No Business Like Snow business
On the first Thursdas of the first cycle of the moon, new graduates from the police academy Sam Willyson, Bruce Johnson, and Cortney Johnson (no relation) entered the town of Waldsby, in north Dunlouth, to investigate three recent murders and disappearances.
Upon arriving in town, they first went to the local constabulary. They were brought up to date on the case and informed about the layout of the town. Being superstitious minded Sam decided to check with the local crone to hear the local folk lore. The crone, Madam Redness by name, was very convinced that werewolves were responsible for the murders. Already believing in this possibility, Sam began to hold this as the most likely cause. As he tried to leave, Madam Redness tried to keep him with other stories, but he regarded this as an old woman’s ramblings. During this time Cortney and Bruce investigated the bodies of the dead girls. Using his skill with anatomy Cortney determined that the missing internal organs were misidentified on the case file. He found that the reproductive organs were missing.
The group met back up at the constabulary. Sam did a silver test on the local’s prime suspect and that man’s hunting dogs. All passed without issue. From here the investigators split up. Sam investigated the posibility of the undead of a man that killed his wife being responsible. He started by having the body exumed to see if it was there. Finding it resting peacefully, he had the pregnant mother living in the murder’s home drink some homemade holy water to check if the baby was possessed by an evil spirit. Though he had intended to do this to a newborn, fearing that it was a homicidal murder baby, he still felt it to be a good act just to make sure no evil was produced. This was a fruitless endeavor.
Bruce went out hunting with the men so he could talk to the husband of one of the decedents. this conversation produced no truly helpful information, but the hunting proved productive. Bruce killed a deer and two rabbits. Cortney talked to the parents of two of the dead girls. The parent provided more evidence against the imprisoned man.
That night in the tavern the investigators discussed their options. They decided to investigate the Chateau. While they talked they could see that they were being watched by a man from the corner. In questioning the barkeep, Cortney learned that the man watching them was stranger to everyone in town. They considered him suspicious, but did not approach him.
The next morning they set out north. As they advanced they were threatened by wolves. Sam prepared to distract them with meat and Bruce knocked an arrow. As they continued up the mountain some of them felt they were being watched. Bruce called into the woods behind them for the being to make itself know. After a short delay the stranger from the previous night presented himself. He told the party that his name was Ashby and that he was trying to hunt down the “thing” that was doing this. Comparing notes with the investigators he determined that a wind hag spirit was responsible. Cortney scoffed at this idea, Bruce listened with interest, and Sam believed it without issue. The four of them, all still believing that the Chateau was where investigation lead, continued up the mountain. On the way they were attacked by wolves. Through Bruce’s archery, brute force and warding against evil used by Ashby almost all of the party got out unscathed. Cortney was bitten near to death by the wolves, but recovered after drinking a potion that Ashby gave him. With the wolves out of the way, they continued up to the chateau.
Once inside the Chateau they met the business of a short bow. The mother of the missing girl had been looking for her. She and her husband had been attacked by the wolves. Her husband had died, and she had a horrible wound on her leg. She held the party at arrow point until they could prove they were trust worthy. Courtney tried to reason with her but was unable to do so. Sam dropped the wolf body off of his shoulder and declared that they were no allies of the things that hurt her. She lowered her bow and let them see that she was wounded. While Sam dressed her wound and fixed lunch, the others investigated the ground floor. They found a fertility goddess statue and items and tomes used in her worship. They also found a library with pagan books and novels. As everyone else started lunch, Cortney destroyed the fertility statue. The rest of lunch was uneventful.
After eating, Bruce noticed a trap door in the kitchen. He, Courtney and Ashby investigated it. Before long they found a secret door, but were unable to open it. Sam came down and sliding his sickle in the crack found that it was barred from the other side. Using this information Bruce kicked it down in a rain of splinters. They all advanced through the passage. Following a path of smeared blood, they came to a hall lined with sconces. Sam returned to the kitchen and got a large jug of solidified oil. He scooped it into the sconces and had Courtney light them.
They reached a large circular room filled with pillows blankets and decorated lewd art work. The body of the missing girl (whose mother was in the kitchen) was among the pillows. While the party looked around, and Cortney set fire to the pictures, a howling wind filled the room and two large red eyes flew in. Cortney was flabbergasted. The wind blew out his torch and cut Sam’s shoulder open. Bruce tried to shoot it in the eye and Sam threw the solidified oil at it. Another blast of air cut Sam. Ashby directed the others to look for the ice body that tied the Wind hag to the world. Bruce began searching the room as Cortney set fire to it. Sam recovered the oil. Another blast of wind shredded some pillows and whipped up the fire. Bruce found a trap door and on opening found the ice body. He dumped a sack of ice on it. (to make it melt faster), before Sam smashed the jar of over the body. They set themselves against another, this time more angry, gust of wind. It cut deep gashes into Cortney’s back as he tossed a flaming portrait into the hole with the ice body. The hole erupted in a ball of fire and the red eyes and the wind died away. The party escaped the room with the body of the dead girl and returned her to her mother. They then proceeded back to town with the dead and filled out their official reports. Parting ways with Ashby they returned south before the snows came in.