Tanya Cumpston, a young mother that I met at the Ardoris market has asked that I try to find out who killed her son.
Woman named Tanya Cumpston said she had some “work” for me.
“Tanya’s son was killed on the steps next to the marketplace, but she did not see how it happened. However, one of the merchants, a farmer named Samuel, saw what happened.”
I was taking care of some love twists, so I headed to the docks first. I purchased a map of Vertas Pass from Simone von Erlinger, and she said in tears that her daughter was slain by an “arrow”, and that there was two more.
“Each child was killed by a black arrow. Captain Cugel said they looked like they were charred by fire.”
I went to marketplace looking at the roofs for any signs of attacks. I found Samuel easily, he was the only one with fresh vegetables. I told him “Tanya” had asked me to find her “son’s” killer. Then he told me about the “black arrow”.
“Samuel the farmer saw the black arrow in flight before it killed Tanya’s son. He said it was moving very fast. More importantly, he said that it looked like it came from the tower that overlooks the market. I should visit the tower that overlooks the market and see if I can see both the docks and the market from there.”
I asked about a “tower”.
“The tower that overlooks the market is only supposed to be used by the guards. Could the black arrow archer be a guard?”
Hmpf… Supposed only be used by the guards. Door is open so everyone could climb to the top. But I noticed a crumbled, stained piece of a note on the floor.
“…am saddened to inform you of the untimely death of your son. The death has been found to be accidental…
…further details will be proveded upon your timely return.
My condolences for your loss.
I didn’t take the note, but climbed to the top and saw marketplace and the docks clearly. I came down and stopped a guard, that was near the tower. He was named Rolf and I asked what he knew of the “black arrow”.
“Rolf is an archer in The Black Turtle Guard. He said they char their weapons over a hot flame and not only does the soot turns them black, but it makes them stronger. He also said an arrow charred in this way would fly straighter over a longer distance and could even pierce a body straight through.”
I asked him a lot and he answered and I had this gut feeling that there is something wrong in this guard. I “accused” him of the murders and he laughed at me saying I needed proof to back that up.
I went to see Captain Cugel and he told me Rolf’s son was drowned while he was in Solace Bridge. Chill went down my spine and I ran to the tower and took the note. I tried to find Rolf but he was nowhere to be seen. Was he placing an arrow at the same moment to shoot another kid? I ran back to Cugel and I almost bumped to Rolf on the corner.
I “accused” him again waving a note in front of his face.
“Guard Rolf confessed to killing the children when confronted. However, he became hysterical and may even be more dangerous now. I should tell Captain Cugel about this right away!”
I told Cugel simply that “Rolf was guilty” murdering those kids.
“I informed Captain Cugel of everything I discovered during my investigation of the Black Arrow Archer and gave him Guard Rolf’s confession to bein the killer. I should visit Tanya Cumpston and tell her what I found.”
Captain Cugel gave me notes to parents. First I went to Simone von Englinger, then to Tanya Cumpston.
“I informed Simone von Englinger that we had tracked down the killer of her daughtter. I do not know if this helped bring her any peace…”