This week saw the party return from the Lost Caverns but to different destinations. For fear of Death by Gargg, Lester stated his refusal to return to Pahand. He took a different route through to Selangod. The party, however, returned to Pahand.
They were met at the town’s entry by Father William of the Shrine, Jorge Starbright, and a woman eventually discovered to be Anabell, High Priestess of Utu. The party was asked if they would submit to questioning and none refused. Anabell questioned each party member individually, even though it was quite late.
After questioning, the party members were released and charged to go out and do good, save for Scruffy McAwesomepants. The Paladin has not been seen since the questioning occurred. The party waited for Lester to return after sending him message that Gargg was not to be found in the town.
Lester returned to Pahand days later, disguised as a female egg seller. It should also said that there was no little discussion about the party contract regarding the division of loot. New proposals were made by Maka, trying to keep magic items in the party versus cashing everything out. This was emphasized by the discovery that the newly found set of bracers that are worth 12,000 GP by themselves.
Another concern was that cold shoulders were given by many townsfolk. Jorg said that he feared the party had “lost its shine.” Many people lamented that Gargg hadn’t returned. Some in the town wondered at some of the decisions of the party. Even the Beekeeper called foul. Finally, though,the fact that the Shrine discounts had vanished was enough to say that something had changed for the party, changed for the worse in Pahand.
After a discussion about what the party should do next, Lester fell asleep at the table. He couldn’t be roused, not even by a foul-smelling sack of rot that Maka produced. The party moved Lester to an out of the way place, and then K’em brought him upstairs and put him to bed. The sleepiness wasn’t explained except that Lester had been travelling all day.
It was decided the next day that the party would check out the strange statues to the south of Pahand. Two days into the trip, they came upon a floating head. It was a bloodied skull, to be more precise, floating a few yards off the ground, tethered by a chain. The party did not investigate.
Pushing on, the party encountered a few, small undead animals. The first attacks against the foul creatures did slight damage, even with Delal’s magic blowing bits off the largest attacker. The creatures returned with dreadful attacks of their own, sending forth a plague of undead fleas. Maka, Delal and Maurice were infected. Rah tuned the loathsome creatures but the damage was done. When the disease developed, the sick party members started losing health.
The party hurried back toward Pahand with the health of three party members failing. They stopped at the small village along the way and asked for help. In the end they turned down the offer given by the Enlil Priest they found there, and made for Pahand proper. Maurice collapsed just as they pulled into the Shrine. The Utu Priests were only too willing to help, curing the disease and at least partially healing each infected party member, and at no cost. All made a recovery, saved from certain death. The generosity of the Shrine was appreciated.