Professor Lorrimor's Journal
The majority of the entries are relatively bland, accounting for day-to-day activities in a small town.
The professor has circled several entries in the book with red ink, though, and it is these entries he wanted you to pay particular attention to. The final entry, dated 17 days ago, was written on the same day the Professor’s body was found.
Circled Entries in the Professor’s Journal
Lamashan 31, 4702 (Ten Years Ago):
The Whispering Way is more than just a cabal of necromancers. I see that now. Undeath is their fountain of youth. Uncovering their motivation does not place me at ease as I thought it might. Their desire to be eternal simply makes them more dangerous.
Kuthona 18, 4711 (Two Months Ago):
It is as I had feared. The Way is interested in something here in Ravengro. But what could it be?
Abadius 17, 4712 (One Month Ago):
Whatever the Way seeks, I am now convinced their goal is connected to Harrowstone. In retrospect, I suppose it all makes sense — the stories they tell about the ruins in town are certainly chilling enough. It may be time to investigate the ruins, but with everyone in town already being so worked up about them, I’d rather not let the others know about my curiosity — there’s plenty of folks hereabouts who already think I’m a demonologist or a witch or something. Ignorant fools. Perhaps I should send for Rikka and see if her talents can help me solve this riddle…
Abadius 27, 4712 (Twenty Days Ago):
It is confirmed. The Way seems quite interested in
something someone who was held in Harrowstone. But who, specifically, is the Way after? I need a list of everyone who died the night of the fire. Everyone. The Temple of Pharasma must have such a list.
Abadius 29, 4712 (Eighteen Days Ago):
I see now just how ill prepared I was when I last set out for the Harrowstone. I am lucky to have returned at all. The ghosts, if indeed they were ghosts (for I did not find it prudent to investigate further) prevented me from transcribing the strange symbols I found etched along the foundation —hopefully on my next visit I will be more prepared. Thankfully, the necessary tools to defend against spirits are already here in Ravengro. I know that the church of Pharasma used to store them in a false crypt in the Restlands at the intersection between Eversleep and the Black Path. I am not certain if the current clergy even know of what their predecessors have hidden down below. If my luck holds, I should be able to slip in and out with a few borrowed items.
Abadius 30, 4712 (Seventeen Days Ago):
Tomorrow evening I return to the prison. It is imperative the Way does not finish. My caution has already cost me too much time. I am not sure what will happen if I am too late, but if my theory is right, the entire town could be at risk. I don’t have time to update my will, so I’ll leave this in the chest where it’ll be sure to be found, should the worst come to pass.