Earthquakes have been reported in a region south of the city. A landslide has cleared large swaths of land away from a massive granite wall buried deep under the hillside. This granite wall is merely the edge of a much greater mountain range.
Four guards were sent to investigate an ornately carved stone doorway revealed on the face of the granite wall. They were able to pry the stone entry open just enough to slip through. During their preliminary search a map was found in a room off the hallway they explored. The room resembled a gatehouse or officer's quarters the guards stated.
Comparative research by the Great University and a brief review of local lore revealed this as the possible location of 'The Secret Vaults of Kas the Betrayer'. The story is forgotten legend now, merely an insignificant footnote of the Third Age. However, if the stories are true then the Vault must be explored extensively - at once. ... Read More ...
Still angry and fueled by bloodlust, Thonkas stormed the deep mountain vaults his people had labored to fill for the insatiable Queen, and crushed every stone door in his path. Enlisting the help of several disgruntled drawves, the small band of theives made off with an untold amount of treasure intended for the royal coffers.
Through his embarassment and grief, the King outlawed and banished the small band of dwarves who pulled off the heist. Thonkas Magarum was soon known throughout the land as Kas the Betrayer. Attempts to locate the party failed, primarily because of poor villagers being paid for their silence by Kas's crew. The few reports that did reach the King's court consisted of rumors about a dwarf who slip the mountain and built a palace filled with riches before the sunset on a single day.
While Kas the Betrayer stole many irreplaceable valuables from the royal family of his day - the only item we are interested in retrieving is the Solid Quicksilver Miner's Pick of Legendary Dwarf Mason Glorgrim Morgyth. Solid Quicksilver is quite special because of the unique nature of dwarven mercury, actually being a solid metal, though the surface ripples and flows as if it were water. Items constructed of Solid Quicksilver will float in water, regardless of their weight.
It is said that Legendary Dwarf Mason Glorgrim Morgyth had his pick enchanted as well. The power to literally seperate and shape stone to the wielder's will was said to be how Glorgrim first gained the attention of Queen Iderdg.
The royal family requests the item be returned immediately upon acquisition. They would like to finally put an end to anyone's ability to pick their deep pockets by chiseling through the royal vaults with such ease. Your Adventuring Party has been "recruited" (pressed into service) to secretly return to the vaults at once. Discover what they Party can and report back to the University Exploration Committee. Should the Party happen across the Solid Quicksilver Miner's Pick - they must do all within their power to obtain the enchanted item, and return it as well. A rough sketch of the retrieved map was produced to aid in Your Adventuring Party's exploration.