Probably the most important part of this quest was who it was that posted the notice.
Er, there's nothing to say that those villagers... weren't from the village that the notice-poster came from. Whoever posted the notice seemed to know who Layla was.
In which case, whoever posted the notice is either the perpetrator, or the village wasn't completely destroyed. Did the Hero take a good look at the village before they went on the quest? If they did, it happened off-screen, so we don't know what the Hero may have found there.
quote: implies that it is the same village as Layla is from.
that well is our only source of water
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I've read that between 50 to 365 days after death (it depends on the environment), most corpses are left with only bones and teeth.
So I don't think the corpse's state will tell us much about the time of death.
The time it takes for a corpse to decompose is important, because those zombie villagers weren't fully decomposed. While the fact that they aren't motionless will delay the effects, it won't fully prevent them. That means the attack would've had to happen some time in the past year.
There's nothing to say the Rose didn't prevent the attack. They may have forced the perpetrator into hiding (wherein the perpetrator could post the notice), or killed/imprisoned them.
They would have then cleared the village, but they'd probably have overlooked the well.
If the message was posted by the perpetrator, then that means Layla was someone they cared about. The fact that they still cared what happened after she died implies some family tie between them- and if they truly were the perpetrator, they couldn't deal with it themself.
Why do I think the note was posted by the perpetrator? Well, they could have asked the Rose, but then they risk a Magus investigating. Amadeus would probably immediately identify the perpetrator if he investigated.
If they wanted the perpetrator caught, it would've made more sense to ask the Rose or the Paladin Order for assistance.
That's my analysis.
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