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Linaras, 22nd day of Reapember, 432 AC
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The Palanthas Herald

Sorcerer Found Dead; Artifacts Missing

by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Linaras, Fleurgreen 31, 422 AC

Palanthas – The body of Winston Walden was found in his room at Myrtal's Roost on Linaras.

The body of Winston was discovered by Melody Penniweather, a cleaning woman for Myrtal's Roost. She told the Herald, "He was lying half on his bed, half off it. His skin was all shriveled as if all the moisture had been sucked out of him. But worst of all was the look on his face. Whatever he saw in his last moments must have scared the Abyss outta him. I'll never forget that look of absolute terror."

Five weeks ago, Walden reported making an amazing discovery in the ruins of the City of Lost Names. He claimed to have discovered several artifacts within a secret chamber underneath what is commonly known as the Cloud Remains. Included in these finds were a journal, a scroll, and a medallion.

"The artifacts were not among Winston's belongings," said Gilo Fronthand of the Silver Hands. "I can only assume he stored them somewhere other his room. The body was severely desiccated and Winston's face was twisted in a grimace of terror. The room was a shambles; obviously someone was looking for the artifacts. The only clue to the assailant's identity was the scraps of white and red cloth clutched in Winston's hand."

According to sources within the University of Palanthas, Winston took the artifacts he found there.

"Winston brought those artifacts to the University because only we have the resources available to catalogue them properly," said Eroch Greander, Chancellor of the University of Palanthas. "Now they are missing. It can't be a coincidence that Winston turns up dead and now the artifacts are missing. My money is on the wizards not wanting to share their toys.

Dismissing the allegations of Greander, Fronthand told the Herald, "At the moment, the only clues we have to go on are the scraps of cloth. It could be from anything from the robes of wizards to perhaps the holy raiment of a priest of Hiddukel. At the moment we don't know. We need more information. I urge anyone with information pertinent to this case to please contact the nearest City Guard station."