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Klaku'Au Protectors-Friend or Foe
The mystery of the tribe known as the Klaku'Au began to unfold this week at Lady Gwen Tiraste's summer party. What started as a simple gathering became spicier than the ribs cooked with Seth Samien's famous barbeque sauce when Darish Grignard quietly slipped into Gwen's estate in Magincia [Ed. Note: Details of Chef Cleatus' untimely death from food poisoning can be found in the obituary section]. 

Darish clutched his cactus staff tightly as he pulled party goers aside to tell them of a meeting with a member of his secretive group. This shocked the party attendees, for Darish and his group had not been seen for several weeks and had never before willingly spoken to those outside their secretive band of alchemists and scribes. 

Representatives from The Society of Paladins, Knights of the Alliance, Mage Tower, High Council, Sisterhood of the Ivory Maiden, Lords of Valor, Order of the Silver Serpent, Flames of Sosaria, Arcane Order and others came to The Papua Reagent Shoppe to meet with Lady Salric Tanuum on Saturday. 

Salric apologized for the previous actions of her people and tried to assure the group that her work was not in harming others but to protect long-held secrets of the tribe. Her words spoke of a great danger to herself and the gathered citizens who had uncovered the fateful book and brought the Klaku'Au tribe to light. 

"That book was never meant to be seen by the public. You are in grave danger and it is our fault for allowing it to fall into your hands." 

Lady Tanuum went on to explain about unrest within the spirits of the Klaku'Au, but something was keeping her from speaking forthright about what had occurred. She requested the group bring her items, as a token of faith, to be used in a future ceremony. Rather than calling the items by name, she spoke in riddles, leaving the people to determine what she needed. 

"A grain of sand is without merit unless enriched with nature's potion. Infused with nutrients it can feed the world." 
"From the skies it pours. A rare life-force within the desert." 
"In the night even the desert grows cold. Two times thrice brings warmth." 
"Death is the end to none though the host remains gone for eternity" 
"Its many uses lead some to worship it, others to hoard it, and some to kill for it." 
"One of each, a combination for sixty-four." 
"From a tree it can fell another." 
"Food, clothing, and weapons, nature can provide." 
"Summoned from the skies, a scribe provides." 

She agreed to meet the next night and scurried off, leaving the group bewildered and leery of her sentiment. To make matters worse Simon Intror was spied in the back of the shop, listening to the entire meeting. He tried to dissuade the people from helping Salric, suggesting she might only be leading them into the evil workings of an untrustworthy clan. 

"She admitted to lying before." Simon explained, "What makes you think she is not lying now?" 

They listened to Simon's words but decided to bring Salric the things she requested. As a symbol of faith, she gave them a rune to the area the Klaku'Au once thrived. Once again Salric warned them of impending doom before asking for more assistance. 

"There is something else I require of you. Bring a great force for you will need all the warriors you can find." 

After agreeing to meet this Sunday, July 23rd at 8pm Central Moonglow Time at the Reagent Shoppe in Papua, she quickly left; insisting her group would do what they can to reduce the danger that awaits them. 

Published: July 2000
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