Seekers of Knowledge! Raise thine heads and give ear to these words:
I speak to you across the gulf of space and time—through ways chthonic and astral, gifts of dark gods granted to us privileged few.
On this day, I come to you offering a pact, a bargain to be struck and sealed through will, ink and blood. Sitting in my tower fastness I have heard the cries and incantations from the rifts below. They speak my name in tongues. They shout: Tell me your secrets. They demand: Fulfill what you have promised.
And after spending this past month of darkness and damp weather in deep contemplation, I say to you: I have heard yon shouts and demands.
Such secrets should be spoken, not kept silent. And so, I shall, from my tower, speak the ancient names, sing the spells and summon forth from the grave that which has nearly passed into the ages.
And should you do your part, should you chant with me, should you lend your sweat, blood and tears, your will and faith, together we shall raise from the depths secrets once lost, but now reborn.
Only together, locked in a frenetic dancing ritual, lasting 30 days and nights, can we accomplish what was heretofore impossible. Only together can we release the magic, monsters and secrets of lore that you so crave. Together we shall raid the ancient texts, reformulate forgotten spells and rebirth dead denizens.
Should our spells prove fruitful, only then shall we: PUBLISH THE BURNING WHEEL GOLD CODEX.
The Form of the Forgotten
We shall create a tome of similar dimension and density to the urtext, Burning Wheel Gold. Its cover shall shimmer cerulean and gold. Its pages shall have the hue of gossamer and bone. Its ink shall be black.
And it shall contain: the paths and ways of the Dark Elves, Roden, Trolls and Great Wolves; an encyclopedia of traits and skills; an arcane library of magical ways; a libram of magic artifacts; and detailed commentary on nearly every aspect of the urtext itself.
The Summoning Ritual
Vital is the fire built during this cold-cloaked winter month, for long must it last us: The ritual we must enact requires patience and fortitude.
Officiants familiar to you shall assist me with the offices: Thor Olavsrud and Topi Makkonen shall pore over the writhing texts and tame them, make them Gold; Jordan Worley, Kurt Komoda and Richard Luschek shall illuminate dreams and nightmares, and elucidate the ideas obscure through form and visage. Even now they begin their toils, while the day is short and night is yet long.
And should our auguries be true, should the sleeping gods dream us into being and the waking gods forget us in their petty struggles, then said Codex shall become material before the dawning of the first day of the mighty convocation that the lay speak of as Gen Con. And we shall rejoice, together, wreathed in mystical knowledge.
Risks and challenges
We have cast our auguries. The day of inception, 5th of the First Month in the year 2016 is auspicious. Five is the number of the Wheel (imperfect yet indivisible); five is the number of fire (within and without); and this day is numbered 5 and 5 and 5. It is the fifth day, yet the second and third fives are occult, revealed only by summing year and month: 2+0+1+6+1. This produces the revered number 10. Dividing 10 in twain gives us the most holy, most auspicious 5 and 5. Thus 5-5-5 bodes well for our spells and imprecations to sleeping gods. For today is a day when they might hear.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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