Sharn Inquisitive07/18/2005

Crown Affirms Explorer Rights
News for Sul, Lharvion 8th, 998

Crown Affirms Explorer Rights in Lost Caravan Case

WROAT -- In a brief statement handed down on Sul, the Breland Crown has decreed that anyone finding the lost Karpeshia Caravan is fully entitled to any dragonshards or other wealth found with it. This decree from King Boranel clears the way for rival prospectors, explorers, and teams from the dragonmarked Houses to search for the Karpeshia Caravan, which disappeared last year in the Shadow Marches. Because the crown was a silent partner in Antos Karpeshia's prospecting venture, some would-be recovery teams worried that any valuables they found would be declared "property of Breland."

Freelance teams, unconcerned with the legal status of the caravan's contents, have searched for the lost expedition, but none have reported success. "The parents, spouses, and children of the Karpeshias have long awaited word of the caravan's fate," the decree in the king's hand read. "A squabble over the expedition's dragonshards would be an insult to the memory of such brave prospectors. The Breland Crown hopes that the promise of profit may motivate searchers where altruism has not yet succeeded."

It was Antos Karpeshia, an accomplished wizard who had taken training at Arcanix in Aundair, who originally launched this massive expedition into the Shadow Marches. Communicating magically with his family in Sharn, he reported a staggering yield of dragonshards, including several rare and precious varieties.

But on Aryth 19th, a missive from Karpeshia indicated that his dragonshard-laden caravan had been beset by bandits, and that he planned to flee into the Haroon Denn Thal burial mounds in the northeastern Shadow Marches.

An Aryth 23rd communication from Karpeshia consisted of two words: winged horrors. The caravan was neither seen nor heard from thereafter.

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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