After the emotionally rough night, the party went to sleep and reconvened at Rolf’s at noon. Thorn made sure to bring a bunch of Taco Johns, his favorite. Serge was less than pleased.
The plan was to make a tracking device from the blood found at the frat house to help figure out what was going on. On the way into Rolf’s, Thorn had noticed some carcasses on the fringes of Rolf’s property. After investigating, Thorn found that it was most likely ghouls that had devoured some animals and then hiked back into the woods.
After entering the house, Thorn asked Rolf if he had seen the remains that seemed to be left by ghouls. Rolf had seen them earlier that morning, but had not investigated them yet. At the news of Thorn’s guess of ghouls, Rolf dropped the idea of making the tracking device to investigate the ghouls.
Serge, concerned that the campus bloodbath might make people more interested in finding the campus vigilante (which would most likely lead to him) really wants to solve that issue. Thorn, concerned for the secrecy of his bro-in-arms, pushes Rolf to help with deciphering the bloodbath. Rolf and Serge butt heads in conversation, but Serge concedes to make the tracking device after they investigate the ghouls.
The group heads to the forest and track the ghouls through the woods to a church parking lot with a few manhole covers. The group, with a bit of magical help with the surprisingly heavy manhole cover, descends into the sewers. They track the ghouls to an intersection a few miles away.
Serge peeked his panther face around the corner to spy three ghouls chattering and feasting on a pile of something. A human came out and yelled “hurry up, we need to find him!” Serge slinks back into the shadows to tell the rest of the group.
The party decides to set up an ambush. Rolf sets down a sound ward to help make sure the combat doesn’t attract too much unwanted attention. They set up around the corner and have Serge bait the ghouls into chasing him past the corner.
Just as Serge runs past, Thorn steps out and skewers the third ghoul in the group right in the ass, tearing him a new one. Rolf fires one of his hammer spikes and Axel narrowly misses the last. The ghouls, surprised, jump to engage the ambushing party.
A little bit into the fight, the human from eariler came up and shouted, in ancient Sumarian, “kin of the destroyer”, while pointing at Rolf, and “hunted”, pointing at Axel or Thorn. He also had his phone and took a picture of the group, mainly aimed at Serge.
After he took a picture, the mystery man took off at a massive sprint, the speed a bit out of character for a normal human. Serge broke out into a sprint after him. After a mighty chase, the man tripped a bit and Serge took the opportunity to pounce and bring him down. Serge took a bite with his jaws and grabbed the phone with some extra oomph to get some blood and gore. After a bit struggle, Serge got away and made it back to the now-ended battle.
While Serge was chasing the man, the fight had continued. Right after the man had shouted his words, the ghouls turned onto Rolf. Rolf stepped to the side and blasted the ground with his hammer sending cragged rock up from the floor, which ended up destroying one of the ghouls and maiming the others.
While this cataclysm was happening, a larger ghoul shambled into the fight. Thorn stood his ground and blocked the large ghoul from getting to the rest of the group. They started maneuvering and taking swipes at each other. The large ghoul had a hard time landed blows on Thorn, but they sure hurt when he did. The strikes Thorn were tossing back were no laughing matter, though.
The remaining ghouls did their best to take out Rolf, but just barely could not seal the deal. Axel and Rolf were able to incapacitate the last ghouls, just before they could descend upon Rolf one more time and bring the grumpy man to his knees. After they dropped, Rolf had enough and started busting ghouls heads in, while Axel went to help Thorn.
The large ghoul and Thorn were in a mighty fight. Thorn had done his best to dodge the beefy ghoul, but he had taken a few hits and was getting pretty weathered in the fight. The monster threw a big hail mary at Thorn, but missed. While the ghoul was recovering from the attack, Thorn took advantage of the distraction Axel had provided and punctured the ghouls skull through the eye. Rolf, nary a word said, nearly pushed Thorn in the sewage muck to get past him and crush the monsterous skull of the now fallen ghoul.
Breathing heavy and pretty battered, the group decided to call it good and head back to fresh air. Rolf took a moment to do his best to cover their tracks. Once above ground, they left the hefty manhole where it was, not wanting to bother with dragging the heavy sucker back to its rightful spot.
Back at Rolf’s, they were set to help Rolf artifice some tracking devices.