This session began with an interrogation of the necromancer, Sigfried. Panthumbra convinced the local guards to allow the Gray Rangers first crack at questioning.
The PCs discovered that the necromancer was working for someone else, more powerful than the PCs. Thus, he was more afraid of her than he was of the PCs. After some negotiation, he decided to give them some information if they were able to break a sort of geas that she had over him, allowing his soul to at least go free after his likely execution by the Olarans. The PCs were asked to find a particular skull with a unique sigil and destroy it. His mistress “Esha” would be keeping it somewhere within a few days travel of their location. He was only able to tell them that she changed her face often, but liked to keep cats. And, she would obviously be up to various acts of necromancy. If the PCs followed those, they would hopefully find her involved.
After the interrogation, 3 representatives of the nearby Goblinesh Gather: a goblin, orc, and ogre arrived and demanded that the necromancer be turned over to them for justice. After all, he killed only 5 humans from Silver Gate, but over a dozen members of the gather, either through murder or corruption. The Rangers calmed down the enraged ogre, and proposed a compromise- that the gather would send a delegation to Silver Gate, and provide the executioner. More details need to be arranged, but Skoriss has agreed to keep an eye on the prisoner as an impartial 3rd party.
The PCs then went to Bearheart to do some investigating:
Raina hit the streets and found a reformed criminal, Erland, who now dedicated his time in service of the Church of Light. Through his former contacts on the street, and his new contact in the church, he was aware of a rumor of a wagon load of supposed Blood Steel ore being robbed, and then the thieves being later killed by apparent necromancy. He also heard a rumor of a cemetery watched over by 3 different churches of light and a sight on the edges of Bearheart where a goblinesh gather was massacred generations ago.
Panthumbra visited the local tower of sorcery and found out the sorcerers’ own investigation found a woman buying ritual materials from a local alchemist, ducking into an alley, and apparently coming out the other side looking like a different woman. She visited the alchemist and managed to convince her that she was a loyal follower of Esha, and left a message to meet her near the old Dwarven watchtower (the new Rangers’ HQ) in two weeks time.
After Action Report:
The PCs still have a couple other avenues of investigation, and plan to set up an ambush for when Esha comes to meet them at the watchtower.
Father Sorrin; Siegfried, the necromancer; Esha, his mistress; Bigg, the Goblin; Boshek, the orc tracker; Jerzy, the Ogre; Erland, reformed criminal.