on the Exploration of the Temple of Lord Ancaster during Anuyi, 997
Gudred of Ancaster Abbey, Recording Analyst
Alain de Grocie, Knight of the Tower
Access by permission of the Head Librarian, Ancaster Abbey, only.
- Physical Layout of Lord Ancaster’s Temple (Gudred of Ancaster Abbey, Llwyd ap Ifor, and Bronwen of Ancaster Abbey)
- Last Lay of Lady Ancaster (Lady Ancaster)
- The Ancaster Key (Gudred of Ancaster Abbey)
- Book of the Dead Planes (Author Unknown)
- On the Origins and Physical Capacities of Terracotta Hobgoblins (Alain de Grocie)
- On the Magical Structure of Terracotta Hobgoblins (Moreau Perrault)
- Some Notes Concerning a Skeletal Snake (Moreau Perrault and Gudred of Ancaster Abbey)
- Some Observations Concerning Piercers, Commonly Known as Fangs (Gudred of Ancaster Abbey)
- A Stygian Theosophy (Author Unknown)
- A List of Recovered Items (Gudred of Ancaster Abbey)
- The Appearance of a Stygian Temple Gong (Llwyd ap Ifor and Bronwen of Ancaster Abbey)
- The Appearance of a Stygian Temple Column (Gudred of Ancaster Abbey)
Investigation under the ruins of the south tower of the Ancaster Keep ruins revealed the wreckage of a Stygian temple, apparently much used by the last Lord Ancaster, and largely untouched during the storming of the Keep. The temple is part of a larger cave system, but is blocked off by an enchanted door, the key to which ( The Ancaster Key ) was hidden by Lady Ancaster, along with her Last Lay, in the binding of the Book of the Dead Planes.
An annotated sketch of the physical layout is attached. Note that while the temple appears to have been structured to allow human sacrifice of a particularly grisly variety, no firm evidence to support this conjecture was ever obtained.
While several interesting items, some of considerable magical power (see A List of Recovered Items and Some Notes Concerning a Skeletal Snake ), and much valuable lore regarding the thought of Stygian theosophists ( A Stygian Theosophy, The Appearance of a Stygian Temple Gong, and The Appearance of a Stygian Temple Column ) were retrieved by the expedition, exploration was eventually terminated due to the many dangers encountered by the expedition ( On the Origins and Physical Capacities of Terracotta Hobgoblins, On the Magical Structure of Terracotta Hobgoblins, and Some Observations Concerning Piercers, Commonly Known as Fangs, as well as other creatures not presently classified). One of these dangers, the imaginatively but probably inaccurately named “Terracotta Hobgoblin”, is apparently a typical Stygian temple guardian, and is capable of extraordinary latency periods: the others are apparently normal cavern life forms, though of ghoulish habits.
It is the opinion of Sir Alain de Grocie that the temple grounds themselves have been largely explored, that the remaining unexplored passages merely lead back to the main corridors swept by the King’s forces in 934, and that the probable rewards of further exploration do not outweigh the probable risks. This opinion is also merely conjecture. A party of four to six knights, experienced in and accoutered for underground warfare, and one to two mages, could likely complete such an exploration in relative safety. Since such a grouping is unavailable at the present time, this conjecture must remain such.