My travels with the caravan of adventurerer mentioned in the last letter continues. We recently encountered an odd character on the road, and offered aid in the form of spell and sword. On the plains south of Egorian, we met with a man called Vishnu the Liar, who was being pursued by summoned air elementals, the wrath (he claimed) of a distant enemy. We aided him in dispatching these elementals, and offered him food and safety for a night. The man told wild tales of travel to other planes of existence, though he had indulged heavily in the whiskey supply of Porks, our cook, and gave his own appelation as "the Liar." In the morning, he used rather advanced magics to summon us a reward for our aid, then disappeared into the wastes.
A rosewood box labelled as a "Wayfarer's Kit" was the most interesting of his gifts. Within this small box were a pair of magical scrolls and a small roll of vellum explaining their use. Each of the scrolls was capable, when the inscription was read, of transporting a large group of people to any place that they had knowledge of --- the box could easily have taken us to Absalom or Egorian, and the vellum implied that even more exotic locations were possible. The scrolls were presumably paired to allow transport to and from a place, and they radiated a strong aura of magic clearly visible to those with The Sight. At the base of the box is a small sigil unknown to me, which appears to be a maker's mark. It may be that where Vishnu the Liar comes from, such kits are commonly produced, though they clearly represent a scale of magic common only to Archmages.
One additional note: On the back side of the vellum, in a crude had, had been scribbled several names, presumably of cities. To my knowledge, none of these are the names of cities known to the geographers of Golarion, though the learned scholars of the Society may correct me. The list is reproduced faithfully here:
Escumbia the Bright
The Hollow Sphere
The Sleeping City of Aesenof
|How many miles is that by wagon? Oh hell no . . . .|