Baldhur, CS and me (Callie) had gone to Enoch to get some supplies. Enoch was quite surprised that we were still alive because they hadn’t gotten any news from any other villages in a few months. Things have gotten pretty bad with the formori attacks lately. In a friendly neighbour effort, they sent Mordecai with us to check up on the town.
We arrive at the town at dusk and it’s eerily quiet. I’m talking a storm to Mordecai about how Veronica was supposed to marry Brad but instead she spurned her father’s wishes and is now with Tim (and gossip, gossip, gossip) when CS calls a halt. He noticed that the guard who’s normally posted outside of town and absent and that there’s a reddish streak leading into the nearby woods. Just then we hear the creaking of a door and see CS’s uncle Abe stumbling towards our direction. CS quickly runs over to check on him because he’s got all the scratch marks on him. I know a thing or two about medicine, so I put his head on my lap and try to ascertain what’s wrong with him. I immediately regret that because his body is burning to the touch and his sweat has burned a hole right through my dress. I curse out loud. It was my favourite dress and now I have to tear it at the knees.
While we are checking on Abe, Mordecai goes to check out the town because he’s a big brave guard. He ventures into Abe’s house and it’s pitch black inside. He manages to spark up a torch and he see a women lying down on top of someone and she seems to be spasming a little. Mordecai asks the lady if she’s ok. That’s when her head jerks towards him and she flop her body towards him. Instead of a back, there’s a gaping maw and the spine is lashing in and out like a tongue. The body that she’d been lying down is a mess and Mordecai can’t tell if it was a man or a woman. Just when he thought he was safe to continue investigating, the thing on the ground rotates her shoulders and legs in an unnatural and starts skittering towards him. He might be a big brave guard, but he isn’t stupid. So he runs back towards the entrance of town. The thing is slower than him so he’s able to get to us well in advance and announces that we have to go. Now. Using my mediocre medicinal skills, I’ve ascertained that there is nothing we can do for Abe anymore anyways. So we flee back towards NotEnoch. Once we gotten to the edge of the forest we catch our breath. I, being a gossipy baking lady, am not exactly used to running, especially when my knees are hurting so much. So the group decides to take a quick break.
As we’re catching our breath, we hear a whispering from the woods. It’s Billy. He’s a 10 year old kid who loves to go play in the woods with his sister Ruth. He tells us that he’s scared and that his parents sent him to go get help. He doesn’t know why but the monsters won’t attack their home. But he too scared to run leave the town too far behind. He’s never gone to NotEnoch on his own. What if he gets lost? Or what if there’s more of those things on the way? Using my best soothing voice I calm him down and tell him that we’re going to go back and save his family. This calms Billy down. So I tell him to stay put and we’ll be back soon with his dad, mom and sister.
So we start heading back to the town. Unfortunately both Baldhur and I aren’t as good at sneaking as Mordecai and CS so I propose to split the party. Those two can go ahead and we’ll cover the rear. On the way back we encounter Abe. Or what’s left of him. His body is in the process of being devoured by 3 formori and like wolves fighting over a carcass they are too busy snapping at each other and munching on human to notice us coming. Mordecai and CS lead the way and head into town to Billy’s house. Baldhur and I aren’t nearly as sneaky so we decide to go towards the town’s other entrance. We just have to cut through some woods first…
At first it seems like everything in the glade is perfectly normal until we hear branch crack above us. Against better judgement we look up and see this arachnoid human coming out of the trees. It’s chest is burst open and it’s ribs have extended to created 8 razor sharp legs. As it’s coming down it spews this blackish mist at us. Baldhur manages to dodge most of it but I freeze up and instinctively cover my face with my arm. The stuff burns. Like acid burns. I immediately rip off the sleeve from my dress and try and wipe as much of gunk from my arm with what’s left of my hem. This was not a good day to wear my favourite dress. Meanwhile Baldhur is taking care of business. He stabs the arachnoid with his spear, deftly dodges an attack and bashes it’s head in with his club. As he’s helping me back up we hear more rustling in the branches. This time we use our better judgement and run. We run like crazy to Billy’s home…
Mordecai and CS meanwhile have successfully sneaked to Billy’s home. There they find that the house has been barricaded and that Billy’s parents and sister are indeed still alive. However they refuse to leave their home. It’s safe in there and the wild is too dangerous at night. Mordecai and CS go in the house and immediately they see this strange crest-like thing upon the mantel made up of weapons. After some inquiry they find out that Billy and his sister Ruth had been playing in the Forbidden woods and had found this thing. They thought it was cool so they brought it back to town. That’s when the trouble started. CS using his knowledge of werewolf lore recognizes it as a repulsion totem made of holy werewolf weapons. They are usually place to create a fence-like area to protect lands from the things that go bump in the night. Just as they find out about this both Baldhur and I arrive at the house screaming for them to let us in. They open the door and quickly realize why we were screaming so harshly: there are a dozen or so fomori chasing us.
