These are the collected, filed documents concerning the arrest and execution by hanging of Linos Uther, ranging from the 22nd of Vor, 1317, to the 10th of Cal, 1317.
Documents are dated as follows:
1317: Vor 22nd; Davor the 6th and 16th; Trivor the 18th;Cal the 10th.
Report issued by local Warden (name not given), collected on the 22nd of Vor, 1317 Avard, by Sgt. Magnol who was sent to investigate the lateness of the shipment of some 100 maces, 50 spears, 20 longbows, and 200 longswords, due to arrive at Mount Basilisk on the 19th of Vor.
15 men were found bound and gagged beside the road from Rilan to Mount Basilisk. Though battered and beaten I was able to locate the leader of the group, a captain by the name of Cavenaugh.
The captain explained that they had been bound up for the past two days by a group of bandits who hid their faces with cloaks and scarfs and the like. They had stopped to inspect a body that lay in the road. When the captain knelt down to check the body, the man had jumped up and held a dagger to the captain's throat demanding the rest of the men to drop their weapons. When a couple of men dropped down from the carts and drew weapons, arrows erupted from the surrounding trees, lodging into the cart inches away from the men. The man that held the captain yelled out that the caravan was surrounded, and that if the men obeyed, nobody would be killed. The command to drop weapons was issued once more by the masked man holding the captain. The men followed the order. As soon as all weapons were dropped, bandits started to come out of the trees, blindfolding the guards and binding their hands behind their backs. The captain was the the last to be blindfolded and his hands bound.
This is the last thing that the captain or any of the other men can recall before waking up bound to the trees. Judging from the massive lumps on their heads, it seems as if they had been knocked unconscious soon after being blindfolded. The two carts of weapons, the guard's weapons, and the horses had all been stolen. Only the guards in their clothing, bound with the bandit's rope and gagged with the bandit's rags, were left. There is no immediate evidence as to where the bandits have gone.
Warden's note: This area has not recently had troubles with bandits, and something this well-planned and executed hints to something very peculiar indeed. The captain also notes that although the man that held a dagger to his throat was covered from the nose down and had a hood shielding the top of his head, when the man jumped up and grabbed him, the captain noticed that the bandit's left eye brow was scarred through in two places in a parallel fashion.
Report issued by Captain Cavenaugh, lead investigator in the disappearance of ordered shipment number 5407, Davor the 6th, 1317 Avard.
Upon returning to the site on the 28th of Vor, my men and I decided to search for a mile in every direction from the spot of the theft. There was no sign of disturbance amongst the trees and foliage so the bandits must have used the road in one direction or the other. Having no leads, we flipped a coin and determined that east, along the road, would be our heading. My twenty men and I traveled seven miles, as fast as our horses would carry us, to the small settlement of Uralbuk. The warden who issued the initial report lived in this settlement and was quite sure that if the bandits had traveled eastward, they had never made it to Uralbuk.
Traveling back westward, we searched the edge of the road more carefully for disturbance and a faint set of wagon tracks were found nearly halfway between the site of the theft and the village of Uralbuk, on the southern side of the road. The great weight that the carts carried left a fairly deep impression in the ground that was still noticeable more than a week after the carts had passed. After a half-mile through the countryside the bandits quit trying to cover the tracks and the trail was much easier to follow.
For the next six days we followed the trail south to the coast. As we were on horseback and the bandits were taking the carts through the fields and around woods and such, we felt as if we were gaining on them, and each campsite we found seemed fresher and fresher. On the sixth day we saw the ocean as we crested a small hill. We followed the trail down to a small cove with a pebbled beach. On the beach was the smoldering remains of two carts, and several spots on the beach that looked as if a keel had scraped out a line toward the carts. Scanning the horizon, I spotted nothing.
It seems as though we will have to find a ship to track these motherless dogs down. Our task just grew much more difficult.
(signed) Captain Cavenaugh
Report issued by Captain Cavenaugh, lead investigator in the disappearance of ordered shipment number 5407, Davor the 16th, 1317 Avard.
The day after we found the smoldering wagons, we searched the surrounding area and found a number of tracks setting out in nearly every direction. We headed westward along the beach toward Teras to attempt to enlist the Navy in our plight. A day's journey east we encountered an elderly man fishing. When asked if he had seen any ships in the past three or four days, he replied that he had seen ships every day for the past several years now. I then asked him if he had seen any masked men within three or four days, to which he replied he had. He had seen some thirty or so masked men loading cargo from two carts onto a small tender, made several trips to a small, peculiarly red ship with black sails. On the last load one of the masked men went with the load and seemed to wave farewell to the other men on the shore who immediately set the carts on fire and went their separate directions. Several masked men even passed very near to the old man, but gave him no trouble and indeed ignored him altogether.
