On Hallowed Ground

Journal Entry 73

No experiments this time…more so observations on recent changes happening among myself and my comrades. It seems as though through magical means we have been able to greatly increase the power each of us wields. It is also becoming more and more painfully obvious the weight of this war upon us all. Of course it completely helps when you spend years upon years fighting, training, and pouring over a wealth of knowledge in a demi-plane to reach those scales of power, but still we are changed in our powers now. Were I able, I would run away to that plane forever…once the hell beasts were vanquished things continued on quite peacefully. It’s amazing what having some time away from fighting and the end of the world can do one’s “soul”. Also, I can’t say it wasn’t sublime to have so much time with Raither away from the pressures and other worldly influences. To feel what it was to be normal again, but then as they always do, all good things must come to an end. Once we left the plane, we received a distressing call from Rey that they were being attacked through a rift that opened in front of them.

We made our way there and when we arrived, it was crushing to see her lifeless body lying on the battlefield. Once we defeated the monsters plaguing the area, Ordel made a valiant attempt to raise her, but to no avail. I cannot express how it feels to have something you at first didn’t know existed come crashing into your life with such meaning only to be ripped away so suddenly. The other sisters met back up with us and to say the exchange was heated would be an understatement…Bo and Tau have decided to leave, fight what they can, but have their lives as their own. Mel and Val are staying and I can only hope for the safety of them all.

Everything now seems so fleeting. The idea that we should live forever, if we die, we come back a few days later was comforting. Now there is something more mortal to us, making the time we have more precious and urgent. If we retreated to a place without war or fighting we could live forever, but such a thought is nothing more than a trivial dream. We have started this and it is through our hands that it should be ended.
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Prince of Thorns Defeated!
High King and courageous companions fell crazed Fey prince

The past weeks have seen much activity in the wake of High King Raither’s coronation, most notably the summit of the Khorvairan kings (and queens) as well as the return of Brother Malice, a highly decorated tactician as well as an expert on the denizens of Khyber. But even those events pale in comparison to the news that is now sweeping Khorvaire, the maniacal Prince of Thorns has been slain in a fight to the death by High King Raither and his illustrious companions. Some of the world’s most powerful people were in attendance for this showdown, and rumor has it that the show even convinced the famous Dragon Sisters to return Khorvaire, ending their unexplained sabbatical. Sources also report that Arianna supplied our heroes with a vast majority of their equipment.

This good news has been sorely needed as the demon incursions have begun to intensify in frequency and ferocity across the continent. Rumor has even spread to the capital that the fiendish Prince of Thorns and his mysterious mistress, known only as Esmerelda, have made an alliance with the demon host and have been creating fey-demon hybrids. The Host only knows if these rumors are true, but for the sake of every soul in Khorvaire, let us hope the High King and his commanders can find a way to defeat them.

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Entry 86

Unlike previous entries this is less about scientific discoveries and more about personal feelings I have “experienced” over the past few days in relation to my other comrades. Thankfully things are coming together better between Scorch and the rest of the party and hopefully the whole ordeal can be put behind us. Now I find that we are facing a far more superiour opponent, which has the potential to decimate not only my comrades, but the whole of Khovaire. While I find that problem to particularly troublesome, I find my thoughts drifting to another concern.

I tend to think that as intelligent beings we are capable of voicing opinions and our feelings with accurate infliction and purpose, but have found myself lacking in that department as evident of recent events. For some reason I find that Raither’s new position as King has stirred something within me….I have not found myself unsure of things or plans I set my mind to, but since this change have found myself unable feel confident about my current status with him. In addition to the insecurities I have imposed on myself, my actions were uncalled for during his coronation. I am embarrassed to think that I could act in such an irrational way, but for some reason felt it necessary to voice my thoughts.

The truth is…aside from all intellectual rationale, I feel this has to a side effect of my romantic feelings for him. If one is to be honest, I do think I love him. I have never had such feelings for one person and find myself acting irrational and more impulsive than I ever have. While the love I bear for him carries me throughout these times, I find that my actions at the coronation have created a rift between us, an ever-increasing distance as of late. This causes me immense sadness and have found myself delving more into experiments to fill that void, but to no avail. I have decided that I must tell him how I feel and hope that he can forgive my earlier behaviour so that we can move forward. With this fight coming, I cannot let the last memories be of bitter words and cold glances…

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King Raither ir’Wynarn's Address to the Nation

“You have given me the title of High King of Khorvaire. I am your King.”

“What will make me strong is not the position you have given me, but rather the strength of my allies. And with the strength of us united—we will destroy the demon horde and make Khorvaire safe for our people once more.”

“You are no longer just diplomats, warriors and citizens—you are my friends. And friends, we go to war!”

