I don’t know how the letter found me, I hate it when outsiders sniff around my den Mother dosnt like the smell of the letter, I read it. Travelling this time of year is easy but I take the passing of the professor harder then I thought, I didn’t know him long but aside from being a powerful mage he is wise and kind. Not many in these parts would take in and help a stray especially a stray that had just been attack by a warewolf, but he was like that and after saving me he treated my curse. I try to explain to Mother as we walk towards Ravengrow but she dosnt fully understand, she thinks I shouldn’t go the wild is where we belong she refuses to enter the town at first. I walk into town alone as Mother wanders the outskirts of town, run she tells me to avoid this place but I dismiss it she is just feeding my own thoughts back to me I hate towns to many smells to many people I pull my heavy cloak over my robes as the first villager gives me a strange look. I forget the symbols I paint on my robes to protect me will give away my source of power, that reminds me I need to return the books I took from the professor. Of course mother dosnt approve, she thinks I am stronger and by the right of the pack I can take what I want she dosnt understand I stole them from a trusting fool I called friend.
Kendra is there to meet me, I have never met her but she smell like the professor ink and parchment, grief and tears. Shes pretty despite looking so sad I know why the professor kept her from me now, I wonder what she would think of me if she knew I stole her fathers books on summoning. I take her hand its warm and soft and I can see ink around her nails, mothers thoughts enter my own she dosnt like this girl she wants me to leave now to run and rejoin her. There are 6 other people there they look odd, I smile as I think that “odd” what does that even mean anymore after what I have done and seen.
I quietly study the others, I have never seen a gnome before she smells as wild as I do and is shadowed by a large mountain cat, no its stripped she must be from the south tigers don’t like the cold this far north I will have to remember to exploit that if I can. I am not surprised the professor new a half orc, I would have though him a savage but all I can smell is booze I fight laughing as mother mocks the half orc a drunk dedicated to a mercenary god “orcs are fools“ she taunts. There are a pair of rogue types aswell a elf and a half elf, I wonder if they know each other and ponder their ages, could they be related? No they don’t know each other they both smell of steel and leather but nothing ells is similar. I study the last of the six and I can feel mothers presence closing quickly, a changeling! I listen as the changeling explains how she knows the professor and mother is close enough to smell her now, I can here mothers thoughts screaming to me “no good can come form knowing this one, run before you get pulled into the fates”, I ignore her suppressing her thoughts I know she is going to be mad at me later for this but I cant concentrate when she does this.
I speak briefly of how I met the man, then stand quietly as the rest finish. Kendra asks us to help carry him to his final resting place, as I pick up the coffin I cant help but question the weight trying to recall how big the professor was. I can smell the death as we walk through the graveyard, I can feel the unrest here too this town has many secrets I wonder if anyone ells can sense this. There is a group of towns people here they are scared and angry, I listen as they tell me the professor was a necromancer and then don’t want him to rest beside there kin, Mother tells me this is what happens when I get mixed up in town I start to call forth the words off a spell the burn the fools but dismiss it quickly as the others calm the towns people.
We rest the man gently into the ground before watching Kendra toss in a hand of dirt, I silently prey to Pharasma to judge him then threaten she will have to deal with me if she dose not. Kendra asks us to come back to the manor to hear the reading of the will, there is an older man with a military air about him here now too. I listen to the last of the priests words then turn to follow the others, I can feel mothers eyes on me but she is silent and out of sight for now.
I pick the key up off the table as Kendra retrieves a chest the older man talked about, I am grateful the professor thought of my but money is almost an insult he knew I care nothing for it and prized his library and the knowledge it would offer to a braver soul then he. I unlock the small chest and break the seal on a folded letter, my eyes are already appraising the books within as I read the words. His letter speaks of the whispering way and ghosts that haunt Harrowstone, I know why he had them send for me now I cant help but grin of course Harrowstone is haunted all such places are along with temples churches and dozens of abandoned places in this country side. I fight back my excitement as I read the names of the books within, so much dark power and history in them I would kill for anyone of these books but I know I wont have too when the time comes I will gorge on the knowledge within with no one being any the wiser to it. Its suggested by the others we talk to people in town and try and find out what we can, the professor must have been asking around before he went up to the old jail. We will find out what he was up too in the morning, after we find this hidden crypt. I find my way to the library and replace the books I stole early in the year, and then borrow a few new books. After everyone has gone to sleep I make entries in my book and sketch the other named in the will. Mother scolds me as I try to fall asleep, I give her the chair and sleep on the floor to apologize but I know she isn’t really mad. I hate sleeping inside its too warm and too stuffy I think of the gentle chill of the night as I fall sleep on the wood floor, I dream of cold burnt stone and a gentle voice calling me.
When I wake I know what I must use the spirit board for now, but I don’t know if the others will go along with it. I will have to be careful in this town after yesterday, they don’t like outsiders but I will hide behind the changeling she is good at dealing with these people and is kinda, I hope I don’t need to sacrifice her to the mob for me to get away.