The small party of brave heroes looked out over the too-quiet city, with a vast tower looming in the distance. Sensing that something was terrible wrong in the city that appeared to be completely abandoned, the party walked back and forth on the great wall, unsure how to proceed. They found an old Wall-Tower, where Gargamel (always eager to try new things) tasted something on the floor which turned out to be bat-shit.
The Wall-Tower was, as the rest of the city, quite abandoned and it looked like it had been left in a hurry. As usual, Ermis scoured the tower thoroughly, and in the corner he found an old weapon rack which was still fully stocked. Proudly he showed his newly acquired Crossbow to Draco, but the only reply from the newest member was a “just don’t shoot me, with it!”.
The small band decided to go into the city, and before Draco and Ermis had blinked twice, Gargamel showed some surprising woodwork-skills as he turned the weaponry into a makeshift door-lock, should that be needed.
Not more than a few steps was taken, in the silent city, before Draco and Gargamel spotted a ghost in the distance – clearly looking at them and waving them on towards it. The Hellknights here showed their true bravery, as they without hesitation started out towards the ghost. Across what was once Festival Square, and through the trees at the city’s Town Square, and the band still followed the ghost, which was always far away and started looking more and more anxious.
Though Ermis always pictured himself as being “quite the stealthy type”, it was clear that not everyone agreed – as a hand, half rotten and defiantly not meant to be alive, shot out of the earth and grabbed his ankle. Not one to be easily surprised, Ermis immediately started Channeling Light which created a large circle of light around the small band, banishing the dark but also revealing a suddenly worrying activity, on just the other side of the circle, as several more zombies started to climb up of the ground.
The Hellknights had no idea what they had started, as Draco quickly dispatched the nearest zombies while Gargamel rained death from above with his Pebble spell and Ermis channeled more light, to effectively put down a score of zombies.
But for every zombie killed by Draco’s mighty sword or Gargamel and Ermis’s powerful spells, another two appeared as from nowhere. While heads where flying around Draco, Ermis was boxed in by the many zombies and Gargamel vanished to start summoning a monster to help the small band.
All the while, the band slowly moved towards a great tower, that the ghost was leading them towards. They kept fighting, but things quickly got more and more desperate as they watched Gargamels monster being pulled apart, limb by limb, by the many zombies. The Hellknights had no doubt that the same would happen to them, should the falter – and thought more than 100 zombies had been killed by the Hellknights, the fear was as chiseled into Draco’s face, as he watched Ermis go down, surrounded by several zombies.
Draco quickly ran to Ermis and started pulling him away from the zombies, greatly helped by an Unseen Servant, summoned by Gargamel. Watching the ghost disapear into the tower, Gargamel decided that the only chance must be inside. As Draco ran through the horde of zombies, with Ermis over his should, he clearly felt Iomedae’s light shine upon him, as all zombies missed their attacks on him.
As they came inside reach of the tower, they where shocked to see the zombies not coming nearer, as some kind of unseen barrier was holding them back.
Gargamel and Draco, carrying Ermis, followed the ghost up and up in the tower, finally arriving in what appears to be an old study. Here the ghost produced a blue flask which was able to revive Ermis. The Ghost suddenly started talking, presenting itself as Lord Octavian, the old First Consul in the area known as Gilla Veramova which later was known as the city of Gillamore.
He tells a story of a Seer who, though appearing to help the Consul, proved to be evil and made the First Consul’s soul unable to ever find rest, condemned to always wander around within the city. The story points out his grave-chamber as a dark place, and the Hellknights senses a relation to the Black Stones, as the First Consul describes some stones very like them.
After muttering some words (which Gargamel, with his great understanding of language, interprets as “I’ll either find a way or make one” Lord Octavian agrees to show the grave chamber to the band, and after spending a night in the tower, without much rest as the sounds of a thousand zombies, just outside the tower kept the heroes awake, he lead them to the grave-chamber in the morning.
The unseen barrier around the tower, seemed to suddenly come from the First Consul, as the zombies spread before him and the Hellknights.
He leads them to the crypt where the Seer was burried, which is filled with Obsidian which appear to almost be growing. A frightening similar view to the Hellknights, who are reminded of the crypt in the Obsidan Cave which almost proved fatal to most of the Hellknights.
Lord Octavian gets clearly frustrated as he discovers that the Black Stones are missing. He feels that one of the stones are towards the north and asks the band to quickly hunt it down. Before anyone can do much though, the First Consul mutters some strange words and with a WHOOSH he dives into Ermis and disappears!