Rahasia’s Letter

Nicolai turned to the others. “Keep your weapons sheathed. From the little I’ve heard of elfs in these parts, an Elf in armour means there is trouble about. And I’m not keen on getting involved on the wrong side of that.

“Saeth, is this one of your clan’s villages ahead, or is it another clan? And if it is another clan, do you think they will help or hinder us?”

“Nay, that armor is not Callari,” she answered. “Probably one of the minor clans living in Radlebb.”

Miklos wondered why Nicolai had waved them to a halt. He tethered his Horse to a tree and turned round to see Maruc rush swiftly when to his side to check to see if he, or she, was alive.

The elf was dead. It was a young male elf, quite young. His elven armor didn’t seem to fit him very well  and it was damaged and old, hardly up to the standards of elven craftsmanship. The sword wounds on the body indicated he had met with a violet death. Hiss body was free of weapons. He had a small moneypouch that contained a small amount of coins. Even in death, he clung to a piece of parchment. It bore a message written in both the Common Tongue and Elvish.

To Thee of Valor and Honor ~

I am an Elven maiden called Rahasia. In the Hantu Valley at the foot of Gray Mountain, our village thrived in peace for many years. Our elders tended the forest. Our youth studied and worshiped in the temple on the mountain. We made our homes in peace—but our peace is no more.

It was two weeks ago when the stranger came. He was a handsome man with deepset eyes and a soft, persuasive voice. Anyone hearing him speak was almost certainly lulled into agreement. But my Father did not trust this man, who called himself The Rahib. When he made unwanted advances toward me, my Father drove him from our village and cast him forth. It was then, as this man retreated to the forest, that The Rahib uttered such a curse that the sky darkened. In a deep, rich voice, he intoned an evil chant we could not understand.

He then vanished into the forest. The next day, the elves who study at the temple and their teachers did not return to their homes. Their families became worried and went to the temple, but were driven away by the students, known as the Siswa. My Father and Hasan, my Betrothed, went to investigate, but they have not returned.

Two days ago, we recieved a message for The Rahib. He boasted that all the devoted Siswa were under a spell that will not be broken until the village gives the Rahib three maidens, including myself. We refused. That night, the Siswa attacked and kidnapped two of my friends, Sylva and Merisa. They tried to take me as well, but I escaped. They took all our weapons and armor, leaving us even more defenseless than we already were.

All of the villagers are in misery. With the Rahib controlling the sons and fathers of our clan, there is nothing we can do. Some have begged me to give myself over to the wicked Rahib, but I dare not, lest I find that he has lied, and will not break his curse. I fear that unless we are helped I shall never again see Hasan or my Father and my friends. I have sent this message in hopes that it reaches those who would rescue them and force the Rahib to remove his curse upon the Siswa. A great reward will given anyone who can succeed in this mission. Without help, I have no choice but to give myself to the Rahib and pray that he keeps his word and releases the others.

~ Rahasia

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6 responses to “Rahasia’s Letter

  1. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    “So either the man is a lecher as well as an evil minion or there is yet more ritual sacrifices to be made. This time with maidens…” the rest of his comment is little more than and jumble of dwarven cussing. “Let us be on. Miklos think you your pack horse can carry the body back for proper rites?”

    Feldard would with the help of others load the body on to the pack horse to bring back to the village and then move on up front, taking the lead and picking up the pace. There were lives at stake once more, it was no time for dwaddling.

  2. Nicolai (T4)

    “Elfish maidens in distress, sounds like a worthwhile cause, and especially if it involves this Rahib person. Let’s go.”

  3. Maruc (Clr 4)

    Maruc turned to Saeth. “I know not what Elven Gods you folk pray to so I recommend we take this body to the village ahead. We do not know if he was travelling or from the village when he was attacked. Nor by whom nor the number of assailents. He was killed with a bladed weapon in melee so his attackers did not use bows.” Maruc noted the empty scabbard, “They took his sword but not his money nor this note which is odd. If it was the Rahib who attacked him he would have taken the note. If it were plain robbers they would have taken the money. Unless the note was designed to misguide any who might pursue, but I see no reason for this. Perhaps the sword was an heirloom of worth?”

    He passed the note to the group.

    “I will seek Halav’s aid to determin what went on here.”

    Maruc will locate a local badger, hawk or some such and try to find out:

    how long ago this happened
    how many people were involved
    which way the victim was travelling
    were the attackers waiting here
    which way if the attackers go afterwards

    by using a Speak with Animals spell.

  4. Miklos (Mu 3)

    When he was passed the note Miklos quickly scanned it.

    “There are some interesting points to note here:

    Its not addressed to anyone specific.

    The Rahib has formidable access to magic sufficient to subdue an elven village, although if it is inate or item drawn is not clear.

    Some of it in in the form of Charm of a profound power such as to defeat the natural Elven resistance to these things.

    Weapons and armour were taken in a similar fashion to this corpse.

    There is no timeframe, this letter could have been written ten years ago. We may already be too late to save Rahasia.”

    He considered the problem for a moment, “Either way the Rahib must be found and stopped soon. I wonder if the village she is refering to is the one ahead? Well we shall find out soon enough.”

    Miklos helped load the corpse on to the horse. “I don’t know. I had this Rahib down as a messenger or follower rather than a puppet master. But I don’t know why he would go to such lengths to Charm to uncharmable? Something doesn’t ring true here.”

  5. Saeth: 10xp
    Maruc: 10xp + 10xp +10xp
    Miklos: 10xp + 10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp + 10xp
    Feldard:

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 6670/8000
    Maruc: 6740/12000
    Miklos: 6765/10000
    Nicolai: 6310/9600
    Feldard: 6705/8800

  6. “I agree that it would take strong magic to effect an entire village of elves, even of a minor clan such as this,” responded Saeth. “But the note he carried is clearly recent. The young one has not been dead for long, lest he’d be food for the denizens of the forest.”

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