You mean the huge undead spiky Chaos Knight was a red herring?! 8O He was the right color for it, at least - rusty blood red.
Not at all. The hand he had is a vital part of what happens in session 4. He was actualy statted as a simple wight. No chaos extra stuff. That way it's easier for convention play to just use the stat block as is. Just say the rusty battered old armour's less than perefct and use the wight's very dangerous sword to represent his old tarnished blade.
It's just that every other time I've run it people investigated the body snatching, then asked around town, saw the painting, gathered clues, then ehaded to the ruined tower on the hill. This time the party got lost in the woods at night, ended up at the tower, found the undead knight, got the hand, then spent a session working out what it all meant before arriving at the final encounter
I'm not sure they entirely uncovered how he got the hand in the first place. it was a trophy from a victory many centuries ago. Wood elves then found his vanquished foe, weakened by the lack of a hand, and imprisoned her in the standing stone. However since the stone became damaged recently, and the locals practicaly worshipped it, she had begun to gain strength, calling out to nearby monsters to come and worship her.
Yeah. Come to think of it I really should be writing this down