Surviving Fragments of the Ara-Ibal Expedition Journals
The Birth of the Fleshborn Clay
Document Number: ACV - C̅C̅ - V̅CM - I - ●●●●● Archival details: Fragments of a journal from the failed first expedition to geographical feature located underneath Pinauia known as the "Inverted Mountain". All members presumed lost. Description: A leather-bound journal, cracked and weathered with saddle stitch binding, issued from lot MCXXI. Pages are made of vellum with embedded pigmentation to forgo the need for ink in writing. It is an estimated 10,000 years old which is approximately the time when the Ara-Ibal Expedition was organized and began exploring the geographical feature known as the Inverted Mountain. Multiple pages/entries missing. Due to the age, condition and location of its discovery, it is uncertain if missing pages are due to wear and tear or intentional removal. Addendum (C̅C̅ - X̅V̅I̅DLVI): Worthy group known as the Fleshborn Clay claims to be the remnants of the Ara-Ibal Expedition. More information is required.
The journal is the personal notes of a researcher later known as Eritrea, the Life-Weaver of the Fleshborn Clay. It chronicles their expedition to explore and survey the geological structure known as the Inverted Mountain.
Only one copy currently in existence.
Recovered ten millennia after the disappearance of the Ara-Ibal Expedition, it was found by a group of fortune hunters on the first level of the Inverted Mountain called the Grand Savannah hidden underneath a menhir.
In the year 195,900, the Ivory Tower sponsored an expedition to the Inverted Mountain. Several notable members of the Worthy as well as many mid-level aspirants joined the call. 300 in all. The Tower lost contact soon after they entered the mountain. Over the millennia, legends sprang up about their fate leading to the populace granting them a sort of legendary status which the expedition members desperately wanted in life.
Vellum / Skin
Stored within the deep archives within the main Ivory Tower complex under close watch by members of the Alabaster King's Royal guard. Access is only granted by unanimous consent by the Alabaster King, the Lord-Mendicant, the Lord of the Forge as well as the Ivory Tower's Inner Council. Public Reaction
The discovery of the journal fragments led to a resurgence in the public's interest in the Ivory Tower and the Inverted Mountain itself. Many lower-ranking members of the Worthy created their own expeditions and explorer's clubs focused solely on exploring the Inverted Mountain. Public retellings of the journal have led to a phenomena called the Call of Mountain. Those afflicted have an urge to go and explore the mountain and rarely come back. Alongside that, there have been multiple documented instances where all those present begin to imitate the calls of deer before initiating autophagia and cannibalism, among other things. Once word of those incidents reached the High Council, the Lawbringers and the Church were called in to suppress the story and banned any further readings of the journals. Memory modifications were applied to the populace at largeby state-sponsored mind mages and almost all copies of the text were destroyed. The only remaining copy resides under close guard within the archives of the Ivory Tower. Legacy
The Call of the Mountain has proven to be a persistent infection. All efforts to eradicate it have proven to be unsuccessful. Worthy still continue to journey to the Inverted Mountain and have established a district known as the Ringed City. Renegade readings still pop up from time to time resulting in significant loss of life when they do.
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