A vampiric witch
Carlitos the Coward
shale woken up by Carlos with water in the face. both go back to guillermo, finding the witch feeding on the captain. over a tense few moments, the witch agrees to stop feeding (she’s full) and shale brings guillermo back from the brink of death and stabilizes him.
the witch shares why she’s in the woods: she was travelling, fed on a dying child in nearby Winterhaven, was run out of town.
the group makes the difficult decision to not look for the rest of their party and head towards winterhaven as that was their original destination and would be the most likely place their lost party members would go to as well. Carlos and shale convince the witch to lead them back to town after they have a chance to check out the wrecked ships.
they find the wreckage easily by following the plume of smoke rising into the sky to the NE. shadows follow them there. find shadows silently picking through the wreckage. a shadow notices them, and shale threatens it. all turn and notice them, a small group attacks, the rest continue searching wreckage. after barely surviving the skirmish, the group retreats behind treeline. shadows in wreckage begin leaving with bits and bobs, identified by the carlos and the rest as magical and mundane pieces of the ships’ engines, weapons, etc. Carlos studies the shadows themselves and discovers they resist necrotic damage and are vulnerable to radiant damage – they are, at a very basic level, undead.
the group follows the large herd of shadows, which is slowly beelining to a location slightly NE of winterhaven. along the way, a powerful shadow notices them and attacks. after dispatching the shadow, they find the bit of ship it carried: an engine cog inscribed with a rune of binding.
they catch up with the shadows as they leave forest and enter large ancient keep next to lake wintermist. shadows heading to keep from lake, from winterhaven.
group decides to head to safety. shale talks their way into the walls of winterhaven, and amazingly enough into the house ghallanda inn (even with him being blacklisted). the witch avoids being recognized as the boy-eating vampire recently run out of time. shale takes captain guillermo to the jorasco healer stationed behind inn