From the hillside, the party watches the mansion and the barn and the surrounding area. It is now noon. Nothing has happened for two hours. It’s been pretty boring. Clarion asks Yish what they should do. Yish makes two suggestions: making a mixtape or investigating the mansion. Lilith votes for the second. Besides, as Hnng points out, the hillside is not a good place to record. Some party members are hesitant to enter the mansion; Yish suggests burning it down. But then Clarion is not sure that burning the mansion would be a good idea, since there might be valuable things inside.
So they decide to stealthily approach the mansion. Hnng is afraid of the paperwork necessary to avoid getting sued for burning down the mansion. Clarion volunteers to provide the fire should “push come to shove.” The party finds themselves near the garage. There are deep ruts from recent activity; many carriages must have left in a hurry. The party is surprised that they hadn’t noticed the exodus; perhaps the carriages left while the party was in the blue portal.
Yish thinks back to his history knowledge and remembers that the mansion is a country house for the previous royalty, hunting lodge for the king.
The party continues into the garage. There are no horses left (but maybe there were other magical creatures that drew the carriages?). No cats either. Yish then directly orders Hnng to enter the mansion first. Leaf is ordered to have a hand on Hnng; Leaf is not happy to put his bare hand on Hnng; Yish suggests wearing a glove (but Leaf doesn’t wear such things).
Hnng finds himself in servants’ quarters, which seems to have been unused for some time. Everything is dusty except for a track into the house. Yish is interested in finding food; he is unsuccessful. Hnng enters the kitchen; it is clean and very well kept. Still no food. A door that is more used leads to the dining room. Clarion gives Yish one of her lunchables, since he seemed rather hungry (it is lunch time, after all). Marda marches on to the door on the opposite side. It is a sitting room with many books. There are some books left open, and some clothes are lying about; the room must have been heavily used. The party members look through the books left open, except Hnng, who stands in the corner defiantly.
Leaf finds a significant collection of law books from before the coup. Marda finds a book of family history of the previous monarchy. The page is open to a picture of a human king holding a glowing blue gem. In the corner of the room is a pedestal where a large book must have been. It is empty now. Clarion investigates the pedestal to see what she can see. It is not connected to anything structurally, and she finds that there are no magical runes on it.
Marda detects that the room was clearly built poorly, by Dwarven standards. Hnng follows an order to lie down on the ground and be quiet.
Yish and Marda notice that the section of the library devoted to family history has a large gap in the books. The book Marda found earlier doesn’t fit in that space. The space is four times as large as Marda’s book.
Lilith reads Marda’s book. It is about the founding of Ban Du. The tale told is of an item that helps determine who is fit to be king. Yish immediately decides that Vallin was not worthy to be king. Marda stuffs the book into her bag.
The next room is the main entryway, with a staircase leading up. One passageway leads deeper into the mansion; two others lead to the two wings of the mansion. The party goes up the stairs and goes to the back passage. There are bedrooms and bathrooms; these must have been used recently. In searching the rooms, there are a deck of playing cards, a cup of dice, and a few coins (3 silver, 25 copper). The dressers are mostly empty. What clothing is left in the dressers is clean. There are three bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms. The soiled clothing in the bathrooms is a mix of male and female clothing. As Hnng attempts to steal some soiled clothing, Leaf and Clarion notice. Marda looks under the beds and finds a dagger. Clarion claims the coins; Yish takes two candlesticks and two sets of light silk sheets (red and grey).
In the right wing, there are more bedrooms. Yish finds a coin purse (1 gold and 5 silver) in the dressers. Lilith finds much beauty products and scented bath salts in one of the bathrooms; Yish bargains with Lilith for one of the bath salts. Hnng stands in the hall doing nothing. Yish begins appraising the family portraits on the walls. He is interested to see how much they are worth (and to jump start his art career in collaging).
Skipping down the right passage with linked arms, the party finds many large windows opening out into the gardens. No weapons are left on the weapons racks. Yish throws some china into his pack. One set for eight people has a value of 5-8 silver per piece. Yish takes three pieces of the set.
In the other hallway, they find a few more linens and a bag of potatoes. Hnng and Clarion are tired of searching the mansion. The party agrees to leave. “Everybody came away from this experience a little richer in spirit.” Many hours have now elapsed.
Going down the driveway, the party finds that the wagon wheel tracks are no longer fresh and so they cannot easily see which way on the main road the wagons went.
The party visits Clarion’s house, since they want to make sure that it is safe. Clarion’s house seems untouched. Hnng departs for his house, assuming that his house will be safe if Clarion’s house is safe. After Hnng leaves, the rest of the party goes back into the office. Nen Wess is not sure why the party hasn’t done a job in the past three days, but otherwise says nothing. The rest of the party now disbands to rest for the night.
The next morning, everyone shows up at the office. Hnng goes into his office and closes the door. Yish left his art supplies at home. After weighing the options, the party decides to do the lone skum job.
The party arrives at the location. The party engages the farmers; one of the elder daughters (17 years old) of one of the farming families has gone missing. She had been out in the fields of her father’s farm, near the mountains. This is the region where the skum was seen. The party verifies multiple evidences of a skum living in this region and begins exploring in pairs: Clarion with Marda, Lilith with Leaf, and Yish with Hnng. Leaf climbs up a tree to see the area better and then climbs down.
At this point, a skum jumps down from a tree next to Yish, slashing with a trident. The critical blow knocks Yish bleeding to the ground. The second blow misses Hnng; Hnng’s counterattack also misses. Marda rushes towards Yish but gets hit by the skum’s trident as well. Leaf smacks the skum quite heavily but doesn’t manage to kill it. Clarion whips off her scarf from 20 feet away and launches one end into the skum; the scarf turns into steel as it hits the skum. The scarf turns back into cloth as Clarion retracts the scarf. After many blows missing, Marda finally reaches Yish and stabilizes him. Leaf lands a final critical blow on the scum, which cleaves it in half (vertically).
Hnng and Clarion go to the cave. They find the girl beaten up and unconscious inside; her clothes are torn. Marda channels positive energy, at which the girl regains consciousness. Yish approaches (all gory from the recent combat); the girl is clearly frightened as she tries to gather her rags around her body. Yish finds a cloak in a satchel and gives it to her. After masterfully conversing with the girl, Yish calms her down and convinces her to follow the party back to her farm. She continues to stay silent. Under a pile of bones, Yish finds a ring.
Marda lays claim to the the skum’s trident (Leaf allows her to take it), which is of elven make and fine quality (masterwork). Lilith detects magic on the trident. So it turns out to be a +1 trident. Lilith also finds out that the ring is magical. However, she doesn’t figure out what it does; Leaf attempts to identify the properties of the ring as well, but he doesn’t figure it out either.
The party returns the girl to her farm and then goes back to the office. Yish complains to Nen about being nearly killed. The day ends.