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    Dorn, you barely manage to shake off the soporific effects of the mist, but find yourself standing over the inert Eliege ... inert, but for the mist pouring from the mouth. What do you do?
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    "Mighty Forgefather," says Dorn, standing behind the form of the administrator. "This once-mortal vessel has been corrupted and turned into a planar rift, but even then is broken. The soul that was Eliege Losandro's lies trapped in her limp flesh, a prisoner to folly and horrible events. I ask you to bless my strength and aim that I do not cause harm or injury. I ask you to bless the soul of Dr. Losandro, that she be released swiftly after my hammerfall, and that while she must go to whatever plane is proper for her judgment by the Lady of Bones, that she be protected on that journey that she suffer no more than she suffered gaining this condition. I commit my soul to this action, and ask that you look favorably on it as an act of mercy and not condemnation; but I accept if the judgment is severe and that those blessings that you've newly minted me with, or any blessings you have given me ever, be stripped. I do this act and I alone that I may protect my fellows from guilt or sense of wrongdoing, and that I leave my soul in your care however you judge. So be it."

    And with that, Dorn performs a coup de grace on the ongeiren that was once Losandro. Once the deed is done, he says a final rite as appropriate, takes the keys out of her pocket that are likely there - and steps out of the cloud to be with the living and relatively whole members of the party.
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    The marble desk here features several drawers filled with mundane writing supplies and extensive but uninteresting documents. One of these drawers is locked, but the key to the lock is on the ring that was in Administrator Losandro’s pocket, now held by Dorn. Unlocking the drawer, you uncover Losandro’s journal, a concise record of her daily duties and observations. Those who spend 10 minutes perusing the journal find it to be largely mundane—filled with notes from staff meetings and interviews with the families of would-be patients—but in entries written during the last year, the names Haserton Lowls and Count Lowls appear with increasing regularity. You all know that both names refer to Count Haserton Pragmus Lowls IV, ruler of the County of Versex in Ustalav. The final entries prove to be of particular interest; see the Handout below. There is nothing else in the journal referring to Lowls’ associates or The Chain of Nights.
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    Continuing to investigate Administrator Losandro’s office, you find a number of interesting and modestly valuable curios, the most valuable being a brain-shaped sculpted wooden box, bookends depicting twin screaming and crying figures, and a brass sculpture of an Osirian pyramid. With Akbar aiding Lord Hanley, the latter determines that each of the three items is worth 50 gold pieces (the vets couldn't appraise it last time). Zandalus’s paintings can also be collected and might fetch up to 100 gp for the set. (The vets only valued it at 75 gp last time).

    No doubt the group spends at least 15 minutes perusing the crowded bookshelves. Lord Hanley recognizes a number of mundane but remarkable texts: On the Treatment of Ambitions, Disappointments, and Regrets by Doctor Beaurigmand Trice, On Violent Sands by Doctor Henri Meirtmane, and a signed copy of Ailson Kindler’s Galdyce’s Guest: Feast of the Nosferatu. Each book weighs 2 pounds and is worth somewhere around 70 gp. Lord Hanley can't be quite sure, as "tripe" such as Kindler's work (she rights "romantic horror" as Hanley says) is not really his forte.

    Lastly, in addition to Losandro's Journal, the locked desk drawer also contains a magnifying glass, two vials of alchemist's kindness, a vial of smelling salts, two vials of smoothe syrup, 4 doses of antitoxin, 2 doses of opium, three scrolls, a candle, a small tin, and three talismans of some sort.
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    Just to verify, Jean is able to cast read magic and effortlessly determine that, as before, the scrolls are:
    1 scroll of fox's cunning
    2 scrolls of remove paralysis (Brother Jaume happens to be carrying one from the "last reality," though he hasn't taken the time to decipher that one for himself, yet.)

    A candle, as before, that previously detected as unknown magic. However, Brother Jaume recently had learned the fundamentals of arcane schools and their classical markers in spells, and determines that this candle has an aura of moderate necromancy. Aiding Jean, the two realize that the candle that they found before (and was "left behind" with other "group treasure" in the last reality is in fact a candle of spirit protection.

    They already had identified, but verify again, the small tin filled with incense of open thoughts.

    Two of the three talismans had previously been identified, but are verified:
    A greater talisman of beneficial winds on a thin silver chain (a greater talisman lasts 1/day, instead of being used up after the first time).
    A lesser talisman of warrior's courage.
    The third talisman was one that Bjorn Vinter in the other reality held, but its properties were not known. Brother Jaume now can see an aura of moderate conjuration. Still, even assisting the brilliant Jean, its exact properties are still not determined.

