LEGACY

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Isley’s Log
Mini-sessions and Sessions 1, 2, 3, and 4

Click here for Isley’s log on Google Drive

Formatting did not carry over well. I have linked to this document instead. Updated with the latest session.

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Isley's Story

It might be time… I doubt many will note the presence of this sad tale on this page for a while.

Click here for the as of yet unfinished tale of Isley Lamia.

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Before It Begins
1st Entry

Here I am just days after my first major dig. To think this all started with my great grandfather Red Cloud’s journal. His thoughts were quite unique to the majority of the Rahnukate. He was just as inquisitive as I am. Curious about our past and the truth within it. It is because of that journal I sought to prove the Rahnukate predate the Cydonians. Despite the angered reactions it got from some people I don’t regret anything about it. It is truth and knowledge which give us the foundation to build on. I am still working on translating the old Rahnukate language as it is a dialect that I have never encountered before. But Red Cloud seemed to speak it just find. As his journals left information which led to me making my first accomplishment as a young archivist. It is a great feeling to both uncover hidden truths and help my people get the recognition they truly deserve. Most enjoyable about this whole thing is I feel a little more connected to someone in my family. I appreciate and love everyone in my family. But sometimes it feels like while they do love me, they merely tolerate me and all of my crazy passions. My little sis Tala has been really the one who has kept me connected and feel so isolated. I know it sounds cheesy but that little girl is really my best friend. Anyway I digress, now that I have uncovered the first of the hidden truths my next step is to focus on the Sharum and all connected. Pallavi has always been there by my side since we have met whether I know it or not. Headmaster Sorenos and Roth have really been a great help to me here. Despite being mundane they place a great deal of faith in my ability. Which is interesting, since that makes me the only one out of us who doubt my ability. While I got much praise from many people in Meliora I just wished that the great general would at least acknowledge my accomplishments instead of seeing me as a disappointment. But then again what can I do I am not a Ranger nor am I Geoffram Goldcrest. Who knows maybe one day we will come to a middle ground. But even if me and the Great General don’t see eye to eye on my accomplishments seeing my mother and my grandparents smile alone was totally worth it.

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RedCloud's Notes
2nd Entry

13 days have past. I have been able to really pick up the scent of my Great Grandfather’s thoughts and theories from his journal. It is quite interesting what I have began to piece together. RedCloud’s desire to get into Astrana was truly in the right direction. I have been able to really dive into a great amount of information here. I was able to find information in relations to Kiva and the Rahnukate amongst other important things. The more answers I find the more questions I have. This seems like a never ending series of questions. But what is really strange is the crazy dreams I have been having as of late. It seems the further I progress the more these the more dreams reveal. First it was clouds and a seemingly endless wasteland. A storm brewing and then being struck by lightning awakening from the dream. If there was ever sign that something big was coming there it is. But the only way for me to find out is to make sense of these dreams is to first make sense of the surrounding mysteries of the Sharum. Who were the Sharum? What happened to the Sharum? How are the Rahnukate and Orcs tied into this? Does this tie into Cydonia? If so, how? Some believe that what I am doing is nonsense. That the Sharum are the Ma’Aleki. And there is no point. But what truths are we missing from this puzzle? Is this a separate puzzle, or is it all connected over several millenniums? But that is me trying to think too far ahead. First I have to see what I have in front of me. Pieces to a puzzle. Different perspectives all trying to tell the same story? Or reveal the same picture? I have to make sure that I don’t over look anything. But my mind needs time to process and run possibilities. Roth has always suggested that look for the function, the reason. Approach these hidden truths the same way I approach my devices. Headmaster Sorenos has always seem to let me just work through my own process. Every now and a again he will engage me with conversation to allow me consider my thoughts differently. I will see what more I can do in the library and in my flat before heading to the Headmaster.

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Homework and Preparation
3rd Entry

Progress report, in 8 days I have been able to piece together a possible theory. The orcs and Rahnukate at one point shared a perspective. Not at odds with each other. Both under the Sharum. So what was going that had both of these groups inslaved to the Sharum. And what is that bright beam representing? This all seems to be connected to a familiar story. Is this the endless tale of evil vs good? Could the angels be fighting a war older than all of us? And what has really happened in the ring of fire to make the place so distorted and dangerous? What did the Sharum do? Their Pyramids floated in those areas. But one thing that is clear is I now have a map to a temple. I have actually found a way to begin to put the pieces I have together. Now for my next trick. To convince my father. With all the information I have here getting the approval from Sorenos won’t be a problem. And I am sure the librarians will be happy to have a little break from me lol. But seriously I have some how convince my father. Sigh, it looks like I will be having to put together a full functional version of my hidden blade to show him I put some thought into this. As well as my bolt action repeating crossbow. Hopefully that will be enough to convince him to let me go. Otherwise I will have to go with plan B.

