“Celestial light uplifts the souls of Man.
The song of the Spheres drown out the droning of the Void.
All who oppose me beware, I am the Light of the sun and the blade of the Watchers”
– ancient battle prayer, the Sywin scrolls.
The Deepsilver Stream lies hidden in the cold abyss below the mountains of Ultana.
Few are afforded the honor of tapping the streams precious deposits of silver for their work. The guardians of the stream insist that the craftsmen prove their worth by collecting the material themselves – and not everyone returns from the deep dark.
Representing absurd value in its silvered blade alone, this sickle is imbued with the secret spells of several heads of different Ultanese households. The fact that seven such sickles exist tells a story of a time when Ultana acted as one.
“Hear now the tale of Ryskva the Broken.
A queen wise and hale, a mind that was woken.
Ryskva the queen, the warrior, the lover.
It was love – of course – that cost her her power.”
“Tomanus of Gaveria – the most infamous assassin of the Empire – killed no less than 182 members of The Mother Church before he was apprehended.
The great scandal of the Tomanus saga is – however – not that he was able to dispatch 3 Mysta (2 of them in the same night) or that his clients were never exposed – but that throughout his long campaign Thomanus was in posession of an object blessed not by one but six of the minor gods of the Empire.
The implications are better left undiscussed.”
“It is said that the game “Dead Bone” originated on the island of Merides, famous for it’s shipwrights and morbid legends of life at sea.
It is also said that the first ruler of a united Merides – Suleima Malika, the Pirate Queen – owned a set of dicethat was the first to play Dead Bone.”
“Alambra-Sul – the first fortress of Man – lies far to the south in lands forsaken by the light of the Empire.
Besides being by far the oldest known structure raised by humans the tombs and palaces of Alambra-Sul also brought to the Empires scholars the first examples of craft made from naturally magical materials.
The arrows of Alambra-Sul – despite their primitive appereance – spell painful death to their targets. The unnaturally sharp crystals shreds flesh, splinter bone, and cause horrible jagged scars if their victims survive the shot.”
“Sybmyl was a second age Volian scholar who delved into metalurgy and eventually specialized in harmonies and the theory of sound.
Her second book – “Capophonica” – is considered black magic of the second degree and only one known copy exists in The Forbidden Library.
Her first book – “Harmonic Alloys” – is considered mandatory reading for first year alchemists.”