Skill Challenge: Navigate the Starkreach Woods to find the abandoned village of Marlowe's Grove = success!
The party easily follows the old path to Marlowe's Grove, avoiding the potential dangers of the Starkreach Woods, and approaches the town at dusk. The main street is lined by dilapidated buildings, and several buildings have completely fallen over. As you walk through the middle of town, you see headstones and tombs on a hill to the west, dark against the setting sun.
Skill Challenge: Locate the entrance to the necromancer's tomb.
Complexity 5 (Requires 12 successes before 3 failures)
Primary skills: Dungeoneering, Perception
Secondary skills: Arcana, History, Religion
Though he doesn't want to cramp anyone's style or efforts, Vlastos is a little concerned about the party getting separated at dusk just in front of the graveyard, and he voices this concern - we're going to need light sources soon, for example. He then tries to remember the lore of the region, the town, and the necromancer, first concentrating on history.
Vlastos, remembering that Latanos mentioned that Skelleks placed his tomb in the graveyard amongst his victims, looks to the graveyard and is able to tell that the headstones and tombs in the northern part of the graveyard are of a more contemporary design than the rest. Perhaps the necromancer placed his tomb in that part of the graveyard...
"Shall we investigate the northern graves, then", Vlastos asks? "Skalisss, you the man, er, dragonborn. Perhaps, if you take point, maybe Trevor and I can follow (on either flank) and we can just assume our hidden rogues (is Vixo hidden) are within easy distance for devastating surprise attacks if needed." "I'm game if you are but am also open to other approaches." "If it's too dark, I could cast light on your holy symbol", he adds. He then thinks once again about the current environs, this time the religion:
Steppyn's search convinces him that there's no secret lairs in any of the buildings.
Vlastos' study of religion allows him to notice on the weathered tombstones that some of the holy symbols of Lauto - commonly placed on grave markers to show respect for the Lord of Death - have been defaced. Certainly, someone who flauted the Master of the Grave spent time here.