    Wow. A lot of information. A lot of loot.

    What now?
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    We should return to the chapel and inform Winter of our discoveries. I will carry Dr. Losandro’s body back so that she can be given her proper burial. It seems the least I can do.”
    BJ will look for a carpet or drapes to wrap up the body.
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    Dorn shakes his head, "Your heart is in the right place, but you also remind me what we have overlooked. We already had this discussion. Remember what we were doing yesterday? So, let's get some rubble and build a cairn for her. Then, go back to the office with the dead doctors and build cairns for them as well since we forgot yesterday, even though we started the day right with cairns for those in the south.

    "We are not dragging dead bodies back to the chapel or surrounding area."
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    BJ grunts in agreement.
    “Aye. My heart may be in the right place, but with your plan, it’s my back that will be out of place come the morrow.”

    With that, BJ hitches up his sleeves and starts gathering stones to bury the former administrator in her office and then the other corpses.
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    Dorn does the same. Losandro first, then back to the other office where we dunced when we forgot to take care of the other dead doctors.
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    Jean is more than happy to help, the spread of disease is not to be trifled with.

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    With all of that done (takes about two hours, including mini-services held by Brother Jaume) .... and with the stuff from Losandro's office. Now what? Is there any interest to divvy what you've found right now?
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    BJ is interested in the scrolls and talisman of warriors courage but is willing to divvy up the items as the group sees fit. He will take the time to read his scroll of remove paralysis and any other scrolls he acquires.
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    Brother Jaume remembers that he has the same problem now as before in that while he can't cast (or use) the spell read magic until such time as he gets the focus component required (that's why Jean has been doing this).

    Who else is interested in anything that's there?
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    Dorn already has a scroll of remove paralysis from before. He can see a use for all of these things, though admittedly a scroll of fox's cunning would be of limited use to him. The opium should go to the staff helping the survivor-patients, as well as any other alchemical whatsit we don't claim for ourselves. Dorn has a vial of antitoxin. A dose of soothe syrup might be alright. He'll see if anyone wants anything. Protection is his racket, so the candle makes sense, but it is also an occult item, and that seems more like Jean's bag?
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    Jean will happily take the candle.

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    BJ hands his scroll of remove paralysis to Jean.
    You might as well keep this too, lad. I know the trick of reading it but I don’t have the glass.”

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    Akbar, are you interested in anything here, or have suggestions for other items?
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    Do Wishcrafter abilities work with spells cast through scrolls? If so, he might be the best one to hold the Fox Cunning scroll.
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    Wishcrafter abilities do NOT work through scrolls, any more than using your own CL works that way (or rather, doesn't).

    Akbar, is there something else you would like?
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    Akbar will request one of the protective talismans (warrior's courage or beneficial winds).
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    Lastly, in addition to Losandro's Journal, the locked desk drawer also contains a magnifying glass, two vials of alchemist's kindness, a vial of smelling salts, two vials of smoothe syrup, 4 doses of antitoxin, 2 doses of opium, three scrolls, a candle, a small tin, and three talismans of some sort.
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    1 scroll of fox's cunning
    2 scrolls of remove paralysis (Brother Jaume happens to be carrying one from the "last reality," though he hasn't taken the time to decipher that one for himself, yet.)

    candle of spirit protection.
    incense of open thoughts.

    Two of the three talismans had previously been identified, but are verified:
    A greater talisman of beneficial winds on a thin silver chain (a greater talisman lasts 1/day, instead of being used up after the first time).
    A lesser talisman of warrior's courage.
    The third talisman was one that Bjorn Vinter in the other reality held, but its properties were not known. Brother Jaume now can see an aura of moderate conjuration. Still, even assisting the brilliant Jean, its exact properties are still not determined.
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    BJ is interested in the scrolls and talisman of warriors courage but is willing to divvy up the items as the group sees fit.
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    The opium should go to the staff helping the survivor-patients, as well as any other alchemical whatsit we don't claim for ourselves. Dorn has a vial of antitoxin. A dose of soothe syrup might be alright.
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    Jean will happily take the candle.
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    BJ hands his scroll of remove paralysis to Jean.
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    Akbar will request one of the protective talismans (...beneficial winds).

    Here's what we have given out so far ...
    Akbar: Greater talisman of beneficial winds.
    Brother Jaume: lesser talisman of warrior's courage.
    * Problem ... talismans take the "Neck" slot, and B-J already has amulet of natural armor +1. I doubt he wants to trade out, so you may want to re-think that ...
    Dorn: Soothe syrup (1 vial).
    Lord Hanley: Scroll of fox's cunning.
    Jean: candle of spirit protection.
    Nadya Sabay: incense of open thought.
    Chapel Survivors: 2 doses opium.

