Linaras, 22nd day of Reapember, 432 AC
Deepwatch rising 2
Revered Daughter Rescued by Heroes
by Tauren Kai-Jere, Staff Writer
Palanthas - After a fierce battle beneath the city streets the missing priestess of Paladine was rescued by a group of heroes from a stronghold in the sewers last Bracha.
Six men and two women have been arrested for their alleged roles in the kidnapping of Revered Daughter of Paladine Clarissa Thurston. An unnamed priest of Hiddukel remains at large.
Thurston disappeared more then two weeks ago after protesting a fraudulent auction where the seller claimed to be selling the bones of deceased deities Paladine and Takhisis.
Despite the combined search efforts of the City Guard and the Knights of Solamnia the investigation hit dead end after dead end, said Commander Richard uth Koeckert of the City Guard.
It was the interrogation of a kender prisoner that provided authorities with their first break in the case.
Horace Elderdrake was the kender cellmate of Milo "The Mooch" Severson, a man charged with attempting to burglarize the Temple of Paladine more then a month ago. Severson allegedly had information regarding a "guild war" between two criminal organizations in Palanthas.
Authorities said Severson was hoping to trade information about the guilds' activities for a lighter sentence. It was Elderdrake who was responsible for helping Severson escape imprisonment almost three weeks ago.
During the course of a standard interrogation following Severson's escape Elderdrake revealed where his former cellmate had escaped to.
"It's the first time any of us at headquarters were happy to hear a kender say, 'Oops,'" Koeckert said.
"With the aid of a group of heroes already helping the Temple, the Knights of Solamnia and the City Guard raided a safe house, arresting Severson and two other men," Koeckert said.
At the safe house the watchmen recovered discarded drafts of an undelivered ransom note and information hinting at the location of the kidnapped Thurston.
"The letters recovered at the safe house indicated that the kidnappers were acting on the orders of a priest of Hiddukel; apparently a real up-and-comer in the Palanthian underworld," Koeckert said.
With the consent of law enforcement officials, the Temple's heroes raided a criminal stronghold they had discovered in the sewers that they believed Thurston was being held captive in. At least eight known criminals were killed during the rescue mission.
Thurston was found unconscious, bound, and gagged in a small room of the underground stronghold. When rescued it was clear she was suffering from malnutrition. She had moderate cuts and bruises across her entire body.
After she was revived, Thurston treated her own injuries at the scene before returning, under armed guard, to the Temple of Paladine.
Officials hope to make more arrests in connection to Thurston's kidnapping in the next few weeks.
"We are taking the fight to the criminals," said Sir Lotrian Tallbranch, Knight of the Rose. "I expect that by the week's end we will have shut down an entire gang of thieves and hatchet men."