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Parchments are scrolls found throughout the dungeon. They often give clues to the player as well as tell stories of others venturing through the same dungeon.

The following table lists the parchments in no particular order, but tries to keep a sense of chronology. Any in-game typos remain unchanged in this table.

Name Image Content Location Remarks
Parchment Parchment.png This appears to be the final page of a letter.


"... and assist him in whatever way you can. If all else fails then recover any information he has gathered and bring it to me. There is potential in you, succeed here and we will find a place for you.


Badly scribbled across the back of the page are the following words:


"There is another way out"

Unknown's inventory XA StartLetter
Letter Parchment.png Dearest Mathis,


Elara has disappeared. Many have gone missing of late but bandits in the area are not uncommon. Elara however does not travel, why would they have taken her? I dread to think what they might do to her. I thought of a ransom and so, I am ashamed to admit, I thought of you. But there have been no requests for ransom, just more and more missing. I assume news of these events has not reached Ardent, it has been long since we've seen a proctor. What am I to do dear cousin? Will you at least advise me?


Tessa

Exanima Level 1

Wine Cellar

Parchment Parchment.png Consignment has arrived, I must find a suitable place and begin work. Finally I can resume living with a vague semblance of decency. I cannot stand this filth any longer, I've been living like an animal. Exanima Level 1

Office

Parchment Parchment.png They lose the will to live without their bodies. They seem completely bound to their mortal remains. Is it just because of their lesser minds? I have attempted to sustain one with nothing left but th...


Gods below, what am I doing? It is horrifying. Sometimes it is as if I suddenly wake to realise that I am fuelled by rage, as if I hold these poor souls responsible for what has befallen me.

Exanima Level 1

Hospital Desk

Parchment Parchment.png I think my illness has worsened since coming here, I often feel confused, as if battling conflicting thoughts. My temper keeps getting the better of me, an aggressive trait I never knew I posessed. Perhaps it is simply a response to all that has happened. Even so it scares me, I don't recognise myself. I must make a greater effort to retain my composure. Exanima Level 1
Parchment Parchment.png So far results are disappointing. I suppose I should have expected as much after the initial dramatic progress. I am seeing some improvement but I feel as though I need a change in direction to really go further. If only poor Papin was still with me, exchanging thoughts with him would benefit me greatly. Exanima Level 1
Parchment Parchment.png I feel a growing resentment for Thaven. On the one hand I wish to please him, to impress him, but such thoughts then lead me to anger. I once believed there was friendship between us, now I think perhaps it was based on naught but common interests. His disregard for all things other than his single minded purpose has hurt us, it has put us all in difficulty and danger. I was always feared, but I was also respected. To be driven from my own home by peasants! Exanima Level 1

Bedroom

Parchment Parchment.png Hamon has obviously cast aside our agreement. He's sending far too many down here and I've lost all contact with him. What is he trying to do? One of these wretches confessed that he was told to seek treasure. Someone will notice all these missing people. And what if one finds me while I sleep? I no longer feel safe here, I have locked the doors but I should venture further and look for something more secure. Exanima Level 1
Parchment OldParchment.png Darrin, please inform Naiss that he's an idiot. Only a handful of the soldiers are able to reliably operate the mechanism without incident. They don't even understand what they're doing wrong, clearly it is not as simple as he'd have us believe. We've had several incidents already and I'm now having to teach precautions to avoid being burned. Exanima Level 1 puzzle P8 Scroll 1
Parchment OldParchment.png In response to our surprising failure we've installed Naiss's ingenious mechanism as a final precaution against intrusion. It can only be operated by those with knowledge of its workings. Simply press all the outer buttons but never two near eachother in sequence before operating it. This will surely keep them out no matter how smart they are. Exanima Level 1 puzzle P8 Scroll 2
A dusty old scroll OldParchment.png Balan, you are required to begin moving anys spare and newly built barricades to the entrance of the new supply route and prepare for one of your men to set up a new workstation there where you will eventually join him. Captain Klysen has been informed and he and his men will assist you however necessary.

Regards.

Exanima Level 1 Unobtainable
A dusty old scroll OldParchment.png

Dearest Rayner my favourite quatermaster.


Please could you have one of your good folk at the stores prepare me a selection of your freshest and finest and have it sent to my quaters as soon as possible. I am entertaining tonight and as always I wish to impress.

