longetalos writes "Squad 13 has found the Anvil of the Lortmils. Little do they know the chaos this will unleash.
Omnipotent view – Returning the Anvil of the Lortmils
Squad 13 have just defeated the two vile undead
guarding the lost treasure of the Lortmils; Urgush the skeletal warrior
humanoid general and Kazgorva the druid lich. Exhausted, but jubilant, the
members of Squad 13 look over the detritus of the humanoid wagon train. Rotting
wood and metal is buried under decades of accumulated mud as well as the
detrimental effect of animals and incremental weather. But this is not a
deterrent to the valiant members of Squad 13 whose lust for loot will not be
Rimli and Tharrik decide to go off on their own
searching specifically for the Anvil of the Lortmils. They hypothesize that the
anvil would have been carried in the largest and sturdiest of the wagons due to
its size and weight. So that is the initial target of their search.
Tallman, Raen and Bastam look at each other,
then at the large area to be searched for coin and sigh.
“This is going to take days to dig up. And that
poison lake can erupt at any time and kill us all.” stated Tallman. “We need a
better way to search.”
Bastam smiled knowingly. “Although I am out of
magical energy, I can still talk to earth and stone. I will walk over an area
and let you know if there is anything buried there. Then we can dig it up. That
should speed things up nicely.”
“Brilliant Bastam! I knew there was a reason we
kept you around.” exclaimed Raen in a jovial manner.
So that is what the three of them did for the
next few hours. Although much treasure was accumulated, much had been destroyed
by time, neglect and moisture.
While the three of them were digging joyfully
and calling out to each other with each successful find, the two dwarves were
busy looking for the Anvil. Finally, after a few hours of fruitless digging,
the dwarves located the fabled Anvil of the Lortmils - the gift of Moradin.
Tharrik and Rimli smiled at each other. Digging
the massive anvil out of the earth and mud, they reverently placed it on the
ground. After removing much of the grime of the ages, Tharrik looked at the
symbols carved into the anvil. Interpreting the text, reading the holy words,
Tharrik was in rapture. There it was, the symbol of Moradin carved in all its
glory in the center of the anvil. Tharrik placed his hand on the symbol and
said a prayer of thanks to his god…..
The elderly dwarven priest Dunbal, High priest
of Moradin in the ancient hold of Gilmorak sat upright with a jolt. “The Anvil
has been found by a blessed of Moradin!” he exclaimed. “I must inform the
king.” With those words, Dunbal quickly dressed and sought out his king. After
explaining the situation, the king ordered an honor guard to join Dunbal with
the express purpose to meet those that found the Anvil and ensure it made its
way to the Lortmils and Gilmorak.
“As you can see by the wording of this prayer,
the…. “ Brongi, High Priest of Moradin in the citadel of Dengar paused in the
lecture to his acolytes. “Can it be? Yes, I feel it. The Anvil has been
reclaimed by the dwur!” Looking at his acolytes, Brongi said “Continue with
your studies and prayers, I must go.” And with those words, Brongi abruptly
left the hall and sought out his king.
Predictably after hearing of the situation, the
king of Dengar assigned a patrol of elite dwarven warriors to accompany Brongi
in his quest to meet the holy dwarf in possession of the Anvil and return it to
Dengar where it belongs.
In the hill dwarf village of Viltan Orhim,
located at the base of the Lortmils within the Lorridges, Uldin the high priest
of Moradin for that village looked West. “The Anvil calls.” he calmly stated.
Motioning to his warrior son to approach, he told him to gather a few of his
warrior friends and join his father in a journey. For they would find those
that held the Anvil and bring it back to their village. “It is time for the
Anvil to stay amongst the Hill dwarves, the Mountain dwarves lost it already so
let’s make sure it stays safe this time around.”
Throughout the Lortmils this scene repeated
itself, as high priest after high priest summoned what aid they could to
retrieve the Anvil for their community. Not even a holy relic of Moradin is
immune to the ancient curse placed on the dwarven people – the lust for
Meanwhile back in the valley of Csipros Erd, a
happy and carefree Tharrik turned to his companion Rimli and said “Finding this
Anvil is great news. I am certain that all the dwarves of the Lortmils will be
ecstatic when they find out. We’ll be treated like heroes and there will be
celebrations throughout the mountain range!”"