Bleeding Moon in Marali
I must tell you about an unfortunate encounter in the crypt that took place during the Full Bleeding Moon, as well as the ants and pixies – once again!
I heard from Suomus the wizard that something odd was happening in the crypt. I’d investigated the second level previously (via the tunnel) as far as the entrance to the under dark, but found nothing amiss. We therefore gathered a small party to look at the graveyard and first level. We noted tracks corresponding to three persons just outside the graveyard. Being Full Moon, the graveyard itself was a significant challenge. Together with Suomus, Lillium, Suscane, Jedd and the gaseous entity we fought our way through. On descent, we saw several of the undead had already been lain to rest. Unfortunately we encountered a wraith, and together with the other undead there it destroyed our party rapidly. I was not even able to fight the thing directly, it killed me before I could unleash even a single blow of my hammer.
I judged that there was not a sufficient threat to the city to re-enter. Of the three persons who entered we found no sign. I gather that once the effects of the full moon had passed, another party essayed the crypt with more success, and perhaps with more news.
On the matter of the ants these past few days I have less to report. Two ants were close to the bank, and I quickly dispatched them. The guards reported they were desirous of assistance, and I sped to the South Gate. Once again there were many pixies and ants of all varieties. After I sent messages, help arrived. I left Armsman Nial, the wizard Ryen and our formidable former Vanguardian Fuoco to clear the area.
After our subsequent meeting, we patrolled as you commanded. We found a small brigand encampment south west of the portal. They had orders to rob a guild with a notable rogue – we rushed to our allies at Citrinitas Aegis, and Lillium entered her hall with trepidation – but we found nothing had been taken. The Looting Jesters and our own Vanguard also appeared unmolested. Whether the ants, pixies and brigands are linked I cannot say.