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Some time under a week ago, in a series of events that has an unclear temporal relationship with the rest of Toril’s causality, a group of adventurers in Chult accidentally released an ancient archlich from arcane control. The lich, who was quoted as saying, “This day you have made a friend of Rhaugilath the Ageless,” is believed to be the original servitor of Larloch of the Warlock’s Tomb. Rhaugilath is known for his extremist political views regarding the return of Netheril to Faerûn, and for being one of the chief foils of his incontrovertibly evil captor.
This is not the first time in recent history that Rhaugilath has tampered with events outside of his gilded cage. Recently, in return for small world-saving favours, Rhaugilath has bestowed upon a select few a powerful magical item bearing his own arcane mark*. Following the events of this release, Rhaugilath is also suspected to have been meddling in affairs of powerful adventurers for untold amounts of time. “You have served me well, my unwitting pawns,” claimed the lich, floating amid recently damaged Chultan ruins.
“He had us all fooled. Whispering in our heads, appearing as beautiful maidens… it was all a lie,” said one bardic adventurer, who asked to remain anonymous. “Thinking back now about some of the, uhh, less-than-wholesome talk around the campfire we had… it makes me sick to my stomach, that’s all. I don’t think it’s right for skeletal creeps to do those things, regardless of so-called alignment.”
Alignment, indeed, is a question on many people’s minds. We spoke to a deep-cover operative of the Harper faction regarding their view of Rhaugilath’s threat and the Harper plan to deal with it. “While we will be keeping an eye on the situation, we do not believe there is cause for panic at this time,” the operative told the Tribune. “We are much more worried about the fallout of the escape itself, rather than the escapee.”
*For transparency reasons, the author of this article discloses that he also owns one of these items.