Ghosts in the Sand
Diary of the Faithful Prince
The diary is written in a language which closely resembles Iyssarian. With time and study the story of the Faithful Prince can be pieced together.
The story begins with a brief description of the Prince’s ascension to his thrown. His parent’s were killed in an ambush of strange shadow creatures. Curiously there is no mention of dates or names of any kind. He refers to his parents only as “my mother and father” and the city as “my city”.
The story continues to detail the rise of many more of these creatures and other monstrosities encroaching upon the prosperous kingdom. Farms burned and rivers polluted by foul monsters. Once upon a time Iyssaria was a fertile land. Despite the many threats the tone remains upbeat and he seems to regard all these as “trials”.
The Prince raised armies and there are tales of several heroes rising up and becoming famous for their exploits and battles against these creatures. The descriptions of these battles include undead and daemons and that the ground where they appear becomes tainted and blackened. One hero in particular is mentioned, a cleric named Iset.
From the descriptions of some of the iconography it seems that Iset was a cleric of Torm and lead many faithful in battle against an army he claims were lead by “devils”. These armies are accompanied by monsters and others he refers to as “changed”. From the description of the mountain pass to the east you suspect the battle must have taken place between where Laq’Had and Thanduun are located today.
Iset and the faithful army were successful in all their battles, but one by one the cities turned against them. The author claims they learned something he refers to as the “great truth” and despaired at the fate of the world. The princes chose to side with monsters and “become like them”. Eventually the faithful army fell to this influence and they betrayed their leaders.
Iset and her followers were captured and all of them save for Iset publicly renounced their faith after being horribly tortured. In the end Iset was thrown into a pit with lions and other beasts. While they began to devour her she cried out to the Gods to send their wrath upon the land and wipe away the sin and shame of the people. Her cries were said to continue even after her head was torn from her body. As she died a great wind rose up all over the land and the sands began materialize and cover everything. So great was its force that people were slain by the flesh being scoured from their bones.
The final chapter is written as the prince waits for his city to be finally covered by the sand. For over 30 days it has not let up and thousands and thousands have been consumed by it. He laments that the people chose the wrong path and rails against their lack of endurance, but also notes the persuasiveness and guile of the enemy. He believes that had the people endured and had the courage to face the truth more heroes would rise up from amongst them and be ready for some great event to come. He finishes by praying that the reader will endure the tests to come and fight the daemonic threat and warns that the enemies are cunning and will no doubt try to protect some portion of their work from the Gods’ wrath.