Sixteenth day of the Eleventh Moon,
Eighteenth Year of Recent Awakenings

In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Chronicler of the Court, I hereby submit the account of the
Summoning of the Black Dame. This Chronicle is part of the Triangle and the Black Dame series.

When black candles appeared in varied locations of Castle Marrach more than six years ago, it heralded the arrival of unhappy and menacing spirits. Unfortunately, this tradition held true after black candles were found in various locations of Castle Marrach's Outer Bailey.

Defenders of the Realm gathered in the Outer Bailey Gate Courtyard, where previously the Hand of Five had constructed a magical sigil, believing the black candles may indicate a resurgence of nefarious behaviour upon the part of the undead sorcerers.

It was decided to check the room beneath the Outer Bailey's stables that resulted in tragedy; Master Emerick, Patron of the Office of the Chronicler, and Larentis, a man of Rumiss, were slain by Clockwork Creatures. The defenders fought valiantly, cutting the creatures down, though too late to save the two men.

The party continued to the room below the stables. This room had been used for terrible deeds in ancient history, and the black magic had irreperably stained the room with foulness.

"Inside, we found a pentagram drawn on the ground, with an obsidian sword at the foot of a skeleton that was laid out in the center," recalled ser Mitsuko, who was one of the party. "Renart, otherwise known as the man with the melted face, was standing over it pouring a vial of some black substance over the skeleton. Behind it all was a gaping fissure of what looked to be pure magical energy."

Renart bantered with the group, at times both mocking and angry. He, or another unseen foe, used a type of magic that caused panic; Mistress Blodwen used her powers of sorcery to instill a calm upon the defenders, but the lapse in time allowed for the enemy to finish his task with the skeleton, and vanish.

"The skeleton was swallowed up in a pool of boiling black ooze and sank out of sight," ser Mitsuko said. "The next thing we saw was a black metal hand slamming its grip on the obsidian sword, pulling itself up. That's when we fled back through the door."

The Black Knight, also known as the Black Dame and the Ebon Dame, was soon seen for the first time in the Outer Bailey Courtyard, where she spoke about anger, rage and vengeance.

Unlike Sir Marren, who was once the Black Knight, this knight does not seem impelled to gauge the virtues of the realm's residents; instead, she has seemed to be a pawn of the Shadowed Folk and the Triangle, stalking the wounded and attacking the defenseless.

This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers please indicate to me though discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, The Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Realm,

Euphelia Noronos
Chronicler of the Court