Monday, April 4, 2011

Stair Guard Murders

“Oh, a storm is threat'ning, My very life today, If I don't get some shelter, Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away”
Dyfonix was 50 years old and a devoted skeptic of all things. People always swore that some undead creature did this or some demon did that but the normal every day truth was usually someone had more money than someone else and that someone else didn’t like it. Besides, when it was undead or a demon there really isn’t a mystery, it was obvious, and those that have seen either of those creatures and lived to tell it are never the same again. Still this was the second witness to report the same non-sense and the fact that it was practically the same tale was very disturbing. Dyfonix was sure that this second witness was telling the truth and silently wished he hadn’t let his “partner” loose on the prior witness. Hey what can you do? Dyfonix knew that someone out there in this gods forsaken winter storm was killing off stair guard so he wasn’t going out asking questions without some serious back up.

“War, children, it's just a shot away, It's just a shot away, War, children, it's just a shot away, It's just a shot away”

The lifter was a half dragon, red scales and bad attitude. Word on the street is this half dragon brawler defeated the hill giant bar champ at the Broken Barrel. I mentioned this to him when we met and he corrected me immediately, growling that he hadn’t defeated the hill giant, he had killed him. I told the watch commander he was perfect. The weather had him in a foul mood so we didn’t talk a lot. Occasionally he told me to ask a question and just to keep the peace I did, the “piece” I was keeping was my head. The first witness we interviewed was a driftdown con man who worked the areas around the lifts below. This lowlife was caught before he could rifle the body, at least according to our report he was, which of course could just be what the guy who wrote this report said to cover his own ass for shoddy work. Our first witness’s story was that a masked woman rose up from the snow like a mist, a wall of snow around her, and that she just as quickly disappeared, and the stair guard Gilex lay fallen in the snow. Unfortunately for the con man who told us this I thought he was hiding something, stinking drift downer. My new muscles added punctuation to all of my follow up questions and unfortunately for the witness, I had a lot of them. Now here we stood talking to witness number two and he gave the same tale.

“Ooh, see the fire is sweepin', Our very street today, Burns like a red coal carpet, Mad bull lost its way”

Our second witness was a good one too, not the normal sods but another stair guard. More observant than our first witness as well for his description identified her as having elf blood if not being a fully blooded elf. He suspected she wore leather and he was certain she had a crossbow. He estimated that she was only there for 30 seconds and when she was gone Ryzesi lay dead. Our second witness, Satos, swears that no wound was visible at first, he was trying to use the snow to locate her but when he turned back again to his fallen comrade a pool of blood rained down from his throat. Satos was obviously still in shock and other Stair Guards reported that the poor fellow had run himself ragged that evening warning everyone. I noticed while talking to him the wind burns on his cheeks and frost burn on his ears and hands. It was Satos’ efforts that lead to the findings of the other two bodies, Leneluy and Dipak. The last two murders had yet to turn up any witnesses and according to Satos, those two bodies had no obvious wounds, they had just been found frozen, dead at their posts.

“War, children, it's just a shot away, It's just a shot away, War, children, it's just a shot away, It's just a shot away”


Russ said...

Hmmm...Gimme Shelter sounds like a clue of some kind.

robm1171 said...

"... he hadn't defeated the hill giant, he had killed him." love it. I think the lyrics are just foreshadowing the upcoming battle between fire and ice.

James said...

Where's my 'like' button? LOL!