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Linaras, 15th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Waking Hour rising 21
The Palanthas Herald

Murderous Minstrels Attack Relgoth

by Heine Stick, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Palast, Paleswelt 7, 419 AC

Relgoth - On Majetag, the Murderous Minstrels struck against the city of Relgoth in what the citizens have quickly dubbed the Night of the Dark Bards. So far, 145 citizens have been confirmed dead and at least twice that number severely wounded or missing.

Sources within the Relgoth Watch describe the event as chaotic and extremely violent. Apparently, the Murderous Minstrels struck from within the city itself, luring the citizens out of their homes with a strangely alluring music and killing dozens of innocent civilians before the Watch managed to offer resistance.

"It was awful! One minute people are enjoying themselves, celebrating Mayor Gunsun's birthday. The next minute blood is everywhere and these monsters go about their grisly business," said watchman Dane Cluster. "And that music! I don't know why but some of those monsters were playing music! Dark, sorrowful music. It seemed to have some effect because some of my colleagues acted very weird, attacking each other and the civilians we've sworn to protect!"

According to scholars studying the undead, this bold attack was carefully planned and served some dark purpose. "Aye, the attack on Relgoth did not take place just because the Murderous Minstrels felt like spreading death and carnage," said Qinthalanas, scholar at the University of Palanthas. "This is a matter of recruiting new members to the troupe. The fact that those missing are all young and healthy points in that direction."

Roxana Terron of the Kingfishers did bring some happy news, however. "We've actually managed to take one of the vampires prisoner and we've procured a map from one of the Murderous Minstrels. We hope that this new development will provide a breakthrough in our efforts to put a stop to this. Clerics of Branchala and Mishakal and some of my fellow Kingfishers are traveling to the location indicated by the map as we speak."

In the meantime the Relgoth authorities are looking for a replacement for the commander of the Watch as Sir Jonan Ree was killed in the attack. "Aye, Sir Ree was attacked by a vampire and according to my men he was turned into a vampire himself. We were forced to put him to rest."