Please read what I have enclosed.  I have gone through the notes that were brought to me from Mayong’s library, and I believe that the sections I have highlighted below are the most pertinent to our experiments.  Familiarize yourself with these.

… exactly how these runes might fit together.  I believe that these are separate from the runes on the inside of the ring, but their significance isn’t immediately apparent.

            As an aside, I am still puzzled as to what happened back in the tower.  I have pondered the failure, but the reasons to her dramatic transformation elude me.  I have turned others of her race, and none have changed the way she did.  There is something more to this, something that reacted violently to the gift of vampirism.

            Utilizing magic as she does, I wondered at first if she might have entreated herself to a powerful dark force that might have lashed back against anything that could wrest control of its thrall from its grip, since she would become subservient to me.  I believe, however, that the possessor would have revealed itself in some manner had this been the case.  There was no message of any kind (no changes in voice uttering a warning, no disembodied spirit attempting to threaten me), so I don’t believe this to be the case.

            I wonder if she might have been under another sort of protection spell.  Perhaps she was attempting to protect herself from the vampirism using a weak warding magic.  This is plausible, although I did not feel the presence of a ward, and she had drank from the goblet containing my blood without any signs of difficulty.  I suspect that if there were a ward, I would have noticed it immediately.

            I believe that there is something else at play here…

… to continue the search for the staff.  I despise their incompetence, but they are indeed necessary to complete the task I have before me.

            Once again, I must make note of my findings regarding Tserrina.  After pondering and researching, I believe that something was different about her blood itself.  I recall there being a taste to it, something that I did not recognize.  I brushed this off at first as some manner of contamination, that perhaps her dabbling in necromantic or demonic arts had tainted her blood.  It seems I should have not been so quick to dismiss that fact.

            If indeed her blood was impure, or mixed somehow, then whatever it was that she had infused in her blood was likely the cause of the transformation.  I have a few theories as to what this could be, but the truth of the matter is that any discovery I make now is largely moot in regards to her.  She is locked in the tower now, and will rot with time.  She is no longer my concern, although I believe that I can apply the lessons I’ve learned to a similar experiment.  I am interested in how a mixture like this might apply to another stock of blood, such as dragon’s blood.  The implications of this are quite intriguing.

            I will, however, make sure and look for the same sort of tells, should I choose to take up another bride as such.  I do not want to waste more time and resources on another failed venture such as that again.

            It’s clear to me that we must locate the notes of Tserrina Sly’Tor as well.  She has the other half of the information that Mayong was missing.  If we can recover that, then I believe that we can combine the two pieces of research to accomplish our goal of strengthening our bloodline.   Send a thrall into the library, and recover the notes of Tserrina.

Do not fail.