Prim decided to go secure the inn they were staying at in case the art dealer they were going to meet was a vampire. He asked the innkeeper if she had a bunch of pillows he could use to make a pillow fort and upon recieving them he headed upstairs and she siad they already had a guest upstairs too if they didn’t mind. Prim went up to the 2nd floor of the inn and saw a hooded figure sitting on a bed painting with one hand but had what looked like a cloth on the pother hand. when Prim announced himself the figure looked up quickly and popped the hand with the cloth out and talked to prim through the hand puppet that he now saw was a cat. he introduced himself as Alucard and that the hand puppet’s name was nekozawa.
Alucard said he was an artist in town and was selling his paintings to the castle and making money that way. Prim asked him if he had any friends here and he said that no he doesn’t really have any friends at all and in fact he had left his home because his family didn’t understand him and his artwork and his father wanted him to follow in his family line of business. all the while he gave off the impression of being reclusive and shy talking without eye contact and mostly through Nekozawa.
Prim told Alucard he would be his friend and he was invited to dinner with the party where he could make lots of friends. Prim asked him what he was going to do with all that money and he said he wanted to buy a statue that was rare in the area because it had a magical property that would let him go out into the sun as his skin was very pale and he tends to burn really easily in the sun and if he had it he might be able to get out more and make friends. He told prim recently there has been a recent string of people getting their life force drained in the town and they are all on the lookout for a vampire.
Upon questioning if Alucard was a vampire he admitted to it but said he wasn’t the one doing the draining of people in town so he has had to keep to the inn more than usual and he has been lonely here. Prim told him that he was invited to their hero’s feast that night and he would be able to make lots of friends there. Alucard excitedly agreed to join him and followed prim out into the street where he met the rest of the party. The rest of the party met alucard with a lot more skepticism than prim did except drifting cloud who was won over by the kitty hand puppet Alucard wore on his hand.
After a discussion in the street as to who prim’s new friend was they all headed to talloon’s place for dinner. Alucard sat himself next to Yue and Prim and had nekozawa play with rillix feeding him food. The party noticed alucard seemed to avoid anything with garlic in it and was drinking a red liquid out of a glass. when questioned as to what it was he told the party it was tomato juice. He told the party his story of how he didn’t like what his family was doing so he left and came to endor to become an artist and why he wanted the statue.
Rowan was skeptical and asked him if it was ok to cast a zone of truth around the building which he agreed to and they asked him if he was evil which he said he doesn’t consider himself evil but sometimes other people judged him for his past. They asked him if he ever ate or bit anyone and he said he had but that was growing up and not since he left his parent’s place looking for a fresh start. they asked him if he still gets urges to do it and he says that he does but he has gotten pretty good at controlling them. They asked him if he knew psaro tha manslayer and he said that he heard of him as he was an old legend on the isles of zenithia where psaro fell in love with an elven woman named rosa but she was killed by bandits and no matter what psaro tried he couldn’t bring her back to life and so he turned cold to the world as a whole and slowly went mad to the man that just recently returned to zenithia who is bent on destroying humanity for taking his beloved rosa back. He told the party that the town she was killed in was named after the incident then and was called rosaville.
The party asked if he had ever been there and he said he did visit once to see where she was laid to rest and even did a painting of her. Rowan asked if she could see it and he said of course anything for my new friends and he pulled out a beautiful photo realistic looking image of an elven woman sitting on a hillside. They asked alucard if he could show them where rosaville was and he marked it on the map for them. At that moment prim remembered he left his succubi running loose in the city and went out to retrieve them.
Prim found out that they were responsible for draining the townsfolk and playfully told him that they didn’t kill anyone just had a little fun and then they went back to his golden fiddle. Talloon told the party of the cave called cascade cave where the next piece of zenithian armor lay at rest and marked it on the map for them as well but he said he knew they needed a rare rock called a karstaway stone in order to traverse the dungeon.
Taloon said one of his friends benjamin dug out a tunnel from endor to branca just to the east of endor and he came across one that they should go ask him for it on a loan. The rest of the party was finishing their meal when the ground itself shoot with an earthquake and the party ran outside hearing guards shouting that the brancha tunnel had just collapsed and they all started running toward it in a rescue effort. The party all ran that way as well but with the sun starting to come up prim slipped alucard the silver statuette in order to protect him from the sun’s rays.
