Scrolls

Overview

Partial List of Scrolls

  • Ale is the production of the fermentation of grain meal, often flavored with certain bitter ground-growing flowers. Since grain will not grow well on Kesmai, ale is usually imported from a neighboring island. Making ale from the native grains found on Kesmai has been illegal ever since the great Plague outbreak thirty years ago, which was traced to noxious poisons drawn into the grain from soil tainted by ancient Sorcery.
  • A balm berry is a small red berry with healing properties. These berries grow on low-lying bushes in thick forest. Beware of bad balm berries, which are yellow, and poisonous.
  • The mal-formed words are scrawled with a dried, rusty-colored substance. It reads 'B W A R L I C H'. There are several streaks and drops of the reddish substance.
  • You are looking at a scroll with a pastoral scene drawn in the corner. It reads: 'At the fullness of time the bold warrior must carry on with harvest traditions, even grave dangers. cliffs, valleys, and jungles cannot stop the determined hero.'
  • Boots are pieces of leather that fit on your feet and protect your feet from nastiness that you might step on. Boots are named after the inventor of the first pair of boots, Boof the First, whose favorite pastime was tracking wyverns through the dungeon by their fewmets.
  • A bracelet is an ornamental band of material worn about your wrist.
  • A cloak is a rectangular piece of cloth that fastens around your neck and drapes down over your back (not to be confused with an amulet which hangs down your front). Cloaks are useful for maintaining bodily warmth, casting an ominous silhouette, or concealing a frozen fowl from prying eyes. The most famous cloak of all time is of course, the cloak of invisibility. Legends states that a person wearing a cloak of invisibility is proof against ocular perusal and unwanted attention. Although invisibility is a great boon for the shy, let us not forget the lesson of Gomhoot the Lesser who hid in a barrel of flour. Later he emerged in a puff of white dust which surprised a passing thaumaturge who mistook him for a ghost.
  • The common Kesmai crocodile (Carnivorous Tremendous) can be found in practically any creek or water hole. Crocodiles spend most of their lives underwater, so the only time you see one is when it is firmly attached to one of your appendages. Despite its short legs, the land speed of a crocodile is amazing. Fortunately for the town residents, crocodiles are non-migratory (like the African swallow), and seldom stray far from their favorite puddle.
  • A crossbow is a mechanical contraption designed to propel bolts with high velocity through metal armor. A crossbow is spring-loaded, and requires about ten seconds to reload, but can be fired with very little practice. You may put crossbows on your belt.
  • The pawn shop is located in the Thieves' Guild building, on the town marketplace. There Dik, the proprietor, sells various valuable used items, which other adventurers have sold at the other shops.Dik's prices are unusually reasonable, taking into consideration that his poor mother is sick.
  • A dragon is a ten foot long lizard, with a pointed nose and nickel plated scales. Dragons are capable of flight, but the energy required precludes anything but transcontinental migrations. When not flying, the dragon keeps its wings folded tightly against its body, to prevent damage. Some dragons are thought to be immune to magic. Dragons are notoriously greedy, and accumulate hoards of shiny objects. Although a dragon sleeps most of the time, and is often oblivious to what goes on around it, any attempt to rob from the hoard is guaranteed to arouse it. Dragons are usually found in secure and isolated places. Although they are very powerful, it is not in their nature to tempt fate by placing their hoards in busy neighborhoods.
  • Emeralds are the most valuable representatives of the beryl group, and its intense green hue is incomparable. Such is the beauty of its color that oftentimes no attempt is made to further its description, it is just said to be 'emerald green'.
  • A fan is a hand held implement used for creating a cooling flow of air. Fans are usually made of some light material such as paper, silk, or cloth.
  • Long ago, the great archmage and naturalist, Perlin Markins, discovered how to encapsulate the essence of creatures in small inanimate objects. Simply throwing these objects would release the suspended creature in all of its fury. One common example of his work is the snake staff, which transmutes into a long legless reptile.
