Now fully awake, the party investigated the Old Owl Inn, both inside and outside. Ty was especially disappointed to see that the sky was now completely overcast, while Vey and Keira discovered that the scholar Nethir and his servant Remy were both missing from their rooms, though some of their personal effects were left behind. Another traveler, Min Yawnz, emerged from his room. Apparently, he had arrived unnoticed and retired early the previous evening. Dragonborn and weilding a venomous breath of draconic power, he had the air of one born, if not accustomed, to command, and he made no illusions about his intentions to acquire great wealth and amass an army of followers to help him conquer the less civilized lands.
Grimbol the guard arrived carrying a lantern, which appeared to shed dimmer light in the gloom of the Shadowfell. He reported that Edin, the guard at the north gate, had been stabbed by Remy, who was fleeing the town at the time. There was no report of Nethir.
Meanwhile, Grimbol also reports that something has been spotted lurking in the armory, and the town militia is ill-prepared without access to the weapons and armor housed inside.
The party made their way through the streets of Duponde, though the night was eerie and strange. The streets seem to have shifted location, and houses now loom menacingly in the darkness.
Crossing a small flooded water channel before reaching the armory, the party was attacked by swarms of vile spiders, an enormous leaping arachnid, and the unrestful shades of several of the townsfolk. These shadows, just as before, attacked Ty, Keira, and Min, struggling with them and sapping them of their strength before being expelled. Vei managed to dodge the shadows, using his attacks from afar to support the party’s efforts.
Min took the worst of the attack from the spiders, staggering with every venomous bite they delivered. Eventually, his knees buckled and he succumbed to their attacks. Ty, too, was brought low, though her failing was not to the spiders’ bites, but to the kiss of the deadly shadows. Keira staggered several times in the fight, but kept her footing by eventually dropping back and flinging her daggers at their foes.
When the last enemy had been felled, Vei and Keira rushed to their companions, hurrying to revive them. Groggy and aching, Ty and Min sat up, both still quite wounded. Keira, too, was exhausted after the fight, carefully attending to her short sword as she put it away. From now on, she would need to stay back and away from the enemies, or risk certain death.
Rewards: 100 xp and 2 potions of healing. One of these has been used on Keira. The other is in Min’s possession.