It takes the Silver Shields some time to show up. Olaf provides healing and comfort to the crowd. Bastable quickly cordons off key parts of the crime scene, and by the time the Silver Shields arrive, has already concluded his initial investigation. Bastable’s interrogations and analysis determine:
A half-elven woman named Elsa Whiterose, a servant of the Priestess who runs a mission in the Commons, reports that she recognized two of the zombies from the square. She
claims they were poor folk who lived in the Commons and often sought food at her mission.
A tent vendor at Hawker’s Square, a halfling named Rollo the Thin, recognized one of the zombies as a friend who had died a week earlier from a horse accident (broken neck). Rollo swears the man’s body was laid to rest in the Dead Vaults (town crypts) in the Temple District. If that was true, how could it be walking around the square?
One of the square vendors, a dwarven man named Rumney, says he saw two people in wizard robes actually overturn the pumpkin cart right before the attack. They had the hoods
on their robes up, so he couldn’t see faces or tell race (other than not small). Then one of them pointed at Therilsa Stormhand and that’s when the trouble started. He does know who owned the pumpkin cart.
The stairwell that the zombies emerged from leads to a small sewer overflow chamber. The outer door to the square was unlocked and open. Inside, there’s only a pair of narrow stone
sewer grates. The Shields investigated the chamber and claim that the grates weren’t damaged and there is no way anyone could have squeezed through them, but one of the two people who kept a key to the outer door, a Silver Shield guard named Martos,
didn’t show up to work today.
Mal Keshar’s analysis the zombies’ remains reveals that each body is missing a number of different organs, and even with the damage they sustained in the fight, that those organs were surgically removed.He believes that the missing organs are likely all high quality. Olaf agrees with Mal Keshar that extraction of the organs requires advanced surgical skill.
Bastable and Kasam both hear persistent rumors that people have been going missing in Eldolan for months, more so than can be accounted for through normal murders, kidnappings, and such. Whatever is going on seems to be escalating, especially in the Commons.
Some stories have been circulating lately in the Docks that someone named Aerto is interested in buying bodies of the recently deceased and paying well for them. Perhaps there’s a connection.