M5WALLS: "Lord Ramirez -
The reinforced walls and steel door have been duly installed about your counting room, but I must warn you that we cannot guarantee them against burrick tunnelling. If you do not move the creatures out of the basement into a more distant area, we cannot be held responsible for the potential damages.
Tol Camrick & Sons"
"'Builds your roofs of dead wood. Builds your walls of dead stone. Builds your dreams of dead thoughts.
Comes crying laughing singing back to life, takes what
you steal, and pulls the skins from your dead bones shrieking.'
-- Clay tablet in an abandoned Trickster temple"
M6CLIP: "THE CITY TRIBUNE
A woman from Shalebridge who was acquitted of charges of robbery in a city court last
week has been kidnapped by members of the Order of the Hammer. The woman is apparently
being held in squalid conditions in Cragscleft prison. Whereas the Hammerites did not
cite any official reason for the incarceration, one of the Order was quoted, saying,
"She hath sinned in The Builder's eyes, and thy slothful laws hath touched her not at all."
M6FLWR: "Compendium of Natural Magic, Chapter 15
These flowers grow primarily in the icy mountain caves of the Esse range. By way of
defense, they have evolved a method of warming and swirling the magical energy of the
sentient plants and rocks discussed in the last chapter, lulling them to sleep. The
flowers are named after archemage Tatyana Yokobik who pioneered their use in the
temporary negation of magical spells and systems."
M6INC1: "Mr. Constantine:
I do hope that our final renovations have met with your approval, and
I would again like to thank you for your business. As one of the few
lay architecture houses in the city, we've found that we have quite a
bit of proving ourselves to do, and the patronage of someone such as
yourself is always appreciated. If there's anything else that you
would like built or modified, please let us know. Please also rest
assured that we have no objections to taking further payment in this
form, though we are, of course, deeply curious as to where you
obtained such a quantity of raw gold.
M6POINT: "Master -
The one who trespassed your Greenhouse is chastised. He did not
know the rules, but spies there no longer."
M6RAKEL: "Rakel's Tome of Magic, Introduction
It is the erudite practitioner of magic who, in these days of pseudo-wizards carelessly
wielding enchanted materials, retains the secrets of commanding the powerful sorcery
found in the world of nature. For it was from listening to the hidden whispers of
ancient oaks, of creeping vines, of desert sandstone pillars, that civilized people
first learned the abstruse ways of magic."
"'Come the time of peril, did the ground gape, and did the dead rest unquiet 'gainst us.
Our bands of iron and hammers of stone prevailed not, and some did
doubt the Builder's plan. But the seals held strong, and the few did triumph,
and the doubters were lain into the foundations of the new sanctum.'
-- Collected letters of the smith-in-exile"
M7EVIL: "Warning: Great evil resides in this place, and it is no
longer fit for men. The doors are sealed, to protect us from that
which lies within. Do not remain here."
M7GRAVE: "The Watchman's Grave"
M7KEEP1: "Keeper Lukas,
We have received word of your fears, and we understand and indeed share them.
We did not lightly take the decision to involve ourselves in this matter. However, we
believe that we were compelled to act. Were the Trickster not opposed, he could bring
destruction upon the entire city, and upon us as well. We have endeavored to conceal
our efforts as best we can. I can only hope that we have been successful. With respect
to the Hammerites' possession of the Talismans of Earth and Air, we believe that they
have taken great pains to keep them secure.
Yours in knowledge,
M7KEEP2: "Keeper Andrus,
We are relieved to hear that you have successfully contained the destruction. It
was for just such a contingency that the Elemental Wards have been saved these many years,
and we support your decision to use them now, as the peril that you have described is
grave indeed. We urge you to hide the Talismans with great care, as their discovery could
lead to another such catastrophe. It concerns us that the Hammerites have insisted on
retaining two Talismans. Can they be trusted to guard them well? We worry also that
your actions have exposed the truth of our existence to the world, which we must not
Yours in knowledge,
M7KEY: "Constable Tule is a degenerate. Every time we have a blackout,
I have to go haul his ass out of the pub to get him to unlock the
maintainance cell for the Market Street power grid. If he wasn't the
Baron's nephew they would have fired him months ago."
M7LIGHT: "Department of Public Works, Work Order
The power grid control box for the neighborhood around southern Rubin St.
is located inside a residence. It should be in a Public Works
station like all other power grid control boxes. We may
need to build a new maintenance cell in that neighborhood. If so, be
sure to contact the Census Bureau so that they can update the map.
It is important that all Public Works stations be
marked on the map with the gear icon, but we haven't been vigilant enough
M7MAPHAK: "Soon this will be a cool-looking map. Stay tuned!"