The party ran 2 hours east and arrived after the guard got there and were digging out. they got there just in time them to see them drag Benjamin out of the rubble unconscious. Rowan quickly revived him and they found out that a vampire flew threw the cave and collapsed it behind him taking out the support structure for the tunnel. he told the party he spent his life digging this tunnel and now in 1 fell swoop his dream was taken away. Prim got to work quickly and animated every pick and shovel with animate objects and set them to work clearing out the tunnel. after a few hours of everyone digging they rescued survivors and were able to re-open the tunnel that it only partially collapsed in and they were able to revive all of the victims of the cave in. Benjamin recognized talloon and rewarded him with the karstaway stone upon request but since the way was clear now to Gwen’s hometown they decided to collect her and Wes from burland and investigate her hometown 1st since they were so close.
After a trip to burland and back the party arrived on the outskirts of town with Gwen and Wes in tow. They met Alucard and caught up with the party as to recent developments. through study they think they might have tracked down where another piece of equipment was but before they could discuss that Gwen saw her town and took off running toward it. She was surprised when she saw it intact and spoke to a guard standing on the outskirts of it. Gwen knew his name but he didn’t seem to recognize her. They enetered the village and she ran into a meadow looking around confused telling the party that this isn’t how the vilalge was that night it was attacked it was in shambles. Her jaw dropped as she saw a figure she knew called cyn laying on top of a hill she ran up to him before the party could stop her and said CYN your alive how is that possible I saw a monster run you through with a spear. He looked up at her and said “don’t worry i’m fine just come and lay down here next to me the sun feels great”. The party caught up with her and she told them her friend was alive and she wondered if that meant her mother was alive too and she took off in a sprint to her house and ran inside yelling for her mother and found the woman she remembered there and exclaimed mom you aren’t hurt either! The woman inside the house didn’t seem to recognize her and she went up to give her a hug.
Outside prim touched one of the buildings and it seemed to shimmer and he felt that something was off with this village. The elder came over to greet the party and said that they could stay the night but then they should leave as there was nothing here for them. At that moment they heard gwen shriek from her old home and heard Wes yelling GWEN GET AWAY from her! The party ran inside to see the woman who appeared to be Gwen’s mother was actually a doppleganger and the party began to fight her off to break the grapple she had on Gwen. The party looked outside and knowing the jig was up the other villagers started dropping their disguised form and started making their way to Gwen’s home. The party burst from the house and began fighting off the hoard of dopplegangers. with fury and rage of her home being turned into a trap for lost adventureres Gwen ran out of the house blasting as much magic into these creatures as possible and the party made short work of these creatures.
As the last of them fell the illusion on the village dropped and a flood of memories came back to Gwen the night which she had to flee the village. It was destroyed beyond repair with fire damage and blood stains on the ground from those who fell to protect her.
She led the party to the cellar she hid in and explained the worst night of her life when the monsters came for her claiming she was the hero of prophecy the vilalgers hid her in the cellar and her best friend cyn came and calmed her down and told her he wouldn’t let them lay a hand on her. he then muttered an incantation to make himself look just like her and went back above ground to fight the monsters. after killing a few but seeing they were hopelessly outnumbered he let himself be stabbed and killed. From the basement Gwen heard the monsters talking saying that the chosen one had been destroyed and to report back. She told the party she ran and ran through the night until she ran into Wes who heard her story and brought her back to the sword coast where she met the rest of the party in the thunderdome.
The party comforted Gwen who was crying her eyes out and they found some magical objects in the cellar as well as the village elder’s journal which stated that he had a vision from the platinum dragon bahamut himself saying he needed him to take care of this girl and keep her safe from harm that there were those who wished her harm and she must be hidden away and kept safe until the time is right. They raised her in that village until the day of the attack and then the village protected her with their lives. The elder also talked of how they would tell her one day on how to get home as she was to visit all of the kings of the land and get the zenithian equipment entrusted to them for safety and then finally return to her rightful place in zenithia. It contained a map to the zenithian tower where she was to go as well as a list of those who were entrusted with the equipment.
Gwen saw this and told the party that she now knows what she has to do but she needs their help as she can’t do it alone with so many dangerous monsters trying to end her. The party promised to protect her and to get the equipment she needs to return home. Gwen tol the party there was nothing but sadness for here now and that she wanted to leave. The party decided they wanted to have talloon gather diamonds for a true resurrection spell to attempt to resurrect rosa and they also wanted to track down alucard’s father and he said he might be hiding in a cave near here called the cave of betrayals and the party also knew of the location of another piece of equipment so they plotted out a course and set off.
As they left the village with gwen in tow the party all had a vision of the platinum dragon himself instructing them to bring Gwen to him and he would lend them his power. When the vision faded Yue looked down at her wrist and saw the bracelet her father gave her glowing faintly and prim noticed the stones were actually magical boon stones that seemed to have been triggered. The party steeled themselves with new resolve and left the ruined village with the chosen one in tow.