Deborah the Scribe
UP: Lake Superior
It started with a note from the Gelidum. Bring the alchemist, it demanded of
the Mage Tower. Gavin remained bound in Trinsic Jail, either through fear or
by magic. A simple request turned into a complicated evening as forces of
good and evil journied from the far north to the fires of the south,
ultimately bringing them another ingredient closer to a way to reverse a
ticking clock of devistation. This clock holds the form of one solitary
ranger, suspended in the ice dungeon with one week left before the job is
"finished" by the Gelidum.
The Mage Tower as a declared neutral interest in the affairs decided to take
heed of this note and bring the alchemist Gavin to the Keg and Anchor as
requested. Forces of darkness also planned to lead him there for their own
purposes. However, this was not to be the case, as this conflicting
interference led the mages and sages of the Moonglow to get to Trinsic first
and return Gavin to the safety of their tower. In the days that followed,
heated words were exchanged over who was at fault for the Gelidum's decision
not to appear in Trinsic to collect Gavin, until the Gelidum issued a
statement acknowledging they knew as the escape happened, in fact they had
no intention of showing because the "warm ones" were acting so
"... the Gelidum could have responded sooner- but there was something
inherently amusing at watching the warm ones bicker among themselves after
the incident ..."
The Town Cryer News sent a reporter to Trinsic with the intent to question
Anne the guard and revealed this interesting tidbit when asking the head
prison guard of her whereabouts.
"We have no guards named Anne here."
"When we came last time, Anne was guarding Gavin."
"Are ye deaf? We have never had a guard named Anne here."
Once at the Mage Tower that evening, many decended upon the building
demanding the alchemist, answers, and information. Gavin appeared to have
plans of his own given his early release by speaking of a place he used to
stay outside Minoc holding some precious belongings of his. He spoke in
riddles and babbled extensively as they escorted him away from Moonglow to
In outer Minoc, the crowd was attacked by many ettins, evil mages, and orcs.
Gavin continued to grow frantic, seeking his journal. However, once it was
discovered, he was nowhere to be seen, having taken advantage of the
confusion and chaos inside the cave he had been staying in to flee once
again. No sightings of him since then have been revealed.
The book of Gavin's led the party to the temple upon Fire Island, where
chanting the mantras of the shrines and holding lanterns and torches was
believed to be the key to drawing out the elusive deamon Clauneck. Gavin
claimed Clauneck held and ingredient needed for "his" cure. After the first
attempt failed, the party moved downstairs into the darkened lair below the
temple and repeated the process. This time success was to be had as Clauneck
appeared. Unlike many times where it has been proven in order to get what is
needed a party must kill for it, compassion and negotiation ruled the
evening. A little kindness in the form of fish to this hungry and confused
deamon provided the assembly with brimstone, a presumed ingredient of the
There must be something done by the end of the first week of the new month
with regards to the ranger, according to the most recent communication from
The Gelidum simply wants the ranger out of our kingdom and to make peace.
Two weeks, warm ones, or the Gelidum shall merely finish the job started by
one of your own.
It has been one week and the world has been shrouded in an eerie silence. No
attacks, no sign of activity in Moonglow. The tone is bolder and more
mocking than previous communications from the Gelidum. The massacres in
Moonglow have not gone without leaving an impression on the residents. Many
towns have been attacked, including the distant and usually peaceful Skara
Brae, yet the Gelidum reminds everyone that these attacks are only "gentle"
compared to what will be forthcoming.
Is Gilkemgain in hiding from fear of publicity bringing further peril to
Moonglow? Upon inquiry, we have learned Professor Temesa has suspended the
start of classes at the Lycaeum by order of the University until safety can
be consistiently assured to the attendees. The High Council has issued no
retracting statements to their current stance on the Gelidum. Will the
researchers find what they need before its too late? Where is Gavin and is
he actually helping Gilkemgain, and for what purpose?
A general reminder to any that are interested in following the cure and its
progress, the best time to find Gilkemgain is on Tuesday and Thursday
evenings. The Town Cryer awaits for the answers, as do many around the
realm in this race against time.
Saturday, October 30th, 2000
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