The Skinsaw Murders: Part 1- Murder Most Foul.   Posted by Runelord Dread.Group: 0
Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 306 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Sat 30 Dec 2017
at 04:18
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In reply to Lan (msg # 68):

Param paused and said, "Hmm, well now that i know this is a ghoul, I can tell you a few things. They are a particularly rabid form of undead. As fast as a human, able to see in perfect darkness.they are hunters and frequently do so in packs.  Their skin is like hardened leather and their claws and teeth are sharp and hardened like steel. The transmit diseases through their attacks as dead flesh gets lodged under their claws and between their teeth and it festers.  Their body produces a toxin that is a paralytic.

They are more resistant to channelling than other undead.

Their packs are normally lead by a stronger Ghoul called a Ghast...and they are more intelligent and more resistant and produce a stench that causes nausea.Ē

Lan
 Rogue, 985 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Sat 30 Dec 2017
at 04:25
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Lan replies "are there anti-toxins or something like that that can help us overcome nausea if we encounter a pack? I'd not like to see us helpless in such a fight."
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1507 posts
Sun 31 Dec 2017
at 18:14
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Sheriff Belor says if you are done here. lets leave and ill get my people to clean this up before they start to stink
Lan
 Rogue, 986 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Sun 31 Dec 2017
at 20:04
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Lan nods. "Yeah let them clean up. We have another crime scene to look over. Benny worked here, right? That's how they got up here...I need to pay better attention. But do you agree with my assessment about the killer? Ven couldn't manage this...dispassionate killing scene."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:43, Mon 01 Jan 2018.

Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 307 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Sun 31 Dec 2017
at 22:03
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Param nodded and said, "Quite right. I think we have something far more dangerous on our hands than a mere human... The undead are not to be taken lightly."

He rose from his kneeling position and made to move out of the room and the building. He'd have hoped to have caught up to Tanis, but he knew the man moved to fast for him to catch up unless he'd had his horse at the ready.

Turning to Lan as they left he said, "I fear that the Goblins we put down a few weeks ago were a mere preview of what is to come. We should gather our strength and be ready for a fight against the forces of evil."
Zenfira Cazal
 Inquisitor, 403 posts
 Aasimar Inquisitor
Wed 3 Jan 2018
at 04:09
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Zenfira had trailed behind the rest of the group, her thoughts on the strange note that the Sheriff had handed her.  It might have been the ramblings of a fan, someone who had seen her performances with the acting troupe, were it not for the means of its delivery.

Covering her mouth with her hand, Zenfira walked towards the bodies.  As gruesome as they were, she had to see them.  She would rather not, and avoid the nightmares that she knew would be lurking around her bed tonight, but this note had been pinned to one of the victims.  Somehow these murders and this note were connected but she could not fathom how.

Zen fought back the urge to empty her stomach as she walked slowly around the halved body of the Millers daughter.  She had not known Katrina other than in passing but that was little comfort.  Tanis knew the family and he must be torn up inside, though he did not look it.  Who could have done this to such a thing to this girl?  Undead had been here, been part of this scene in some foul manner, but none of the stories that she knew of had undead using tools to dismember their victims.  This was not the action of a mindless shuffling undead.

Turning her gaze from the millers daughter, Zenfira looked over to where the boy had been pinned.  Benny.  Poor Benny.  The paper of the note crinkled as her hand closed tightly around it.  The mutilation of the poor boy would haunt her nights for some time.  Who could have done this to him?  What did this have to do with her?  Why would someone leave a note for her here?  Were they expecting her to be here?

The note had been attached to Benny.  As Zenfira looked the body over, she was struck by a chilling thought.  Could these murders have been meant for her benefit?  Was someone trying to impress her?  Zen crumpled the note against her belly, horrified at the idea that she might have been responsible for these deaths.  Her chest began to feel tight and the air in the room heavy.  Zen was having trouble breathing.

Meant for her.

"....no...." Zen voice was a choked squeak as she felt the weight of the murder scene pressing in on her.  She turned away from the hanging body of Benny and rushed out of the room.  She moved swiftly, stumbling a little on the stairs and did not stop until she had exited the mill.  Oblivious to the murmurs of the crowd outside, Zenfira leaned heavily against the side of the mill, one hand covering her face as she wept.
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1510 posts
Wed 3 Jan 2018
at 05:37
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Tanis and Talon was the first to get down near the crowd and when they did they could see The crowd was getting intense...The Guards barely able to hold them back. And coming down the street with a mixture of Anger and Fear and sorrow on his face was the General Store Owner, Ven Vinders. Hot on his heels was his other daughter Shayliss with tears already streaming down her face.

