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Tale of the Tae’dae Pilgrim

Late into spring, a portly tae’dae was found wandering through the mountains, apparently lost in the environs. After several misguided attempts to be led to Avechna’s Peak, two citizens of Hallifax, Elleiya Windwhisper and Tulemrah Shevat, responded to his plea for help.

Upon inquiry, it was revealed that the pilgrim was searching for the cure to an insufferable ailment – the sounds of galloping hooves and terrible visions had plagued the man’s dreams for months. Far had he traveled to seek the counsel of Hoopah Hopekeep, whose sleeping form sparked envy and anguish within the fellow. The duo worked tirelessly to complete the ritual, stopping only to reassure their anxious company of its inevitable success.

The trio heeded conundrum and mystery as the Font of Lollabrilla bubbled with prophecy. The prophesy proved to be mostly inexplicable, touching upon the shredding of time and the dangers of paradox in times to come. However, one statement provided the solution to the tae’dae’s predicament. “…embrace the warmth of the Deepden to calm the tides of sleep.”

Hoopah reacted to hearing of the place, so long had it been since she seen her Aunt Looela. She informed the adventurers of the location of the Deepden to the direct north, among hills beneath the mountain. After some searching, the trio found the Deepden and its primary inhabitant, Looela Hopekeep. With a rush of the relief, the pilgrim tae’dae thanked his companions thoroughly, taking special effort to acknowledge the trill’s efforts in the ordeal. Soon after, the tae’dae steadied his mind and fell quickly into a slumberous state.

Tulemrah and Elleiya turned their attention to wizened Looela, whose diminished memory and strength led the caverns into neglect. After much toil within the valley, the citizens returned to their city with many unanswered questions revolving around a prophesy that left many troubled and concerned.

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