Forever in your gratitude,

Capain Lafele

Exanima Level 1 Unobtainable
??? OldParchment.png If you are reading this then I fear I am dead.


I'm wounded and can not continue to fight.. I've secured Donestan and Sandrian in the wine cellar,  if you can help, then please help them, it is too late for me

Exanima Level 1 Unobtainable
Parchment Parchment.png Clearly this was once a place of military activity, but who were they fighting? Were we once at war with these people? It would seem we won. How could such events be completely erased from our histories? Thaven believes that somewhere down here lies the true source of our power. I cannot make sense of any of this, I wish now that I had been less dismissive of Thaven's theories. Exanima Level 2
Parchment Parchment.png That idiot and his thugs are still sending many down here. I must admit I am impressed by his methods, in some ways he is less a fool than he appears. I must take advantage of this and resume my research while I still can. I've yet to find a place where I w- Exanima Level 2
Parchment Parchment.png This place begins to intrigue me. Thaven understands more things than I imagined. What if he is right? It would change everything. How could we be so ignorant? If I had more time I believe I would undertake his mission. I wonder what changes he has brought about by now with these discoveries. These are important times, I would live to see them. Exanima Level 2
Parchment Parchment.png I've been avoiding relations with my subjects as it could become a serious impediment to my work. I did not imagine that I would miss human contact so much. Papin could have carried my legacy but I now treasure his company and friendship more than anything. Even so I deeply regret the loss of a lifetime of imparted knowledge and teachings. If I were to succeed poor Papin would never truly have reaped the benefits of his apprenticeship but he accepted this and was always eager and gratef-

-s too late now, I must not dwell on it any longer.

Exanima Level 2
Parchment Parchment.png I'm sitting in a tavern, something I have not done a long time. Alas it is quite empty and all the drink has spoiled long ago.


These people cannot have been so different from us. And yet some things are very strange. There are lamps and even fires that never burn out, I do not understand the source of their power. These walls echo with the souls of the long dead but beneath that I sense something else, like a far reaching presence, it is faint but everywhere, and very strange. Could this be the mythical Guardian? Or even Thaven's Spellgiver?

Exanima Level 2
Parchment Parchment.png I discovered a truly miraculous substance. It produces a faint light and a pungent odour, when I touched it a wound on my hand I acquired during my cuttings healed rapidly. It was astounding. I have experimented with it but so far it has proven ineffective against my illness. If only I could find more. It was well hidden, obviously it is something of great value. I thought perhaps the lamps contained this substance but I was unable to break one open, when I finally removed one from the wall it gradually lost its light. Exanima Level 2
Old Scroll OldParchment.png I have been informed that the conservers have spies amongst us. Despite our differences I cannot imagine that they're looking to harm us, or even impede our mission here. I cannot in truth see much reason to prevent them from knowing of our progress, I am inclined to just let them get their information rather than waste resources and encourage doubt and suspicion amongst us. Exanima Level 2
Old Parchment OldParchment.png A mouldy old scroll that's too damaged to read. Exanima Level 2
Old Parchment OldParchment.png A mouldy old scroll that's too damaged to read. Exanima Level 2
Parchment Parchment.png One of my subjects found a most remarkable weapon and escaped, making quick work of anything in his path. I was surprised by his ability to guard his mind against me, I tracked his escape for some time but he then completely vanished from my senses. How did he do that? Who is he? Exanima Level 3
Parchment Parchment.png I have found a helmet which blocks my power when I wear it. Perhaps more importantly it shielded me from the noise of other minds, that presence that has haunted me since I came here was gone. Shortly after donning it I fell asleep, I am certain it was not its power that did this but the calm that came over me, I had not slept so well in quite some time. I feel certain now that it is this presence that causes unrest and aggressiveness in my subjects, clearly it is malevolent. Exanima Level 3
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png I am certain that Zuiek is importing contraband goods. We have searched his lodgings and the glass workshop on several occasions but we never find anything, not even a hiding place he might use. That old toad has been here longer than any of us and he thinks he can outsmart us. I must be missing something, but what? Exanima Level 3
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Zuiek,


As you know I have placed a very special order with you. Given the significant payment I have given you I expect prompt delivery, why have I yet to hear from you?

