The Lady Birmingham of Yew
Many have seen and spoken of the odd “Pale
Ones” who have been witnessed in our towns, our villages, our places of
knowledge and learning.
Some of these pale-skinned beings - particularly the one known as “Parnell” - have been friendly and non-threatening in manner. Others appear to be hostile
and of ill-will, such as the Pale One seen during the destruction of the Mage
Tower. However, it is important to state that we do not know the true intent of
any of these beings at this moment. Opinions greatly vary on the subject.
Resolved to get to the bottom of this issue, I hired several mercenary groups to
try and obtain a blood sample from one of these Pale Ones. I am pleased to
report that the forces of the 1st have succeeded in this endeavor. General Ibram
Gaunt informs me his scout, Torak Soulflayer, was the one to accomplish this
With a blood sample in hand, I began to analyze its content in my laboratory,
and I came to a startling conclusion: these Pale Ones are not human! While they
walk in a form indistinguishable from our own, except for the pale blue or
greenish tint of their skins, my tests indicate that the nature of their blood
is that of a reptile, not of humanity.
My tests on this matter are not done - nor, will they be, in fact, until I can
get several more samples to act as a control, and reconfirm my analysis - but I
feel confident in revealing this much to the populace at large:
We are being watched and observed by a non-human species.
To what end, I am sure I can not say—we have not enough evidence either way to
make that determination—but they are passing among us, possibly with ill
intent. At least five such individuals have been spotted and the possibility
exists of far more.
Given their presence at the destruction of the Mage Tower, I would urge all
citizens to proceed carefully when one is encountered. However, let the Virtues
guide you and do not take hostile action if they do not initiate it themselves!
At this stage, we are better served by information than warfare. If you
encounter one of these beings, please exercise due caution. Until we know their
motivation, it would be unwise, in my opinion, to allow them access to sensitive
areas or information.
I offer the use of my home as a central spot to bring any information gathered
on these creatures. My home is located one building east of the Courts in Yew. I
also invite any sages, scholars, or fellow chemists to come and examine my work
to date, so there are no questions about its validity.
On a related note, appearances by the Pale Ones have also occasionally been
accompanied by those of (presumably) intelligent ravens. While no one has yet
been able to understand the causal relationship between these two sets of
appearances, my tests indicate that said ravens are, in fact, purely avian in
blood and nature.
The ravens do not appear hostile, but have been seen to defend themselves when
attacked—and they are strong, as well, able to drop a man in full plate in a
matter of seconds. Again, caution should be employed when encountering these
Again, I beseech you to come forward with any information you may have on these
matters. Vigilance and Virtue are our watchwords.
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