Shinzo’s Letter to Master Kan:
I led two friendly dwarves, Gria & Jameak, to an ancient Hellic Graveyard in the nearby Cradle Woods. I had hoped to find wisdom through ancient writings or perhaps a sense of solitude. Sadle, this place had not been cared for in several centuries and whatever holiness was there had long since been overtaken with evil. We immediately found zombies, disgusting rotten flesh undead who immediately attacked us. I was surprised at how strong they were, as they struck me with their fists and broke several ribs. Despite landing several well-placed blows to sensitive locations as you taught me, they seemed not to feel my fists. Luckily, the dwarves were capable fighters with their axes and hammers and flails and they killed the creatures.
We next found a hedge carving holding a gem, which Jameak hastily grabbed. A ghoul popped out of the earth and attacked Jameak, but this time my blows were effective, as I literally knocked his jaw off. The dwarves finished him off and we moved on, only to find skeletons!
Another battle ensued and Jameak again caused serious destruction to the undead. Gria and I finished off the last skeletons and headed back to Blackmire.
We returned the next day after I had rested and Bila, a powerful cleric, had healed me. We encountered another ghoul which attacked Jameak, only to be cut in half by his axe while simultaneously having its skill crushed by his flail. Apparently ghouls have some type of chilling touch that causes paralysis because Jameak shook all over like having a cold bucket of water poured over him. He explained to me aftewards that “dwarves are the toughest creatures on earth and no stinking ghoul was going to freeze him”.
We next found skeletons wielding scimitars and long spears. We easily dispatched them and headed back to Blackmire.
I feel I have discovered one truth: when encountering undead, it is best to be accompanied by angry dwarves.
Your Faithful Student,