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... And so it Begins
4th Entry

It is just days before my departure. Pallavi has already agreed to join me on this journey/dig. She has always backed my crazy theories and methods. I definitely appreciate that about her. Roth has surprised me with a very helpful tool. He calls it and ascender descender. I really wish her would find a better name for that thing. But it does need a bit of an upgrade to some of it’s parts. I should be able to take care of that when I stop off into the capital. But first I need to get some special tools for myself and Pallavi should we need to let ourselves into the site carefully without setting off any traps. I also have some plans for an improved gripping gloves but that will take some time and more thought. Moving on I have been going over my notes and finalizing my notes and reconfirming my information. I have to make sure everything is correct before setting out on this journey. Pallavi also managed to get us 2 traveling hands. Rayford and Linden. Rayford is a relatively quiet but observant ranger. Linden is large man loud but has a good heart. Definitely reminds me of a Dwarf. But both men look plenty capable and quite strong. Rayford wakes up earlier than I do. His abilities to scout ahead and gather food from the surrounding area has been quite helpful. We also met a few traveling performers. Quite the interesting fellows they were. Very entertaining even Running Cloud wasn’t bothered by them. It is nice to travel with people who refer to me as Wasalu and not necessarily the General’s son. But as we close into the capital I know that will come to a close. Especially since my father is likely to be there. Hopefully these projects of mine will give him the reason to let me continue on this journey.

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Time at the Capital
5th Entry

So I have finally made it to the Capital. The 4 of us get in with no wait. Of course upon my arrival my father is notified. I first checked into my room at the White Horse Tavern. Then quickly made my way to see a gifted Dwarven blacksmith named Doldor. He is quite the interesting character but definitely a funny guy. After some humorous conversation he gave me a good deal on the parts needed for the Ascender Descender. I also made it a point to stop by and see the Goldcrest family. I was formally invited to a dinner by Lord Arthuris so I guess I have dinner plans tomorrow night. A soldier came and delivered a message to me that my father requested a meeting with me in the morning. So naturally I overslept being late to my father’s request. Which did not sit well with him as you can imagine. He was in the middle of a meeting when in the midst of a meeting/strategy session when I arrived. He opted to make me wait as punishment for being late. So I pulled out a book and started reading. Which also pissed him off. Apparently I have a talent for that. But basically my father did not forbid me from going in search of this temple. Turns out he actually sounds almost supportive. Kind of surprising, but he also has some demands. One to not hesitate should I be faced with the enemy orcs. I get myself properly armed. Not just a crossbow. So I had to go see about getting 2 short swords. And the final request was that I go with 4 soldiers. Given the circumstances I couldn’t really say no to him. He doubts my bringing Pallavi along. But I know she is way more gifted at getting into places and opening sealed things than I. To oblige my father I went back to Doldor to see about 2 shortswords. He then referred me to the captain of the training barracks where I was given Aurora and Midnight. Truly master crafted swords. Hopefully I won’t need them. Mr. Hughes as been most hospitable and helpful during this time. Dinner with Goldcrest was entertaining as always, I probably pissed off Geoffram again. But what I got most from my stay here in the Capital was the council of my father. We don’t have many moments like that. So to actually have one before setting back on the road is much needed and appreciated. Even if he doesn’t believe in what I am doing he at least believes in me to some degree. These dreams are still happening and they are becoming more and more clear each time. They are longer in length. Is this all building up to something? I really can’t handle being chosen for some crazy ass adventure right now. Surviving my father and brother is adventure enough. Maybe my dreams are trying to reveal things about this temple to me. Who knows. But I do intend to find out one way or another.

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The Risk for the Reward?
6th Entry

So we have headed back on the road to find this temple. Getting the soldiers to call me Wasalu instead of sir has kind of funny. My father does bring the best out of soldiers. I’m both thankful and worried at what we could encounter out here. But we traveled for a while without incident. But just less than half a days ride from the sacred forest we encounter orcs, goblins and even a couple of ogres. The Sargent took the first bit of damage and we were nearly ambushed. Rayford and the Sargent helped us avoid the ambush but not the fight. I had to take my first lives. But that was not my concern. Getting the Sargent to the forest was priority. Pallavi saved my life. As did the Sargent. We manage to make a dash to the sacred forest. My father was right. It is dangerous and I have put so many lives in danger. The Sargent is okay but he may never fight again. As a result I am now joined by my brother Jabari. This should be interesting. The dreams continue but with way more intensity this time. Am I doing the right thing? Are my notes accurate. And will it cost anymore lives? What will the future hold for me, for us. This will be the last proper rest stop before reaching the temple. So much is at stake. So many lives are in my hands. I pray that it will all be worth it. Not really sure what to do but to re-study everything like I’m cramming for an exam. I can’t afford any mistakes.

