Our first day in Lepidstadt has been quite the eye opening experience, I can see the appeal of the nomad’s life. After returning in the books and completing the requests of Professor Lorrimor, the plan was to explore the city until we could meet with the judge and receive our inheritance. That was the plan, but as the old saying goes, “The best laid plans of kobolds and wizards often end in flames.” So too did our plans.
What was to be a simple delivery and check in, turned into our gathering of motley adventurers becoming the legal defense team for the infamous Beast. I must confess that I am in over my head with this venture. I am accustomed to dry and dusty tomes, occasionally submitting to risk to test theories or subdue the undead, but my training has only marginally prepared me for this outing. I found myself thinking in circles, fixating on the inconsequential, and seeking the wrong information. To top it off, taking on this case may put all of us at risk of the lynch mob as we are tasked with defending the boogeyman, the literal incarnation of people’s fears, as well as the most convenient scapegoat for the townsfolk’s deplorable behavior. Crops go bad, it’s the Beast. Inventory goes missing, it’s the Beast. Cheating on your spouse with the cattle, it’s the Beast.
Yet I am intrigued beyond measure at this so-called “Beast.” He is clearly a construct, a flesh golem, but he is unlike any I have ever encountered. He has, from what I can tell, free will. He has a mind, and though he may not know, or may not be able to communicate, who he really is, or how he came to be, I will get to the bottom of this mystery. My greatest fear is that he may be sentenced to death for crimes he did not commit. I am certain he is no innocent, but I do not believe he is guilty of those crimes of which he is accused. I also fear that the townsfolk may not be prepared for what they are about to do, and how they would react to anything but a guilty verdict.
I find myself filled with nostalgia for the days of a simple academic, but I know there is only so much I can learn from my dear books. I must also do field work if I am to prove my theories if I am to fulfill my purpose of returning the dead to the earth, and ensuring they stay interred.