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    Ceorlas
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    Week 4 {OOC : 02/sep/2008}
    Progress Summary Report 01

    The following members of Lord Allox Mark’s Company of Markseteers reported for duty :
    Osicus Krill
    Ohm
    Gerio Blimeadold
    Maarten Knursson
    Jorin Siggurdsson

    Captain Eckehard welcomed the group and required the following :

    to learn and apply proper procedures in all investigations
    maintain a Total Progress Summary report
    appoint Company Officers for specific internal duties :
    Company Commandant : Osicus Krill
    Interrogator : Ohm
    Recorder : Jorin
    attend immediately to a local investigation assignment

    Assignment 01
    Background :
    A farmer residing close by the mill on the Yar Road just east of the North (Beroe) Gate has reported several instances of trespass on his lands after nightfall.

    Goal :
    Investigate the complaint, ascertain any truth in the matter and take any needful action to resolve.

    Resolution :
    The Company appointed officials as above and moved on to the primary location whereat was found a lone dwarf standing at a farmhouse close by the mill. Questioning revealed him to be Oskar of Deephold, a travelling vendor of metals heading to Foothold Bazaar. His identity and statement of business being verified by personal knowledge of Maarten Knursson he was allowed to continue his journey.

    Enquiry at the house brought out the complainant, a grippli farmer having tenure of land just to the north. This plot of land he insisted was being trespassed nightly, after moonrise, by tall persons wearing hats. Although he had not found any evidence of theft or damage nevertheless he felt the circumstances to be sufficiently suspicious to warrant official investigation.

    Commandant Krill concurred and moved the team northward to the incident site. Examination of the area showed a small plot of land and a simple shed of farming tools within a bay surrounded by impenetrable brush and impassable terrain with access possible only from the South and a narrow clearing to the North West leading to more dense brush.

    A search discovered a hidden cache of poles and clothing sufficient to make a scarecrow close by the plot and several sets of tracks made by small bipedal humanoids through the NW gap.

    The group made disposition to set ambush on both sides of the gap and so waited for moonrise.
    Eventually two goblins appeared and headed to the cache of scarecrow parts. At that point the group closed and attempted arrest. One suspect made violent resistance sufficient to require fatal force to ensure the team’s own survival, the other used the confusion and darkness to escape. Pursuit through a weaker area of brush resulted in the capture of the suspect.

    Questioning and examination of the area found:
    a small, regularly used campsite of two bedrolls, firepit, a flail and an old, dusty satchel. This satchel contained a dust of indeterminate nature and had been supplied by a human that these goblins had met on the plains to the NE with instruction and payment to sow the dust on the crops.
    The team, excepting Jorin who had custody of the suspect, moved to examine the crops. At that time the suspect, by dint of a savage bite to the hand restraining it, managed to get free and escape through thickly tangled brush to the north.

    Having determined the veracity of the farmer’s complaint and the goblin’s statements the team returned to report their findings to the farmer who adopted an attitude of complaint regarding level of localised security and payment of taxes.

    The team returned to Stonemark to report findings to Captain Eckhard.

    Summary :
    The initial goals of the assigment were completed, the complaint was verified and investigated. Additional evidence was discovered indicating a more extended circumstance of suspicious activity beyond that of the initial complaint.
    It is suspected that the suspicious activity is either one of attempted poisoning or malicious, intentional insect infestation of local food sources.

    Recommendations :
    Determine the nature of the satchel contents by examination by the Official City Alchemist.
    Determine if other local farm crops have been similarly affected.
    Extend investigations to the immediate NE of Beroe Gate to search for evidence of the human indicated as the prime instigator of this incident.
    Evaluate the current status of taxation remitted by the complainant.

    Appendix :
    Company Common Funds : 25 gold

    Recorded : Jorin Siggurdsson

    #57048

    Ceorlas
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    Progress Summary
    Report 02

    The following members of Lord Allox Mark’s Company of Markseteers reported for duty :
    Osicus Krill
    Ohm
    Maarten Knursson
    Jorin Siggurdsson
    Quinne Volick

    As the team assembled outside the Headquarters building they were approached by Lady Gouda Airs (Gehmeen Gate Greeter) in a state of anxious exitement. She asked for Markseteers and urgently required us to attend a guard at the Gehmeen Gate approach road.

