Huddled together in a cold and dark cavern a short distance from the trappers’ trail they were following to FrostFall. our adventurers heard a voice in the darkness.
Mal, and Timmy were keeping watch and saw a young human girl in furs stumbling through the snow, looking for her mother. She seemed lost and distraught and suddenly she was caught in a bear trap. She screamed out for help and Mal went to her.
Things were not as they appeared, Mal’s mind was corrupted by the creature in a child’s form and he attacked his comrades while cradling a log in his arm. Eventually, they rallied and defeated the creature and Mal’s mind was freed. Defeated, the monster’s illusion faded away and the cold grey body of an eyeless monster was left behind. Shortly after it died, its remains turned into a puddle in the snow.
The following morning, the adventurers followed the creatures footsteps which lead them to a cabin close to the trail. Smoke was coming from the chimney and the cold bodies of three victims were found outside. All three were face down, with holes in the backs of their heads and they grey-matter extracted. The body of the little girl that belonged to the image the monster was using was among them. She couldn’t have been more than ten. Enoch the Protector made sure to examine their lifeless bodies for loot.
Inside the cabin, our adventurers found a small assortment of gem, weapons and large collection of furs the trapper was saving to take to market before his life and the lives of his family members were prematurely snuffed out. Having collected everything of value, our heroes left the cold, lifeless corpses of the Thiessons and their humble home behind to rest alone in the melting snow.
A plan was formed to split into two groups in order to avoid suspicion. 1) Trappers, delivering furs to market and 2) Pilgrims visiting Thor’s Temple.
The adventurers make it past the gates of the town, with Mal recognizing two of them as thugs from a Thieves’ Guild in Frosthelm called the “Liars”.
To be continued…