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    Imperial Society of Eichtal

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    6th of Keimzeit, 962 A.S.
    I cannot believe my luck. Of all the
    people the Society could have chosen
    to lead the expedition, they chose me!
    That whey-faced worm van der Grimm
    looked like he was on the point of apoplexy
    when they made the announcement.
    If this is to be my journal, I should explain:
    the Society is outfitting an expedition
    to Naptesh. Naptesh! The legendary
    Kingdom of the Dead, cradle of
    human civilisation and the art of necromancy,
    which swallowed the Lost Crusade
    and generations of treasure hunters
    in its trackless deserts. The research
    opportunities are endless.
    This all began one month ago, when the
    Society purchased a number of artefacts
    from the adventurer Ferdinand Valdes
    (whose exploits you have no doubt
    heard of). Though our experts were dubious
    of their provenance at first, close
    inspection proved beyond doubt that
    the contents of Valdes’ haul were in fact
    genuine Naptaan grave goods. The goddess
    knows how Valdes came by these;
    he certainly wasn’t forthcoming with the
    information.
    The prime specimen was a gilded sar-
    cophagus, containing the mummified
    body of an actual Naptaan prince. As one
    of the Society’s foremost experts on the
    Naptaan script, you can imagine my excitement
    when I deciphered the hieroglyphs
    on the sarcophagus that identified
    the body inside as none other than
    King Kharatep, listed in the Chronicles
    of Teput as one of the keepers of the funerary
    caskets of Phatep.
    There was no sign of the casket among
    the loot Valdes sold us, and close questioning
    of his men revealed they had
    not seen anything matching its description.
    The implication is clear — if Valdes’
    men did not take it, the casket must
    still be there! We wasted no time in extracting
    the location of the tomb from
    them, and putting together our own expedition
    to retrieve it. Quite apart from
    their historical importance, the caskets
    are supposedly artefacts of immense arcane
    power — how those strutting peacocks
    at Narrenwald will tear out their
    hair when they hear we have one in our
    possession!
    For those unfamiliar with Naptaan lore,
    I include on the following pages an excerpt
    from the Naptaan legend known
    as the Time of the Great Dying, which
    explains the origins of the caskets. For
    now I must make my preparations for
    departure — the expedition sets off tomorrow.
    - Beatrix von Ueblingen,
    Wizard of the Imperial Society of Eichtal

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