Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (26)
I rushed to the fight, after Miyara had
dashed upstairs to fetch
her weapon. We were about 30 seconds behind Jeison and
Pireseri. Goru and Carimera followed along with us.
We approached the bridge to see Jeison fighting on
the partly open bridge, weilding only a poker from the fireplace and of
his armor wearing only his helmt, barely holding his own. Hosei
grabbed an unconscious Pireseri and ran towards the town away from the
river, shouting at us. Skeletons had been crossing the river
opposite the cemetary and were running towards the center of town from
the northeast. At this point Jeison, being outflanked, broke from
position and ran too, letting the skeletons pour
across the bridge as well.
Miyara clearly intended to fight, and of course I
followed her lead despite the actions of the barbarians. She
ignored the scared ravings in the barbaric language and called for us
make a stand at the Gehrig
But the skeletons were shocking in their manner and
appearance. I, who had faced demons and bested them in combat,
vomited violently for quite some time. Goru was fine, but
Carimera was shocked by them too. Even Miyara was rooted to the
spot for a short while. In various stages of shock, we all
retreated to the Red Bull and holed up inside to recover.
Two skeletons continued to beat on the door,
scratching wildly, while everyone else took the time to equip
themselves with armour and weapons. Carimera had not come out of
shock, and Hosei and I tried to treat her with little
success. I was more successful at tending to Jeison's
injuries. From the windows, it looked like the skeletons were
spreading out around the town.
Pireseri had taken a dagger from Carimera, and with
Goru opening the door a crack, the short elf touched each of the two in
turn, whereupon they fell instantly into dust.
Miyara suggested that we should all go hunting
skeletons in the town as a pack. Most of us were readied by
now. Everyone in the inn was instructed not to look outside and
to keep everything closed up. Hosei was to stay to defend the inn
and tend to anyone behind; Miyara, myself, Jeison, Goru, and Pireseri
went out to counter-attack. Jeison in particular was very heavily
armed and armored.
We opened the door and slipped out, Hosei securing
the door behind us. The skeletons were now all over town and
trying to get into all the houses. The doors which were well
secured were fine, although they were trying to get through windows
where possible. Jeison peered intently at the graveyard in the
As the skeletons noticed us, they moved towards
us. This way at least they could attack us
just a few at a time. With five of us and the dagger, we were
thoroughly capable of handling them at this rate.
Miyara told me that Hosei had seen a ghostly figure
in the graveyard, but there had been no sign of it since and there
certainly isn't now. At the cemetary, once we'd fought our way
across the river and through the dead to their source, it looked like
all the graves had been exhausted.
What was odd about these skeletons is that although
they were coming after everyone, they didn't actually fight until
attacked -- they'd chase if we ran, but if we just stood so did
they. It was simple to touch them with the dagger and they fell
into dust. So in some houses where people froze up in panic, they
were all just standing until we arrived to kill the skeletons. In
other houses, where the occupants defended, those people had to fight
and some were injured.
At this point, Rabena and Ashu (with the
Dorufurikata on horseback and the watch captain) had come back into
town. The lady checked in with her sister first (she was
completely in shock but physically fine), and then started around town
tending to the injured people; Rabena had seen skeletons before, she
said, and apparently they are much less shocking the second time
around. Ashu of course chopped his way through any he came across
on the way.
healing, as she told us later, Rabena discovered that some of the
wounded were infected
although asymptomatic. Since no-one knew they were infected, she
just went ahead and healed it without them knowing. She could
have course have done this with mundane means, but better to get it
over with quickly while no-one was the wiser. She added that
Jeison had been infected too.
Over the next half an hour of skeleton hunting and
we checked everywhere and made some cursory searches of the woods, but
there was no sign that any had left town that way.
house gates were locked and so none had entered; he did not respond to
any knocks or other calls to enter. Jeison and Pireseri spoke
briefly, then the latter tried the lock and it opened. Then they
talked with Miyara,
and she and I along with Goru went off to double check the town while
the other two went on to knock on the house door and speak with Gehrig.
Once the town started to figure out that things were
fairly safe, people started to come back out of their buildings.
