The East Phandalin Company

Death House

The heroes follow a thug into a haunted house

After a restful night at the Stonehill Inn, the heroes set out into the morning to find a mist clinging to the ground, unusual for this time of the year. As they moved to investigate the strange house on the village green again, spying the two children from the evening before entering the house, a group of four red-cloaked thugs stumbled drunkenly into the green and began to abuse the party.

A fight ensued, and the thugs were beaten, with the final fleeing into the house.

The party pursued after hiding the bodies of the thugs down in the gully at the bottom of the town. As they approached the house, the mist rose to become a thick fog that obscured everything but the house. They went inside to find it eerily quiet.

In one room with three vicious and stuffed wolves, which Lia reacted nervously to, the party found the traces of a trap door, although it looked as if it could only be opened from the other side.

Finding blood trails leading upstairs, the group systematically went through the house, finding a dumbwaiter. Bree was hoisted up to the second storey, and the other heroes followed via the stairs.

On the second floor, which looked well kept, the heroes found suits of armour with wolf head motifs on the helms. In a study, they also found a library with a secret door hidden behind a bookcase. Within, they discovered a skeleton clutched over an open treasure chest, the victim of a trap. Within were the deeds to that house and a windmill, as well as an obscure letter from an unfamiliar nobleman:

_My most pathetic servant,

I am not a messiah sent to you by the Dark Powers of this land. I have not come to lead you on a path to immortality. However many souls you have bled on your hidden altar, however many visitors you have tortured in your dungeon, know that you are not the ones who
brought me to this beautiful land. You are but worms writhing in my earth.

You say that you are cursed, your fortunes spent. You abandoned love for madness, took solace in the bosom of another woman, and sired a stillborn son. Cursed by darkness? Of that I have no doubt. Save you from your wretchedness? I think not. I much prefer you as you are.

Your dread lord and master,
Strahd van Zarovich_

On the fourth floor, the house seemed to be abandoned to time, covered in cobwebs. The party was attacked by an animated suit of armour and a broom, and then the ghostly spirit of a servant woman screaming about protecting her baby.

On the fourth floor, they discovered the two dead spirits of the children they saw on the streets, Rose, and Thorn. When the heroes tried to leave, Lia was possessed by Rose, and Regrim by Thorn. The heroes took the remains of the children and discovered a secret staircase down to the basement. There, they found tombs where they could lay the children to rest.

They explored the basement which appeared to belong to an evil cult. They had to face several monsters, including the ghouls of the former cult members, and a door that was actually a shape-shifting creature called a mimic. Eventually, they followed the sound of ghostly chanting down to a subbasement where they found the thug in a prison. They defeated the thug and found a sacrificial chamber. The spirits of thirteen cultists appeared and demanded a sacrifice.

The party debated sacrificing the thug, but then noticed a dormant creature in the corner. They chose to sacrifice it, and faced off against the creature, a living, writhing mass of debris and plant matter.

After that, the house seemed appeased and allowed them to leave. The party took the thug back to the Inn and kept him prisoner.

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