A Venture into the Woods
An Excerpt From A Centuries-Old Journal
Gentle Hands and a Keen MindThe yellowed paper, coloured by time, weather, and dust, weakly bends as your gloved hands turn the pages. Oh so frail, the paper still holds the ink it drank many centuries ago. The words are sometimes barely legible, some letters having nearly faded from existence. It is written in Dwarvish, though it is an older dialect and only one with a deep understanding of this language can fully understand the story.
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LocationThe document, as well as a transcript of it, both reside within the Library section of the Legal High Court, in Pla'aron. It is a mystery where the document was first located and how exactly it had come to the hands of the Library's scholars. It is said that it had passed through generations and generations of dwarves until the Dwarf-Union Wars, after which the person or persons which owned it had it migrated to Pla'aron, it is presumed, joining the Union.
SignificanceThough the journal is but one piece of writing, it is of great importance. Not only does it cover several centuries, but it also covers an extended time period from which few records of any kind survive. In fact, a cult following of a sort has formed around this piece of writing. While there are some active arguments amongst scholars, it is generally agreed upon that the journal can be divided into three main parts: The Youth, which covers the author's experiences from mid-puberty to circa age 250, the Wartime, and, finally, the Old Age. The second speaks of a War not recorded in history and very vague in position, though perhaps that is due to any changes, either political or geographical, which have occurred over time. Others, meanwhile, suggest that this had not happened on Terra at all, but either on a different landmass or a different realm.
BackgroundThe story written down between the leather covers of this particular journal is most probably not fiction, though the facts which it presents are hard to prove or disprove. The records suggest that within the vast and mysterious woods which lay to the South of The Aasaron Union a structure of sorts can be located which is most probably some sort of an even older temple, to two gods, similar in nature. The journal was kept by a seemingly young Dwarf who went by the name of Hagarto, who, with the help of several others, went to explore the woods at the behest of his people. The following excerpt mainly focuses on his travels into the woods, although the full copy of the journal does speak of his life amongst his own, as well as later events which might bear some historical significance.
The above spoiler is meant to hide the knowledge which is not open to the public and is known by only one or a couple of characters.
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