Lost Mines of Phandelver

The Travelling Tower of Labrezznakadnezzar Prologue

“During the height of old Phandelver City, there lived the powerful wizard Labrezznakadnezzar. His power was immense and young apprentices gathered from all around to study under his tutelage. Many of the great victories against the orcs and goblins of the Many-Arrows tribe were the result of Labrezznakadnezzar’s arcane mastery, tearing the orcish ranks asunder with a well-placed fireball or summoning powerful elemental spirits to bolster the ranks of the city’s armies. However with each passing day, the orcs grew in greater number as more and more came down from the north. It was at this time that Labrezznakadnezzar came up with his final solution, aptly named the “Labrezznakadnezzar Stratagem”.

The Wizard theorised that it would be possible to shift the entire city into a demiplane which sat just outside of the material plane, where the laws of time and space would not apply. In doing this, the residents of the city could wait hours while the invading orcs felt the effects of several decades. Sadly, things went awry when the tower of Labrezznakadnezzar suddenly disappeared with in a great flash of lightning from inside the city limits, never to be seen again. As is known, the city of Phandelver would ultimately fall to the orcish hordes.

Whether this strategy would have worked has been the source of much debate among the magical community over the centuries. Rumours abound that the Labrezznakadnezzar’s tower has appeared in a variety of places over the centuries, leading to the hypothesis that he some how accidentally stranded himself in the conduits of time and space and is cursed to wander the planes for all eternity. Were this true, the wizard would have likely gone mad. Sadly there is no evidence to corroborate this theory, for anyone who has supposedly set foot into this ‘Travelling Tower’ has never been heard of again. Yet even in this day and age, adventurers and treasure seekers still hold out for the day that they see a tower appear in their village, for the possible riches and untold power that await inside a powerful Wizard’s tower are a tempting beast.

Whether the promise of such treasure and power is real, or just the cunning lure of a malign entity, remains to be seen. What is without doubt, however, is that all who see a strange tower cross their path should be wary, for all that glitters is not gold.”

The Travelling Tower of Labrezznakadnezzar, an extract from:
Minster, E. L. (1159DR). Magical Curios of the Faerun, Volume VIII. Suzail: Cormyr. Mystra Publishings Ltd.

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