M7MAPRM: "Upon this map are the locations of the Elemental Talismans, which alone can
unlock the Wards placed upon the cathedral door. Their locations are recorded here in
the event that we may one day find it necessary to re-enter the
cathedral. The Portal Key must be used to access the Talismans of Water and Fire, and is kept in the
library. The Talismans of Earth and Air are held by the Hammerites and can only be
obtained with their consent."
M7TIP2: "Those who fight undead fall into two groups - the resourceful,
and the slain. The well-prepared knight will arm himself well with
holy water. However,
a more convenient tactic, as well as one much less taxing on the purse, is
to take advantage of the zombie's antipathy for all living creatures,
and look for other convenient targets to divert a pursuer.
- excerpt from the Journals of Morgan,
declared anathema by the Smith-in-Exile."
M7TORC: "The foolish old man who currently owns the Serpentyle Torc lives on a
barren sidestreet west of the Cathedral Street drawbridge. I visited his small but wealthy
residence last week in order to purchase the Torc from him, but he obstinately deflected
my arguments and offers. He says it is a custom of his people to present a gift of such
beauty to their brides-to-be before marriage. At seventy years of age, I don't know what
sort of maiden he thinks will be tempted to wed him."
"I'm not sure if I should now proceed
to use force, or perhaps find a way to pilfer the Torc from him. I understand that there
is a thief one can hire who lives nearby, close to de Perrin street."
The City Council is deeply grateful for the efforts of your men in the emergency
construction of this great Wall, which now begins to shield us from the dangers behind it.
We know of the hours of backbreaking labor you have already given us, but regret that we
cannot yet allow you any rest, as the work is of greatest urgency. You have our deepest
sympathies at the loss of your workers Barton and Adan to the zombies, but you must know
that your men number among the legion lost to this evil. As we regain our city, with the
undead put down and the wounded given succor, we have freed a watch of the Guard to
"your men as they finish, so do not let fear stop your efforts!
The City counts
on you - do not fail us in our hour of need.
"'The knowledge of those who came before could neither be disseminated or destroyed.
Its power would be a dangerous tool in the wrong hands, but would also insure against future cataclysm.
At that time we chose to maintain it with
writings preserved in extant locations.'
-- Keeper Annals"
M9BENIIR: "Beniir has been informed that you ordered the sacrosanct
parchments moved to the archives beneath the great temple-palace, lest
they be destroyed by the angry and fiery breath of the earth. On the
morrow's eve we shall move ourselves there as well. Do not tarry."
M9BOOK2: "Deven decided to separate the two Talismans, but I argued
that it may not be the most wise thing to do. Nevertheless, not more
than a few hours ago, Shanti led a group back the way we came to
examine an area we passed by. She was more quiet than usual, but
accepted the task.
With them, they took the Talisman of Water.
We could bear it no longer. If the heat of burning rock
around us were not enough,"
"the Talisman of Fire was nearly
untouchable. We had just come upon a tall and sturdy tower, and it
was agreed upon that we should deposit the Talisman there. The
staircase to the top floor had collapsed some time ago which made
ascension difficult. Aeric had pointed out the ledge circling the
tower, suggesting that one of us place the Talisman out there. I
laughed at his comment uncaringly. This disturbs me."
shall head back the way we came. I assume Shanti and her company had little trouble in finding a suitable spot for the
Talisman of Water, but I cannot keep myself from wondering why the
burning elementals stood at bay as we passed. Will they still now
that we no longer carry the Talisman of Fire?"
M9BOOK: "We've been careful to avoid the roaming elementals throughout
our sojourn, but today we've taken a serious blow. From out of
nowhere, a number of them assaulted the troupe. We fended them off
with our remaining supply of water crystals, but the price was heavy.
Hodge was relentlessly burned and may not live through the night. Both Yannis and Abner are dead."
"Hodge died this morning. I tried desperately to care for
him, but to no avail. He was delirious and gibbering and he cried out
in pain, clawing the alien abysmal ground beneath him. I tried to
calm him, but when he grabbed my hair and pulled my ear close to his
lips, he said but one thing before expiring... burning water."
M9MAILU: "Dear Mailu
The city is too grand for this unworthy country
lass. I visited the Emperor's colosseum. Such a
spectacle! The colosseum is bigger than our
village! The cheer is deafening when they extend
the bridge from below the royal balcony. Great
doors open and the combatants enter the
battlefield, a raised island in the middle of the
arena. Hundreds of magical fires float on the
surface of the water. I saw there a gladiator who
wrestled with a pair of lions, and the Emperor's son himself
tossed him a bag of gold! I will tell you more later, but Cherok calls.
