September 4, 2010
Having left the mines and gotten their stuff identified, the party had a bone to pick with the Mayor back in Ocloma. They made haste, and reached the town in the middle of the night.
Timtim and Silos watched the mayor’s manor from the inn as the others prepared to invade, but changed their minds and went with the rest of the party as they climbed the roof, courtesy of a rope secured by Zogs. The heavily-armored folks had some difficulty but eventually everybody got up to the roof.
Once inside, the house was curiously devoid of enemies and wards. A few small mishaps occurred – chiefly, Silos drank the newly-identified potion of “darkvision”, only to begin emitting light from his body in a disconcerting manner.
Finally, a room tightly packed with zombies was encountered. Despite a close call or two, the party dispatched them, and headed to the next room – where the mayor himself was sitting on a throne!
With his SHODAN-like mode of speech, the mayor began conversing with the party in an almost sad or congenial manner. He revealed that he took up necromancy only so he could fight in the Telvanese army. However, before the party could confront him in combat, he raised his hands to his chest and vaporized, leaving behind a purplish mist that quickly dissipated.
Sir Bonerus elected to sit in the mayor’s throne. In this way did he absorb a tinge of necromantic energy – potentially enough to let him cast spells of some sort in the future. For now, though, it simply let him create a sort of temporary growth in anything he concentrated on; once he looked away, the aberrant thing disappeared.
Before leaving, Timtim pilfered the mayor’s old spellbooks. They contained strange and disturbing spells – with the most prominent one referencing some kind of arch constructed of bones.
The party then elected to cross Mytria and attempt to learn about Bonerus’ strange affliction from wizards in the capital city of Zul’Naga.