A Brotherhood Reborn

The Chronicles of Azmin

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[ REDACTED BY THE ARCADIAN INTELLIGENCE DIVISION ]

ARCADIAN INTELLIGENCE DIVISION
JUDGE-MAGISTER DAMIEN
PERSONAL LOG

[ ENTRY No. 38 ]

The past few weeks have been…eventful, to say the least. Rylof has been trampling about in a futile attempt to locate his lost prisoners. I’ve yet to discover why, exactly, they mean so much to him—or is it a case of broken pride? Is the only reason he’s chasing these rat-catchers across the desert because they escaped his “inescapable” prison? Regardless of his reasons, I am the one following in his wake and cleaning up his messes. I will not miss this post when all is said and done.

[ ENTRY No. 42 ]

I think I speak for everyone when I say the goblin attack came as a surprise. No one expected them to be building an army of that magnitude. How long had they been building up their numbers? I am sure the town would have perished if not for the kindness of Rylof’s rat-catchers; they fought valiantly, for criminals and mercenaries. I’m in shock they would so readily hand over the Arch Stone. Perhaps they are starting to trust me…? As strange as it sounds, they are growing on me.

[ ENTRY No. 49 ]

The prisoner’s managed to run the blockade and destroy the entire outpost. I would be more impressed if I weren’t the one working overtime to cover up their fireworks display. The people of Azmin are already uncomfortable with the increased Archadian presence in their city. I can’t imagine they are going to enjoy what is to come.

On the positive side, I am being relocated to Mara—to forests and greenery. I am not being briefed until I arrive in the city (not usually a good sign) but it can’t possibly be worse than cleaning up after Rylof.

[ ENTRY No. 54 ]

Mara has been a disaster since Day Zero. My briefing—if it could be called that—was so hopelessly vague and uninformative, they may as well not have told me anything at all. The only knowledge I was afforded was that there was a factory upriver and that it was approved by Decro himself. I am under the almost constant watch of the Shadow Guard, which is just as bad as Rylof, honestly. They are disrespectful and prone to violence—not unlike their obnoxious excuse of a leader. I almost miss the desert. Almost.

[ ENTRY No. 58 ]

Something feels very…wrong, here. I’m not sure how to describe it. Decro is intentionally withholding information from me…is this a test? Am I unworthy of trust? Either way, I must be careful. I fear I am treading on thin ice.

[ ENTRY No. 60 ]

The prisoners arrived in Mara just in time to witness the Shadow Guard in action. One of the prisoners had a surprising reaction to their presence (note: I must look into that more. Very interesting). I asked them to investigate the factory on my behalf. I have acted recklessly thus far and endangered myself unnecessarily. I must try harder to keep my association with the prisoners more secret in the future. I refuse to end up like the two Judges before me—one labeled “traitor” and the other personally executed by Decro himself. This job has proven more dangerous from the inside than out…

[ ENTRY No. 62 ]

The factory was destroyed and the people rejoiced. The prisoners were received as heroes to the citizens of the town. They have started calling themselves the Keepers of Truth. How ironic.

They didn’t hesitate to hand over the information they retrieved from the factory. I read over the information quickly, scarcely believing what I saw. Even worse, the documents contained Decro’s signature. He knew what would happen to the people of Mara and he knows the implications. I do not want to believe he is capable of such terrible schemes, but maybe I have misjudged him. I am bringing the information to Vossler’s attention at my first chance. If there is anyone in this order I can trust, it is him.

I wanted to stay and talk with the prisoners some more; unfortunately Rylof was already en route to the city and they had to leave post haste. They are starting to grow on me.

I am to leave Mara first thing in the morning; Decro has called a meeting of the Judges in Algassi.

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