Bracha, 23rd day of Deepkolt, 432 AC
Afterwatch Hour rising 2
Bandits Thwarted by Resistance Movement
by Trampas Whiteman, Staff Writer
YARUS – Five bandits were arrested last Bracha on charges of assault and theft when a patrol of Knights of Solamnia discovered the alleged culprits bound and gagged to a maple tree.
"While I can't comment upon the specifics of the case," Sir Erod uth Mavin said, "I can say that this is the result of the bravery of the citizens of Yarus. While I salute the courage, I advise against vigilante activities. If you see a crime, report it to the local knights' outpost."
Few witnesses saw the incident, and fewer still could report any detail. "I haven't seen the like since the days of the Dark Knights' occupation," Matilda Brunedalver said. "Why blessed be, if it weren't them Parsons! I thought they had all but hung up their cloaks with Solamnia being free once again. The bandits, they done come into town, hoopin' and hollerin'. That's when I saw them. Why there was one guy who sang the most beautiful music. Stranger still, the music was magic! Then there was that one woman who spoke a word to a charging horse, and it plum stopped! I couldn't see all of these folks, but a young gentleman with a dueling sword was leading them. He was quite handsome too, I might add!"
"Poppycock!" uth Mavin said. "Absolute rubbish. These so-called 'Parsons' are a folk legend, nothing more. A bit of banditry, and all of a sudden everybody is talking about the Parsons again. More than likely, this was a cell of the Legion of Steel, little better than vigilantes themselves, who instigated this incident."
Records of the Palanthas City Guard show that the Dark Knights had reported incidents with the Parsons on several different occasions, though there are few details about them. According to records, the Parsons were a resistance movement within Solamnia that would harbor fugitives and sabotage Dark Knight efforts. One report suspected that they worked with the Legion of Steel, though this was supposition on the part of the knight who filed it.