I stopped through Windhelm, in order to rest and trade my findings in for something more practical to a wayward adventurer. As I was leaving the market, I happened upon a gruesome scene. A nord woman had been found, brutally murdered in the graveyard. The attack was so violent, I could see clear down to the bone in many places. Whatever sick madman did this... She had been stripped of her clothing, but her coin purse and dagger were found not far from the body. I offered to help the guard track down the killer. I now know that Aventus couldn't possibly have anything to do with this. Something this ferocious could only be done by a strong, fully grown man.
... I spoke with the witnesses and examined the crime scene. No one saw anything, but I spoke with Helgrid, the caretaker, and she told me the wounds looked to have been made with nordic embalming tools. An interesting lead. I also found a trail of blood which led to an abandoned house. I'll need to speak with someone about getting the key.
... This house has been, by and large, untouched. There's a chest filled with leaflets and a bound journal. I wonder if this is the killer's lair? Could I defend myself if we were to cross paths?
... I've concluded my investigation. After searching the abandoned house, I discovered the diary of the butcher; a necromancer who hopes to create some sort of perfected undead. It turns my stomach thinking of it. I also found a strange amulet and a hidden room with an alter. I took the amulet to Calixto, who owns the oddity museum; he informed me that the necklace is a special item given only to court mages. Wuunferth the Unliving will never harm another innocent again. I presented my evidence to Jorleif, and the mage was arrested without incident.
... I went to check on Aventus. He thanked me profusely and gave me a silver plate. Apparently I could not hide my emotion, or else that child has telepathic abilities, for I had no intention of telling him the truth. While there may not be any hope for him, I still feel the need to make sure he's well. He doesn't have anyone in the world, and no one in Windhelm wants anything to do with him. I think it best I leave the city as soon as possible; it eats at my conscious to be near that boy. I'll have some mead at the candlewick and be on my way.