After gathering what remained of Dr. Brada and his patients into a bag, the party headed back to Lepidstadt ready to prepare for a long night of defending the courthouse from the irate citizens that had enough waiting to see the monster before them burn. Upon reaching the Six Ravens you found guards waiting and going through everyones belongings in a search for contraband that, to an almost comical shocked response, Jushyn admitted to carrying on himself and offered up. Some quick thinking from Niri and then collaboration from Jik, whom Usas gathered and informed of the situation going on upstairs, the guards left exasperated but relieved that it was trial related and someone was once again overreacting to something overheard. Gossipy townsfolk certainly make for more work!
During dinner, and not a second before, Usas went over her own recollections of the soul trade and how souls can be used,
“Quite a bit of demon culture seems to center around souls so the main focus of my studies centered around demons and their involvement in the Soul Trade. Demons get sick enjoyment harvesting souls as acquiring a soul is nothing short of pain and suffering. I have witnessed firsthand the reaping of a soul from an unwilling living subject. That is a discussion, for another time. Outside of self indulgence demons and their acolytes use souls for empowerment and trade.
Uses include creation, recharging and further empowerment of magical items especially creation of intelligent creations. One knowledgeable in the use of souls can cut the monitory and component cost of such creation, though the actual “cost” is obviously debatable. Obtaining a soul does not require a live subject just a fresh or recently dead.
I must say I am impressed on the various means of storing and using soul by demons. I have even heard of procedures where some liquidity the souls in order to mix multiple souls together. There is another tale are about crystallizing souls and embedding them in ink for tattoos and demonic scriptures; but I digress…
Obtaining the correct soul for an intelligent creation is of upmost importance as the attributes that the item would have are reflective of the soul or souls used. Such attributes as spoken tongue and alignment are attributed to the soul component used. There is much debate on the status of the soul after such an item has been created. Some think the soul lives on in the object other think the soul is destroyed and only an imprint remains on the object, another discussion for a later time.
The spectacularly unfortunate or maybe just dimwitted acolytes that are not as successful using or extracting souls can inadvertently become a night hags, devourers or liches.
There are a multitude of procedures to obtain souls outside of magical methods; some creatures have their own innate abilities to obtain them. However no one is as adept at harvesting souls as demons. In the correct markets, usually underground markets, and with the correct clientele should trade can be quite lucrative.”
Knowing what the soul of Lyvar Hawkran may be useful for still doesn’t give many clues as to what the Whispering Way may be up to, perhaps more clues may be found soon.
After dinner everyone packed up and headed to the courthouse, it wasn’t long after going over a possible strategy to protect it that the citizens began gathering and chanting, armed with crossbows, battering rams and ladders. Jik calmed a good portion of them, talked others down and was assisted by Nirinara, who after another leap of faith landed on her feet and persuaded another small cluster to give up and go home. With several calmed and others giving up, the fear of those still out for blood being arrested or overpowered outweighed the bravery fueled by years of fear, hatred and a night of hard cider. The people dispersed without anyone being harmed.
Day three of the trial Chief Justice Khard was not amused by the antics of his city, he let it be known that Lepidstadt was not swayed or run by a mob mentality and that if anyone attempted to harm or harass any member of the defense he would see them whipped or hanged. The last day of testimony went as well as the other two, and after deliberation by the three justices the Beast was cleared of all charges placed against him, the galley above almost broke out into another riot, needing the guards present to draw weapons to get them under control and outside.
After running errands and another meal enjoyed together the party met up with Judge Embreth Daramid once more for payment, she thanked them but again asked for assistance in finding out who the Beast was created by and where his home may be in fear that he may still pose a danger to the people of Vieland and to ask his owner to keep a tighter reign on him.
After returning to the prison to speak with him, the group was able to get the information they needed, the Beast was reluctant to speak it with another prisoner in the jail at the time but wrote the words Schloss Caromarc on a bit of parchment in a large childlike scrawl.
Schloss Caromarc is home to none other than Count Alpon Caromarc. Previously the ruler of Vieland, only abdicating his power to the Palatine Council in the year of 4670. Although 41 years have passed the Count still resides in the area, keeping mostly to himself.
Considering the Beast was thought to be created by Dr. Henri Moritz, a member of Lepidstadt University back in 4690, this is an interesting development.
You have information to report back to Embreth. Good luck.
Fireday 24th of Gozran 4711, Evening
Moon: Waxing Crescent