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title: Annals of Elk's Run 1245
categories: Annals

# Rumours heard

+ Cieran's Plan
    1. Check with the Italian and with our trade partner in Limerick if there are news.
        + generally reveals that prices have slowly normalized and no new river camps have been established.
    1. Check with the villagers of An Scairb if they have picked up news from further South.
    1. Collect gossip in some of the trade posts; this is delegated to grogs and companions; if someone can draw street maps, they are volunteered.  We can always dispatch a peddlar with some goods to sell as a cover story.
    1. Cieran scouts out the trade posts, and prepares a breakin into the keep.
    1. Break into a keep to search for clues.
    + ... assuming of course that we are not derailed by good clues 🙂
+ The DeBurca and to a lesser extent Draytons both confirm this.
  There is still a dosturbing trend of attacks at night on roads, so such travel is more actively discouraged than before... but the attacks are less bloody. Sometimes robberies, sometimes a travelling party just dissapears. There were reports of more bloody attacks like before but they were last know to be in the neigh orhood of Dublin and your sources lost track of those.
+ Lord DeBurca reports that the local Faeries he treats with have calmed down a bit, saying things lile the "Blood crazed warrior has moved on, but there is still a stench of foreign rats about."
+ #2 The villagers are quite happy with your version of the river camp (this was the village you all invrsted in?)... they are also quite pleased that the other camps have slowly raised their prices and those people don't throw money around like its water anymore. This has helped grow their new trade a bit.
+ #3 There are a number of rumors.
    + A sickness that comes from imported wine will give you nightmares and impotence for months.
    + Many people are looking for or lamenting after missing loved ones at the camps and in general in the water/boat related trades. Grown men sometimes seem to be quietly cryong thenselves to sleep. It isn't something talked about openly but the covenant, the two families, and the villagers have all run into this rather quiet rumor.
    + A spirit of the rivers has been seizing greedy people when they are alone. Sometimes this is told as an angel doing it.
+ You dispatch the peddler, he gets those three rumors among more mundane ones... but mid season he does not check in.
    + mid-Winter?  Oops.  We send a team of grogs to investigate, while Cieran completes the arrow spells ...
+ #3 The grog party does discover the site of where the peddler is ambsuhed. The peddlers wares were taken but strangely, his clothes and boots were mostly burned in a hastily dug fire pit. A small, hardened leather purse, a recogizable wedding gift, is recognized by his wife despite being pretty charred. The fire was seemingly left to burn out unattended, as simple tending would have easily ensured everything burned to ash completely.
    + South of Limerick - Along the roads that run in the area of the river camps
    + The grog scouts can take you there
    + They burried the fire pit in a little mound, sort of a funeral without a body. One of the Grogs was a close friend.

# Spring 1245