    On approaching the area we found a lone guardsman standing over a man hastily roped to a tree and a Teamsters wagon stopped in the road. The guard indicated he had stopped the wagon on suspicion of an unlawful death due to the foul odour coming from the wagon. The team accepted jurisdiction over the scene and suspect allowing the guard to return to his duty.

    On instruction from Commandant Krill the suspect was questioned and the wagon searched with the following results :-

    Wagon
    various typical and empty crates; folded burlap sacks
    a barrel containing a dead body, male
    a small amount of unidentified white powder

    Suspect
    Name : Isaac
    Employment : Wagon driver – operating out of Stonemark Local 106, based at Corona’s stables

    Questioning established that Isaac was part of a three man team returning empty from a standard supply run to Cona mines using the riverbank route to Everspring thence the road to Gehmeen Gate. His mates Harry Thompaon, walking guard, and Glenn Jebb, in-wagon guard, were inexplicably absent when he was stopped by the Stonemark gateguard. Isaac’s last sure knowledge of them was at the Everspring Inn whereat he recalled there had been a slight incident as they passed the Inn; he remembered a bump as though the wagon had run over something buried in the snow and Harry saying he would look followed by some speech or laughter between Harry and Glenn. He denied all knowledge or intent of any unlawful killing by any member of his team.

    The barrel containing the corpse was taken down off the wagon for Isaac’s inpection and reactions. At this point Commandant Krill divided the team between Quinne and Jorin as squad A, with Himself, Ohm and Maarten as squad B.

    Squad A
    was sent to enquire at the teamster local, based in Corona’s Stables, regarding driver Isaac’s claims. Corona Sari readily accepted the squad’s credentials and authority and was able to confirm:
    that Isaac and his team were based at her stables and received their pay from her
    that all three men were of good repute
    that neither of the two missing teamsters had been seen there since they set out to deliver to Cona as per their regular, contractual schedule
    that she would have them detained and handed into guard custody should they appear

    Squad B
    determined that Harry was middle aged, clean shaven and blond; Glenn was younger, mentally deficient though capable of simple tasks if properly instructed and was cared for by the Askr Dottirs. He was also the dead body in the barrel.

    The squads re-united, returned to Headquarters, and arranged for the body and wagon to be interred at Corona’s Stables for further examination and for Isaac to be gaoled, without prejudice, pending further investigations.

    The powder sample was presented to Captain Eckehard for alchemic tests; he reported that the previous powder from the Gripply farmer’s crops had been indentified as a form of Lead and was considered dangerously poisonous.

    The team disbanded, however Maarten, Ohm and Jorin took the available opportunity to examine the wagon and corpse held in the stables, Nothing further was determined about the wagon. The body showed death by strangulation via either a ligature or small hands with sufficient strength to cause a broken neck.

    Recommendations
    apprehend Harry Thompaon for questioning
    investigate the Everspring Inn area, extend enquiries to the Inn’s patrons and staff
    make enquiries at Cona mines
    obtain alchemic results on the second powder sample

    Appendix :
    Company Common Funds : 25 gold

    Recorded : Jorin Siggurdsson

    #57049

    Ceorlas
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    Progress Summary
    Report 03

    The following members of Lord Allox Mark’s Company of Markseteers reported for duty :
    Osicus Krill
    Ohm
    Quinne Volick
    Maarten Knursson

    Absent (Sick)
    Jorin Siggurdsson

    (Summary of verbal report made to Recorder Siggurdsson by Sir Maarten)

    Having assembled at Headquarters and sampled various wines and cakes in honour of Captain Eckard’s birthday, the team were directed to attend an enquiry at Cona mines.

    Assigment
    Complaint has been made regarding unnatural activity in a new, privately owned and operated, shaft and gallery recently opened below the Penal Galleries in Cona Mines. Investigate and determine the cause of claims of cursed ground.