Hosei and Ashu returned to the Red Bull and tell us
what they'd found. Gehrig and his butler had been
uncooperative, but there was no sign that either had been to the
graveyard. Hosei and Ashu had then gone on to the graveyard, but
there were no undisturbed graves and no tracks other than
skeletal. Ashu had picked up the scent of the person from the
beastman incident, the one who had stayed there for a long time.
This time this scent was right in the center of the graveyard where
Hosei had seen the ghostly figure. Ashu added that the particular
scent was absent at Gehrig's.
This event was the last straw for most people --
almost everyone was leaving town. Obviously the Dorufurikata
wasn't, and neither was Gehrig,
while Stampy (Gehrig's fairy servant) was
being especially helpful -- offering to help them pack, offering to
watch over their houses and so on. The boats too were leaving,
packed with people running from Krutzhoffen. Of course
the effects of
the springwort were still active, and that would have contributed to
There was no sign of the militia captain, aside from
a note on his door saying "Gone for help." His horse was gone
too. Hosei pulled the note off the door, wrote something on the
back, and pinned the revised note back on the door. The watch
captain was still around, having fought the skeletons, and was now
helping as much as he can with the Dorufurikata.
Hosei called loudly for a town meeting with drinks
on the house. He said he'd cook for everyone too.
Before that, however, Hosei told us he thinks there
are two mages involved. One would be an illusionist, who could
fly, make himself invisible, hide his tracks, create images of
beastment in the woods, scare someone to death. He couldn't
summon the dead, and he couldn't just simulate a vampire with the
puncture wounds with his magic. Hosei added that he either knew
necromantic magic as well, or had a device to do it. Doping the
water supply with springwort would be easy if he could be
invisible. Hosei then considered that we didn't see an
undecomposed body of Sigi wandering around, and perhaps his death had
been faked? It could be worth checking his specific grave, with
Pireseri to look through the ground.
So we checked Sigi's grave: there was a coffin, and
his body was still in there. On the other hand, Bastia's grave
was empty -- there was
an intact coffin containing only dirt. The
Dorufurikata (who was with us to point out the graves) said he was
buried after our report on why he died. The undertaker lived in Weilerburg; it would be
possible to get there and back before nightfall, so we left quickly.
There weren't that many people left in Weilerburg either. It
was clear that the skeletons did not reach there, but most were
leaving anyway. Back at the Red Bull, Dagoma told us that she
that the undertaker left after the incident -- she thought she
remembered seeing him just before the screaming.
So that evening, Miyara and I, Pireseri, Hosei, and
Ashu went to check the undertaker's house. The door was not
locked -- as it would not normally be, it was just a one-room hut while
he did his
work outside. A search indicated no signs of foul play or
anything to confirm our suspicions. He was not there, and nothing
of value was left, as if he'd just packed up and left exactly as Dagoma
said. Pireseri did find a hidden compartment, but it too was
empty now. That scent was not here either.
While we were in Weilerburg, Hosei suggested
Ashu wander around the place to see if that particular scent was
anywhere around here. Pireseri told us which houses were empty --
all of them -- but one of them (Dagoma's house) was locked with a weird
latch mechanism. One other house was an old couple who remained,
frightened but not frozen in fear -- Pireseri knocked on the door, and
the old man talked with him briefly from behind the closed door.
The short elf was quite persuasive in his tone, and after some time
calmed the couple and dispelled their fear some. That house was
sniffed around outside only; Ashu did not pick up that scent
anywhere. It was getting dark, and we returned to town.
Many of the people had left or were planning to
leave soon, but there were a few who were staying. Most of those
remaining were here at the Red Bull: the baker and his wife, the elf,
the doctor, watch captain, Dorufurikata, Dagoma Tausika, and Johann from the Black
Eagle. Benito, Elenora, and Guido were still there,
although of course continuing with their plans to leave shortly.
The staff had left; Hosei and Benito
did all the cooking. Tonight also in the inn was an old woman who
lived in the woods -- when Hosei asked idly if it was to rain that
night, she said it would not, and clearly everyone here believed her
A discussion naturally arose about what was going
on. Hosei too quickly said that someone was trying to drive
people out of town, and was met with bemused expressions...