The Chronicles of Foxton

The Sandman Comes
A supernatural demon menaces the city of Foxtown

18 Planting, 960 RM
Master Rake’s Tower, Grey Haven, Morning

Baron Mathieu du Clef visited Quion in his tower. Big Pete’s trial will be in two days, on the 20th of Planting. Because Big Pete has been accused of a capital crime for which he could be executed for, the trial will be by tribunal. The tribunal will consist of the Baron, Lord Mayor Charles Franklin Hobbs, and a priest. There will also be a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney. This is where there is a problem. The local defense barrister, a man named Barr, cannot be impartial in this case. Nobbin’s gang killed his granddaughter a year ago. Therefore, the Baron asked Quion to fill the role of defense attorney for Big Pete, as Quion is familiar with the law. Quion agreed to take the assignment and do his best in this role.

The Sage’s Eldamoth’s Shop/Draconian Headquarters, Foxton, Early Afternoon
Lady Hawthorne arrived at the Sage Eldamoth’s shop looking to speak with Wythri. Wythri was in a state of panic as Eldamoth was missing and his room in a shambles. Eldamoth was last seen after breakfast when Wythri left to run errands and she had been gone all morning. Lady Hawthorne took Wythri to the Draconian headquarters hoping to receive help from the officers there. They arrived to find the officers present overwhelmed with some case. Lt Niamh O’Derry had just sent Officer Barechest and Trainee Jameson with the report of Boo powder to Grey Haven. After hearing Wythri’s story, she assigned Sgt Will and Officer Silverstone to investigate Eldamoth’s disappearance. Lady Hawthorne requested permission to bring Master Wrathchild in on the investigation, to which Niamh agreed.

While the Draconian officers were looking for clues inside Eldamoth’s shop, Damien Wrathchild looked around the building. In the alleyway he came across an old lady who kept whispering something about not sleeping, the Sandman took the old man, the Sandman is the Nightmare, the Sandman would take her also, but she would not sleep. He also found tracks belonging to horses, carts, and footprints. Lady Hawthorne talked to the next-door neighbor, a carpenter named Daniel. Daniel told Lady Hawthorne that he had seen three pilgrims go into the shop just before lunch at noon, but he did not see them leave. Early spring brings many pilgrims to Foxton as Crow’s Head Mountain is finally passable. Lady Hawthorne then asked Wythri to use her magic to look for Eldamoth. As soon as the spell went off, Wythri screamed and passed out. After she regained consciousness, she described seeing a horrible horses’ head, the stink of decay and death, and her senses were overwhelmed. While trying to calm Wythri, Lady Hawthorne saw two figures outside of the shop and asked Damien to follow them.

Gray Haven Dungeon, Late Afternoon
Quion interviewed Big Pete about the murder of Alfie the younger in Golden Village. Big Pete claimed he did not kill Alfie the younger. He stated that he saw a large creature carrying the boy. At that point the temperature dropped, the area grew quiet, and he had a feeling of immanent death and a sense of evil. After the interview, Quion was approached by Officer Barechest who delivered Lt Niamh’s report. Quion gathered his alchemy supplies and headed to Foxtown.

Eldamoth’s Shop/Lady Hawthorn’s Estate Early Evening
After her shift, Lt Niamh headed toward Eldamoth’s shop to update Lady Hawthorne on the other events of the day. But when she arrived, she was informed that no one was there. Assuming that Lady Hawthorne had taken Wythri to her manor for protection, she headed in that direction. On the way to Lady Hawthorne’s manor, she encountered Quion, who told her Big Pete’s story. At Lady Hawthorne’s manor, Lt Niamh and Quion related their information to Wythri and Lady Hawthorne. Damien then arrived by the back door and told the group that the two people he followed from Eldamoth’s Shop were after Wythri and where hired by a horse-faced man. He had to run as he was confronted by a large group of people. Lt Niamh departed back to town to make sure there was no further trouble.

19 Planting, 960 RM
Lady Hawthorne’s Manor, Early Morning

Quion spent the night at Lady Hawthorne’s manor studying the Boo powder, destroying the kitchen utensils in the process. He discovered that Boo powder was a derivative of Dream Dust. Dream Dust is a very illegal substance that causes dreams and increases a magic user’s power. Boo powder allows the user to stay active for long periods of times without sleep and gives the user enhanced physical attributes. After giving this report to Lady Hawthorne, he delivered a copy to Lt Niamh and returned to Gray Haven.

Gray Haven/Foxton Morning
Lady Hawthorne reported to the Baron what had happened and updated him on Quion’s research. She was introduced to Wallace Gunn, the Baron’s new Forester. The Baron and Gunn were just about to leave to inspect the western forest. Lady Hawthorne also requested a small squad to accompany her to add to the Draconian forces.

