Tallendryl, Delia, and Ulbrecht visited Graham next, who was expecting them, as he kept close tabs on the goings-on of Dunbarrow. He claimed to know nothing about Parvo’s whereabouts, but was quick to point the blame for his disappearance at Sister Catherine. He said that she was a witch, and tried to convince the party to return to her temple to investigate her further.
Instead, each party member pursued a separate avenue. Tallendryl decided to try asking Gorn the hunter if he knew anything about Parvo’s disappearance, (which he did not). Delia thought she would try communing with a dryad who happened to live in the meriff’s peach orchard. The dryad offered little advice on where to find Parvo, but noted that the townsfolk often meet in a nearby underground tunnel.
Ulbrecht returned to the temple. He feigned prayer, and sneaked into Catherine’s back room while she did some chores. He searched her living quarters, and discovered a secret staircase leading to a chamber dedicated to demonic rituals along with an imp in a cage. He stole a book off the central altar, dove out the window, and quickly returned to town. Ulbrecht visited Graham again, and delivered proof to him that Catherine was indeed practicing dark arts in the form of her summoning tome.
The three reconvened and began arguing about who was the most likely suspect when a small troop of demons suddenly appeared and attacked. After a struggle the demons were defeated, and all the town had gathered to watch the spectacle, including Graham, who emerged from his home holding the demonic book. Tallendryl seized the book for himself before Graham could react. Though Ulbrecht wished to raise a mob to help deal with the attack by Catherine, Tallendryl calmed everyone down and convinced the townsfolk to return home.
The party then proceeded to the temple once more. This time the outside had been boarded up and the secret entrance magically sealed, though a quick punch and Knock respectively dealt with the barriers swiftly. Tallendryl and Ulbrecht continued downstairs while Delia defended the escape route from attacking zombies. The two confronted Catherine, and with her treasured book as leverage, got the whole story. She told them all about how and why she was using demons, but explained that she was simply desperate to free her friends and family from Graham’s control, and was willing to resort to selling her own youth and health to do so. Finally finding an account that made sense, the part returned her book and enlisted her help in squaring off with Graham.
She summoned her remaining demons and the party assembled their friends who’d remained in town, (Grognok, Hugh Badaxe, [tied up in a papoose?] Fly-catcher, and Drakkablak). Once assembled, the new party stormed Graham’s house, which was empty, with the exception of Parvo, who was discovered tied up in the basement. He was revitalized and then joined the hunt for Graham, which now had a sense of justice about it for Parvo’s disappearance, as well.
A hole going deep into the earth was next to Parvo’s holding area, so Ulbrecht decided to take its mysterious depth as a test of his strength, and crawled down it by himself while the rest of the group followed Parvo’s lead to the entrance of a cave system. It turned out that the two paths reconnected in a tunnel some way down the cave system. As the party continued inward and downward they were ambushed by a group of ravenous giant burrowing insects which very nearly killed the whole lot of adventurers. They were repelled, however, and the party struck onward toward an ever-increasing drone of chanting.
The tunnel ended in a large chamber which was filled with everyone in town in a trance-like state, Graham at the front, delivering a mad sermon. Ulbrecht wasted no time and attacked as quickly and furiously as possible. A battle ensued, and in the end Graham fell. Suddenly after his death the cave began to shake violently. The townsfolk left quickly, and the remaining party members witnessed a titanic monstrous tendril of a living dungeon swallow him whole, leaving a tunnel from whence it came and where it left for in its wake. Parvo marveled that it was the legendary Stone Thief.
After everyone returned to Dunbarrow and were thoroughly thanked by the populace, they were rewarded with the deed to Graham’s house, and took a well-deserved rest.