A Spy Perishes
Decades ago, an Alphatian elf named Troikithus, loyal to Empress Eriadna, traveled to Glantri as her spy. Pretending to b an elf from the Grand Duchy of Karameikos, he ingratiated himself with the elven Clan of Ellerovyn and established his identity as an vigorous, intelligent student of magic.
Recently, he uncovered evidence of a secret order of magicians studying a previously-unknown type of magic (the Radiance). He also heard rumors that there were followers of Entropy among the rulers of Glantri. He sent back a report to his Empress describing what little he knew and promising to find out more. A week later, Troikithus’s drowned body is found in a canal of Glantri City.
The princes of Glantri do some research into the background of the popular murdered elf and discover that he was an Alphatian with an assumed identity—in short a spy. Alphatia responds by denying that he was a spy, saying that he took the identity because of Glantri’s long-standing disdain for Alphatians. Empress Eriadna protests this obvious murder, but with no evidence on either side neither Alphatia nor Glantri is willing to press the matter.