    At the mines the team found all work stopped as the convict-miners refused to work. Guards maintained their watch as usual but all seemed affected by a sense of foreboding. Enquiry of the mine foreman indicated the near mutiny to be caused by fear created by sounds of strife and death coming from the newly made shaft and lower galleries.

    Having ascertained that no miner would go down the shaft to investigate and that no guards could be spared from their duty of watch it was decided to undertake investigation under the authority and credentials of Lord Marks. Access was gained to the lower levels by a rope winch allowing safe passage to all but Ohm who suffered minor injury when the winch operation failed in the last few feet of his descent.

    Search of the galleries found aged bones of a non-human corpse, various workings of gem deposits, mists, various food stores and some sick miners, one of whom died as he was being administered to and another who was significantly rendered demented and crazed by some form of criminal intention. All the while the investigators successfully defended themselves and the remaining miners from attack by various vermin type creatures, notably rats and spiders. And the crazed miner’s attempts to bombard Ohm with potatoes.

    Having assured the mine foreman of completion of investigation without finding any cause for suspicion of further dangers thereby allowing the inmate miners to resume work, the team returned to Stonemark with food samples and the contents of a chamber-pot for alchemic assessment and the crazed miner who was interred in gaol for safe-keeping during treatment. And further questioning.

    Recommendations
    Determine new galleries’ ownership and rights

    Appendix :
    Company Common Funds : 25 gold

    Recorded : Jorin Siggurdsson (taken verbatim from Sir Maarten Knursson)

    #57050

    Ceorlas
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    Progress Summary
    Report 04

    The following members of Lord Allox Mark’s Company of Markseteers reported for duty :
    Ohm
    Maarten Knursson
    Quinne Volick
    Jorin Siggurdsson

    Confirmation was given by Captain Eckhard that two dead miners from Lower Cona Workings were Dick Dugin and Fram Minler. Both died from poisoning. The miner brought back to Stonemark, Legnus Spade, recovered and on signing an apology for his behaviour toward Company Members was released to his home address as noted by the Head Gaoler.

    Commander Krill having been seconded to an assignment to Deephold by Captain Eckehard it was decided that Sir Ohm become Acting (Sub) Commander during his absence.

    Because of the continued incarceration of the driver, Isaac, under suspicion of collusion but without proof of involvement in the death of his team-mate Glenn Jebb and the disappearance of teamster Harry Thompaon, it was decided to immediately investigate the environs of Everspring Inn and to enquire at the Library for Record of Deeds to determine ownership of the Lower Cona Mine Gallery.

    At the Library it was discovered with the efficient assistance of Head Librarian Rudo Muntheig that the Mines were Deeded to Dick Dugin (one of the poisoned miners) as the originating owner, that he was of unknowm lineage and that any existant family were also unknown.

    Enquries at Corona’s Stables determined:
    Harry Thompaon was still missing but he lived close by to Everspring Inn and was most often to be found there when off-duty.
    The effects of Dick Dugin, kept there with his corpse, contained miners’ simple equipment, light sources, 200 gold coin and a plain gold band similar in style to a wedding ring.

    On enquiry at the Everspring it was discovered that Harry Thompaon was actually there, had been there for the last four days (the duration of this investigation) and was in a state of heavy inebriation surrounded by considerable quantities of both empty and part-empty flasks of ale and wine. It was decided to take Harry into custody pending questioning on his return to normal senses.

    However, on being exposed to the fresh cold air outside the Inn he sobered remarkably quickly and was able to answer questions coherently. From his account it was determined that he and his team were returning empty from Cona mines having delivered fresh produce from the local farms, including the original grippli complainant from the beginning of this investigation.

