Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pages From the Cthonique Library: The Perfect Lenses

Work of the great Sage Phidias, these lenses have been so carefully wrought as to allow them to perform various incredible acts of magnification depending upon the configuration they are set in.  Phidias boasted that the Lenses could peer into other worlds if configured properly.  His claim has never been verified, largely due to his mysterious disappearance.

Some suspect the disappearance, the Lenses, and his claim are all connected somehow.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Pages From the Cthonique Library: The Iron Post of Justice

Large iron post, richly decorated, formerly belonging to the Kizak Dark Lords of the Howling Waste. Criminals to be executed were tied to it as they awaited their sentence.  It was given to the Cthoniques by the Hordes when they accepted the House's rule, and has remained in the collection ever since.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Pages From the Cthonique Library: The Book of Five Breaths

Meditation techniques of the Master of the Shaded Abbey in the Mountains of Dread, famed for their emphasis on breath control.  Many of the more advanced techniques are actually quite dangerous unless one is very careful in their use.  Copies are rare sense the suppression of the Shaded Abbey by the Ashuranas after the War of Chestnuts.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Pages From the Cthonique Library: Stone Hands of the Colossus of the Alts

Only remaining parts of the Great Colossus of Alts a statue of Garlon "Greymantle" Maganza that spanned the Great Bridge that joined Alataripa and Altafoglia.  The statue toppled in an earthquake, with its parts displayed in the Maganza's palace for centuries after that.  However a combination of internal struggles and loss in wars saw them eventually destroyed or stolen.  The hands are the last proven pieces remaining, though a stone ear of questionable veracity is still in the possession of the Maganzas.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Pages From the Cthonique Library: Jeweled Tiles From the Palace of Glory

A group of richly jeweled tiles, covered with precious stones, from the roof of the legendary Palace of Glory constructed by the great Dark Lord Tugarin Zmij, who ruled in the Mountains of Sorrows in the time following the fall of the Holy Empire.  House Zmij was destroyed by an alliance of the Nibelungen, the Cthoniques, the Ashurana and the Fenix.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Pages From the Cthonique Library: March of the Halfpenny Soldiers.

A grim tale of war, wherein a minor warlord in the Shadow Woods recruits a small army from beggars and desperate men, and spends the next few years marching it from conflict to conflict.  The troupe never sees an actual battle, but still manages to see most of its members die horribly, even as the warlord is paid for his negligible services.  He is ultimately killed by several of the remaining soldiers, who then fall out fighting over the resulting loot and are hanged as criminals.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pages From the Cthonique Library: Songs of Love That is Lost.

A collection of verse and song by the minstrel Neirin of the Red Lute, dedicated to the memory of his late mistress, the Lady Eanflaed, written over a period of years.  These poignant songs have become standards, especially the later ones which deal with Neirin's increasing realization that his love has become almost an abstract symbol to him, a representation of a youth he could barely remember.