Choma

The following is taken from the remains of a set of scrolls discovered on the corpse of a Meer Eternal near Montor in Ilshenar by the adventurer Hallaniu of Trinsic. It was subsequently translated by the Scribe Delanius of Moonglow shortly after the discovery of the new lands. The quotes marked '< >' are the translators own notes.

... still not discovered the whereabout's of the one we call 'Choma'. It is believed he has fled north to Terort Skitas. With my company by my side I am tracing his probable route now...

... a stroke of luck! A chance encounter with a Human has led me to some information as to this beast's past. It appears that his mother was the (in-)famous witch known as 'Athaniella'. She was an Alchemist who came to Ilshenar with the creature the Juka call 'Blackthorn'. One of these Humans tells the tale that he was a soldier in Blackthorn's 'Chaos Guards', and knew this woman personally. From his story, the monsters that aid the Juka are creations of Blackthorns minions. One of the lines of research was that of the mutation of living things through the use of Alchemy. This human was part of this 'Athaniella' 's bodyguard during one of the raids on Lakeshire. By all accounts she became infected by her own poison and was taken ill...

... again two of our Sentries were killed tonight. Both killed by repeated blow to the head. I fear the hunters are becoming the hunted...

... the chase forgotten for now, we have met with some of the Healers who are now roaming our lands. More light has been shed on our adversary. We have been told of travellers being attacked by a creature that is half-man half-bear...

... was slain today. The attacker was gone before we could react...

... the poison affected 'Athaniella' while she was with child. Due to her knowledge of the arcane arts she was untouched by it's power. However, the unborn she carried bore the full force of it's effect's. From our discussion it seems that she had failed more than once when attempting to use the of Gargoyles and Daemons. After this she turned to the of animals. Deciding that the foremost creature was the Grizzly Bear, this was to be her next experiment...

... I saw him today. He led a band of Savage Humans against us in a raid. In his hands he carried a club of wood. He did not partake in the attack himself, only directing the Humans from a nearby hilltop...

... In a stealthy action we decided to venture to the center of our lands itself. We avoided the Gargoyle sentries by using powerful magics and we entered the city. There I found more written about 'Choma', apparently by 'Athaniella' herself. It seems that even after casting him out she had spies watch his progress. He was taken in by a Meer Hermit who lived near Nox Tereg. Before I could research more, we were disturbed. After fighting our way out, we headed for Nox Tereg to find this Hermit for ourselves...

... a party of Juka from Mistas hindered our progress...

... the hut was deserted. A pile of Meer remains were laid within the bed, and above it hung a large skull...

... the Lizard Chief told us of the beast. A ravaged the lands nearby. 'Choma' was away when it killed his Mentor. The Lizards tell that he killed the monster with his bare hands. I cannot believe this myself. Even I, with all my power, would cower before it's mightly form...

... he attacked us again. We are three now. My Captain Shashania, and the Warrior Lathanish. We are far from home. To the West lies the Pass of Karnaugh, to the East Montor. I know not which way to turn. It is almost if he has led us into a trap. For one so feral he shows a remarkable amount of intelligence...

... split up. Each of us has a copy of my research. Word must reach Lakeshire by one means or another. I fear that even the Meer have found a nemesis they cannot handle alone. Perhaps these Humans can help us track him down...

<The scrolls end at this point. I have passed on copies to Castle British, the True Britannians and the Council of Mages. Whoever this 'Choma' is, he seems to hold great power, although he himself may not know it. If this could be harnessed then the forces of Minax could be defeated once and for all. I suggest an temporary truce between the Factions while we find this man.>