The Second Affront to Luathas
Translation by Shota
In my studies, I oft find myself delving into history for answers to my questions. I stumbled across an odd tome hidden within the temple of Luathas some time ago. At the time I was unable to decipher the arcane writing penned within, but as my studies increased, I began to translate the ancient tome. The author of the writing is still unknown to me. Throughout the text he simply refers to himself as 'The Scribe'. At first I thought it was a simple ledger of day to day events, a novelty at best. But as I read deeper into the text, I found references to places and names that hold great meaning to wizards. The following translation is the highlights of what became to be known to the members of the Acadamie as 'The second Affront to Luathas', which was the herald to what the rest of the world called the Shadow Wars. Here I present the highlights of the translation, the most relevant parts which outline one of the key events in the history of the Acadamie Arcanus.
~Danaan 1703, 5th Moon, 3rd Day
'...after nearly nine weeks of searching for Thoth's missing apprentice, the remains of Ulreich De'Sangre was finally discovered in the depths of the Acadamie Crypts. His desiccated corpse had been mutilated nearly beyond recognition. Though some feel it might have been better if the body had not been found. Vile arcane marks were carved into the flesh of the unfortunate apprentice, making it look as if he were used as a... sacrifice in some foul and unholy rite. Though how this could have occurred within the halls of the Acadamie is beyond even Master Logan's speculation. There were rumors of a 'Cult of Death' some time ago, who claimed they could cause the dead to rise again, but they were unsubstantiated. Logan has ordered the body to have a proper burial and the family to be compensated for their tragic loss. All the Deans of the Council of the Acadamie have been sworn to silence in this matter. The allegations against Tezerah Thoth concerning the disappearance of his apprentice Ulreich have been formally dropped due to a lack of evidence...'
~Danaan 1703, 5th Moon, 20th Day
apprentice has gone missing. Master Logan has ordered the Adept Tezerah Thoth confined to his quarters until clear proof can be found as
to his involvement. A search of Thoth's study has revealed that his
research has gone into... dark areas. An ancient black stone tablet
etched with dire glyphs, thought to
have come from Kadath1 was found secreted behind a row of books.
Notes for a partial translation have revealed a chilling insight. When
questioned on how he acquired the tablet from the securely locked vaults
of the Acadamie, he remains grimly silent, unmoved by reason or
threats. Apparently the tablet contains knowledge of a fifth and
sixth element, the elements of Light and Darkness. Most of the
Senior Members of the Acadamie have uneasily put such preposterous notions
aside. Jerich has been enlisted once again for his investigative
skills. Perhaps he can discern the depths of this mystery...'
~Danaan 1703, 7th Moon, 13th Day
a truly dark day this has become. This morning Jerich was found dead
in his quarters after imbibing some foul blackish concoction that anyone
has yet to discern the nature of. A letter was found, outlining his
confession of the murder of both of the missing students and his apparent
manipulation of Tezerah for some dark purpose. In it he states that
the 'Legacy of His father' drove him to such extreme measures. Until
now though, most had taken the young man's claim of being the last
descendant of Jaalyn Sarag with a grain of salt. The
letter continues to ramble on how the 'Secrets of Kadath' were whispering
to him in the Darkness. Apparently his obsession with his research
drove him to madness, for he concluded his letter with a most cryptic
phrase: 'Once and twice again, when Fire2 fails, Darkness like no other
will spread across the land'. Tezerah has been formally cleared of
all allegations and been given leave to continue his studies into the
tablet in an effort to try and discover what drove Jerich mad.
~Danaan 1703, 10th Moon 19th Day
Thoth's long days and nights of research and study have apparently paid
off. In a secret Council, the Adept has revealed what his has
learned of the so-called 'Dark Element' to Master Logan and his most
trusted Elemental Deans. The demonstration of the energy unleashed
shook the four attending Wizards to their core3. Each one left the
meeting with a disturbed, haunted look. Logan was uncharacteristically
silent throughout the meeting. When Tezerah finished his
'demonstration', the only words Logan spoke were: 'Let this
knowledge be sealed and forgotten. I charge all who stand here to
silence in this matter.' After which the tablet and all the notes
and research were sealed within a box forged of cold iron and placed deep
within the Vaults of the Acadamie. In the days that followed,
Tezerah requested a leave of absence to recover from his arduous study,
which Master Logan readily granted...'
~Danaan 1703, 11th Moon, 28th Day
foul abomination has been discovered. It's origins are as of
yet unknown, yet the havoc it caused speak only of evil. This is the
third such creature found in as many weeks with rumors of others roaming
the city and surrounding countryside. Each one has been a dark,
twisted abomination that resembled nothing more than some sort of twisted
larvae with oddly jointed clawed legs. The last one was discovered in the Acadamie
cemetery by the night watch. The foul creature had dug up
several graves, mangling the bodies within. Even more
disturbing is that tracks and markings suggest the works of several
creatures working together. Only one defiled grave
contained no trace of remains. The grave of Jerich Sarag, which
disturbs me to say, looks as if something burst out of the grave, rather
than being dug up. This can not bode well...'
