The heroes had just finished an encounter with the werewolves in Shudderwood forest. Suddenly a terrible fog rolled in from nowhere. The fog was so dense they lost sight of each other and had no indication of their whereabouts. Anathema, K’avron and Domino become separated from the others in the fog and found themselves in a darker, more malevolent forest. As the fog lifted they heard sounds of battle and rushed towards it. They found a woman who was battling for her life from some Festrogs. The party defeated the Festrogs and sat and talked with the woman for a while. Her name is Sedeptra and she is associated with the church of Pharasma. They decided to journey with her after they discovered they had been transported several hundred miles from the Shudderwood, and now found themselves in the southern county of Barstoi. They came upon what seemed to be a graveyard filled with ghouls and were attacked by them. After defeating the ghouls and doing some exploration they realized that the graveyard was a farce, a cover up for a village that had been destroyed. Within the “graveyard” was a cathedral structure. Once they entered they were attacked by Allips. After defeating the Allips they discovered a flayed body by an altar and a spell of Undead Control that was active. They dispelled the undead control and found a note by the body.
The note read,
“To die at the hands of those that pose friendship… the slaughter of innocence of careless whispers and pleas. To this end bring forth the betrayal of life in death. This is the ingredient needed. This you will find by the Furrows. The last element is the most important. A betrayal of your own, a sacrifice. Do not fail…”
Also, on the back of the note was a symbol of the Whispering Way.
They traveled down stairs into the catacombs of the cathedral and fought some skeletons. After the skeletons were defeated, and after realizing that they were Barstoi knights, they went back upstairs and cast Speak With Dead on the flayed body.
The current leader of the whispering way is Adivion Adrissant.
The Whispering Way came here for an ingredient for the Crown.
Sedeptra used her powers to try and see what happened at this site. She saw a prosperous farming community. Men in black armor, presumably the knights of Barstoi, with a general showed up. The knights were ordered to kill the villagers and buried them in mass graves. Some knights rebelled against the general, feeling remorse for what they had done, and they themselves were killed and buried. Later workers came and demolished the village and set up a mock graveyard instead. Armaments and balista were brought into a bunker and sealed away under a building looking like a cathedral. Then several people brought the body of the general into the bunker and threw it in haphazardly. The building was then sealed and partially buried.
The heroes ventured further into the catacombs and found the bunker with all the weapons and ballista. Sedeptra used alchemist’s fire to start burning things. A carved skull floated in the center of the bunker beneath a necrotic shadowfell rift. Suddenly the skeleton of the general “Barnibus” manifested and attacked the heroes calling them “betrayers!” He summoned skeleton troops to fight by his side, which was summoned from bone debris that that littered the floor throughout the bunker. The heroes defeated Barnibus and thereby closing the rift and cleaning the undead taint from the area. The heroes burned all the ballista and armaments causing the bunker and cathedral onto to cave in itself.
The heroes discovered that some atrocity had occurred at this site during the civil war between Barstoi and Ardeal. Somehow the Church of Pharasma was involved. The Whispering Way came here to collect an ingredient for some diabolical thing called a “Crown”. Whispering Way are willing to kill their own people to this end. It may have been Whispering Way that stirred up the undead in this place, however it was already ripe with the conditions to foster undead abominations.