At Andrew’s (Andrew, Kadon, Gerry & Daz)
Written by Gerry
Midday turned into afternoon at the Treasury. Joeseth continued with copying the scroll that had been recovered from the masked assailant.
Cel and Durathror, poring through the library’s books, had learned that the markings on the tree were an Ogham script, and meant ‘Zargath’. Ogham script was used by peoples in the swamps south of Kymrie, taken in turn from elsewhere in the past. Cel recalled that Zargath was a ‘First’, a reference to one of the original elven people. More than that he couldn’t recall.
Heading down from the second floor of the library, Cel and Durathror saw Nimbreh in conversation near Joeseth’s desk with someone who turned out to be Thelen. Cel and Durathror arrived at the desk, while Thelen was working through its translation. The group spoke about the research undertaken in the Library, mid translating Thelen glanced up at the mention of the ‘First’, but no further comment was made. Thelen’s cursory translation of the first part of the scroll had found that mention was made of ‘ritual’, ‘reclaiming’, ‘regeneration’, ‘nature’, ‘sacrifice’ and ‘demonstration’. Perhaps more context could be had as the rest of the scroll was analysed. Uthgar recalled reading something of Zargath from his personal collection of historical documents, he mentioned he might discuss the matter with Ummar.
Leaving the learned scholars to their work, Cel and Durathror returned to the Laden Scow, meeting as previously arranged with Emelia and Flynn. The night was spent at the inn, with a simple dinner, wine and ale. The cheeseboard was unfortunately plain, much to Durathror’s chagrin. The party then returned to the Treasury the following morning.
Durathror left to find a workbench and begins his repairs of Clank.
Flynn went in search of the Biology department, finding Jemma Scott. Flynn asked to learn more of dangerous beasts that the Treasury might now of. Learning that no autopsy was currently underway, he settled down with drawings of creatures previously compiled.
Cel and Emelia met Joeseth, joining him as he travelled down into one of the archival vaults under the Treasury to retrieve the scroll from overnight storage. Lit by magical means at the entrance to each vault, they disappeared off into the distance, and dark. Returning to Joeseth’s desk with the scroll in hand, Thelen stopped by on his way through the Treasury. Further translation of the scroll had uncovered more detail, especially given the context of the Orc-skin vellum upon which the ancient Elvish script had been written. The scroll referred to using sites of great power – presumably where great magics had been expended in key battles against the Orcs during the Elven-Orcish war. And that sacrifices were required. Whether that sacrifice was of effort, or of beings, was unclear. Lastly, the scroll was written by Zargath, who Thelen noted as being a powerful wizard, and a direct participant in the efforts made to destroy the orcs. In parting, Thelen mentioned Nimbreh had asked to talk with Cel to discuss matters.
Whilst Emelia conversed with the Librarian about books on fighting techniques, Cel searched out Nimbreh. Nimbreh suggested that the next course of action in discovering whether there was any risk to the scholars of the treasury lay with returning to the glade in which the masked assailant had been encountered, and picking up the trail from there. Should circumstances permit, capture of the assailant for later interrogation. In response to Cel’s query, Nimbreh confirmed that funding could be sourced to provision and recompense the group for their time and risk.
- Joeseth Hoat – librarian, human
- Thelen – honours student, elf
- Nimbreh – head of Treasury security, elf
- Uthgar – senior research fellow, svirfneblin
- Kuda Vheccal (referred to, not present in this session) – head of Faculty, human
- Ummar Slatebrew (not present in this session) – senior archaeologist, dwarf
- Jemma Scott – biology department, human
- Treasury of All Knowledge
- Laden Scow (inn).