Book of the Dead
Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, this ancient Far Realm text is written in Deep Speech and contains passages for summoning the bizarre Old Ones and resurrecting demons, and deals with those forces which roam the forest and dark bowers of Man’s domain. It is through the recitation of certain passages that demons are given license to possess the living. It was never meant for the world of the living. Authored by the “Mad Illithid” Abdul Alhazred, it is also known as Naturum De Montum. Some say the book’s existence even spans across realities and dimensions.
Over hundreds of years several rulers and priests of goodly gods have claimed to have burnt the evil grimoire, but it kept popping up in various places across the world, always followed by a plague of death and undeath.
The most well known tale of the book was several decades ago, when an archeologist named Ramond Knoby found the book in the ruins of an ancient nerath castle. He brought it to his secluded cabin in the Winterbole woods to translate it into English. He only got a few pages into the translation before he and his wife was possessed and destroyed by an evil force from within the woods.
The only known part of Knoby’s translation is:
“That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And with strange aeons even death may die.”
A group of young humans unknowingly stumbled upon the cabin and the evil forces tortured and devoured them one by one. The sole survivor dissapeared into a mysterious vortex with the book.
Since then it has been only heard of furtively until it fell into the hands of the wizard Terra of the Dalelands.
Its whereabouts are currently unknown, except to one member of The True Fallcrest Guard.