Exanima Level 3
Parchment Parchment.png A proctor! Just as I feared, and yet I grew complacent. She was well prepared, obviously she had some idea of what to expect, it was only luck that she didn't kill me. I cannot stay here, I must hide and prepare defences. I don't know how I will be able to continue my work. The proctor would have made an excellent subject, a shame I had to kill her so. I will leave her here to impede any who would pursue me. Exanima Level 3
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Some of the soldiers are trying to intimidate me into giving them certain items. I made the mistake of trying to explain why we limit their use, clearly they do not agree and now they dislike me more. Should I inform the captain? I see no choice that will not lead me to more trouble. Exanima Level 3
Parchment Parchment.png What terrible place is this? A thunderous voice shouts unintelligibly in my mind, as though trying to command me with wordless urgency. It's as though it wants to both urge me and sooth me, I am terrified that I may succumb to its will. This strange helm is my only respite, but it leaves me vulnerable.

There is also a constant wailing of ancient restless spirits, has this presence been keeping them from finding peace?

Exanima Level 4
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Dassin, keep a watchful eye over the scribes and the archivists, especially the archivists. There have been many reports of things being taken and hidden away. We must be thorough. Exanima Level 4 Archive Scroll
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Burn, burn it all! A lifetime watching over things that I must now quietly consign to the fires. For what? The teachings of a monstrous traitor? The sorry truth is that no one is willing now to admit they were wrong, too much was invested, it couldn't be for nothing. And so we go forth and burn the path behind us, let blind hope be our guide. Exanima Level 4 Archivist Scroll
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Our glorious hero is little more than a killer. Now that his deadly work is done he cares nothing for the consequences. Murder our gods so that we may be free. And lost. I will not forget who saved us from oblivion. We have been warned, far worse is coming and our demise is now inevitable. Exanima Level 4 Aderon Scroll
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Venerable Aderon,

I understand that you are conflicted, but I must ask that you keep the voicing of your misgivings to within the council. You cannot hope to stop this now, you will only cause disquiet and potentially worse. Please, remember the responsibility that comes with your position.
Terschenn

Exanima Level 4 Aderon Letter
Parchment Parchment.png I have never been so terrified. I was attacked by a huge dreadful creature. A demon perhaps? I tried to control it, but though its mind felt completely unguarded, it was oblivious to my intrusion. I was only able to confuse it briefly and get away, I am defenceless against this thing. I dare not venture out again.

These dead guards, perhaps I could call them to action. I don't imagine they could do much against such a monster, but the distraction might cover my escape.

Exanima Level 4
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png When I took this oath I told myself my life no longer mattered. Now that courage, that sense of purpose, is fading fast. I look to the others for strength, but I find the same doubt in their eyes. They mocked us and now I see the truth of it. This is senseless. Exanima Level 4 Necro Note 2
Parchment Parchment.png I fear I don't have long left. I have abandoned my efforts to escape death. It was foolish, and yet I have accomplished so much. I must try to send word to Thaven, he will see the importance of my work, even though he is concerned with other matters.

I believed Thaven's pursuits to be as hollow as my own, a stubborn refusal to accept bitter truths. After what I've seen here anything seems possible. I will spend the rest of my days discovering what I can, I can still be of help.

Exanima Level 4
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png That silly nurse touching everything! She accidentally opened my secret study. All I could think to do is send her away in a hurry. I think she may have gotten entirely the wrong idea. Exanima Level 5

Doctor's Office

Nurse Touch
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Who needs The Guardian when you have the great Torris? What do I expect? To be hailed as a hero? If they knew what I attempted, they'd have my head. Exanima Level 5 Torris the great
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png I have no more time, and find I cannot leave without knowing. I will give my life, nothing else matters to me now.


I was not able to acquire a stronger source of power, so I must be quick. Should I disappear forever behind this wall, then perhaps at least I will be remembered as the good physician, and not the madman.

Exanima Level 5

Secret Study

Torris' end
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png

With breaths held we tread
You and me, hand in hand
Our gazes locked ahead
Upon this endless land


Where rivers flow
Under open skies
And slow they grow
But trees reach high
The beasts run wild
We'll hunt, and after
We'll make a child
To raise with laughter

Exanima Level 5

Theatre

Sonnet
Parchment Parchment.png I've finally received a reply from Thaven, and I regret that I wrote to him. We all know what he did, we all know what he's capable of. I can't trust him, if he's sending someone to me, I fear it will not be with good intentions. Exanima Level 5

Tavern

Thaven's reply
Parchment Parchment.png Dearest Corlian,


It is good to hear from you my old friend. I heard what had befallen you, but I knew you would not be so easily thwarted.


