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Earlier in the events of my tabletop campaign I made a set of small adventures around the small village of Harbinston. They revolved around the past exploits of Sherlock, Burne, Shelley, and a fourth unnamed party members. That adventuring party had been active twenty years previously, but split up due to… something. Well, now I’ve finally decided what the something was!
466BCE: Sherlock finished his training at the Mages Guild in Phoenix. He hired some guards and bought some trained dogs. He used his magic, the guards, and the dogs to raid monster lairs east of Phoenix. Sherlock intensely studied the magical items they found in the lairs.
464BCE: Sherlock found a stone tablet with a puzzle map. The tablet described the location at the map’s end as a tower of infinite height with access to absolute power within. The map spoke of terrible guardians at the tower as well. Sherlock knew his dogs and mercenaries would be no match for the tower’s defenses. He signed on a warrior, a priest, and a scout to help him. The warrior was named Burne, the priest was named Shelley, and the scout was named Egon.
463BCE: Following Sherlock’s puzzle map proved difficult. The adventuring band took many months to decipher the clues and find their next step along the path. While traveling together Burne and Shelley started a romantic relationship.
462BCE: Sherlock, Egon, Burne, and Shelley finally found the tower. It was not infinite, but as they entered they discovered it was larger on the inside. After defeating the tower’s guardians and examining the surroundings they learned that the tower’s power could only be activated from a separate location. Sherlock and Egon stayed at the tower while Burne and Shelley went to the other location.
As the quartet activated the tower, Sherlock’s awareness expanded. Of the two pairs, one in each pair would die. The other would be granted infinite knowledge or perfect being. Sherlock took infinite knowledge for himself while Burne became the stronger than any other mortal. In the process, Egon and Shelley died.
Burne swore vengeance against Sherlock and attacked the tower. Unfortunately, the tower granted Sherlock infinite magical power as long as he stayed within it. Burne retreated and settled in the nearby village of Harbinston.
450BCE: Burne turned to banditry with others in Harbinston.
442BCE: Terroc’s adventuring party came to Harbinston with medicine for a endemic plague. Due to a mistaken identity they accidentally engaged Burne’s bandits in combat. Burne was slain in the fighting.