As they approached the lodge the wagon was attacked by screaming beastmen, they were dealt with very efficiently by the characters, with no need of intervention from the guards in gate house.
The spoke with Lord Richard Aschaffenburg regarding ‘something odd’ about the lodge and its staff. He gave very specific orders about not taking any action until they had spoken to him at dinner and with that he dismissed them.
Some clues that were found as to the odd nature of the place -
Un-kept gardens and poorly maintained defences.
The coachman Hans had his blunderbuss hidden by the groom in the hayloft of the coach house.
The only patch of garden in good order was a plot of gortsiete plants, which can be used to make a powerful sedative.
The forge looked like it had been ransacked and an item of value was missing, possibly a hammer of some kind.
At the evening meal, Caitlin Behn helped out as a servant while Sifu only pretended to eat, consuming none of her meal. Other guests were drugged and either passed out there and then or shortly after, including Lord Aschaffenburg himself, the characters however escorted him and his manservant Hendrick to the safety of the master bed chamber.
The cultist were cut down to a man, and followed into the unholy temple where their ritual was disrupted. The few remaining cultists fled to the roof this time, where characters witnessed the assault on the lodge by beastmen. These were defeated by the characters with help from Olver Gand the huntsman and his fearsome dogs, and the coachman Hans with his Blundersbuss. The last of the beastmen a great monstrosity by the name of Bloodhoof, was confronted by Caitlin, and after defeating him let him flee into the forest.
After his recovery Lord Richard Aschaffenberg thanked the characters and rewarded them for their help. He gave them the name of a contact in Ubersreik who might be able to offer them work, Kastor von Leiberwitz.
With a full coin purse and, three choice bottle of wine worth perhaps a gold crown each the characters headed back to Ubersreik. Perhaps that money will help pay for healing services for the injuries to Sifu?