The group stumbles across a dead messenger with several crossbow bolts in the back. His corpse has been thouroughly ransacked and left naked on the ground, but all of his equipment seems to be left lying by him.
If anyone casts detect magic, they will see a tattoo on the messenger’s chest which glows brightly under the spell. The tattoo is a message of peace from one king to another. The two kingdoms have been at war for ages, and it appears there are attempts to broker peace. If the message does not get to the recipient, then war will continue to rage on.