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Subject: Revelations

Sircyn [again][yes i'm bored of him too]
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Date Posted: 22:38:41 01/28/03 Tue

The boy was dead.

He had known this from outside yet the general had felt the complusion to enter the cell and check his pulse. Nothing beat below the dirty skin. Sircyn swore softly below his breath and closed the boys staring eyes before raising his voice:
"Take him and the others who died within the prison walls and bury them in separate graves." He looked back at the lifeless child. "Give them a respectable burial, Merriam."
Merriam inclined his head, "of course sir." The sergeant left, passing another man as he exited the tiny cell. Sircyn wiped his hands roughly over his face, further smearing his already filthy features .

"His name was Derek," a soft voice commented from somewhere behind him. Sircyn looked up, then pushed himself roughly to his feet and executed a rough bow, "Your majesty."
The king waved aside the formalities. "Derek didn't deserve to die here. I meant to... but it's too late now."

"What happened here?" the king asked eventually.
"Someone released the prisoners and set them on the guards. They got slaughted. Except for those like Derek who died down here and..."
"And what?"
"And a missing group of around twenty who remain unaccounted for."
"Then the rest of them were only set free to allow that twenty to escape," Elessar mused. Suddenley the king's voice became stronger. "Do you have any idea where they might be or to what purpose they were freed?"
"Nothing substantial," Sircyn apologised. "But the records suggest that the missing twenty were of one group, known as the Wolf Pack."
"Is that bad?"
"Very. The Pack were ruthlessless murderers and hunters, that's why they were locked away." Sircyn watched as the kings eyes moved to the dead child by his knee. "If I could be allowed to offer a suggestion?"
"Of course."
"Someone set The Pack free to find someone in paticular, to hunt them down and then kill them. That's what The Pack specialise in: mayhem."
He allowed a moment for his words to soak in before asking, "do you have any idea who they might be hunting?"

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