Stapp Diary Pages

  • Corantine 22, 1546 – A breach in the North wall of the Manor’s cellar allowed me to discover a grotto underneath my house.  I cannot tell how far it extends, nor how big it is, and I would rather not explore it without reason.  I do not relish the thought of stumbling into a pit hidden by the dark, or losing my way and starving to death mere feet beneath the floor of my own home.
  • Octavus 9, 1546 – Perhaps some further form of protection is in order.  I cannot guard the secret forever and others are bound to discover what I have.  Though I am loath to do so, I feel that trapping the passage to the grotto may be the only way to keep it hidden.
  • Secundus 18, 1547 – I fear with the growing instability of the nation that my wealth is no longer secure, and yet I do not wish to leave my children paupers. Therefore, I am concealing my fortune within the grotto I discovered beneath the manor.  I will explore it further to ensure its security.
  • Secundus 27, 1547 – The discovery I made beyond the cellar door, which I briefly embraced as a blessing, I now see as a curse. With the current instability of Eisen politics, its revelation could rip the nation apart and set brother against brother. Although I do not deny that my ambitions rail against it, I see that I must seal it up and forget it exists.
  • Primus 3, 1549 – Today the Vaticine priest, Father Herrbruck, was struck in the head with a rock thrown by an angry Objectionist.  I helped the good Father home and made sure his servants attended him.  I have sentenced the rock thrower to thirty lashes as punishment.
  • Octavus 12, 1552 – My wife, Liselotte, has taken ill.  The signs indicate that it may be the White Plague.  I and my two sons pray for her nightly.
  • Octavus 25, 1552 – Liselotte is gone.  Father Herrbruck has been a great comfort, but I miss her desperately.  I mustn’t let the boys see their father cry, especially not now, but I feel as though the sun has stopped shining on me this day.
  • Julius 11, 1553 – In order to better protect the grotto, I have added five traps to the path.  I have known the engineer since our school days, so I know the secret is safe, but I will not mention his name here, where it might endanger him.  However, boys, if something has happened and you are reading these words as I told you to, then these instructions should get you past the traps:

    1. Near the sleeping guard, hug the wall.
    2. Walk the path of blood.
    3. Stand on the shoulders of your ancestors.
    4. When you see the leaping Stapp, stop and count to 10 before continuing.
    5. Use the two keys from the door at once.  The correct two locks are – left to right – on the day the sun stopped shining on me.  I trust that you will know what to do now.I love you my sons.Remember me when I am gone.
  • Nonus 27, 1554 – In a small village to the North of here, a group of Vaticine soldiers trapped twenty peasant Objectionist families inside their homes and set them afire, shooting crossbow bolts at anyone who tried to flee the inferno.  When brought before a Vaticine judge, they claimed that they were drunk and therefore not responsible for their actions.  They were given five lashes each.  I fear that Objectionist terrorism will soon increase because of this incident.
  • Nonus 30, 1554 – The Vaticine soldiers were burned alive in their barracks last night, with the doors barred from the outside.  No one saw anything, but everyone believes that the Objectionists have avenged the people those men killed.
  • Secundus 4, 1555 – Stefan Bruckhert and Jörg Hase, both forst-born noble sons, killed each other in a duel yesterday.  They were arguing religion; one was Objectionist, the other Vaticine.  I worry that all of Eisen is at risk.  I dandled both of those boys upon my knee when they were no taller than my boots.  This seems such a senseless waste.
  • Julius 14, 1556 – I have received word that a friend of mine, Lord Schelling, has died.  I am still trying to get more details, but the last I saw he was in perfect health.  I do not believe that he dies of natural causes.
  • Septimus 16, 1556 – While the evidence I have is hearsay at best, I am convinced that an Objectionist assassin poisoned Lord Schelling.
  • Octavus 24, 1556 – I have placed a treasure dear to me in the hands of Father Herrbruck, and he has assured me that he will keep it by his side at all times.
  • Tertius 9, 1557 – If you are reading this, my sons, and you need to get into the grotto, you must get the two keys from two men – the one who laid your mother to rest, and your cousin Leopold, the last son of Stefan’s lady knight.

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