The Odhirann Adventures
“The Chapel Bridge”
Written by Chris
Bradley and Vincent Darlage
Zethar: A Druid
Bwlch: A Ranger
The Time: Spring, 19 Xaul, 7 VIII
The Place: Odhirran, Dun Luzern (small town; monstrous; AL LG/CE; 50 gp limit (usually 3,000); Assets 20,000; population 1,500 (usually 2,500); authority figures: Lady Gudrun Talluth, Baroness of Dun Luzern, female human Paladin 2; The Wraith King, male wraith Necromancer 10; Important Characters: Druid Farold, male human Druid 6, assorted undead, town watch (missing)).
Zethar, Bwlch and Willem spent the night taking turns keeping watch
and resting after barricading themselves in Tollerath’s
bedroom. Upon the arrival of morning, Zethar found his powers rejuvenated and
channeled the healing power of nature into his injured friend, Bwlch.
Zethar asked, "Well, shall we go to the Lady Stones this day?"
Bwlch rose and said, "Sounds good."
Zethar continued, "I feel we have scouted this keep as much as possible. I feel the key to this mystery lies at the Lady Stones. Will you be accompanying us, Willem? We would appreciate your continued company and assistance."
Willem thought to himself, “Finally! I can leave this accursed place!” He said to Zethar, “I will accompany you out of this tower. Then I must make my own way to home. Thank you for your company thus far, however."
"Very well." Zethar shakes Willem's hand hardily. "Good look on your journeys."
"Come, Bwlch, we have much to do." Zethar and Bwlch returned to the road to Dun Luzern and Willem went his own way.
Zethar spoke on the way back to Dun Luzern, "Well, Yuvihiun said that they worship at the Lady Stones. It stands to reason that there would be a well worn path to such a place. Let us see if we can find it. I doubt there is anyone else left in town."
They came upon
"Hmmm. What have we here?" Zethar grabbed the book out of the secret niche in the chapel and examined the cover. The book was titled, "The Book of the Dancing Dead."
"Sounds like this could prove useful." Zethar stated as he began perusing the book.
Bwlch said, "Hmmm. Like the poem we read in the wizard's keep."
"Very good, Bwlch! 'Behind the stone anointed, you will find the work you need'."
"Perhaps there is more to the poem that will help us?"
Zethar recalled what he had read previously, "This bridge must also be the 'Hall of the Lady Blessed' since it is covered. Do you see a nymph pointing anywhere around here?" Zethar began looking around.
"Maybe the Hall of the Lady Blessed refers to the Lady Stones. Weren't we told something about a nymph the other day? Something about a statue."
"According to the plaque on the statue of 'Rochad the Lion' it says he saved a nymph and she gave him permission to build this bridge. It is all starting to make sense. I just hope you or I are 'worthy' enough to use this book."
"Let us stay here for a bit while I peruse this book. Keep an eye out for me." Zethar sat down and began to read the book for pertinent information.
The book detailed something called the Deathdance Gate, how it operated, and that the gate was utterly evil and perverted the natural cycle of life and death. Zethar wondered if the book revealed the location of the gate and how to destroy it. He also wondered if the gate claimed living victims and turned them into skeletons. Unfortunately, the book had no information on his first query and his worst fears were confirmed when he read that the gate permanently claimed the victims and they remained skeletons until destroyed.
Zethar relayed the information to Bwlch, "This MUST be stopped. We need to find that gate and destroy it!" As Zethar read a little further, more questions popping into his head.
He found a related passage. He read it aloud to Bwlch could hear. “‘The Gate is a powerful device of evil constructed hundreds of years ago by members of death cult loosely tied to Wemusa. Standing seven feet high and three feet wide, the gate roughly resembles a doorway, however, the doorframe (there isn’t actually a door or gate) is constructed entirely of the bones of humanoids, animals, and other critters. Once active, the gate can be used to create skeletons. The skeletons retain an imprint of their former life, and are compelled to resume as best they can. Any who touch the gate are likely to become skeletons on contact with the vile structure.’”
Zethar said, "I have heard of this Wemusa before and supposedly he is the god of life and death. These cultists seem to have been one sided. I think we still need to check out the standing stones and be on the lookout for the gate. It has to be in or around Dun Luzern somewhere. I also wonder if this Gundrun is still around somewhere?"
"Probably. I am not sure the whole poem refers to this bridge though."
"Most likely. We still need to find the 'Place of rest under that which never lied'. Also, 'The storm will wash away the lie', but this book does not detail a storm. Let us continue on to the Lady Stones."
Zethar and Bwlch finally arrived back at Dun Luzern. They came to a place near the walls of town that was a large stone circle. They immediately noticed a small house nearby that was chained shut.
"How odd. There are the stones I hope. We had better check that house out, Bwlch."
Zethar knocked on the door of the chained house. He heard a shuffling from inside the hut, but no voices or other sounds.
"There is someone in there, Bwlch. We need to find something to break these chains."
Bwlch, without blinking, whacked at the door with his weapon and broke it in. He held up the chains for Zethar to walk under.
Zethar smiled, "Or, we could just break the door. Thank you, Bwlch." He headed into the building to investigate.
Before he could reach the door, dead things lunged out from the darkness!
To be continued in "Tale 8 - The Lady Stones".
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