Dwarven Logs

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From the Trade Development Project and Planning Logs

7/19/34

The mechanical wonders produced in Ankress are nearly unrivaled throughout the realms, however their mines aren’t nearly as large or efficient as ours. Without necessary raw materials their innovative gnomish minds are useless. Right now a significant portion of their metals come from Forgsont, but due to realm boundaries all shipments are taxed by other realms and take great deals of time to transport. While the decision five years ago to increase the amount of exports done magically has helped the situation, the need for manual shipments persists. To remedy this, the wise and powerful king Torn Blackhelm has suggested that we delve into the Underdark and seek a shorter, untaxed route to Ankress. Even after accounting for the Underdark’s dangers and the likely numbers of lost shipments, the profit produced by the mines of Ironshire alone would at least double. Preliminary scouting teams are being organized to begin seeking possible routes through the Underdark’s caverns.

Strunbel Thundershield – trade development appointee

3/28/49

After several years of mapping and exploration a possible route to Ankress has been decided on. As anticipated, many of the tunnels will need heavy amounts of reinforcement and the dig teams will have a large amount of tunneling to do. Nonetheless, the route is promising. Within a few years time Forgsont will be able to transport metals and minerals to the Ankressian tinkers without facing the ridiculous taxes posed by both Carré and Teris, not to mention the bandits which often lurk along trade routes in both these realms. At the time of this writing both construction and mining teams have already been deployed.

Strunbel Thundershield – trade development appointee

8/1/50

A recent cave in has set back progress on the trade route to Ankress. Advisors believe that clearing the rubble would only lead to more catastrophes as the area is less stable both structurally and biologically than originally anticipated. An alternate route has been found and progress has begun working around the unstable sections.

Strunbel Thundershield – trade development appointee

4/26/51

While progress on the trade route to Ankress has been a major priority to Forgsont for several years now, the old men previously organizing the project were too slow and careful for any realistic applications of the route to come about. The number of construction crews and military reinforcements assigned to the project is to be doubled, and the number of dig crews to be tripled. Additionally, following scouting reports, a small number of mining crews are to be deployed into the deeper parts of the route for exploratory mining.

Bergis Greymaul – trade development appointee

7/2/51

Following the findings of the exploratory mining reports and a number of scouting reports, the number of scouting and mining crews being dispatched into the Underdark within the vicinity of the construction of the trade route to Ankress is being increased.

Bergis Greymaul – trade development appointee

7/18/51

The location of a number of large veins of the crystal our arcane advisement appointee has identified as “synthite” has now officially been confirmed. Mining crews are once again being increased, however scouting crews are now being dispatched only as needed for expansion, and therefore have been cut back in number.

Bergis Greymaul – trade development appointee

5/29/52

Due to biological instabilities, construction, dig, mining, and scouting crews are temporarily no longer being deployed into the vicinity of the route to Ankress. This change is not permanent, and operations will continue once the biological instabilities restore to balance. The date at which full construction will resume is to be announced.

Bergis Greymaul – trade development appointee

9/1/52

Recent events have prompted the need for the resumption of operations in select areas near the route to Ankress. Small mining, scouting, and construction teams are being dispatched. These teams are being dispatched based on military availability.

Bergis Greymaul – trade development appointee

From the Trade Inventory and Financial Records

7/3/51

Scouts recently returned from an exploratory dispatch with samples of a crystal not normally found in the upper regions of the Underdark. The properties and identity of said crystal samples is currently unknown. Jess Shockhelm, the current arcane advisement appointee, has been given a sample for investigative research.

Azram Silverpalm – personal secretary to Durgis Goldaxe, foreign commerce appointee

7/14/51

Jess Shockhelm, the current arcane advisement appointee, has now identified the recently received crystal samples as Synthite. Allegedly, these crystals have unique magical properties which will allow them to be sold at high price to magi. Representatives of our great realm have been dispatched to select lands to discuss trade possibilities and pricing of this unique find.

Azram Silverpalm – personal secretary to Durgis Goldaxe, foreign commerce appointee

Addendum: The representatives have returned with the following: [Below is a graph listing various realms, cities, prices, and estimated demand]

Azram Silverpalm – personal secretary to Durgis Goldaxe , foreign commerce appointee

A dedenedum 2: It bee hiely want that scout croos findem a full vein of this Sinersithite stuff and that myning begin immme emidiatlee im at wance. It is want too that stoars of this cristel bee kept undir Class B stoarag protacalls.

Durgis Goldaxe – for encomerse a-pointy

5/29/52

For safety reasons, the remaining deep mining operations have been completely ceased. Current shipment of materials will not cease, but future shipments of select materials will only be made if already scheduled by this point. Shallow mining operations will resume, and materials gathered through shallow mining are unaffected by this temporary policy change.

