Eldric Highmoore's Diary
Many things have happened in the last couple of ninedays. I have helped Gundren Rockseeker clear the Wave Echo Mine, but I have not done so by myself. Thomas, Rael Yukimaru, Akane, Tabby and a dragonborn called Pytheas has lent their aid in clearing out the mine as well.
For a task well done, I am now a very wealthy man, for Gundren has given me 5% of the mine´s income each month, and if Gundren prediction is correct, and I have no reason to doubt that it isn’t, I will stand to gain around 2,500 coins of gold each month. With that amount I could retire and live a good life for the rest of my days, but coming events prevents me from ever contemplating doing so.
Beside the rich ore of precious metals, the mine contains a great secret related to me. First I thought it was the earth node – powerful and rich it would allow me to transcend my usual limitation, but it was not, it was a collection of books that told the story of the Wave Echo Mine, and to my surprise, some of my own history.
I have not left the Wave Echo Mine for several days now. I do not know what transpire outside in the world around me. I have found several books near the Forge of Spells describing how it works but many of the books are severely damaged and even more of them are completely ruined. I have suffered a setback but I am confident that I can restore the history of the books to their former glory.
Gundren Rockseeker came by today. It was nice to see him. He looks so pleased and so at home in the mine. He had taken supplies with him and told me that the miners and guards will arrive in a couple of days. I will look forward to have company; the mine is so empty each time Gundren leaves.
I have asked Gundren to take a letter back to Phandalin to Sildar. I will ask him if I may construct a tower in the middle of the town where I can live, when my time permit me. I hope he will say yes.
Success! I have finally mastered the Forge of Spells. I am the first in centuries to do so, what a trilling experience to feel raw magic coursing through me as I channel its power to do my will!
I have begun speaking with the flying skull when I take breaks between enchanting and reading the books I found in a locked storage room in the mine.
The skull has told me a few things but most of what he says is a bit hazy and lacking. He has difficulties remembering his past prior to his undead status. I feel sorrow about his cursed existence as an undead creature. I know it isn’t much but I have decided to try to reach back in time and find his name. I don´t know why it matters, it just does.
Gundren Rockseeker has come back from Phandalin today and carry with him good news, my master Aron Flaméra has contacted him asking about me. I don´t know how my master knew where I was, but then again he is a master diviner. My master has informed Gundren that he will arrive in Phandalin within a month and asked him if he would make sure that I will be there to greet him.
I can´t wait to see him again, maybe the time has come for him to tell me of my family, I hope so. I would like to meet my parents – I have often wondered whether I have any siblings. If I do I would like to meet them as well. I hope he will tell me about them this time and not brush it away as he usually does. – After I have written this down I feel a guilty for wanting to see my “real” family for I already have one in all but name and blood.
I cast the spell to reach back in time today and it was odd. I could reach back in time far too easily – It was as if something was pulling me back whishing me to see the past. My divination yielded the information I sought. I was in a room where Daramir Highmoore the wizard, (the floating skull) met his demise. I saw the final battle of my ancestor. He fought valiantly but met his doom at the end of an orc spear and I saw the life leave his eyes as darkness took him. I heard the argument that followed amongst his friends. I felt so sorry for them because of the pain from what they had to do to serve life, sacrifice a dear friend´s soul for a chance to fight back – The vision ended with me sitting back in tears. I hope I will never have to make a decision like that. I told the floating skull his name and of our kinship and what his friends spoke of before cursing his remains. I hope he will forgive them.
Today some of the workers came back from Phandalin carrying the reply to my letter. Sildar has given me permission to build a tower and invest in Phandalin. I will not see the tower finished before my departure and there are still so many things I need to speak with Sildar about. I must find the time to speak with him the next time I am in Phandalin. I wonder when I will get the time to do so…
I have completed the enchantment on Akane´s breastplate armor as well as her sword and I have given them names in Draconic, so each item may know its place in time and history and its reason for creation. I have named the armor “Freedom” and it will save her from several attacks in battle. The sword, I have named “Courage”, a trait that Akane has lived up to several times. I have bound several of the spirits of the last battle from the defenders of Wave Echo Cave so they may aid her in combat and guide her blade. I have done so with the spirits’ blessings or I would never have bound them to the sword. I can still remember the echo of Daramir´s pain and suffering – I just pray that my knowledge of magic and spell forging is good enough and I haven’t screwed anything up. I so look forward to give her the armor and sword – It is so seldom that you can reward a good friendship.
Today I contemplate the whole situation. I know my time in the Wave Echo Mine is almost at an end and I need to think about what to do. My plan is to stick with the company I have. They are not the ideal group of people but I think I can trust them as long as I am not completely open and honest – Something I have a hard time doing and yet it somehow seems all to natural for me to do so….
I am not as devoted to the Dragon Empire of Tharsis as Rael, Akane and Thomas are, and to some extent Tabby, and the half-dragon Pytheas. I would like to support the Septarchy of Cimmeria and the Ametian Alliance. I like the way they work, and what they stand for – in my opinion they are the opposite of the Dragon Empire of Tharsis with their false pretense of honor and justice – how can justice only be for the strong? How can honor only be if you can demand it? The Dragon Empire of Tharsis is a lie, but a dangerous lie, for they are powerful and poses a threat to the free people of the Septarchy of Cimmeria where my true allegiance lies – After I learned the truth about the whole war I put my own desires aside. I need to think of the whole world and not the near future, and so I hope that I’ll make the right choices along the way – I need to find the 4 elemental artifacts and to uncover the truth about the Order of Holios as well as the Order of the Moon – and for now I think the best chance for success is with the Dragon Empire of Tharsis.
