The blizzard was cold and brutal. Ricknar Ruthur trudged endlessly through the white haze, he had seen a sign to a village named Blechwenden and he hoped that would provide him some shelter. Eventually he came across a fellow traveller stuck in the blizzard by the name of Klaus von Meyer. Klaus’s horse had just fallen in the snow and broken it’s leg and he had to put it down.
The pair continued onto the town where they came across the Blechwenden guest house. The owner, Rutger Lurchen led them into the lounge room and out of the cold while his wife Mathilda quickly provided a hot drink and some bread to the beleaguered travellers. Rutger then proceeded upstairs to prepare accommodation for his unexpected guests. A short time later there was a knock on the door and the Lurchen children, Fritz and Eselle, answered and were met with quite the surprise.
Anierra the High Elf gazed down at them with a frightening stare, Estelle ran away while Fritz valiantly attempted to defend his younger sister before Mathilda chased them off. Mathilda showed them inside and yet shortly after that there was another knock at the door and a very cold and pissed of dwarf by the name of Borki Burlasson turned up on the doorstep. The newly found group sat awkwardly in the dining/living room of the guest house and attempted to get to know each other while Mathilda was preparing drinks. The party also noted an average painting of two girls in festag finest hanging above the fireplace, it wasn’t the most technical of pieces but it was pleasent enough to look at.
Suddenly a cold snap hit the room and the fire went out in a peculiar fashion. Anierra attempted to relight the fire but to no avail so Ricknar simply clicked his fingers and the fire was relit. Anierra was astonished at this, the fact that a human was clever enough to cast magic (Anierra was quite new to the old world) and quietened down to ponder this. The rest of the party was surprised but held their thoughts. Fritz Lurchen oversaw this miraculous event and was in awe of Ricknar but Rutger quickly shooed him off and showed the party to their rooms.
While unpacking his travelling gear alone in his room Klaus was assualted by a “deamon most foul” when the air turned freezing and his clothes were moved by supernatural forces in front of him. Being the brave Sigmarite that he was he challenged the evil creature to show itself, his fellow party members peered into the room with a worried curiosity, clearly their new companion was crazy as he was brandishing his flail and talking loudly to deamons by himself in his room. Later Ricknar confessed to seeing something odd in his room but he was not as heavily troubled as Klaus was.
Anierra, or Anierr as the elf sometimes referred itself to, took the down time to explore the guesthouse, the elf also requested water to bathe in from Mathilda who was only to happen to oblige (much to the suprise of the elf, who knew humans bathed to!? They sure don’t smell like they do. Most intriguing!). While the elf was downstairs Klaus was a man on a mission. He searched the premesis and discovered two extra rooms that appeared to have been occupied. One of them was a bedroom in which it looked like someone had not slept here for a month or so, all the personal possessions had been removed but the bed was made and there was still plenty of women’s clothes in the closet. The other looked abandoned, Klaus observed a notable chill in the room, similar to the one felt in his room before his clothes were moved. He placed a brass penny inn the centre of the room to see if the ghost/deamon moved it but his ploy did not work. He left the coin there with the intention to check on it later.
Klaus’s attention then focused on the attic but as he approached Rutger appeared and informed him that dinner was served. Klaus was adamant to stay and check the attic but Rutger would not move until Klaus joined him and so they left together.
Dinner was rabbit stew with very little rabbit (due to the amount of unexpected guests) and sour wine. Everyone enjoyed it except for Anierra but the elf did it’s best to enjoy the free meal. During the dinner the party discovered that the Lurchens had been living in the house for the past five years. They had inherited it from Mathilda’s father Joseph when he died several months prior in a goblin attack while travelling to Ubersreik and that they buried here outside the guest house. The family then ran the guest house ever since.
After dinner while Mathilda was washing up and Rutger was preparing the Elf’s bath the party remained at the table to discuss the situation. Another cold snap hit the room briefly and the painting of the two girls fell off the wall and in front of the fire with no visible external force. The party investigated this, some thought it was more odd than others but they found nothing maleficent about the painting so they decided to hang it back on the wall. Mathilda interrupted them and thought it as odd that they were holding the painting, the party told her that it had fell and asked her who was in the picture. Mathilda replied saying it was her and her sister Anthea when they were younger, when the party asked where was her sister now she said that she had gone to Ubersreik about a month ago because she hated the cold so much.
Klaus excused himself from the table with the intention of exploring the attic and made his way upstairs only to find Fritz and Estelle. Klaus asked them about the odd occurrences such as objects moving and cold snaps and the children just blamed each other on pulling pranks. After much haggling and convincing Klaus succeeded in shooing the children away, allowing him to search the attic unobserved. The only noteworthy item Klaus found was a locked storage chest, he returned to the party shortly after.
The tired group then retired to their rooms for the night. Anierra returned and found the bathwater supplied by Rutger ready. The elf eased into the bath to contemplate the days events but was immediately greeted by that so familiar chill. The elf stood up and checked it’s essential areas encase the ghost/deamon decided it wasn’t moving inanimate objects any more and waited. The ghost/deamon replied by attempting to move the Elf’s sword right in front of it, this was proof enough for Anierra and the elf donned it’s ceremonial armour and unsheathed it’s great sword and proceeded to Klaus’s room.
Klaus was relieved someone legitimately saw the evil creature and armoured up as well, they talked it over with Ricknar and Klaus and Anierra found and questioned Rutger. Rutger denied any knowledge of strange behaviour and Klaus showed him upstairs to the spare room with the penny. The penny had moved since Klaus had left it there last but Rutger was unimpressed. Rutger also said that the empty room belonged to his deceased father in law and that the vacant room (with the made bed and closet) belonged to his sister in law Anthea whom he mentioned had gone to Ubersreik and he politely bid the party farewell as they were annoying him.