Azram Silverpalm – personal secretary to Durgis Goldaxe, foreign commerce appointee

8/26/52

A section of the Synthite stores has been revealed to be tainted with traces of Destinite, and is therefore lacking in many of the properties which make the crystal valuable. This means that one of the shipments to Pelinthrad must either be cancelled or postponed, unless mining resumes. Discussion concerning whether or not the pride of Forgsont is worth the lives of our best mining teams is beginning.

Azram Silverpalm – personal secretary to Durgis Goldaxe, foreign commerce appointee

8/31/52

The limited resumption of Synthite mining has been approved. Teams will be small, and will consist primarily of expert miners in the mining crews and volunteers for the scouting and construction crews. These crews will be rewarded with samples of the tainted Synthite in addition to their pay. While these samples may have little arcane or monetary value, they do possess an aesthetic value and the opportunity to shape a crystal with the unique carving properties of Synthite will increase volunteer availability.

Azram Silverpalm – personal secretary to Durgis Goldaxe, foreign commerce appointee

From the Military Records

1/19/32

In one of the deep adamantine shafts guards encountered 4 crawlers. The actual name for these parasitic creatures is still unknown, but they are encountered rarely enough that I worry little about the encounter. The last sighting of one such creature was during the Durzagon Skirmishes of ’18. Operations are to continue as normal.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

11/4/38

An ambush in a deep mithral mine by 5 crawlers and 3 Durzagon who had been somehow fused to mutated crawlers has resulted in the deaths of 5 soldiers, 2 miners, and 6 wounded soldiers. Duergar representatives claim that their scouting crews were ambushed by the creatures and the dirty buggers are blaming us for the incident which clearly they carefully plotted. Mithral veins are now scheduled to have a slight increase in the size of their military detail.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

11/16/42

Recent months have shown isolated instances of an increase in the number of crawlers. Claims from the Duergar, Drow, and Svirfneblin seem to hold a level a validity, if only because the likeliness of each of them working together to plot something seems incredibly unlikely. Research into the origins of these crawlers is to be scheduled, but for now an increase in defensive measures should suffice.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

3/10/45

Today may have marked a step in determining the identity of the crawlers. In a bloody battle which resulted in 13 soldier deaths, and an additional 14 wounded, it was discovered that the creatures may be related to a creature that is houndlike in nature. Clerics are currently dissecting the houndlike corpses that were brought back after the battle. All information concerning the anatomy and combat capabilities of these creatures is being kept within military records in the hopes that none leaks to the denizens of the Underdark.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

9/8/47

A third relative to the crawlers and white hounds is now believed to exist. Though currently we have no body to examine, witness reports from a small number of miners who survived an ambush seem to have validity but will be investigated to confirm. Information concerning what now appears to be a classification of creature instead of a single species is to continue to remain confidential.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

9/30/47

In depth investigation has now confirmed the previous claims of humanoid crawlers. For sake of convenience it has been determined that proper names be given to each of these creatures. The classification name which all the creatures fall under has, after much debate, been decided to be Illithidae, inspired by the Celetyrian words “Illithulus,” meaning “tentacled,” and “Dae,” meaning “monster.” In reference to their classification name, the humanoid Illthidae shall be referred to as Illithids. The creatures formerly referred to as crawlers shall be henceforth referred to as Terithids. The creatures formerly referred to as white hounds shall be henceforth referred to Callithids.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

4/9/48

It would seem that at least some of the Illithidae are sentient, though this guess only originates from the noticeable specializations of some Illithids, who seem to be able to each learn different fighting styles and appear to serve in established roles within their groups. So far these specializations seem to vary widely between different weapon groups (including unarmed) and fighting styles, though as of yet no record of an Illithid using magic (divine or arcane) has been noted. As with all entries concerning the Illithidae, this information is classified and to be kept only within the minds of the Forgsont military.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

7/31/50

A battle today has left 38 soldiers deceased and 13 wounded. Accounts of precisely what happened are jumbled and confusing between the survivors. From what information can be gathered, while performing an advanced scouting mission they were attacked by an Illithidae whose description varies based on which survivor tells the tale. What is for certain is that this creature was far beyond what has been encountered to this point. In order to escape the party destroyed the support beams stabilizing the tunnel and used their equipment to cave in the tunnel, locking the Illithidae and most of the fallen soldiers on the other side. What foul race is this that lurks so deep beneath the ground that not even the Drow know from whence they come? This information is classified.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

12/31/50

Annual Overview: [Excerpt] What began several years ago as isolated instances of battle seems to have become an almost routine encounter. The race referred to as Illithidae continue to remain classified outside of our records (just as all the Underdark races have kept their records classified) to maintain a strategic edge. At least once a month a crew is ambushed by a group of these creatures, and still we have no hints as to their origins or motives. If the frequency of the skirmishes continues to escalate, in a few years time Forgsont may have to begin to do more than simply increase defense details.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

7/3/51

An increase in the number of work crews working in deep mining shafts and an ongoing construction project, coupled with the still increasing number of Illithidae assaults, has brought a need to increase the number of patrols and guards stationed within mining tunnels. A new wave of recruitment information will be distributed to help prevent overworking the current soldiers.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

