Upon their return to Tiande to locate the presumed late Hunter Cormac, Elsa and Evan managed to locate his former campsite. Alongside what they assume to be his skeleton, some chain mail, a broken longsword, a rusty knife and 120gp, they found found a book that was apparently kept by the deceased.
The following is an accounting of the notes taken by the late Hunter Cormac, of some renown in the supernatural community of Whinebrass Heights. The journal, if it can be called such, was found with his body and is the best lead Elsa currently has for acquiring the knowledge that was lost when Cormac was killed. The journal seems to have been a supplement to Cormac’s personal memory and also serves as a ledger of sorts — both for accounts and for grudges. It lacks specificity and was apparently not designed for use by anyone not already familiar with the situations described. General overviews of the contained entries are provided below.
Earliest entry: Cormac takes technical notes about a series of deaths in Whinebrass. Tipped off by a Captain LaFruge. Suspected to be the work of an intelligent undead creature. Notes reference cooperation from someone named Natan who seems to have been an acquaintance of either Cormac or the perpetrator. Concludes with Cormac trapping the killer and, despite its mundane nature, fighting him to the death. No reward could be collected.
Second entry: Unexplained drownings along the Leesee. Anonymous contract posted through Troll Whiskers. Cormac journeyed north and found inhuman tracks. Research showed them to belong to a pair of scrags. Not familiar with scrags, Cormac researched both his library and one belonging to someone named Brooks. A net-based trap was set that would keep them from contacting water, and Cormac shot them to death before they could escape. 50gp collected without incident.
Scribbled margin: “10gp property taxes. Neighbourhood gets nicer each year. Gonna have to move.”
Scribbled margin: “Fistfight at Troll Whiskers. Asked to stay away for a few weeks while things cool down. No way to treat a regular.”
Third entry: A job for the Krall Clan in exchange for acquiring the True Name of Bill and having a shot at breaking the contract. Several Krall agents had gone missing west of town with a sizeable sum of gold destined for the East Branch. Tracked easily enough, killed by bandits. Bandit camp located, location reported to Krall contact. 20gp, True Name recorded “at home in the Archive,” given a vault at the deepest level of the East Branch.
Fourth entry: Strange happenings and occasional random fires at a warehouse recently acquired by the Lintillus Guild. Zephyrus Lintillus was sent to Cormac by a Krall contact. Simple haunt, unburied bones in the attic, simple phantasm effects. Took the bones to the Temple of Pharasma. 30gp collected after some haggling and assurances that the haunt could return unless enough gold changed hands.
Scribbled margin: “Purchased new warded housekey for Adric. 200gp. Practically banditry.”
Fifth entry: Rash of deaths in Whinebrass, mutilated corpses, no apparent commonalities between victims. Called in by Renault. Contacted Kenson who seems to prefer lamb and sage placed by the Dawnflower since the New Year. “Opaque blighter” pointed Cormac to an empty house not far from his own where a vrock was nesting. Posted notice at Troll Whiskers but “all good sorts” out of town. Notified Orsini contacts, banished the demon with help. Three allies killed, six days of rest to recover, last CSW potion used, no reward available. “Too much for one Hunter.”
Sixth entry: Request from apothecary Gerald for vaguely defined spirit. Easily caught in a properly warded bottle. Brought Adria along due to low risk. 20gp, three flasks of alchemist’s fire.
Seventh entry: Series of impossible break-ins discussed at Troll Whiskers. Offered services as private investigator to several victims before being hired by Lady Montbank (10gp retainer). Clearly supernatural, not enough evidence to work from. LaFruge unable to provide assistance. Rough sketch of triangular pendant of some sort. Space left for further information.
Scribbled margin: “Saraneth too expensive, not enough paying work in town.”
Eighth entry: Word around Troll Whiskers of deaths in the Orrent-owned town of Tiande. Decent reward from Orrent, mostly livestock deaths, little local constabulary to speak of. Three days of travel, apothecary in town Hunter-friendly. Bodies investigated, exsanguinated but not by a vampire. Couldn’t track creature, camp made on a bluff to avoid townsfolk. Concerned about lack of information. Space left, entry unfinished.
Scribbled margin: “Pick up warded key from vault after Tiande job.”