"Quickly, we have no time. We must get out of here before it is too late," says the "cultist" as he is fumbling for the key to unlock the cage. Upon opening the gate, Embergrim immediately pushes the "cultist" toward the wall and pins him. The group questions the "cultist" and learns that his name is Uther Vanderslain. He tells the group that their equipment is not in the house but is being stored in the worker's quarters near the cornfield. When asked why the characters are being held here, he replies, he doesn't know for sure. The people who hired him just wanted him to serve the prisoner's food and such. Embergrim reluctantly believes the story and heals Uther's wound. The group proceeds to descend the stairs into what appears to be a wealthy person's home. The group begins to explore the house for an escape and clues to why they were being held captive.
3rd floor – A large red-marble staircase is in the center of this floor to the north of the staircase the group just descended from. There is also a single door on this floor. The door leads to a master suite. Upon inspection of a mirror, Gungax locates a hidden room containing a small chest with two daggers in it. He shares one with Rawlu. Embergrim finds some valuable jewelry in a jewelry box (3 gold rings and a platinum necklace with a topaz pendant). He pockets the jewelry but decides not to take the box as it would hinder his ability to move and fight. Robert takes a door in the northern part of the room. It leads to a balcony. From here he can tell that the group is on the 3rd floor of a house. Off to the southwest of the master suite is a large closet containing red robes identical to what Uther is wearing. Inspection of the robes indicates that tough leather is sown into it providing light protection. All in the group except Rawlu don a robe. Some robes need adjustment with one of the daggers to make them fit.
2nd floor – Aukan is the first down the marble staircase and notices multiple doors to the north and one to the south. Suits of armor holding spears flank the double doors to the north and south. Aukan is able to determine that the armor is for decoration only. Embergrim arrives and takes a spear from one of the suits of armor. While the spear is also a replica, he knows that it will still hold up to a fight. Rawlu and Gungax enter a small room just off the landing of the marble staircase. It appears to be a servants rooms and contains nothing of value to the group. Robert enters the double doors to the north into a library, His eyes light up at the sight of hundreds of books. There is a desk in the library and a picture of a light house over the mantle. Robert takes the picture down to inspect it and notices subliminally placed D's in the painting. They are hidden in the clouds and the water. Robert also discovers that one of the bookshelves has hinges. He calls to the group, "We may have a trapped door in here." Aukan moves into the library and pulls open the bookshelf. Nothing happens. Inside the small area are some books (Robert determines they are bogus writings about necromany and fiends), and a chest. The chest contains, three spell scrolls (given to Robert, not yet identified), the deed to a farm, the deed to a lighthouse, and a will (Aukan kept these). Embergrim moves into the double door room to the south and finds it to be a large conservatory. In the center is a slender humanoid creature bent over another humanoid in a red cloak. Embergrim determines the one creature is eating the other and moves to strike it with the spear. Glacio takes a spear from the hallway and also enters the conservatory and strikes the creature however he uses his power to send radiant force through the creature. At the same time another creature comes up the marble staircase and attacks Gungax. A small hand appears from a hole in the cieling of the library and attacks Robert who promptly stomps on it. Gungaz and Rawlu, take on the creature on the stairs. They knock it down but it shakes for a moment and rises again. Embergrim moves in from behind and strikes the creature knocking it down the stairs.
1st floor – The search of the house continues. On the first floor contains the following rooms, Kitchen and pantry, dining room, and den. Glacio takes a long sword from the mantle piece above the fireplace. It has a light house cameo in the hilt.More cloaks fill the cloakroom and Aukan finds a top hat on the shelf and tries it on. It does not fit. The kitchen, dining room, pantry hold nothing of value. Rawlu finds a deck of cards and wine glasses in an unlocked cabinet. The party has trouble picking the lock of a second cabinet. Once they final get it open, they find a light crossbow, a hand crossbow, and a short bow, with 20 pieces of ammunition each. Glacio moves through some doors to the south which lead to a portico with a locked gate. He forces the gate open and the group exit the house.
GM Notes: The party did not search the desk in the library. There was an encounter missed in the den as I forgot to have the creature come out and surprise the party.