I trust the half-dragon Pytheas the most, I don´t know why, he just strikes me as honorable and good hearted. I think he has deluded himself into thinking that the Dragon Empire of Tharsis is the same as him or more likely not aware of what the Dragon Empire of Tharsis really stands for – I think I could reason with him if I got the chance.
I am unsure about Rael Yukimaru. Sometimes he strikes me as loyal to the Dragon Empire of Tharsis but he seldom lives up to their ideals, but he sure talks a lot about them. I think he is more loyal to people and in this instant the Grand Sire of the Dragon Empire of Tharsis, whom he says has saved him – I am unsure if that has ever happened. He does a lot of things I don’t understand. I think he could as easily kill me as embrace me if he knew my true allegiance.
I like Akane. She is noble and honors her own ideals and she is a fierce ally. I fear that the same devotion will lead to a confrontation between us in the future for I do not share her belief or her faith in the Dragon Empire of Tharsis, which she is so determined to protect and uphold – I do hope that the love that Akane and Rael shares will last but I fear that it is a doomed love, just as her friendship, at least as things are now.
Tabby is an enigma. She seems to care only for gold and loot but sometimes her sense of “honor” force her to defend the weak and helpless. She has a soft spot for the ostracized and downtrodden, something I envy her for. I do not think she is completely loyal to the Dragon Empire of Tharsis. I don’t think she would be any more loyal than she is now if she ever switches allegiance to the Septarchy of Cimmeria and the Ametian Alliance. – As far as I can tell, she is loyal to those who have proven to be loyal to her, which means that she is dangerous, for her allegiance can switch as her “friendships” changes.
I find Thomas to be rash and a danger to those around him. He is as dangerous to his enemies as he is to his allies. His magic wounded me and Tabby in his pursuit to protect Gundren (He claims to have the ability to exempt allies when he uses magic! – this leads to either of three things 1) he is lying, 2) he grossly overestimates his own abilities 3) he is deliberately trying to kill us – I think it is option 2 ). I fear that he just doesn’t care who he serves or what he serves, as long as he gets to blow things up. Typical behavior for an evoker. Regarding his allegiance, I think he is a man of the Dragon Empire of Tharsis.
Today my master Aron Flaméra arrived in Phandalin, a most welcoming event. I have so many questions for him about the flying skull in the mine and about the books I found there as well. I can´t wait to see him. I feel like this is an event that will change my entire life. I will depart the Wave Echo Mine later this day, I just need to pack my stuff and I will be heading to Phandalin with Gundren and all the miners. We all have to be ready for the opening ceremony of the mine in a few days.
Today I finally saw my friend and teacher, Aron Flaméra. He seems older than when I left and it has only been around half a year. We met in the Stonehill Inn and shared a meal and a drink. I spent the day with him.
I told him all about my travels, my new friends, the Order of the Moon, the Dragon Empire, the Order of Holios and the Elemental Artifacts and all that happened in the Wave Echo Mine and the flying skull (Daramir Highmoor), which he told me was a distant relative to me, an uncle or something like that, he was not entirely sure. I also told him about the books that I found and what my magic revealed and he told me that Cragmaw Castle was my family’s castle and I was the rightful lord of this land if I would make the claim known. Further he told me that the castle in ancient time served as the meeting place for all 7 houses of the Septarchy of Cimmeria and each tower of the castle belong to one of the ruling families (and each tower was dedicated to a school of magic) by oath of my forebears.
He told me that my mother (Christine) and my father (Albert) was slain several years ago by assassins. He doesn’t know their identities or who they worked for but he made a promise to my mother and father that he would try to make sure that I would not investigate their death, for if I did it would cost me my life as well – I am not sure if I can promise that but for now I will not try to find their murderers and the reason why they had to die. – He also told me that I have 2 twin sisters Ashera and Polgara, and that they are a few years older than me. He does not know if they are still alive or what happened to them.
I asked him about my “real” parents, my father (Earick) and Mother (Galla). They may not be mine by blood but in all other aspect they are my parents. Aron told me that they are fine and that the farm is going well. – I am very glad of hearing that, I miss them so much and by the way Aron speaks of them, they miss me as well even if he tries not to let it show. I think he fears that I will go back to them and forget all that I have to do now.
Today we all got recognized as the heroes of Phandalin and liberators of Wave Echo Cave in Phandalin. Sildar held the speech and he honored us with his words. He spoke of the riches that the mine and Gundren will bring to the town. He is a noble and honorable man, and he will govern Phandalin fair and well. I am sure that his wisdom and the riches that the mine will yield in taxes to Phandalin will make the town prosper and grow.
After the ceremony I spoke with both Sildar and Gundren. Gundren so he knew to pay my share of the profit to Sildar, and to Sildar as to how to build my tower and where to place it. I am grateful that I can build it in the middle of Phandalin. It means a lot that my tower will stand there. I just hope that I will get the chance to visit it in the future. I have so many plans with the tower, the one and greatest is to resurrect the Order of the Moon in this era, and establish a connection through time to the order and learn what they knew, and based on that build the future of the Order of the Moon. I don´t know if it possible but you have to have dreams, don´t you?
Written by Johnni Frost for his character Eldric Highmoore