~Danaan 1703, 12th Moon, 25th Day
after nearly a month of searching, the source of the 'Dubhaim' as they are
now called has been discovered. In the dead of night, Tezerah Thoth,
who had been missing since his leave of absence, was discovered attempting
to break into vault of the Acadamie. Even more
disturbing was the entourage of Dubhaim that accompanied him. Only
through the efforts of the four Elemental Deans was the traitor defeated
and captured. Though one, Marak, the Dean of Srad, paid for victory
with his life4. And though they had stopped the traitor, his minions
had managed to escape into the darkness with the tablet. When master
Logan arrived and saw what had transpired, his judgment was swift and decisive.
Thoth was declared a traitor and enemy to the Acadamie. Using an
ancient rite, Logan stripped Tezerah's power from him, leaving him little more
than an ordinary man. Logan's final edict was that Tezerah be
imprisoned for the rest of his natural life, to receive neither visitor
nor reprieve for his crimes and that his name be stricken from all records
within the Acadamie. Thus said, the traitor was taken from the
Acadamie and spirited away...'
~Danann 1704, 1st moon, 8th day
'...and with the traitor locked safely away, it was hoped that the Dubhaimid would be eradicated. But fate, as it would seem, has other designs. For every one we find and kill, it seems two more take its place. The most recent ones were unusually large specimens, almost the size of a pony. Not only are the vile creatures growing more numerous, they seem to be growing more intelligent as well. What used to simply be isolated attacks, became small hordes. The small hordes have become frighteningly adept at sabotage, working in small and often suicidal teams. A group of almost a dozen was witnessed several days ago, gnawing and clawing at the mortar of a dam. Before they could be stopped, the weakened dam burst, drowning the Dubhaim, but also washing away a village in the process. Their random attacks are starting to take their toll. Almost as if each one is a small piece in a much larger game, working its own ends to one final terrible design...'
~Danaan 1704, 4th Moon, 11th Day
screams will haunt the guards to the rest of their days. In the
middle of the night, the shadows seemed to grow claws5 and pull the
condemned Tezerah into their depths with an unholy shriek. So
frantic were the guards, they broke the door of the traitor's cell down in
a futile attempt to rescue him. Unfortunately, by the time they
breached the door, there was nothing left of Tezerah but his scream
lingering in the halls...'
~Danaan 1705, 9th Moon, 1st Day
'...the Dubhaim sightings have spread throughout the country. Tracking them has proved to be all but impossible, they come with the fall of night and are gone without a trace by the morning. It as if we are fighting against the shadows themselves. The Acadamie has all but barricaded the doors of Rucesion against the frequent attacks of the vile beasts, still they manage to sneak into the alleyways and sewers of the city. Worse still there are rumors that the traitor Tezerah still lives. Thus far none have been substantiated or verified with any physical proof. Though the most recent rumor is certainly the darkest. There have been stories of dark robed traveler who calls himself 'Gigean' wandering the roads near sunset, preaching of the coming of his 'Master'. One such story places this dark traveler meeting with the traitor Thoth. Such stories of bogeymen are usually dismissed, except for that the description of the traveler fits that of the deceased Jerich Sarag...'
~Danaan 1705, 11th Moon, 4th Day
'...has been verified. Tezerah Thoth lives. Two days ago he was seen leading a horde of Dubhaim to descend upon an unwary farming village. The screams that filled the air that night could be heard for miles. It was only through the unwavering determination of Ilivan, a Srad Adept, and Derek, an Athar Adept, that any of the peasants escaped with their lives. Of the two only Derek made it out alive, claiming that Ilivan had sacrificed himself to push back the horde and buy time for the villagers. Though grievously wounded, Derek had managed to make his way to Rucesion and into the relative safety of the Acadamie Halls to warn of the return of the traitor. In his report it was noted that he was accompanied by a dark robed person, who seemed almost a part of the shadows themselves. Though he could not accurately describe his face, as it was shrouded in shadows. Only horrible red pinpricks where his eyes should have been were visible...'
~Danaan 1706, 1st Moon, 1st Day
'...a day to remember. Never before has the Acadamie gathered in such number within the walls of Rucesion. I would wager that he recalled nearly every living student and former member of the Acadamie to be in attendance. At noon, he called upon all wizards present to swear an oath upon their very lives to seek out and battle the rising horde of Dubhaim and the traitor Tezerah Thoth. As he concluded his speech and laid his geas upon the wizards, a shining figure was seen to appear in the gathering. After the ceremony it was seen that the figure came to stand before Master Logan and presented him with a magnificent staff...'
For the next fourteen hundred years the War of the Shadows would be fought, with the plague of the Dubhamid slowly spreading across Temuair. During that time, the Wizards of the Acadamie were a beacon of hope and light in the darkness. In Danaan 3148, the 'light element' was finally discovered and used to fight the armies of Dubhaimid. But it was not until Danaan 3171that the War of Shadows was ended. Since then, the tide of the Dubhamid threat has flowed and ebbed. I doubt it will ever be quelled entirely, as they are now too much a part of this world.