The party survived the assault on Thistletop and are glad to get some rest. Nadierra and Pishyakan went in search of Steve with the hopes they can keep the scared lizard mount from injuring himself. Alas, after more than 4 days searching he could not be found. after giving up the hunt she took the goblin babies to the Birdcruncher tribe in hope of finding a happy home for them. Unfortunately for the tribe they thought the babies would make for some free food and after adding veggies to the babies hot bath the Naddierra, Pishyakan and Reshoy put a quick end to their miserable existence. By the time they got back to town a new sturdy 10 foot wide bridge has been setup allow access to Thistle top. Cleaning and construction are in full swing.
While the Druid was on the hunt for Steve the rest of the party went to report to the Mayor. Greal did most of the talking and despite Cornu’s causing some mistrust during the discussion it was agreed that an envoy from Sandpoint would go to Thistletop to confirm Greal’s claims. Ultimately it was found mutually beneficial for the party to take up residence at Thistle top and the process of converting it to a source of Knowledge and Strength has begun.
The party gets Brodert Quink To help get the library started and he directs them to an oracle to get more information about the Runelords
After a Week in town the sheriff approaches the group with concerns about a murder. I local Mill worker and his girlfriend suffered gruesome deaths.
Banny Harker’s body has been horribly desecrated. The poor man has been affixed to the wall by several hooks normally used to hang machinery. The body is mutilated, the face carved away and lower jaw missing entirely. His bare chest is defaced as well, bearing a strange rune in the shape of a seven-pointed star.
Katrine Vinder appears to have been pushed unto a logsplitter.
The smell of rotting meat that is more prominent on the wounds and a hand axe found out the seen along with a few human appearing footprints cause the party to suspect a Ghast or a Ghoul. It appears as if the creature has been using the waterways to move around and despite the phenomenal tracking skills of the Druid and her cat no evidence of where the creature came from has been found.
Of particular concern is that the Harker’s body had a note with Greal’s name on it. The note said “I do as you command , Master!” and is signed Your Lordship.
What really has the sheriff concerned is that the murders and the lumber mill are not the first. 2 days earlier three con men from the town of Galduria were found murdered in an abandoned barn south of town their bodyguard survived the assault but has gone insane and was sent to Habe’s Sanatorium-a privately run respite for the insane.A note addressing the deceased was found on the bodies and it also was signed “Your Lordship” the note read “A deal has come about that I need capital for, It involces property and gold, and though I am not at liberty to tell you the exact details, it will make us all rich. Come to Bradley’s barn on cougar creek tonight, We can meet there to discuss our futures”
The party intends to head to Habe’s Sanatorium to try and speak with the only witness to the murders.