Param, Lan and The Sheriff were still at the murder scene while Allura stood on the stais, mask on her face concealing her emotions.

Zenfira was taking the steps two at a time to get away from the gruesome sight and joined Tanis and Talon before Ven got to the crowd.
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 616 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Wed 3 Jan 2018
at 22:40
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Pushing through the crowd Tanis stops his friend gripping his shoulders, looking into Vins eyes, Tears rolling down his face the Shoanti try's to speak choking on the words at first then finally gaining a little control. No man should ever out live his children, Vin you don't need to see Katrina as she is now. She fought back hard and struck the creature that did this with her hand ax. The only lead we have she gave us, a piece of undead flesh stuck to the floor with her blade.

He stands there in the middle of the crowd hugging his friend both of them sobbing. I know not how to comfort you my friend, but I do know how to extract vengeance from those responsible for this deed most follow. Staring into Vin Vender's tear soaked eyes the Shoanti let the fires that burn within show in his own eyes. Allowing his friend to see the anger and rage he is feeling, I  give you my word friend and swear it on the blade of my ax I will track down who or what ever did this to your child and deliver it's head to you in a sack.

Then the warrior wraps his arms around Vin hugging him as the shop owners body shudders with grief filled sobs, the warrior whispers in the store owners ear, Allow me to do what I do best, you go home grief and prepare to bury your child. Let me hunt and kill.
Talon
 player, 893 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Thu 4 Jan 2018
at 20:16
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"Master Vinders," Talon said in a quiet and reserved voice, turning his body so that any onlookers would be challenged to hear him. "I just want you to know that I am sincerely sorry for what has happened, and I concur with what Tanis has just told you. This crime will not stand, I will do whatever is in my power to assist Tanis in his pledge to you."

What he would add next seemed hollow, "I was nearly killed many weeks ago on only my second day in Sandpoint by the product of fell necromancy. If not for the efforts of one of our companions, I would have expired at the onset of our search for who was behind the goblin attack on the town. The only real clue we have right now leads me to believe that there may be a similar power at play here. I do not condemn your feelings of anger, nor would I condemn it if you felt vengeful... Vengeance and Justice are two different things however, and we simply ask you to allow Tanis and our friends and myself, to uncover what's behind all of this before you entertain any thoughts of doing anything... premature. Can you understand what I'm trying to say?"
Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 309 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Thu 4 Jan 2018
at 20:25
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Param watched as Zen chased after Talon and Tanis and trusted that the trio would take care of each other.

Turning to Lan, he said, "Let's get Allura and go see the second scene. If she's up for it, that is. The more we can find out now, the better our hunt for these killers will go."
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1511 posts
Thu 4 Jan 2018
at 20:26
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Ven stared at Tanis at first and he fought against the Barbarians embrace a little then it turned to open sobbing and holding onto Tanis liked fall over. The crowd gave them room.

As Talon started speaking the General Store owner looked at him and then at Tanis and he said in a voice cracking from emotion very softly simply...I have to see
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 617 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 01:29
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Then I will escort you friend, turning his face to Talon. Big brother can you clear the way. Then the Shoanti helps his friend to the scene of the crime.
Talon
 player, 894 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 02:41
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Talon nodded grimly to the weeping man and his daughter. He could only imagine the grief... and the horror of what they were about to see. "I don't think your daughter ought to go in, sir, but it is your choice... you must brace yourself." The elf said this quietly before he strode ahead of Tanis and cleared the way, glowering at any who would encroach, his hand on his graceblade and his head held with a countenance of authority.

OOC: "EVERYBODY... MOOOOVE!" - Fezzik
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1512 posts
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 18:28
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Ven looked at Shayliss and said with forceful sadness stay here.

Then he followed them up saying to Talon you said she hit the monster who did this with an axe?. she possessed no axe. she must have picked it up herr

When they got to the 3rd floor and he entered his eyes widened when he saw her...and he roared in anger and ran to her and pulled her lifeless body from the grasp of the blade...holding her to him he sat on the floor sobbing and rocking for long minutes before looking up at Tanis...and saying quietly through his tears find them. kill them. kill them all! swear to me!
Lan
 Rogue, 988 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 18:55
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Meanwhile.....

