The More You Know: Vraath Keep

Vraath Keep has a tragic history, as the ruins and skeletal remains attest. For centuries , trade through the Witchwood used the Dawn Way, and the soldiers stationed at Vraath Keep were the primary defenders of the region. Their presence kept the road safe for merchants to travel. A few years before the fall of Rhest, an ambitious young man named Amery Vraath inherited control of the keep. After the Rhestior Kingdom dissolved, Amery laid claim to the entire Witchwood and sought to rid his new domain of its evil reputation.

Chief among his target was a tribe of forest giants that dwell deep in the woods. Known as the Twistusks, these forest giants generally kept to themselves but raided merchants on the Dawn Way from time to time.

The brash young lord gathered together an impressive group of mercenaries and adventurers, and early one summer day led his force against the Twistusks.The battle was furious, but in the end Amery’s men won the day and forced the Twistusks to flee into the mountains. The soldiers burned the giants’ steading to the ground and returned to Vraath, victorious.

Yet their victory was short-lived. One week later, the surviving Twistusks returned and attacked Vraath Keep during a tremendous thunderstorm. The giants bombarded the keep all night long with hurled boulders and massive poisoned arrows. When the sun rose, four of the Twistusks lay dead amid the ruined keep, but none of the keep’s soldiers or residents remained.

No one knows what happened to Amery Vraath. It is said that his tortured spirit remains to haunt the keep. Travelers say that at night, those who pass by Vraath Keep can hear his anguished cries.

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The More You Know: The Legend of the Forgotten King Revisited

Previously referred to as the Forgotten King, or The First King of Rhestilor, King Theron is nameless no more. After speaking with the apparition of Theron himself, and consulting with the bard Leera, our heroes finally learn of this mysterious but legendary figure.

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The More You Know: Legend of the Forgotten King

A statue in the hills of Kingsholm

A statue in the hills of Kingsholm. Could he the legendary first king of Rhestilor?

Centuries ago, the prosperous and wealthy kingdom of Rhestilor encompassed Elsir Vale. When the kingdom collapsed and the last of the kings died away, no new kingdom grew in its place.

There are many stories and legends about the old kings of Rhestilor, but none so filled with mystery and contradiction as legend of the very first king.

To begin with, no one can say for certain the name of this first king. Too many conflicting accounts of historians claiming to know his name only prove that such accounts are probably false.  Secondly, no one knows how his realm ended or where he was buried.

The nameless king is mentioned in antiquated texts and isolated bard songs. Legends speak of how he came from humble beginnings and united the lose communities in Elsir Vale and forged a prosperous kingdom. He was unconquerable in battle, and gallantly defended the Vale from orc and gobinoid hordes.

Legends go on to say that when he died, he was buried in a secret tomb with his greatest treasures. It is said that when the Vale needs him the most, the king shall rise again to defend the land.

Iroel Qvasura, a grey elf from the distant elven kingdoms, has spent 10 years in Four Winds‘ extensive libraries, trying to piece together pieces of the legend. On the 5th day of Wealsun, a lucky trade with a merchant provided him a clue which lead him to believe the tomb of the forgotten king was in the sleepy town of Kingsholm.

With his new found allies, Bam, a simple ranger from the unknown hamlet of Valum, Prytannia, an young cleric of Pelor recently brought back from the dead, and Valthurne, a frustrated soldier seeking a new life, he ventured to Kingsholm to uncover the mysteries of the past.

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