Linaras, 25th day of Paleswelt, 432 AC
Morning Watch rising 11
Kender Mauled by Shadow Lion
by Trampas Whiteman, Staff Writer
PALANTHAS – A kender was mauled last Palast by what witnesses describe as a "shadow lion." The kender as identified as Sunil Nimblefingers.
"I've known Sunil for about eight years," City Guard Tolin Drasil said. "He was always sort of a pest around the Cityhome. Then he managed to be in the right place at the right time. He found the mask of the Blue Sorcerer. Since then, he has acted quite peculiar, though a good fellow overall. For a kender."
The Blue Sorcerer had attached the Shadow Sorcerer eight years previous in a sorcerous duel that caused great damage and concern within the city. Since then, the Shadow Sorcerer and her Shadow Tower have not reappeared near their base in the Shoikan Grove.
According to witnesses at the scene, a lion, seemingly made of shadow, emerged from a dark alley around twilight. Sunil was wearing the Blue Sorcerer's mask and a blue cape. While pretending to be the Blue Sorcerer, the shadow lion attacked the kender.
"The little guy had no chance," Siehera Argyros, Platinum Mystic, said. "The dark lion moved incredibly fast. By the time the crowd saw what was happening, it was too late. The lion had mauled the poor kender, shattering the mask. When the lion ran off, I ran to the kender to see if I could offer aid, but it was too late. The kender appeared to be drained of all life. He was sunken and hollow, his hair unnaturally grayed. I had never seen anything so awful."
"This is disturbing news indeed," Jaclyn Cashell, Red Robe historian, said. "I recently discovered the mask of the Shadow Sorcerer missing from my collection of arcane artifacts. To have both incidents happen so closely together..."
Cashell was unavailable for further comment.