Lt Niamh joined Lady Hawthorne, Damien, and a disguised Wythri to investigate the bar Damien was at the previous evening. They found the place deserted, cleared out to avoid being raided. While Niamh and Wythri looked around inside, Damien felt that someone was watching them, but did not see who it was. While Wythri looked for magic, Niamh used her magic to enhance her senses while searching the bar. She smelled death and decay, and a strong scent of scorched spices, the same smell as the Boo powder. She also heard someone at the back door, but was unable to warn Wythri before the elf opened the door. There was a group of men outside the door that made a grab for Wythri, recognizing her through her disguise.

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Isobelle: Report on the Murder in Golden

Captain’s Report; Murder in Golden.
15-16 Planting, 960RM
One of the Reeve’s sons came riding into the castle as we prepared for morning drills, the Baron had stayed in leaving us with spare time. The boy reported the murder of a young man in the village of Golden, which lies some 10 kilometers South-West off the main road against the foothills.

Under the Baron’s instructions the following were gathered:
• Lt. Naihm O’Derry, assigned at the request of the Captain of the Draconians for someone from his group to assist.
• Quion Rake, the Baron’s head scribe. He questioned his involvement, claiming little skills that could assist. The man is a little too modest.
• Damien Wrathchild, association with the Baron is unknown. I will not indulge in rumors. He carries himself as a man of martial skill.
• Wythri Maejera, Sage in training. Her master was unable to make it due to ill health, she seems a competent mage.

I took three of the guards with me, Thomas, Alan, and Craig. Hopefully the experience outside the castle walls will be of some good.

Iokua, a feral boy under the care of the Head Cook followed us. I felt it would be easier to allow his presence under my watch than risk him attempting to sneak after us.

Arrival in Golden was made a little after midday, to a small crowd of the majority of villagers. My men immediately went to calm and disperse the crowd. Lieutenant Naihm went to step between the Reeve and the victim’s father, Alfie Senior, who was irate upon arrival. Wythri assisted her in separating and calming the two men.

To save time I will outline all investigated parties below;

*The Victim: *
Alfie Jr, seventeen, murdered the previous night, 14 Planting.

Other Parties:
Reeve Edward Newcastle, and sons.
Alfie Senior, victim’s father.
Father Ethelred
Mayor Abbot Golden.
Stew Golden, Darla Golden, the Mayors son and daughter respectively. Alfie and Stew were close friends, Alfie was courting Darla.
Rich, the Miller’s son, friend to Alfie
Jar and Jeb, twins, sons to Jeffery, the stable master, also friends of the victim.
Pen, the blacksmith’s son.
Flynn, son of Farmer Burley. Father Ethelred stated the boy’s intelligence would have taken him far. Currently missing.
Big Pete, wanted criminal.

Initial Inquiries
As we arrived Quion and Damien immediately went to investigate the body of the boy. Iokua helped investigate the surrounding area, proving himself an adequate tracker. Their observations found that Alfie was beaten, his body moved, and the tracks were made by a large man. There were two other sets of tracks in the area that would later prove to belong to Reeve Newcastle, and his son.

Iokua and Damien were able to follow a trail some ways into the forest and foothills, only losing it as the ground became too rocky to leave a reliable trail.

Naihm and I went to talk with Alfie and the Priest to get a better idea of the town’s workings. Wythri went to look into the town itself, at the time this appeared to be a local grudge and we needed suspects. Alfie was apparently a well liked boy with no enemies according to his father.

Wythri at least found that there was a rivalry between Alfie and Flynn. She also went to investigate the local kid hang out – Druid’s Rock – where she found Alfie’s missing shoe. Now that we had a murder spot things felt like they were progressing.

Quion and Lt. Naihm moved the body to the local church and investigate the cause of death sooner. Finding evidence of someone else’s clothes the boy had torn off in defense, and that he was not robbed. While this went on I interviewed Alfie Senior regarding the details of the relationships with the boys in town, and set up in the local gathering hall. I left two of my men with Quion and one with me.

We were able to meet back up in the late afternoon. Damien, Lieutenant Naihm, and Iokua followed Wythri back up to Druid’s rock to look over the area. Quion and I went to talk to Darla and see if she could shed any insight on the situation.

Last fall Flynn was courting Darla, until, it seems, Alfie and possibly her brother Stew, stepped in to stop him. This would be about the time Flynn disappeared and Alfie started to court Darla instead. She claims to have loved him and was quite distraught over his death. Mayor Golden was initially uncooperative, and more defensive than the situation warranted. He may be hiding some scandal or another, though I couldn’t imagine what or why he would imagine I would care.

We questioned Farmer Burley next. Quion was able to talk to his wife, I gained nothing of interest from the father. Flynn was a skinny young boy, and not one for physical labor. His mother believes him dead and that his ghost visited her. More likely the boy stayed close to the village through the winter and disappeared once things warmed up. I recommend keeping an ear out for the boy, if he is as smart as the Priest says then Demoria could use him.

