Our heroes - Lyrus, Human Rogue 3. Disorre, Human Cleric of Pelor 2. The Shizzle, Ghome Bard 2.
Having returned to the city of Dennovar after their last adventure, which had claimed one of their colleagues, Lyrus, Disorre and the Shizzle went to visit the wizard Morriton as they were looking for a job.
Morriton wanted to hire them to locate a pupil of his, Arra Bruce, who had gone missing. Her wicker man, a sort of small golem, had revealed that she had been visited by a man in a flying chariot who had persuaded her to climb out the window and join her, and then they had flown off. Morriton turned to the heroes as he was afraid that the city guard had been compromised.
The heroes set off to examine Arra's house, but as they left Morriton's lab, they were confronted by a gang of 4 thugs with hands made of stone and known as the Stonehand Gang. The leader of the thugs wanted to know what they were doing at Morriton's, as their boss, the Stonearm Scourge, didn't like him. The heroes tried to reason with them, but a fight soon erupted. Two of the thugs gave Disorre a bit of a walloping, but Lyrus was able to flank one of them and backstab him, taking him down. The Shizzle stayed back and sang a spell that caused the remaining thugs to go to sleep.
Morriton's raven familiar had been watching and called them back into the lab. Morriton explained that the Stonarm Scourge was a nasty cleric who had replaced part of himself with viomantic replacements, much like the Stonehand gang's hands. He had a laboratory under a shrine which was supposed dedicated to Meelkor, the god of humility, but in actual fact was run by worshippers of Vecna, the god of secrets. Morriton gave the heroes a scroll that would enable them to control the Scourge' wicker man if they were able to capture it.
The heroes decided to check out the Cult of Vecna. The church was a little on story building, with a staircase leading down to the basement door, which was presumably where the Stonearm Scourge was based. Lyrus decided to check out the church and see if he could find a secret entrance, as going through the basement's front door was against everything he stands for.
He went into the little anteroom and knocked on the door, to be answered by a kindly looking priest.
'Can I help you?' asked the priest.
'I've got a stone delivery for a Mr Scourge.' The priest looked at Lyrus sceptically.
The Shizzle tried to help by shouting 'Hey, hurry it up, we've got lots of other deliveries to make' but it didn't seem to help.
Lyrus pulled out his shortsword and attacked the priest before he could react, leaving him mortally wounded. The Shizzle and Disorre came in, and the cleric of Pelor almost had a fit when he saw what Lyrus had done, and cast a minor curing spell to stabilize the priest. They searched the church top to bottom but all they found was the priest' key ring. They went down to the basement and opened the door, wondering what they would find inside...
(To be continued.)