“As I said, she knew exactly what she wanted and didn’t ask for any advice, she told me and accepted my price without negotiation, paid on the spot. She wasn’t rushed though, she had me work through everything again to make sure I understood her instructions. I suppose I would describe her as organised and businesslike.”
“My post mortem is ready for, well, you I suppose. She was killed by a sudden strangulation. The markings are dark and deep, with a mark of a knot on the front. The ligature used, was probably rope by the pattern of the markings and thickness, was either red or something red was between the rope and her throat as I found red velvet fibres in the wound.”
“Whoever did this was strong. It takes remarkably little force to strangle yourself, had she done this to herself, I would expect shallow wounds and little damage, however her entire throat had collapsed such was the force used. There were no signs of a struggle, no fingernail marks where she would have grasped at the rope, I believe this is how quick the act was, she didn’t have time to get over her surprise and grab at her neck before she passed out, not that it would have done any good if she had.”
“There were many abrasions on the ligature markings, but these happened after her death. Someone sawed the rope back and forth when she had already passed”
Mister Vanderberg, who so far has been unflappable has to take a moment after that.
“If you don’t mind me making an assumption, this sawing of the rope was a psychopathic act, whoever did this was in that moment at least, lost to evil.”
A great deal, all across the Old World, Linden trees are a symbol of spiritualism and are revered for their beautiful foliage and statuesque growth. They are planted throughout Inchwick, and make the air smell sweet, even where many horses travel through the day. In the autumn, their bright green leaves turn yellow, and despite their large canopies, they let a lot of light filter through.
Apart from looking nice, they are pretty useless for construction or joinery. Some master carpenters will make lindenwood shims as part of their inlaid decorations, to give the piece the smell of the wood. It quickly fades, but can drive up the price considerably as it adds to the appeal of the furniture, but aside from that, they make a lot of smoke when burnt, and spit constantly, will not grow straight for planks or keep a consistent shape when drying, no matter how you peg it out.