As you are all aware: There's a very strange situation occurring with very odd Doppelgangers (Type 'C' is the classification.) Long story short: We heard about the contract that went sideways in some Arkovnian ruins and it led to some investigation. Then Explorer Tevvin Silvers, the guild member who led that expedition, tried to attack me. Afterwards, we discovered the real Tevvin stashed away within that ruin. He was stable despite being in there over a week. Fortunately, the people taken seem to be in some kind of stasis as long as this creature has them copied. The guild would not say Psionics is a sure way to determine if an individual is one of these Doppelgangers or not. Following that advice, the imposter did not let anything up. He was either convinced he was Tevvin or wanted to do everything in his ability to be Tevvin. He knew everything Tevvin would know, even minute details. Though, it sounds like you had your prisoner for quite a long time, hours? Once we put down the imposter, we were able to easily wake up Tevvin. He's doing well, if not a little shaken he had been unconscious for so long.
We have not acquired a 'blank' doppelganger of this variety yet. Tevvin was fortunately able to recall the man who attacked him was a merchant requesting directions to the Black Keep and shortly after had knocked Tevvin unconscious. This imposter, as far as we can tell, has made it to the Travancian side of the Rift through the Gates of Passage. The merchant's name is Horace Griv. The true Horace has been found and is still stable, so if you notice this merchant, please keep them occupied and try to locate me or perhaps a Psion that has met me if I am not around. I plan on trying to meet at least a handful of you before and early this upcoming gathering.
We heard this merchant had died and been resurrected but it was the doppelganger that was resurrected. We believe that if you do not find the person, the doppelganger is able to return like 'heroes' can. This merchant does not have a scratch on him so we believe has been unconscious this entire time.
These creatures are truly Doppelgangers but a variant from the standard aberration. They want to be the 'best' version of whomever they have taken. 'Oddness' may be attributed to just... trying too hard? The joke answer is 'ease up' but in seriousness, follow the advice of sticking in at least pairs and keeping an eye on each other.
Either way, perhaps we can discover what has caused this change in the aberration's behavior and use that difference to our advantage in finding out who they are and how to destroy them (though, there's always the Vestiges to help with that to some extent at least.)
The Adventurer's Guild will be using the information gathered by everyone last month and any information we can acquire as Winterdark is (hopefully) cleared out. If nothing else, you have my support.
They shouldn't have touched my cousin.
- Maren Dahl
Kormyrian Adventurer's Guild Representative
P.S. Someone asked me about shades and if aberrations can tell tell the difference from other aberrations. My guess is ghosts travel through walls and floors and perhaps notice the life of people stashed away. Though, relying on a ghost to sense that kind of thing sounds iffy.