Upon defeating the alchemists we searched the grounds for clues to aid in our defense of the creature. One more day of the trial and the biggest case they have against the creature is to come. Thankfully our searches proved fruitful. The group found various costumes made of skins and faces of famous people that had gone missing based on stories and testimony the townsfolk had relayed to us during the investigation. O’ck finds a silver drinking cup inlaid with obsidian and a bunch of papers that he almost carelessly tossed aside. As useful as the half-orc is to the group in combat, I can’t help but notice his lack of care in delicate matters. Thankfully he handed them to Leah. A smart move for she had recognized them as ledgers.
Customers had purchased stolen cadavers and anatomical parts. Some of the names were doctors and scholars which the group didn’t really see all that odd considering this sort of practice was common amongst the medical community. I have a feeling Fedifensor would see things differently. One name did stand out Doctor Brayda with the assistant (The Blind Man) from Sanctuary Institute and Auron Brood as one of the Whispering Way necromancers we had found in conjunction with professor Loramore.
After gathering the evidence we headed back to town to prepare for tomorrow’s trial. On the way back, however, there was the noise of a crowd in the town square. Some of the townspeople had gathered for a riot. Amongst the shouting could be heard things about allowing the beast a trial and what a mockery to justice this ordeal was. The mob was gathering outside the courthouse. With no sign of the town’s police force and no time to waste in waiting for them we did our best to thwart the attack without bringing the hammer of justice down upon ourselves. The Cleric and Paladin in the party did a great job in persuading the first four people at the front of the riot to turn back.
Jorilean successfully used her booblamacy powers to distract one of them…meaning the others in that group must have been uninterested in females.
The militia finally arrived several minutes after we had dispersed the crowd. The head of the militia casually walked off and left a couple of extra guards to watch the front of the courthouse. This was after a stern lecturing from Fedifensor to which she didn’t seem too pleased or interested in hearing.
After getting to bed around 11:00, and a good night’s sleep, we awoke and prepped ourselves to meet the challenge of the day.
The blind assistant of Dr. Brayda’s was eating breakfast in the inn we had stayed at. Jorilean’s scent was picked up by him along with O’ck’s odor. The cleric decided she was going to be the one to question the blind assistant regarding the testimony he was to give at the trial today. I smelled under my armpit at Jorilean’s of hygiene, not smelling anything out of the ordinary.
Jorilean questioned him on several aspects regarding his story. She suggested to him that Vorstag and Grine wanted Brayda out of the way because it is illegal to traffic corpses. The assistant did mention an event that happened the day before the fire. Brayda was complaining to the traffickers about them trying to raise the prices and he was going to blackmail them to prevent them from doing so. The doctor was going to go to the authorizes and they wouldn’t have allowed that to happen. They would have silenced him rather than have him turn them in.
After that revealing bit of information it was about time for the trial to begin and we went to Barrister Gustav Kaple with this new bit of testimony and reminded him of the evidence we had collect to make sure he’d mention it in court.
We had the connection to Vorstag and Grine to the original location on the island where we found their tools…and that’s where we convinced the court from where they must have been getting the body parts. Karl got to the stand and told the story of what he saw from before we presented him with the evidence.
The defense attorney brought in the skin of the shambling man. The beast is even apparently taken aback at the grotesqueness of it.
Jorilean took the stand…looking lovely as usual…as she presented the evidence we had found at the alchemical works. The ledger proved that Dr. Brayda was receiving bodies from Vorstag and Grine. After the testimony given by Karl, the now-blind assistant he told them what we had already suspected regarding the blackmail and motive for Brayda’s murder and the cover-up destruction of the facility.
Chief Card announced the trial was over and they took a recess. The court quieted down as we all waited with baited breath. Upon the evidence they’d heard…and after thanking Farazma they found the beast innocent on all counts.
The town was very angry and incensed as they get pushed out of the way by the guards. Not many were happy except for the beast and us. The beast thanked us and was clearly very happy, sobbing and such. He called us his best friends in the whole world while hugging us each in turn. O’ck almost lifted the beast when he came around to his hug. I awkwardly gave him a pat on the back as he nearly crushed me with his hug.
He wanted to see his father and we said we’ll join him soon as the guards were leading him out to the swamp to protect him from the angry villagers.
We receive a note from Judge Deramid that was sent to us from a messenger. O’ck hugged him as I made an observation to myself that he seemed to be in a huggy mood today. We went to the messenger’s house and we get thanked by her one by one. We got some nice reward money from her in the form of platinum as well. She informed us the beast might be dangerous and that we should find his father to help him out. We’re warned that some of the townsfolk are planning on tracking down the beast to exact their own justice on him.
Not having a moment to lose we listen to her request and find that the father the beast had spoken of is believed to live at Schalcsh Calamark; a distance approximately 24 miles NE of here. It’s a rocky gorge in the swamp (forget the name). Count something or another that established his position as an eccentric that lives there in a cool castle type thing. He’s well known for his discoveries and mysterious creatures.
We see a large number of people gathering on the streets with farm implements and torches as we head out to the swamp and travel to the location told to us by the judge. We soon come to the towering cliffs and the castle that the count lives in.
As we approached the gates we were met by two huge trolls and their hounds. Leah quickly puts the hounds in a pit while we were battered by the trolls that seemed to be self-healing. “Well that’s new,” I said to myself as I watched the others to see how they would handle it. It seemed fire or burn damage would prevent the wounds we dealt to them from healing.