The Thirteenth Throne

IGOR'S DIARY #7

DEAR DIARY,

IGOR AND FRIENDS ARE TAKING A BREATHERTHIS SCARWALL CASTLE IS SOMETHING ELSE! TO GET IN, WE FIRST TOOK OUT AN ENCAMPMENT OF SKARN SCUM THAT WERE BASED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BRIDGE. THE BRIDGE LED US UP TO THE OMINOUS GATES.

WALKING IN, WE FIND A DOZEN OR SO SKELETONS DECAYING IN A HALLWAY. THEY APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY ARROWS COMING FROM THE WALLS. THE TRAPS WERE OLD AND ALREADY BROKEN DOWN, SO WE JUST WALKED THROUGH.

ANOTHER SKELETONTHIS ONE, UNDEADMET US IN THE NEXT ROOM. HE – LASHTONCOULD TALK WITH US, AND APPEARED TO BE UNDER THE ILLUSION THAT THE SKARN WERE STILL BESIEGING THE CASTLE. WE THOUGHT ABOUT JUST FIGHTING THE MISERABLE THING, BUT THEN HAD THE IDEA THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO LAY IT TO REST IN ANOTHER WAY. LATER, WE WERE ABLE TO FIND A LOCKET IN THE CASTLE WITH A PICTURE OF HIS WIFE AND A NOTE TELLING HIM TO COME HOME. UPON GIVING IT TO HIM, HE DISSIPATED INTO DUST.

WE ALSO MET A SATYXIS, MALATHROTHE, WHO HAPPENED TO BE LIVING IN THE CASTLE. SHE’S AN OCCULTIST OF SOME SORT AND USES THE SOUL ENERGY FROM THE CASTLE TO FUEL HERPROJECTS. I’M STILL NOT ENTIRELY SURE HOW SHE GOT HERE AND IF WE SHOULD TRUST HER, BUT SHE’S GIVEN US SOME USEFUL INFORMATION SO FAR. THERE ARE FOUR SOULS CHAINED HERE IN THE CASTLETHEY CLEARLY CORRESPOND WITH THE FOUR CHARACTERS MENTIONED IN THE SONG THAT THE SHOANTI GAVE US. WE MUST FIND THEM IN ORDER TO GET SERITHIAL, AND ULTIMATELY WE MUST FREE THEMWHICH COULD EITHER MEAN KILLING THEM OR DEALING WITH THEM IN A SIMILAR FASHION TO LASHTON.

CASTROTHANEONE OF THE CHAINED SOULS AND AN UNDEAD GENERAL – WE SET FREE BY FINDING HIS RING. THE RING, HOWEVER, WAS GUARDED BY ANOTHER CHAINED SOUL, BELSHALLAM , A SPAWN OF KAZAVON. PIERRE THOUGHT BELSHALLAM WAS EVIL, AND INDEED, HE MIGHT BE, SO PIERRE WAS HESITANT TO HELP. IGOR IS EXCITED AT THE PROSPECT OF A DRAGON FRIENDEVIL HE MAY BE. WE ULTIMATELY ARE ABLE TO FREE BELSHALLAM USING SEBASTION AND FALANA’S MAGIC RITUALS.

WE RUN INTO SOME OTHER NIGHTMARISH CREATURES, ALL OF WHICH WE WERE LESS INCLINED TO DEAL WITH IN A FRIENDLY WAY. THERE WAS NIHIL, A DEMON WHOM SEBASTIAN QUICKLY MADE WORK OF BY BANISHING IT FROM THIS DIMENSION (A ONE TIME DEAL, I’M TOLD). THERE WAS KLEESTAD, AN ABOMINATION IN THE CAVERNS BELOW THE CASTLE WHOSE TORSO CONTAINED SERITHIALTHE SWORD WE CAME HERE FOR. AND THERE WAS ZEV, A MADDENED LICH WHO CHASED US AMIDST A ROOM OF MIRRORS. OF COURSE, NONE OF THESE VILE MONSTROSITIES WERE A MATCH FOR IGOR.

WITH THE CHAINS NOW BROKEN, WE MUST NOW FACE MITHRODAR.

-IGOR

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