Glenumbra, Midyear, 20, 280
Sergeant Timothy Dwight reporting,
I will report in here what I have discovered thus far, we have something hunting in these lands, not man or beast, but supernatural. The marks bear the hallmarks of a vampire. What is strange is that whoever is doing this is not trying to hide its intentions at all, the bodies are found bobbing up and down in the harbour. Three dead have already been found and as for suspects, there are always new people here. At the moment I have three leads, a redguard woman. The second is a wealthy merchant whose vessels came in, there is rumors about what goes on, on his ships. The third is a woman who bears all of the hallmarks of a reach woman. That said I really don't have a good feeling about this case.
Midyear 30, 280
I write what follows with a clear mind and an honest heart. I was following the lead of the merchant and was able to get two men onto his ship for one of his parties and I told them to hang a red flag in a window on the ship in case of trouble and I would come on board with the guards. Nothing I have seen prepared me for what I saw on that ship. I had a lookout to tell me if anything amiss was happening or they saw the flag but late into the evening there was no sign and I went to sleep. The morning came and the ship was still out of its slip just sitting there in the harbour anchors down but no one visible. I took two row boats full of guards and we secured ropes to the vessel and boarded.
The fog was thick but there was no mistake for what was there, several dismembered corpses on the deck. We went below afraid that what did this was still on the ship and we searched room by room, and we only found more gore and signs of struggle. The merchant was found drained of his blood in his quarters. The hold was where the chaos happened, it looked like some of the guests tried to take over the ship, I assume for robbery. In the chaos of the melee the creature plucked off stragglers. I am claiming this with certainty because with all weapons accounted for, there are 7 bodies with axe wounds yet no axes of that type were found anywhere near the scene of the kills.
All of this while terrible was not the worst, one of my men came up his face flush, and told me that I had to come to a room with him alone. In that room were my two men on the ship, their bodies had been...scavenged, ribs spread, flesh missing, but dismembered parts formed the words "I know." I ordered my men to the deck, we lifted the anchors and got the ship to get a headwind while we started fires below decks. No one needs to see what happened there.
Last Seed 15, 280
I thought it was over, there had been no reports of anyone going missing or any bodies appearing in the past two months. I have received a letter to go to Hag Fen to talk to someone with information on the night of the barge disaster. I don't like it, it seems like a bad idea but maybe someone saw something and has gained the courage to speak up, we will see.
Last Seed 30, 280
He's dead, and no one seems to want to talk about him. Rumors that he took to drinking pretty hard after the incident in the ship. His contacts being butchered in that way. Apparently no one even knew he was missing until the body was found. Three arrows in his chest, and a bite mark on the neck but we don't know why that was done, if it was just to add insult to injury, the arrows themselves would have been fatal.
All I know is that both of his suspects that remained well there is not much to go on, other than one is a redguard woman and the other looked like she was from the reach. "Whatever that means," this place looks like it's been ransacked but his friends said this was how he left it, so many other non official notebooks, scrawled with what seems like mad thoughts. Several are filled with apologies and conversations with the "ghosts" of the two men he sent to their deaths. The "reachwoman" is gone, no one has seen hide nor hair of her for over two months.
As for the redguard, I inquired if ship has left for Hammerfall. I was told that three did and as for redguards they laughed and said of course. I asked about thing odd, way too much covering for the season, and a dockworker said there was one woman that he heard had she had leprosy that was cured but her body was horridly disfigured from it.
I was going to take the next ship to the port the ship was going to when I was told I was needed urgently back at headquarters, all hands were needed for breaking up a werewolf clan. I want to refuse and stay on this increasingly cold trail but I can't do that, my orders are my orders.
Evening Star 21, 282
I hate this desert, the Alik'r is a deathtrap, if you don't die from the heat, the snakes, the scorpions, the people hell I think even the sand itself has daggers waiting for you. Yet I come here each leave I get, clues, rumors, supposition but still it's something. There is something bigger than a snake that is causing people to vanish in this desert.
It just doesn't make sense that the local vampire clan would be so bold, already there have been patrols by militia's looking for vengeance. Yet no matter where I am took, the trail is already cold, whatever is doing this is not like most vampires. This thing eats the people or at least takes parts of them in addition to drinking their blood. It makes no attempt to hide what it's done, it's like a cat marking its territory.
Again, a month in this desert and no closer to finding the redguard...I know she is here, waiting, stalking, planning her next meal, and until someone puts her down she will not stop. But just as I was about to leave the night before we made it to port, I heard a campfire story about the desert asp, that took the form of a woman, and would tempt, stalk, snipe, or charge at her prey, whatever it took to feed.
I asked the teller of the story how long they have told this. He told me not too long, about the huntress, but there is another story, of a young huntress who passed her initiation into adulthood but changed, after it went horridly wrong and has never been seen again. He said that there is no way she'd still be alive as his grandfather told him his story as he witnessed her do the trial as a young woman. She's as dead as those the huntress takes. But she changed when those snakes bit her. Maybe this creature that steals travellers in the night is her spirit, continuing the hunt.
I set off the next day, more sure than ever that she was closer to my grasp. I will go to the village this young maiden was from and see if I can hear any stories. I don't think I'll find anything but I must go there when I return.