During the last battle Roddrick and Erevan contracted a form of Mummy Rot. Roddrick was able to cure Erevan using his skill in healing. The party stopped in a small town and was able to find a Ritual of Cure Disease. After acquiring some additional healing components, continued on to the Guiles estate. Four days travel brought them to the estate.
Using stealth and a magic cat our party scouted the estate looking for the clues found in Garvin’s notes. In the front yard Arannis discovered a stump of an elm, which could have been referenced by the notes. After throughly scavenging the front yard, the entry way to the house was explored. Although causing small amounts of racket, the party made its way into a grand hall converted to a throne room. Continuing a search through the estate there was much evidence of undeath, and monstrous creatures.
Eventually working our way to a library, we discovered an alchemical ritual, using Zy root, which previously had been smuggled into Bywater. Family history books revealed that the head of the Guile family has always been a young women named Cynthia. The mother has always handed off rule as a wedding present. Within two years a female heir is born. And then five years after the male dies. A key was found. Ledgers indicating the mushrooms leaving Pinehurst and entering Bywater. From there something labeled “F.E.” travels serpent spire mountains.
In the rubble of the collapsed roof at the top of the building we found a weather vein with an oak tree. Matched it to the elm in the clues.
Searching the first floor revealed corpses prepared for being turned into undead. Roddrick disrupted the rituals to animate the dead by sanctifying the corpses in the name of Kord. The first floor lead to a locked iron door, and behind which a tunnel under the estate. In the tunnels more undead, some animated. These animated undead appeared to be gardening corpses.
There was combat.