We decide to investigate the strange behaviour of the animals around Rittinger mansion, and the ghostly crying sounds travellers have heard. On our way there we come across the bear that chased Dorin and Shallyn and decide to give it a wide birth. Getting closer to the mansion we see a ghostly vision of hounds tearing apart a man, as we approached the body of the man faded and the hounds attacked.
Dorin vaguely remembers the people who lived here he thinks the gamekeeper was called Roland Harris, and he recalls that he was good with animals, but remembers little more than that. The Rittingers didn’t come into the forest much, but use to hunt on their estate, which stretched down to the Falcon river.
Reaching the mansion around noon, we are attacked by what appear to be zombie crows, fending them off easily we approach the steps leading up to the main entrance and see another ghostly scene, a man arguing with his wife and as they fade he says "my will shall prevail’. We enter the mansion and see another scene, a bride hanging from the banisters. The husband and wife are talking, the woman who we presume is the brides mother saying ‘No Nathaniel, you went too far’ and Nathaniel replying " no one must know of this shame we will bury her in the old mausoleum and hide it from site..’
We circumnavigate the house outside to get our bearings, there is an old orchard and hedge maze, but no sign of a mausoleum
Returning to the house which is chilly and has a sense of gloom about it, we decide to explore the upper story to see if there is a better view of the grounds. Dorin and Fintan have a nasty fall as the rotting stairs collapse beneath them, but when Abermar tries to heal Fintan his upper arms and armor become covered in a frost, and he is most perplexed about what happened. We speculate that it may be the influence of the book that he carries around with him. Ash takes care of Fintan while Abermar composes himself, eventually declaring he is ready to continue.
Dorin explores the rooms upstairs alone, however the fell necromantic air has imbued itself into the house, and he is locked in one of the rooms whose walls and ceiling starts to weep blood. Fortunately the slamming door was heard downstairs, Thomas rushed up and crashed through the door to save the day. Continuing we reach what must be the brides room, and her shade appears. She is looking out of the window towards the grounds, and is moaning ‘he deserves a better resting place, we must be together at least in death’
We speculate that perhaps the bride was being forced to marry by her father and that she and the gamekeeper were lovers, and that maybe bringing the bones of the gamekeeper to her grave will quite her ghost.
Looking out of the window we see a stone structure on the other side of the hedge maze, and leave the house to investigate. The grounds have attracted the undead and there are ghouls prowling the area, we are attacked as we pass near the orchard.