With the trial of Wolfgang von Aschenbeck coming to a close and little time to prove his innocence, the party struggles to find any clues they can. Suspicions abound for possible enemies of The Empire but can anybody prove it? How do you tell a Witch Hunter to back off of a witch hunt? What happened to Emma? Is Aschenbeck being framed? Is Adelle all she is cracked up to be? Or is everyone just pawns in a grand conspiracy orchestrated by the Black Cowl?
The party looks towards completing the ritual to cleanse the bell clapper at the Temple of Ulric. Will their poor planning and cut corners come back to bite them (pun intended)? The trial for Von Aschenbeck is underway and things aren't looking good for his longevity. Perhaps the party can find a way to convince Adele that he is innocent of heresy?
With a plan and a series of quests in place, the party sets out to locate the fate of Wolfgang von Ashenbeck, cleanse the Tainted Bell Clapper, and learn what they can from the Witch Hunter Adelle Ketzenblum. Emma recruits an army of waifs, a trial begins, and the party decides to cheat a bit when asked to follow some religious rules.
The party arrives in Middenheim, the City of the White Wolf. They have a series of tasks set forth by their benefactors in Averheim, and at the top of the list is uncovering The Black Cowl. Though a Chaos tainted artifact and a potentially corrupt businessman also stand in their path. How will a group of Sigmarites fare in Ulric's cold north?
The party take a road trip to Middenheim! But hey, it is 600 miles and will take 3 weeks. Who knows what will happen on the road. Goblins? Probably. Bandits? Definitely. Nice normal people who just want to chat? Could be. Will they be mistaken for enemies and attacked? Possibly.
The bells of war toll loud and strong. The very real threat of a Chaos invasion in the North is at hand and Averheim is going to war. Will it's lack of an Elector Count and political strife hinder its ability to help The Empire? What better chance to prove who should be Averheim's new Elector than at war in the service of The Empire!
Hot on the trail of the enemy, with evidence in hand, the party begins putting clues together which pointing them towards danger. Averheim has had a rough couple weeks, will the party be able to tie up all the loose ends and put a stop to the Black Cowl once and for all? This episode represents the finale of Book 1 of The Enemy Within.
With the menagerie fete under threat from a demigryph, the party scrambles into action. Will they save the nobility? Chase after the beast who threatens the party-goers in the hedge maze? What else could go wrong? Just as things are spiraling out of control, a mysterious figure arrives at the party.
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