These Journals are a total mess. In fact, it will take some rolls to make any sense of it. But since I want you guys to have this information during the week, we’ll make rolls next time. They are full of incomplete ideas, tangents, bad grammar and spelling. Plus he has terrible handwriting.
There are five books: One focus on his time with the Orcs as a child, the second and third on Magic study, the Fourth on the Treaty of Kansas and he last is new, incomplete and focuses on current events.
The last book is the first one that you are focusing on at the moment. It is frustratingly slow read. Here is what you can gather from reading it. The ideas in the book are all over the place.
Alex Himmer is the Magician that wrote the Journals and brokered the Treaty of Kansas.
Black Kettle is one of the True Orcs. You are not sure what this is but it seems like there is a level of respected Orc Champions above the Tribes. Black Kettle is the Orc that Alex negotiated the Treaty of Kansas with and convinces Screaming Horse to agree upon.
Screaming Horse is the Chieftain of the Shawee. He did not want peace.
Angry Cricket is the daughter of Black Kettle.
Destro is a local criminal arms dealer. He is a Human that makes his living selling contrabands to Orcs and other Monsters. Alex suspects that he gets many of his arms from Doctor Morrison.
Doctor Morrison is a respected Nashville Politician, Businessman and Mage. Alex has for a long time suspected him as being a Sorcerer and behind a lot of evil in the region. He felt that Morrison did just about everything possible to hinder the signing of the Treaty of Kansas and profits from the Wars against the Orcs.
James Livingstone is the apprentice of Alex Himmer. He is less known and lives in Brooklin.
The Treaty of Kansas opened up the Kansas Territory to the humans. One of the largest and sweeping Peace Treaties with the Orcs.
SkinWalkers are a Monster from the State of Vermont. They are large insect Monster that wear the skin of others. They were the bane of Vermont in the early days but now have been pushed back into the deeper Forest.
The Story as you can put together.
Destro sells Screaming Horse a shipment of Rifles. In the shipment was a SkinWalker of unusual size. It tried but fails to kill Screaming Horse. Angry Cricket convinces Destro to give the SkinWalker to her.
She brings it to Alex to investigate. He finds that it had several “modification” to it and therefore “smelt” of Warlock Magic (Warlocks being the Mages of Monsters). But it also had several mental controls, which is the Magic of Sorcerers. Warlocks and Sorcerers are ancient enemies.
He suspects that Doctor Morrison somehow was behind it. However, it seems that Alex think the Doctor is behind a lot of things…
Alex telegraphs James Livingstone sending him to the Vermont area to gather more information about the SkinWalkers. And look for any evidence of Sorcery or Walock Magic.
Meanwhile, for reasons not clear, Black Kettle was afraid of The Others and retreated to Canada. This section is very messy but seems to be of great concern to Alex. It has something to do with The Others.
Angry Cricket asks Alex to go to Canada and free Black Kettle. Angry Cricket tells him that if he could talk to Black Kettle all would be explained. Alex agrees to help his old friend. He asked Angry Cricket to give him a few days. She agrees to give him a week.
Alex readies to go when there is a report of a large Warparty of Orcs were moving in from the South East.
July 16th, 1867 is the last post. Alex decided to ride out to Screaming Horse to find out what is happening.