Eighteenth Session (12 page pdf) – “Shadowland” – The shadowy version of Boroi Manor is full of horrors. But they find Wogan’s sister and nephew!
They actually negotiate with Nicasor the shae, the boss in here. They’re not real happy with Baron Stepan so they are not sure who to throw in with (or just kill everyone, but they figure they’ll defer that decision a little while).
Then it’s more haunted house. Furniture comes to life and attacks, shadows come out of pictures, the usual.
My favorite part is how they go to a room full of keys, with one magical key that looks like a tuning fork. They get it and escape as the rest of the keys turn into a swarm and attack; they get out and slam the door and it only turns their summoned cat into gelatin. And then what do they do? “I wonder what this key does…” They hit the key and of course it’s a chime of opening and the door holding back the key swarm swings open. Oh, I laughed and laughed. You can’t plan stuff like that if you try.
Serpent starts showing disregard for loot, which starts a very long-running gag within the group where they suspect him of being a doppleganger. He’s usually a very “and don’t forget to take their boots” kind of guy.
They find Anya and Marek and try to go get out, assuming Stepan was lying about them having to destroy the Heart to escape. Sadly, he wasn’t. But they still think he’s lying. Nobles, can’t trust ’em.
Since they can’t get out… Next step, go kill Nicasor and Elenuta! Not strictly required, but they were about ready to kill someone…