The Price of Immortality

Meeting with Kassen

Behind the double brass doors is a large room with an altar on top of which a sarcophagus is placed. Through the half opened doors Lini notices a skeleton like figure in the back, with a blue light in its eye sockets. Preen goes inside, and Jonathan follows. The skeleton speaks to them: “So, the heroes of Kassen have come to fight with me again!” Lini also enters the room, which is lit by a flame above the sarcophagus. The skeleton is wearing plate armour and is brandishing a longsword. LIni goes forward a bit to get the skeleton in range and calls upon Gozreh to channel energy, and with success. The armoured skeleton blanches a bit, and she hears sounds of collapsing bones, as if a large number of skeletons in the area have collapsed.
As a counter action, the armoured skeleton attacks Lini and inflicts some damage. A fight between the skeleton and the three “Heroes of Kassen” ensues, during which Preen gets hurt, but all three manage to hurt the skeleton until a final channel energy by Lini drops him to the floor.
Lini uses her cure moderate wounds spell on Preen.

Behind the sarcophagus they find a young woman lying unconscious. Lini heals her, using a cure light wounds spell. When she comes around, she is confused, but they learn that her name is Demira, sister of Roldare, and that during their ‘preparations’ for them in the crypt, they were attacked by skeletons and she was taken here by an armoured skeleton with blue lights for eyes. She appears to be very distressed. Lini calms her a little by saying that they have defeated the skeleton.
Then, remembering their mission, Lini gets up to light the lantern with the flame above the sarcophagus, presumably holding Kassen. Preen was already looking at the body in the sarcophagus, of which the lid was removed. A skeleton in full armour lies in it, arms crossed over the chest, holding a longsword over its body. Around his neck is a chain which clearly was meant to hold an amulet of some sort, but which has been broken off. Preen has noticed a similar chain with missing amulet on the remains of the armoured skeleton.
While LIni lights the lantern, a transparent form of a man rises up from the skeleton, whose features clearly indicate that this is the legendary Kassen himself. Kassen speaks to them and thanks them for slaying Asar, his former companion. Preen asks him about the missing amulets on his body and that of Asar. Kassen tells him that the two amulets are keys to a place where the spoils of his and Asars adventures are stored. There is a third key, of their third companion, Iramine, who may still be alive…
Preen then asks if Kassen still has a need for his armour. Kassen looks at him sternly but does not give an answer. He then turns to Lini and Jonathan and bestows some gifts upon them: Lini gets a bag and a shield, and Jonathan a gemstone. Preen is clearly ignored in this. Then Kassen takes three scales of his armour and hands each party member one, to Preen he hands it over grudgingly. “These scales will provide you a boost when needed. I thank you again and ask you to clean up my final resting place” Then Kassen sinks back into the sarcophagus. Lini and Jonathan move to replace the lid on the sarcophagus.
A quick check of the gifts of bag and shield show that they are magical. Preen is already scouting the left side of the room, where more sarcophagi are present. He discovers a body near one of them, which Lini recognizes to be of a follower of Razmir, who has been dead for about three months. Preen quickly goes through his posessions and finds a map, folded in this map is a note that reads: “The amulets are entombed with Kassen and Asar”. In addition they find a wand, bracers and a horn, all of which are magical. A pouch with a lot of new gold pieces (354 in total) and a spellbook are the last items they take of the corpse. Initially they want to remove the corpse from the crypt room, but Demira is very impatient and wants to leave. She says that they can send some villagers to clean up later. The others agree and leave the room, but not before Preen also takes the armour and the sword of Asar.

They then go to the room that was flooded and which sported some bodies floating in the water. Preen wants to pull the bodies to a dry spot at least, to help the villagers a bit, but when he pulls one corpse toward the dry spot, he first hears an electric sound, and is soon afterward struck by some sort of lighting, hurting him significantly. Cursing a bit he finishes dragging this body to a drier spot, but leaves the rest as they are. They then proceed to the room where they left Roldare, to take him with them outside of the crypt, where they go back to their camping site, to have a look at all the items they found, and to rest, eat and heal.

The following items were retrieved from the crypt:
Chainmail from Asar: magical, gives additional +1 bonus. Lini takes this magical mail, which surprisingly fits her perfectly.
Longsword of Asar: magical, gives additional +1 bonus. Jonathan has a good use for this item.
Bracers: magical bracers of armour, gives additional +1 bonus. Preen can use these very well, as they are small and inconspicuous.
Wand: wand of magical missiles, with 22 charges left. Nobody can use this, so they decide to try to sell it at some point.
Spellbook with the following spells: Cause fear, enlarge person, expeditious retreat, false life, levitate, magic armour, magic missile, ray of enfeeblement. All spells are wizard/sorcerer spells. Also this book they will keep until they can sell it at a good price.
Bag: bag of holding type 1 (can hold 250 lbs of weight and max. 30 sft of space, but will always weigh 15 lbs). Lini thinks this may be useful for her, as she cannot carry as much weight as the others, and with this bag can carry an equal share. The others agree.
Shield: +1 bashing shield. Jonathan shows some interest in the shield
Gem: elemental gem, to summon a water elemental upon breaking the gem. Jonathan keeps hold of this gem for now.
Horn: A horn of Fog: will call a wall of fog to obscure vision or to hide from enemies. Jonathan puts the horn in his bag.

