Investigation: Planar Threat
Over the last few days I have been leading an investigation into the Planar Issues around the region
It has been learned that the epicentre is a ruined tower between Tilverton and Hillmarch, The celestials, devils and demons are fighting over it and trying to get acsess, However a powerful ward prevents entry.
To solve the issue I believe we will need to bypass the ward and recover whatever is within.
I will be working with mages and others to accomplish them.
Statues within the mines themselves mention the forest of eyes and the tunnels within, I shall also lead expeditions there to see if any clues are within
Last night I led an expedition to the forgotten tunnels to investigate the writing on the statues.
We came across a floating crystal in a circle with runes rotating around it which bears more investigating
However I believe what the statues were reffering to was deeper in, A foul area known as the caves of wickedness.
Upon entering the caves the screams of tortured souls can be heard and fiends roam, Further in we came across a door, Upon approaching it I heard a whisper saying the price for going beyond the door was your soul.
The door also featured a mural of people being tortured with a blade known as the tormentor
I expect the statues were a ploy to try and get people to damn themselves
I have spoke with a man calling himself Elitzio Rivior, A mage and diviner, He has agreed to accompany me and he will try and divine more information on the ward on the tower
Yesterday I took a large group including Tass, Elitzio and his group and members of the wildwalkers to the site of the tower.
Upon the way we encountered more powerful fiends than usual and were even set upon by a powerful celestial who unfortunately didn't want to communicate.
Elitzio was able to study the ward though and will notify us of his theories
Whilst we wait on the theory from this Rivior it occurs to me that beholders and some lesser kin are known to be able to strip magic with a gaze.
Perhaps if one of these eyes was cut from such a creature it could be used to remove or at least weaken the ward.
I spoke with Ursula and she believes it may be viable.
Plus it gives us options. It's rarely a good idea to rely solely on one option
Elitzio has sent us this
I apologise for the delay, please see my thoughts below.
To begin with my theory, as we touched upon the other day, is that the Tower is being protected by the celestials and it is the forces of the Nine Hells and Abyss which are the aggressors in this Planar War. I believe the celestials are serving as custodians and are responsible for the Ward; both its initial conception and upkeep.
This is supported by the divine minefield, for lack of a better term, defending the approach to the Ward in addition to the many warnings permeating throughout the area.
If this is the case, and I would hasten to add this is merely a theory at this early stage, we should entertain whether this Ward is something we even want to break, much less actually try and do it.
That said, there are two ways in which we can bypass this or indeed any Ward. The first and simplest is to use the proper token for ease of passage. This would require some manner of cooperation with the celestials who have thus far given us no indication they would be obliging.
We could seek to capture and interrogate a celestial: the moral quandaries of this however might lead us to other solutions.
This, ultimately, leaves us with manually breaking the Ward.
Before we continue we should clarify from the outset that breaking Wards have changeable results. Once the Ward is broken, the preceding ripple effect is uncertain as the magics of the Ward dissipate and the proverbial avalanche of whatever is, or was, being contained is released. In this particular circumstance we must weigh the knowledge that breaking the Ward effectively opens the doors to the hosts of the Abyss and Hells to seize whatever they covet so vigorously. We must be vigilant as to ensure they do not beat us to our goal.
Now, a Breaking Spell; which would be required here, requires a many reagents and then the time to concentrate and execute. Should we successfully acquire the necessary compounds we would then need to suppress the militants long enough for me to conduct the spell.
Negative energy is best placed to disrupt the Positive energy encompassing the Ward, so we will need the remnants of powerful undead to conduct a Necromantic breaking, in addition to further supporting components to strengthen the magic:
- 4x Mummy Dust
- 2x Vampire Dust
- 8x Wyvern Blood
- 5x Gargoyle Skulls
- 4x Mithril
- 1x Essence of Warding
- 1x Essence of Knowledge
- 1x Each Elemental Essence.
I am by no means a specialist in Necromancy, however I would stress that it unfairly suffers from a stigma stemming from its use by infamous villains and dark wizards. The craft itself in its purest form is no more reprehensible than evocation or conjuration or any other school of magic: obviously removed from animation.
That said, this breaking spell can be empowered by one further unwholesome reagent, which I believe would ensure our success, alternatively we can chance a milder incantation. The decision I shall leave to your sound judgement, I am willing to try without:
- 1x Willing sample of pure blood.
Don Elitzio Rivior,
of the Haunted House.
Whilst I am certainly against blood being used most of the other reagents can be obtained on hunts,
There is also still the option of seeking the antimagic eye of a beholder or its kin
One sample of Mummy Dust was obtained from an excursion into Deadwell.
3 samples of vampire dust and one more sample of Mummy dust were obtained from an expedition into Deadwell
Treth has said he holds juridsction over the planar matter and may forbid this attempt.
Naturally he will be ignored and when the murder case against him goes to the council I will suggest his permits from the king are also revoked
I have obtained another sample of mummy dust from the smuggling tunnels. This leaves one more sample to be obtained.
Izereth believes she can divine past the ward to provide some insight as to what the forces are fighting over, This should prove valuable