Airaborne bolted from the castle as soon as he could, making his way through the forest in pursuit of Lankershem.
Just as he was about to skirt a clearing, he heard Elvish voices, moving closers he saw four elves kneeling over another elf whom they have restrained.
"Do not fear, brother!" Said one elf as he plunged a dagger into the heart of the one they were restraining.
The only sound that followed was the stabbed elf thanking his brothers, and that he could now remember.
Well not quite the only sound... Airaborne had taken an involuntary step back, creating a loud crunching sound as he stepped on a stick.
The elves turned menacingly in his direction as let fly an arrow at the elf holding the dagger before racing back into the forest to evade them.
"Milady, Mayor Muchausan has requested your presence in the morning." Said the overly enthusiastic guard.
"Perhaps you and your pet goblin would care to adjourn for the evening at the inn?"
(S)Elfie was cross.
Axel was also cross, but somewhat used to the treatment humans and most of the other races gave to the greenskins.
(S)Elfie eventually did retire to the inn, briefly noting some strange ashen markings on the faces of several patrons. While she retired to a comfortable room, Axel went to the stables to sleep.
Airaborne burst through the treeline into Hommlett at dusk. He immediately noticed what appeared to be a procession of hooded figures carrying what appeared to be corpses into the Mayors house. Discretely moving to jnvestigate, he sees that they are being taken down a set of stairs, and he can hear in the distance:
" Brothers and sisters shall rise again
We serve the Mothers
The Mothers of Lies
The Bringers of Truth..."
(S)Elfie awoke at the sound of the two hooded figures opening the door to her room.
" She has not Awoken, the Mother is not yet ready."
The door closes, and (S)Elfie makes her way downstairs quietly, finding both Axel and Airaborne skulking about as hooded figures make their way house to house to the sounds of screaming.
After a brief encounter with the re-reanimated Lankershem, the party learns that the Cat Lady is enroute to the Temple of the Third Day with the newly not dead Great Druid. Her goals are unknown, but the murderous undead Lankershem wishes to assure the party that her intentions align with their own before skulking off into the shadows.
On the way to the Mayor's house, a local guard greets (S)Elfie and hails her as one of the 13 Mothers.
She rolls with it, and the party proceeds to the Mayor's house where they un-crucify a villager who had apparently rejected being #Woke and went to the basement to see what all the chanting and stabbing was all about.
Fortunately, the chanting has stopped, unfortunately this appears to be due to the fact that most of the participants int the chanting have transformed into undead warriors, their skin sloughing off of their bodies into congealed piles on the floor.
The reasoned response the party chose was to kick in the door and fight.
Which they did.
- Axel went down twice due to the floating sword that appeared in the hallway while the party held dealt with the horde of skeletons trying to squeeze through the door.
- (S)elfie used her magic to gravely inconvenience the enemy forces.
- Airaborne eventually broke through the skeletons to charge into the room, pulling them away from the door and allowing Axel to down the mayor with a single bow shot.