I’ve been working on this cyphered journal with every free moment I seem to have. It’s interesting: not only is it encoded, but it’s written in Infernal. It’s a most stubborn problem, so much so that I find my mind wandering back to it when I’m with the group. This has even distracted me to the point that when I conjure fire, my control has become erratic – I’m causing unnecessary damage. Me! A fire-elemental sorcerer! It even seeps into my dreams; luckily the progress I’ve made in my sleep has translated to the actual book.
I … I’m becoming slightly obsessed. I’ve decoded a good bit at this point, enough to foil what appears to be nefarious and evil plans, but there is so much more. I must find more resources to help further my studies. This is the great city of Magnimar after all, the City of Monuments. Unfortunately I fear that it may not have that which I require, and I must separate from my group and continue on my own path.
But what I have learned … it is not good and I have shared this with the group. It would seem that Justice Ironbriar has become enamored with a demon most foul named Xanesha. And Xanesha has a thirst, an almost insatiable thirst for those stricken with Greed. It’s a shame on multiple levels, really. The Justice is a respected member of the community, and his family has been around since the beginning of Magnimar.
But the once good Justice has fallen to the darkside, it would appear. He has dedicated the Brotherhood of the Seven, of which he appears to be the leader of, to the needs of Xanesha – namely the sacrifice of the greedy. He describes her as “unhinged” and it looks like the carving of the Sihedron rune into the victims (which we’ve seen in Sandpoint) is of her doing. This does not bode well.
There’s also an entry in his journal that describes a payment from “Red Mantis” for the delivery of Vorel’s Legacy – which must be the remains that we thankfully destroyed in Foxglove Manor. I’d imagine that had they succeeded in that transaction, things in Magnimar would be much, much worse.
I have also gleaned from the journal that Xanesha has taken up residence in the Shadow Clock – the apex of the Shadowy Clocktower under the Irespan. I have found a most interesting companion to help my friends while I’m away. He’s knowledgeable of the area, and I hope will be an asset to them – if they can accept him. He’s a Goblin, and well, we’ve had a bit of a shaky past with goblins. But he seems to actually like most “longshanks” – so much so that his own tribe rejected him.
His name is Blacktooth, and I can only hope that the rest of the Dangerous Ponies can accept him in my absence. For now, I make my own way and wish my friends the best of luck, and hope that one day I might rejoin them.