Sharn Inquisitive02/19/2007

Investigator: Motive Unclear in Slaying
News for Olarune 8th, 998

Investigator: Motive Unclear in Slaying of Councilor’s Brother

SHARN—The lead investigator for the Shastroon Boromar murder investigation said on Far that robbery was unlikely the sole motivation for the killers, who remain at large.

“Magically aided reconstruction of the crime scene shows us that it was set afire some time after the murder,” said Blackened Book Lieutenant Laruna Thinarr. “More to the point, we believe that the tower wasn’t ransacked before the incendiary magic was used. It looks like the arson was a failed attempt to cover up the murder.”

Shastroon Boromar, the younger brother of Lower Dura councilor Ilyra Boromar, was found in the burned-out wreckage of a Cornerstone tower two weeks ago. In response to a Council request, an arson and murder investigation was opened up last Zol.

Since then, each day has brought a new, gory detail in the case. Last week, authorities disclosed that Shastroon had been beheaded and the head taken by his assailants. The presence of extensive magical wards around the tower and mysterious cages found in the basement were also unusual for the row of brownstone towers near the Capellar Bridge, less than a dozen blocks from the Cornerstone arena.

Councilor Ilyra Boromar said the City Watch would have “any and all resources” required to bring her brother’s killer or killers to justice.

“We Boromars are a quiet, peaceable clan, and Shastroon was the gentlest of us all,” she said. “It is my fervent hope that the pain of our mourning will be assuaged by the swift justice brought upon his murderers. They’ll never get away with this.”

Shastroon Boromar was a arcanist by trade, known for his frequent travels between Sharn and the Talenta Plains, the Boromar clan’s ancestral home. He was often accompanied by a four-handed bodyguard called a hadrimoi—a rare creature native to the plains.

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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