For the "Treasure Hunt" challenge at Eurobricks for the guild of Avalonia.
About this creation
Boatman Charon told my newt ally and me about the "Keeper's Tomb", an old crypt said to be the final resting place of the great lords of Historica and the location of the Elemental Crystal. Charon opened his mouth exactly once to demand my shield, the "Drake's Scale" for passage to Vile's island, but he could hardly keep quiet on the journey to the Keeper's island. I know Charon was aware we sought the location of the Elemental Crystal when we traveled to Vile's lair, so I could not help but feel betrayed he kept the true location of the crystal hidden from us when he accepted payment to ferry us to Vile's island. Charon said I should consider myself lucky, not only did I learn the location of the Elemental Crystal and recover the Centurion's shield, but he jests Barton Stormclaw is far more agreeable in his transformed newt form. Charon reinforced his "lucky" claim by boasting that he may be the only Water Folk boatman who even knows the location of the Keeper's Tomb, especially impressive because legends of the tomb are told to all Water Folk children.
Charon tells me the tomb's island once held a great keep where the Elemental Gods met to decide the fate of Historica's mortal beings through natural disasters and the acts of their minions. Though Charon was more than cryptic about the fate of these Gods, he lead me to believe the crystals were some form of weapon and that the Druids scattered the crystals across all of Historica leaving guardians or "keepers" to watch over them to ensure the crystals were never united again. Though the story seemed far fetched, if Charon's people's legend is true, finding these crystals may not be the treasure we believe them to be.
After we finally made landfall on the Keeper's Island, I stepped off Charon's boat with Barton perched upon my shoulder. As soon as my foot hit the ground, I felt a chill run up my spine. Charon said I should travel north a half day until I reach a bridge, from there another day's travel northeast and I should find the Keeper's Tomb.
I reached the bridge by midday and was harshly greeted by a pack of rogues flying the banner of the wolf.
They would not allow me passage unless I was able to defeat their champion, Fenris in battle. Though swift and strong, the Wolfpack champion was no match for my axe. As soon as Fenris yielded, the pack master, Lucian, granted me an audience.
He told me his pack was enslaved by the Keepers of the crystal and they had been forced to bring the Keepers drink and food, including the bodies of those defeated in battle at the bridge. Lucian told me no one had defeated Fenris in battle for many years, and those who did manage to slip past the Wolfpack's tower where never seen again. With a glimmer of hope in his eye, Lucian told me if I could defeat the crystal's guardians and free the Wolfpack from the yolk of the Keepers, his pack would pledge fidelity to Avalonia. I asked if any member of his pack would join me in my quest, but he quickly refused stating that if the Keeper's knew about his betrayal his entire village would perish under the swift justice of the Keepers' fists. Lucian also told me his people were not blessed with magic and had no shaman capable of transforming Barton back to his human self. He did, however, agree to send this letter to you in case the Keeper's tomb claims my life as well.