Merchants of Breakveil

The Chest of Karthac the Broad

Autumn, late season and colors abound,
after a strange and arduous affair,
the heroes were, by an employer, found,
and into treacherous terrain they dared
paid by a lord,
to locate a hoard,
to follow a riddle found by a sage,
that matched the description on ancient page,
to find a chest of Karthac the Broad
lost in an almost forgotten age

traveling quick and light over land,
they began at a mountain standing alone
following the cut of a dried up strand
made their way towards the mountains stone
but suddenly fear
its source unclear
cause a great issue, as allies did flee
and hid ’neath the bows of a lone standing tree
though smoke was the Harbinger of this scare pines fate
as the branches crackled, the frightened were freed.

Unto the mountains without further hitch,
they climbed the south face along sloping cliff
and into ravine, peak, craig and ditch
they traveled some time to a natural rift
down in the vale
where wind would wail,
they spotted a village of houses of stone
though during the daylight no life was shown
and approaching with care not to offend who was there
to see who owned this quaint little home.

This village was built as a refugee hold
and after communication was found
they told that they new of the travelers goal
and if they could reclaim their home in the ground
they’d happily guide
them to the treasures side
so gearing up for resistant forces,
they left their archer, oxen and horses,
and traveled below into caverns so dark
with but one refugee guiding their courses,

After a fall into a deep fault,
the travelers, injured, came to the site,
the refugees home and the counter assault
and against svirfneblin, they took the fight,
but their will less bases
and emotionless faces
showed that they were controlled by some force,
and in the great hall they centered the source
and found a strange beast with a bulbous head
with the power to charm, confuse and coerce

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