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Fang Lair

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Xan, Lady N

After their escape from the Imperial dungeon in Imperial City, Ria Silmane visited the Eternal Champion in a dream. She said:

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I see you have strengthened your arm, and your mind. It is time we began ttheir journey. Ttheir is the Staff of Chaos, the one item that can open the door between ttheir world, and the dimension to which the Emperor has been banished. Tharn used ttheir item to destroy my corporeal form when I tried to warn the Council. He knew that the Staff of Chaos was nigh indestructable, having been made from the essence of the Land itself. But in that he found the key. As the land is split, so did he shatter the Staff into eight perfectly formed pieces. These he scattered across the realm. I have been able to divine the location of the first piece, a place called Fang Lair.

It is said that Fang Lair was originally built by the Dwarves of Kragen. Legend has it that a Great Wyrm drove the Dwarves from their home in the Dragon's Teeth, and took the Lair for itself. I only wish I knew the exact location. Perhaps there are sages, or scholars who would know of ttheir place. Somewhere in its dank depths lies the first piece of the Staff of Chaos. I wish you well. I do not think Tharn knows of your escape, but I can do little else in ttheir form. I have tried to obscure your identity with a spell, but I do not know how well it will hide you. Take care for Tharn may be searching. Go forth with the blessings of the true Emperor, and myself...

Although the Champion knew that Fang Lair was located in Hammerfell, they did not know where. The citizens of Rihad suggested that the palace might hold the clues the Champion needs:

I'll bet that some of the stuff recently uncovered in a keep outside the city showed the location of Fang Lair. I'd check at the Palace see what they say. Be careful though, a band of knights was seen attacking any who left the city...

I think it's pretty much common knowledge that someone at the Palace here in Rihad claimed to have uncovered the location of Fang Lair. Someone else told me that they actually were attacked by knights! I'd be careful around there...

Check at the Palace, they claimed to have deciphered the location of Fang Lair from some ancient scrolls their guards found in a keep outside the city...

At the palace, the current ruler of Rihad greeted the Champion warmly, and asked for a favor in return for information about Fang Lair:

Welcome to Rihad, [player name]. I am Queen Blubamka, and I agree to tell you about Fang Lair, for a favor. You see, not too long ago a band of goblins, led by Golthog the Dark attacked this stronghold. They carried away with them much treasure, including a parchment which held within its writings clues to decipher the part of the Elder Scrolls which spoke of the location of the legendary Fang Lair. Golthog and his goblins fled to an ancient and ruined fortress called Stonekeep, outside the city. I fear that a large band of mercenaries or soldiers will be unable to find them. A single person however, would be much more successful. Perhaps your arrival is fortuitous. If you would agree to try and recover this parchment, I will inscribe the location of the Stonekeep onto your map. If you are successful and return with the parchment, I will be able to decipher the location of Fang Lair. I promise to give you that location as reward for your help. Do you agree?

The Champion, of course, agreed to go on this quest.

Excellent. Stonekeep lies near Rihad. Be careful, Golthog is crafty and evil. It is even rumored that he is a necromancer serving the Underking. When you have the parchment, return with it here and I will find out the location of Fang Lair for you...

Queen Blubamka smiles broadly and motions for you to take your leave...

After defeating Golthog and his goblins, the Champion returned to Rihad to claim their reward.

You have recovered the parchment! I hope you put Golthog into an early grave as well. Still, I will complete my end of the bargain...

Queen Blubamka motions to a courtier who respectfully bows and brings forward a pen. Staring intently at the parchment, the queen takes a few moments and then inscribes the location of Fang Lair, somewhere in the province of Hammerfell, onto your map...

After much travel, the Champion arrived at Fang Lair.

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You stand before the dragon gate of Fang Lair, humbled before its majesty. The Dwarven Hold seems abandoned long ago, its stone walls cracking with age and neglect. Somewhere within its dank depths lies the first piece of the Staff of Chaos.

 

After the Eternal Champion captured the first piece of the staff, Jagar Tharn's image showed up and said:

I do not know who you are, but you have made a fatal mistake. I have sent my minions, ones worthy of the attention you deserve, to relieve you of the burden of the Staff piece you now hold. Give it to them and I will order your death painless and quick. Resist and I shall see you in such suffering that you will grovel for the sweet release of death...

Then Tharn's minions attacked, but the Champion survived their first assassination attempt.