Aboard the Anchor's Bane

Unfathomable Calculations

recordings of a cyrissian tome

What follows is the deciphering of a cyrissist’s tome, transcribed by Azz Ekka Uldara, Master Gunner of the Anchor’s Bane.

Unfathomable, the findings of this deciphered code have unveiled a profound truth. The ley-lines of this world had previously been perceived as a finite number of locations; we never understood how the blight of dragons such as Toruk could dismantle and remove these points from the grid.

But these findings suggest an ability to infuse galvanic resonance to a new set location, if specified. This discovery remained hidden likely due to its founders… the Orgoth. Five Fingers has always held a focal point of the ley-lines, thus this data would perhaps imply that they chose this location intentionally.

While the creation of ley-lines is exciting, news of this unveils a previously unheard of concept: “line repair.” Through this technique, the Convergence of Cyriss could craft sub-routines of the networks, allowing for stabilized travel and harvesting. Furtherly, the research request promises the possibility of counteracting Draconic Blight. It remains to be seen whether the circle will attempt to contest the strategic value of this site.

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The results were better than we imagined! The Orgoth purging erased most of the notes of Vortensius. It’s clear now that even after six centuries, the machinations of these invaders is still just now being understood.

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The temple of our faith beneath the waters of Five Fingers has been discovered to be a “disarmed circuit”; what this means is that additional networks have already been developed around our primary ley-line. The focal channels are not currently active, and the related trigrams are in disuse. Just imagine it: all of that potential power, being brought to a single purpose.

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The channels extend well past the municipal borders of Five Fingers. I’ve reached out to Atimos, who confirmed that the distant city of Ceryl also shows connection to this font. The constant struggles between our efforts and those of the Circle have been well-documented; perhaps our rivals have a better understanding of this connection?

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The information gathered from the archives of Ceryl, combined with several interrogations conducted by our chosen optifex, have yielded data that suggests this is a project of impressive size. Truly gratuitous amounts of manpower must have been required to initially create and adjust the circuit, which is estimated to be nearly 300 miles in circumference. Such prodigious need for slave labor points to the theory of the Orgoth creating this device as a near certainty.

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Our initial recon has concluded. The mass of interconnected ley-line networks is being notationally designated as “the Sigil.” Over 55% of the network was apparently created underwater. Variables of its composition have been calculated to the following statuses: Blighted ley-lines are 8 in number; functional locations are 13, unstable sources 3, contested locations 2. It was confirmed that the extremity of these locations encompasses a small portion of the Scharde Isles.

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Militarized actions have been denied by the Iron Mother; small organized recon teams, however, are approved. With any luck, we should be able to take back a several of the aforementioned functional locations. I will reach out to Atimos for an ancilliary force which is independent of my own meagre allocation…

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It appears that Atimos is no longer functional. Deceased. This uncalculable setback is most unfortunate. At least he provided the foundations of progress to the Convergence.

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Iron Mother Directorix has requested that I now server under another. The “Sigil” project is being taken from me! Unacceptable. I will not allow another to claim my research!

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It is now postulated that Atimos and a large assembly of the High Order of Wizardry within Ceryl had become afflicted by unknown means. The Sigil’s significance demands one of the Iron Mother’s most loyal operators; I can no longer fault her logic. We must proceed carefully to avoid exposing ourselves to scrutiny or corruption.

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A fractured soul harness was spontaneously robbed of purpose today. Investigating a location near the Olgunholt River revealed that these deactivated points are merely missing a power source; souls suffice readily as fuel. Remain vigilant, that we may prevent further mishaps from tarnishing our equation.

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Further investigation has shown the Sigil to contain several blind spots; this is likely due to draconic blight or diminished energy levels. The function of these locations remains incapable of execution. We are currently considering portending its use through an isolated functionality test, which we will administer by committing power to the circuit at a point where continuous cycling can occur.

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Functional Testing is now complete. Traditional galvanic energy increases exponentially per power units given; this equation looks to exemplify the qualities of Harmonic Resonance. Hypothesis: With enough starting power, this device could permanently maintain ever larger quantities… we hesitate to cement these findings, however, as this phenomena may simply be due to the cyclical nature of the testing area. Further procedures will be required to determine plausibility of this theory.

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Larger scale testing is unable to proceed. A fault has been discovered within the whole of the Sigil. Luckily, given the large area of fabrication, it’s been deduced that the fault likely exists within the confines of the primary font, located in Five Fingers. I must find where…

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Unthinkable. The original findings of brother Atimos may have given us a clue to the location of the Sigil’s fault. His report speaks of a stone dias which might be the vital link, a power source sufficient to maintain the necessary “Sigil-wide” cyclical effect. In all likelihood, the old terrible site that was once Havershaw’s Folly may have been the original boiler to this engine. The dias’ location must be found.

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Ah, societal issues. Typical. It appears that a local land baron by the name of Jacob Horley now owns the entirety of the area that would encompass the dias’ sight. While it is possible that the location has already been found, much of the territory is under current reconstruction. I suspect that foul play may be a factor.

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I’m now certain that the Thamarite septs knew about this site… my contingent died while investigating the area after hours. I wasn’t able to save a single soul. I shall attend to this personally…

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I have over-estimated my abilities. I was unable to exact vengeance against the Thamarites; their leader, in an insane parlor trick of their heinous variety, spoke through her servants to tell me that I must fulfill my purpose. They allowed me to live, though I know not to what end. I have reported to the temple on the subject of this tragic setback.

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A lead, at last! The coat of arms belonging to a vessel called “the Anchor’s Bane” was spotted by a man offering salvage on one of the dockyards of Five Fingers. In exchange for his profitable information, he has been allowed to join the Convergence. At long last, I can interrogate another member of the Havershaw’s Harriers, that infamous group whom, according to our sources, have seen the dias first hand. I shall seek him out this very night, after discussing our objectives with my superiors.

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