Prelude The Parentalia
FEBRVARIVS XII DCCCXCI
The party, made up of Marcus Corvus Rutilius, Etrusicus Superbus Invicti, Gaius Severus Commodus, and Lucius Aemilius Rufus, is sent by Primus Thoranius Invicti to clear out any beggars or prostitutes residing in the tombs of the Invicti family on the Appian way before the Parentalia on the ides of Februarius. When they arrive they discover that the tomb has been quite literally painted with gore. Among the human ruin they come across a blood smattered prostitute who claims to have lured men to the tomb, butcher them, and then desecrate the mausoleum, all on the orders of a faun. The questioning of the prostitute is interrupted by the presence of a black robed figure who appears in the artrium of the tomb, then flees when the characters approach. Marcus and Lucius give chase but the figure in black out maneuvers them. Just as the figure runs out of sight his robes catch and tear away, revealing to Marcus that the man they were chasing does indeed look very much like a faun.