This story came about from a problem that occurred in the Ophioglossum adventure. During that trip Foriso Fairhand contracted a wasting sickness in the Great Swamp. During the group's time at home they managed to get the Paladin's of the Order of Brotherhood in Drillian to help heal him. In exchange for their help the Paladins had the Dragonslayers deal with a problem they had with a reputed haunted church in the Craniate Wastes in central Drillian.
There is a large hill that from a distance has the appearance of a skull with a large church on the top of the hill. There is a small farmhouse to the side of the hill where in the past followers of the church lived to raise food for the priests.
The church originally was consecrated to Kiputytto of the Suomi faith. The large nave of the ground floor of the church has two flanking aisles. One the Eastern aisle there are four incarnations of Kiputytto as four saints. These are the blessings of Kiputytto as the sun rises. On the Western aisle are four representations of her devoted followers as saints. These are the blessings of Kiputytto as the sun sets. The central nave is open to the ceiling with a balcony on either side over the aisles. The balcony continues across the end of the nave to look down on the chancel with an altar in front of a large statue. At the end of each aisle is a door leading to the balcony above with a square stone tile in front of each one. These two stone tiles are magically warded to give damage to those with an incompatible religion or alignment. True believers take no damage, non-believers who are chaotic take minimal damage, non-believers that are lawful take more damage and those who are priests to a different pantheon take the most damage.
The chancel has one large raised platform that has the altar with one large statue behind it and two smaller statues in an alcove to either side. Each alcove contains a large stained glass window area with protective wooden shutters. Both windows have been broken although the one to the west still retains about half the glass in the frame. The statue of Kiputytto behind the altar has been replaced by a large deamon statue.
Brother Elmond (Master)] these are troubled times
Brother Elmond (Master)] people will seek solace as they can
Kristelle (Kaz)] There is another problem, one that I wish I did not have to report to you.
Brother Elmond (Master)] how many problems can you come across?
Kristelle (Kaz)] Oh, you have no idea.
Feed Back & Recollections
I wanted a small story to run for a favor thread of adventures that the group had incurred. This was an easy premise and a straightforward mission. Then as we play it out the twists can take the story in other directions. The group revisited the church during another story arc later on also.
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