Urreek, Foigo, and Zeke are summoned early (11am) by their captain Jonathon to the house of the local merchant’s guild representative, Tafeld. He’s hosting these new guys who have been running around town preachin’ and prayin’ on people with their strange new religion.
They ostensibly want the guards to escort them around, but while the lunch happens at Tafeld’s house, Vosk starts asking a lot of strange, weird questions about the town. And after a while seems convinced of something. “All right then, you know what? How about you escort us back to the temple, instead?” he says.
That’s when Tafeld freaks out and tries to run away. One of the cultists activates his mana and sends everyone else in the room to sleep.
The party wakes up hours later in Tafeld’s wine cellar, bound and gagged.
Breaking some wine bottles and using the shattered glass, Urreek frees himself and then the others. And they begin working on escape. They find Tafeld’s daughter, Lilly, scared and hiding in the bedroom. They comfort and hide her, and promise to be back. Later they find some toys and a kid scrawled run away note and take it all back to her for extra comfort.
In Tafeld’s desk they find a note that gives them the likely location of the cultists temple (“Moonfell Lake”) and combined with Lilly’s description of it as “the muddy place”, they’re pretty sure that’s where they need to head. They also fund some “Lusty Lizardfolk Maid” smut in the desk and Tafeld’s bedroom but whatever, don’t judge him. He’s a single father on the road.
So off they go, but there are some cultists guarding the exit. Jeanette, Trevor, and Nick. Sadly Nick kill himself in a burning web. Trevor and Jeanette they subdue and put in the barracks, along with Lilly, before heading off to find the temple.
Outside the temple they see a group of five cultists surrounding a sixth who is playing Zeke’s banjo. He swiftly sneaks behind the group and snatches the banjo out of their hands, making a wild threat, which a couple of the Third Dream cower to. A fight ensues, The group is summarily whooping the cultists until one transforms into a… thing. That fight proves deadlier. Zeke falls to the beast, only saved by Foigo later pouring a potion down his throat. They barely make it, but defeat the beast and head inside the small temple to find their captain.
Inside they find the temple to be near empty, and are easily able to sneak by the few inside, and make it to the main chamber where they find the tail end of some ritual. Standing in the center of the group is Tafeld, decomposing around everyone in radiant blue energy.
Vosk is there, making some speech about some shit, when he brings forth the captain forward. The captain seems different, and before their eyes vows loyalty to Vosk. In exchange Vosk provides the man with a small black crystal like they’ve seen before. Zeke doesn’t like it, and shoots it in the captains hand. This has the unfortunate (but probably expected) outcome of shattering the crystal in his hand, releasing the energy which absorbs into Jonathon.
Vosk begins his approach toward the party, which Urreek retaliates to with a rapid flurry of attempted spells, though it seems difficult perform the incantation. Finally Urreek in his panic succeeds, but even then it hardly affects Vosk at all. At a gesture from Vosk, a psychic power assails the guards. Only Foigo resists the assault, only to watch Urreek and Zeke step forward to the pool in the rear of the chamber and kneel before the creature. The rest of The Third Dream begins to approach Foigo, who just… runs.
He runs back to town only to see that Vosk’s claim has already begun. The town itself is ablaze with blue witch fire, and off on a far edge of town he sees maybe 2 or 3 dozen of his neighbors and friends kneeling before a group of cultists and accepting their own robes.
Foigo remembers Lilly, and bravely charges through the burning town to get to the barracks. He runs into, however, Ms Layton, a chubby little halfling, normally a really nice old lady, now an azure flaming demonic looking chick torching the house of a teenager who’d steal her flowers for his girlfriends.
He dodges out of the way of her blast and makes it to the barracks, retrieving Lilly. On escape a blast of fire strikes the barracks, sending the roof collapsing down on Foigo. He saves Lilly, but at the cost of his leg. Popping the last of his healing potions for his pain, he limps out of town with the girl and heads north, leaving Glenbrook to the torch, and Vosk, his Third Dream now bolstered.