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Majetag, 17th day of Reapember, 432 AC
Evening Watch rising 4
The Palanthas Herald

Arsonist Loose In Solace

by Darcwulf, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Linaras, Newkolt 11, 422 AC

Abanasinia - A series of deliberately lit fires has the residents of Solace terrified their treetop town will be burnt to the ground.

Over the course of this past week, thirteen fires have been deliberately lit in the treetop town of Solace and despite the best efforts of the town's Sheriff department, the arsonist has eluded capture. Each fire was in a different location, but all targeted the great Vallenwoods the town is famous for. Solace authorities through the use of outside expert, have determined all were started with the same chemical accelerant.

"At first we feared we would find no trace of what caused the fires," said Roland Walker, a deputy sheriff of Solace. "Our citizens are understandably highly afraid of fire and are very enthusiastic when it comes to putting them out. I personally sifted the sodden remains of the first fire for over half a day and came away with nothing useful. After the fourth fire though, Sheriff Mondar called in an expert, - a gnome. We all had thought he'd lost his mind, but as usual, it was the right decision. After only an hour examining the scenes of the crimes Grind Gearshift had not only discovered the chemical used, he had broken it down to into the initial ingredients."

"It is mostly made up of the usual chemicals that are used in warfare pitch and naphtha," Grind Gearshift told the Herald "But there is another component to the mix that is far more inventive. This pyromaniac has included a waste product of the alcohol fermentation process which gives the ignition an almost explosive start. Most alarmingly he seems to be varying the recipe slightly each time as if he is trying to improve his process."

Investigations have been carried out upon all businesses in the town known to brew the particular liquor in question, but so far without any successful results. "Gearshift says that none of the brewing residues in the town, match that which is being use in the fires," continued Walker. "This week we will be expanding our investigations to the nearby farms. We are also deputising additional volunteers to increase the roving patrols and stationed guards."

Sheriff Gerard uth Mondar, former Solamnic Knight hasn't been seen for several days, rumours about town say that he is investigating whether certain outside sources are to blame for the fires.

Adventure Hooks

Capture the arsonist or arsonists. Determine whether he/they are acting alone or with the support of someone like "Baron" Samuval.