    On approaching the Inn, driver Isaac observed a bump in the snowfall just as he drove over it and called to Harry to investigate. All Harry found was a bag of coin which he had at his belt. He could recall only three things clearly; Glenn looked terrified just before Harry turned to look, hearing a human male voice insisting that he should have another drink and the bag which he proffered for inspection. It contained a half-dozen skeleton knuckle bones only. From that point to finding himself in our company there was nothing he could remember. Having had the Inn Owner’s confirmation that Harry had in fact been in the Inn for all that time, and on finding his hands to be too large and stubby in the fingers to match the marks on Glenn’s neck, he was permitted to return home under his own cognizance for much needed proper rest.

    The team returned to headquarters for initial consideration of our findings.

    Assessment
    Harry Thompaon’s account and the knucklebones may suggest the involvement of a mage with knowledge of Alchemy and Item Enchanting capable of casting a form of Charm or Domination. As per the originating complaint this coincides with the goblin captive’s statement of being employed by a human mage to dust the crops with a toxic powder; said crops being delivered to Cona mines and found to be the cause of poisoning there. An owl feather found at the poisoning incident may suggest further connection to the crops as the goblins used a feather filled scarecrow as a means of camouflage whilst applying the powder. It also suggests the possibilty of involvement of one or more of the mine personnel by suspicion of connection with that scarecrow.

    Recommendations
    Release driver Isaac
    Continue enquiries concerning:
    Dick Dugin’s family or next of kin
    The new mine’s output

    Addenda:
    Included is a receipt from Dario Raeder, Everspring owner, for the costs of Harry Thompaon’s spell induced drinking to the value of 325 gold. For consideration of payment by the City Treasury as Victim Compensation.

    Appendix :
    Company Common Funds : 25 gold

    Recorded : Jorin Siggurdsson

    #57051

    Ceorlas
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    Progress Summary
    Report 05

    The following members of Lord Allox Mark’s Company of Markseteers reported for duty :
    Ohm
    Maarten Knursson
    Quinne Volick
    Jorin Siggurdsson
    Gerio Blimeadold

    On assembling at headquarters the team was directed to investigate a murder reported as having been committed within the past hour on the east side of the Aqueduct Road in Laatneer District.

    At the murder site the team took jurisdiction over the guards on duty and proceeded to examine the body of the victim, male aged early 30’s with no visible cause of death. Blood stains near the body indicated he had managed to wound at least one of his attackers. Effects found on the body included an empty, heart shaped locket, a family crest depicting a rose bush and a pouch of coins, indicating robbery was not a motive.

    Enquiries made of the only witness, Henry Rumpfernutter, an aged man living close by provided the information that the deceased was named Kleff Thorne, that he had left his abode at the wharf end of the alley as per his daily schedule at early morning and was returning to his home at lunch time when he was attacked by two men. Though Sir Henry did not see the attack he heard the sounds of some altercation which abruptly quieted. On investigation he found the body a few yards from his doorway. Further examination determined that Sir Kleff had most probably been held in a headlock by an arm that pressed against his mouth and nose, thereby causing suffocation either by inadvertence or intent.

    Information volunteered by the guard on duty directed the team to the deceased’s family and his fiancee Lady Sprintz Chalknocker. Mention was made that her father Sir Bane Chalknocker had a chalk making business as did his main competitor Sir Phelps Marker. Further enquiries made of Chaz the Cooper regarding each man’s business determined their addresses and that the Thornes were known as manufacturers of the best quality harp strings and hats.

    At the Thorne residence Sir Kleff’s parents, his fiancee and her father confirmed Sir Kleff’s identity by the personal items found on the body. These were returned to the family. Sir Brane Chalknocker disclosed that the new mine workings in Cona Lower Gallery was a newly opened chalk mine and had supplied three consignments of chalk, of lower than preferred standard, most of which was purchased by Phelps Marker who concentrates on supplying chalk direct to Lord Mark’s Court. Sir Brane’s business concentrated on chalk-sticks favoured by scribes for rough scroll drafts and calligraphic practice. Sir Thorne senior disclosed that his son did not intend to retain his father’s business (harp string manufacture). It is possible he would have taken up his intended father-in-law’s business or remained with his preference for fishing.

