About a month ago…
I spoke to Jean today. The business is doing well. He mentioned that Marcel had come across Pierre's journal. He seems to be obsessing over its contents as usual.
Three weeks ago…
Shaman Brucan came to me in a distraught state. Marcel has been killed in a terrible accident. Jean is beside himself with grief and Luc seems to be in a state of shock.
Shaman Brucan is deeply disturbed, not only by the death of one of the leaders of our community, but by his own failure to bring him back from the dead. He fears that a shadow has fallen over Marais de Tarascon.
Over the last few weeks…
I have had a strange and disturbing report from Billman. He says that Hogarth, fell down dead right in front of him! But a few minutes later, he got up and started biting and scratching everyone around! The field workers overpowered him and took him to Shaman Brucan, who later pronounced him dead. The funeral is tomorrow.
Another disturbing occurrence: Lady Grissim has gone missing! Old Fiora says she saw her at dusk, walking in front of the cemetary.
The journal describes a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances. In total nine people have died and six have gone missing. Constable Gremin records the result of his investigations.
The third disappearance this week: Samwin Pokov has vanished. I searched near his house and found bloodstains against the wall. Lying on the ground was a piece of red licorice. No sign of a body or a murder weapon.
The last few days…
Some strangers have come in from the swamp. They are dressed strangely and one of them has pointed ears like a devil. I fear they may have come from the outer realm and could be linked to the misfortunes which have fallen on us.
Yet another disappearance: Katha has vanished, just like the others leaving only bloodstains and a piece of licorice. I saw the strangers near the scene of the crime. I heard from Louise that they were in her shop buying licorice. I will tell Ben to keep an eye on them.
Jean has not been seen since the strangers showed up in town. I wonder if they are responsible.
I knew those strangers were up to no good! Sallie has just rushed in and said they are climbing out of Jean's window! I have sent the men to catch them and I am on my way there right now…