Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Feather of the Phoenix

Brilliant red-golden feather, purportedly from the Great Beast known as the Phoenix, which achieves immortality through its own death.  Like all of the Great Beasts, the Phoenix keeps its distance from the rest of the Mother's creation, instead following its own endless cycle of rebirth for its own unknowable purposes.  The feather's provenance remains uncertain--it may very well be a fraud.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Notebooks of Weylan One-hand

Various diagrams and plans created by a former craftsman employed by the Cthoniques starting with the reign of Kambyses.  Many of the plans are for things that were never built--others for instruments that were in that chaotic and troubling time for the house.  Large portions of the Castle were designed by him.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Grains from the Mountain

A lengthy course of spiritual exercises meant to wear down the practitioner's pride and attachment to worldly accomplishments.  Authored by the legendary Master of the Hidden Mountain, who also wrote a work on espionage and warfare, being an individual of varied interests.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: The Hundred Curses of the Sage Sarastro

List of curses traditionally unleashed by philosopher and magician Sarastro against his enemies and persecutors.  A certain repetitiveness marks the list, with many of the curses being simple variations of earlier ones (such as "boils" and "sores" being treated as separate curses).  Despite this, a popular book for people looking for ideas on revenge.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Account of the Leviathan

Anonymous account by an Albraccan sailor describing an encounter with a massive beast that is supposedly the Demon Leviathan, the Beast of Oceans.  Considered highly dubious in many circles, though many details have convinced some demonologists that is a true tale.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: The Maul of Ubba

Supposed weapon of Ogre chieftain Ubba the Short, this massive hammer is nearly as tall as a man, and built of stone and steel, making it forbiddingly heavy for many to lift.

Ubba, after all, was short for an Ogre.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: The Great Way of Peace

Meditations of the Abbe Blaise of the Black Roof Abbey, on the achieving oneness with the Lady through meditation and the ending of conscious thought.  Popular with both serious students of theology and dilettantes. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Iron Mask of Lord Pharos

Mask worn by famous Dark Lord of the Blasted Heath Pharos, who briefly conquered the Weeping Waste and southern portions of the Plains of Dread.  Scarred in battle, Pharos wore a variety of masks to  hide these deformities, of this is one.  He perished on an expedition into the Weeping Waste, along with most of his army.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Apparently Unopenable Box

Large metal box, exquisitely made, that apparently cannot be opened.  Discovered during the reign of Apsu Cthonique.  Rattles when shook.  Attempts to break it open have also failed, and while some techniques would likely work, they risk destroying whatever it is holding.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Idol of the Red Mountain

Large gold and silver statue depicting a many-armed woman found on the Red Mountain by Ushas Cthonique, which she gave to her brother, the Dark Lord Lugbanda.  The woman holds multiple weapons in her hands, among them a bow, a sword, a whip, and a mace.  Some believe it is a representation of the Darksome Lady--others say it is a local demon of the mountain.  The truth remains unknown.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Stone of Owls

Large sapphire gemstone capable of summoning numerous owls, of various types. 

Summoning, but not controlling.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: The Bells of Fortress Impassable

Warning bells that hung in the tower of the fortress of a minor Dark Lord, defeated in war by the Cthoniques centuries ago.  Reportedly, they would ring whenever the fortress was in danger.  The Dark Lord Lamek took the citadel by utter surprise, and ordered the bells preserved out of a great sense of amusement.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pages from the Cthonique Library: Journey Across the River

Popular Mikhelite story involving a group of pilgrims who journey into the Lands of Light to acquire lost Mikhelite holy texts, while beset by demons and enemies as well as various astounding and marvelous encounters.  Based on a true story, though the actual pilgrimage encountered considerably fewer demons. 

They also did not encounter anything along the lines as the baby tree, or many other such marvels.