As the night ended and everyone returned to town Damien and the others reported seeing a smoke column up in the foothills. After dinner it was decided that finding and questioning the boys involved would be prudent. It was a cold night and usually they were likely in the stables where it was warmer.

Instead we found them at Druid’s Rock. A short time questioning revealed that they knew nothing, and were having trouble grasping the death of their friend. I doubt we were of much consolation to their loss. Stew expressed a desire to run away, as Flynn had done. Being the Mayors son he would most likely take over running the town in the future, I tried to warn him against a rash an action as leaving. One has duties to the Kingdom after all. I had Iokua keep an eye on him over the night to make sure he stayed in town.

The day’s conclusion is that Flynn was the most likely suspect, but that he was physically incapable of inflicting the wounds that killed Alfie the Younger. Either he was not the murderer or had gained an accomplice over the winter.

Finalization Of the Investigation
The next morning we headed out as early as possible, immediately after breakfast. Following Damien up into the hills we tracked the smoke to a dilapidated cottage near an abandoned mine. Damien and Iokua circled around the back. I approached once they were in place.

This is where the investigation took a less desirable turn. Or less non-violent conclusion. I was shot with a cross-bow, grazing my arm. Damien in place at the door killed the dog the man had inside the cottage. His only shot expended we closed in, Lt. Naihm demanding the attackers surrender. Damien suffered a blow from Big Pete’s mace as the man attempted to flee. It was Naihm who recognized the man, I am not familiar with the local outlaws as of yet.

He wounded me with his mace even as Naihm and I were able to surround him. A combination of Wythri and Quion’s magics aided us, as well as Iokua’s bow distracting him. Damien was able to kill the man’s trained attack dog as I was able finally to dispatch Pete.

Big Pete repeatedly refused to stand down despite requests on both mine and Naihm’s parts. Naihm was able to prevent him from dying allowing us to bring him back to the Baron’s castle for questioning – aided by Wythri’s magics.

Questioning
Big Pete was questioned to the Baron’s satisfaction and removed to Foxton to stand trial for this and other crimes.

I returned to Golden to retrieve my men, let the village know the outcome, and assure that the trial would have some witnesses to the events.

Conclusion
There are still several unknowns. On two occasions something of an other-worldly nature was witnessed – a sudden stillness and quiet to the surrounding area. First when investigating Alfie’s body, and second just before questioning the boys at Druid’s Rock the first night. And then there is the disappearance of Flynn, others are convinced he may have had a hand in the murder. I am less so, I believe the boy made good on his threat to find adventure, or at least a bigger town.

Attached is a copy of Naihm’s own report, when documents from the trial are completed they should be filed with both reports.

Yours In Faith,
Lady Isobelle Hawthorne
Captain of The Guard to Baron Matthieu of Foxton.
17 Planting, 950RM

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Incident at the Golden Hammer bar
The police are called in to a violent confrontation...

To change things up a bit, my players all created secondary characters — members of the local constabulary — and we ran an adventure with them while the main characters were out of town investigating the murder in Golden. One of the players wrote up an official “police report” of the incident they were call in to…

To: Baron Mathieu du Clef of Foxton; Lady Isobelle Hawthorne, Captain of the Baron’s guards; Captain Uriah Waggoner, Foxton Draconian unit
From: Lieutenant Niamh O’Derry, Epoptic Corp, Foxton Draconian unit
Date: 18 Planting, 960 RM
Subject: Violent confrontation at the Golden Hammer

Background: Captain Waggoner and Lieutenant Chadwick Tower had left Foxton this morning with three squads. They were heading up into the foothills to follow up on a lead as to the whereabouts of Nobbin and his gang. Unfortunately, Master Rake’s map arrived after they had departed. Shortly after lunch, a man from the town rushed into Draconian headquarters with news of another fight happening at the Golden Hammer. Myself, Sergeant Will, Officer Uri Barechest, Officer Candor Silverstone, and Trainee James Jameson quickly proceeded to the Golden Hammer to contain the situation.

