September 11, 2008 at 6:11 am #33019
- Markshire PCs:
Preliminary investigation of a corpse found in a wagon nearing the East gate of Stonemark having proven inconclusive, intrepid Markseteers Ohm and Knurrsson reported for overtime duty, despite having no promise of additional compensation.
The two listened patiently in Stonemark’s Temple to Odin as Bishop Kolton told the tale of woe of the boy hired by the Temple to cut the hearty grass on its many properties. The lad, according to Kolton, lost an arm and a leg during the course of a tragic wart removal procedure. Donations to further extend the mercies of the All-Father to the boy can be made at any Temple of Odin. Solicitors please note: Markseteers Ohm and Knurrsson contributed already, during the performance of their duties. They are not to be contacted further in this regard.
After the service, the Bishop indicated that the victim in the current matter was ineligible for intercession relative to the pact between Odin and Hel. That is, the victim would be unable to return to give testimony regarding his murder. Applications for volunteers willing to seek him out in the after-world to collect his testimony are encouraged to report to Gastilynk Gate.
Pursued by a ravenous black cat, the two indefatigable Markseteers proceeded to the stables wherein they had previosuly sequestered the wagon and corpse. A discussion with the proprietor, one Corona Sari, confirmed that the third alleged member of the caravanner team, Harry, had not reported in. At great personal cost in lost consumables, the proprietor did confirm that the corpse was that of Glenn, the reportedly half-witted member of the wagoneering threesome.
Markseteers Ohm and Knurrsson extended their thanks to the woman and the gratitude of the unit and the city. Since she was expelling the aforementioned consumables at the time, it was unclear that their message was understood, so they left a note of thanks and a freshly baked cherry pie on her office desk. They secured the evidence, and made an entirely adequate effort to aid Miss Sari in cleaning herself and her main room of the expelled consumables. The odor was somewhat overwhelming despite their efforts, and they retired, intent on next investigating the site of the mysterious, alleged “bump” near Everspring, and the last reported location of the missing Harry.
Addendum regarding budget and equipment. In the performance of their duties as described above, Markseteers Ohm and Knurrsson have discovered that, failing being outfitted with smelling salts, spiced sausage, prepared in the traditional style of Foothold, can be effectively substituted for purposes of olfactory resuscitation.
“Food solves all Ills”
[a thumbprint, seemingly of sausage grease, is visible next to the signature, though whether its presence is intentional or not is uncertain. Captain Eckehard, reviewing the report, has underlined a handful of words, and scrawled in the margins nearby the lone word “BREVITY!”]October 2, 2008 at 3:53 pm #57053
- Markshire PCs:
Markseteers Ohm, Volick and Knurrsson responded per Captain’s instructions to the site of an alleged zombie attack, the Written Art scroll shop in Stonemark. A Shop Inspector was already on the scene, along with a dead zombie. The Inspector was referred to the Captain for clarification of jurisdiction, and departed the scene, leaving the Markseteers to continue their investigation.
The shopkeeper reported that several students from the scribe school across the way ran in and hid behind her shelves, pursued by the zombie, who was in turn followed in by the dean of the school, who felled the creature with a spell. The dean confirmed this story, adding that the zombie had first appeared in the school, in a class for novice scribes.
The teacher of the class further elaborated that the zombie had appeared in a flash of flame and smoke in the middle of her classroom, while she was preparing the lesson and students were assembling their materials and beginning their practices. She further suggested that the novices themselves were incapable of scribing such a spell, and that the chalk they used for practice was unlikely to hold the power for such a spell. According to her, the zombie bit two students, whose wounds were treated, though no students remained on site for questioning. According to her the students and teacher fled, with the zombie coming after them, into the street, where they dispersed, some into the Written Art directly to their front.
After the incident, she reported that a roll call of students left only two missing–Fraud, son of a market weapons merchant, who often missed class anyway and may simply not have been there, and Teri Danforth, who rarely missed class. She could not say with certainty whether either had been in the classroom prior to the zombie’s appearance. The scorched desk in her classroom, she stated, was in the area where Teri usually worked, however. After accompanying the Markseteers back to the Written Art, she confirmed that a charred cloak found on the dead zombie was bound by a clasp given out to members of Teri’s guild. The zombie itself, however, had seemingly undergone such a hideous transformation, and substantial charring from the spell that causing its demise, that it was unidentifiable.
A visit to the guildhouse in question confirmed that the clasp was one of many identical ones given out to the guild’s membership, and the Markseteers were informed that Teri was not present, but not likely to be at that late hour, either. Word was left for him to report to Markseteer Ohm. Outside the guildhouse, Markseteer Knurrsson was attacked unsuccessfully by a seemingly rabid dog. A male bystander, unidentified, was not so fortunate, and perished. The dog was put down by a second bystander, female, also unidentified. A guardsmen dumped the dog’s body in the bay nearby, retrieved the bystander’s corpse, and was further tasked with the removal of the dead zombie from the scroll shop.
The Markseteers reported their conclusions to the Captain as follows. That the zombie attack was a seemingly isolated incident, and that it most probably manifested itself through the transformation of the student Teri Danforth into said zombie. There was, however, no obvious indication whether that transformation was accidental or intentional, nor who or what might have occasioned said transformation, nor why if intentional. The students themselves and the materials they use are reportedly insufficient to the task.
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