Bracha, 18th day of Fleurgreen, 432 AC
Third Watch falling 17
Attempted Lynching In Solace
by Darcwulf, Staff Writer
Solace - With tensions running high in Solace a mob of angry residents almost lynched a half-ogre with suspected connections to the robber baron, Samuval.
This past week a mob of villagers, angry and frightened about the possibility of an invasion by the forces of Samuval the robber baron, attempted to lynch one Doyle Half-Ogre. It is widely known throughout the town that the Solace sheriff department has long suspected Doyle has a connection with Samuval and with current tensions running so high, the negative feelings focused on him.
"It started in the Town Square," said Roland Walker, a deputy Sheriff of Solace. "As a simple discussion of things that the townsfolk could do to help with the defence. When my patrol passed through earlier all was calm and quiet, but we were called away to deal with some kender and wagon load of manure. After we left, the discussion apparently turned to spies and how to ferret them out and one thing led to anther. Next thing I knew there was a mob trashing The Trough and assaulting Doyle Half-Ogre."
The Trough is a ramshackle tavern on the edge of town, a notorious hangout for lowlifes and drunkards. The mob smashed in the door, then ransacked the taproom, assaulting patrons and destroying all the furniture.
"Doyle Half-Ogre, always ready to dive into a barroom brawl, laid into the mob " continued Walker. "It soon developed into a contest between the mob and Doyle, but the half ogre had been drinking, so there was little doubt how it would end. Many of the individuals in the mob had been hurt by the Half-Ogre and they weren't inclined towards forgiveness. When we arrived at The Trough they already had a noose about his neck and were search for a strong branch. The seething anger was palpable and I feared my small patrol wouldn't be able to regain control in time to save the drunken fool's life. That is when Brandon and Brannock arrived and began cracking skulls together."
Witnesses say Kristoph Brandon, ex-Solamnic knight and Brannock Skullcracker a Klar warrior appeared as if out of nowhere turning the tide. Over thirty-five of Solace's residents were arrested and locked up over the incident. Insiders say that town Mayor Palin Majere is extremely angry and disappointed at the behaviour of his fellow townsmen.
In related news, a Steel Legion source reports that Samuval may have a matured Urkan worm sooner than anticipated. By piecing together scattered rumours and half-truths with verified facts it is believed Samuval has gained the services of a powerful druidic cabal who once owed their allegiance to the late Dragon overlord Gellidus. The group in question is known to have employed growth acceleration magic before and the legion has trustworthy reports that two members are in the vicinity.
Solace needs all the help she can get and is hiring all comers. Low level PC's can participate in keeping the peace. Mid level PC's can patrol the surrounding countryside and investigate the Samuval's forces growing numbers. High level PC's can work to destroy the fragile agreement between the druidic cabal and Samuval to prevent the Urkan worm becoming a danger.