Valron Hastix, a merchant in Agea, needed some assistance, as a ship he owned had been wrecked east of the city. He recruited the assistance of Dramus Varex, a sergeant of the city guard, Johan, a Frostmore mercenary, Crow a blind student of Zidean, her young ward Sparrow, and Akharan Akenseth, a Sethian healer whom had goods on the sunken ship. He hired them to secure the cargo while he made arrangements to have it brought back to Agea
Heading out to the site of the wreck, they discovered that something had attacked the ship from below, scratching up the bottom of the hull, and leaving some large gashes through the ship’s underside. The corpses of several drowned sailors floated in the water. Some cargo had washed ashore, and suspicious tracks made it appear that at least one heavy piece of cargo had been dragged away.
In the nearest village, Takus, a farmer mentioned that early that morning, just after dawn, a stranger had come through town with a cart. He claimed he had been fishing, and offered to sell some halibut. He had suspicious little in his cart, and he continued northward, towards Ma’al.
Meanwhile in the ship, they learned that someone had gone through the Captain’s quarters to view the cargo manifest, and then specifically grabbed only a few items, leaving obviously valuable salvage behind. After sorting the cargo, they found that a box being shipped from Hassen Krasvin to Palus Mareen, was the only item missing.
That night, strange sounds were heard amongst the wreckage. Sparrow discovered there were strange fishmen, with wide mouths filled with needle like teeth, and long claws, spying from the water. They would only approach the shore if they outnumbered those in sight on the beach. They sang a strange song, and could perfectly mimic the child’s voice. Sleep was uneasy that night.
In the morning, Valron arrived with workers. When the team explained what they had covered, he offered them a larger fee to recover the stolen box. They agreed, and headed to Ma’al, to chase after the strange fisherman.
In the little town, they met a a baker, an older woman who mentioned that no strangers had come through, but Talus, a villager of Ma’al, had returned the previous day from the sea around noon. She pointed them to his home.
At the house, the door was open, so the team headed inside. A child waited inside. The boy of about eight was named Valus, and upon realizing Dramus was a City Guard, the child attacked with a kitchen knife. They subdued him, and learned he distrusted guardsmen, because his father claimed they would murder him for the projects he worked on in the woods.
They took the boy back to the baker, and learned that the child’s mother, Tarsa, had passed away, and they hadn’t been the same since. Concerned, the team went to the grave yard, and Akharan was able to determine that the grave had been dug up a week ago, and then refilled. They headed up to the cave in the woods the child mentioned his father did his projects in.
The cave was full of dark wonders. In the entrance was a man whose eyes had been surgically removed after he had been sedated. There was a box that, when opened, spewed spiders from the Sethian deserts, and seemed bottomless and unending. Amongst strange instruments and tomes, they were set upon a two headed snake, that when killed, spewed forth three scarabs.
In the very back of the cave, they came across the corpse of a woman. Her head had been shaved, and her belly had been stitched closed. Upon examining her, she sat up, opened her eyes and spoke. She claimed to be both cold and hungry. She asked where her husband had gone, as he had left to find a healer. Akharan claimed to be that healer, to calm the woman.
The box of scarabs was in the room.
Akharan examined the tomes in the previous room. One allowed him to close the spider portal. The other was a journal, kept in two seperate hands, of a series of experiments to bring the dead back to life.
It appeared that where a more experienced Sethian occultist had failed, this Remian peasant had succeeded. Akharan shared his concerns with Johan.
Together, the team decided to take the strange, cold woman, back to Agea with them, so that Akharan could treat her further.