Kvothe returns to town and tells the party of what hes found
Ostler the Innkeeper told stories about walling up animals alive in new buildings to protect the occupants. Some say they did it with children too. Shows mummified cat that he says he took out of the inns wall
Morin and Bierce a kindly old couple told stories at the inn about a horrid black dog (Schmuck) that appears and then you die. Ostler says that his mummified cat will protect you from the dog.
Kvothe says he followed a girl to ruins on a hill outside of town. As he describes the girl Alynis says she saw her too, but did not pursue as Kvothe did. The rest of the party did NOT see her in the tavern. After Kvothe describes her as most likely a ghost, you surmise that for some reason she only appeared to Kvothe and AlynisGirl turned out to be a ghost, Kvothe found her corpse, evidently entombed alive by someone in the village. Whoever did it was good with dry-stone construction. Dry-stone was used to wall her up with.
A portion of the party consisting of Alynis, Kvothe, Storm and Tiberious heads to the hill to investigate. Tiberious looks over teh construction and concludes there were several eras of builders here
The oldest, hundreds of years ago, appears to have cut areas from the earth, literally just tunnels in the ground, goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears….. At some time these were improved upon with simple stone construction most likely humans. Then it fell into ruin for a long time. There is recent dry stone construction in the form of simple walls over holes in the old human stone construction. They brick up small alcoves that are little more than holes from when it was a goblinoid warren
There are two bodies, one in each of the alcoves. One is little more than a skeleton held together by a few pieces of dry sinew and its rags of clothing. The other maybe 6 months, a young girl by her hair, and moldering green sweater. She is small, under 4 foot, either a young human or most likely a halfling.
Outside the skies cloud over, very quickly, unnaturally quickly. Kvothe tells the party that the same thing happened to him, and some sort of large dog or wolf came snorting around, but Kvothe used his cloak to hide from it. Storm moves off expecting trouble as the party exists the ruins and prepares for battle
From the undergrowth come two huge snarling dog creatures, they are deep black in color and larger than wolves and have a face that is almost humanoid, as if a goblin head were grafted onto that of a wolf…they rush snarling at the group….
As the group readies for combat the beasts ‘blink’ into their midst and the fight becomes close quarters. Storm on the outskirts spies a spekllcaster, a man in flowing dark robes who is wielding a staff….he spots Storm at the same time. Storm thinks he is using Call Lightning
Both spellcaster use a similar spell attempting to move a huge cloud of dangerous weather over the other, but the fight ends quickly, Alynis retreating and sending magic missile against the wolf creatures, as the others smash at them with melee. Storm is able to lure the spellcaster out and he is struck with missile fire……he falls dead
Upon investigation the spellcaster is Bierce, the kindly bar patron who told the group of the fiendish black dog that foretells death. Looks like he was somehow in control of the fiendish black dog, and there was more than one.
Storm grabs Bierce’s staff. It is simple wood but topped with a small red dog figurine, just like the one the missing gnome Fraggart had found. there are two more slots in the staff that look like they could take 2 more figurines. You know the gnomes in Sheernob have one other figurine