Monday July 22nd, 2013 – 7pm. Zandra is collecting the mail at the sanctum and she notices a postcard addressed to Miguel Rodriguez. The postcard is from a small town about 4 hours away called Waltman’s Neck and on the card are the words “Please help me” in tiny lettering. The cabal notices that there’s a faint trace of spiritual energy on the card as if a spirit touched it. Pysnaut uses the card to scry on the writer. He sees a rock wall and hears rushing water and, strangely, a dog panting. The dog looks like it’s starving and it’s chained to the wall. The Mastigos considered opening a portal but decided that the time investment and risk was too great, seeing as whomever stepped through the portal might become trapped on the other side. Kratos researches the town and finds that the population is just under 2,000 with the main trade being fishing. Not surprisingly, the population has been declining over the last few years as jobs in the industry move overseas. The town attracts students and seasonal workers who are brave enough to risk the dangers of the fishing trade. Death related to the fishing industry is only slightly higher than in neighbouring towns. Even though it’s now 8pm, the cabal decides to head off to Waltman’s Neck.
Tuesday July 23rd, 2013 – 12am. The cabal arrives in town after tracking the Gluttony spirit from fast-food joint to greasy diner along the way. They lose the trail in town as the spirit has obviously been to all the restaurants in town, though not a single franchise can be found in town. Seeing as it’s late, the cabal looks for a place to stay and they arrive at the Waltman Inn – Est 1912. Inside a tired but happy proprietor, Jules Bagron, invites the cabal to stay and offers to prepare a meal. The cabal agrees and is treated to a delicious beef stew and fine red wine. They go up to their rooms to sleep it off and prepare to continue tracking down the gluttony spirit in the morning.
Sometime after that, the cabal wakes up bound and gagged in a cellar under a house. The floor is damp and cold and a single light bulb hangs from the ceiling where they spot Jules, 3 other men, and a 7 foot tall monster of a man, built like a brick with thick brown hair and light brown, almost yellow, eyes. The cabal overhear the group planning to hang them upside down and cut their throats to drain their blood before stripping their carcass for meat. The tall man is delaying the slaughter because he’s hoping to turn one of the mages to become his apprentice. Panicking, the cabal start to struggle and alert their enemies. The tall man picks up Nick who quickly tries to convince the cannibal that he’d make an excellent apprentice with this death and matter magic. The tall man agrees and tells him that he must kill on of his friend to prove his loyalty. He gives Kratos a knife and lets the necromancer go. Nick moves behind Oracle. Suddenly, Zandra tranforms the moss on the ground to a swarm of scorpions who start to climb all over the cannibals. Nick summons a ghost who frightens the sleepers off, Pysnaut commands the scorpions to sting and bite the cannibals, and both Storm Rider and Zandra use the light bulb to direct electricity to incapacitate the large cannibal. Thankfully, Errapel manages to dispell the dark mage’s protective spell which allows Nick to get into a knife fight with the large man. After Storm Rider manages to blind the tall man with a direct electrical pulse to his eyes he falls unconscious.
The cabal free themselves and tie the mag up. Meanwhile, Pysnaut and Oracle discover a passage in the back of the cellar leading through winding tunnels to a deep hallow. There they find the starving dog and the gluttony spirit who pleads with the mages to release the dog and let him go. The spirit promises to banish itself as it’s had enough torment. Oracle tries to bargain with the spirit, saying that he’s already brought the lust spirit into his service and will spare gluttony if he joins him. While Pysnaut thinks about it, Oracle releases the dog who starts wandering away, Miguel, who has formed an emotional attachment to the dog, follows it out of the hallow. Oracle repeats his offer and the spirit vanishes, fading away into nothing.
Althanus (Arthur Fox) – 5xp, 24Axp
Oracle (Benjamin Dole) – 23xp, 24Axp
Errapel (Dr David Smith) – 24xp, 24Axp
Storm Rider (Jason Miller) – 19xp, 24Axp
Psynaut (Miguel Rodriguez) – 24xp, 24Axp
Zandra (Samantha Tremaine) – 24xp, 24Axp
Kratos (Nick Bilisconi) – 23xp, 24Axp
Claire’s character (no wiki yet) – 0xp, 24Axp
Arcane XP (1)
The slightly higher mortality rate in Waltman’s Neck was due to a cannibal cult run by a rogue mage.