SHARD OF INOVAR
Many centuries ago when the Earth was still evolving, a plague as the
Nagroma would descend upon the land every year as winter approached, and
devour every living thing in sight. The people lived in dread of the winter
months and every year they prayed that spring would arrive early and drive the
pestilence away for good, but every year without fail it returned. About this
time an ancient Elfin race known as the Eharin from the realm of Mantierion,
fashioned a beautiful and powerful starform elfstone which they named the
Inovar. Aided by the power from this multi-coloured stone the Eharin were able
to create the Cairnrue, a protective barrier which covered the land and kept
out the Nagroma. When spring arrived, the Cairnrue had to be lowered to allow
the rain to fall and this task was the duty of Varwield.
And so Varwield Arthemin carried out his duties throughout his years but now
grows old. You are commissioned by your people to become Varwield
Secunda-apprentice to Arthemin. You learn that Inovar is kept within the chest
of Kiron the Protector, a mighty statue of awesome power. To take Inovar you
must utter the ancient Ritual of Release known only to the Varwields, then go
to the Dais of Cairnrue and utter the Ritual of Decaim at the appropriate time
For many years you served under Arthemin but he began to change. In his
dotage he became bitter and disillusioned. At the last time of Nagroma,
Arthemin raised the Cairnrue with his sceptre but sought thereafter to take
the power of Inovar to himself and corrupt it to his own uses. However, Kiron
the Protector came to life and wrested Inovar from Arthemin but in the battle
a shard was split from Inovar and Arthemin managed to drain much of its power.
Kiron placed Inovar in his chest and fled westwards. The Shard of Inovar was
placed upon the Dais of Cairnrue.
Arthemin retreated to his fortress, Caernast and created the Naslava to
protect him. They were creatures from the Earth's core - pure laval
but they had no mobility. Rimarlion, Daughter of Earth, battled with Arthemin
as he attempted to create the Naslava. She was defeated and cast into rock in
the Oasis of Rest. Before she was imprisoned there she cast her Amulet into
the hands of the Laryx - a goatlike people who inhabit Mount Hiakron and the
shores of Adklaart Mire. They entrusted it into v the safekeeping of Sunquat,
Leader of the Eharin, People of Light.
Kiron fled over the Adklaart Mire. Rumour hasit that he stands immobile in
the land but the Singard, evil soldiers in Arthemin's power, have found
and stand guard over him.
The storm clouds gather overhead. The rain is absorbed into the Cairnrue as
it falls. The time has come for the Ritual of Decairn, you, Varwield
Secunda, must attempt the Decaim.