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Gideon's Log: Sept 30
Restore and Destroy

The new batch of hunters are an interesting bunch. They took the bounty on the graveyard, did a nice job of cleaning up and matching the bodies with the graves.

Tiz came by again. I swear, that little critter is going to be the death of me, no matter what goddess she worships. She took the bounty on the Mayor’s house, came back with that same new group. They were hurting bad and down one, their Man of Letters. Don’t know what an academic like that was doing in the field, but I’m making sure his ashes get back to his order.

Tiz left a note with me for them. Her planet-side church contacts have sent an acolyte into the field. What is it with these groups and their desire to get their youngest ones killed? Anyway, she’s out there and hasn’t checked in for a few days. Tiz asked me if I could make sure someone finds her (or her body) and gets her back to safety. She left a nice cash pile for the bounty and a few odds and ends that aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen before. But that’s Tiz.

The church of Ragathiel is sending a cleric to look for her, too. I’m keeping an eye out for him. The followers of Ragathiel and Feronia are a weird bunch, much closer to each other than most orders devoted to demigods are. I suppose it’s on account of Ragathiel being Feronia’s son, but still. Even the worshipers look out for each other.

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Letter to Gideon
Your Bother in arms, Curtis Calvin

So the hunters you sent were something else. They tracked the wolves back to Devil’s Rock and took down three dire bats. When I met them in the bar, the younger one, Katrina gave me a good talking to about the danger in fighting werewolves. One of the local thugs tried to sleep with the Courtesan without paying her fee. Well Katrina flung herself over the railing and kicked him in the back of the head right before Mazrim wrapped a metal whip around his throat and dragged him head down the stairs and planted his face at in the landing. Meanwhile Elsa hit one of his cronies on the head with her elbow while popping the chair out from under him. Evan just looked at the last guy and told him to stay out of it.

We went to hide out at my hit to avoid any backlash from Mayor Derby’s men.

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Ill Met by Moonlight

Letter from Fox Wedgewood to Ryan Awful at Awful Publishing, October 28th

Please find enclosed the pictures and narrative for a Werewolf story

“The Frontier is a dangerous place, but just how dangerous is often beyond the power of the mind to grasp. Two homesteaders found this out the hard way. Victor and his wife Mary moved out to Doven Glen to live a simple life. Victor had sold his suit shop and used the money to purchase a small plot of far land. For two months they lived and farmed prosperously. Their farm produced enough food to feed them and to sell in town. Mary’s flower garden was the envy of all around. But all of this did not help them when disaster struck.

While they slept one night the monstrous wolves of the frontier broke into their home and began to tear them apart. Victor’s throw was bitten. The blood spurted across the curtains. He tried to yell, but only a sick gurgling noise came out. Mary was pulled from the bed. Two of the wolves fought over her, tearing open her stomach. When Victor passed out from blood loss he and his wife were pulled from the house. They were never seen again.”

Bounty Log of Gideon, Morning October 28

I sent out Evan Williams, Katrina Jennings, and Mazrim Taim to hunt and capture the Lycantropes that attacked the homesteaders. I will pay them for 40 gp for dealing discreetly with this and the researcher will pay them 1000gp for bringing one back alive. I am allowing Even, Katrina, and Mazrim to borrow by cart and horse after they subdue the werewolves.

Record of the Lore-mistress, Evening October 29

Cordel Gave his account of his hunt saying:

I was in the forest for sometime. I called out with my howl and was sometimes able to get an answer from the mature werewolves. By this I was able to get closer to them. I came upon a dead human female. The wolves may have intended on turning her, but she dies from their initial attack. I heard a conflict over the next hill and ran to investigate. On cresting the hill I found three humanoids fighting three werewolves with one unconscious between them. I bound in and helped the half-elf down the Werewolf Alpha. The half-elf then went to help the Human male with the Shewolf. I assisted the the Human female with the adolescent. Within short order the Shewolf was down, and I downed the adolescent and removed his head. I was about to do the same when advised by the Human male to not. He introduced himself as Evan Wiliams, and I introduced myself. He said that the werewolves were to be given to someone to research. Possibly even find a cure for this. Seeing this a possible a good thing I agreed, but only if I could accompany them. They accented and we bound the living wolves and lashed them to a cart the half-elf retrieved for us. We burned the bodies of the adolescent and the human female.

We went to the road and me the researcher he put the Werewolves in his cart and began to drive away. The human female fired at him with her crossbow and then gave chase on the cart horse. The half-elf chased after her. After a short conversation with Evan, I ran after them, as I did not know their intentions or if the werewolves would be inadvertently freed by this action. When I finally caught up with them they had killed the researcher, the human female claimed he was a vampire. They permitted to kill the remaining werewolves. I decapitated both of them and burned the bodies.

Bounty Log of Gideon Deray, Evening October 28
Evan, Katrina, and Mazrim Killed all of the werewolves and disposed of the bodies. I payed them 400 gold. They did not retrieve the werewolf for the researcher as he turned out to be a vampire, as such no payment was given for this task.

