6. Wealsun 996 AF; Barony of Syne Shaeras, Fief of Lord Dunstan
The inhabitants of Fairbury form a protective wall around the heroes, and the Judge withdraws with his men. The town elder tells Varris that they saved an old servant and a stable boy from the ruins of Brighstone Castle, and brought them to Tram, the priest of Beory, the goddess of nature, who lives one hour away in the no-man’s land.
The heroes travel to Brightstone Keep. Ruric feels that the spirit of the Keep has turned into something negative. What’s more, he feels an old elven influence, which appears to be far more archaic or feral that what one would think of elves.
A closer investigation of the tracks reveals that a group of soldiers arrived with some carts or carriages, and also left, but with fewer footmen, about three days ago.
Varris remembers the location of an old entrance the Heroes march forward. The tunnel behind the entrance lies warped and twisted, and even some new passages have opened due to the eruption that happened within the keep.
The heroes march into the darkness and soon reach the kitchen of the keep. The bodies of the cook and maid lie dead on the ground, but no outer sign of injury provides information about their cause of death. Two blue silhouettes float in the kitchen, their faces turned into visages of utmost terror. It appears that some horrible event simply ripped the souls out of the cooks’ and maids’ body and severed the chord that binds the soul tothe body.
Both silhouettes – ghosts in fact – attack the heroes as soon as they stumble into the room. Their terrifying visages hit Thanquol deeply in his soul and the sheer terror that he experiences lets him age by 40 years.
The group manages to retreat…