  • a flail is three stout sections of wood, fastened together lengthwise by leather thongs. this weapon originated with rebellious farmers in hovath, and has become a popular weapon with the martial artists there (even though the farmers who first used it where cruelly slain by thaumaturgy.) a flail can be a hazardous weapon in close quarters, but its striking power is undisputed.
  • Gloves are pieces of cloth or leather that cover your hands and provide protection against the elements when worn. Padded gloves may also be worn to prevent undue damage to the facial structure of your sparring partner when you are boxing. See GAUNTLETS for additional information.
  • Goblins stand nearly breast-high on a full-grown man, and are of spindly build, with long skinny arms and legs. Their lean, almost skeletal bodies are covered with a slick, greasy hide colored a grisly dead white, with an ever-so-slight greenish tint like the mold that grows on stale bread. Goblins have no body hair at all and their heads are bulbous-browed and peculiarly misshapen, their faces narrowing down to pointy little chins. Goblins are vicious fighters and should be handled with extreme caution.
  • A griffin is a large beast with the head, forepart, and wings of an eagle, and the hindparts of a lion. Most griffins have black feathers, with striking red breasts. Adult griffins are extraordinarily defensive about their territory. They are also very high strung. Griffin feathers can be made into attractive and stylish garments which some say can ward off premature blindness and other eye ailments.
  • Gauntlets are pieces of leather that fit over your hands. Sometimes the outer surface of a gauntlet is covered with a different material such as thin steel plates to provide greater protection for the hand. This sort of gauntlet is especially favored by piano players. The drawback to wearing gauntlets is your inability to remove rings you are wearing without first taking off your gauntlets.
  • You are looking at a colorful scroll. It reads, 'Khnumeri the most elevated, yet most humble god finds refuge in his temple, hidden by darkness. Seek his wisdom where water and thunder are one.' There are several small bats drawn at the bottom of the scroll.
  • You are a brave an valiant adventurer. Forge ahead with my blessing. The scroll is signed with a florish: Queen Trambuskar of Leng.
  • A long bow is a six-foot wooden bow made of yew. Long bows have phenomenal penetration and range, but are fast and light. Only skilled archers can used long bows effectively. A short bow is a small lightweight bow, usually made out of wood and horn. The short bow is the fastest bow weapon, but has less power and range than either a long bow or a crossbow. Short bows are popular with horsemen because it can be fired from horseback. Also, the short bow is small enough to be hung from one's belt.
  • A maul is a heavy, long-handled hammer used to drive stakes, wedges, or people into the ground.
  • A minotaur has the head of a bull, but the body of a massive Neanderthal. The body of a minotaur is covered with coarse brown hair and it smells much like the bull it resembles. Since minotaurs are exceptionally strong as well as intelligent, they are formidable fighters. A minotaur is notoriously foul-tempered, and will physically assault any creature that has the misfortune to cross its path, including a full-grown dragon.
  • A mirror is a small piece of polished metal, which is used for viewing one's own reflection. Mirrors may be purchased for a nominal cost at the Jeweler's
  • Neela is the town martial artist. she is found at the western end of the street of thieves. Neela will train aspiring martial artists and other classes to the blue belt level. Further training can be obtained from Phong, the master martial artist. He lives in a hut far to the east of the town of Kesmai, on the southern shore of the Island.
  • An oyster is an ugly marine mollusk with an irregularly shaped, rough, drab-gray shell. The interior of an oyster is not much better, the animal itself is slimy and wet, ranging in color from gray-white to gray-green. Sometimes a bit of a foreign matter (such as sand or grit) finds its way into an oyster. The oyster, unable to expell the irritating particle, covers it with a secretion which ultimately becomes a pearl.
  • The priest in the Temple can raise a dead human. To have the priest raise a human, roll (or carry) the corpse to where he is standing or drop it at his feet. Having had practice resurrecting humans for many years, the priest is much more likely to bring the person back to life with a minimum of permanent damage than any other thaumaturge.
  • Only after a journey through deepest gloom will the brazen knight receive the final reward.
  • A sapphire is a very hard gem belonging to the corundum group. Although sapphires are usually thought of as a clear, bright-blue gemstone, sapphires may also be of almost any color: pink, yellow, green, violet, etc. Sapphires that are red in color are called rubies. Highly prized as precious stones, rubies are the hardest mineral after diamond.
