Your ogres have lost interest in continuing the fight after sustaining such heavy losses during the battle. Shagga suggests he go and meet the orcs coming from Harkenwood and prepare to attack the city from the East when you give the word.
The snow storm is getting worse so you decide to try to find a place to camp.
You spot a lone figure approaching on the road. It turns out to be a half-elf boy carrying a white flag asking for a truce and parley with Infernus. He says his name is Markley and he is a servant to Infernus. Originally his parents were farmers in the valley.
He produces a scroll which he open and starts to read. Grae grabs the scroll and burns it. As it goes up in flames, Grae sees the seal of the Red Hand at the bottom. The scroll begins: “I, Infernus, authorize this servant, Markley, to offer safe passage for the purposes of parley…”
Markley suggests that instead of camping here in the open where there are monsters, you should come to his family farmhouse, about an hours walk closer to Fallcrest.
You arrive at the house and investigate it. It is mostly empty, having had anything of value taken. A few items remain which you investigage. Some of you get the sense that something is wrong, but you cannot pinpoint it. Tanharath senses a presence in the house, but it seems diffuse.
There is a bricked up doorway leading down to what Markley describes as the family crypt.
You bed down for the night and Grae takes the first watch.
Suddenly Grae feels compelled to attack Mercaiden and he strikes her in her sleep. The party awakens finding themselves in a fight with Grae. Then the furniture and other items in the house come to life, transforming into oozes. You quickly determine that Markley is behind the attack and Grae’s strange behaviour. He is able to absorb the oozes which seems to give him more power.
You defeat the oozes, and when you strike down Markley he transforms into an ooze.
All the items in the house had transformed into an ooze except for one wooden statue.