23 Olarune 998 YK
After heading to the Jorasco Healing House to recover from their wounds the group came to the conclusion that this is not as simple as it looked at first. While Rose recieved some additional care for the brutal concussion she suffered, Relic, Sin and Tayla went to locate where the warforged crashed. They found a short abandoned tower in the lower level of Fallen with a warforged size hole going through the roof and a couple of the top floors. Along with flakes of wrought iron on the floor and claw scrapes gouged into the walls.
Relic, Sin and Tayla followed the gouges and cold iron flakes through the lower parts of the Fallen and Stores districts. The trail finally led them to a seemingly abandoned warehouse against the outer wall of the tower. The party carefully searched around the warehouse to see if they could find anymore useful clues. They found that the locks and chains on the warehouse had been replaced with new dwarf-forged chains and dwarven-designed locks. Though the chains and locks had been dirtied up the trained eye-crystals of the warforged Artificer, Relic, saw through the weak deception.
Deciding the large bay, sliding, doors would be the best way to enter the warehouse, Relic quickly picked the dwarven-designed locks and removed the chains from the door. The group slipped into the gloom of the abandoned warehouse and quickly found it to be, not so abandoned. A large group of skeletons and zombies were headed toward them. Quickly, Relic, Sin and Tayla retreated from the warehouse noticing something odd. The skeletons slide the heavy, well-oiled door shut. Hastily, Relic replaced the chain and halfway set the lock in place before noting the odd behavior of the undead.
They decided to go and examine the other door but that particular dwarven-designed lock stumped Relic and she just couldn’t get it open. Sin decided that she would slip in and do a little reconnaissance from the upper walls and ceiling, keeping out of the senses of the undead. She found that there were more than the walking dead here, 4 men came out of an unseen door. The light illuminating the men and undead. Three of them wore black tabards with the green hand symbol of the Order of the Emerald Claw the other green trimmed black robes with a symbol of the Blood of Vol. One of the skeletons seemed to report to a robed individual who ordered the undead to take care of the intruders. The undead left the warehouse and the lead skeleton unlocked the chain and the undead went into the street to find the intruders.
Sin alerted Relic and Tayla that something was going on. Tayla saw the undead headed out toward them after seeing a caltrop tossed by Sin get blasted by Sin’s eldritch powers. Taking this as a bad sign Tayla ducked into an open window that lead into a basement workshop while Relic attempted to disguise herself as a broken, thrown-out warforged. In attempting to disguise herself she made to much noise giving herself away and the undead that were searching this part of the road began heading her way. As they passed Tayla’s hiding spot she leapt out with a roar and displayed the ferocity that the halflings of the Talenta Plains are known for.
With a downward slice she cut the zombie in half, spinning the sharrash around she took out one of the skeletons by slicing the spine in half. After dodging a swing of the skeleton’s shortsword Tayla continued her spin and took out the last skeleton in the group. Relic having come out of hiding to help her small friend found that there weren’t any left at the moment. However, the howl of fury from Tayla brought out the three Emerald Claw warriors and brought back the rest of the undead. Tayla and Relic resumed their hiding places.
Sin caught one of the Emerald Claw with an Eldritch Blast as they were leaving the warehouse. Causing the others to take cover on the other side of the doors. What followed was a ten minute waiting game as the undead searched, unsuccessfully for the party.
Deciding they needed to get Rose for some backup, Relic sent Tayla to go get her from the Jorasco Enclave in Dragon Towers. Relic and Sin took up various stakeout positions and mindsets and waited for a little over a couple of hours. Tayla returned with Rose and her Clawfoot, Snap. Meanwhile, Sin was getting bored and started taking pot-shots at the skeletons and zombies. Eventually targeting the skeleton that she knew had the key to the locks. After getting the key she dropped it out of a window where it clinked off of Relic’s head. Unlocking the door, Relic, Rose and Tayla entered into the warehouse where they engaged the remaining undead. The undead were dispatched but not without getting in some good shots of their own, wounding Snap and dropping Tayla with a few sword wounds and a powerful blow to the head from one of the zombies. The two remaining Emerald Claw agents came in and attacked the party. Tayla was healed from the powerful blow and cuts and proceeded to frighten the Emerald Claw warrior after defeating his companion and then chased him down the stairs on Snap, knocking him senseless.
Tying up the unconscious opponent they party followed the tunnel to a spiral staircase leading a couple of floors up. Upon entering the room the were confronted by three more skeletons and three robed men. One of the robed men was also wearing some very nice scale mail armor with his robes. Sitting in the corner, eye-crystals flashing between blue and red was the warforged they were looking for. He appeared to be seriously damaged, most likely from the fall off of the bridge.
Tayla charged through the skeletons on Snap’s back. As Snap overran the skeletons Tayla lept off of his back and swung her sharrash. Like a small grim-reaper Tayla scythed into the leader’s shoulder, cleaving down halfway into his chest. Landing on him, with the Sharrash deeply embedded, she turned and let out a yell of primal fury toward the two lesser priests. They immediately gave up and submitted to being reasonably bound.
The party then proceed to hold down the damaged warforged so Relic could remove the battlefist that seemed to be the source of the problem. Pulling off the stubborn item, it tore off several hand and arm plates of the cold-iron traced warforged, the fist was quickly shoved into a sack and the warforged collapsed. The party questioned the remaining priests only to find out little other than they were following the orders of the half-elven priest Rynar. The priests were taken out of the room and put under the watch of Snap along with the Emerald Claw agent. The warforged regained consciousness and thanked them for removing the battlefist. The party learned that his name is Wrought and that the priest had tricked him into being possessed by the devil, calling itself Hunger, that possesses the red & black battlefist he wore up until recently. Wrought did not know why Rynar wanted the blood, only that it was being kept in the next room. Which turned out to be a cold room, (an enchanted room to help preserve food stuffs usually). The party let Wrought go and after he kicked out the flimsy wooden panel covering the window opening he climbed down and escaped. The party took the two priests of Vol and the Emerald Claw agent to the nearest station of the Sharn Watch. Receiving a bounty of 50 gold gallifars for their trouble.
The party took the possessed battlefist to be exorcised and destroyed to the Cathedral of the Clensing Flame. The elven priestess, Viosen Syrune took charge of the vile, possessed weapon and told the party that she would take it to the Archhierophant immediately for exorcising and destruction.
And after all of that they realized that it was just after the 4th bell of the morning of the 24th of Olarune. Deciding to meet for dinner later in the evening they went back to their various homes for the night to get a well deserved rest.