12/31/51

Annual Overview: [Excerpt] The number of Illithidae assaults have increased more than seems natural for any species. Their increasing numbers combined with the fact that we have learned nearly nothing about them over the past year is a matter of much concern. To preserve the pride and honor of Forgsont we will not resort to asking weaker realms for any form of assistance, nor will we declassify what knowledge we have and share it with the treacherous Duergar. The Elite Guard of Forgsont are establishing an improved military training routine and recruitment efforts are increasing our numbers. The walls of Ironshire will never fall, especially not to the creatures that lurk within the depths of the Underdark.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

5/22/52

Wave after wave of Illithidae forces are bombarding the deeper mining shafts. Many teams have already been retreated and replaced with a full military force. While reports have been indicating steady growth of Illithidae numbers and assaults we were not anticipating an assault on this magnitude. Measures to hold the invaders off are so far proving effective, but if the assault lasts for too long we may have to resort to collapsing tunnels. This will remove our access to some valuable materials, but it will give us time to prepare our forces if we must.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

5/23/52

Efforts to hold off the Illithidae without resorting to collapsing tunnels were successful. Clerics are currently seeing to our wounded, and all unnecessary operations have temporarily ceased, to be resumed based on situation. Soldiers are regrouping and reinforcing any non-vital entrances to the Underdark. Any vital operations in the deeper areas are continuing, but at a slower rate and with large security details.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

9/2/52

Mining operations on the crystalline mineral “Synthite” have been resumed in select areas to accommodate an unforeseen trade complication. Soldiers and scouts are overworked repelling Illithidae assaults as is and, since the appearance of the black sky, recruitment has been minimal. Protection details for these mining and scouting operations are now on a volunteer basis, with any member of the public or prison system being offered monetary pay to assist with the operations.

Bruenor Warhelm – military defense appointee

From Overviews of Scouting Reports

8/15/34

The first exploration teams have been deployed to seek a route to Ankress through the Underdark. It is expected that this mission will take a great deal of time, but hopes are high that in the long run its success will boost Forgsont to incredible heights.

Garin Ironfist – reconnaissance overseer

6/29/51

An exploratory scouting team returned with small samples of blue crystal. The crystal seems to have some connection to the Weave, suggesting that it may be a valuable gem for talismans or possibly arcane item creation. Some samples have been sent to the arcane advisement appointee to investigate the identity of the mineral. Scouts have reported that the crystal seems to take longer to shape than many other precious gems, but takes form so precisely that the crystal may also have some applications for detailed mechanical instruments. Once the mineral has been properly identified future mining and trade possibilities will be discussed.

Reldin Ironfist – reconnaissance overseer

7/10/51

After deciding that Synthite is a material of great value and will be marketable in other realms for a high price, scouts have been redeployed to verify the location of the initial find and to search for additional veins of the crystal.

Reldin Ironfist – reconnaissance overseer

7/15/51

Scouting teams have verified the existence of a number of veins of Synthite. Mining will begin as soon as reasonably possible. New teams will be deployed to search for additional veins.

Reldin Ironfist – reconnaissance overseer

From the Personal Log of the Arcane Advisement Appointee

7/7/51

After extensive research I have managed to identify the mysterious blue crystals recently retrieved by scouting teams as Synthite. These crystals hold a number of magical properties and qualities. In some instances Synthite can be used as a substitute for certain spell components, though this application of the crystal is rarely seen or possible. Using a sample of Synthite as an additional component either for a spell or as an ingredient in the magic item creation process can sometimes bestow a spell or magic item with additional properties, though this is not always the case and the properties are hard to predict. Amplification talismans made using Synthite as the focus have a higher chance of surviving the imbuing process and also sometimes hold additional powers. For all these purposes, the sample of Synthite has to be perfectly pure. Even .01% of foreign material within the crystalline structure will negate most of its uses, however according to archived records most Synthite veins are free from contaminant.

Jess Shockhelm – arcane advisement appointee

8/30/52

Upon request I have been asked to formulate a report detailing the possible applications of contaminated Synthite. I presume that we’ve gotten some and need to unload it. Report summary is as follows: Contaminated Synthite has only two applications; use as inexpensive jewelry, and use in Natural Synthesis. The first option has plausible merit in that Synthite does hold a certain aesthetic value, though not as much as many other precious gems. The second option is less plausible in that Natural Synthesis Zones are so rarely found that if any possess the time and means to locate one they will likely have the means and money to obtain pure Synthite, a second crystal of their choosing (as opposed to being forced to use whatever the contaminant is), and a base item that will correspond with the secondary crystal and desired product. Given this information, it is advised that any contaminated Synthite in our possession be kept separate from any pure stores and dispersed as quickly as possible to free storage room for materials that hold real value.

Jess Shockhelm – arcane advisement appointee

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