Carrion's Crown (Spooky Scary Skeletons)
Professor Lorrimor's Journal
12th Arodus, 4701 (10 years ago)
My research is progressing well. I recently met with a Holy Warrior who claims to have rescued an individual who had the blood of the undead flowing in his veins. The individual also claimed to have been tortured and was the subject of strange rituals conducted upon him by a group of men who were part of a sect of The Whispering Way. It would appear that my assumptions were correct and that The Whispering Way is more than just a cabal of necromancers. I see that now. Undeath is their fountain of youth. Uncovering their motivation does not place me at ease as I thought it might. Their desire to be eternal simply makes them more dangerous.
27th Erastus 4711 (Current Year)
My research into the Whispering Way continues, alas somewhat in vein. The trail that I began to follow almost a decade ago now has grown cold. I have spoken with many individuals over this time, hoping to find another piece to this puzzle, but nothing. Since moving to this quiet hamlet I realise that my daughter does not understand how important this is to me. As I prepare to close the book on this misadventure, and ready myself to live out my days here, I received a letter from an old friend about the Whispering Way. As I read this missive, I realise it is as I had feared. The Way is interested in something here in Ravengro. But what could it be?
14th Arodus, 4711 (Current Year)
Whatever the Way seeks, I am now convinced their goal is connected to Harrowstone. In retrospect, I suppose it all makes sense – the stories they tell about the ruins in town are certainly chilling enough. It may be time to investigate the ruins, but with everyone in town already being so worked up about them, I’d rather not let the others know about my curiosity – there’s plenty of folks hereabouts who already think I’m a demonologist or a witch or something. Ignorant fools
23rd Arodus, 4711 (Current Year)
It is confirmed. The Way seems quite interested in something – no, strike that – someone who was held in Harrowstone. But who, specifically, is the Way after? I need a list of everyone who died the night of the fire. The list must include everyone, not just inmates, but wardens and visitor. There must be a connection. The Temple of Pharasma must have such a list. I just hope they trust me enough to allow me into their library
25th Arodus, 4711 (Current Year)
I see now just how ill prepared I was when I last set out for the Harrowstone. I am lucky to have returned at all. The ghosts, if indeed they were ghosts (for I did not find it prudent to investigate further) prevented me from transcribing the strange symbols I found etched along the foundation – hopefully on my next visit I will be more prepared. Thankfully, the necessary tools to defend against spirits are already here in Ravengro. I know that the church of Pharasma used to store them in a false crypt in the Restlands at the intersection between Eversleep and the Black Path. I am not certain if the current clergy even know of what their predecessors have hidden down below. If my luck holds, I should be able to slip in and out with a few borrowed items
26th Arodus, 4711 (Current Year)
Tomorrow evening I return to the prison. It is imperative the Way does not finish whatever it is that they have started. My caution has already cost me too much time. I am not sure what will happen if I am too late, but if my theory is right, the entire town could be at risk. I don’t have time to update my will, so I’ll leave this in the chest where it’ll be sure to be found, should the worst come to pass. There are too many things at stake here and I hope my daughter will understand the sacrifice I have made