Their exact dogmas and teachings are likely things they'd only share with initiates, but the Old Order is believed to worship some long dead or lost deity (they're unclear on which exactly and don't even seem to care) whereas the Yellow Rose follow a goodly path, and are devoted to a goodly deity.
The sheriff finds most books to have brief blurbs about the family, speaking of their valiant history of service to the royal family in the past few decades. Their family has been rooted in the military, and had born tactically gifted minds in the two generations that the family had been elevated to the noble class. Their income is derived primarily from mine holdings, light trade, and funds granted by the Crown for military-related services. The only names that come up frequently are that of Sebastian Mertoi, the Lord and first of the House, and his son Winston Mertoi, and daughter Lucretia Mertoi.
More recent texts reflect the family in less favorable lights, depicting them as blind fools who followed the Cormyrean Crown to ruin. Sebastian Mertoi and his son were said to have been slain in the Great War by the treachery of rival nobles, a testament of both his blindness to the broken Kingdom of Cormyr, and the evil and corruption that the City of Arabel is finally free of. His daughter, Lucretia, is said to be dead as well, though the accounts of how it happened appear to lack much consistency.
The Estate in Arabel appears to remain under the control of what is left of the House; those who did not journey with Winston southward during the Great War. They continue to honor the memory of their late Lord; though why they still maintain their holdings remains a mystery.
Search as they will, it takes a rather long while for the librarian to direct him anywhere specific. However, eventually, he finds the following page from a book called "The whispers of brotherhoods".
_Among the faithful of Helm, exist a group of elite bodyguards trained from birth. They are known as the Everwatch Knights. Sometimes loaned out by the church, sometimes assigned to a single charge for life, these Knights devote their entire existence to the protection of those entrusted to their care.
This life requires great sacrifices on the part of the Knight, for they are frequently on the road and almost always in life threatening danger. This is one of the highest callings of the church of Helm and those who answer it are respected throughout the ranks of the church._
Havestrom Lahl was Myrmeen Lahl's husband. Her exact lineage is unknown, but she is believed to have been born in Calimshan in 1333. According to some vague references found in a book by Hanthen Willowspit, Havestrom Lahl was one of Azoun IV's favorite cousins who married Myrmeen Lahl in 1357, Havestrom was sadly killed in an ambush shortly after the marriage by bandits. Lahl is known to have a daughter named Krysten from an earlier marriage, the daughter's whereabouts currently are unknown.
Lhal is well known to have cleaned up crime in Arabel, serving first as the constable of the militia in 1359, she was appointed Lord of the city by King Azoun of Suzail who was impressed with her leadership, honesty, and courage. This is widely regarded to have been Arabel's most prosperous period in its history, a time when rebellion was at a low tide.
There is nothing in the library regarding them, but the librarian remarks that Father Graham Boulderbeard is fondly remembered amongst the dwarven community of Arabel as a spiritual leader of a few years ago, along with Mother Loli Hearthkeep who many believe to have been his lover. The nature of their deaths is not recalled, but their loss was felt hard and affluent dwarven citizens paid for his resting place to be prominent as befitted the esteem with which he was held within the city.
Reginar's Compleat Guide to Flora describes blueleaf trees as having leaves of an eerie, gleaming blue hue, which are many-pointed and rather like those of maples in appearance. Blueleaf trees are very delicate and have many small branches. As a rule, these trees are very supple; they bend in high winds and undear heavy ice loads (rather than breaking), and grow in thick stands which sometimes reach 40' in height. The trunks of these trees rarely attain diameters in excess of 8". Blueleaf trees yield a vivid blue dye much favored by clothesmakers; the dye is derived from the sap and crushed leaves of the blueleaf trees. These trees are also favored for firewood cutting because they produce beautiful, leaping blue flames while burning. They are very rare in this region, more commonly found in the Silver Marches and High Forest.
He finds this in an adventurer's journal, but nothing else.
This eldritch castle in the Stormhorn Mountains, near Castle Crag, was once the site of many bizarre magical spells and nefarious actions but now is in ruins, blasted apart by magic.
The castle's foundation remains, and its walls, though crumbled, reveal the shape of the castle and some of the structures within its walls. Kilgrave was a simple square design with each wall 1,000 feet long. It had but one gate, centered in one wall of some massive structure, perhaps a simple obelisk. From this gate, a drawbridge spanned a shallow moat. In addition, towers stood at each corner of the castle walls.
Within the walls were many structures, including a large hall surrounding a central courtyard (which is now overgrown with twisted vines and assorted ugly growths). Other internal structures are obliterated, so completely crumbled that few stones remain intact. This destruction, like the origin of the castle, was undoubtedly magical in nature.
The below-ground levels of the castle are a different matter. Rooms and corridors are almost intact in some areas and in ruins elsewhere.
There have been some efforts to explore the castle's lower levels, but these parties have either returned empty-handed or not at all. However, there was one report from a survivor of an expedition who said they had discovered an under' ground secret chamber containing a mystic pool. Unfortunately, this person was too ill of mind after the experience to adequately describe the location of the room or what had happened to his fellows.
The Helmlands only came into creation after the time of troubles, and no one has ever done the research on this. Even the librarians mention that despite the stories the Helmlands were created when Helm killed Mystra during the Time of Troubles; they point out that could be a confusion caused by the name. Prior to the Godswar, the plains there were still called the Helmlands and its possible the story Mystra was slain there only arouse from the name-Helm taking blame for something he did not do at a time when his public image was tarnished by the massacres in Maztica.
_7) References and Acknowledgments
I refer the reader to the tome, Golems and Constructs by Mortemor Needlenose, which I found most instructive.
I wish to acknowledge the aid of the following wizards and summoners in the research of these notes._