They let us in and quickly barricade the place up. Strangely the fomori all stop at a 5 meter distance from the house. It appears the charm still works after all. I’m happy to be alive, but I can’t let people see me in such a disheveled state so I inquire if they have some water so I could clean this filthy blackish mud off of me. When Billy’s mom sees this she gets a bewildered look in her eyes and immediately reaches for the nearby cleaver. Thankfully Mordecai was much faster than I was and grabs her arm. Billy’s parent quickly explain that the black goo on me is what turned the village and the only way to get it out was to remove the infected appendage. The only flaw with this is that it’s my shoulder area and knees that are infected. Not a finger or a hand as they are used to dealing. That’s when Baldhur inquires if they have a rasping file for smoothing wood. We all look a little confused but realization dawns on us. If we’re going to get the good out, we’re going to have to get rid of all the infected skin. So the boys hold me down and Baldhur starts filing away. He files for a good amount of time and manages to get all of it. Or so he thinks. It’s kind of hard to tell with all the blood. I’ve thankfully passed out from all the pain. As they patch up my wounds as best they can to stop the bleeding CS notices that Baldhur has a bunch of tiny little black spots on the hand he used to file. It seems that the he got some of the goo on him as he was filing. So to avoid making the mistake again, they decide to use the cleaver to flay the skin away. It’s still painful, but nowhere nearly as messy as my wounds. They gather up the infected flesh and put in the hearth. Before leaving tomorrow a fire will get started and hopefully it’ll take the entire village with it.
The next morning I awake in the most pain I’ve ever experienced. Just moving hurts. However it seems the fomori disappeared when dawn rose. So it’s now or never to make a break for it. We gather up what supplies the house has left and we’re all ready to go when we notice that Ruth still isn’t awake. Ruth’s mom goes to her and immediately lets out a sob. Her skin is burning to the touch and her pupils have the black stuff in it. CS notices a fine trail leading back to the hearth. It seems the stuff is sentient to a certain degree. We start the fire and after some arguing with Ruth’s parent agree to bring Ruth with us. Now that it’s daylight we can see that the town is a grisly scene. There are tons of bodies everywhere. Then we hear a howl. It’s a deep wolflike howl that could only come from werewolves. Werewolves which wouldn’t be very happy that their protection totem was stolen. Werewolves which aren’t afraid to kill a few humans.
So we start “running” out of town (I’m more limping). I’m screaming Billy’s name in hopes that he’ll hear us and come to us. As we get to the edge of town we spot Billy. He’s come out of the bushes he was hiding in and is running towards us. Alas just at that moment a giant wolfish man with a spear comes out of the forest behind him. The werewolf cocks his arm back to throw the spear and everything seems to be going in slow-mo. The only one who isn’t standing in shock is Mordecai. He grabs his sling and aims at the werewolf’s arm. His aim is true and he hits the arm just enough that the spear narrowly misses Billy. The wound quickly closes but this angers the werewolf and he charges at us.
Baldhur knowing that normal weapons won’t do anything grabs a glaive from the totem and charges the werewolf. As he pulls it out there’s a clear oomph sound and the totem stops emanating that peaceful aura. CS pulls out his spear and throws a perfect throw. It hits the werewolf right in the throat temporarily stopping it in its tracks. I’m no fighter so I do the only thing that I can think of: run. I urge Billy and his parent to go back to their home. As we’re running back I notice a giant direwolf over in the nearby fields. It’s seems to be digging up something and hasn’t noticed us. I immediately freeze in my tracks in fear. That’s when I see what the direwolf is digging up: formori. It seems they go underground during the daytime. The direwolf makes eyecontact with me and lets off a long howl. I run back towards the rest of the party.
Meanwhile, the guys are doing surprisingly well against the werewolf. When I get there, they’ve just downed it and Baldhur removed it’s head before it could completely regenerate. I inform them that there are more werewolves down in the town. So we book it.
Cue stressing chase scene through the woods as the party is chased by both formori and werewolves
We eventually get out of the woods, but the attacks have pushed us way off course and we emerged on the eastern side of the forest. Seeing no other choice we trek towards Enoch which is supposed to be in the mountains to the east.
Cue trekking through the desert scenes. A man carrying a little falls down and doesn’t get up again. Another woman falls to her knees next to him and starts crying. They other dig a quick grave and they carry on. A few days later the little girl that was with them suddenly bites her mom. The party tries to kill the little girl but the mother won’t let them. She hold the little girl protectively as she continues to bite and gnaw at her. Eventually the mother succumbs to her wounds and collapses. The party quickly moves in and kills the little girl. To be sure they also behead the mom and bury both. More days pass by and the party is staggering every step harder than the next when they see a town in the distance. They’ve finally made it to Enoch