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—A tattered letter found under a cobblestone. It has curious markings and is signed, "The [[Band of Three]]"
 
—A tattered letter found under a cobblestone. It has curious markings and is signed, "The [[Band of Three]]"
   
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The viscount is suspicious, but the bribe was sufficient to gain access to the restricted section of the archives. The money would have been better spent elsewhere, the archives being almost devoid of Imperium-era records.
 
The viscount is suspicious, but the bribe was sufficient to gain access to the restricted section of the archives. The money would have been better spent elsewhere, the archives being almost devoid of Imperium-era records.
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—Behind a panel with curious markings, signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Behind a panel with curious markings, signed, "The Band of Three"
 
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It is as we thought. The quarries of Kirkwall were found after the city was sacked by the Imperium and after they started constructing the city. The Imperium found the mineral wealth, not the indigenous people. The histories give conflicting accounts on who lived here before the Imperium. Some say the [[Alamarri]]. Some say the Daefads. We do know it was a barbarian people who had little need of the metals in the hills.
 
It is as we thought. The quarries of Kirkwall were found after the city was sacked by the Imperium and after they started constructing the city. The Imperium found the mineral wealth, not the indigenous people. The histories give conflicting accounts on who lived here before the Imperium. Some say the [[Alamarri]]. Some say the Daefads. We do know it was a barbarian people who had little need of the metals in the hills.
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—Underneath a pile of small boulders carved with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Underneath a pile of small boulders carved with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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In the back alleys of [[Lowtown]] you can find extraordinary things. Priceless tomes of knowledge can be bought with a handful of gold: The Chant of Archon Lovais, a whole chapter of the Midnight Compendium. Some of these books were thought lost forever!
 
In the back alleys of [[Lowtown]] you can find extraordinary things. Priceless tomes of knowledge can be bought with a handful of gold: The Chant of Archon Lovais, a whole chapter of the Midnight Compendium. Some of these books were thought lost forever!
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—Underneath a cobblestone with curious markings, faintly glowing. It is signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Underneath a cobblestone with curious markings, faintly glowing. It is signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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A maze of caves, sewers, and hidden passages! We found three Tevinter chambers already looted, but today (tonight?) we found one closed. It was a small cell containing a few trinkets and a common tome, but it symbolizes hope. The magisters had hundreds of mages deep below Kirkwall. They lived and researched here, far from the scrutiny of common men.
 
A maze of caves, sewers, and hidden passages! We found three Tevinter chambers already looted, but today (tonight?) we found one closed. It was a small cell containing a few trinkets and a common tome, but it symbolizes hope. The magisters had hundreds of mages deep below Kirkwall. They lived and researched here, far from the scrutiny of common men.
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—Hidden in a small fissure near curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Hidden in a small fissure near curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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A master mason made a comment that set my mind afire. She said that of all the cities she's worked in, Kirkwall was the most difficult, and that the city is almost literally a maze. Recollecting my first years in Kirkwall, I have to agree. Getting lost was commonplace. The city was a sprawling mess.
 
A master mason made a comment that set my mind afire. She said that of all the cities she's worked in, Kirkwall was the most difficult, and that the city is almost literally a maze. Recollecting my first years in Kirkwall, I have to agree. Getting lost was commonplace. The city was a sprawling mess.
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—Underneath a cobblestone with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Underneath a cobblestone with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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Ironically, the [[Chantry]] has the best records on the Imperium occupation that we've found—none of the forbidden texts, which have undoubtedly been destroyed, but many administrative records. In their cold, numbered rows, misery is told. Thousands of slaves passed through the Gallows to work the mines or to be shipped elsewhere.
 
Ironically, the [[Chantry]] has the best records on the Imperium occupation that we've found—none of the forbidden texts, which have undoubtedly been destroyed, but many administrative records. In their cold, numbered rows, misery is told. Thousands of slaves passed through the Gallows to work the mines or to be shipped elsewhere.
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—Hidden inside the cover of a book with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Hidden inside the cover of a book with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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After pursuing another dead end, we were attacked by [[maleficar]]um. I fear V. will not make it. The fences must have tipped them off. Are they cultists trying to protect the answer? Are they after it themselves? Or was it a random attack?
 
After pursuing another dead end, we were attacked by [[maleficar]]um. I fear V. will not make it. The fences must have tipped them off. Are they cultists trying to protect the answer? Are they after it themselves? Or was it a random attack?
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—Hidden under a cobblestone with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Hidden under a cobblestone with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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Access has not been easy, and I fear my disguise will not bear great scrutiny. But I saw the records the [[Templar Order|templars]] say do not exist. The blood of countless slaves was spilled beneath the city in sacrifice. Whole buildings were built upon lakes of blood. The sewers have grooves where blood would flow, all leading down. The scale is hard to fathom.
 
Access has not been easy, and I fear my disguise will not bear great scrutiny. But I saw the records the [[Templar Order|templars]] say do not exist. The blood of countless slaves was spilled beneath the city in sacrifice. Whole buildings were built upon lakes of blood. The sewers have grooves where blood would flow, all leading down. The scale is hard to fathom.
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—Behind a panel with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Behind a panel with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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It is well known that the [[Veil]] is thin in Kirkwall, small wonder given the suffering in the city. But we've discovered the magisters were deliberately thinning it even further. Beneath the city, [[demon]]s can contact even normal men. Did they seek the [[Black City]] to compound the madness of their previous efforts? Or was it something else? We've found a chamber where the Veil is at its thinnest, long-since looted, but the power is still there. Tonight we will go there. Pray for us. Pray for us all.
 
It is well known that the [[Veil]] is thin in Kirkwall, small wonder given the suffering in the city. But we've discovered the magisters were deliberately thinning it even further. Beneath the city, [[demon]]s can contact even normal men. Did they seek the [[Black City]] to compound the madness of their previous efforts? Or was it something else? We've found a chamber where the Veil is at its thinnest, long-since looted, but the power is still there. Tonight we will go there. Pray for us. Pray for us all.
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—Hidden behind a rock with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Hidden behind a rock with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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A recent trove was uncovered. This one was big, perhaps the [[archon]]'s visitation chambers.
 
A recent trove was uncovered. This one was big, perhaps the [[archon]]'s visitation chambers.
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—Hidden under a cobblestone with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
 
—Hidden under a cobblestone with curious markings and signed, "The Band of Three"
   
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We went to the center of it all. F. is dead and I am alone and injured. I must go back and put an end to it. The maddening thing is there is still no answer. But the Forgotten One, or demon or whatever it is, must be destroyed. I fear one may already be [[unbound]].
 
We went to the center of it all. F. is dead and I am alone and injured. I must go back and put an end to it. The maddening thing is there is still no answer. But the Forgotten One, or demon or whatever it is, must be destroyed. I fear one may already be [[unbound]].
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