Dearest Pathfinder Zedric,
Soon Almah will be hiring you to make sure the old trade route through the Brazen Peaks to Ipeq is clear. Once in Ipeq, I would like you to meet my contact there. He will have a barge charter ready for you to travel up to Sothis where you will meet with me. I have a mission that your group is uniquely suited for. Even up here in northern Osirion, we have heard about the exploits of the Knight Protectors of Kelmarane. Congratulations on this new title.
The mission involves a curse enacted almost five thousand of years ago by Nefeshti, the leader of a group of genies called the Templars of the Five winds, who used to protect the crumbling Ancient Osirion between the first and second ages. Some of the lore has been lost in the eons since her disappearance, but she left behind clues in the forms of some prophecies.
These prophecies tell the story of the imprisonment of a dangerous genie of unimaginable power named Zayifid. This power was bestowed by the Nefeshti, who was a princess among the djinn and was a master of wish magic. For centuries, Zayifid was a loyal templar, but one day he betrayed Nefeshti for the efreet prince Jhavhul. He took up armies against the disparate people of Ancient Osirion as a general in Jhavul’s army and quest to become a god. Nefeshti was severely weakened during this period of time. She and the rest of the Templars or the Five Winds were merely able to imprison Zayifid and Jhavhul. But the magic has limits, and is growing weaker over time. This acted ended with the death of her human lover Andrathi, and eventually Nefeshti herself.
According to the prophecies, the prisons will fail this year.
What I know of Jhavhul’s imprisonment is scarce. All I know is that there is a weapon called the Firebleeder which is said to be lost on a demiplane of some sort; possibly one created by the archwizard Nex.
The prophecies regarding Zayifid are more clear. Nefeshti enchanted five large gemstones she called Star Gems, and hid them in various locations within Katapesh and Osirion. By gathering these Star Gems together in her tomb, she will be able to be brought back to life with her powers restored and she will be able to end the threat of Zayifid for good. My contact will have more current information on how to find these Star Gems for when you arrive. I am working on leads right now.
Of course, the Pathfinders are very interested in containing a threat of this magnitude, but we are also interested in any historical or magical artifacts, archaeological discoveries, and anything else that might be found in ancient tombs. I understand you have an actual archaeologist in your group. That works out perfectly since much of what I am uncovering involves archaeological dig sites.
Please be careful, Zedric. I look forward to seeing you again and hearing first hand of your heroics.
The Mithril Scarab
p.s. Thank you for paying back the loan.