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Ring of Fire
7th Entry

So after I have reapplied my information and theories. I was surprised by the arrival of another person. Someone I’d never expected to see. A Green Cloak, more specifically one of their lead covert units. My big brother Jabari Amuru Kugonza. He has agreed to help me see this through. Although it was probably our father’s doing. He has also agreed for me to remain the lead on this journey. With everyone rested up and things seeming to make more sense we head out on our journey. We ride making our way to the entrance of the Ring of Fire. As we approach we start seeing the legendary giant Eagles of Meliora. Running Cloud is quite nervous about them. And frankly so am I. If for whatever reason we become a target that would create another list of problems that I just can’t deal with. But we ride the path that is intended as far as the horses can go. And then the 6 of us scaled the mountainside. Thankfully Roth’s invention came in handy. Although the grappling bolt might have pierced some large bugs and angered them. So that was something else we had to deal with. Damn they smell like shit. But we still managed to get through relatively unharmed. And then we made it to the temple. One that seemed to open up when I touched it. Once inside we saw many great things. Lots of gold, but more importantly Shuram text and glyphs all on the walls. I proceeded and to get graphs and notes of everything there. But when I touched a part of the wall I found myself being separated from the group. But something told me to hold on. I am not entirely sure what drove me to do it. But before I knew it I was sealed off from everyone else. Now forced to go deeper into the temple. I found more glyphs and writings in both the Shuram language and the Rahnukaté. All supporting what was in the journal. I also came to a room with a ring of a small flame like a fire pit. Where I then saw a pendant in the grasp of a skeleton. And as I travel through I find more and more remarkable information. I had finally made a breakthrough. As I some was able to make it back to the rest of the party thanks to Jabari. I tried to get the crew to see what I found. Only for the mass grave I saw earlier to come to life and attack us. I tried to communicate with it. Which did not work out too well. But I noticed that the skeletons did not attack me and Jabari when we re-enter just the 2 of us. So we dumped the skeletons into the pit so researchers can see this place without being attacked. But all in all we did it. I finally made a breakthrough in the Sharum. I had Just taken the information on the Shuram to a new level. I am now the front runner on the Shuram. And getting closer potentially proving that the Zulandé are part of the royalty of the Ancient people thus decsendants. More importantly, maybe the lives lost won’t be in vain. Jabari was a bit angry with me for endangering my life. And not listening to him, which he kinda has a point. But the risk was definitely worth it. As so far myself and Jabari have been the only ones to activate the temple.
The happy moment didn’t last long. As we were making our descent we were ambushed by the same goblin that has escaped from before. And he brought a lot of friends with him. Orcs, ogres and more goblins. But if that wasn’t enough in the midst of the fight a fucking giant appears. If you are reading this, that was not a mistake a fucking giant from the north. It definitely was not there to help the Orcs, but it wasn’t exactly trying to make friends with us wither. He destroyed the Ogre and some Orcs, then started to really set his sights on me. Honestly I think he killed the Ogres and Orcs just for being in his way to get to me. Not sure why a giant would set his sights on me but other than the large pendant I recently took from the temple. If that was the case then he was a guardian of some kind. But that doesn’t make much sense as I was allowed to enter the temple which was safe guarded from outsiders. But I digress, he was definitely looking at me. And while everyone else had their hands full myself and Pallavi were cornered. So to see what his target was I slipped the pendant to Pallavi and told her to run at full speed on my mark. And I would aim to take out his eye with a bolt should he set his sights on her. Well sure enough as she took off running the giants eyes focused on her. And in that brief moment I took advantage and shot the giant in his eye. To my luck it actually connected. He was definitely blinded in one eye and pissed the fuck off. But I took that opportunity to run underneath him to escape. During this attempt he was about to catch me and then Pallavi out of nowhere used some explosives to cause a massive landslide and rearrange the terrain there. Frankly no one could get to the temple except for the ones who have already been there. But the fight continues and with more Orcs and as we all fought to protect each other Rayford had fallen and my brother was injured when it was all. I told Linden and Pallavi to make sure my brother was brought back to the Ranhutkaté village safely while I ride ahead with Rayford. And so I rode all day and night, Running Cloud managed to maintain his pace. Only for me to find out that he had already passed on. And here we are again faced with the question. Is all that I have found worth the life being lost? Especially considering I still have decipher the ancient’s language. Will I be able to translate a lost language? Will I be able to answer the on going questions. Can I put together the puzzle. What if I am wrong about everything? Those lives are on my hands. I don’t want their sacrifice to be in vain. No one was suppose to die. Why can’t I be smart enough to keep people from dying? And before I knew it everything got fuzzy and I was back in the dream.

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