Ex Umbra

A Diary of Sorts

Chapter 1

25th of Quartus, 1668

In the late afternoon the group arrived in Creux Dormir, after 8 days of travel over land. Duc Edgard Édouard Côme Desrosiers du Gévaudan had asked Jean-Nicolas to travel to the town and investigate the reasons behind the Marquise's inability to handle a problem in the province.
They had no troubles finding the mansion of the Marquise, who graciously agreed to a meeting with them right away, despite the late hour. He told them what he knew, about rumours of a fire-breathing hell beast from the underground roaming the countryside. The rumours were a bit ambivalent as to the exact nature of the beast, some likened it to a huge wolf, a bear, or in some cases a massive boar. The Marquise made no secret of his doubts about the veracity of those rumours, ad that he didn't believe in any kind of hell beast with eyes shining like the fires of hell, or such nonsense. But at the same time he couldn't really explain the reasons to those rumours.
The next part of the problem turned up about two weeks ago, when, within two days, two dead persons turned up, apparently torn to pieces but what could only be a large, feral, beast of some sort. One of the bodies were found floating at the bank of a small river southwest of the town, and the other body on the banks of the same river, a bit further up from the first body. The hunters, and the Captain of the Guards, Solaine Devost, were at a loss to explain it in any other way. But they couldn't explain how such a beast could go undetected for so long, and leave almost no tracks.
Since those two bodies, no more bodies have been found like that, and as far as the Marquise knows there have been no similar attacks on livestock either. But the rumours continue to abound about a hell beast roaming the country side, and the people are clearly afraid of being outdoors after dark, for any reason.
After the meeting with the Marquise the group decided to immediately go see the Captain of the Guard, if she was still at the Town Guard headquarters, near the central square of the town.



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