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14 Eleint, 1519 DR
An elven sellsword, a wandering priest, and a few wagons filled with pilgrims and their shadowy guardian arrived at The Kickin’ Chicken in Barter’s Pass just before dusk. There, they met with the acting sheriff and his canine companion, and the men begin to discuss the fate of the missing merchant, Thadius Markins. “Sheriff” Jack Wolfram tried to steer the men to more local concerns, and about that time Thrugg Krundle entered the tavern. The half-orc farmer was already drunk, and he persisted in railing against Onyx, the Black Wolf of Chauntea, certain that the beast was to blame for the loss of his herd. The dark elf caravan guard managed to calm him by offering to hunt down the predator.
After a brief encounter with the drunken Trista Harkness, Jack excused himself and followed the dog out of The Kickin’ Chicken and down to the desecrated shrine. The hound transformed into a large black wolf – the slandered Onyx – en route, and when the pair arrived he put his keen senses to work on the now cold scene of the crime. Onyx found something strange about the headless shrine statue – it seemed to have a smooth hollow inside. The wolf pointed it out to Jack, who questioned the priestess Dara Erestelee about it briefly. She didn’t know of anything that might have been kept within the statue of her goddess, but she offered up the few religious texts she possessed for Jack to look through. He thanked her and offered to return in the morning to do so.