Stamus Contra Malum: 1013 YE
The Stone of Sakkara
The Stone of Sakkara
The Stone of Sakkara is a Chaotic artifact created from a large fragment of the Tablet of Destiny. It appears as a smooth, blood red gemstone and is currently the size of a man’s heart. Strange runes seem to have somehow been carved within the Stone.
Over a millennium ago, when the borderlands were in the dark grip of the Nethyr Empire, the empire’s sorcerer-priests erected a profane temple on a steep hill within the Viaspen Forest. The temple housed a strange artifact known as the Stone of Sakkara. Using the Stone, the sorcerer-priests could birth monsters and abominations with frightening ease and magically command the loyalty of chaotic creatures. The Stone brought its evil masters great power throughout the fell empire.
Such a terrible artifact could not be left to corrupt all of mankind. During the event known as the Crucible that toppled destroyed the heart of the Nethry EmpireZahar, It also released a series of cataclysms, including one that buried the temple housing the Stone beneath a dome of rock. The Stone fell silent, denied the sacrifices
and devotion needed to power it. For centuries the Stone lay dormant and forgotten.
Two years ago an earthquake shook the hill, tearing open a great crack in the rocky dome and allowing entrance to the buried temple within. The Stone, silent for so long, awoke with a single throbbing beat. Its power called out, and creatures with dark and twisted souls heard and answered. Several ragged groups of thieves and brigands came first, then some nearby beastmen scouts, then entire warbands of beastmen. Eventually, the Stone touched a truly Chaotic mind: a Ruinguard.of Sakkara.
The Ruinguard claimed the buried temple as her own and, styling herself as “The Lady Below,” quickly subjugated the various warbands that had gathered there. At her command, these warbands began to
raid the nearby hamlets and villages for sacrificial victims that could power the Stone’s birthing pools again. If left unchecked, The Lady Below will eventually be able to build an army of abominations and
threaten the entire borderlands region.
However, The Lady’s plans were laid low by a group of heroes who destroyed the heart,