The Golden Hammer: The Golden Hammer is a bar frequented by miners, and has been the scene of several brawls. Arriving at the scene, we were confronted with a large crowd gathered around a badly beaten man, later identified as Robert, a miner. I ordered Jameson to tend to the wounded man, Sergeant Will and Officer Silverstone on crowd control, and myself and Officer Barechest went inside. Once our eyes adjusted to the light we spotted two men on the floor, later identified as Richard and Sam, both miners. There was another body impaled on a rack of antlers, later identified as Riley, also a miner. The room was a mess of broken tables and chairs, blood and spilt drinks covered the floor. Some of the embers from the fireplace had been kicked onto the floor, but were in no danger of immediately starting a fire. There was a moan from behind the bar and growling from on top of the bar toward the back of the room. I lit up that corner of the room so we could see. On the bar, was a man, crouched like a cat ready to pounce on its prey. I ordered Officer Barechest to carefully move to the fireplace to put out the burning embers, and the man on top of the bar to stand down and exit the building with us. This man, later identified as James Millerson, had huge eyes, with the pupils dilated, and he was drooling profusely. As Officer Barechest approached the fireplace, James leapt at him, but he was able to block the attack. Officer Silverstone entered the room, drawn by the commotion. As soon as she entered, another man dropped from the rafters and attacked me. This man, later identified as Jake Millerson, brother of James, also had the large dilated eyes and large amounts of drool coming from his mouth. Both men demonstrated great strength, as evidence by the bruises on my arm dealt by Jake and James easily breaking out of Office Barechest’s hold. They both seemed to be able to ignore pain, Jake stood on a broken leg and it required the combined efforts of Sergeant Will, Officer Barechest, and Officer Silverstone to subdue him. The other person in the bar was Karl, the barkeep. After the Millerson brothers were subdued, I ordered Jameson to take the wounded and dead to the temple for proper ministrations. The deceased included Riley and Richard, the wounded were Robert, Sam, and Karl. Sergeant Will and Officer Silverstone were ordered to interview the witnesses for more information as to what happened. Myself and Officer Barechest took the Millerson brothers back to headquarters for questioning.

James and Jake Millerson: at headquarters, the two brothers were searched and their wounds tended to as best as could be done. They were placed in cells to prevent them from hurting anyone else should they regain consciousness. Two items of interest were found in their possession, fifty silver pieces and two small packets of wax paper labeled “Boo Powder.” Inside the packets was fine, gray powder. When checking on the Millerson brothers later, I found James dead in his cell. Jake was sweating profusely and his heart was racing. Believing that this “Boo Powder” was in his system, I attempted to neutralize the substance, but he suddenly went into convulsions and expired. Both men have been turned over to the temple for proper preparations.

Witness testimony: The following is compiled from the testimonies gathered by Sergeant Will, Officer Silverstone, Officer Barechest, and Trainee Jameson.

The witnesses from the Golden Hammer remember the Millerson brothers being in a good mood at lunchtime, buying drinks for everyone, then the brothers became very quiet, then they went nuts. One witness thought the brothers had “taken something.”

This account was corroborated by Karl, the barkeeper.

Mary, the barmaid, was serving Jack and Jake Millerson. Usually, the brothers would come in once a month, drink their money away, and go back out to their mine. This time, however, they had hit a big strike. They were spending a lot of money, more than she had ever seen. For about an hour, they were happy, buying drinks for everyone and flirting with her. Then the next they were quiet. The quiet spell lasted about an hour, and got worse and worse. They would growl at her when she brought them their drinks. This lasted until Riley, the man on the antlers, went over to talk to them. She was not sure what was said, but then one of the brothers lifted him up and impaled him on the rack of antlers. That is when she ran out of the bar. Neither she, nor Karl mentioned anything about the brothers “taking something.”

Oliver White, the head of the trade house, was also interviewed. Master White has a reputation as a fair man, and is rumored to have once been a priest of the god of trade. Master White confirmed that this morning the brothers brought in three times the amount of ore they usually trade. They were paid 75 pieces of silver for the ore, which is of high quality. Last month they had a normal load. Their cart was still outside the trade house, but there was nothing of interest in the cart. None of the other miners have presented to the trade house with as large of a load, or of such high quality ore.

The Millerson’s Claim: Public records show that the brothers have worked their mine for two years. The exact location is enclosed, as well as the location of other mines in close proximity. I request that your Lordship investigate their mine. We are shorthanded at the moment and the mine technically falls outside our jurisdiction. It would be helpful to know if the brothers actually did hit a major vain or if they obtained their silver from another source.

The powder: None of the other officers have ever heard of “Boo Powder.” My limited knowledge of herbs and alchemy is inadequate to learn anything useful about this gray powder. I have included a sample for Master Rake to study. I am also going to enlist the help of the Sage Eldamoth for more information about this powder. We have no evidence that this is the cause of the brothers’ violent behavior, but we cannot take a chance that it is not. Foxton has not had a narcotics problem before, as we are too isolated for any major trade. I hope this is not changing.

Thank you for any assistance your Lordship can offer in this investigation.

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Murder in Golden Village
A brutal murder to start the game off...

Baron Mathieu of Foxton has assembled a small group to investigate a murder in the village of Golden. The team is comprised of Lady Hawthorne, captain of the Baron’s guards; Lieutenant Niamh O’Derry, a Draconian of the Epoptic corp; Quion Rake, a mage kicked out of the university; Damien Wrathchild, a mysterious man in the employ of the Baron; Wythri Majaera, an elf who is a mage’s apprentice; and Iokua, a wild child living with the head of the Baron’s kitchen.

