A collection of three farmhouses, about three miles south of Stavanger, were attacked and burned at some time between nine a.m. and noon this morning. Fourteen men, women and children were beaten to death with what seems to have been heavy weapons, probably made of stone judging by the skulls that were split open and the bones that were smashed and broken. Each body was struck at least a dozen times. Some were struck so often that the bodies came apart.
The attackers left no footprints, nothing that showed who and what they were. The bodies were found by a delivery wagon that was there to bring thatch for the repair of one of the houses. The inhabitants were landholders who owned their own land and were well respected in Stavanger: The Larsen Family, the Mathisen Family and the Rasmussen Family. Lars Larsen, the eldest son of his family, had been to Christiania and come back as a trained physician three years ago and usually lived in Stavanger. He was visiting his family last night.
Stavanger is shocked and confused tonight.
In answer to a question below, I've generated a rough map of the area around Stavanger. One hex equals 6.67 miles.
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