[EVENT] The Haunting of Skara Brae

9/7/2017 – The guards gathered at the Ranger’s Guild of Skara Brae, meeting with the famous ranger, Shamino. Shamino explained that he had an interaction with a being known as Lithos, whose arrival had caused a spiritual upheaval resulting in the disturbance in the earth between the Skara Brae stables and Iver’s Rounding, as well as the undead now wandering the small satellite island. This disruption had caused the appearance of a well of souls, a manifestation of a crossroads between the physical and spiritual realms. Normally these manifestations are not observable by the eyes of living beings, but powerful magic had forced its exposure. Shamino asked the guard to help him investigate what was happening, which the guard readily agreed.

They traveled by ferry to Iver’s Rounding, quickly vanquishing the undead that aimlessly wandered its shores before finding the well locked up tight. Once Shamino was able to crack open its hidden entrance, the group entered into the spiritual realm.

Shamino remarked on several features of the spiritual realm. For one, nothing that was seen was real, but rather only an illusion born from the experience of the souls that dwelled in it. The road they walked was lined with candles that were meant to guide the way for the souls of the dead to find the sacred flame. Along the road they entered a town – a place which, Shamino explained – was a manifestation of many souls’ inability to move on from aspects of their former lives. The dead could become stuck in the town, unable to let go of regrets. They often lacked short term memory and from time to time would display no sense of continuity. Some ghosts were present enough to communicate, while others were so far gone, or unprepared to speak, that no conversation could be held.

Moving through the town, Shamino and the group immediately attempted to reach the sacred fires, but found a magical barrier obstructing all movement through a gate leading to the fires. Immediately Shamino ran to the nearby temple of souls in the town, but found it was fragmented and ripped apart by magic force. Shortly thereafter they began interrogating whichever ghosts they could find that were able to communicate, but would find they would vanish mid-conversation. After further investigation they realized that the threat was coming from the surrounding woods, a manifestation symbolizing darkness and unknown, where malevolent spirits often wandered and where souls could easily become lost. When the guard entered they encountered a fair number of these restless spirits before finding a gathering of necromancers performing a ceremony dedicated to Lithos under the direction of none other than Mordra. The guards interrupted the ceremony and vanquished the necromancers, however Mordra was able to get away.

The guards then proceeded back through the gate, where the magical barrier had now vanished, and proceeded to the sacred fires to find a physical manifestation of Lithos himself guarding the fires. After it was defeated, Shamino stated he would remain with the well of souls for a little while longer to ensure no further aggression could threaten its integrity. If souls ready to move on could not enter the flames and return to the natural cycle, he explained, it would cause major problems throughout all of Sosaria.

Sometime later it was reported that the well of souls took on a newer, larger form, however it is suspected that once the titans are vanquished…. IF they are vanquished…. the well will return to its invisible state once the physical-spiritual barriers have properly healed.