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Deep within the House of Heroes several Prawns gather along with a Pawn to begin marking up a freshly purchased map of the city, and adding notes and field reports to a large board.

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Alturiak 12th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes

Richart Reyne, a six foot tall, dark skinned man, and new to the city, was according to his accounting within a zone of truth, suddenly grabbed by a city guard outside the House of Heroes. Immediately after the City Guard grabbed Richart Reyne, the pair were cloaked in darkness and blood. When the darkness faded, a piece of Crystalized Mana was found on the grass where the Guard had previously stood.

Richart Reyne, uncertain of what had just happened knocked upon the doors of the House of Heroes and asked for aid. Myself, Rako Ca'tra, Elder Em of the Sky Pony Tribe, and Dwarven Clergy Raldin Thunderbeard stepped outside of the House of Heroes in response. It was then Richart Reyne told us of his experience and Dwarven Clergy Raldin Thunderbeard invoked a Zone of Truth in an effort to insure Richart Reyne was not intentionally deceiving us.

Rako Ca'tra carefully studied the scene of the event and found blood in the grass where the Guard had last been seen standing before the, Darkness and Blood that obscured Richart Reyne's vision. There though was no signs of a body having been dragged away from the scene and so what became of the Guard or his corpse remains unknown.

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Using a potion of Lore I examined the Crystalized Mana found at the scene. Making note of the sparkles within it and the faint blue hue, I identified the Crystal as Crystalized Mana, Magic itself, which I had only ever before heard discussed by philosophers gathered in the open squares of Cimbar, who spoke of such existing only as a theoretical possibility.

Perhaps only by coincidence, shortly after investigating the scene a representative of the order of the Sun Soul by the name of Righteous Brother Hronkil Elgredsson, entered the House of Heroes to let it be known the Order of the Sun Soul was currently heavily engaged in a very important and secretive manner that required the majority of their attention and resources, and so the Order of the Sun Soul was looking to employ the House of Heroes to under take some of their more menial tasks in and about the city in exchange of material rewards from the Church of Lathander's vast coffers.

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As of the moment there are far more unknowns then knowns regarding these events, and moving forward I intend to have Sixteen the Artificer carefully examine and study the Crystalized Magic in hopes learning more of the Crystal's properties, potential, and even orgins may give us further insight to the strange event Richart Reyne bore witness to.
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Alturiak 13th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes

I have reported to the North Gate Watch House the account of darkness and blood, Richart Reyne shared with us at the House of Heroes. I though did omit the finding of Crystalized Mana from the report. I was politely thanked by the staff duty Sergeant at the desk to whom I filed my report with, and was then told that the Watch was not missing any of their members.

This may mean the man who grabbed Richart Reyne survived the event or may have never been a member of the Watch and Richart Reyne being new to the City of Waterdeep misidentified him during the confusion of the sudden happening of events.
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Alturiak 15th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes


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According to Sarenna Irithyl, an acolyte of Tymora within the Tower of Luck recently experienced a vivid vision of Darkness swallowing Waterdeep and reaching up to tear Selune asunder.

Sarenna Irithyl along with her companions were attacked by Shadows near the House of the Moon while traveling there to warn of the vision. Afterwards the Priestess Naneatha Suaril of the House of the Moon directed them to the House of Heroes to investigate rumors of an encounter with Darkness and a mysterious Crystal.

Along their walk to the House of Heroes they encountered a pile of ash in the street with a residual magical aura. Near the pile of ash was an expensive collectable children's toy that was one of a collectable set of 13. I unfortunately was unable to meet with them and answer their questions, and Highsword Bloodhelm instructed them to return another day when I might be available.

Of note, none of the visitors to the House of Heroes seeking answers and speaking with Highsword Bloodhelm of Tempus offered not even a humble donation to the Temple.

Sarenna Irithyl
Zod
Brujo
Flynn
Dorian Orthallas


Today though I was able to meet with Sarenna Irithyl, and she relayed this information to me as well as her suspicion that a man named Vanrak maybe responsable for the darkness. Apparently her now deceased husband Kal was once asked by Vanrak to infiltrate the House of the Moon and help him destroy it. Kal instead choose to become a faithful of Selune and was brought back to life several times by the Priestess of the House of the Moon before finally dieing his final death.

I showed Sarenna where the encounter Richart Reyne described took place, and she showed me the pile of ash that had since been trampled over by the foot traffic of the city. Both sites had faint residual magical auras. The pile of ash did not smell of suffer and brimstone, which maybe a small grace.

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Upon Sarenna's request I carried the Crystalized Mana to the House of the Moon for Priestess Naneatha Suaril of Selune to inspect. Upon presenting the Crystalized Mana for inspection, Iffrona Vennon, a representative of the Masked Lord's of the City, marched upon us with an armed escort of Waterdeep Castle Guards. Iffrona Vennon presented the writs of her authority and informed us she was there to take possession of the Crystal. I obliged her, and offered to her the pillow lined box I used to transport the crystal. Priestess Naneatha Suaril apologized and explained that Iffrona Vennon left her no choice in the matter and she could not oppose the Masked Lords. Sarenna Irithyl expressed her disgust with Priestess Naneatha Suaril, and walked off without leaving a Temple Donation.

Priestess Naneatha Suaril and I agreed it was not our place to work in opposition of the Masked Lords of the City but to aid them and through them the People of the City. I left a donation for the House of the Moon and returned to the House of Heroes without further incident.

With the Crystalized Mana in the possession of The Masked Lords, there is one less item to investigate from our quarter here. I will now focus efforts upon....

1) Learning more about this Children's Collectable Toy to see if there is any meaningful connection or even learn who was known to own such a rare and expensive toy.

2) Speak with the faithful of other religious institutions about the city to see if anyone else amongst their number have experienced vivid visions in recent Rides.

3) Question Sarenna for more information about her dead husband's former associate, Vanrak
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A letter written in neat but elegantly flowing script is pinned to the Crystalized Mana Board in the House of Heroes.

Pawn Klaxxon,

It has come to my attention that a bit of Crystalized Mana had briefly come into your possession.
First and foremost, I urge you to contact me immediately if you cross paths with any more of this substance. I firmly believe that only by working together can we solve such a complex riddle. I have done some research in the Font’s library concerning this substance and, in the spirit of such cooperation, I will share my findings with you.

I can find no practical experience nor instances of physical examination of Crystalized Mana. All of the following is just theory. I have also eliminated the preposterous and only list theories and pertinent information that aligns with my research and practical understanding of the Art.

1. Crystalized Mana is the physical manifestation of the Weave, the very fabric of the Art.
2. Crystalized Mana will not occur naturally nor is it native to the Prime Material plane. The Weave flows freely on our plane. The solidification of the Weave requires the flow to be somehow restricted. Much like a river where the raging rapids do not freeze but a still pond form the same river does.
3. On a plane or in a place where the flow of the Weave is low or non-existent, this substance could be utilized for the casting of spells or to otherwise access the Weave.
4. The substance would be extremely valuable
5. I have theories on some practical uses of Crystalized Mana on the Prime Material plane but they would require the examination of a physical sample to make them more than conjecture and I will not waste your valuable time with such superfluous speculation.

I offer my meager skills should you come across any more of the substance or information regarding the same. I am also available to answer any questions.

Warm Regards,
Wyk Whitehorn
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Loremaster Emeritus of the Adventurer's Guild
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