After cleansing the Church courtyard of the last straggling zombies, Cain and Elder White made haste for the cemetery. Once there, the heavy foot traffic created by the undead led a clear path into the mausoleum known as Eternal Sanctuary, where the city’s fallen clergy are entombed.
Inside, the atmosphere was grim and foreboding. Notwithstanding the zombies wandering the entrance hall, the duo were disturbed to find the location desecrated. Holy markings were gouged into incomprehensibility where they were not outright destroyed, and on the stone door in the lower catacombs, profane runes of warding were carved. Combing their memories, Cain and Elder White were able to recall dispelling prayers taught to them by Mother Frederica, and the profane symbols crumbled to dust.
The kindly Mother seemed ages away now…
Pressing on, they encountered a wild-eyed acolyte-turned-heretic in the middle of chopping off a zombie’s mangled leg with a cleaver. After dispatching the acolyte and the creature, the pair had a moment to search the room, discovering the nature of the “experiments” to be something of a macabre surgery. Some bodies were chopped to bits while others were crudely mended together with the pieces—thankfully, the experiments were unsuccessful.
The sense of evil was nearly overpowering, but the two Hands soldiered forth where they happened upon a conversation in progress…
“…the old man only speaks to Braun. You know that.”
“Aye, but an update now an’ then would be nice.”
“Just be thankful that yer on the winnin’ side now. If the old man hadn’t made the deal with Braun, we’d be up there torn t’ bits by ghouls like the rest of ’em.”
“Don’t feel like we’re winnin’. It’s cold an’ dark an’ it smells like shit down ’ere.”
“That ain’t shit.”
“Just deal, will ye?”
The conversation continued, but the only topic was the card game. Cain and Elder White struck hard and fast, dispatching the two former town guardsmen as well as the zombie that fought with them. In the guards’ quarters, they discovered many items of interest that would undoubtedly prove useful as their Crusade continued.