Glimmering Through the Dream
Ashurta's Wall Carving
Professor Tyne’s research team made a reproduction on a large parchment sheet of what they found in a secret chamber within Ashurta’s tomb. On the sheet is an inked sketch of a large wall carving. It is made in painstaking detail, though the generalizing of certain portions indicate that the real carving is truly massive.
The carving: The dominant figure in the center is an insectile creature with coiled spider legs and a snarling maw. Corpses of goblinoids and orcs line the ground below it, while other figures stand to the side surrounded by nimbuses of carved letters: giantish runes. Mixed in are orcish glyphs making a long floor-to-ceiling block on one side as well as a few goblin texts next to figures. Seemingly scattered in space above the spider are a set of seven small rods.
Another section depicts smaller insectile creatures and shapes that look disturbingly like the egg sacs of the kuthrik that the party defeated entering Ashurta’s tomb the first time. Based on clues, the wall carving seems to depict the wrath of Mise-Kah.
Large orcish block
Small orcish block
This text says that the creature depicted is the daelkyr lord Mise-Kah. The scene shows Ashurta confronting it with some ritualists binding the creature in a prison. There are also some of the same strange constellation symbols that Eegen and Ash’tek of Fairhaven noted on their trip into the Eldritch Groves some months ago, on that fateful trip where they encountered the dragon. He would need to check their notes to see if they are exactly the same constellation markers.
There is a large orcish symbol next to the block.
This is an orcish site-glyph. These glyphs were used by orcish artisans to identify city-states and a group of archeologists found evidence to link a known glyph to a site. According to Orand’s research at the Morgrave library, this site-glyph corresponds to the abandoned city of Niaresk’afar.
The giantish runes are newer and make reference to “Three Kings” who authorized the binding of the daelkyr lord by “his priests.” The priests seem to indicate the Gatekeeper druids in the scene but the priests are not Gatekeepers and seem to be some over-seeing entity. Vul’s historical knowledge is mostly focused on the Age of Giants so he can’t make much of this. He does note that the dialect, though more recent than that of Xen’drik, is closer to the runes of the southern continent and not the less-elaborate characters he’s seen in modern orcish writings in the Dura neighborhoods of Sharn.
Bosk analyzed the goblin writings. They are names or at least titles of the figures depicted there. He recognizes Dhakaani terms for Gatekeeper druids and the goliath tribes west of the Empire (goliaths are called huul’der in Dhakaani goblin) who apparently were present at the defeat of Mise-Kah. He also sees that the text refers to the daelkyr lord as Miska, but he assumes its the same creature. At the top of the scene is a female hobgoblin warrior labeled “Ashurta” who apparently led the battle to defeat Mise-Kah (or Miska) and this is counted among one of her great victories, though Bosk has never seen it mentioned before and he’s done some considerable research on the warrior woman since their trip into Undersharn.
Based on the vocabulary and style of the inscriptions, Bosk would put the carving of this scene during the Khragec Dynasty which would be soon after Ashurta’s death.