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November 26, 2011

…Settling into our newly furnished estate I returned to the daily effort of attending classes at the Great School of Magic. I also took on the task of enchanting Slahadin’s new scimitar, which took several weeks to complete. Elias decided to don a magic periapt, a dark gleaming red eight sided jewel hanging from a gold chain, taken from the lich’s vault only to find that it was cursed with a foul rotting disease. Freeing him from the cursed periapt involved a trip to Karameikos to find a cleric able to remove his curse and cleanse his disease. Interestingly enough he was able to trade the cursed item to Luigi who in exchange got his wolf cloak enchanted. I also had donned an amulet, a large shiny copper chain that held a miniature crystal ball, that appeared to grant protection from detection spells. I later found out this item was also cursed allowing the lich prince to follow our movements while I had it on. The last magic item from the lich’s vault, a jar of grey stony salve with specks like diamond dust, was also found to be cursed almost turning Elias to stone when he applied it to his skin thinking it a salve of stone skin. We should have known better. We will have to be far more diligent where the lich is concerned.

During the weeks of classes, enchanting and dealing with these cursed items we learned about a Baroness, Lady Uigmuir, who was seeking assistance with a family emergency. Her Barony had recently been reclaimed after having been overrun by a large tribe of orcs from the Wendarian Mountain Range. It seemed like an appealing opportunity to my companions until I learned that Baroness Uigmuir was allied to House Klantyre. With the weekly costs of classes and other expenses the I was getting low on coin. We were considering our options when Luigi arrived for a visit. Over wine and cigars he told us about his cousin Max who was looking for help locating a missing apprentice. Deciding we would rather take our chances with Luigi’s cousin Max than assisting an unknown Baroness tied to the lich prince we set up a meeting with Max for later that night.

Max turned out to be a rather large man with a pointed hat. He told us his apprentice Escobar, who he had sent on a special mission, had meet with an untimely demise. Escobar had been sent on a secret mission to raid an ancient forgotten tomb known as the Crypt of the Kahns. Max produced a small magical crystal cube which he used to show us an image of the last thing Escobar had seen. It seems Max’s crystal cube is linked to a crystal cube carried by Escobar allowing him to communicate with his apprentice. The image was a grim one showing a room with several crypts, a desiccated corpse, a bouncing stone cube and the small crystal cube laying by the outstretched hand of Escobar. Max wanted us to find his dead apprentice, recover the second crystal cube, a pair of boots and a cloak he had lent him for the mission. Because he was revealing to us the hidden location of the Crypt, which was rumored to hold great riches, he asked for 10% of any treasure we recovered from the site. I was intrigued by the crypt and asked him what he could tell us about it.

The Crypt of the Kahns is an ancient crypt once used by the Kahns of Ethengar. It is rumored to be a place of great power and potential riches as many of the Great Kahns are thought to be entombed there. Some 200 years ago a Glantrian wizard of Ethengar decent, Lord Sidh Krinagar, discovered the ancient crypt and built a tower over it hoping to explore the crypt in secret and harness it’s secrets and power. However, in 851, the Tower and its Lord were overrun by the Ethengar. Max believed that the Crypt had remained undisturbed in the attack, and dispatched Escobar to verify the information and return with what treasure he could find

We agreed to Max’s terms and departed for Sidh’s abandoned tower the next day taking the carriage to Skullhorn pass. Upon arrived we found Skullhorn Pass on high alert and bustling with activity. Speaking to a soldier we learned about the military combat readiness maneuvers being conducted by the Skullhorn Pass garrison. Standing orders…No one was allowed to travel through the pass until the military maneuvers were complete. As we spoke to an officer about the possibility of getting through the pass, a noble wizard and his retinue rode up to us. The wizard wore a protective robe, a pointed runed hat and wore a wand at his belt. I noticed this wizard was of Ethengar descent by his skin tone and stylized fu-manchu mustachios. Acknowledging me the wizard introduced himself as Lord Urmahid Krinagar, the Count of Skullhorn Pass and asked my business in the pass. I told him I and my party sought the lost tower of Lord Sidh Krinagar. Upon hearing this Lord Krinagar dismounted and requested that we accompany him to his pavilion where, in privacy, he revealed that he was a descendant of Lord Sidh Krinagar. He questioned us about our interest in Sidh’s tower and once he was satisfied he agreed to let us through the pass in exchange for bringing him back a family tapestry that Lord Sidh had made. Knowing the value of having friends among the nobles I readily agreed to his request.

We were able to purchase horses and continue our journey from Skullhorn pass to Bramyra then out onto the plains of Ethengar. I will admit our days spent on the plains of Ethengar were intense. Several times we caught glimpses of Ethengar riders off in the distance, however, we were able to reach the site of Sidh’s tower without incident. What remained of the tower was located on a sheltered ledge of a small hill. I knew this was a place of power when Dante found not one but two mandrgora plants around the base of the tower. The top half of the tower was missing almost as if it had be blown apart by a massive explosion. Its damaged main doors were off their hinges and could not be opened by force of strength so we decided to use our ropes to climb up to the exposed upper levels. We climbed up and into the highest remaining tower level. Tattered remains of books lay strewn about the room among the wreckage of several bookcases. This was what remained of the towers library. Nothing was salvageable so we continued down the stairs picking our way through a growth of vampire roses to the ground floor. It was here that we discovered the Krinagar family tapestry, well preserved, and hanging from the back wall. We decided to leave it where it was until we had returned from the crypt. We were preparing to descend to the underground levels of the tower when were heard a rhythmic plodding sound of something coming up the stairs from below. We readied ourselves in time to face an old suit of armor which immediately attacked Elias as it clanked into the room. I blasted it with magic missiles only to see them fail. This was not ordinary suit of armor. Elias and Hakim’s repeated blows began to destroy portions of the armor revealing and stitched together corpse underneath the armor…it was a FLESH GOLEM. An amazing discovery, unfortunately it had to be destroyed. Golems are quite fascinating. I would like to create my own in the future but I currently lack the knowledge required to do so. Although, they took a few solid blows Elias and Hakim defeated the golem leaving broken armor, sundered corpse and a green ichor. After a brief rest we descended to the lower tower levels…△

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