November 20th, 1878
The little psychopath decided that we were going to investigate The Duchess that night. And then she decided to blow the place to hell. And those three demons didn’t take lightly to that at all….
The session begins with a cutscene:
The door to the church slams shut, and for a moment, there’s silence – relatively anyway.There’s the wind. There’s never not the wind. Something wooden outside – maybe the outhouse door or a shutter, is clattering about with every gust. The wind causes a draft as it sucks the warm air out of every tiny crack in the church and replaces it with the bitter cold.The sanctuary is lit dimly by a few dozen votives scattered between the statue of the virgin in her alcove and the altar at the front. The light from the two kerosene lanterns in the room, one held by Holden and the other hanging next to the door to the rectory, provide pools of brilliance relative to the shadows chasing each other around the rest of the large room.You all smell like a bonfire, no one more than Onesimus, who is permeated with it and speckled with ash, char, and small holes burned in his clothes. There’s the scent of lavender, probably from one or more of the candles. And behind it all, almost unnoticeable to your battered senses, is the smell of death, rot, and decay wafting up through the floorboards from the creature in the cellar.You’re beyond exhausted. You began the day at the stockyards, rode fifteen miles, explored the town, fought for your lives against the assassins, encountered the zombie, and then the succubi and the fire.And now this. This dusty, cold, dark church.You’re in here.And they…are out there.Waiting.
The party watches as the succubi wait in the darkness and debate their next move, exhaustion is setting in and they’re not sure they can face the threat in their current state. During the conversation, Beth Farley comes out of the rectory in a robe and kneels in front of the church altar.
As the conversation goes on, they note two townsfolk in their night clothes join the succubi, obviously under their spell. That convinces the majority of the party they must act soon before too many innocents are pulled into the fray.
Ed notices Beth behaving oddly and investigates, finding her naked under the robe, breathing heavy and holding a bowie knife. As Ed moves to bring it to Ahiga’s attention, Beth slits her own throat and falls upon the altar. The whole party feels that some unquantifiable safety net around the church break down at the desecration.
Holden picks the fight, sending blasts across the churchyard and hitting Rita. Amber attacks Holden with a whip, while Chen sprouts wings and attacks Jacob in the bell tower. The civilians are kept at bay by an entanglement from Seri.
The battle is swift but pitched, in the end, the civilians are unconscious, save one man who stumbles back to his home in confusion. Amber is dead, and Chen fled into the night. Rita is unconscious at the edge of the property, but Onesimus beats her to death with the butt of his pistol until her demonic body crumbles to dust.
The party gathers back in the sanctuary, covers Beth’s body, and brings the unconscious townsfolk in from the cold. Ahiga leaves the building to sleep under the covered stable with the horses, and the remainder of the party succumb to sleep.