I am terribly sorry about Papin, I cannot imagine what a loss it is for you. I am sending someone to help you. I know you well, and I believe you will be greatly attuned.


Oh, the things we are discovering! I find myself struggling to keep to my purpose. It seems my theories were correct, but there is so much more to learn, so much I would never have guessed. I cannot wait to hear what a man with your insight has uncovered.

Be well my friend, I hope to see you soon.


Thaven

Exanima Level 5

Tavern

Thaven Letter
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png The situation is getting worse, now everyone seems to be amassing weapons and other combat gear. They fear that there will be violence, and want to be prepared. These items are being traded everywhere in secret, including some of our own equipment, which is greatly concerning. If someone were to impersonate the law they could cause some serious damage, and no doubt I'd be held responsible. Exanima Level 5

Captain's Office

Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png A group must have stayed in hiding, and once we were almost all gone they raided the armouries. I assume they killed an officer to gain access. Many were killed, but our attempts to stop them were ultimately futile. I was backed into this room and they blocked the door. They did not see I was carrying this mask. Exanima Level 6
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png It has been some time now, I don't know how long. I don't think anyone will come for me. Are the other all dead? This mask will sustain me for some time, but I fear it will only prolongue my suffering. Exanima Level 6
Parchment Parchment.png These golems have proven an impassable barrier for me, I must turn back. I was shocked and dismayed to see them animate. At first I thought them to be lifeless constructs, a product of magics that I cannot fathom, and yet I sense something from them. Being versed in necromancy as I am, I fear these may be the result of something horrible, far worse than the practices of my art.

What if all that I see here is explained by the harvesting souls as a source of power? Minds reduced and locked in the eternal torment of serving some mundane purpose. The notion is frightful.

Exanima Level 6
Parchment Parchment.png I feel almost certain that Spellgiver and Corruptor are one and the same, condemned for atrocities, corrupting mortal souls. If this is true then Thaven's quest is folly. We did well to refuse our past and abandon such dark practices. I would hope that Thaven too might reach this conclusion, but I fear otherwise, and that he must be stopped. I now regret having sent word to him, he cannot save me anyway. Exanima Level 6
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Many now come to our doors. I suppose they wish to be prepared for what's ahead. It is good to see fresh blood, but I am concerned by the implications of their selfish purpose. That is not what we're here for. Exanima Level 6
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png I woke to terrible screams. Who could sleep through that? Edrian, my neighbour, was never found. All that's left of him is the blood in his bathroom. They say they are now amongst us. How could this happen? There are rumors that they were let through deliberately, but I cannot believe that. Exanima Level 6
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png It will be good to leave here, start anew. I feel torn between two worlds, and responsible for things that are beyond me. I have blindly deferred to the judgement of others, and just as blindly enforced their will. I find that I have no opinion of my own, I see no atrocities committed, no teachings imparted, just empty words and stubborn egos. How can we judge such things? Yes, I am eager to leave it all behind. Exanima Level 6
Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png I'm sorry Stenris, but I'm going to leave the company.


This is not what we do. We challenged the mind, we asked the questions! Look at us now, acting out badly written lies, pretending nothing's wrong. I know you are being pressured, and probably under threat, but it is too much to bear. I used to be proud of what we do, but now all I feel as I stand on our stage is shame. I won't do it anymore.


I will seek other ways to reach people, perhaps I'll join the fight. I hope that you can find peace when this is all over.


Your friend who begs you will forgive him,

Athelin

Level 7

Backstage

Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Methis gave me and some others these rods. He says they're useless on their own, and he made us each swear to keep our rod and its crystal safe. If we're to find ourselves danger and with no escape, then we should gather all in the same place, surround it with the rods and wait for help. He's not said much more, but we trust him well. I'll do my part. Level 7

Workshop

Old

Parchment

OldParchment.png Dear Themin,


I hope this letter finds you well and whole. I have heard of your foolhardy endeavours. Always a champion of the common people.


I am due to leave with the next group in five days. I would have sought you out, but with everything that's happening I had to settle for this letter. I hope to see you again soon, please do not risk everything for this dying city.


I would have left word either way, but I'm afraid I must also warn you of a great danger. Amatine claims to have someone who can truly wake the sentries, and he intends to do it. You must stop him, no one else has the authority. If he is not stopped we will have another great threat upon us.


Yours,

Elenis

Level 7

Tavern

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