Alfie, age 17, was found murdered shortly after dawn in the woods just outside the village of Golden. Two boys, skipping school, found the body. They showed the body to the priest, who had an acolyte tell the Reeve. The Reeve, Edward Newcastle, sent his son, Dale, to the Baron.

Golden is a small village off the main road, it used to have some mining, but is now mostly farmland. Golden’s mayor is Abbot. He has a son Stew and a daughter Darla. Alfie is the son of the grocer, also named Alfie. Alfie Sr. is also a member of the town council. He has two other sons, Barry and Cal, and two daughters, Abby and Allie.

Alfie was a popular boy, very athletic and well liked. He was seeing Darla, the mayor’s daughter. He was friends with Rich, the miller’s son; Stew, the mayor’s son; Jer and Jeb, twin sons of Jeffery who owns the stables; and Pen, the blacksmith’s son. They are all the same age.

The body was found outside the village just inside the woods. The obvious cause of death was strangulation. Three sets of footprints found around the body. Two sets belong to Newcastle and his son. One set of prints looks like it was carrying something lead to foothills. The body was missing the right shoe. No prints from Alfie.

Alfie was savagely beaten by fists and then choked. Bits of cloth under the fingernails; homespun cloth poor quality, old, and well worn (rotten). Still had a small pocket knife and a few copper pieces in his pocket. Possibly knew his attacker(s) as he fought back but not with a weapon.

Wythri found the other shoe at a place called Druid’s Rock. Druid’s Rock is on the other side of the town from where the body was found. Druid’s Rock is a place where the young people hang out.

Darla use to date a boy named Flynn. Flynn had big plans, he left town to seek his fortune. Alfie started acting different after Flynn left. Darla and Alfie started dating. Flynn is the son of a farmer, Burley. Flynn left late last fall.

At Druid’s Rock, there was a big fight between two people. Blood on the ground and a tooth. Tooth more than likely belongs to Alfie.

Burley’s place in not well taken care of, on the edge of town. Burley not too happy that his son left before helping with the harvest. Wife is out of her mind, thinks she has seen her son, who she thinks is dead.

Everything got very quiet while first examining the body and then again at Druid’s Rock before the investigators arrive to talk to the boys. Most of the boys only saw Alfie during the day while he was working at the grocers. Stew saw Alfie yesterday, told him they were hanging out ad the stables. They stayed at the stable for a couple of hours. The boys thought Alfie was seeing Darla. Boys thought was Flynn was a punk, not in this or any other group. Flynn liked school, wanted to go to college. Stew was not happy the Darla was “seeing” Flynn. Flynn left town shortly after a big fight with Alfie over Darla. Stew does not want to be mayor because nothing changes.

Before retiring to the common house for the evening, Lady Hawthorne asked Iokua to follow Stew home and watch the Mayor’s house.


Session 2: The Murder in Golden Village
Most of the team spent a quiet night in the common house, except for Quion waking from a bad dream. Iokua spent the night outside the mayor’s house and then headed to Druid’s Rock. The rest of the team joined him there.

Tracking the smoke from the previous day, the team went up into the foothills and found a shack and an old mine.

