Neverwinter Reclaimed

Delving the Sanitarium

In which the players try to subdue the crazed inmates in the depths of Helm's Hold

After being convinced to delve into the depths of the Sanitarium, the party stepped into the dank stairs leading down. With some trepidation, the party scouted out the area at the foot of the stairs. Perhaps 8 to 12 inches of brownish water covered the floor and the rusty smell of dried blood permeated the corridors. After some exploring the party found evidence of battle, a body, which clearly had been partially eaten, and several empty, unlocked cells. Hoping to find the source of the flooding the party ventured down to a fountain that had been broken. It was there they heard a crazed voice scream “FOOOOOOOD” and a lunatic run from the shadows and attack Korgul. A number of the lunatic’s companions followed him from the shadows and a battle ensued. The party eventually subdued the inmates but not before sustaining some injuries.

Avatar wars  helm by johndowsonThe fountain, broken at it’s base, was spewing water into the corridors. Above the fountain on a pedestal was a statue of Helm adorned in armor. In his right hand he held a sword pointed down to an inscription on the base saying “The Protection of All is Our Burden.” The statues left hand was clutched to it’s chest and a close examination revealed a small pendant carved in the stone that bore the symbol of Kord. A curious and interesting find, but not immediately useful.

After exploring more of the area, they found a pile bones and bodies that had clearly been gnawed on. And behind a locked, barred door, they found a nearly dead individual shivering on a damp cot. The man had wounds festering on his arms and side which were loosely and inadequately bandaged. In his hands was clutched a leather bound book. After spending some time re-wrapping the wounds and administering some food and medicinal herbs to the man, it felt as if he was stabilized.

Korgul, Salt and Belgron took the time to examine what looked like the only exit from the area, a large, ornamental, stone door with the inscription “In death thy burden is lifted” above it. Belgron correctly assumed that uttering the phrase from the statue would open the door.

Meanwhile Desmond and Pixil Thunderstroke continued to attend the dying man. Desmond took the book from the man’s hands and read. The book was a journal. Most of the pages were notes on the treatment this individual was doing for the spellscarred but, toward the end, several entries caught Desmond’s attention. They read…

The number of these wretched seems to multiply by the day… We are constantly needing to physically restrain these poor souls. I feel more like a prison warden than a priest. Alas, these people may be our best chance to learn about the spellplague…

…The physical and mental toll that this work is taking is showing on the guards. Many of them refuse to work down here. Except one. A man named Farron Gond. He seems to enjoy this work…

…I was initially happy to have the consistent help of Gond but I’m beginning to question that his zeal is actually madness…

…I’ve requested that Gond be reassigned, I find his enthusiasm quite strange. The number of dying or insane in this place are enough to drive anyone mad yet Gond seems happier than ever. His face has changed, he looks as if he hasn’t seen a minute of sleep in weeks. He’s grown pale and his eyes are darkening. I feel this is all too much for him…

…The guard captain refuses to re-assign Gond. He says Gond is the only one he doesn’t have to force to take sanitarium duty. Farron showed up to duty today proudly wearing a disgusting pendant around his neck. When I questioned him about it he said it was a gift from his “masters.” I fear the worst…

…My fears are realized…

Pixil Thunderstroke decided at last to expend a healing spell on the victim. After a moment of drowsiness and delirium… the man briefly came to.

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