Kirinor, 22nd day of Fleurgreen, 432 AC
After Deepwatch Hour rising 17
Eye in the Crowd - Ghost Tales in Golden Estates
by JOSHUASIGEP44, Staff Writer
Palanthas - The upscale area of Palanthas known as the Golden Estates has been witness to some strange occurrences of late. Chief among these is the recent death, and apparent murder of a previously unidentified woman. Now identified by the City Guard as Glyriana Frostwreath, daughter of silk merchant Georn Frostwreath, the woman was found dead in the Golden Estates by several of its residents with a sickly green glow surrounding her. Eyewitnesses told the City Guard that Frostwreath was run down by what appeared to be a ghostly chariot.
The apparent sighting of a strange glowing chariot has caused a panic in Golden Estates. In the weeks leading up to the death of young Glyriana Frostwreath, reports of a black chariot racing through Golden Estates at top speed every night at Darkwatch. In addition to the presence of the chariot itself a green glow seems to come from its inner compartment, and it is always accompanied by sounds of maniacal laughter and screams.
The residents of Golden Estates claim that the driver of the chariot to be none other than Justan DiFawl. DiFawl himself lived in Golden Estates many hundreds of years ago and, according to legend, young DiFawl was hung by the neck in those very streets. Local legends seem to be amplified with every reported sighting of the chariot. So the Herald wants to know...
Do you think this really is the ghost of Justan DiFawl, or just a tall tale?
Harris Markick, Golden Estate resident had this to say:
"Good Sir, this is no mere fabrication. Dozens of my fellows have gone on record stating they have seen the ghost, and you mustn't forget they've all given similar descriptions. I'm sure it means nothing to your lot when I say that I've seen the damned chariot myself. Straight out of the Abyss it comes! It even carries the slightest hint of brimstone which only those of us that have the keenest sense of smell seem to be able to detect."
Levi McKee, Golden Estate public comptroller shared the following:
"I myself have never seen the chariot. You see, I don't actually live in the Estates. I live down in Old City, have for years now. I tell you that to tell you this. We have no ghost in that part of the city. That doesn't mean that we don't have our fair share of crime. It's just that all of our murders are committed by someone in flesh and blood. Heck, the people that live in Golden Estates would never admit to having a criminal in their midst. Mishakal no, that might make their property value go down. Let these rich folk have their ghost. Diluted fools."
Apshire Pitkin, Golden Estate park gardener reluctantly stated his feelings:
"Mister, I can't speak to no ghost. I ain't seen nutin that nobody else ain't already said, but I'll tell it no matter. I also be hearin' that laughter, it's bad. I also be seein' that green shinny mist to. Like I said though I ain't seen no ghost, no sir, but what I did see was that young miss get run't over by that coach. That was real enough. Real enough to reach out and touch, and if we can touch it then I bet we can catch it. God help me I said too much!"