  • A scythe is a long curving blade attached at an angle to a long handle. Scythes are usually used for mowing down tall grass and tall people.
  • A snail is a mollusk that may be found both in the water and on dry land. A snail has a spiraling, coiled shell and one squishy foot, therefore it is not known for its speed of movement.
  • A spectre is one of the Captains of Hell, sent to Earth to do the bidding of its demonic masters. When a spectre slays enough Lawful creatures, it will be awarded a name, and thus become a Demon. Spectres are the most potent of the Undead, using the powers of Thaumaturgy in corrupt and deadly fashion. Spectres are partially invisible and can only be seen at close range.
  • The sky is a great bowl turned upside-down above the earth, with track lights mounted on the inside.
  • The regal Misty Tiger is sought after as a royal household guest. Unfortunately, hunting has reduced it's natural numbers, so that it is found only in the eastern-most forests, on steep sided river gorges. Poachers use a bow to hunt this tiger.
  • I write this with trembling hand. I have found records in the ruined stones beneath the dungeon, that the Yasnacki did not all perish as was believed when the dragon came. A few escaped, through the portal to the lands of ice. Some days ago, I travelled there, and spoke with the smith of the cliffs. His memory is long, and in the days of his youth, they came. Leaving a trail of death and destruction behind them, they stole his master work, a sword of blinding speed he had named 'Hummingbird', and then disappeared into the labyrinths underneath the glacier, never to return. I know in my bones that we shall here of their evil again, perhaps soon.
  • You are looking at a map. The only glyph you can translate is 'Praetoseba'. The map is dominated by a river, which flows east into a cataract. Underground the river continues east, where it's terminus dives into a fiery maw of a most ferocious beast.
  • You are looking at a scroll of a map. It shows a great river, that falls into a deep chasm. There is a small island of rock jutting out of the center of the waterfall. The drawing shows a rope tied around the rock. It looks like it would be dangerous to swim near the edge of the waterfall.
  • The wind in the trees, The stars in the sky, Who remembers, Once they have passed us by.
  • A wyvern is a two-legged lizard, about five feet in height, with vestigial wings. Although stout of build, wyverns are quick on their feet. Wyverns are remarkably stupid creatures, and as a result will attack against hopeless odds. They usually travel in small herds, but vicious rogue wyverns will occasionally travel alone. Wyverns fight with teeth and claws, and on rare occasions a wyvern will become so excited that it will actually breathe fire. This is often more of a shock to the wyvern than to the victim.
  • Oompala! Come quickly to Torii. I have discovered a person there who sells a potion that will transform you from the decrepit old man that you have become to the youthful warrior that you were. Your friend, Laklukla
  • Hidden below the forest, find one who will send knights into the jaws of death to test their mettle. But only after a quest in the icy spires of Axe Glacier.
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  • Chowder is a variety of soup containing a number of tasty and not so tasty ingredients, depending on the chef.
  • Hell, the abode of the Demons, is a most unpleasant place, no one precisely knows where. Pray that you never see it.
  • Hobgoblins are the larger, more dangerous cousins of goblins. Heavier than a man, a hobgoblin is also quite a bit stronger. They are more intelligent than goblins as well, and often operate in small squadrons. A group of hobgoblins can hold its own in the deepest regions of the dungeons, commanding respect even from the mightiest warriors. Hobgoblins are fond of using massive bows to pepper their opponents with arrows.
  • Naphtha is a volatile fluid that seeps out of the earth in many places, but most especially in some of the deserts of Leng. Since naphtha is highly flammable, merely tossing a bottle of it at a foe will often engulf it in deadly flames.
  • A rock by any other name is still a rock.
  • Skeletons are the remains of adventurers slain while engaged in acts of perversion, whose souls fail to find rest in oblivion. They prefer to travel in large hordes, the better to augment their numbers by fresh kills. Most skeletons cannot stand much damage without falling apart, and are usually destroyed by a single blow. They rarely wear armor, since custom fitted armor for skeletons is not common.

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