The Bloody Tapestry


Ledril Fredericks, the third Earl of Hounds Run, married Torlyne Odas, the daughter of a wealthy knight, in 1751 YS. She was a gentle woman, much renowned for her beauty and pious devotion to the Lynnarian Church. Ledril was a valiant knight and a wise and generous lord, and the match was generally regarded as perfect.

Torlyne bore Ledrill three children; two sons Madrin and Vrvan, and a daughter Jayal. The boys grew into excellent chivalry knights, and Madrin, the eldest, won fame in several tournaments. He traveled widely, seeking to broaden his knowledge so that he might “better serve his oath of fealty” when he came to succeed his father.In 1779 YS he returned from a journey to Rötbaum where he is believed to have visited Königin Berholdt and his royal court.

Sone scholars have speculated that while Madrin was in Rötbaum he contracted a fever which affected his reason; others believe that in the somewhat degenerate foreign court he was introduced to some powerful drug. Whatever the case, it is clear that Madrin was a changed man when he returned to Hound’s Run. Where before he had been cheerful and ever ready with a kind word, he was now subject to irrational moodiness and fits of temper, which gradually grew more intense and frightening.

Three months after his return Madrin developed an obsessive belief that his mother was betraying his father. How she was doing this is not clear, although there are rumors that he accused her of adultery with the nearby Baron of Jarrett, Larryl Elorieth. This is almost certainly false, Torlyne had added to an already impressive reputation for probity by serving as a lay worker at the Temple of Lynnaris.

So extreme did Madrin become in his obsession that his father forbade him to mention Torlyne’s name in his presence. The young man took to riding alone, disappearing for days at a time without explanation.

On the morning of the first of Lynnaris, 1780, Torlyne was found murdered in her room. Her throat had been cut, and certain evidence suggested that Madrin had been her killer. A search of his chamber turned up a bloody dagger secreted in a chest. The young man, protesting his innocence, fled Hound’s Run after cutting down several guardsmen sent to arrest him. He was never captured.

Ledril Fredericks, beset with grief for his gentle wife, commissioned a tapestry depicting her ministering to the sick. Finished about a year later, the tapestry was hung in the great hall of the castle. On the first anniversary of her death it was observed that the tapestry took on faint but noticeable streaks of blood. This phenomena has been observed to repeat on every subsequent anniversary.

Whether or not Madrin actually murdered his mother is something of a moot point because almost 250 years have passed since her death. It is perhaps noteworthy, however, that the thirtieth of Atruin happens to be Father’s day. Some folk have speculated that Torlyne was a victim of an Atrian cult, and the dagger was planted in Madrin’s room as a plot to destabilize the earldom. If this is true, the attempt failed, Madrin’s younger brother Arvan succeeded to the title and proved to be one of the most able Earls of Hound’s Run. Arvan never believed in his elder brother’s guilt, and made several unsuccessful attempts to unearth the real killer.

Another, very short-lived rumor suggested that Ledril, Madrin’s father, was the real killer and that the restless spirit of Torlyne was compelled to cause the tapestry to bleed every year until her husband was punished for her murder. The rumor ended after Ledril’s death, as the tapestry still bleeds to this day.

The Bloody Tapestry

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