Quaerentes in Extremis

Spring 1225 - Mound of Crom Dubh

The Mound of Crom Dubh – 8 xp for Marcus and Feargus. 4 xp for Sealgir.

We made some adjustments to the story to better integrate it into the setting. I think it made it more concrete. For example, the Abbey visited was Melrose Abbey. (an interesting fact is that King Arthur is supposedly buried in the Eildon Hills, which overlook the village). The two feuding families were the more established Hume and The Scott. These borderland clan chiefs act as feudal nobles. The party did more research in the church archives of the abbey and interviewed Father Lachlann in more detail. Once they had enough information, they journeyed to the mound with the aid of The Hume’s son Thomas.

Once they found they mound using second sight they entered an opened cave entrance and journeyed through four different regios. Each one presented a different level of danger.

On the first level, there was nothing but a straight path that was clearly aligned with the son on St. Brigid’s day. This was the day the Mage Crispin ventured to the mound. On the second level, they found some of Crispin’s grogs dead. Around them more revenant bodies. Marcus attempted to summon the ghost of one of the grogs but made a rare botch and summoned a demon that possessed one of the corpses. It was a fearful start to their explorations. Demon’s Eternal Oblivion exercised the revenant and they learned more from the grog’s ghost. Each level could be passed through either by a sacrifice or by use of second sight.

On the third region, they encountered a carnal pit for blood sacrifices and a three headed vulture demon. It was fearsome, but it botched its effort to instill fear, and the overconfident Gille killed it with one bow shot. On the fourth level, they found gold and jewel offerings but left them undisturbed. Finding Crispin’s body the party retreated through the regios, and Fergus brought the stone ceiling of each passageway down behind them. Once outside they observed Hume and Scott horsemen skirmishing. However, the Hume were victorious and they took Thomas Hume with them and allowed the magi to leave un molested satisfied that there should be no more new revenants walking the bog between them and the Scotts.

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