Fate of the True Empress
The Lorekeepers were an order of sages and scholars who preserve the knowledge, arcane lore and esoteric secrets of the Aegis Empire. They are a neutral entity, set up by the Archmage of the time to defend the realm from various threats (the Archmage set up a number of such organizations – in Vjantos, it’s the Order of the Vigil). They functions similarly to Lorehaven, except their primary interest is in the safe guarding and prosperity of the Aegis Empire.
During the reign of the Last Emperor of Aegis (Tharoken the Mad), he desired secrets of immortality and invulnerability, and absolute power over his realms, and demanded the Lorekeepers to turn their secrets over. An internal struggle developed within the Lorekeepers, but they managed to expel the Emperor’s agents. This brought down the wrath of the Emperor. Tharoken persecuted the Lorekeepers and they were forced to scatter.
To keep their stronghold and vault of lore safe from the Emperor (and anyone else who seek to exploit them), the Five Grandmasters of the order decided to smash the Keystone into five fragments, each taking one with them. The Keystone is required, in conjunction with a Teleportation Portal, to travel to the Lorekeepers’ stronghold.