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.

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: Tomb Spiders

Tomb spiders are arachnoid creatures suffused with negative energy. Their poison reverses healing spells and effects that target the poisoned creature.

Tomb spiders plant their eggs in the corpses of humanoids. A host animates as a web mummy, a zombielike mockery of life. As the eggs hatch, hundreds of tiny tomb spiders swarm inside the corpse. If released, they form a broodswarm that flows over opponents. Thus, the three basic life cycle stages of a tomb spider are the web mummy, broodswarm, and adult.

The party encountered a tomb spider in the tomb of the forgotten kingPrytannia, unaware of the effects of the poison, cast a healing spell on Bam, almost killing him in the process.

It was also among the bodies of the previous victims of the tomb spider did Iroel find the journal and prayerbook of the legendary Farrani Moonglammer.

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Sources: Image and text from Monster Manual IV

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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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The More You Know: Vestments of Divinity, Ephod of Authority

Vestments of Divinity

Vestments of Divinity are a set of hallowed magical items that allow the bearer to deny sin, wage war against evil, and put an end to malevolence wherever it is found. Wearing the Vestments of Divinity grants powers that bolster your ability to battle evil creatures. With each new item added, you gain additional divine confidence. When all five pieces are worn together, your body takes on a silvery sheen, and your eyes become the color of glowing aquamarine.

The Ephod of Authority

This silver vestment is set with a circle of nine semiprecious gemstones surrounding a raised, silver hemisphere. The ehpod grants its bearer greater power in turning undead.

One of the pieces of Vestments of Divinity, the Ephod of Authority was found by our heroes in the Tomb of the Forgotten King on the 13th day of Wealsun. Left in the tomb by some heroes of ages past, the ephod, along with other magical items were found with a scroll that read:

We who rest still long to serve. If you seek the same, take our goods and be blessed. If greed moved this stone and not a true heart, may our curse find you ere we awake.

Prytannia is the current bearer of the Ehpod of Authority. She lovingly calls it the iPod of Authority. The scroll which came with the items was reused by Bam when he wrote a letter to the mother of a vanquished foe.

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