Campaign of the Month: August 2013
Dragons of Autumn
Disks of Mishakal
Platinum disks containing knowledge of Krynn's pantheon of gods.
The Disks of Mishakal consist of 160 circular plates, 18 inches in diameter, crafted of solid platinum only 1/16th of an inch thick. The disks are surprisingly light, weighing only 15 pounds. A bolt passes through one side of the plates, near the edge, allowing them to be slipped out one disc at a time and read. Small engravings spiral inwards from the edge of each plate on both sides. Although they are known as the Disks of Mishakal, the disks are actually sacred to all the Gods of Light.
If the disks are touched by a creature of evil alignment, they deal 2d6 points of damage each round; neutral creatures touching the disks receive 1d6 points of nonlethal damage. Only those pure of heart (good alignment) may safely peruse the disks.
If the heart of the individual reading the disks is open to the words contained within, the Disks of Mishakal lead the individual toward the Gods of Light. A good aligned character who chooses to embrace the words of the gods is granted enough experience points to give him one experience level (receiving enough experience points to put the character’s experience total midway between the minimum for his new level, and the minimum for the level beyond that), although the experience level must be put toward taking a level of cleric. The character also receives a permanent +1 inherent bonus to Wisdom as well as receiving a medallion of faith.
The character must read and study the disks for one week, for at least eight hours each day or a cumulative of 56 hours, before any of the benefits are gained. These benefits can only be gained once by any individual. Thus, a non-cleric cannot read the Disks of Mishakal once and become a cleric, then read them again to gain additional bonuses.
Created during the Age of Might, the disks contain information and mythology concerning the Pantheon of Light. The disks were commissioned by Karthay Pah, whose crowning as the ruler of Istar is said to have heralded the beginning of the Age of Might. The actual creation of the disks was done by the scholar Erial Caladon nae Tempus and a triumvirate of unknown Silvanesti
priests. With the rise of the Kingpriests, the Silvanesti feared the disks would be lost to them. They sent them away in secret, believing their kin in Qualinesti would be able to keep the disks safe due to the distance between Istar and the Qualinesti forest. Unfortunately, the caravan carrying the disks was attacked, and the disks were stolen and never recovered.
The disks would remain undiscovered until the black dragon Khisanth added the platinum disks to her treasure horde in the underground ruins of Xak Tsaroth. Following the demise of Khisanth, the disks are now in the possession of a group of dwarves tasked by Mishakal to pass the disks along to a “true leader of the people.”