As our heroes entered the city of Lepidstadt, they were greeted with news of an intelligent flesh golem known as The Beast having been captured and put on trial for his crimes against the people of the region, and soon to be destroyed for his transgressions. Intrigued by this,the party members spoke with Judge Daramid, whom they were sent to speak with in the will of the late Professor Lorrimor. Upon completing their task, and receiving their promised platinum pieces, the elder Judge requested the heroes perform another task for her. She held suspicions on which what the Beast was charged in the nature of the crimes he is being tried for, and wished for the heroes to go about and gather evidence to truly cement the Beasts guilt, or prove its innocence.
The heroes visited the scene of the latest crime, the College of Lepidstadt, where a priceless item had been stolen by the Beast and a large amount of property damage was also dealt to the College campus. The PC’s investigated the scene fo the crime and noted how the Beast had easily torn through doors and walls with ease, but yet left the casing of the item in question completely in tact and did not have the item nor any memory of doing so. The heroes soon began to suspect something had used the Beast in order to gain entry into the College and had left without trace and had left the Beast behind to be the obvious and only perceived suspect.
Following this the party visited the abandoned village of Hergstag, where the Beast was accused of attacking the villagers and killing six children, the latest having been the young Elsa. Upon investigating the village, the heroes discovered the lingering wraiths that once were the children, who each spoke of not the Beast having lead to their demise, but of a nefarious Wraith known as Brother Swarm, whom was hiding within a small hole near a scarecrow within the village hills. The heroes swiftly prepared to destroy the Wraith and recovered the bodies of the young children, including the still intact body of young Elsa, whom with a speak with dead spell, gave testimony of the Beast being her friend, not her killer. Following this evidence, and reading up further on the details of Elsas death by inspecting her body and home, Atlas discovered that the children had died from suffocation and no further damage was done to the bodies, a near impossible fear for the Beast who possessed no such abilities and with incredible strength would have left definite damage on the bodies of its victims. Soon our heroes to speak with the Beast on the matter of a villagers testimony detailing the Beast carrying Elsas body into the village and laughing hysterically. Upon bringing up the subject of the Beasts deceased friend, the Beast broke into a fit of sorrow, its deformed flesh pulling into what would appear as a grimace while in fact the Beast was not meaning to do so.
On that day the heroes brought forth their evidence in the first trial and revealed that the Beast, while monstrous and rather terrifying, meant no harm to the village folk and was even a friend to one of the deceased victims. The jury swiftly gathered their notes and ended the court session, an obvious victory for the party.
Upon the second day, the party traveled the the swamp village of Morast, where they encountered the green skinned locals whom swore that the Beast had been attacking their village for almost a whole year before a recent attempt on capturing a villager resulted in the Beast being chased by the locals and being attacked by a Blood Caiman. The heroes were intrigued upon hearing such details, and asked to be brought to the site of the attack, an island within the swamp that bore the local burial ground for the locals, where they discovered a series of emptied graves. Upon further inspection the heroes discovered a hidden cam on the far side of the small island that contained materials of curious purpose: A special set of surgery tools, an alchemical extract of Darkvision, food, blood, and a hidden stash with a human face inside! Upon discovering these items, the Pc’s soon became suspicious of a third party in play in this event, and swiftly noted that the Flesh Golem in question could not bleed from the wounds the Blood Caimian allegedly inflicted, and bore no such marks on where the villagers claimed it had been bitten. Upon inspecting the surgical tools, Andoth noted that there was an Insignia on the tools that lead to a series of shop owners, auction houses, and finally to the Vorkstag and Grine Chymic Works factory. After battling their way through Mongrelfolk workers within the factory, the Pc’s discovered Vorkstags nefarious secret upon bursting into his office, the Alchemist was actually a wicked Fey known as a Skin Stealer. After a lengthy battle with the skin stealing scientist, the PC’s discovered a cabinet containing a variety of human skins that matched the descriptions of multiple missing people from Lepidstadt, and that the Skin Stealer bore the very bite mark that the Caiman had inflicted on whomever was attacking the villagers. Further inspection of the factory revealed a hidden water way that showed ledgers of illegal black market trades involving the bodies and organs of the people of Morast.
The PC’s worked swiftly to return to court and to put forth their evidence, revealing the nefarious secret behind the local Alchemists and their hidden agenda, using the very testimony of Vorkstags partner, Grine, to further prove this point. Furhter displays of the collected Human Skins and autopsy further displayed the Beasts innocence in yet another crime he had been accused.
The final investigation began swiftly the next morning as the heroes investigated the arson of a local hospital/asylum for the deformed and mad within lepidstadt. Upon inspecting the burnt remains of the hospital, the PC’s discovered remnants of documents that mentioned Vorkstag and Grines company, and a bottle of alchemical bleach lying within the remains as well. Deeper into the hospitals remains, the PC’s uncovered the severed head of the head Doctor of the hospital. Upon using a Speak with Dead spell, the Doctor revealed that he had dealings with the Alchemists that they would deliver him the bodies from the people of Morast in order to study them and their rare impervious nature to diseases and decay, and was hoping to create a means of replicating that ability for medicinal purposes.
With the final crimes evidence gathered, the heroe made an astounding final case for the Beast, and upon an hour after the jury left to seek out a decree, they returned with the decree that the Beast was Innocent!