Fractis Gothicum

Prosecution rests its case

2nd advent of the undead court!

- The clock grew closer to midnight as the party had unhinged the truth. Though many questions had been asked there was only half an answer. The party decided to conduct a thorough search of the courthouse. After speaking with the paladin, sir cole joined the party.
The first room they checked was a water closet where a mysterious man came through the window. He began spewing lies like a drunken whore and the party could see right through his wizardly untruths. Regardless he joined the group (now 5) and aided in the search for clues to the murder and court case. A thorough search of the first level produced a encounter with “Gabe” the ghastly son of Mord and a undead priest, the dwarf was pushed into a binding chair and felt its unholy sting. The cleric used a leftover ax in an attempt to free the dwarf. The paladins old age and years of lost skills got the best of him, but the party managed to subdue the ghoul and free the dwarf. A magical flail, and some shirt spears were found and dispersed appropriately. images.jpg The party continued onto the second floor, rooms were re-explored but found in the same horrid darkness. A long office was found with locked cabinet. As the cleric check he was lept on by a Ghoul most foul, a bite a scratch and a party of ready warriors depicted a scene that ended in the ghouls… re-demise. The paladin opened the next cabinet and was attacked, and mangled. But the dwarf’s power showed too much for the foul creature. The room was search and the party got full handed, battle armaments and potions were found split and made ready. The party called upon Michael s divine power and were healed. Up and Up the party climbed storming the tower, but alas the tower had other ideas. As members of the party reach the bell tower the trap door snapped closed behind! leaving the Bard and Wizard unable to aid while a flying creature attacked the cleric. The paladin and dwarf were surprised but the cleric was quick on his feet. Dodging an attack to cleric reared back firing a crossbow bolt deep into the creature’s chest. The paladin took a nap as the dwarf began to aid the cleric. The cleric took a blow and then lashed out and cut deep into the creatures wing. The dwarf finding his courage rose his ax in defiance of the undead and with a mighty cleave killed the flying ghoul. Patrish and Madge joined in the search and stayed with the party for protection. Nothing of interest was found so the party did the only reasonable thing to do… head to the basement.
The level was full of mist and dark, a hallway with no marker, a door! The party ventured though into a small room. A shape loomed at the end of the room where the paladin found himself in fight with another monster. Week and cold the Paladin could do little to resist. As players moved to aid him two ghouls showed themselves in the mist. The dwarf was attacked but found undead could not best his armor! The cleric called upon Michael once again and divine light showed six in total now attacking the group. The bard moved into action as the wizard called upon the force of the universe to hinder the evil. The battle erupted with pain of
the heart and damage of the flesh. A quick flash of light searing the rotting flesh of the undead as the paladin stood his ground and the dwarf swung his ax. The melee continue but another burst from the cleric hand dropped the Ghouls back to which the came.
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- The bard with additional clues in hand lead the party back to the main hall where another
round of questioning commenced. The Truth was brought to light as Alister Wade was proven to be the real murderer. A crime of passion twords mords wife who Alister lusted after was revealed; but all the jurors guilty of a predigest crime and a decision was made to appease mords dead spirit. A trial was held but in its midst a grotesque creature with tentacle wielding the body’s of former jurors burst into the court and began attacking all in the room. The paladin found his strength and bust through the jurors box and a banister finding his holy blade cutting deep! The wizard cast spell disrupting the creature movement but it reach persist. The bard moved and with his cleverness disabled the main foe. The cleric fired his crossbow aimlessly as the dwarf laid waste to his now hated foe. The creature tentacles found their mark bashing the bard and dropping him where he stood. The dwarf was then disable just after smiting another undead juror. Once again light shined on the paladin’s sword while the cleric called upon more power of the light. The foe was slain! the cleric quickly aiding the bard, brought him back from his wounds and forgot his spell in his fervor. All were healed, but the final question remained!
The clock struck midnight and in the air hung the sound of dueling steel. A tall dark haired man with a scar on his face and a portly noble(the wizard’s uncle) were fighting, clearly both for their lives. The duel was broken as the wizard stunned the tall man. The bard wit once again showed the tall man to be Alister wade! the fiend who was at the hand of mords wrongful execution, the setup of the jury and the murder of mords wife and son. The cleric was all that stood between Alister wade and the noose. He pleaded with him to confess but his crimes were to great. A late night and justices ring saw Alister Wade, a corrupt prosecutor and a murderous villain face “a short drop and a sudden stop” from the raptor as the party only hoped to see mords soul find peace and justice.
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