The Skinsaw Murders: Part 1- Murder Most Foul.   Posted by Runelord Dread.Group: 0
Talon
 player, 886 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Thu 21 Dec 2017
at 17:36
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Talon followed the others, mentally bracing himself for what he would see. If it was as bad as the Sheriff made it sound, then he hoped he had the stomach for it. This world could be so beautiful and wonderful, so vibrant and alive in a way that the Sovyrian realm was not, it being in a perpetual timelessness. Yet in his short time since returning, the elf had seen horrific things he'd perhaps read of in histories, but could really not fathom until witnessing them.

Here it begins again, he thought as he walked, his hand holding to the silvered, dragon headed sword handle in his pocket, drawing strength from the magic of the pommelstone.
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 610 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Thu 21 Dec 2017
at 23:10
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
As the group approaches the Mill Tanis holds his hand up stopping them, Before we continue I'd like to have a look around for any tracks. I know others may have muddied the area but it wouldn't hurt to look. When he's finished speaking the Shoanti slowly works his way around the out side of the mill looking for tracks entering and perhaps a transfer blood trail from when the murder left the scene, much like a wounded animal leaves behind on a hunt.


17:04, Today: Tanis Riverwind rolled 17 using 1d20+6. Looking for tracks.

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Lan
 Rogue, 977 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Thu 21 Dec 2017
at 23:25
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Lan opts to assist Tanis. "I have no training at tracking, big brother, but I can spot signs of passage."


Perception 24 on d20+11.
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1497 posts
Fri 22 Dec 2017
at 04:22
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The group made their way down the hill from the Sheriffs toward the river and the Mill. A crowd had gathered outside and whispers of what was going on acompanied them as they made their way.

Sheriff Belor remarked It wont be long before Scarnetti arrives. Make the most of it. as they approached the Mill. Two nervous looking Guards stood, crossbows in hand, preventing the crowd that had formed on the road and path near the mill from gaining access to the building. The 4 story building stood tall, exceptionally quiet. It was unusual because Scarnetti had his men working at all hours and the mill was exceptionally noisy. But like many things...you had gotten used to the noise.

Immediately Tanis begins looking around for tracks, but hes far too late as any chance of discovering anything unusual has been ruined by the crowd.
Lan
 Rogue, 978 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Sun 24 Dec 2017
at 00:00
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Lan pushes ahead and makes his way to the murder scene, guided by the sheriff. He starts looking around for clues on how the killer approached the victims.


Perception 14.

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Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 301 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Sun 24 Dec 2017
at 00:32
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
In reply to Lan (msg # 48):

Param followed Lan focusing on the wounds of the dead body and activating the divine sight he’d been granted by Sarenrae.
OOC: Heal - 17. Detect Evil activated.
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1499 posts
Sun 24 Dec 2017
at 02:21
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
A walkway around the mill jutting out over the river has a staircase going down to the left, to where the water wheels access point and the gearing mechanism that powers the mill. an open doorway leads to the fist floor.

The first floor has a door to the right immediately upon entry that is cracked and shows a staircase going up.

The floor of this level has bins for wood refuse of varying types. with chutes in the celing above going into the bins. Additionally there are tools hanging in abumdance both to work on the lumber and the machinery.

Going up to the second floor by the stairs , and though the stairs continue up to the offices, this floor is the site of the murders.

The floor is coated with bloody sawdust, and its obvious a scuffle took place here.

Machinery and chains hang from the ceiling to bring logs up the outside chimney to be worked on and chutes to the floor below are in 4 locations.

The Log Splitter on the town side of the Mill has been used for a totaly different thing as one of Ven Vinders daughters, the one who was seeing Benny Harker, had been pushed onto the Log splitter and her body was almost cut in half from skull to waist. Spatters of her boy were slung all over the interior of the mill.

Stuck in the floor near the Log Solitter is a hand axe, that would have been used to trim branches from the logs, but currently is stuck in the floor with the handle facing Katrina's right hand about 6 feet from it.

Benny harker's body is pinned to the wall across from the Log Solitter, near a table with several bloody tools that look like some of them had been used on him. His hands and feet are nailed to the wall and his body has been mutilated, his lower jaw is gone.

The rune you are very familiar with is carved into his chest. The symbol for greed facing upwards towards his mutilated face.

A rotting stench fills the air.

