There’s been no word from the Mayor, but that is nothing new. The last I’ve heard from him is that he’s hiding out in Olfden, avoiding the plague and afraid that it will wipe out the city.
The so-called plague, the Blackscour Taint, claimed two more victims today, two men who worked for the gavel of the Lumber Consortium, Thaldrin Kreed. I heard that Kreed went to the family of those two men and paid a sum of money to the widows to take care of them. It was a noble gesture, to be sure, but that hardly erases the atrocities he has committed as the leader of the consortium.
He paid me a visit not long after those supposed events. He showed up with that thug of his, “Pay Day” Teedum. That pug-faced buffoon might as well be wearing a leash held by the gavel. It’s only by technicalities that the man isn’t rotting in the stocks.
“Sheriff,” Kreed said with a disgusting sneer.
“Gavel,” I replied with venom in my voice.
“Let me get to the point,” he said. “More Valers are dying from this damned disease. Today two good cutters of mine died. They were healthy men. Good men. And it has put me in a mood.”
“Well, Kreed,” I said calmly. “There’s nothing I can do about that. I’m no god.”
“That’s good for me,” he said. “It means you can answer for your sins. But anyway, I hear you sent some non-Valers out to save our hides, is that true?”
“It’s true, I did send a group of adventurers. They were healthy looking and I had a feeling they could help.”
“A feeling? You based the entirety of your actions to save this city on your gut?” He laughed cruelly.
“What can I say? They impressed me,” I lied. There was no way I was going to explain the vision and pull I had before conscripting the crew.
“Well, sheriff,” he said. “Let’s hope we see some results from their adventuring. Because if they don’t, I will find them and flay them while you watch.”
“Goodbye, Kreed”, I said, shuffling him and his rabid dog henchman out the door. I was used to his idle threats by now. He wouldn’t really lash out for fear of a public upheaval of power held by the consortium.