Rise of the Runelords 3.75
Excerpts from Vraxeris’ Journal:The runeforge pool awoke! At first, I took this as a sign that Runelord Xanderghul had risen. However, when I arrived at the pool to investigate, it seemed that the others had come to similar conclusions, but regarding their own lords. The damnable Wardens of Envy thought to siphon the new surge of magical energy for their own purposes, but with the aid of Kazaven, Ordikan, Athroxis, and that lovely creature Delvahine, we were able to defeat them and now their Abjurant Halls lie in ruins. The alliance was short-lived however as Kazaven absconded with the bodies almost immediately and that treacherous wench Athroxis nearly burned me to death before I made it back. Worse, I was mistaken about the significance of the pool – Runelord Xanderghul still slumbers. It is that monster Karzoug who quickens and nears rebirth. Damnation! He must not be allowed to precede Lord Xanderghul into the world! He would rebuild Thassilon in his own inferior image, a testament to his own greed rather than one of pride in the work. He must be delayed or defeated!
I have finally managed to escape these halls, at least to a certain extent. By astral projection I can now explore what the world outside has become. The wildness of this new world vexes me, yet it pleases me to see that Thassilon’s mark endures in the shape of our grand monuments. Gone is the world I knew – so much has changed! Karzoug’s city of Xin-Shalast is now hidden high in the mountains, where even the most determined visitor may never find it. When I finally discovered it, I found the spires where his body is hidden to be inaccessible, warded against astral travelers by the occlusion field around the peak of Mhar Massif. As long as his runewell is active, I fear even a physical approach would be impossibly deadly. I must determine a way to pierce these wardings, and to send an agent in my place. No need to risk my own life before my clone is ready.
I have taken steps toward an alliance with Delvahine. She may be able to escape this place physically, for she is not of the original blood. At the very least, she can call upon agents from outside our walls and perhaps through them we can secure servants in the outer world. She seems completely uninterested in Sorshen’s return; all the better for Xanderghul, that.
The runeforge pool is the key. As I suspected, the occlusion field in Xin-Shalast has a flaw. Karzoug’s lack of knowledge regarding the intricacies of enchantment and illusion magic has left an opening that may be exploited. One must use components infused with our lords’ virtues, extract the latent sin magic into the pool and then anoint the chosen weapons with this raw power. Those weapons enhanced with the powers of Lust and Pride will be most potent against Karzoug’s particular defenses and they may even prove to be pivotal in his defeat. For my own part, fragments of any of the mirrors in the Peacock’s Hall should suffice for a component. Delvahine’s… equipment… should suffice for the Lust component, although one would be wise to cleanse them thoroughly before they are handled. I am excited about this research and I believe that these ‘Runeforged Weapons’ could be most useful…
The search for an agent goes poorly. Delvahine seems more interested in her own ‘entertainments’ than in aiding me. I fear that I will be forced to see to Karzoug personally, in which event I will need to use the master circle built into the Halls of Wrath to escape this place… but forging a even a temporary truce with Athroxis will prove challenging at best and I don’t know if I can devise a way to escape the Runeforge oath that binds me. In darker news, the fevers and lapses are increasing and I fear that I must set aside this work on delaying Karzoug’s return and finalize the development of my 205th clone. I believe I should have sufficient time to finish before the dementia takes hold.
From here, each entry becomes more repetitive, obsessive and eventually entirely incoherent before they stop altogether. It seems that he didn’t have time after all.