The Sheriff stands in the doorway, and unpleasant look on his face and says Nobody else in town has been up here except Thorn, and he came to get me the minute he came to work and saw this.
Lan
 Rogue, 979 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Sun 24 Dec 2017
at 04:31
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Shocked and sickened by what he witnessed, Lan dashes to an outside window and vomits heavily. Heaving breath in and out, he soon gets it under control. The grimmest mien he has ever worn falls into place on his face. "Tanis, Talon, and Param, we are all perceptive. Let's look for any clues we can gather. Allura, Zenfira....it's rather gruesome. You might prefer not seeing this" he says. He scans the crime scene for poisons, both active and inactive.

Perception 21 on d20+11.

Casts Detect Poison, caster level 4

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Runelord Dread
 GM, 1500 posts
Sun 24 Dec 2017
at 14:31
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Walking around looking for poisons, Lan see's nothing that would indicate toxins were used in this crime.
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 611 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Sun 24 Dec 2017
at 14:46
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Tanis approaches the young woman's body and carefully searches for clues, he finds nothing but a growing anger in the pit of his stomach. He knows where he needs to go when they leave this foul place, and is already regretting having to tell his friend that his daughter has been murdered.
Allura Danvers
 Arcanist, 815 posts
 Aasimar Arcanist
Sun 24 Dec 2017
at 14:48
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Allura looks through the small looking lens she has and casts detect magic. She tries not to think of the horror she is looking at but she can't help it. As tears start to form she places her mask back on at least for now.
Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 302 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Mon 25 Dec 2017
at 05:03
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In reply to Lan (msg # 51):

It doesn’t take much to know that whatever committed this heinous act was evil, but Param fought every instinct in his body to begin ranting about the affront to the Dawnbringer and instead channeled his energy into searching for any clues...

23:01, Today: Param Tullo rolled 21 using 1d20+3.  Perception
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 612 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Mon 25 Dec 2017
at 14:10
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search as he might the Shoanti finds no clues.

08:08, Today: Tanis Riverwind rolled 7 using 1d20+6. looking for clues.
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1502 posts
Mon 25 Dec 2017
at 18:03
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Tanis moved over in front of the Log Splitter and looked at the horribly distroyed body of the older daughter of his friend Ven Vinder, and the Sheriffs words echoed in his mind...The Only Suspect I have is Ven Vinders The Younger Shayliss had made advances on Tanis one of the first days he had been in town, but hed never personally met Katrina. The blade still protruded from her abdomen and chest, part of her face had been tore away as she had died her head sluumped down to hit the blade. He couldnt find any clues such was the horrific vision that took his presence of mind away.

Lan was looking at Banny Harkers body, nailed to the wall with hooks mailed for moving logs.

Allura stood back fighting down the urge to vomit, her face covered with a mask again. and she couldnt see any indication of magical residues anywhere.

Param walked in and his face took a grim demeanor and he looked at the scene and immediately his eyes went to out of place hand axe. from its angle and how it was embedded in the floor he knew it had been in Katrina's hand before she hit the Log Splitter. He moved to it and looked at it...there was some gray leathery flesh between the blade and the floor...had she hit someone...something with the hand axe? there was no blood though.
Allura Danvers
 Arcanist, 816 posts
 Aasimar Arcanist
Mon 25 Dec 2017
at 18:10
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Allura lowered the lens.

"I, don't sense any   magic." She turned away from the scene and moved out to get a bit of fresh air.
Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 303 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Mon 25 Dec 2017
at 19:17
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In reply to Allura Danvers (msg # 58):

Param called to Allura and Lan, "Come look, this flesh is not normal. Perhaps you know what sort of creature it belongs to..."
Talon
 player, 888 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Wed 27 Dec 2017
at 21:20
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Twin lines of tears streamed down the sharp features of the Sovyrian Elf. Talon looked upon the scene with a mixture of horror, sorrow, and a simmering anger. His mind and heart were split, his sharp intellect churning out possibilities, analyzing them, turning them over and over like boulders in a rushing river while his emotions ebbed like a sea with each breath of his heaving chest. Long moments passed as he struggled with the scene before him, saying nothing, interacting with no one.

Finally, he exhaled, shuddering, and the tears stopped flowing. The populace would not wait much longer, and the killer, or killers, were still at large.

Unwilling to touch the remains, Talon exercised a bit of his returning magical power to sort through the bodies and their remains as he looked for clues.

Perception (w/ Mage Hand): Take 20 for a total of 26...

