Title:
unknown
Author:
unknown
Summary:
Fragments of Documents discussing history and archeology of the region, possibly part of a larger work
Place of Origin:
unknown
Date of Origin:
unknown
Place Found:
The Library of Chamneburg, in the Margravate of the Skattenmark.
Generously shared by the Margravisse Emily von Chamneburg and her librarian Piotor
Date Found:
1212-1-14
Encryption:
Plain text, but broken into small pages or parts of pages.
Symbols at the top indicated the order in which they should be read, and may convey other information
(ask Khavar to elaborate and maybe add symbols)

Notes:

Transcribed by multiple people in a dimly-lit room, then pieced back together here. Watch for transcription or spelling errors and correct them where possible!
Page numbers below are the order in which we assume they were meant to be read.

I have all of the original documents in my possession. When I get time I will go through them and correct any errors that I may find in these transcriptions.
- Anthea

A note on dating:

The first document could be dated to within a hundred years if someone were able to determine when the Kamneburg coat of arms was altered to use a 'wingless wyrm'.

The second, fragmentary document (if indeed the second set of fragments are all from a single document) appears to date from between 684 RE (a date mentioned in the document) and 848 RE (when the last king of Tarsikka died). It was probably written within the lifetime of the Lady whose birthdate is mentioned, putting it in the first half of the 8th century RE.

Transcription:

1
Within the Skattenmark there are three cities in which artifacts of the ancient and lost nation of Endeiras have been found: These are Kamneburg, Tabor, and Petra's Hearth. This latter is known only through boasting and scurrilous rumor; the wizards of the hearth are secretive and are often given to bold assertions, which they will refuse to back up with material fact. Of course we are primarily here concerned with those particular to Kamneburg.The earliest recorded reference to the region of Kamneburg is a trade document between the Tharacians and the Endeirans wherein the Endeiran merchant refers to the area as "Ard Cuilmanc."

2
During the Great Empire of Tharacia, Kamneburg was called Arad-Kamnen. It was ruled by the hereditary governors, the family Arkammen, who served their leige lord, regional governor of the Skattenmark, then called Targovishte. The family had governed Arad-Kamnen and much of the surrounding area since before the Great War of Shadow, and maintained the harbor there. They were loyal, trustworthy vassals, well dedicated to their masters, much as the family of the modern era.

3
In the 1750's TE, the Governor, Charlotte Arkammen, found herself approached by Alexandra* Stele, Governor of County Stele and ancestor of the modern Stele family. Alexander asked her to stop up the harbors and join him* in rebellion against the Tetrarch (or Korekratos, the Tharacian title for a civil king, as opposed to a military king), Lord Jaizon Targovishte.

Alexandra claimed to have made such an arrangement with the Governor of Kharola harbor (now Revhely, in Tarsikka) Dimos Kharolides, and he further claimed to have the military might of Stele behind him. With the harbors closed against his demands, Dimos and Alexandra would be able to form their own regions on par with Tagovishte itself, much as Trayal and Trempa in the west, but Karlotte(sic) would not be persuaded, instead alerting Jaizon of the situation and pledging herself more firmly to her lord's service.

As a direct result of her noble action, Jaizon brokered a deal with the various counties and governors of Targovishte, granting them all of the rights and privileges of direct vassalage. For her particular service, Carlotte(sic) was given the hand of Jaizon's son, a soldier named Jaizric, a gift of 150 knights on horse as a personal standing army, and was permitted to change her family name to Korekamnen, which later became the family name Kamneburg.

(*In some places I transcribed "Alexander," in others "Alexandra" - Ilyana)

4
It is not unlikely that the art and crafting style of the Firstborn influenced goods produced directly in Kamneburg, particularly in certain figurines and motifs present in the traditions of the area’s crafts. Naturally, the motif of the Storm Dreak, which was of particular significance to the ancient Targovishte, is common in mural, clay-works, and on buildings in and around the harbor. More curious, and perhaps harkening to greater antiquity is the Dragonfly, which is pressed into the foundation stones of many of the oldest buildings in the city.

It is most interesting that the earliest coat of arms of the family Kamneburg feature a silver or purple Storm Drake with the wings of a dragonfly, on a yellow field. For the past hundred, however, the wings have been omitted entirely, and the rest of the city as well as the family arms depict a wingless wyrm in purple, against a Silver Sword, the symbol of authority in the Great Kingdom.

5
(Presently missing - seeking a transcription of this fragment. --Khavar)

6
Superstition has plagued this holding, and many of the peasants have come to believe it haunted. It is a matter of some curiosity that, while many of the counties of Tarsikka and other areas of the Skattenmark are feared because of the real or imagined presence of werewolves, there are many dubious of this one because in all of its history, neither it nor its outlying areas have ever been known to suffer a werewolf attack.

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Additional Fragments

The following fragments, which were intermixed with those above, appear to comprise part of a separate document. Their proper order is unknown.

7
In the past decade, exploration of the ruins of Tabor and some of the older environs of Chamneburg have revitalized interest in Firstborn lore and artifacts. The eldest son of Margrave Agnos and his wife, Miklos Kamneburg, has uncovered several artifacts of pre-Great War pottery, plowshares, spades and other tools of farming and daily life, which are of some scholastic value, and other, more potent objects, such as an ornate silver spear, carved with images of Tigers, and what is likely Endeiran writing. He has dutifully made gift of this object to the King and thus enriched the honor and standing of his family. He has likewise earned renown as a scholar, explorer, and extremely handsome youth amongst the nobility of the Great Kingdom.

8
Lady Ilene Kamneburg, born Ilene Tija in 684 RE, has supported archaeological and exploratory finds in the region, and has been named a glorious patroness of arts and learning. She has commissioned a number of works of mythological, historical and literary significance to Tarsikka, and has earned renown amongst the nobles as having a certain talent for portaiture in her own right. Her charming oil painting of the Great King and his family was a celebrated success, and is displayed in the main hall of Castle Destin.

With the gracious permission of the Margrave, we have been permitted to record the contents of a catalog of items uncovered in Miklos Kamneburgs expeditions, especially noting the antiquated or unusual motifs that we have elsewhere discovered.

9
A splendid piece of gold jewelry, a brooch or pendant of some sort, inlaid with emerald and garnet gems, and the motif carved into the center. An assortment of drinking cups, made of a very strong yet delicate red porcelain, painted with silver motif. Six distinct items were found, in various fragments; two were reasonably intact.

10
From the mid First-Age, to judge the style, though no more specific determination is possible. A goblet, gold, impressed with a black chevron-cross, outlined in silver, in a collection of varied utensils.

11
Truce era. A plowshare, far more decorative than such an object typically might be, filigreed, pieces of the treated leather harness, once a most attractive red color, still intact. Here again we see the motif