29th day of Olidammara, 816
Our heroes arrived at Koldun’s estate and found it to be a large house accompanied by a smaller servants’ building and surrounded by an iron fence. There was a pair of guards waiting at the gate, so the group decided to sneak around to the back and scale the fence. Sherlock decided to take the direct approach and knock on the door with Watson, while Master Juba and Monitus would sneak in the back door. The rest of the group would wait outside, and should the others get into trouble, they would send Monitus’s cat out to get help.
At the front door, Sherlock was answered by a Dwarf butler who informed him that his master was not home, but allowed him and his dog inside upon seeing their credentials. Meanwhile, Juba and Monitus found themselves in a stately dining room. They waited for the sounds of the detectives and the butler going upstairs before they exited and searched the entire first floor, finding nothing.
Sherlock was having similar luck. He performed a cursory search of Koldun’s library, study and bedroom, but found nothing suspicious or incriminating. As they began to walk down the stairs, Master Juba and Monitus hid in one of the bedrooms and began to wait. Sherlock thanked the butler for his assistance and left, exiting the fence and circling around back to the rear of the estate but waiting outside the perimeter.
Juba and Monitus soon grew tired of sitting alone with each other in a dark bedroom and cautiously opened the door to the main hall, only to find the butler still there. After an awkward and quick discussion with him, the butler bolted out the front door. Monitus sent his cat for help and followed Master Juba outside to try and tackle the butler before he reached the guards. Nirinjan and Ampersand rushed in through the dining room to help. Krolok and Drolok ran to the servant building, fearing reinforcements. Luckily the guards did not notice Master Juba tackle the poor butler and he was gainlessly interrogated in the main hall.
The Dwarf brothers meanwhile, entered the other building and began systematically kicking down doors. They knocked the maid out with a strike from the haft of Krolok’s axe, but were much less forgiving against the guards they woke up. Krolok dealt a blow to one that caused him to fall down bleeding profusely, while Drolok dealt a critical hit to the other, sending his head flying. The brothers high-fived, then put on the dead guardsdwarves’s uniforms to take out the two up front. The guards were confused as to why the pair of day-shift guards would be approaching them so late at night, but their suspicions did not alert them in time to save them from falling victim to the mighty axes of the brothers Olok.
Eventually, the whole party, including Sherlock and Watson who had heard the sounds of battle outside, met up in the main hall. Everyone went upstairs, bringing the bound, gagged and blindfolded butler with them. They searched the area more thoroughly, setting off a trapped drawer in the process. After much searching of the bedroom, a small secret room was found with a ladder leading up into the attic. Krolok bravely went first.
A chain hanging from the ceiling seemed to spring to life and struck Krolok as he climbed up! In the small attic space, he found two Devils covered in chains. The room itself had many chains hanging from the walls, which the Devils seemed to animate and use to attack.
Master Juba was next into the room, he swung on one of the chains in order to get behind the devils, then opened the nearest door and did a backflip down the stairs that he found. He was now in the secret sanctum of Koldun. Unfortunately, one of the Devils followed him down and knocked Juba out.
Meanwhile, the battle in the attic raged on. The brothers Olok did quite well in melee, while Ampersand provided support with her songs and unseen servant and Nirinjan used her Call Lightning spell to great effect. Monitus summoned a Celestial Eagle who flew above the fray and struck at the Devils with its holy power, but mostly stayed downstairs with Sherlock Gnomes, Watson and Balthasar.
After the battle was won, Krolok opened the other doors and found a prisoner in one of the small rooms. Unfortunately, stepping in to save him triggered a trap which injured Krolok and killed the poor prisoner. Downstairs, some treasure was found, as well as a mysterious black coffin and a journal detailing Koldun’s plans. It seems that a huge blood sacrifice may restore Zultan Kanatir’s powers, and Koldun will soon be attacking the village of Northledge in order to accomplish this. With little time to waste, the heroes left the manor house of Koldun as it burned to the ground.