Lan leads Allura, Param, and Zenfira away from the Mill. "Sheriff, would you show us the second murder scene? Zenfira, I notice you still haven't shared with us the contents of that note. Does it involve a....family member?" Lan asks, wondering at Zenfira's reluctance to trusting her friends.
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 618 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 20:34
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You have my word on it Vin, They will be found and their heads will fill my bag.
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1513 posts
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 20:32
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The Sherrif tells Lan.

you'll need your horses. its the first village north toward Maginmar.
Happened 2 days ago. 3 merchants, coming here from Maginmar were killed in a barn. At the time we thought it a rogue occurance and there was no note like this one. They only thing that links them is that pointed star, with the same rune pointing up to the face. The bodies are gone. A witness was taken to an asylum about half a days ride east. 

Allura Danvers
 Arcanist, 817 posts
 Aasimar Arcanist
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 20:34
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Allura lowered her head she felt horrible about the whole situation and the horrible way in which the murder had occurred. She was easily lead by Lan away from the logging mill.
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 619 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 22:04
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After escorting Vin back down to his daughter Tanis turns to Talon,I think we should catch up with the others, so we can all check out the other crime scene. With that said the shoanti hurry's to catch up with the rest of the group.
Lan
 Rogue, 989 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 22:28
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In reply to Runelord Dread (msg # 85):

Lan muses. "I think I'd like to interview the witness first. Something he says might give us a line of inquiry that the crime scene would not make obvious. Give me the directions to the asylum. What was the witness's name?" Lan hopes Zen and Allura don't mind him taking the lead.
Zenfira Cazal
 Inquisitor, 404 posts
 Aasimar Inquisitor
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 01:15
Re: The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Lan:
Meanwhile.....

Lan leads Allura, Param, and Zenfira away from the Mill. "Sheriff, would you show us the second murder scene? Zenfira, I notice you still haven't shared with us the contents of that note. Does it involve a....family member?" Lan asks, wondering at Zenfira's reluctance to trusting her friends.


When Zenfira replied, her voice sounded distracted. "...no...it's not about...family..." Her thoughts were elsewhere as she reluctantly followed Lan and Allura.  Thinking back to the recent murder, she looked between Lan and Allura, suddenly very conscious of the vulnerability of the pair in her presence.  If the murderer, was not above murdering townsfolk that she had not known in order to deliver a message, what would he try and do to her companions?  It didn't make sense that the murderer would try to harm them, Zen companions were formidable in their own ways, but that did not stop her imagination from running wild with horrible scenarios.

Zen wrapped her arms around herself, feeling a sudden chill.  She felt vulnerable, walking through the town wearing a simple dress with her only defensive accoutrement being a knife at her waist.  The note.  Why would someone deliver a note to her in such a horrible manner?  What else was this individual capable of?

"I...I need some...to change."  She said.  "I'll...I'll meet you at the stables."  Without saying another word, Zenfira quickly made her way to the tavern where they were all staying.
Talon
 player, 895 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 01:25
Re: The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Talon, deeply moved by the emotional reaction of the Shaonti's friend, simply nodded, not trusting his voice at the moment.

When they found Lan and heard his suggestion, Talon concurred. "That's what I was thinking as well. These acts are truly heinous. I hope others don't end up spending time in the Asylum as well..." The elf glanced briefly in the direction of Vinders and his daughter. "Let's gather our things and get ready."

"Param, is there some blessing we might obtain from the Temple that would help us if we end up facing something like the suspected ghoul?"

"By the way, where's Zen?"
Lan
 Rogue, 990 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 01:25
Re: The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Lan nods in agreement and heads for the stables. As he does, he takes note of where Zen is absently putting her note away.


Perception 30 on d20+11.
Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 310 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 02:50
Re: The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
In reply to Zenfira Cazal (msg # 89):

Param can see the look of concern on Zenís face, well more in her spirit than on her face, but either way as she asks to part ways he says, "I have a few things at the tavern I would like to gather before we ride out, not the least of which is my armor. Will you allow me to accompany you Zenfira?"
Allura Danvers
 Arcanist, 818 posts
 Aasimar Arcanist
Sun 7 Jan 2018
at 02:52
Re: The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Allura looks to Param and nods to his chivalry about accompanying Zenfira.
She doesnt want any of them alone now.