Total amount of gold that was found amounts to 366 pieces, so each get 122 pieces of gold.

Fight with a Gholam

After the episode next to the crypt of Kassen, the party intends to leave the place, but then it is remembered that there was still an unexplored area behind a door in the room with the basin with keys, out of which a magical key was obtained. They go there, and open the left door with said magic key. Behind the door is a long corridor with statues holding swords. The statues are partially clad in leather. Preen suspects this could be trapped, so he moves cautiously forward. But alas, at some point the stone below Preens feet drops away and all the swords are swung downwards. Preen suffers a minor wound, Lini and Jonathan are out of harms way. The swords are now horizontally positioned over the path. With some acrobatics Preen reaches the other side without more damage. Lini follows more slowly but still is a little hurt by one of the swords. Jonathan reaches the other end unscathed. Lini administers a Cure Light Wounds spell on Preen. At the end of the path is another door which leads to a large room with a very big wooden statue of Kassen, which holds two wooden shields with the writings “Home” and “Family”.
Lini walks towards the stairs leading to the statue and the door next to it, but then the statue comes to life and steps of its pedestal! An audible click! precludes the stairs turning into slides. Lini deduces from all the things happening that the statue is a wood gholam.
Preen shoots an arrow in the gholam, but this does not appear to do any damage. Lini casts the Magic Weapon spell on her trident. Jonathan goes down via the other stairs/slide. The gholam attacks with his shield and hits Lini, who suffers some damage. Preen tries to get behind the gholam and performs a sneak attack with his dagger, but misses. Lini attacks with her trident, but her piercing weapon does no damage. Jonathan hacks into the gholam with his sword, which appears to hurt it a bit. The gholam attacks Lini again, but misses. Then Lini casts her Lightning arc , which seems to work. Jonathan keeps hacking at the gholam. Then the gholam attacks Jonathan, misses, but drops one of the shields. Jonathan notices that in the neck of the gholam a keyhole is present.
Preen attempts another sneak attack and Lini repeats her Lightning arc but both are unsuccessful. Jonathan continues chopping wood, but the gholam hits back. Then Preen hits the target with his next sneak attack and Lini has a full blast with her Lightning arc attack. Jonathan gives a final strike to the gholam and it falls down in pieces. Jonathan kicks the remaining shield away from the wooden rubble. The shields are covered with numerous small holes/dents. Preen looks at the door in the corner of the room – it is locked. The sliding stairs have turned back into stairs. The magic key opens the locked door and in the room behind it there is a table with three labeled pouches. The labels read their names.
Preen receives a masterwork rapier and a potion of invisibility
Jonathan receives a masterwork longbow and an oil of magic weapon
Lini receives a masterwork trident and a scroll of lesser restoration.
(All receive 300 xP)

Return to Kassen

Outside the crypt, when they make camp for the night, they have a conversation with Roldare and his sister. They explain that what happened was never the intent. Never before were any undead present in the crypt. They only wanted to frighten the adventurers.
The next morning they make their way back to the village of Kassen. They climb up out of the ravine. In the forest there is little wildlife to be seen. Just after the lake they set up camp for the night. After camp has been made, Preen sits down and plays his flute again – not very well. Jonathan frowns at him but says nothing. It is a quiet night.
The next morning they continue their walk towards the village, and they reach Kassen by nightfall. There are torches among the villagers who await them in a festive mood in the village center. Preen walks directly towards the mayor and motions to him that all the festive raucous should stop. Jonathan walks towards the music band to make them quiet. Preen says in a somewhat loud voice: “Apart from these two, everyone else is dead!” He points at Roldare and his sister. “The crypt was full of undead creatures”
The mayor is full of disbelief. Preen gives a brief report and says: “This is not our idea of a funny prank” The mayor pales visibly during this recital and leads the three of them to the town hall. On their way there Preen makes eye contact with his mother to assure her he is all right. Also Jonathans parents are relieved to see him well.
In the mayor’s office Lini gives a detailed report of all that has happened. The mayor is duly impressed and calls them heroes. There will be a great banket held in our honour in an hours’ time.

