By Rahoof (Steven D.)
My Dearest Haranna,
I know that you will never read this letter, but I have no one else to talk to. This is the first time in weeks I have been able to find a place to rest, even if it is a brothel. Relax my love, there are no Dragonborn ladies here, and even if there were, they could never match your beauty.
I’m writing this evening because I’m trying to piece together my time here in Black River so far. I’m having trouble remembering things. I do remember arriving in Griffin’s Roost and being told that the best to get information on someone was to go to a bar nearby. And who’s the first person I see there? Charani! I gotta hand it to her, the girls got spunk. I didn’t actually believe that she would show up. I’m lucky she was there. I needed to see a familiar face, and more importantly someone I could trust. She introduced me to her friend, a rouge named Chet. Chet is just a boy, no taller than what Heskan was. He introduced us to Heykid, the owner of the bar. I asked the two of them if they had seen the man who killed you and the kids, and though the help of their contacts we were able to determine where he was headed. We grouped up with a ranger named Vandil in order to follow the killer.
As soon as we left the bar, the sky above us began to darken. A shadow moved quickly above us, and a red dragon landed in the city! He declared dominion over Black River and demanded 80% of their profits to be delivered to him in two weeks. Sucks for Black River. I don’t plan on being here in two weeks, sounds like their problem, and a big problem at that. I was a child the last time I had seen a dragon, and it wasn’t a red one. I was reminded of why we pray to them and the draconic gods, although I don’t pray anymore.
The next thing I remember is being in a cave face to face with an ooze creature with my greatsword in my hands. I quickly looked around and saw Charani face down on the ground next to us. That was all I need to know. This ooze was going to die. I swung my great sword at it, and with the help of Chet and Vandil we were able to take the disgusting creature down.
Wait a minute, what happened to Heykitd? Why isn’t he here with us? Did he die? My memory is failing me right now. And where is my longsword? It was silvered and cost a shiny copper to get it. I’m not going to tell you how much Haranna but trust me, it was a good deal.
When we finally killed the ooze, Charani had to tell me what we were doing there in the first place. I’m still trying to make sense of it, but apparently we had taken a ship to the island of Tapa-Coco to find the killer. When we docked at Port Kulan, we ran into Vicentos, a Tiefling I had first met in Summerport.
I don’t trust Vicentos. He’s…weird. He’s the type of person who always does what is best for him, and whether or not he’ll help you or not is completely dependent on if he can get something out of it.
Anyways, he pointed us in the direction of the Quartermaster of the island, for reasons I cannot for the life of me remember why, and we end up at an old house that’s guarded by a silent hooded man. We went in and found a hidden stairway that led us to the dungeon that were in now. Apparently, the Quartermaster was the ooze monster we had just killed, and was working for the killer. I’m told I charged right at him right after he said something.
“He enjoyed painting the walls with their blood”
I can’t look at it. It makes a fire burn within me. I need to calm down. I need to rest.
After killing the ooze we found a golden dagger within the dungeon, and Cedric, the mute body bodyguard of the house, told us through body language that it was a key to…something. Talking to a man with his tongue cut out gets annoying after a while. We asked him if he has seen the person we’re looking for. He gives a description of a someone that sounds like who we’re looking for, except he’s an elf instead of a human. Maybe the Sanctus patrol isn’t good as everyone says they are. He tells us Vicentos is at a brothel that I am currently at right now, and we should go there and talk to him.
Haranna, I brought a boy of 16 into a brothel. Charani is not much older, and Vandil is the age we were when Heskan was born. I am the oldest in this group, but I am by far being the most reckless. I wasn’t the best father in the world, and this is just reconfirming that.
We finally meet with Vicentos and he gives us everything he knows about the killer. How he knows him, how long he has known him, his ties to the royal family… and his name.
That is the piece of shit’s name. Just writing it down makes my blood boil.
Vicentos has agreed to set up a meeting with us and this person, and we were able to schedule it for three days from now outside of the city, but I don’t know if I trust Vicentos. He isn’t getting anything out of this meeting, and he has known this contact for 15 years.
Only time will tell. And now I have to do the two hardest things for me in the world right now, wait, and fall asleep without you.
The journal entries here are provided by the active player characters participating in the Detroit Marches.
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