M9MONEY: "From: Secretary of Protocol Weitan
To: Keeper of the Keys Fuquan
It is spoken that Va-Toran has closed the
coliseum for reasons other than piety. In a
year and a day of mourning Toran may devise
a way to make money from the building. As
cheering crowds were to his father, is the
clink of coins to Toran. To inter the key
with Va-Taraq is genius. None will touch it,
yet should it serve, it can be "lost" to
grave robbers. Our new master is wily. This
humble servant fears for Karath-din."
M9RAIN: "Fire rains upon us from the sky. At the Temple of N'Lahotep,
four hallowed geldings were offered to appease the acrimonious earth.
The sanguine overture has done nothing to pacify her."
M9RUITAN: "A speech given by Master Ruitan
to the Guild of Enlightenment.
The priests tell the ignorant that the earth
is crying for her departed brother, Va-Taraq.
We know that these tremors signify something
more ominous. Taraq would have listened to
us and evacuated the city, but his son is
less enlightened. The Guild must protect
what we can, by whatever magical and mundane
means we posses. The tower must not fall."
M9SCHOLR: "Despite hardships, I have welcomed
this opportunity to study the city of the
precursors. Their society was remarkable,
stratified like the bedrock, and seemingly as
stable. Above all was the Emperor, a divine
figure, answerable to none but their gods.
Emperors were seldom seen by the common
people and this distance gave rise to a
powerful and politically charged bureaucracy."
"The last Emperor but one, Va-Taraq seems to
have been different, an unprecedented
man of the people."
M9TIP2: "Sangar --
Let me know if you ever come across any good antiquities in
your, ah, explorations. I'd be particularly interested in any
ritual headresses and masks. The gold and enamel work from
Cyric is increasingly rare, and I needn't point out that if
you ever found something dating back to the Precursors, I'd
make you a rich man.
-- Bram Gervaisius"
M9TOMB: "Let the tomb be dug deep into the
earth, and filled with all manner of things
which are pleasing to serve him in his nether
days. Splendor shall follow our beloved
monarch to mark his glory. And woe to those
who would disturb his sleep! They shall be
imperiled from below, from above and from
that which is directly before their eyes."
M9VATORN: "To honor the life memory of our
departed father and king, Va-Taraq, Son of
the Sky, the coliseum he built for his people
will be closed for a year and a day. Let the
gates be locked and none make merry while
the sky and earth themselves do shake and
cry for their departed brother. This I decree
Son of the Sky"
M9WATER: "We must soon find a supply of water here
in the city. The Talisman of Fire needs to be
cooled, and our attempts to use the Water
Talisman for this purpose have come close to
destroying both of them. We have reached a
point where we must decide whether to drink or
carry the Talismans. Our water crystals have
been saved for emergencies, but we may soon
be forced to rely on them."
have not much further to go to the Tower."
"'Having pledged our honour as shield over Earth and Air, we must be ever mindful.
Let them be locked away and safe, but ever in view of the faithful.
Future generations are hostage to our care.'
-- Sermon of the Talismans"
M10DALE: "Here lies the unhappy Brother Dale: buried here as a symbol of lessons not learned."
M10HallPass: "As approved by his Eminence, the High Priest Markander, we deliver unto you this Novice, under the standard agreement of service. The Novice is sent with full status and
training as such, and should serve with humility and vigor to the best of his skills. He
will endure a standard three-year contract of service, at the end of which he will be
considered for indoctrination as an Elevated Acolyte.
The novice has been instructed in the rules and strictures of the Order, has sworn his warrants to be silent in his vigils, and knows to maintain the marked privacies (as indicated by the standard inverted red hammer sigil)."
"Please remit periodic evaluations of his conduct, as warranted or at six-month intervals.
May the Hammer fall on the unrighteous.
M10Instructions: "The cage containing the Talismans can only be opened when the five locks
have been released; the lock-releases are placed in various locations about this Temple.
One resides with Brother Mason. One is behind the Skull of St. Yora. One is in the
kitchen, by the oven. One is behind the rack which loosens men's tongues.
One is behind the Keystone Tree. The locks must be released within the span of five
minutes; when all of the locks are released, the Talisman Cage can be opened. Then, he
who removes the Talismans must first recite the Prayer of the Wallbuilder."