    Lord Hanley accepts that the (2) doses of opium aren't useful to adventurers but as actual medication. However, he and Nadya are interested in other items, and Brother Jaume actually probably doesn't want the lesser talisman of warrior's courage because it interferes with his far more useful amulet of natural armor. And it is uncool to hoard items you can't use "just in case."

    Here is What Remains:
    (2) scrolls of remove paralysis
    magnifying glass
    (2) vials of alchemist's kindness
    vial of smelling salts
    (4) doses of antitoxin
    Unknown talisman.
    Lesser talisman of warrior's courage.

    Brother Jaume, choose something else from the remaining pile.

    Everybody, do you wish to choose anything else? Make one choice until we have nothing else, please. If you choose "for the survivors" that is your choice, not assumed party agreement. Lord Hanely states that the group is going up against strange beasts, ghouls, and other fell things, and you need all the help they can get, however inane you think it might be. The two NPCs get last pick of this round as well.
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    BJ will ask to take the magnifying glass and a scroll of remove paralysis.
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    Dorn will take a scroll of remove paralysis.
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    Jean will take the antitoxin, keeping two and leavING the other two with Winter (assuming no-one in-party objects).

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    Akbar, what about you?
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    Akbar will hold onto the second paralysis scroll.

    (Most of what's left seems like community property.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostsole31 View Post
    Here is What Remains:
    (2) scrolls of remove paralysis
    magnifying glass
    (2) vials of alchemist's kindness
    vial of smelling salts
    (4) doses of antitoxin
    Unknown talisman.
    Lesser talisman of warrior's courage.
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    BJ will ask to take the magnifying glass and a scroll of remove paralysis.
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    Dorn will take a scroll of remove paralysis.
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    Jean will take the antitoxin, keeping two and leavING the other two with Winter (assuming no-one in-party objects).
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    Akbar will hold onto the second paralysis scroll.
    Okay, Round Two Picks ...
    Brother Jaume: Realizing that a magnifying glass is a really expensive version of a seeing glass (and therefore should be no problem being used as a focus for read magic, he takes the magnifying glass and 1 of the TWO remaining scrolls of remove paralysis. He casts read magic, finds it is successful, and deciphers the scroll.
    Dorn: Takes the last of the TWO remaining scrolls of remove paralysis.
    Jean: Takes (2) vials of antitoxin, and recommending Winter gets the other two.
    Lord Hanley: He does object, and takes the other (2) vials of antitoxin.
    Nadya: She takes the lesser talisman of warrior's courage.
    Akbar: Unless he makes a case for one of the scrolls, he was a little late to vying for it. Besides, he might botch reading it, whereas the the two holy men shouldn't have a problem reading it and likely fear little scroll mishap.

    That leaves the unknown talisman (for later study), a vial of smelling salts, and (2) vials of alchemist's kindness. The vial of smelling salts is something useful for the Briarstone staff, so that will be given to them for first aid purposes. The vials of alchemist's kindness is likewise in community property in case someone has a bad night with Brother Jaume constantly casting enhance water to make wine in the evenings.

    Now what?
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    We should report back to winter before exploring further,” BJ suggests to the group.

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    Dorn does a private facepalm. When it draws the obvious look, he says to Brother Jaume, "That was for me, not you. Yeah, you're absolutely right. I forgot that this Winter hasn't been told about this yet. This gets confusing."
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    "Very well." Jean says. "But that should not - that can not be the end of the day. We have only limited amounts of food and the day is not half over; we should continue exploring once we've told Winter of this 'Chain of Nights'."

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    The party gets back to have a mid-day debrief with Winter to tell her about the final fate of Administrator Losandro, the burying of the bodies, and showing her the strange sketches and the Losandro's notes concerning the Chain of Nights. (Also, to give the opium to the thankful staff.)

    "Group amnesia?" Winter muses after reading the notes. "I can only guess that means the lot of you. This tells me that Count Lowls knows, or at least probably knows, what happened to all of you. And I have to think that Losandro and Lowls were knocking on a very particular door. And how, if at all, does all of your research regarding the Briarstone Witch and this site fit in to anything?"
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    "Zandalus..." Jean murmurs. "Those notes, on the history of Briarstone, they did mention a Mother Zandalus - part of the town council of Thrushmore. And the 'Tatterman'... 'The Tatterman is only a dream...'"

    The arab trails off, eyes cast upwards at the windows flanked by strange gods. "Is that where we are then, where the first inhabitants of Thrushmore ran when the outsiders came for them? And was that thing that chased me in my nightmares the dreaded 'Tatterman'?"

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