Episode Five: This Way Madness Lies.
The group spends the night at Golgundson’s Inn that strangely enough is owned by a jovial Dwarf named Golgundson. When the group arrives a betrothal celebration is underway and after depositing Samo in a private room they sit down to enjoy what little pleasures can be found at the bottom of an ale mug. While at Golgundson’s they are approached by Mrs. Avery, an attractive yet elderly woman who tells them that her estranged husband, Mr. Avery is a doctor at the Wolingwut house. She asks the group to please deliver to her husband a small momento of their marriage that it might remind him of their past happiness. The group agrees and Mrs. Avery pays for them to stay at Golgundson’s best room.
The group then travels up to Wolingwut house. Through the mud of the trail and the occasional drizzle they make out the sound of hunting horns nearby. The horns sound strangely haunting and unlike anything they have heard before. They hurry to the gate of Wolingwut house.
After speaking with Guido, the group gives up their weapons and is allowed to enter the Wolingwut house.
The group then meets with the headmaster of the Shallyan Hopsital known as The Wollingwut House. He introduces himself as Antonius Reik and upon discovering that Samo is in dire medical need directs them to the infirmary. Guido gives them a key and directs them towards it. They enter the Infirmary and meet Dr Falkenhiem and his assistant, the boy Jander.
The group deposits Samo into a bed at the infirmary and Dr. Falkenheim tells them he will do what he can. They witness the boy, Jander talking about something, but he is wuickly cut off and then berated by Dr. Falkenheim. They wonder at what the boy was about to say and why Dr. Falkenheim seems so unstable.
The group then explores the Sanatarium a bit and meets the staff. They also “meet” a mutated beast that lives under the sanatarium that the staff calls “Timmy”.
The “Staff” consists of;
Guido-A wry and toothy old man that guards the front gate and assists in menial chores.
Ranulf-An almost toothless man that bears a poytail and a large scar over his right ear and cheek. Ranulf and “Irmine” assist with menial chores.
“Irmine”-Hunchbacked and hooded, bearing a large wart projecting from her bottom lip and a heavy build.
Wolfram- A scrawny man with enormous tufts of hair jetting out to the sides, he is always smoking on a delicate pipe and muttering distractedly.
Ortolf- a giant of a man. He has a leering bald stripe across the top of his head flanked by frizzy brown hair. Variegated stains of blood and sauce slop down the front of his sackcloth robes. Ortolf is the cook.
Gizmar- Built like a gorilla he is long faced with wild hair and has a giant axe strapped to his back. He speaks with a heavy Kislevian slant, regularly blundering through his grammar.
Albrecht- He wears egg yolk coloured robes, his hair is badly hewn and a small sheaf of papers is bound to his forehead by a leather thong. He always bears a parasol over his head and dirty white gloves on his hands so that none of his skin is exposed to the sun. Albrecht believes that he cannot be touched by the sun and is quite mad. He and Duefenshmirtz spend their day speaking to one another of the glories of Sigmar within and when his deliverance will come.
Dr. Falkenheim also asks the group to help him locate a patient that keeps wanderng away to find a drink. He tells them the patient is a priest of Sigmar who is tortured by nightmares by the name of Duefenshmirtz.
The group is approached by Jander who tells the group that they should not eat the food at lunch and that he will reveal the rest of what has happened then.
The group then witnesses a patient publicly strapped down and then given a strange “treatment”. Reik smashes the man’s skull in with a hammer and chisel and then seems perplexed that nothing except the patient dying happens.
the group then attends the lunch, but does not eat. Around them, the rest of the staff, except Jander, passes out, apparently drugged. Jander then tells them that the patients have seized the hospital and that they need to unlock the rest of the staff who has been imprisoned inside the stone tower attached to the hospital grounds. Jander then leads the group to a black portal inside of Antonius Reik’s office that leads into the stone tower. The group is reluctant to open the door. Dr. Falkenheim then enters the office and begins trying to convice the group the boy is a servant of chaos. Jander begins pleading with them and then grabs the key and forces the door open himself. An inaudible boom is heard. Jander then stabs Dr. Falkenheim in the back and Erich in turn stabs Jander. Jander’s joints crack and turn on themselves until he resembles a human crab and then scuttles away up the side of the tower. Jander calls out" “Now, The Wolingwut will rise up against the oppressor! Tonight you will face the might of my God! Tonight we will march upon you, braying our piety to the heavens! And Wolingwut will be Changed. And you… you will kneel before the Changer of the Ways!”.
From behind the black portal a tentacle followed by another wraps around the door and begins to shove it all the way open. The group then begins a vicious tug-of-war over the door while being attacked by the tentacles from within. Eventually they are able to close it again.
Waking Reik, Reik states " “I can’t tell if it was years or months you know, since I was outside Wolingwut. Sad, eh? When they locked me in their dungeons I knew that I had been put here to test my faith. He is a hard God, so He taught me a harsh lesson. Time passed. As I say, I can’t tell you how long. But then I saw in Dr. Falkenheim a glimmer of doubt. With Sigmar as my guide, I lead him back to the light and so it was possible for us to escape. Each night since, we have been under siege. Today, using some hocus pocus, we hoped to break the sieges. That was the motive for the surgery this afternoon. Of course, it was never going to work. Pah!” he wobbles slightly, “Have you a drink? Some water?” “We could not flee the fortress, not until we knew the forest was safe. And we could not advise the village either, for who would believe a troupe of madmen? We had to make pretence. And we were afraid the others would return. The other witches. In fact,” he smiles, “I thought you were those witches at first! Believe that! In any case, Sigmar was with you and we have survived a terrible betrayal. Dr. Falkenheim was so keen to redeem that boy.” He stands and breathes deeply. “The Warherd will come in strong and aggressive. There’ll be at least two points of entry and they’ve got Flayerkin with them. Myself, Gizmar, Ortolf, Guido… an excellent archer by the way, and Gernig… sorry you’d know him as Irmine,” he grins, “have all seen battle. I’m not much of a tactician so I’ll leave that to you. Do with us what you will and by Sigmar’s Hammer let us take the fight to them!”
Reik looks up at the group grimly and states “We are in for a siege gentlemen”. From outside the walls of Wolingwut house a war horn is heard echoing through the boughs of the gnarled forest.