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King Kaius Killed!
Kaius Ir'Wynarn slain, succeeded by heir Raither Monteverde

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News today from Karnath announces the death of King Kaius ir’Wynarn III, and the succession of the previously unknown heir, Raither Monteverde. The newly crowned king of Karnath was recently recognized as the heir by his father after spending his formative years outside of the public eye. Citizens of Breland may recognize his name as it was revealed that Raither was, until recently, a member of our fine country as well as one of the courageous heroes that rescued King Boranel ir’Wynarn. The news of his passing has been met with mixed feelings amongst the people of Khorvaire. Despite his dedication to peace and upholding the Treaty of Thronehold after the last war, Kaius was still disliked for his continued use of undead throughout Karnath. With his passing, the people of Karnath and the Five Nations can look to this newly crowned sovereign with hope. He has already proved himself a true friend to Breland, and fought against the Droaam menace for the good of Khorvaire. As the entire continent finds itself in its hour of need, we look to heroes such as Raither and hope that they can lead us through this darkness and back to the light.

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The Gates of Hell
Attack on Brelish forces by Karnathi strike team overshadowed by terrifying new events

With war raging in the West and new hostilities emerging with Karnath, reports have surfaced of hellish gateways ripping open all over Khorvaire, spewing demons in an unending tide of destruction and death.

After a summit of Khorvairian leaders assembled, a bold assault by Karnathi forces was launched at the keep, slaying dozens. It is as this point uncertain why King Kiaus was not invited to the summit, but clearly this decision lead to the assault today. Another enemy is something Breland can ill afford with the armies of Droaam still wrecking havoc in the West, and whatever plan may have been in place with this summit has accomplished nothing but further weakening Breland.

To add to this dire situation, reports are coming in of portals opening to other planes releasing demons on the countryside. Experts are baffled by what could be causing these rifts, but whatever is at work is causing devastation acrossed Khorvaire. Thus far these rifts appear to be temporary, but some experts believe that these rifts could become permanent if whatever is causing them is allowed to continue.

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Monstrous Regime Changes: What New Warlords Mean For Breland
New Warlords in Droaam and Darguun Make Political Waves

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Warlords have dropped like flies in the recent days in Droaam and Darguun. The vile hag coven leading the Droaam army has been violently removed from power by a woman calling herself Esmerelda. The presence of this new leader seems to have strengthened the resolve of the Droaam army and bolstered its numbers. Although the motives of this Esmerelda are unknown, it seems things have gone from bad to worse on the Droaam front.

Better news has come out of the South in Darguun. The three goblin tribes in Darguun have been miraculously brought together under the leadership of goblins named Scorch and Red Siren. Although the leaders have only recently come on to the scene as political players, it has come to light that Scorch was a member of the heroes who rescued King Boranel ir’Wynarn from the Droam army several days ago.

What effects these new leaders will have on the fate of Breland is unknown, but only time will tell as leaders from around Khorvaire arrive for a summit with King Boranel.

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ENTRY LOG 68
Experiment 7-8

From my last experiment (which is going so well I might add), I have decided to try bigger and better things. After our last battle in which we freed the King of Breland, I found myself with the corpses of two Blue Dragons. Well you imagine my surprise at having received such fantastic specimens on which to work my zombie experiment. It was costly and took some time, but I do believe they have turned out splendidly. But now to my exciting and much more personal experiment….

I have been dabbling with the idea of making a contingency plan since I seem to not have my phylactery…or at least are not in possession of it at this time. Basically I came up with the idea from my zombies. when I use my recent discovery to make a zombie, essentially I am taking a shell or husk if you will of the person who used to “live” there and imbuing it again with their essence. So I began thinking, would it be possible to do this with myself? Making a complete copy of myself that would function exactly as I do know, but should something happen, my consciousness would be transported back to my “real” body. The idea delights me so and so this is what I am doing tonight. I think I have all the components and necessary elixirs to perform this, but I won’t know exactly how it works for sometime. I am working to make the body, since of course I don’t have a supply myself laying about…yet. But should all things go properly, I should a perfect replica of myself.

In continuing my thinking on this subject, in the way that I make zombies from dead bodies, since my own bodies I make will function as though they are “dead”, in theory I should be able to produce zombie Kais. The idea is absolutely brilliant…I do have to say I might have outdone myself on this experiment and the idea of having another one of myself pleases me so very much. I shall have to report back with the outcome, hopefully this time my comrades don’t have quite the problem adjusting to these discoveries….

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Daring Jailbreak Frees Captured King!
A daring raid rescues Brelish king in Greypass Mountains

A daring assault launched on a giant fortress in the Greywall Mountains has succeeded in rescuing the Brelish king, King Boranel ir’Wynarn, from the clutches of his monstrous captors. Guarded by fearsome giants and deadly blue dragons, the heroic group assaulted the fortress. Outnumbered 10-to-1 the heroes faced certain death, but they knew a chance of saving the king was worth taking on this suicide mission. King Boranel’s return is the first legitimate ray of hope in this thus far devastating conflict with the horrific host which holds hostage considerable portions of Western Breland. As the country struggles to defend itself from this massive invasion, the question on everyone’s mind is: Who are these brave heroes, and do they hold the key to stopping the Droaam army?

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Droaam Marches on Breland!
Stunning defeat leaves Brelish forces scrambling

Tragedy strikes Breland yet again as the monstrous forces of Droaam met with the Brelish army. Breland’s forces were readily ravaged by the relentless raiders leaving a lone ship to tell the tale. On top of this horrific news, King Boranel ir’Wynarn, who led the forces into battle, has been captured by the savage horde. With the army scattered and leaderless, who can save us in our hour of darkness?

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