Post Goetherall Mansion wrap up:
Sylus is now aware of the existance of Justina Goetherall, learned when he found a discarded family portrait naming her. She is Sylus’ true mother. How much he tells the party is up to him.
The dark mage, Orton Belos (pictured above), hired by Sylus’ surrogate mother (pictured below) to deal with his real parents (Justina and Johan) created the teleportation system in the mansion so the family would have privacy during the pregnancy. The house was also warded to keep the mansion invisible to the denizens of the Shadowfell, but whatever was breaking the crystal ball was also breaking the wards. When the wards were breached by undead, the dark mage fled and left his servants to continue work.
His work consisted of keeping track of 1) a specific celestial event through the orrery (the device used to track the complicated dance of the cosmos, reflected in miniature like an illusion above you), 2) keeping tabs on a small number of people, 3) very recently trying to figure out who was breaking the wards.
The dark ones the party faced were servants of the Belos in charge of the mansion. From a log Belos kept, it became apparent that maddening wraiths had been driving the servants insane and turning them against the Dark Mage. The only dark ones to resist were the ones in the final fight and Nadir the butler. Nadir died to one of the corrupted dark ones. He was later raised as a zombie to continue serving the house. Nadir was the zombie that was throwing the contents of random shelves at the party and talking to you guys a bit.
After the fight with Nadir, the party found 6 potions that could not be identified during a short rest. After an extended rest the party can figure out that they are:
1 Attack: Area burst 1 within 10 (creatures in the burst); +9 vs. Reflex
2 Fire Burst: Ongoing 10 fire damage (save ends).
1 Cold Burst: 2d6 cold damage, and the target is immobilized (save ends).
2 Blinding Burst: 2d6 radiant damage, and the target is blinded (save ends).
1 Stunning Burst: The target gains 5 temporary hit points and is dazed (save ends).
Sylus has a dream during your next extended rest. He is lost in a house full of shadow and fog. As he searches the rooms, each appears empy, barren even of furniture. Suddenly he hears a children crying. Running upstairs, he enters a room he feels is his own, though it clearly is not. On the floor of the room sit three figures. Two small boys are crying, kneeling before the third figure as if having just been scolded. They are Sylus and his brother Malthus. The woman has her back to Sylus, but he knows it is his stepmother. She turns with a hideous laugh and from her hands, eyes, and mouth sprout thick black tentacles that wrap around Sylus’ body and paralyze him. Trapped, the tentacles tighten their grip. Sylus wants to shout, but he can get no air to speak. Feeling no hope for breath and death imminent, he wakes up, gasping, sweating, and hearing his mother’s voice whisper in his head, “I’m gonna get you sucka!”