Arrival at Devyses
The journey on foot from Manchester to Devyses has taken 3 weeks. It is Saturday, late afternoon, that the Town comes into view. They have stayed at Inns most nights. During the journey Clara has been studying the Crone’s Bone but fails to understand the runes. Harry Pike has been studying it too and he is the now carrying the box. [GM:Very high exploding Smarts Roll]. This item lets you cast a special spell of Fortune.
They chat with a friendly pedlar, one Ebanezer Bay and learn something about local affairs.
- The town’s most notorious ex-inhabitant was Roger Simeon, the Necromancer, executed 3 years earlier for Grave-robbing and Foul Black Arts. His house is still deserted, rumoured haunted, noises and lights seen.
- Rumour that Simeon’s Ghost is somehow back as in the last several months, two bodies have been dug up from the churchyard. There is concern that a young girl (12) who just died and will be buried tomorrow, might also be grave-robbed. The locals are all too afraid of Simeon’s Ghost to stand watch.
Following goodman Bay’s recommendation, they head to the guest hous of the Widow Bracknell who “keeps a good table and clean bedding, changed Winter and Summer”. Bay cheerfully admits to getting some form of kickback for referrals.
They stay at the Inn, 1 shilling per person per night [GM:must remember to check reasonableness of prices].
The Widow describes the hanging of Simeon as she was there. As he twitched the hempen jig, his severed wrist burst open. at the same time, 3 miles away, his drunken betrayer was throttled in his bed. Simeon had paid a jailor to cut off his hand the night beforenhe was hanged.
The adventurers decide to get Mr Potter to hire them to stand guard over the churchyard for the next few nights to prevent the snatching of his daughter’s body. Harry Pike convinces Potter to hire them.
In the local pub “the Crowned Head” they gather more info, mainly from Ned Fox, the jailor who cut off the handnof Simeon. The prisoner begged him and gave him gold in payment. Ned chopped off the hand. Simeon bled a lot so Ned fetched Dr Swann. Swann stiched up the wrist.
The Necromancer’s books were also in the cell and were burnt after the hanging.
Next morning, while the rest of the town is at church, they wander through the drizzle to Potterne Wharf, a hamlet south of the town to search Simeon’s abandoned house.
Here they are attacked by Simeon’s severed hand. To their horror, it appears that non-magical blows only make it Shaken, and don’t do any real damage. Masashige is forced to cast a spell to enchant his own blade. Clara manages to Shake it by shooting it, Ezekial and Harry manage to pin it in the kitchen sink while Masa finally skewars and kills it with his temporarily enchanted blade.