The party decide to rest. Before they do so the ghosts of Rose and Thorn warn that there will be no peace below the house. The children say to use their bedroom while they stand watch. True to their word, the group is able to enjoy a long, event-free rest.
Returning to the dungeon they discover a large room which appears to be a place of worship. A statue of a gaunt-faced man dominates the room. One of his hands strokes the head or a cruel looking wolf, while the other holds a fragile ball filled with swirling gray smoke. Egon reasons this is a perfectly smashable thing so he smashes it. Immediately afterwards the shadows of Egon, Arveen, Badger, Basti, and Wren rip from their bodies and attack.
Basti is nearly killed in the battle, but soon Arveens shadow soon finds itself alone and flees beneath a unnoticed gap in the wall: a secret door. Egon, who is on a roll, throws his lantern at the shadow. The creature escpaes as oil and flame seep under the door. Arveen magically forces the door open, revealing a burning wooden staircase leading out of the dungeon. Wren grabs his sleeping roll to suffocate the flame, but he trips, drags his blanket through the oil, and flings it over the stairs, spreading the flames higher and faster. Badger figures that’s enough of that and slams the door.
With Basti on his feet, they proceed. Basti check a door for traps, which is usually a great idea, but is instead grabbed by the door – actually a mimic- bitten, soaked in acid and nearly killed again. After defeating the mimic the party find the quarters of the cults leaders, Gustav and Elisabeth Durst. Wren opens a footlocker and is immediately set upon by the masters of the house, now Ghasts, who erupt from the clay walls. The party make quick work of the couple; Even Basti stays alive. Wren notices he’s dropped the book he found at the village gate and that there is a note inside in his own handwriting documenting the dream he had the night before. They find a number of baubles, most notably a gorgeous cape which Arveen takes.
Finally they descend to the lower level. The chanting becomes clear and deafening: an invisible choir repeats “He is Ancient; He is the Land”. Stairs descend to a porticullus, behind which is a large, water filled room with large alter in its center. Egon and Badger force the porticullus open; the chanting immediately stops. They and Wren enter the room while the other three stay outside.
As Wren reaches the top of the alter ghostly images of the cult ring the room chanting “one must die, one must die”. The group realizes they are asking for a human sacrifice. Egon realizes this is another good time to throw a javelin. The chanting changes: “Decayer: Decay. Decay.” A pile of corpses, bone, leather, wood, metal, scum – all the assorted trash of a thousand rituals- suddenly moves as a single mind. Mira recognizes it immediately: this is an unholy version of a shambling mound, and they have no chance. The whole dungeon shakes in displeasure. She screams for the group to run.
Wren kicks the creature, and is immediately knocks him out. The paladins determine they must save him before fleeing and attack the creature, fighting for their friends life. Mira runs to the exit but waits; Basti rushes upstairs.
And then Arveen magically slams the porticilus, damning her friends to death in service to her evil god, before rushing past Mira up the stairs.
Holy shit. Just… man.
Mira, Arveen and Basti return to the secret door in the statue room. Basti scales the walls leaving pitons for his frineds to climb. He throws open a trap door to find himself in the hunters den, where Arveens shadow attacks, but is easily killed. The trio enter the room to find the house has changed; the windows are gone and the fireplaces belch black, poisonous smoke. All of the doors are gone, too, and swignig blades now slice through their frames. The building rumbles in rage; it’s not quite finished with them yet…
Downstairs, the paladins get Wren to his feet and fight bravely but the monk is engulfed by the monster and Badger and Egon are badly wounded. The paladins get the portcullis open, and Egon manages to handcuff himself to Wren and pull him out from under the beast, but tragedy strikes when the creature kills Egon. Badly wounded, Badger now stands alone against the beast…