|Notes on a Stronghold|
The book's author is "A Forgotten Explorer".
[[An explorer's notebook, written on faintly glowing paper]]
The tendrils of darkness surrounding this area are just a manifestation of a protective spell over the entire dark forest. The spell causes blindness, which is quite vexing. I have seen several interesting things in the area and would like to keep exploring.
I have found ruins in the dark forest. They belong to a stronghold, of a type usually inhabited by knights. Rather than knights though, this stronghold is full of goblins. They wear knightly armor, but their behavior is most un-knightly.
Deep in the ruins, I have found a pedestal. The pedestal seems to be of a type that knights would place trophies on to prove their strength.
Killing a powerful creature would seem to weaken the curse on the dark forest, and placing a trophy associated with the creature on the pedestal would likely grant access into the main part of the stronghold.
The only creature I have seen so far seen so far of sufficient power is the many-headed beast in the fire swamp. How vexing...