Dear Miss Lorrimor,
You could look upon this letter as just a continuance of the last one. After I finished that letter we went out in the night to talk to a Hamlet Headman or Elder at a place called Morast. A simple little place filled with a simple folk that spend most of their time hunting and fishing. There we met the Headman of the hamlet , a rather taciturn fellow by the name of Elder Lazne. He told us his story of people disappearing from the hamlet and how the hamlet had set a trap for the Beast and then chased it into the swamps. They then saw the Beast attacked by a crocodile, bitten badly on the shoulder, and then the Beast disappeared into the water and muck. The people of this little community thought the beast was dead until he was captured again in Lepidstadt.
After we talked to this good man we came back into town and went to examine the beast and he had no scaring on his shoulder where the crocodile was said to have bitten him. We entered our evidence at the courthouse and the defense barrister was so taken with Miss Oliva’s skill and composure that he asked her to deliver our findings to the court herself and I must say she was quite persuasive in the way she presented everything. I think she scored several points with the judges with her concise delivery of the evidence.
We are now going to talk to three sisters who accused the monster of killing some children in another village a few miles north of Lepidstadt. I feel that no matter what we accomplish though the Beast is doomed. It weighs heavily on my soul. If the creature is innocent it deserves to live its life as best it can, but what of the people that see this as a way to close a door to their past that will not let them forget? We have nothing for them, we have no opportunity for them to close that door.
Are we helping one creature of God at the expense of dozens of others? Has this creature done no wrong? It has struggled to live for decades, has it committed crimes we are unaware of? If we prove this creature did not happen to commit these crimes are we releasing it back into the world to commit others that we did not know about? Will the populace even let us return it to the world? They are so worked up that even if we show it is an Astral Deva in disguise the people of Lepidstadt may still rip it to pieces.
Such dark thoughts may should not be put in a letter to a friend but I feel that if anyone could understand it would be you. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these matters.