After Kroth had found Agmund’s hidden treasure and had securely gotten the treasure back to Havenhill, he decided to see if he could follow the carving that he found to see what it led to. After traveling a short time into the forest with his squire, Lanseril the two came upon an unmarked grave. The pair dig up the grave, with the hopes being able to Chalced a decent burial. After digging up the grave, they found that it was a mass grave for six dwarfs. Buried with the dwarfs was a small scroll case which contained a short scroll. The scroll was a note to anyone that found the bodies that made it clear that this grave contained the bodies of Chalced and his crew of skilled architects. At the end of the brief note there was a short message after the signature that caught Kroth’s attention as being particularly odd. It read:
As a symbol of Roawia, Duke Nervig gave a gift of the corner stone of Mikithdar.
Kroth was reminded of everyone that was searching for the sword of King Karlamac and that the last person to have known to possess it was Duke Nervig. Kroth and his squire headed back to Havenhill. After making sure that Havenhill was secure and that the dwarfs would be respectfully put to rest, he packed up a tribute share of the treasury for Jhirian Eindrik as well as the head of the serpent and decided to head to Mikithdar to present his treasure to the leader of his Province. After an uneventful journey to Mikithdar Kroth secured his possessions in Jhirian Eindrik’s keep and since he was not due for an audience until the next day, Kroth and decided to see if he could find the corner stone of Mikithdar. After wandering the city perimeter for much of the afternoon and talking with residents of that part of the city, they were able to find portion of the city that the architects were going to be working which then lead them to find a long sealed over entrance to the understructure of the city. The pair returned after dusk, opened the hatch and Lanseril lowered Kroth into the tunnel. After clearing away some of the slime and growth that had grown down there Kroth found a sword that was inside a golden case. Kroth pulled the sword from the case and seemed that even in this dim light that the blade was true and still sharp. Kroth climbed out of the hole and now had to decide which story to lead with when he spoke with Jhirian Eindrik.
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Previous chapters in this story:
Chapter 1 - Leaving Havenhill
Chapter 2 - Mouth of the Dragansruth River
Chapter 3 - Dragansruth River Cure
Chapter 4 - Bandits on the way to Rothburg
Chapter 5 - Repairs during the race
Chapter 6 - Havenhill in Ruin
Chapter 7 - Battle with the Serpent
Chapter 8 - Agmund's Hidden Lair