The dead stir.
Investigations at the graveyard and nearby give no reason, but the dead refuse to remain where they belong. Guards have been posted, brave souls have spent the night watching for the foul necromancer that is bringing them back… but to no avail.
If anything, the constant paranoia about the graveyard and the local undead makes things easier for the ancient Orcus cult in the city. They gather nightly now in the basement of the Travenis Estate under the guise of a group of concerned citizens who are trying to figure out what to do about the problems – while not condoning the “horrendous and blasphemous” demands of the citizens who want all the dead to be burned instead of buried.
In the depths of the basement of the estate is the Orcus Pit, a massive shallow pit around which they conduct their rites as they drop dead bodies into the pit demanding the powers of the demon prince of the undead.
Evidently the rituals are working.
Because the dead are stirring.