Continuing on to Brinewall Castle, Ameiko became very ill and soon fell into unconsciousness. Entering the dream state, we conferred with Cephor and he advised us not to attempt to go deeper into her unconscious mind. The castle seemed to be the source of the problem and we could neither advance towards it nor retreat from it without worsening her condition. It was decided that the caravan would hold position while the four of us would continue on towards the castle. As soon as we left toward the castle, we found that Tengu was no longer with us and could not be found. We had no choice but to continue on without him and hoped he would reappear soon.
As we approached the castle, we encountered a derelict lighthouse along the river bank. Searching the structure, we found a badly decayed lockbox containing 93 gold and a rusty key which looks like it could still be used but may need mended long. The staircase leading towards the top of the lighthouse was badly damaged and any attempt to reach the top was deemed to hazardous to attempt.
Beyond the lighthouse, a small bay could be seen. We proceeded down a trail leading around the bay and entered an abandoned village, presumably a port for the bay.
Along side the village sat a graveyard. The gate into the graveyard was flanked by two columns topped with stone sculptures of butterfly-like beings. The images were familiar to Hawe, though he could not pinpoint their exact meaning. Upon entering the gravesite, we found it to be well maintained and contained several grave stones and one crypt, apparently holding the remains of the village’s founder. A small shrine rested adjacent to the crypt, consisting of a copper bowl containing holy water. We unceremoniously emptied the water into our waterskins and replaced it with normal water, which itself turned to holy water.
Exploring the rest of the village, we found little of use. The buildings were in poor condition, having been abandoned for many years if not decades. A couple piers jutting into the bay were collapsing, but there was still one ship moored to one of the piers. Upon closer inspection, the boat, while old and unseaworthy, did not appear to be nearly as decayed as the rest of the village.
Along the shore of the bay, a rotting carcass of a creature was discovered and as soon as we closed in to investigate, three creatures attacked us from the water. They were quickly dispatched.
After killing the beasts, Draugnir noticed a shimmering glint of movement. After a few moments, something like a large firefly appeared near Oro and a short chase began. Determining it was likely harmless, Draugnir called off Oro and we were able to speak with the creature, which was also butterfly-like. It introduced itself as Spivey, a Lyrakien in the service of Desna (“Desna… of course!” cried Hawe) and grateful for our victory over the river creatures and determined us to be potentially friendly.
We told it that we were headed toward to castle to put an end to the power that was harming Ameiko, preventing her from continuing on towards the castle but also from retreating from it. The butterfly informed us about birdlike creatures that occupied the castle and that they were up to no good.
While the butterfly could not come with us to the castle, it assured us that the cemetery would be safe haven and that our wounds would be healed if we returned there.
After a short rest, we began making our way to the castle.
(please feel free to edit/add info, as my notes were not with me at the time -mark)
- We also found 93g along with the single rusty key, but if you could double check that Ryan, that would be great. We also found out that the crypt in the cemetery read “Admiral Mercatio Kiameleu, Brinewall Founder,” and received a riddle (I do not recall where):
93 gold confirmed. And the rusty key is usable, but you can tell it may not last too long, thus the mention that Mend may be your friend soon. – Ryan H
(paraphrasing) “You will find the key in the palm of the 10-fingered one, and the grandfather can not remember who he once was.” Again, if Ryan can double check that for us, I would appreciate it.