Here is what we found:
1. Letter in the Common Room
I hope that this letter finds you well. I write today to inform you of a great archaeological find! My march warden, Willas Gundarson, recently found a remarkable jade bracelet on the banks of a river of local provenance.
I know that this discovery will pique your interest as I believe that it is an ancient relic of
the Nomen centaurs – a relic that possibly links the centaurs with Iobaria! That topic was something of a hobby of yours, was it not?
All jesting aside, I urge you, Maestro, to make all haste for Varnhold to assist me in studying this unique artefact. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Lord of Varnhold
2. Items in the Common Room
The following books:
- Iobarian Prehistory
- The Centaur Skyles of Central Casmaron
- The Untold Heritage of the Taldan Armies of Exploration
- Secrets of the Rashalka Mounds
They all bear the professor’s own sigil as well as that of the Kitharodian Academy on the inside cover.
Among these works is an incomplete ethnography of the indigenous tribes of the Iobarian steppes — Pendrod was working on a section on the Rashalka centaurs and speculated that a local tribe called the Nomens is an offshoot of the greater Rashalka population that broke away and relocated to the area of Varnhold at some time in the distant past. Mixed in with the books are a number of charcoal sketches of a heavy jade bracelet bearing peculiar markings that Maestro Pendrod has attributed to the premigration Nomen centaurs.
3. Contents of the Bedroom
Among the more mundane possessions in his travel trunk is a small library of further reference works. These tomes seem to be of less immediate relevance to his current work, but a good search locates a centuries-old geography book created by one Carmyn e’Brothasa, chronicler of Taldor’s Third Army of Exploration into the north. One passage is marked by Maestro Pendrod and reproduced nearby
4. Passage from Carmyn e’Brothasa’s book
“And so it was, high upon the Torres and well above the Vale’s Stairs, where rises from the high water a stony isle of dire report. Known as Vordakai’s Island to those that do live thereabout, some legend of its name doth come down through the locals.
For they speak of a guardian that doth destroy all who would set foot upon its accursed shores. They did name no fewer than a twelvecount of their hero-knights who had left their bones upon its rocky shores over the years after having tested their mettle against its dread warden, ’til none would any longer go there for fear of its hidden terrors. And the name of this terror was given unto this Island."
Vordakai—perhaps a Nomen centaur god?