The Carrion Crown
She appears as a beautiful young woman dressed in a tattered but lovely blue dress.
Vesorianna has a great deal of valuable information. She can describe the events that led up to the tragic fire of 4661 in some detail, and can explain that until recently, the spirit of her husband, trapped so near yet so far in the dungeons below, had contained the ghosts. Yet unsettling visitors—“men and women in dark robes who spoke only in whispers”—came to Harrowstone not long ago and began to work strange magic around the building’s foundations. Although unable to leave the room she is in, she was able to observe through the walls to the northwest as these strange people inscribed runes along the ground. She also witnessed the sad end of Professor Lorrimor, slain by foul magic wielded by the leader of the black-robed villains, a thin, gray-skinned human who wore a bone breastplate and carried a black staff capped with a skull gagged by a black cloth. She also saw the cultists bash in the dead man’s head and face with a fragment of gargoyle from a roof above in an attempt, she surmises, to make the man’s death seem more like an accident.
Later that night, after they murdered the man, the black-robed cultists finished their ritual. Whatever they did, they did so out of sight of Vesorianna’s view through the walls, but she felt the repercussions immediately. It felt like a horrific storm, yet one with no wind that chilled the flesh. This windstorm chilled the soul—it felt to Vesorianna as if her very being was being pulled apart. Yet the horrific sensation passed in an instant…and when it had, the presence of her husband’s spirit was gone. She can only assume that the black-robed cultists somehow managed to abduct her husband’s spirit, for since that hateful day she’s felt no sign of either her husband or the black-robed cultists.
What she does know is that every day since that event, the spirits of the murderers and sadists trapped within the walls of Harrowstone have grown more and more powerful. She knows now that her husband’s presence kept the other haunts in line, and that with his ghost gone, they would have escaped to wreak unimaginable havoc, had she not stepped in to do the job her husband, until recently, had done so well.
While she doesn’t know much about the exact nature of the prisoners, their ghosts, or the dangers to be found elsewhere in Harrowstone, she can feel among the hateful dead five distinct and powerful personalities. She suspects that these correspond to the five most dangerous criminals who were imprisoned in Harrowstone at the time of the fire. She knows that if the heroes can confront and defeat the unquiet spirits of the five key prisoners, she’ll be able to contain them and keep them from manifesting again. If, in addition to defeating all five of the prisoners, the heroes can bring to her a symbol of her husband’s office over the prison (his badge of office would work best—Vesorianna suspects it’s hidden somewhere in the dungeons below, along with his mortal remains), she will be able to banish the haunts from Harrowstone entirely. Doing so will release her from this world as well, and will effectively end the haunting of Harrowstone for good.
She cannot leave the room in which she was found, but suggests that if they find objects of value that once belonged to the five spirits, they can use those objects against the five souls. She suggests checking the prison’s property room to the southeast, but warns the heroes before they go that while these objects will aid in defeating the deathless inmates, they are likely also cursed by the unholy link to the long-dead criminals, and that care should be taken when using the objects.
Finally, Vesorianna explains how one of the Five Prisoners, the Splatter Man, is slowly eating away at her resolve. If the PCs explain how her name is slowly being spelled out in blood, she nods grimly, knowing instinctively that once her name is spelled out completely, the Splatter Man will destroy her.