Huh...some of the scare scrows aren't gouls....yet.
We make our way to the next group of scarecrows. Three of the four are ghouls, but the last one is still human. The person likely has/had ghoul fever, is/was a man of 40ish, and is quite dead. We deal with another group after nearly getting killed by them.
We head over to the farm house, and the barn is actually built around a large rock head. The farmhouse is in disarray, as there is a body lying outside the stable doors (which are askew). The house itself is mostly stone, single story, and there is a cart out front. There is no sign of movement. We circle around the back of the barn, through the corn. The back of the barn is solid. We wait in the back while Cesar ninja’s around the barn. As he peeks in, he notices the smell of bones and partially eaten carcasses (mostly horses and cows but some human ones). We all go in and check it out, and there is nothing else that jumps out at us. We search it a little bit, but nothing useful comes up.
Cesar checks out the farmhouse. He circles around, all of the doors are locked. We knock on the front door, and Solomon hears the back one open. We go around, and look in, there are two corpses, one eaten (and here for many weeks), one not. The one that is not has the seven-sided star tattooed into it. There is a note pinned to the few remaining bits of clothes. It has CLUDDOX written on the front of it. It says that he, and he alone, is responsible for all of this. It is signed “your lordship”. We go in further. There are four ghouls in the main room, along with another one with red, glowing eyes in an outfit resembling a butler’s outfit. .
Camlo and I manage to drop the last ones, and the others are finally unparalyzed. These are bodies of farmers. Cesar checks the bodies, and finds nothing of value on them. The head ghoul’s clothes were once fine, but are now worthless. The “intact” body has a small copper key. It has been here between 3-8 weeks, which pre-dates the first murder. Cesar finds a wooden coffer under one of the floorboards. It has a lock that matches the key we found, and inside there is 3400 silver pieces. We decide to collect the young boy and head back to SandPoint. When we get back to the horses, we find two dead ghoul bodies, cuts on Cesar’s horse, and Camlo’s horse is missing. We check the remaining scarecrows before we leave. We find another person with ghoul fever. It is a woman, who is lucid enough to talk. We head back to SandPoint to have them healed.
Back at SandPoint, we go to the chapel and have Fr. Zanthis summoned. The sheriff comes to the church and we fill him in. The young lady tells us the story of how the ghouls attacked. One of them wore a fancy blue coat (not the butler). After talking to her some more, she recalls that the person was Lord Foxglove, the noble that bonded with Cluddox.
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