Damien and Iokua stealthily circled the shake and started to approach, when a dog started barking. Approaching the shack, the unarmed Lady Hawthorne was hit by a crossbow bolt. Damien circled the shack to the door. Wythri threw a rainbow at the house, attempting to blind those inside. Iokua climbed to the roof and looked into the shack and saw a large man with a dog, he readied his bow. The dog raced out the door toward Damien. Damien struck the dog with the pommel of his dagger in the stomach, knocking the wind out of the dog. Niamh moved forward to Lady Hawthorne and yelled at the man to come out of the shack, with no effect. Quion moved away from Wythri. Iokua fired his bow, hitting the guy in his leg. Lady Hawthorne drew her swords and closed to the shack. The guy ran out of the shack, swinging a mace at Damien hitting Damien in the chest, dropping Damien. The man is a big guy, tall and wide, with a small head, wearing a scalemail shirt, carrying a large mace, cauliflower ears, and lots of scars. Naimh recognized him as Big Pete, one of Nobbin’s boys (Nobbin being a notorious bandit and one of Foxton’s most wanted). Damien recovered from being knocked down. Wythri moved forward and cast a spell on Lady Hawthorne and Niamh increasing their speed. The dog attempted to bite Damien, but was still dazed and so missed. Niamh used her new speed to attempt to tackle Big Pete, but missed. Quion took a potion that turned him invisible and moved up to the combat. Iokua fired his bow again and hit Big Pete in the chest, but hit Big Pete’s armor so did little damage. Lady Hawthorne also used her new speed to move behind Big Pete. Lady Hawthorne demanded Big Pete’s surrender, but when he refused, she swept his legs out from under him. Big Pete climbed back to his feet and swung his mace at Lady Hawthorne, hitting her in the thigh. Damien climbed to his feet and stabbed the dog in the chest knocking the dog unconscious. Wythri cast another spell and attacked Big Pete’s mind, causing him to think of fuzzy bunnies. Niamh took the opportunity of the distraction to knock Big Pete of his feet with her spear. Quion threw a ball of twine at Big Pete, entangling him. Iokua continued across the roof and shot his bow at the dog, hitting the dog in the leg. Lady Hawthorne attempted to take Big Pete’s mace away from him, but Big Pete was too strong. Big Pete causally broke out of the twine and climbed to his feet. He then swung his mace at Niamh, but missed. Damien stabbed the dog in the stomach, knocking the dog out again. Wythri moved closer again, and cast another spell, causing a multi-color blast of energy at Big Pete, but missing. Iokua shoot his bow at Big Pete, hitting him in the shoulder, but not doing much damage. Naimh tried to knock Big Pete down again, but missed. Quion threw another ball of twine at Big Pete, getting a much stronger rope around him. Iokua shot his bow at Big Pete, hitting him in the chest, actually causing damage though his amour. Lady Hawthorne, attempted to slice and sweep Big Pete, but missed. Big Pete flexed his muscles and strained but did not manage to escape his ropes. Damien attacked the dog again, finally killing it. Wythri moved closer again and cast another spell, attacking Big Pete’s mind with fluffy bunnies again, but missed. Niamh tried to terrify Big Pete with a spell, but failed to cast her spell. Quion drank a potion and breathed fire on Big Pete, causing more damage, and burning the ropes around Big Pete. Iokua shot another arrow at Big Pete, hitting him in the arm, causing more damage. Lady Hawthorn attempted to strike and sweep again, and hit Big Pete! She hit him in the stomach and in the thigh, knocking him down again. Big Pete misses hitting Lady Hawthorne as he fell down.

Niamh stabilized Big Pete’s wounds so he would not die. She then tended to Lady Hawthorne’s wounded leg. Quion investigated the hut, which showed Big Pete had hid there for several months. Wythri kept watch outside the hut, but did not see anything. An examination of Big Pete, showed that his hands were heavily calloused, his shoes could match the prints found by the body of Alfie the younger, and the cloth found under Alfie the younger’s nails could also matches Big Pete’s clothing. Niamh also tended to Damien’s wounds. Wythri cast a spell that allowed them to carry Big Pete back to the village. The people of the village gathered around the team, wanting to know if they had captured Alfie the younger’s killer. In the common house, Niamh continued to tend Pete, hoping to bring him back to consciousness for questioning.

Lady Hawthorne, Quion, and Damien talked to the priest, Ethelred. Priest Ethelred confirmed that Flynn was no physical match for Alfie the younger. Priest Ethelred also confirmed that Flynn was the smartest boy in the village. Priest Ethelred also confirmed that Burley was a hard man to live with and did not appreciate Flynn’s talents. Priest Ethelred talked to Flynn about attending the university at Godonsa. Flynn left suddenly without getting a letter of recommendation from the priest.

The team procured a cart, and took Big Pete to the Grey Haven. Pete was taken to a cell and a priest from Foxton was called to heal him. Lady Hawthorne returned to her manor for the evening. Damien returned to his house. Niamh, Quion, and Wythri returned to Foxton. Quion spent the night in looking in the town record for any indication that Flynn had passed through, with no luck.

The next morning, at Grey Haven, Big Pete was questioned in front of the Baron. Big Pete did not directly answer if he had killed Alfie the younger. Big Pete stated he was hiding in the shack for the winter, going into town occasionally to steal stuff. Big Pete stated he met Alfie the younger outside village on his way to get supplies. Big Pete was unable to answer why he did not rob Alfie the younger. The Baron was satisfied with the questioning and considered the case closed, Big Pete was taken to Foxton to await trial. The Baron was pleased with the work of the team. Quion spoke with Lady Hawthorne and Damien, asking them why they were in the service of the Baron and what would happen next.

Lady Hawthorne returned to village of Golden to collect her men and suggest a few witnesses attend Big Pete’s trial.

After an interview with the Baron, Wythri returned to her home to find her master missing. Lady Hawthorne happened by at that moment and agreed to help Wythri. Niamh was left in charge of the Draconian station while Captain Waggoner took three squads into the foothills. He had gotten a lead as to where Nobbin and his gang where hiding and planned on getting the jump on them. Quion arrives at the station, asking for the records on Nobbin’s activities, which Niamh allows him to read.

