire.
Tobias/Jan escapes down a tunnel by the alter with Karl only followed by Gerhart. Brother Maynard kills off the high priest and Gromnir Groinsplitter kills Sophia.
Dr. Lorenz is down.
As Sophia’s minions realize Tobias escaped with the child, further fighting is pointless and they withdraw. Maynard manage to press through the tunnel to catch up with Tobias.
Konrad is down.
The remaining cultists take up positions by the Alter to cover the escape of their master.
With the passage blocked off, it now it falls upon Maynard and Gerhart to stop Tobias, a skilled and very dangerous Sorcerer of Nurgle.