And so it was that Xu’ukra, Roac, Blood of Coac, and Gimble found themselves in the courtroom in a courthouse, when they had been sleeping in the Running Monk Tavern after the attack by the mysterious assassins in said tavern. They were joined by Skylee, who had been put in jail after being arrested for stealing the ancestral sword of the Iturla family.
However, joining them in the jury box was Occisor Shepard, a human fighter from Llorbauth and Danifae, a human sorceress. Each of our heroes had visions upon awakening in the courtroom. Those six individuals sat in the front row of the jury box. Sitting behind them was the orc Halgrak Five-Toes, gnome bard Ebin Blithoddle, human female Patrissa Vrakes, human male Killian Paltreth, hobgoblin gang leader Malgrim Hurkes, and human male paladin Sir Rekkart Cole.
Through conversation and questions, our heroes discovered that they were located in the old courthouse located in Beldrin’s Bluff, a part of the Heights district in Llorbauth. They had been brought together on the 10th anniversary of the trial and subsequent death of Jarbin Mord, former executioner for the kingdom of Erlkazar. The courthouse was haunted by the spirit of Mord and had already killed and destroyed one adventuring group that had set out to send his soul to the Abyss. Discussions with the strangers led the merry band to believe that Mord had been framed in the death of his beautiful wife and young son.
Choosing to look into leaving the courthouse, the group first entered the great hall. Soon, Danifae worked on breaking some of the boards over the boarded up windows in a desire to leave and the others spoke for a bit, trying to decide what to do. Then, Malgrim lit a cigar and dared the group to challenge him, and when they didn’t entered the room across the hall from the courtroom they had been in. After he entered, the doors slammed close behind him. Screaming was heard, then a sick gurgling sound. The doors opened and Malgrim’s feet were seen by Xu’ukra and Roac, hanging in midair with blood dripping from them onto the floor below. Looking closer, they noticed Malgrim hanging from the ceiling by a spiked chain.
They left him behind and decided to go ahead and explore the courthouse and try to find the answers to the death of Jarbin Mord. They walked up the stairs and entered the barrister’s lounge. The group noticed stairs that led upwards, a door connecting to another room, and an icebox. Looking in the icebox, they noticed a large jar filled with formaldehyde and nearly 10 object that looked like green toes. They chose to walk through the door in the room, where a giant leech detached itself from the ceiling and attacked Occisor. A group effort killed the leech, leaving the group to explore the adjoining room. In the barrister’s offices, they finally discovered several red scarves made of Calishite silk, several debtor’s vouchers (some signed by Halgrak), and a buyer’s receipt for a necklace of 12 fire opals. Everyone quickly realized that the necklace matched one that was worn by Patrissa.
Walking down a hallway on the second floor, the group entered another room. Within the room was two separate closets. Opening the first, the group was attacked by the undead form of a bailiff. It began choking Xu’ukra, and again it took a group effort to kill the bailiff. As they were exploring the closets, the bailiff rose again, and Xu’ukra and Roac were so scared they ran away.
Xu’ukra and Roac split when they got downstairs. Roac found sanctuary in the garderobes (nearly falling in when he entered). Xu’ukra continued running to the next room, where he was nearly attacked by an undead hound. Leaving there, he found himself a garderobes for sanctuary.
Meanwhile, Gimble, Skylee, Occisor, and Danifae killed the bailiff two more times before leaving that room behind (but not before taking a number of items from the closets). As they were about to walk downstairs, they found Ebin sitting on the floor facing away from them, sawing away at something. Soon, he turned around with the bloody stump of his tongue in his hand. He smiled madly at them, stood up, and slapped Gimble on the face with his tongue and Occisor on his stomach. Xu’ukra kicked Ebin, shoving him into the wall, snapping his neck and killing him.
The four continued down until they discovered Halgrak sitting in the chambers of Judge Silman Trabe. A book flew across the room and landed on Trabe’s desk. Halgrak sat on the floor with a needle and thread. He cut off his thumb and tried to sew it onto his left foot, which didn’t have any toes on it. He kept babbling over and over about how he had to save his children, and how he owed money and was blackmailed into finding Mord guilty. It was now that Roac and Xu’ukra rejoined their new friends.
Going back upstairs, they walked up the stairs in the barrister’s lounge. The stairs led to the attic apartment of Jarbin Mord and his family. The shadowy figure of a woman detached itself from the wall to attack the group and a small group of wooden toys animated to attack them as well, but our heroes stopped the shadow very quickly. Searching the room, they found a knitting needle with dried blood on it, the keys to the lock for the iron doors leading out of the courthouse, a meager amount of money, and ten red scarves made of Calishite silk, like the ones found in the desk in the barrister’s offices.
Deciding the finish searching the second floor and walked up the final stairwell on the floor. Roac got up onto the floor of the belfry when the hatch closed behind him. He was attacked by a ghoul-stirge, which nearly killed him before his new companions saved him.
Desiring rest, they returned to the courtroom where they placed the knitting needle on the evidence table, but not before some of the mosaic on the ceiling fell to below onto the table (and Roac). And then the executioner’s axe flew from the evidence table and embedded itself in the jury box.
Extensive questioning of Patrissa got her to admit that they had framed Jarbin Mord, but only in innocence and genuine error, and had not intended to send him to his death. Further, she vowed to help our intrepid adventurers find the conspirators behind “this evil frame-up!” However, she had no answer for how, or why, Alistir Wade had purchased the fire opal necklace and why she was wearing one now. However, she seemed to be changing her tune some as she realized that Malgrim, Ebin, and Halgrak were dead, or quickly losing their mind. Her silence spoke volumes…