The paper comes out easily enough, it's brittle and black. It was folded it to get it into the mouth and it looks like it was fashioned into a small gift bow."I'm fairly certain she was strangled before the body was disposed of," Althea says clinically. "She didn't drown at the very least."
If she can extract the paper she will.
Barbaneth tucks his hands in behind his back, locking his fingers together and letting out a deep breath very slowly as if considering something. He surveys the water, looking off into the distance of where, across the Scions Sound, in the direction of where the nation of Cyre would be. "We wanted a coalition of people who wouldn't...immediately be at each other's throats, but who represent the whole of the new Khorvaire...more or less."Brilen looks at Askia and asks:
So, Mr. Lieutenant-Colonel, what is it that you need us for? I imagine it is not just to find out who did that to the girl. This is a small batallion you are hiring for the job.
Insight: 1d20 (2) + 3 = 5
He jerks his thumb back over his shoulder to point at the gnome. "Meredith is actually from Zilargo."
She is still writing her notes. "Yep. And this will all be the headline in tomorrow's Korranberg Chronicle*," she says dryly.
"You'll do this," Barbaneth says looking at Brilen, "because the whole of the continent will be indebted to you and you may even net yourselves special positions."
Today is actually the second anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Thronehold, with all of the celebration in the city it would have been hard to forget, but it could be assumed that a lot of the royals--even those who typically don't show their faces in public--might have been present."Wynarn, eh? Breland and Aundair might have a bone to pick over one of their own." Van glances from Brilen back to Barbaneth. "I'd say he's on to something there. Families like that don't spend decades taking precautions just for one kid to show up strangled along the tideline by accident. Some kind of betrayal maybe?"
*The Korranberg Chronicle is the most famous newspaper on the continent.