On Hallowed Ground

Experiment 6

My experiments with my bombs lately have been successful, but with this “discovery” I am hoping that it may prove more useful in the future of combat and my other plans…My earlier experiments focused on working to make my bombs and forumlae more useful for my comrades. I would consider these very helpful and have prided myself on my ability to work the chemicals in such a way to achieve this. But this, this experiment has proven to be my greatest achievement to date. Albeit I can’t really think that EVERYONE will see the benefit to this-at least not initially. My greatest fear is Raither finding out about what I have created and ultimately hating not only it, but myself. It is a risk that I have to take though as this could be an ally to take the hits in combat and focus attention away from him and others (although I know he would never think of it that way). It’s the best way I can work to create protection for him…

To be frank, it seems as though I have created a bomb that when it strikes a dead creature, they will rise again and become a zombie under my control. The first test had less than a stellar outcome and resulted in a literally mindless creation stumbling around. It did understand the commands of attack-but provided absolutely no intellectual stimulation. I mean, I do need someone to talk to during the night-it gets lonely sometimes with everyone else sleeping; but I digress. With the failure of the first zombie, I was forced to paralyze and rekill him and try again. This time I reread the books I have on the Karrnath zombies, tweaked the mixture, and hoped for the best and by The Traveler was provided with an absolute success! He can talk, has his own thoughts, and seems much stronger than the previous zombie. He wishes to be called ZedOne and although is less than good aligned now, he seems to be “warming” up to the idea of not murdering everyone we encounter. He follows directions magnificently and is sometimes polite, which is always a bonus. He does frighten easily, but to be fair Sophie did pull her sword on him and chase him down the hallway-I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same in his situation.

The rest of my comrades seem to be apprehensive around him, which is to be expected. The Mohrg we had under Raither’s control was only able to be trusted because he was dominated, and while I do hold control over ZedOne, what he is capable of is yet unaccounted. I will continue working on him and hopefully over time we can ALL be more trusting of each other.

Till my next experiment; remember the past, scheme for the future, always acquire knowledge and disregard the non-believers.

Ardev, The Unlikely Stronghold
Recently devastated by two separate attacks the city and its people remain strong

The city of Ardev, home to nearly 1600 citizens was the newest edition to the recent list of attacks against the fair nation of Breland. Reports have come estimating the death toll to be nearly 1200 of the cities inhabitants. The manner in which these 1200 poor souls were dispatched from this world has been vague thus far, but rumors abound and seem to share one similarity. Undead. It is at this moment uncertain if these rumors can be substantiated, but this reporter believes there may be cause for concern about our Eastern “allies” in Karnath.

Not two days after the undead incursion into this city, the giant army that recently ravaged the fledgling city of Greypass sent a force to assault Ardev. The giants and their forces were beaten back and vanquished by a small group under the employ of the crown.

If this long list of horrible news was not enough, now war is brewing with the barbarous bands of Droaam. Droaam has long been a problem for the kingdom and now that the murderous minions of the cruel hags have begun to beat the drums of war, I fear more dark days lie ahead.

The question that still remains unanswered is who is pulling the strings? The orchestra has begun to play and if the song plays for much longer, I fear for the safety of our people.

Tragedy in Greypass!
Newly founded city razed to the ground by unknown assailants

Tragedy struck the newly minted city of Greypass during the first night of its grand opening festival. The city was constructed to be a testament to Breland’s prosperity and the vision of her king, but no one could have foreseen what would happen just a few short hours after the gates were opened to the public. A force of trolls and giants swept through the town in the middle of the night raining fiery boulders and death upon those within the city’s walls. Hundreds of lives were lost in this unspeakable atrocity, and we are thus far unaware of those responsible for this most heinous of deeds. Was this attack the fiendish plot of some troll chieftain eager to show his power to Breland and her people? Or was this simply the overture of a more odious opus, composed by a devil still lying in wait behind the curtain?


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