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Niahm: Police Report from Golden

To: Baron Mathieu of Foxton; Captain Waggoner, Foxton Draconian unit
From: Lieutenant Niamh O’Derry, Epoptic Corp, Foxton Draconian unit
Subject: Murder in the village of Golden
Date: 15 Planting, 950 RM

Background: Baron Mathieu of Foxton does not wish a repeat of last years’ troubles. When he was informed of the murder in the village of Golden, he assembled a team to investigate the murder. The team was comprised of the Lady Hawthorne, captain of the Baron’s guards; myself; Quion Rake, a clerk and mage in the employ of the Baron; Damien Wrathchild, a mysterious man in the employ of the Baron; Wythri Majaera, an elf who is an apprentice to a wizard; and Iokua, a wild child living with the head of the Baron’s kitchen.

Golden is a small village 10 klicks to the southwest of Foxton off the main road, just below the foothills. The population is about 300 to 350 souls. It use to have some mining, but is now mostly farmland. Being off the main road, the village saw little bandit activity last year.

Victim: Alfie, age 17, the son of the grocer, also named Alfie. Alfie the elder is also a member of the town council. Alfie the younger has two other brothers, Barry and Cal, and two sisters, Abby and Allie. Alfie the younger was a popular boy, very athletic, and well liked. He was seeing Darla, mayor Abbot Golden’s daughter. He was friends with Rich, the miller’s son; Stew, the mayor’s son; Jar and Jeb, twin sons of Jeffery who owns the stables; and Pen, the blacksmith’s son.

Alfie the younger, was found murdered shortly after dawn in the woods just outside the village of Golden. Two boys, presumably skipping school to go fishing, found the body. They showed the body to the priest, who had an acolyte tell the Reeve. The Reeve, Edward Newcastle, sent his son, Dale, to the Baron.

The body was found outside the village just inside the woods. Master Rake, Master Wrathchild, Wythri, and Iokua investigated the murder site and the body. The obvious cause of death was strangulation. Three sets of unidentified footprints were found around the body. Two sets were later identified as belonging to Newcastle and his son. One set of prints looked like it was carrying something. The body was missing the right shoe. No prints were found to match Alfie the younger. It was reported that while investigating the area where the body was found, the area suddenly grew silent and cold. It was concluded that the boy was not killed at this location. Master Wrathchild and Iokua were unable to track were the body had been brought from.

The body of Alfie the younger was examined by myself and Master Rake. The body showed that the boy had been savagely beaten by fists and then choked. Bits of homespun cloth were found under the boy’s fingernails. The cloth was of poor quality, old, and well worn and rotten. The boy still had a small pocketknife and a few copper pieces in his pocket. This ruled out robbery as a motive. It is assumed that Alfie the younger possibly knew his attacker(s) as he fight back, but not with his weapon.

Wythri found Alfie the younger’s other shoe at a place called Druid’s Rock. Druid’s Rock is on the other side of the town from where the body was found. Druid’s Rock is a place where the young people hang out.

The Murder Site: Master Wrathchild, Wythri, Iokua, and myself went to Druid’s Rock to investigate this site. At Druid’s Rock, there were signs of a brutal fight between two people. There was blood on the ground and a tooth. My examination of the tooth lead me to believe that it more than likely belonged to Alfie the younger. No other traces were found, but this is believed to be the site of the murder. Of note, Wythri saw a brief stream of smoke coming from the woods. The direction was marked and will be investigated in the morning.

Interviews: Captain Hawthorn and Master Rake interviewed Darla, the mayor’s daughter. Darla is a 15 year old girl who was seeing Alfie the younger. Alfie the younger was thought to have left his house yesterday evening to visit her, but Darla states she did not see him last night, although she had hoped to. Darla also stated that she use to date a boy named Flynn, but he had left the village late last fall. Flynn had big plans and left the village to seek his fortune, after which he would have sent for Darla, but Darla has not heard from him since he left. Alfie the younger started acting differently after Flynn left. Shortly after Flynn left, Darla and Alfie the younger started dating. Flynn is the son of a farmer, Burley. Flynn was not liked by Mayor Golden.

Captain Hawthorn and Master Rake then went to interview Burley. Burley’s farm is on the outskirts of the village and not well taken care of. Burley is not too happy that his son left before helping with the harvest. Master Rake spoke with Flynn’s mother, who told him she has seen her son, who she thinks is dead. Master Rake does not believe that the mother is a reliable witness.

This evening at Druid’s Rock, we interviewed Alfie the younger’s friends: Rich, the miller’s son; Stew, the mayor’s son; Jar and Jeb, twin sons of Jeffery who owns the stables; and Pen, the blacksmith’s son. Most of the boys only saw Alfie the younger during the day while he was working at the grocers. Stu saw Alfie the younger yesterday also, told him they would hanging out at Druid’s Rock that night. But because it was so cold, they went to the stables instead, assuming Alfie the younger would figure out where they were. They stayed at the stables for a couple of hours, but Alfie the younger did not join them. The boys thought Alfie the younger was seeing Darla. When asked about Flynn, the boys thought he was a punk, not in this or any other group. Flynn liked school, and wanted to go to college. Stu was not happy the Darla was “seeing” Flynn. Flynn left town shortly after a big fight with Alfie the younger over Darla. Of note, Iokua also reported the area growing silent and cold just before the rest of the team arrived to question the boys. Apparently he had followed them from the town.