Before the feast, Lini goes to the temple, tells Prasst about their adventures, and spends some time in prayer before she refreshes herself to go to the party. Jonathan also goes home to get a change of clothes. Preen tells his mother about what happened in the crypt, and she becomes very motherly and almost smothers him with her attention.
The banquet starts with a speech from the mayor. Preen, Jonathan and Lini are honoured. All villagers who have lost their lives are named and remembered. This lasts about an hour, then a toast is made and all set to eat.
Halfway the conversion from banquet to party, Preen slips away. Near the door Cygar stands watching the crowd, but Preen in particular, and when he loses sight of Preen, he looks about inquiringly. Preen awaits him when he comes nearer to him, and says: “Are you looking for someone?” Suddenly a blackened dagger and a sword are in Cygar’s hands and he turns around quickly to see who has spoken. When he sees Preen, who is a bit startled by this reaction, he says: “Oh it is you…” and puts away his weapons. Preen is impressed. Cygar is interested in what happened in the crypt, he wants to know more. And asks if Preen may be interested in a lucrative assignment? Preen does not trust the man completely. Cygar then introduces himself as a member of the Pathfinder order (known treasure hunters). He says that robbers have specifically come to the crypt of Kassen to steal the amulets – do you want to know more about this?

Jonathan has seen Preen slip away and taking his cue from this, he also leaves the party via the same route and finds Preen in discussion with another man outside of the exit door. Preen hands Jonathan the wine bottle he had taken from the party and introduces him to Cygar, who says that he may have a job for us. “Or you can also just stay in this shithole…” says Preen. They agree to meet the next morning, four hours after sunrise, in the Seven Silvers tavern.
Lini is still inside at the party, with some of her fellow gnomes. At some point she is spoken to by a waitress, who tells her to meet Preen tomorrow morning in the Seven Silvers. Lini asks what it is about, but the waitress does not know more than what she has told.

Cygars assignment

After Cygar has left them, Jonathan and Preen talk about their meeting with Cygar and that he has spoken about the items that were taken from the crypt of Kassen. They finish the bottle of wine and then both go to their homes. On his way home, Preen decides he wants to talk to Jimmy the halfling about this all. He awaits him at his home, and sure enough, around midnight Jimmy comes home, seriously drunk. Preen helps him enter his house, but lets him fumble for a while creating some light. Preen asks Jimmy if he would take a job given by the Pathfinder guild. That depends, Jimmy says, before going into a drunken report of something or another. Preen cannot make head or tail from it, and sees the folly of his intention to speak to Jimmy in this condition. Jimmy ends with an emphatic repeat of the words: “You must write them down!” Preen then leaves Jimmy to his own devices and goes home, where he meets his mother, who is still up and about. He has a brief conversation with her, where he hints about Kassen being too small for him, and that he may seek his adventure elsewhere.
Also around midnight, when Lini has told the story many a time, she goes back to the temple for a good nights rest.

The next morning in the Seven Silvers, Cygar sits at a table, his black hood down. His human face is covered with scars on one side. Lini is introduced to Cygar and brought up to date. Lini senses that Cygar is an open and honest person. They sit down at the table and have tea and coffee. Cygar tells that the Pathfinder guild is an international group of adventures, treasure hunters and chronicle writers.
He asks what they know about the stolen objects from the crypt.
Lini says that the two amulets were stolen by the cult of Razmir. The nickname of Razmir is The Living God. Their cult claims that they have the only god that really answers, all the other gods are not real.
Cygar can tell where to look for the amulets. In exchange they need to write down all that happens on their quest, and the location of the final treasure. When this story is complete, they must deliver it to a member of the Pathfinder guild, and in exchange they will get 500 gold pieces each.
This sound good, but Preen negotiates for some advance payment, and they agree upon 10 gold pieces. During their travel they will have to work for their pay – to protect the cargo of a ship. A contract is made, which is quite open. The risk is that if they are not the first ones with the finished story, they will not get any gold. He also gives them three blank books, to write their reports in.
The Cult of Razmir operates and recruits in Tamran. The next morning a boat will depart, and they will be able to travel along.

Lini takes her leave from Rantal Prasst, and gathers her belongings for the journey. She is given two potions of healing.
Preen is given a remembrance to his father, his mother has kept his masterwork shortbow all these years. Preen is touched by this.
Also Jonathan is given a parting gift from his mentor: a very exquisite longbow.

The next morning they go to the harbour. They see the merchant vessel, and as they approach it, they see the merchant, Jon, talking to an impressive woman, holding a sword that is taller than herself. Preen greets Jon and the woman, who introduces herself as Amiri.
They agree upon 5 goldpieces a week plus meals for their services as cargo protectors. It is expected to take two weeks to reach the Water Horse Inn, from which point they will take the road south. Lini, Jonathan and Preen board the merchant vessel.


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