Tower of the Mists
From the Private Annals of the Church of Pelor.
Transcribed by Beltak, Scribe to His Radiant Servant, Tremak the Plush.
The 18th day of Uktar in the Year of the Ruins Reborn.
Work on the boathouse at the shores of the lake to the southeast of Blackengorge has nearly completed. We hope that we will have a simple, but very useful, building to serve as a storehouse and smokehouse for the fish caught from the lake. The building is wooden, with both Morpeth and Kimbel Drax performing miracles to find the right amount of spare wood, and Aaron Goodberry will keep it servicable while fishing at the lake. Aaron hopes everything will be ready by the Feast of the Moon.
Fortune Lowfield has already indicated she will be willing to work there – cleaning and gutting the fish and ensuring they are preserved or smoked. Hopefully we can also use the boathouse for other storage and foodstuffs in the future also.
However, the boathouse is only half of the story. Aaron has become a little bolder over the past few weeks. The mists that cling perpetually to the waters of the lake have always spooked us a little, if the truth be told. They seem unnatural and unnerve most of us. The island in the middle of the lake has been a little bit of a mystery. Until now.
Aaron used to keep fairly close to the shoreline of the lake, picking up many fish, but not the largest. Slowly he has been going deeper and deeper into the lake and being rewarded by a larger catch. Last tenday he found himself bumping up against the shore of the island and steeled himself to go ashore.
Finding no bogeymen or ghostly apparitions, he reported back to the guard, and Sergeant Valino and two of his men, Henrikson and Shortshanks, I believe, crossed with Aaron to the Island to investigate.
The island is fairly small – only a hundred feet or so across, and in the centre are the ruins of a tower. It appears that it once stood four or five stories high, which is an incredible feat, but now only two stories are left standing and they themselves are in disrepair. Valino took great care in exploring, lest he bring down the rest of the structure upon him.
For what the tower’s purpose was we have no firm conclusion. But, and this is a joyous but, on the second floor Valino and his men found some tattered remains of some books, preserved well enough for us to study and see if we can translate somehow, perhaps in conjunction with the book found at the Stone Circle.
The tower seems to be the centre of the mists on the lake, and this still concerns us somewhat, but at least we have allayed any fears that creatures, or worse, inhabit the island.