Hearing Param, Talon turned to take a look at the odd remnant the cleric had found.

Knowledge (Pretty much whatever): Take 10 for a total of 19...
Lan
 Rogue, 982 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Wed 27 Dec 2017
at 22:24
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Lan turns away from the horror and says grimly  "There's no way in hell Ven Vinder is responsible. This horror was done dispassionately for shock value. Had a relative done the killing, there would have been some measure of passion and rage resulting it multiple wounds.". He turns to regard the gray flesh that Param found. Lan draws on decades of learning to try to identity it.

Knowledge Local 21 on d20+7.
Knowledge Dungeoneering 28 on d20+8 (Natural 20!!)
Perception 28 on d20+11.
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 613 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Wed 27 Dec 2017
at 23:58
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I know not what or who did this but, we have to find those responsible and end this. If this is the work of the Skinsaw man, I will personally skin him myself. With that said Tanis turns to Lan.

Little brother can you handle the situation here ? I need to get to Vins if he is to hear of this it should come from a friend. I'll meet you at the sheriffs when I'm finished. I agree that Vin would never have done such a thing. Please let any one who makes such an accusation know that if they accuse my friend in his time of grief they will answer directly to me. With that said the Shoanti leaves the Mill pushing his way through the crowd heading for his friends shop at a run.

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Talon
 player, 889 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Thu 28 Dec 2017
at 00:34
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
"By the Gates," Talon swore as Tanis pushed his way from the mill. "Hold up Shoanti!" he called out to little effect.

"I'll go after him," the elf said to the others. "Sometimes he listens to me... I'll fetch him back as quickly as possible."

Pulling himself from the scene, Talon raced to catch up with Tanis whose lengthy and purposeful strides were carrying him rapidly away from the mill.

"Tanis," Talon said when he caught up. "Let me accompany you. I know that Vinder is your friend, but you shouldn't go anywhere alone until we know more."

Though prideful, the elf was not so self-absorbed to think that he could help his large friend break the news, but he could be an extra set of eyes and ears during what would be, undoubtedly, an emotional situation.

OOC: Talon's watching out while Tanis has his scene. He'll stay out of it unless there's any sort of problem. Actively Percepting and so forth. ;-)
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 614 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Thu 28 Dec 2017
at 01:07
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I welcome your company big brother. Then after a pause, I know at times my nature is far to abrupt. Is there any specific steps one should follow when delivering such bad news? The shoanti asks, as he slows his stride.
Talon
 player, 890 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Thu 28 Dec 2017
at 01:33
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
He's asking me? The elf thought as he walked. If not for the horror he'd just seen and the prospect of what was about to happen looming before him, he would have laughed at the notion that anyone was asking him for advice on social tact. His countless years of study and training had left him much bereft of this sort of experience.

"Forthrightly and honestly would be my only advice Tanis, but I'm really not the one you should ask about such things. Lan or Zenfira would be much better at this sort of thing... but they're not here. You'll have to just do your best. Remember, we have no answers yet. Hopefully our companions will come to some determinations or find some clues. It is likely your friend will be very demanding. It'll be your job to try and calm him or talk him down from anything rash... Does Vinder have any other family?"
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 615 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Thu 28 Dec 2017
at 10:36
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Yes a younger daughter.
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1503 posts
Thu 28 Dec 2017
at 13:25
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Lan and Talon both moved to the hand axe and squatted near it examining the flesh Param pointed out. Lan looked puzzled. Talon however said right away This is Ghoul Flesh. Can you smell the stench? and no sign of blood anywhere. its been long dead.

Tanis was getting angrier by the second and his eyes bulged red and he fought the rage down and stalked from the room to the stairway...Talon leapt to his feet and followed him out...and a conversation ensued in the hall.
Lan
 Rogue, 983 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Thu 28 Dec 2017
at 15:13
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Lan nods solemnly. "Param, can you find any references in town regarding ghouls? I think we all need to be well-read on the subject if the Skinsaw man is a ghoul or a half-ghoul. Unfortunately our best tracker just left. But it seems...how did the victims end up here? If they were carried here unconscious the girl would never have been able to hit ghoul flesh with an axe. I can't imagine Scarlotti allowing a pair of sweethearts access to the upper floor here. So the Skinsaw must have chased them here, meaning there ought to be a trail outside to backtrack. Or am I wrong? Lan asks.