Rise of the Runelords
The squat, stone building that serves as the sanatorium has three floors under a stout, stone-flagged roof, and is built in the lee of the limestone escarpment known as Ashen Rise. Unfortunately for Erin Habe, building the Sanatorium consumed all of his funds—and since his patients are not the type who can pay for his services (nor are they generally the type fortunate enough to have relatives who would pay), Habe soon had to turn to an outside source of funding to keep his Sanatorium up and running.
Habe wanted a silent partner to back his research, someone wealthy who could pay for the Sanatorium’s expenses, but who wouldn’t meddle in the day-to-day affairs. He believed he’d found his backer in the form of an elderly man who claimed to be a retired businessman eager to put some of his money back into society to better its ills. This man was, unknown to Habe, a smooth-talking necromancer named Caizarlu Zerren.
Caizarlu realized that a Sanatorium would be an excellent place to harvest raw materials for his necromantic experiments Convincing Erin Habe that he was little more than a kindly retired businessman with a large wallet was unusually easy, and for the past few years, Caizarlu has lived in Habe’s basement as the silent partner the alienist always wanted. Their arrangement has evolved beyond one of landlord and tenant, though— for whenever one of Habe’s patients passes away (as they inevitably do—the alienist’s experiments are not always safe for the patients), Caizarlu is always willing to dispose of the body. As long as the elderly Varisian pays the bills, and as long as what goes on down in the basement stays in the basement behind locked doors, Erin Habe has no complaints.