The evening of Sir Thomas’ burning, Tristan and Theo use the hair they found at the Smith’s [or Ackerman’s?] to identify which direction we should head to find Sarra. She is to the Northwest, in the direction of Ravensby and Molder’s Hill.
In the morning, Simon departs for Bromwich with Sir Thomas’ sword, horse, and ashes. When we go down to breakfast, we discover the Tinkers and the Langleys in heated discourse with Albright. Rayne Tinker and Peter Langley have gone missing. The parents are confident they have been taken by the witch. Albright promises he will look into it, but he needs time. He asserts that the Canes de Deus will surely see to the mater, since they are in town to take care of the witch. Theo chastises Mr Langley for not being forthcoming with the Canes when we spoke to him previously. Langley is humbled, but still wishes to know whether we will find his boy. We tell him we will hunt the witch and save his boy if at all possible. Theo urges him not to hunt for his son himself, and to look to protecting the two children he has remaining. Meanwhile, Jules tries to persuade Albright to send his son to bring Alan Holt into to town to be looked after. Albright insists that he will not send his boy out on his own to the house of a witch, and surely Farmer Holt is himself bedeviled if Sarra came from his household. He then refuses to loan us his horse and makes it clear he wants us gone.
We prepare ourselves to hunt down Sarra. Tristan uses his notes from the prophecy to perform a divination. He finds that yes, these are the events foretold in the prophecy, but they have changed. There are perhaps not as many children missing as there might have been, and we are now the witchhunters, when it might have Sir Thomas before. Jules and Theo ride to the Holt farm and try to persuade Alan Holt to venture into town for his own safety. He politely refuses. Arthur, meanwhile, prays.
On the way out of town we stop by the Tinkers’. Jules ask for an item of Rayne’s that might make give her comfort if we find her. She obtains a small hair clip.
Tristan checks again to see which direction we should head. If anything, the girl might be slightly closer to Molder’s hill. We check again on the road and confirm that that is where we need to go; leaving the road to do so.
It is mid-afternoon by the time we get to the hill, and we need to decide whether we want to investigate the Roman burial grounds inside it, or the copse on top of it. Theo’s gut tells him that we must go into the dark, and so, after finding an entrance, we do. (Jules secures the horses with a long rope.)
We find an ancient ward, neither Corrupt nor Divine, at the entrance – which was meant to keep animals out. Going past it, we follow a long corridor to a huge chamber; so big that our lantern-light doesn’t reach the end of it. We see ancient Roman statues surrounding a central rectangular depression. Arthur commands the witch(es) to show themselves and to submit to God’s judgement. They do not. Instead four Soulridden climb out of the depression. Jules immediately launches into an attack, with Theo close on her heels. Tristan moves to put us into a better position and Arthur solicits God’s protection for his friends.
As the fight proceeds, Theo and Jules are wounded, but Jules manages to decapitate one. Arthur embraces a Soulridden, getting wounded in the process, but eventually banishes the demon, while Tristan (helpfully) stabbing at its neck. The remaining Soulridden are suddenly whisked away down a corridor. We deal with the remains; one of which now looks more human. We know this room was probably used for Feasts for the Ancestors during Roman times, or as a Roman pool.
Theo detects the trail of blood leading down a corridor. We follow it into a vast network of Roman catacombs, filled with the long-dead corpses of Saxons. Tristan takes a pendant fur future scrutiny. We realize it could take us hours to track down the witch in this warren. Tristan prepares to use magic to locate the witch, but Arthur urges him to ask for the Lord’s help instead. Tristan is skeptical, but gives it a shot in good faith. The Lord does not come to his aid (rolled 2 -2), but his witchcraft works just fine (rolled 11 +2).
Finally, we leave the catacombs and enter another large chamber. It is well-lit, and a great feast is spread before us. The room is filled with servants and a beautiful woman, wearing little but a serpent draped across her shoulders, bids us welcome. She has a young female servant at her side and a strong young warrior Centurian guarding her. We know that this is a fabrication but it is hard to see the truth. Arthur gets a glimpse, but Theo is able to see the whole picture. He tells us the girl and the young man are Rayne and Peter, and that servants – so close to us- are Soulridden, bleeding us of our life. He also sees the black, smokey hand reaching out beyond Osenna’s grasp and towards him. Iskcaron is willing to turn against his brother (the black smoke) and help Theo – but only if Theo will try to encourage Tristan to also sign a pact and Theo seems to agree. The witch’s demon grabs Theo by the throat, raising him off the ground, and almost – but not quite – snaps his neck.
Meanwhile Jules fights her way past Peter to start striking at Osenna. Arthur tries to help Theo and Theo tries to dominate Peter, but he fails and the witch turns his spell back on him – causing him to attack Tristan. While Jules calls upon Saint George to help her defeat the witch, Tristan moves to assist her and throws his lodestone at Osenna just as Jules strikes. Theo battles Peter, but tries to avoid hurting him. And Arthur puts himself at risk from the Soulridden, but opens himself to God. God grants him a ward that helps hold the Soulridden at bay. Theo continues to fight with Peter, and Tristan finds himself facing Rayne who has been supporting Osenna. Fortunately he still has her hair clip and is able to use it to detach her from Osenna’s side. Jules lands another blow and the witch turns into a bird – Theo catches it [at some cost?]. And, with Peter still attacking him, breaks its neck. His hands endure great injury during this, but Arthur asks God to heal him – which God does. Jules see Peter still going after Theo – whom she has sworn to protect – even after Osenna is dead, and – despite Arthur’s interjection – strikes him down. We capture and bind Rayne, burn Osenna, and, after securing Rayne – clear the tombs of the remaining Soulridden.