Next morning the group splits up in all directions to investigate local sightings of these flaming skulls. No one plans any coherent method of defense eg. Patrols and Mellion Fallander makes cake and sandwiches for all the villagers then scares the village idiot almost catatonic – although does discover he has found a piece of warpstone, which the Elf steals.
The group rush about with various sightings until Elsevir Devlin shoots a skull out of a tree. Rueben convinced the cause is an ancient battlefield somewhere north of the village so they march off into the forest without telling the rest of the group.
Realising their error, the group light signal fires, effectively smoking out a few miles of forest as they leave them out of control. In the murk, they stumble upon a group of mercenaries also looking for the cause of the flaming skulls and after some tense negotiation decide to link up as they have discovered a cave hideout that needs investigating.
This group has a Dwarf Trollslayer who agrees to initiate Hagar Skallhelm.
The larger group head, coughing badly, to the cave hideout which turns out to be a partly filled in sinkhole leading to an underground stream. The bed of which is obviously an old burial site as it is covered in submerged bones. Once there they charge down the slippery steps and attack the occupants – a crazed Bright Mage and his bodyguard as many skulls take flight and sweep to the attack. The two Dwarves burst into the cave through a hastily conjured wall of fire, ignoring the scorching flames and put an axe through the crazy mage’s skull. The bodyguard swiftly surrenders. The Dwarves have a poke around while the others smash the remaining skulls and Mellion digs up 14 shards of warpstone in total – which he swiftly hides as bones start pulling free of the ground and coming together in a quivering mass not unlike a giant Golem. Hagar spots something shiny in the silt and finds an ancient Dwarven hammer shaped with a ram’s horns buried there. The team start whacking the bone golem to little or no effect as it takes massive swipes, knocking them aside as it climbs out of the sinkhole and heads off for the village smashing trees aside.
Reuben and Mellion fail to climb a rope out of the hole instead of using the stairs and waste time as the others give chase carrying the wizard’s bloodied head as proof that he was responsible. Following the trail of devestation the group descend to the village to find the massive Golem is trying to smash the mayor’s house. The Mayor’s wife screams seeing the wizard’s severed head and faints. Hagar charges the creature with his new hammer but gets knocked backwards fourteeen feet to lay crushed on the ground. Continuing to bash the creature’s legs, the Golum finally collapses into a pile of bones again which then flow into the basement. The group charges after, kicking down the front door, arresting the mayor and heading to the basement where they find it 4’ deep in bones and a skeleton boarded up behind a new section of wall.