The tracks that did go in the same direction that we went soon disappeared as if the men that had left them had just blinked out of existence mid-stride. We continued on to Teras over the next week to enlist the help of the captain stationed at port there in Teras. Luckily the captain was very happy to help us in this task, and did allow us to travel with a crew of pirate-catchers and one-time smugglers aboard a quick-moving clipper. We leave port in two days.
(signed) Captain Cavenaugh
Report issued by sgt. Magnol, assigned to help captain Cavenaugh with the disappearance of ordered shipment number 5407,Trivor the 18th, 1317 Avard.
A month aboard this ship has finally yielded results as we caught sight of our quarry bearing northwest toward Teras. We intercepted the ship with ease, and it slowed and dropped anchor, complying with our shouts. Captain Cavenaugh was the first to board the red ship quickly followed by us. The captain of the red ship demanded to know what the problem was, that they had a very tight schedule to keep. Captain Cavenaugh wasn't really listening to the captain, he was searching the faces of the crew of the red ship. In the back of a bunch of crew members a man who looked much less tanned and tattooed was commanded to come forth. The man stepped through the crowd of sailors and stared, emotionless at Cavenaugh.
Captain Cavenaugh turned to the captain of the red ship and asked him whether he was in the business of smuggling stolen goods owned by the nation of Rakore and protecting spies and operatives that are enemies of Rakore. At that moment the man that had been called forth by the captain, leapt on Cavenaugh, dagger in hand and plunged it into the captains throat. As the captain gurgled, dying, the monster of a man roared out and the crew of the red ship leapt onto us. Luckily we outnumbered them three to one, and we soundly beat them. We lost but five men who succumbed to their wounds (including Captain Cavenaugh), and half of the crew of the red ship was killed outright. A total of nine men, including the man that killed the captain, were captured. These men must have anticipated either being captured or losing their vessel, as their logbook was destroyed.
Wherever they took the weapons, they received payment in the amount of one thousand gold pieces in return. The small chest containing the gold was the only cargo on the ship.
We now head for port in Teras to deliver the prisoners into the custody of the jailers. The gold will be sent with a secure caravan to Mount Basilisk as part of the wealth of Rakore.
It is also of note to say that the prisoner that killed the captain also bears scars that match the description of the bandit leader that originally stole weapons shipment.
(signed) Sergeant Magnol
Report issued by Master Jailer Thawley Pucster, assigned to interrogate prisoners in the theft of ordered shipment number 5407, Cal the 10th, 1317 Avard. Execution orders signed by ruler of Teras, Count Kaleus Stonegrudge.
Through interrogation, Linos Uther has revealed himself as the mastermind behind the theft of the weapons shipment. He claims that he had stolen the shipment by himself however, and had no other person or persons helping him with the heist. He says that he had the ship arranged beforehand to wait on him. The crew have also been interrogated and are under the impression that this was a legitimate trade endeavor, although they were unaware as to their destination before Linos arrived onto the ship. Though the ship's logbook had been destroyed, most of the crew have said that they traveled south by east to Kur Maeth to sell the shipment of weapons. Linos claims that the Nabrolians gave him a sum of 1500 gold pieces, but the men that captured Linos and the crew of the red ship reported finding only 1000 gold pieces in a chest. Since the Nabrolians are a potential threat to Rakore, these acts can be considered conspiracy to undermine the state of Rakore itself.
Linos also claims that he absolutely did NOT murder Captain Cavenaugh. He is quite adamant about this. However, since there are witnesses that will vouch that they saw Linos Uther stab Captain Cavenaut in the neck, resulting in his death, the word of this thief, conspirator, and murderer means nothing.
It is my opinion, then, that Linos Uther and his crew should be executed on the 11th of Cal, 1317 Avard, for the theft of weapons necessary to fight our current war with the undead, conspiracy to overthrow the Rakoran government, and the murder of one officer, Captain Cavenaugh, and four soldiers of the Rakoran army.
(signed) Master Jailer Thawley Pucster
(note scrawled in Count Stonegrudge's handwriting) Any immediate family of Linos Uther should be moved here to Teras forthwith, so that they can be monitored. The last thing we need right now is a civil war.
(signed) Count Kaleus Stonegrudge