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A Brief Introduction

February 9, 2006

I would like to believe that in the course of my life I have achieved enough notoriety to render an introduction unneccessary. Vanity aside, however, I’ve no doubt that there are those who are — perhaps blissfully — unaware of my existence. In light of this fact…

My name is Silme. I am an Elf, for those of you who care about such things. For the better part of my life I have been a bard, though I have been known to be other things as well — thief, avatar, schoolmaster… For a brief period of time I was an adventurer. I had been fortunate enough to meet and befriend a small group of people with whom I became good friends: Kraamh the Dwarf, Lawn the Gnome, and Bert O’Sullivan. Together the four of us traveled all over this realm seeking treasure, adventure, escape from the monotony of our respective existences. Who knows? That all came to a grinding halt with the untimely demise of Kraamh. After his death at the jaws of an Ice Wyrm up north I think we all lost interest in the “business” of adventuring and retired to our homelands.

For my part, I went home to found a school for bards. It kept me busy and served to keep my mind of the death of my closest friend. But eventually wanderlust won over — again — and I had to leave. I have not gone back to adventuring; I don’t think I could stand it without Kraamh — and without Kraamh I stand a pretty good chance of being killed anyway. Rather I would call what I do, “meta-adventuring.” I do what it is that bards do best: telling stories.

Contained in these pages, should you keep reading, you will find what tales I have come across in my travels, reminiscences and ruminations on my own adventures, ballads and poetry pertaining to the same, and — as often as possible — first-hand accounts of the travels of others. I intend to preserve as much as I can the history of this world and others that is rarely recorded in the history books. In some few cases I have been fortunate enough to obtain copies of the journals of some travelers, and those pages will be reproduced here in their entirety.

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