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The Mysterious Portals Archive
High atop a crumbling hillside, a vagabond thief leaned against his walking stick. At long last, he stood within sight of his destination, the town of Arwic. Before heading into town, the vagabond spared a look back at the impressive peaks of the Lost Wish Range; the bandage wrapping his head attested to his difficult journey through the mountains.
He winced, remembering in particular his encounter with the Copper Golem.
And yet -- despite the trials, the vagabond had seen many a fine sight on his journeys. Bizarre, to be sure . . . but fine, indeed. He patted his belt pouch, checking to make sure the chunk of red jade was still there. At Arwic, hopefully, he could trade the gemstone for much needed provisions. Excellent lockpicks, for instance. The vagabond started down the hill...
The following selections have added to the lore and mystery surrounding the world that is Dereth. Adventurers, seeking knowledge of this world they plan to explore -- and to conquer -- would do well to begin their search here.