This is from a campaign I'm currently running where the PC's have embarked on a quest to discover as much about the Invoked Devastation/Rain of Colorless Fire as they can. They do not know yet where this path will lead them. I do of course! ;-) Feel free to use this as a campaign hook. I am currently writing up detailed DM's notes for this campaign, complete with visual aids, which I will post at some later date. Every line in these two "documents" really does have some meaning. On my "Secrets of the Twin Cataclysms" page you'll find enough information to decipher much this hidden meaning.
While searching the library of a sage (I used Adventure 4: Diambeth's Delving from Fate of Istus, Diambeth being a bard and collector of songs), the PC's find a book with the following information. Campaign notes: In my campaign, Al'Akbar is the name of the god, worshipped by the Baklunish, who created the Cup and Talisman, and not the high priest who received the artifacts. Those espousing the alternate view need only change a few words.
Translation by His Holiness Anar Al'Hakir, High Marabout of
Bey to the Sultan of Zeif.
 Was the Invoked Devastation a punishment by the gods of a decadent and amoral heathen civilization?
 Who was he? Some believe he may have been the high priest mentioned below, but his actions would not be consistent with the teachings of Al'Akbar.
 Could this be the reference to the Rain of Colorless Fire that the sages refer to?
 There has been some arguement as to whether this, and the following line, refers to the Baklunish victims of the Invoked Devastation or to the Suel Empire.
 A reference to the faith of Al'Akbar's two holiest relics,
given to his most exalted high priest by Al'Akbar himself in the day
a great devastation.
While most students of
arcane have heard of the destruction of the Suel and Baklunish Empires
in the respective events that ancient and anonymous historians have
the "Rain of Colorless Fire" and the "Invoked Devastation", very little
else about what actually happened is known and certainly nothing in the
way of details. Much of what little is known comes from painstakingly
the oral histories (not the most accurate way to pass on information
a millenium) of the Paynim tribes (nomads descended from the
Some information comes from the sparse surviving records from Suel
The rest comes from magically divined knowledge (e.g. Commune, Legend
etc), though this method has historically resulted in notoriously
incomplete, and untrustworthy information. It is unknown as to why or
this event resists such divinations. If this scroll represents what a
of sages allege, it represents perhaps the only known surviving first
description by an actual witness to these world shaking events.
After this "accidental" discovery, the PCs became fascinated with
story of the Rain of Colorless Fire and Invoked Devastation, wanting to
find out more about this infamous legend. The party resolved itself to
find this rumored earlier and more accurate translation. After
considerable effort and embarking on many dangerous adventures, they
located a rare manuscript containing the following information.
The very difficult-to-find scroll was located in a very
difficult-to-find location... I used C3 The Lost Island of Castanamir,
placed in the Dramidj Ocean amonst the islands known as the Pinnacles
The translation used here
is transcribed from the Baklunium Antiquiam, a treatise dating from
2968 B.H. How much earlier Ak'Omar the Seer lived and if he actually
the original scroll is unknown. It generally is agreed by the experts
his is the most accurate translation (lending credence to the theory
he worked from the original). The footnotes are presented as paired
The portion designated "a" is a literal interpretation, while that
"b" represents an interpretation based on theological metaphor.
Translation of Ak'Omar the Seer
...(Beginning of text
And the (lost fragment) was called and (lost fragment) opened.
And the Hand of Darkness reached across the heavens and
gripped the world in its fist of death. Dust. 
And the Darkness of Doom did dull the sky and darken the
And the mighty temples did rot and crumble. Dust. 
And the Horde of Evil did cavort in the streets and slay the
innocent and destroy the strong. 
And the Reaper of Souls, Rider of Nightmares did laugh and
did cut down the righteous and the impure alike. Dust. 
And lo, the Great Krystal of Askaf was placed upon the Key
and pushed into the Lock of the Ancients. 
And the earth did quake and the thunder did deafen the soul
and the Eye That Watches was awakened and the world
did weep. Dust.
And He lifted up His hands and He called out through All
That Is, for he WAS the greatest wizard that lived. 
And He brought low the World of the Doom Bringers and
washed all trace of What They Were in the Rain of Final
Retribution. Dust. 
And the Towers did fall and the (ambiguous fragment)
And He was blinded by the power of the Eye and He was
consumed by that which he did never control. Dust. 
And the Faithful did pass through the Gate of Who Will
Become to their Salvation at the side of the Holy One on
the Needle of Time. 
And the Cup and the Staff of the Humble Servant was Gifted
unto the people so that their faith would be strong. 
And the Gloom did creep through the Empire and snuff out
All That Was. Dust. 
 No one knows how long the original document was.
[2a] A possible description of the Suel calling down the Invoked
But how could the Baklunish observer have any info on this? The two
were simultaneous, and almost 1000 miles apart.
[2b] The spread of faithlessness, the people straying from the true path of God's will.
[3a] Physical destruction of the capital city.
[3b] Metaphorical destruction of the temples of the unbelievers.
[4a] Possible literary origin of the word "Hordling" - powerful evil
creatures from the Lower Planes.
[4b] The servants of the Gods. The wrath of the Gods personified.
[5a] Avatar of an evil god walks the earth.
[5b] Death in its nonjudgemental horror.
[6a] No other references to these objects has ever been found, and
is not known what they were or what their purpose was. Whatever
it doesn't sound good.
[6b] The "crystal" of enlightenment and "key" of truth opening the "eyes" of the wayward believers to the ancient revealed word of God.
[7a] No info on who this person was, if he ever existed or what he
[7b] Metaphor for God? Priests? Followers? A single individual? People have been killed over this arguement, folks.
[8a] The Rain of Colorless Fire? But only a god has this kind of
and even then, there would be grave ramifactions.
[8b] The destruction of your enemies by the hand of God, like most religious zealots pray for.
 Ambiguous fragment variously translated as the "walking dead" or the "bringers of death".
[10a] Destroyed by the power he released.
[10b] The danger of what you don't understand, of straying from revealed truth.
[11a] The magically-aided escape from destruction by a small group
[11b] The truly faithful will be rewarded with salvation and ascendency to heaven after death.
 The creation of holy relics. [12a] Unfortunately there is no holy staff symbol in the religion. [12b] However this does not sway the true believers. It could be an error in translation. Everyone knows that it was a talisman.
[13a] The obsession with, then break in the "...Dust." meter
on every 2nd line proves that the writer was insane, doesn't it? [13b]
But then who wouldn't be insane after witnessing all this, or having it
revealed through divine enlightenment. Either way the tale is pretty
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