The King's Guild

Night 7 – Kinky Bumps in the Night

Although clearly startled, nimbly did Leonara evade the lunge and with all her usual grace land perfectly after her triple backflip out of harm’s way. The party steeled themselves for what was to come, with Ennal standing tall at the fore, shorter Gimpli behind him and the appropriately diminutive Arno behind he.

No sooner did the ghastly master and his foul servitors rise than they were assailed by a flurry of blows that rained down upon them. The party did beat and chop and beat again, for in such close quarters that the room presented there was little opportunity for finesse, until the apparitions were once again reduced to mulch and disappeared.

Lacking any other recourse as to their plight then, the party gathered and ventured forth to the next floor where they hoped for something – anything, really – to enable their immediate evacuation from the nightmare.

Their findings were less than encouraging.

The maid’s room was a shrine of obsession. Not a patch of wall was left for all the mirrors that hung there, enough to bend and twist a poor soul’s sanity. So it did too, as evidenced by a diary that kept a bleak record of her descent into madness. They tried as they might to call out to the distant memory of her they saw trapped in the mirrors, but she was only disquieted by their cussing and indecent proposals as she sat there on the bedside largely unawares.

Perhaps in a stroke of brilliance or simply petty larceny, they removed one of the mirrors to carry with them as they proceeded down the hall. It proved only a hindrance however as it failed to capture the image of the new surroundings and soon was but a portal for another ghostly limb. The abrupt groping had Leonara uncharacteristically off-guard, for she proceeded to drop the mirror and it shattered along with the offending appendage.

The majority of the rooms were bereft of any features of note and barring one that ended with a brief encounter with the phantoms once more were wholly uneventful. Upon retracing their ships however, the party spied the girl whom had at once beseeched their aid and contributed to their incarceration here. They chased, knowing not what else to do, but were quite unable to pass through walls as she did. However, their approximation of her path lead to a little alcove, which itself concealed a secret none of them could have ever conceived!!

. . .

Next they went to the basement.

It was clearly the laboratory of the master. Bookcases and apparatus were strewn around the large, dirt floor interior. They were particularly drawn to a conspicuous desk, whose contents revealed the man’s depraved interests. There were countless grimoires detailing esoteric practices, with genealogies of demonic creatures and a studies of chronomancy.

Yet it was the final, reinforced doorway that held the biggest secret thus far. Within was bound a demon, whose incarceration – or simply his twisted ‘design’ – meant that he was little more than a withered husk, all trace of muscle having fallen to atrophy. It did not take it much convincing, and was in a way glad to tell of its plight: a prisoner harvested for his unholy seed, that it might be bestowed on the tormented girl and bring forth the master’s darkest desires. Alas, the demon regaled, this was eventually thwarted by the resulting offspring of a previous, failed attempt. Even now this ‘other’ resided inside, outside and inbetween the existence of the house, causing the time distortions and the party’s entrapment.

Suddenly, the phantom occupants of the house were heard descending after them from above! In haste, they slew the bound demon at his pleas, before rushing to meet the battle. Upon realizing their enemy now advanced without relent, each time rising anew, they construed a strategy to leave a blaze of fire in their wake and escape through the exterior cellar doors to the grounds!

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