The 10th Day of Highsummer, year 2009.
Broke fast in my office for the third day in a row; I really need to make some time for myself and my family. After my short meal, Joni Kepler came in to report a sighting from last eve. The worried young lass says she saw phantom boaters, coming to “take our souls” no less. Dutiful as I try to be, I asked her for a description which I will record as follows: Two dark figures in a long oar-boat, no lights posted, mist hovering over the water around the craft, and seen in the waters east of the north island. Odd that the boat had no light, it is the law in the waters near the islands of Shap, but probably nothing but old Horus and his son Tad out fishing late. I think he owns a long oar-boat, and maybe their signal torches burned out. I will have to look into it I suppose.
When poor naive Joni left, I went to check up on widow Maybell. It seems she is getting along well enough, but I worry for her. She has no family around since her son left for Merrin. I came back to the office, after, and found some strangers waiting for me. They were three travelers new to town looking for work. I asked them a few questions, learned their motivations a little, and decided to allow them to work for the militia. The halfling, Richard Longbottom, seemed genuine enough. I think he wants to help out and make a decent living. The other two I am not quite sure of though. Unulith Amalitain, the elf, is harder to read. Arrogant as you please, like every elf I have met, but he is fairly sharp. Sharp mind, and sharp tongue unfortunately. I hope he can take orders, or he and I are going to have problems. Then there is the last one. By the earthmother, he is the strangest of her children. Pale as bone, and huge. I suspect there is orc blood in his ancestry; some strange mix of bloods anyway. His temperament is orcish too in some ways, quick to anger and none too bright. I must have had a lapse in judgement to accept him into the service of the town; I really need to take a few days rest to clear my head. I set them up with patrolling the Shappa road.