Last time on Seaside:
We buy horses and begin our journey towards the town where Lilith had A Real Bad Time With Vampires And Shit. There’s some jumping up trees and discussion of economic equality. The snow accompanies us as we continue to travel north, arriving after some days at the town of Greenhill- where the monastery stands on the hill overlooking town. Sharzad stays behind in their makeshift base (an abandoned, burned out town), and the rest of the party goes on to the town to enter their tavern, meeting Celeste, a half-elf looking for the vampire who murdered her family.
The party heads back with Celeste to the abandoned barn. Sharzad’s set a fire, and has been making a small gift for the spirits of the place in the meantime.
Celeste: monolids, light tan skin, straight black hair, pointed elven ears and coppery ears. Fineboned features of a half-elf, and fairly small, five feet even, and slender.
Sharzad acts awkward, makes jokes at Celeste and their introduced. The party and Celeste share information- specifically, that Celeste is hunting a vampire, and Lillith has seen a vampire. We discuss the weaknesses of vampires, and learn a valuable lesson about the Count. She digresses, saying that these are mostly myths. We accidentally reveal in planning that we don’t exactly intend specifically to kill a vampire- and are forced to explain about Ylethaen in order to make it clear why (Sharzad: I tell everyone anyways).
We plan for a long while, Celeste interrogating us if we plan to kill the vampire and us running into a problem: how do we do that AND get to the library. We plan, for, a long time, and decide that Lilith will recon, then in the morning Nalia and Riaeki will go in and pretend to be travelling scholars to get more information on the library, and acquire quarters there.
Lilith heads out in the cloak of darkness, heading up the snow covered hill to the monastery, transforming into a bat and flying into a chimney into the building. Hitting a fire, she’s forced to turn back to her original form, but she quickly recovers, and begins to stealth her way into the structure. She reaches a large storage area, filled with statues and food and boxes. She hears… a soft whimpering noise, from across the hall. She glides across the room to investigate- and sees a small candle, and a small makeshift room. Blankets, pillows, books. Sitting in a chair is a young boy- 15, human. And standing over him is the vampire, standing over him, sucking his blood.
Lillith arrives back quickly, teleporting through the darkness for her return. She finds Celeste asleep, and the rest of us waiting. They discuss the vampire- it seems to reside in the cellar, with the features of an ex-high elf, a sun elf specifically; fine featured, golden-eyed. She let’s Riaeki know that he was feeding on someone, and Riaeki resolves that we need to destroy him quickly, so he doesn’t feed on anyone else. We speak in the morning about our anxieties and plans and then Nalia and Riaeki head to the monastery
They meet a fresh-faced acolyte at the door, who asked what they were here for- they say they’re here to do research, extremely awkwardly. The monk greeting them is very friendly, though, and takes them to the guest rooms (asking if they want one bed or two, causing Riaeki to die of embarrassment). Following that, she leads them to the Library (we’re going to need to go there eventually
Riaeki). They reach the reading room, and see the door to the library locked with a thick iron lock, unbecoming of the cozy location. To the left of the door, at a magically lighted desk, they see a gnome with grey hair, removed from everything else. Riaeki sits down (armor clinking, out-of-place), while Nalia picks a couple books for herself. After looking at several books, Nalia goes to Agrippa with her notes. Nalia lies badly, but Agrippa seems to respond, going into the library- when Riaeki casts divine sense, and realizes the library is evil. Like, really evil.
Agrippa delivers the requested documents, explaining that they must remain at the library. Nalia asks about the library, if it’s been collecting a long time, and Agrippa responds that they have. The two of them depart, and make more plans.
Lillith & Sharzad talk about tactics, Sharzad offends Celeste, and they come to the conclusion that the vampyre must die.