Worms of the Senses, Tricks of the Mind
In 556 ARA a boy by the name of Will Maetel, the son of a prominent barrister in Jaxton (the former name for the city of Blambes), went missing. He was the third child to disappear in the eight months hence, but due largely to his father’s influence was the first to raise the hand of the ruling Augustine King to the search.
Search parties of mercenary adventurers set off to locate the boy. Over the course of the next six months, two more children went missing but no leads to their whereabouts became apparent. By this time, support from the king waned. Without payment the adventurers gave up the hunt. All but one, that is – Herald Joseph Blambes (a member of the holy order of the Redeemer) remained and continued the search pro-bono.
Living in the Barrister Maetel’s home, he searched daily for clues. Eventually he narrowed his search to the swamps south of the Lesser Jaxton Woodlands. He developed a plan to use an orphan girl as bait and waited throughout the night at Oro Bridge. A storm kicked up, which caused the girl to attempt to flee. Blames captured the girl and tied her to the bridge. This turned out to be fortuitous, for as Blames again lay in wait, he soon saw a dark figure attempting to wrest the girl from her bonds. Freeing her before Blambes could arrive, the figure absconded with the girl and fled south along the Layton River to Kow Swamp.
The constables that accompanied Blambes were soon lost in the swamp, so what transpired next is up to conjecture. Most believe that Blambes confronted some terrible beast, attempting to free the children and end the threat forever. No one is sure. What is known is that once the storm has passed all traces of Blambes and the creature’s tracks had been washed away. It took two weeks of searching to locate his remains.
He was found within the swamp near some strange ruins, surrounded by the bodies of the six children (or what little remained of them.) All of the bodies seemed to have deep puncture marks in them in many places, but were completely drained of blood. Some had other injuries, seemingly caused by a sword. This was mostly true of Herald Joseph Blambes himself, who appeared to have been the victim of an ambush by the creature or creatures, and was killed by a single well-placed thrust from behind directly through the heart.
What became of Blambe’s quarry is also a mystery, but since there have been no more child abductions since that day most people believe that Blambes mortally wounded the creature, and it’s body was swept down the slow-moving Layton River and brushed over Greener Falls. Blambes was regarded as a hero and savior of the children of Jaxton, and on the tenth anniversary of his death the city was renamed in his honor.