I do not like this place.
It seems that something is following us, and it does not have good intentions. I do not know what it is, only that it has glowing red eyes and an unsettling ability to alter people’s minds. Or memories. I’m not sure which.
We noticed it several days ago, following our tracks, appearing at night. Our rations were destroyed—by Shalelu-ren and Haugen-tzu, although it does not seem that they were in control of our actions. I believe it has a way of getting into your mind, this creature. Or force, whatever it may be.
We were required therefore to stop in a town called Motheim to resupply. Ulf-tzu did not remember the town being there the last time he took this path. We were told by the storekeeper that new supplies would be coming in a day, and that we should spend the night in the inn while we wait.
The people in it bear resemblances, in one way or another, to the dead we know. We encountered a graveyard with bodies in dug-up graves, bodies of those who are not even dead. Nate-rao was in one. Bastien-rao another. And—
Last night, Ameiko-ren and I were visited by the creature. I attempted to speak to it, to divine its motivations or identity, but it simply said that death was coming for us, that we would not leave this place alive. It approached us, laid a hand on our heads, and departed.
Subsequently, Ameiko-ren was terribly distraught. She was convinced that she had killed Bastien-rao the previous night, by accident. But this could not possibly be the case, as he was perfectly fine when we left the caravan for the town, and we have not been back since then. I do not what it wants, this thing, but it is altering our memories.
It is important that there is a definitive record.
All members of the caravan, save for Luma-tzu previously deceased: ALIVE.
We aim to cross the Crown of the World, to set Ameiko-ren on her rightful throne and free Tian Xia from the oni.
The oni are after us. (Could this be one of them? Or an ally of theirs?)
My family is perfectly safe.
Current enemy: UNKNOWN. Shrouded in shadow. Glowing red eyes. Powers to shift thoughts and/or memories in some way.
I need to find out what this thing is, and quickly.