M10Keynote: "TEMPLE AUTHORIZATION AND ACCESS
Novices, as per the official books, are not permitted keys, and are not allowed
to enter restricted areas for any reason. (These areas are to be designated by the standard red inverted
Temple Guardsman are not permitted keys, but may enter restricted areas in pursuit of their
"Temple Priests will be issued keys to most areas, and are allowed in restricted rooms
when authorized by the High Priest. They are also, of course, allowed in their own
quarters, but not in those of other Priests.
The High Priest is granted the Master Key, has no restrictions to access, and will keep in his possession
the Holy Symbol of the Temple."
M10Kitchen: "Terrence: We are almost done converting the old kitchens into the new treasury.
All of the kitchen stores have now been moved up from downstairs, and some of the church
valuables have been moved down. Work should be completed within the week. - Nolman."
M10MASON: "Here lies Brother Mason, truest of scholars."
M10molded: "'The Forge's Child.' This Hammer was the first to be cast out of a
mold. It was brought into the world by Father Tennor, now sainted."
M10NOTIC: "In light of the recent break-in at Cragscleft, all Temple patrols will be doubled until further notice."
M10oldham: "'The First Hammer,' symbol of our ascent from the Trickster's shadow."
M10SKULL: "The sacred Skull of St. Yora, a builder of vision and devout keeper of the faith."
M10TERR: "Here lies Brother Terrence: he fought the unrighteous to his last breath."
M10THEO: "Here lies Father Theol: a teacher without peer, yet ever a student of discipline."
M10TIP1: "Novices aren't allowed to carry personal weapons except on campaign,
so you'd better keep yours under your robes unless you need to use
M10VO2: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 2
When the thief did cry to the master "release me, for I repent, and
shall do good all my days" then did the master strike the thief's hand
from him with a blade. And the master said "Go now and do good, for
thy repentance has been paid."
M10VO7: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 7
When the Builder walks before thee and builds for thee a fortress,
wilt thou go inside and shut the door? Or wilt thou say "Yes, and now
I shalt raise one of mine own!"
M10VO12: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 12
The Builder gave thou the raw stuff of thy life - make thou a great
work of it or thou mockest His gifts."
M10VO36: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 36
Time once past, the harlot did say to the priest "Tarry a while, and
wait upon thy duties" and the priest did tarry."
"And then was the
harlot scourged with birch branches, and was the priest crushed
beneath the great gears, for the path of righteousness leads ever
upwards, to where it is perilous to fall."
M10VO39: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 39
Hadst I a hammer, wouldst I hammer in the morning. Wouldst I hammer
in the evening, all over this land."
M10VO53: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 53
To use thy chisel is to blunt its edge 'gainst the stone.
To not use thy chisel is to waste its edge."
M10VO77: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 77
What is a tree but a tower that withers and dies?
What is a pond but a cistern that stagnates and fills with muck?
What is a patch of ground but a road which cracks and washes away?"
M10VO94: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 94
Guard thy tongue from falsehood as thou gardest thy purse from a
jackablade. Guard thy hand from misdeed as thou gardest thy house
"Guard thy heart from doubt as thou gardest thy
tools from corrosion, for thy faith and thy tools are the best that
M10VO108: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 108
Mortar cannot hold when the stone is not strong and clean. Before
beginning thy endeavors, look to thy material, both physical and
M10VO113: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 113
A stroke of thy chisel, once made, canst not be undone, but a stroke
thou dost not make from fear is a worse flaw. Be not cautious - be
M10VO141: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 141
When the Builder came amongst his children and asked "Who is it that
hath spoilt this work?" then didst his errant son answer "I do not
Then didst the Builder cast down his son and smite him with
his hammer. For is it not known that a mistake may be mastered, but a
lie lasteth forever on the tongue?"
M10VO170: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 170
The proof of the wall is that it stretcheth above the height of a man,
and lasteth beyond the span of a man. Our greatest works exceed us in
M10VO199: "Hammerite Compendium of Precepts, Regimens and Rules of Conduct, Vol. 199
A flaw in the gear will fate it to shatter. A flaw in the beam
harbors the termite. A flaw in a man's righteousness encompasses his
M10WAIN: "Here lies Brother Wainwright: May his wheels turn forever in the Hereafter."
M10Wallbuilder: "I am a Wallbuilder. Let my walls endure, from season to season, year to year,
and age to age. Let my walls stand, while families toil, armies march, and empires
fall. I am a Wallbuilder, and my walls will stand always as a shield against evil.
This I pray, that will the Master Builder grant."
"'And he did say, "Shall we not use this power, as our enemies used it unto us?
Do we not carve their wild forests into our beams and boards? Do we not tame
their raging streams to carry our boats?" And in their youth and foolishness,
did his brothers say, "Yes, let us."'
-- Collected letters of the smith-in-exile"