    Lady Sprintz disclosed that Sir Kleff had recently purchased a dagger for personal protection following a verbal altercation, concerning his relationship with her, with persons whom he did not identify to her. She also disclosed that Legnus Spade had been an ardent suitor and hence rival to Sir Kleff.

    Permission to search Sir Kleff’s home will need to be sought from his parents at a later time as they were too upset to grant permission immediately.

    Recommendations:
    Require Legnus Spade’s further assistance with our enquiries
    Prepare warrants of arrest and search for Legnus Spade and his property (dependent on results of the above recommendation)
    Interview Phelps Marker
    Obtain the Thorne family’s permission to search Sir Kleff’s abode
    Determine current ownership of the Cona Lower Mine
    Dtermine if Sir Dick Dugin has any family

    Appendix :
    Company Common Funds : 25 gold

    Recorded : Jorin Siggurdsson

    #57052

    Ceorlas
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    Progress Summary
    Report 06

    The following members of Lord Allox Mark’s Company of Markseteers reported for duty :

    Markseteers:
    Ohm
    Maarten Knursson
    Quinne Volick
    Jorin Siggurdsson

    Auxiliary Volunteers:
    Celadur Ma’fer
    Helena Silvisti

    Assembly at headquarters introduced two civilian volunteers, Celadur and Helena, who were accepted into the team as auxiliaries as additional man-power with much needed extra skills. As their drafting into the team was completed a message runner brought word of an incident of suspected abduction in South West Gehmeen to which the augmented team responded immediately.

    Enquiry with the originating informant, Professor Tollel, indicated that a neighbour, Zoren, had been attacked in his home by a zombie. On returning to the neighbour’s premises better prepared to deal with the zombie, he met a group of men dragging a large sack who politely but firmly pushed him aside then headed for the nearby sewer entrance. Professor Tollel then found no sign of either his neighbour or the zombie in the house or neighbourhood.

    Entry to the neighbour’s home and search for the missing man found a scene of some disorder with papers scattered about Zoren’s study but no breakage or indication of violence. A large barrel of chalk sticks drew some attention and a sample of its contents abstracted for alchemic tests.

    It was considered prudent to pursue the men the Professor had mentioned so the sewers were entered. A single guard of sorts attempted to bar entry but was persuaded to allow access without need for violence or argument. As the team progressed through the sewers they found a Revels in progress attended by many youths, most of whom were in a trance like condition and unable to answer any query. Further progress brought the team to the main entry hall under the road in North West Laatneer.

    It is regretable to report that the team made the mistake of deciding to continue search through the sewers. Later information received from a municipal workman at the sewer grating, when they finally exited the sewers, revealed that a group of men fitting the description given, burdened with a heavy loaded sack from which a seemingly rotting limb protruded, had also exited that grate some time previously and had headed further south. This brought the team to a dockside area without any witnesses.

    In hindsight it is probable that the neighbour, Zoren, had become afflicted with the same condition of zombieism that had afflicted a student in the Scribes School as reported earlier. However it may be that the abductors knew of this fact, they had actually ‘collected’ the now zombified Zoren and taken him through the sewers as a means of unseen progress to the Laatneer docks. It is probable that a waiting boat transported them from there either to another dockside on the city boundaries or away from city environs altogether.

    Recommendations:
    Enquire of the various docksides on East and North Stonemark for any groups toting a heavy burden between dawn and two to three hours after dawn of this day
    Enquire of the Scribes School as to whether or not Zoren has any connection there
    Submit the samples of chalk-sticks abstracted from the barrel in Zoren’s study for testing by the city alchemist and enquire of both Sir Bane Chalknocker and Sir Phelps Marker as to their possible origin of manufacture

    All the above enquiries can be handled by City Guards and their findings disclosed to the Team at their next Headquarters assembly; along with any other outstanding information pertaining to previous recommendations, morgue examinations, alchemy results, and etc

    Addenda : Expenses Claim/ Lady Quinne
    One ( 1 ) pair of boots as replacements for boots damaged by sewer soiling

    Appendix :
    Company Common Funds : 25 gold

    Recorded : Jorin Siggurdsson

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