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Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 26  
A letter recovered from the Catacombs of Asherai in High Sun is available for all to read in the archives:

www.heroquest-larp.co.uk/whats-it-all-ab...scroll-on-orlon.html


It seems that the Catacombs have been keeping a watch on the activities of Orlon Tenquil, Guildleader of the Blue School of Magic. The interested reader might care to look at the following report, filed several years ago, at the beginning of the trail that led to Otion Wraithchild's failed attempt to embody the Avatar of Darkness:

www.heroquest-larp.co.uk/whats-it-all-ab...nt-into-madness.html


With reference to the other groups that share the Cadre's historical interest:

- Ministry of Astrology: part of the Celestial Bureaucracy. Reference to 'starry' is interesting as the rituals utilised to break Otion Wraithchild's embodiment of Darkness involved calculation of star position etc.

- Starfall Haruspex: no missions in the Starfall Lake area in the last decade have recorded any information on this Haruspex. It would be useful if any future groups travelling to Starfall Lake could attempt to elicit further information about the "Starfall Haruspex".

- The Un-named: somewhat ambiguous. There is a slight possibility this could be related to the Cult of the Nameless (inhabitants of Maeglor who use shadow magic extensively and call upon the Adumbrali, creatures from the Plane of Darkness).

- The Archivists: branch of the Shadowsfall. Powerful psionicists - extreme caution is advised in dealing with them at all times.


With reference to places of interest:

- Red Hook - deep underground here is the location of a rift gate into the Darkness.

There is another connection in that a diary of a (now-deceased) Blue School wizard - who had traversed there into the Darkness - was recovered from this area citing concerns that manipulation of the World Window by the Blue School was causing Orin Rakatha to become out of alignment with respect to other planes. It should be noted that the Shadowsfall displayed a great interest in this document.

- Darkwell - formerly the location of a gateway to Maeglor, a demi-plane in the shadow of Orin Rakatha. This gateway was believed destroyed after Otion Wraithchild's failed attempt to embody the avatar of Darkness.

This approximately dates the letter to at least about 3 years old.


About the Catacombs

Historical information about the Catacombs and Cadre can be found here:

www.heroquest-larp.co.uk/forums.html?fun...catid=14&id=3918


Since the demise of the Agoth Experiment, encounters with the Catacombs of Asherai in the field have often involved conflict.

It is known that the Dymwan are currently hostile towards the Catacombs, or at least towards their current leader Tiresias.

The Cadre were an active force in the Dymwan Wars and any attempt to return to their 'original purpose' should be closely monitored, and information gathered where possible.



On behalf of Kevralyn Soulfire, Controller of the Wolfhold Ambassadors
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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 2  
Greetings My Lady Kevralyn,

Since you have been kind enough to share this information with us I believe it is only fair I offer my knowledge as well. I have had many encounters with these interested groups, and was directly involved in the use of the 'star' rituals that still have in my postion both the components and instructions should anyone be interested in studying them. I should also mention that I also possess the diary of Whipple Van Buren (the blue wizard) that does contain some interesting theories.

I would also like to mention that on my return to this plane we did discover mention of the starsfall haruspex and possible dealings that they have with the pordaradrim.

And as a matter of note according to my journeys, and interpretation of the diary the entrance to the realm of darkness (the rift gate) is very likely closed as I suspect it was either destroyed after Van Burens visit or sealed by the actions of the adventuring group I travelled with at that time.

If you or anyone else has any questions on these matters please ask and I shall answer as fully as I can in the time I have remaining.

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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 26  
Randolphin,

Thank you for your useful additions as always.

With regards to the Starfall Haruspex, how did you hear of this entity and do you have any factual or contextual information about its nature, e.g. race, character and so forth?

It would also be useful to garner what outlook these other 'interested parties' have towards the Catacombs and the Kern Valley on this agenda, by which I mean:

if you (or others) have dealt with, say, CB from the Ministry of Astrology also seeking information on this topic, were they 'friendly', neutral or hostile towards KVA investigations?

One imagines that the Archivists prefer others to remain ignorant.
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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 2  
excuse me miss kevralyn.

I would like to just remind you we met the tombs of asherai on the adventure where we both last adventured on the same party just different groups. we met them the night when we first got there. two groups of them tried to bar our path. i remember them been with an ambassador who tried to bar our way before he bu**ered off quick like.

so i kind of expect to see them raise their lousy heads again soon. specially with all this stuff about elven vampires from evil sphere.
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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 2  
Always a pleasure my lady

As regards to the starsfall haruspex, the note we discovered gave no clue as to its nature however if memory serves I believe we recovered the note from the bodies of lizardmen of some sort and one of the notes did appear to be from the starsfall haruspex so I assume that there is some link between them. Wether it is a servitude from the lizardmen or a racial bond is any ones guess but I thought it worth mentioning.

Also the letter from the catacombs refers to an ancient segment of a map carved in rock. I believe I have a rough sketch of it in one of my earlier notebooks. I will be happy to share this if you think It may be of assistance.

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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 9  
Hmm.

Haruspex sounds like Happy Sacks. I met a lizardman hoo i corled 'Happy Sacks' on da Ragin' Torrent quest.

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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 14  
Oh yeah, the one wiv the massive chip on 'is shoulder. 'E was a right little whiner.

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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 8  
Team Amethyst Us fight Lizards when us go to Starfall

Probably because Him Thorn fall in love with dead squaw and Her make Him Thorn steal very holy objects and give writings of Him Sarfan to Him See Saw Bon. Him Cadre.

Her Virana made a report. Her report may be in archives. That was also mission when Us first fought Him Duke Zarn.
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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 26  
Randolphin - do you recall who has these notes that mentioned/were from the Haruspex? It would be useful if those were submitted to the library.

A copy of the map would also be of interest.


Dreams-of-Shadows, who was Sarfan, and when did he live?

His work was referenced in a letter between Miphon Hurst and Otion Wraithchild: "...This was the power that shook the world, not the Sarfan speculation that has taken the attention of Assys."

Looking also at letters that were recovered during the Dymwan War, was it ever ascertained who the 'Shining One' and/or 'Serene One' were?


Concerning the lizardmen/Starfall Lake connection, as an interesting side-note the Vanguard slew a rogue Lizardmen Seer, known as Eyes-of-Stars, around the area of Mount Star a few years ago - with permission from the Thissessin Ambassador SastunZuni of the Suthrasessin.

Eyes-of-Stars was an astrologer and Neutral High Priest who had some control over the Sphere of Time. One of his skills allowed him to instantly move a considerable distance, which we needed specialist ritual assistance to overcome (Professor Vilmius of the College of Spatial Correspondance).

This may not be of any relevance to the Haruspex, but may be with regard to the abilities of powerful lizardmen astrologers, should they again be encountered.
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Re:Concerning the Catacombs of Asherai 6 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 8  
Him Sarfan some ancient prophet fella, them Shadowsfall them kill him Dreams think, not remember well the story. Him Sarfan write something that See Saw Him do big ritual that us not speak about ever but us kill Him whilst Him do ritual and it all better

Him Shining One was named Azupheral
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