In the southern Aedyre province of Maghanon, the wizard and inventor Gaelef spent decades creating devices that could mimic magical effects and properties. His fellow wizards viewed Gaelef's work with disdain, but one area of research intrigued even the elitists: a device that could replicate entire magical objects.
The key to Gaelef's research was an enchanted mold. When Gaelef died of old age, his remote workshop was eventually plundered by southern barbarians who had been sacking the province for years. All of his work was believed to have been lost.
Recently, an anonymous patron has been inquiring across the Eastern Reach for aid in recovering some of Gaelef's research notes, using leads that were discovered by unknown means.
[Companion Name]'s patron was silent about the source of their leads, but the notes quickly proved to be valuable. A grimoire sale in the Cythwood and notes from a dead Readceran wizard pointed the way toward three other wizards that were unwittingly performing research based on Gaelef's stolen notes.
Spread out across the Eastern Reach, the wizards were amiable enough but quite unwilling to part with their own extensive notes. After reporting back to the patron's servant, [Companion Name] discovered that no additional services were required. It wasn't until after returning to Caed Nua that [Companion Name] learned of the grisly deaths of the three wizards, all under suspicious circumstances.
A short time later, a package arrived via guarded courier. It was addressed to [Companion Name] and the note inside simply read, "A gift." in an antiquated hand.