WhineBrass Whiners Obituary, November 1
Victor Dello passed on last night do to injuries sustained in a wild animal attack. His wife Mary died in this same attack. Mr. Dello passed quietly in an opium induced sleep after setting all of his affairs in order. He left his estate to his closest surviving relative, a Cousin living in Newport. Mr. Dello was 43.

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Cormac's Journal

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.”

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Following Cormac
A letter from the Hunter Brooks to Renault Bulleit, a paladin of Torag

Renault,

Cormac is dead. Thought I’d open with that so you’d go ahead and read the letter. Whatever you still have against me, I thought you should know. The priestess of Faronia that folks have been talking about actually came to Troll Whiskers asking after him and confirmed that she really did find his body. Or something like it, but if it’s not him, then where is he? And it’s not like it’s that surprising. No Hunter ever died in his bed.

They managed to breech his house, too. They sought out the key from me, but I didn’t turn it over without some kind of trial of proof. Turns out they found another way. Don’t doubt it has to do with the commotion at the East Branch a few nights back. Cormac once mentioned he had a vault there, but how they’d get in is beyond me. The only other option would be getting a copy from Nola, and that might be harder than breaking into the bank. They’d best hope the Kralls don’t find out.

All in all, they seem capable if a bit unusual. At least one of them isn’t quite human, but we both know that’s not so uncommon. They claim to have defeated a vukodlak in Tiande, the beast Cormac was hunting. Seems odd for him to fall to something like that when he’d faced down much worse, but that’s the narrative. They claim to have also killed a vampire and some werewolves, and word at the tavern is Gideon out in Doven Glen has been prolifically using a team that sounds a lot like theirs. Might be worth keeping an eye on. Looks like they’ve taken possession of Cormac’s old place if you’re interested in finding them.

They also claim to be looking for a contract devil and that Cormac was looking for the same one. Maybe you know more about it than I do, but there had been rumours for some years to that effect. Don’t know if the pact was his or someone else’s, but there’s not much to be done now.

Anyway, thought you should know since you two were close — at least as much as Cormac was close to anyone. I’ll raise a glass to him for you down at the tavern. You’re welcome to join if you get the inclination.

Brooks

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Debutante Debut

Nov 25th (and year) From the hunters diary of Katherine Elizabeth Forthright

Dear diary,

Today I presented my trap plan to the others. Though they were initially opposed to the event, when Katrina heard there might be vampires, she quickly worked to convince the others yo help.

During planing everything was going fine, until I asked about the food options. All of them found this derail to be below them, excepting that they wanted tons of garlic in the food. I compromised this with a logical food arrangement.

Hired Fox Weadgewood as photographer.

Hired a homeless hunter by the name of Otis to help in the kitchen. Strange fellow required that I call him Otis the Hobo. He refused to accept any other title, even simply Mr.

Must remember to tell the caterers of Otis.

Nov 28 Business log of Fox Wedgewood, recorded on phonograph

Hired by the the Women for Society for Women for Women for Society, or something like that. Had to send headshot as proof of compasity. Work on the evening of Dec 2 at the Manner House.

11.29.205,482 C.E.C.R account of Operative Regulus Parish
Acquired aide of one Maxim Taim for the up coming break incident by use of the Quest ring, one charge expended. In return required to resurrect Evan Williams. Completed the resurrection using the Wand of Resurrection, two charges expended. Evan Williams quit himself of his former allies finding them too chaotic. Possible recruitment option to be considered by the elders.

Dec 2nd diary of Celia Fitzwizle

Dreadful evening. I have no idea why father and mother made me have my coming out party with those merchants daughters. Fenilus Howard was staring at me all night. I’m not surprised given the way his father ogled the whore. I told Fenilus to meet me in the wine cellar. When he got there I locked him in. Apparently, someone let him out. Pity.

Charity Blue snuck off to get high with her “boyfriend.” But what more can you expect from a military brat.

The nun argued with Madeline Ott about religion. Pharasa take them both.

Talked to a charming and handsome man named Alexander. Father found it most impertinent that I danced with him twice. He feels Alexander is below us. I agree, but he might be useful to get Pony a sister.

Dec 2 Business log of Fox Wedgewood, recorded on phonograph

Photos taken, eleven debutates with parents and escorts, nine young men with their parents, one married couple.
Total number of photos 21

Additional photos requested by Richard Fitzwizle. Photos taken and charged to him.

Note to self. Have all persons with glasses remove them before photos are taken. The glare was horid.

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In other business the Debutante Ella Cinderton was missing for a while. According to the other hunters there, she was lured away by an Attic Whisperer. Luckilly Katrina and Gwythyr were able to free her and kill it. Sadly they burned all of the remains. I would have liked to have gotten photograph of that for my files.

Later that same day…

On devolving the pictures I found that one of the debutantes, her brother, and mother were all some kind of fey beings. I saw Katrina expelling them from the Manor so i will assume the matter is dealt with for the time being, i will keep the negatives and the prints in case they become an issue again.

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