- The Sanctus Infinium's Codex: In the endless pages of the Oracle Tiberius Rhett de Leon's grimiore.
- The First Edition: In the personal library of Lord General Sigmund var Kohlcrave
- The Konig's and Rieksheer Assembly Libraries in the Lion's Den castle in Highmeadow
- The Highmeadow Public Library
So while this tale is no grand story of conquest of old, I do find it of great worth to my nephew Sigmund. Here is written a Heilig tale chronicling the story of Miranda var Kohlcrave and the brave Hestark men of Miklagard who followed her on her quest to discover the Heatstroke of this world. And that of the Lord General Sigmund as he embarks on his quest to uncover his legacy and step from it’s shadow.
Sigmund’s journey began as any other. His travels led him to hear whispers of the lost relic, Heatstroke. Whispers in the sands and humble volk. Between his journeys expanding far and wide. He finally heard word that the lands of the desert should be it's destination. Perhaps in rumor yet he knew. And once the Lord General knew of the weapons existence in this realm he knew where Miranda Kolchrave would be. And so the Kohlcrave road. The man sent word before his arrival and brought gifts of grand design to the Queen Lucrece. He brought jewelry and lavish paintings of Miklagard to first and foremost greet a distant relative and open up ties and friendly relationship. He brought word of trade between Casimir, offering Riches and Gold for mutual benefit and prosperity and once that business had concluded. He had asked onto her a personal favour: To search her lands for the remains of his Aunt. Many had deemed it a foolish errand, others had thought it unlikely that the Imperium and Kolchraves were the first outlanders to roam those sands and bring to it fire. Yet he knew within his heart as I know thine own hand for it to have been true. And so the Reiklander General spoke with the Florentian Kommandant, Thaddeus, A man of Florentia beholding wisdom of the sands. He proposed a likely destination where Heatstroke and Miranda should lie and the condition set upon him by the Florentian Queen was for her peoples attendance in our Expedition and adventure.
And so the first chapter of Sigmund and his party’s journey began. A quiet approach to the Temple of Rhotep nestled between two bluffs where the desert meets the mesa. Parts of the upper level of the structure had given away to the elements and a path had to be cleared of the sands to enter the main chamber. There was truly little of note initially. Only two inert Golems stood sentry which only came to life when a Riekland Rekrut tapped it with her blade. A shame they sprung to life at such perceived hostile gesture and were quickly reduced to heaps of metal.
Inside we were greated by the main chamber, a cobweb and bone infested mass burial of Rhaktari and Imperial fallen footmen. Scorch marks littered their bodies and beneath their remains the sand had turned to glass. The first fears was that Miranda had met her fate at this very spot and such the first glimpse into her journey was made.
Yelling of Heilig men could be heard from inside the Temple of Rhotep. Barking orders to enter the temple and to hold the doors. The Miklagard expeditionaries entered the temple one by one to seek shelter. From the entrance the sound that signified an intense skirmish could be heard of steel clashing upon steel. Above the clamor occasionally a reptilian cry of the Rhaktari could be heard or the dying shouts of a Hestark soldier.
All Heilig men till the cry of a woman was heard. Stumbling through the doorway entered a wounded Miranda Kohlcrave with an arrow protruding from her chestplate. Kohlcrave blood spilling from the protrusion. “Keep that damn door held, it’s here, I know it!” , was the first words she barked at her men as she waded through with blood still dripping from her chest.
The men did as they were commanded and Miranda ran to the room at the back of the temple. For several minutes the distant echoes of battle was heard from the central chamber and then the Rhaktari broke through and the slaughter began. The sound of a grave being opened was heard and stones from the chamber’s roof began to fall. From the back of the room a flaming sword erupts as Lady Miranda made her appearance. The Heilig expeditionaries that had accompanied her were cut down to their last and all that stood between the Lady now and freedom was but three Rhaktari footmen. They make their charge and the Kohlcrave Matriarch unleashed the power of Heatstroke in the middle of the room scorching every pillar and stone the flames touched as they took hold of the Rhaktari’s flesh and incinerated them, rendering their flesh to ash.
All was quiet. Safe from the incursion she took a sigh of relief and spit into the soot laden ground and went back into the tomb before reemerging, scavenging supplies, and departed back out into the desert sands. Leaving the temple to remain dark and silent until our arrival half a century later.
With the discover that Miranda had indeed escape death and was not amongst the dead. Immediately the Sentinel of Morto, Goslynn Askeladden had begun removal of his fallen kinsmen from the Temple to be brought back to Highmeadow and given proper recognition and burial rights. The Lord General went further inside as had his Aunt and discovered a map believed to be left behind by the old Matriarch. From the Temple of Rhotep, it was clear the next leg was to venture the Reikswald and head south to the Casimir Peninsula, the Aversian journey ending in an undiscovered location known to man. From this final Aversian destination a line was drawn to Aestiatia with a single blank drawn circle.
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