Suspects: Flynn. He is the only one in town to have had a known conflict with Alfie the younger. However, according to his description, he would not be able to inflect the physical damage exhibited on the body. Also, he has not been seen in the village since late last fall. Of note, he was still attending school before he left the village. Most boys his age would have left school to be apprenticed. His father also does not seem like the type to encourage scholarly endeavors. The village priest should be able to elaborate on Flynn’s academic career.

Other questions: Where is the smoke coming from that Wythri saw. What is causing the unexplained drop in temperature and sudden silence? Who murdered Alfie the younger and why?

To: Baron Mathieu of Foxton; Captain Waggoner, Foxton Draconian unit
From: Lieutenant Niamh O’Derry, Epoptic Corp, Foxton Draconian unit
Subject: Murder in the village of Golden, conclusion
Date: 17 Planting, 950 RM

The following morning, the team set out to Druid’s Rock to find Iokua. Iokua had been asked by Lady Hawthorne to watch the mayor’s house, and he did not return to the common house for breakfast.

We caught up with Iokua at Druid’s Rock and Master Wrathchild and Iokua followed a trail up into the foothills. The rest of the team followed behind to allow the two trackers to stealthily follow the trail. The path lead us to an old shack in a clearing by an old mine. There was a small stream of smoke coming from the chimney. The shack was old and in disrepair. The windows were boarded up.

Master Wrathchild and Iokua stealthily circled the shack and started to approach it from the back. A dog started barking when they got close to the building. Lady Hawthorne approached the shack unarmed, and was struck with crossbow bolt from the window. Master Wrathchild circled around the shack and killed the dog when the dog exited the shack and attacked him. Iokua had climbed to the rickety roof and shot down into the shack. I moved forward to Lady Hawthorne and commanded the person inside to surrender, but the man refused. Lady Hawthorne then drew her swords and closed the distance to the shack. The man ran out of the shack, swinging a large mace at Master Wrathchild, hitting him in the chest. I recognized him as Big Pete, one of Nobbin’s gang. Lady Hawthorne demanded Big Pete’s surrender, but he refused. A combination of fighting skill from Lady Hawthorne, Iokua, and myself, with the magical assistance from Master Rake and Wythri took Big Pete down in short order. Lady Hawthorne and Master Wrathchild were both injured in the fight. I was able to stabilize Big Pete, keeping him from dying, as well as tend to Lady Hawthorne and Master Wrathchild’s wounds.

Master Rake examined the inside of the shack and determined that Big Pete had been living there for several months, had stolen some supplies from the village, and Big Pete also had a wanted poster of himself. An examination of Big Pete by Lady Hawthorne and Master Rake, showed that Big Pete’s hands were heavily calloused, his shoes could match the prints found by the body of Alfie the younger, and the cloth found under Alfie the younger’s nails could also match Big Pete’s clothing.

Wythri cast a spell that allowed the team to carry Big Pete back to the village of Golden. Once back in the common room, I continued to tend to Big Pete, trying to bring him back to consciousness for questioning. Meanwhile Lady Hawthorne, Master Rake, and Master Wrathchild questioned Priest Ethelred about the boy Flynn.

Priest Ethelred confirmed that Flynn was no match for Alfie the younger. He also confirmed that Flynn was the smartest boy in the village, and he had encouraged Flynn to apply to the University at Godonsa. Priest Ethelred also confirmed that Flynn left suddenly, without speaking to him. Priest Ethelred felt that Flynn left because Flynn wanted to get away from the village.

Lady Hawthorne decided to take Big Pete to Grey Haven to be held and to be questioned in front of Baron Mathieu. She left the guards she had taken with her at the village of Golden. The this morning, Big Pete was questioned. Big Pete did not directly confess to killing Alfie the younger. He did state that he had encountered the boy on his way to the village to get supplies. Big Pete also stated he moved the body to keep it from being found too soon, and confirmed that the body was not left in a barn. This testimony was adequate for Baron Mathieu, and Big Pete was taken to Foxton for trial.

I am personally not convinced that Big Pete killed Alfie the younger, although it is possible. There are still some unanswered questions: what caused the silence and drop in temperature reported by Master Rake, Master Wrathchild, Wythri, and Iokua? Why did Alfie the younger not draw his knife when attacked? Why would Big Pete strangle Alfie the younger instead of killing him with his mace?

Lieutenant Niamh O’Derry, Epoptic Corp, Foxton Draconian unit

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