Ricknar, Anierra and Klaus then decided on a plan of action. The hauntings were most frequent in the dining room or in fact wherever a group of people were, they decided to camp out in the living room and await for this “creature” to contact them as they had reached the consensus that whatever this thing was it was trying to get their attention and not necessarily harm them. They asked Borki if he wanted to join them but he told them to fuck off because they were all crazy and he wanted to go to sleep.
Later that night Borki awoke to a terrifying fright. He was being attacked by a large white fiend, it was trying to envelope him in some sort of nefarious death grasp. He jumped from his bed, deftly avoided the foul spirit and ran screaming to his party members downstairs in his underwear. The party was quite mirthful at the sight of the naked dwarf, Anierra particularly, but when Borki described his evil tormentor they stormed upstairs to strike it down. Rutger was there heroically clutching a broom and asked the party to investigate as he had heard Borki’s scream. Klaus opened the door and prepared to charge in but the room was empty, the only thing inside other than Borki’s possessions was a white bed sheet crumpled on the floor.
Borki, red faced, swore to Grimnar that it had been a foul creature intent on destroying him and not a bed sheet, Anierra was highly amused and Rutger didn’t buy it but Ricknar and Klaus questioned him in regards to the sheet.
“Was that sheet there when you went to sleep Borki?” asked Klaus
“No,” Borki replied, eyeing the sheet off
“Was that sheet there when you prepared the room Rutger?”
“No,” replied Rutger
“Where did it come from?”
“The Linen cupboard I guess…?”
“Where is that?”
Rutger pointed down the hallway, “Down there” he replied, puzzled at the zealousness of Klaus’s voice.
The group checked the cupboard, it had been open and the sheet pile was a mess, as if something dragged the top sheet off and disturbed it, Rutger told them it wasn’t him that did that. Klaus and Ricknar argued their case, they believed the house was haunted and the ghost was trying to get there attention, to tell them something. They believed the ghost to be Joseph Flook, returned from the realm of morr to haunt the manor. “Well suppose there is a ghost…Why would it haunt us” Rutger replied. The party was stone walled, why would a ghost haunt the guest house? Why was this man so hard to convince? What was the ghost planning?
Suddenly there was a loud crash from downstairs, as if something broke. The party raced down towards the noise, Rutger and his broom stick in hot pursuit. The noise was coming from the kitchen, it sounded like pots and pans bashing together and being thrown around, the ghost!
Klaus and Annierra carefully entered the kitchen first. They could see the pantry door open and pots and pans flying out of it, as if being thrown. Klaus cautiously approached and readied his flail, the Elf similarly prepared it’s weapon and waited for Klaus’s action. He rounded the pantry and gazed inside and was met with quite a surprise. A small green goblin stared back at him, it’s faced half buried in a sack of flour chomping up what it could. The Goblin paused when it saw Klaus, it’s eyes widened and it emitted a single squeak of terror before Klaus slammed his fail down on it’s ugly green head. The flour bag exploded, covering the pantry, Goblin and Klaus in a thick white powder. Klaus staggered back, temporarily blinded by the sucess of his own attack while Anierra deftly stepped in and cleaved the Goblin in two, staining the white flour red in the process.
Rutger was surprised, “Bloody Goblins!” he said. Food was scarce in the grey mountains this time of the year and he wouldn’t put it past that this one was desperate so desperate it robbed the place for whatever food it could get. Borki, knowing too well the devilish nature of the greenskins, reminded Rutger there is never such thing as one Goblin. Rutger asked if the group would accompany him tomorrow morning on a patrol to root out the remainder of the critters from the area. The party agreed much to Rutger’s relief, “lucky I brought this broom!” he said cheerfully and started to sweep up.
Mathilda’s scream was heard from the lounge room. The adventurer’s ears perked and Rutger dashed out of the kitchen to her aid, the party hot on his heels. Mathilda was in the lounge room, paralysed with fear while tears of terror ran down her cheeks. Upon the wall written with charcoal from the fire was the letters ANT, the first three letters of Anthea’s name. The party was fixed on the wall but Ricknar’s eyes where on Rutger to gaze his reaction, the colour drained out of Rutger’s face, as if he had scene a ghost and then suddenly he was composed and starting playing the situation down. The letters were far to high on the wall for the goblin to write them besides, when could a goblin write Reikspiel? The party was forming questions and Rutger was getting exasperated in talking them down, Mathilda was inconsolable. Suddenly there was a silence, no one spoke and all that was heard was the sound of the chill wind beating against the manor.
“Rutger….who is the eldest out of Mathilda and Anthea?” asked Borki
“Well…Anthea was” replied Rutger
Rutger stammered “Well she’s gone to Ubersreik!”
“Really. A lone woman, travels the four days to Ubersreik by herself in early winter?” asks Klaus aggressiveness in his voice
Rutger begins to pale, “Yes that’s right”
the party encircles him
“So Joseph gets “killed by Goblins” going to Ubersreik right? And now a month or two later Anthea leaves her home and “goes to Ubersreik” as well?" asks Klaus
“That’s correct” replies Rutger, turning even more pale
“Leaving you the guesthouse…”
“Here’s what happened Rutger…you killed Joseph and his daughter Anthea and now she’s come back to tell us, to tell us you killed them!” says Klaus with vehemence.
Upon hearing this Rutger face hardens, his colour returns and he sneers, “I ain’t telling you nothing” his face naked with rage and contempt.