|Lore_Body_Arch_AnUnpleasantFind||April 17. One of the hunters returned, not with game, but with a strange talisman of bone, etched with red markings – the red might have been blood, but its hue was strange and reminded me of autumn colors in a way I could not explain – touching it something red and wet, yet I could see no stain upon my hand. The sensation lingered for quite some time after, like an unpleasant aftertaste in my thoughts.|
When the hunter showed it to Rolfe, Rolfe's temper flared – he cursed the man and told him to cast it away – “it'll draw others,” he spat –“the Withered wear them around their neck like collars,” he claimed.
I had no reason to doubt him, and his reaction was such I scrubbed my hand where I had touched the talisman until it was almost bloody... yet I could still feel it on my skin.