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    First day of the Sixth Moon,
    Twentieth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit the account of the
    Questioning of the Golem.

    On Sunday evening, the 12th day of the 5th moon, residents had the chance question Moe, the clockwork golem put together by the Royal Alchemist, Master Orson and the Royal Commissary, Master Quilp. Moe was recovered from an invasion of clockwork monsters over a year ago. His relocation to the Inner Bailey was dangerous and recorded in the chronicle titled The Golem's Defense and Relocation.

    The golem appears to be a large humanoid machine constructed of chiefly of barrels, wooden planks and the occasional band of iron. The creature's torso consists of a smaller wooden barrel upon which a larger barrel rests on its side, forming a T-shape. Wooden arms extend from the flat tops of the golem's upper barrel while similar machine legs push out from the bottom barrel. A mechanical "head" consisting of a wooden dome set upon a square metal jaw juts from the center top of the creature's chest, giving it a hunchbacked appearance, and on the left side of its upper chest barrel the face of a clock ticks away. The golem's back bears a wooden panel with a visible keyhole in it. Numerous metal pipes run throughout the golem's body, some occasionally letting out spurts of steam.

    The golem was in the charge of Master Orson and the fae knight Dame Or was present to guard the Royal Alchemist. Questions came quickly from most of those present. Sera Ennah and ser Melle managed to control the eagerness of the crowd and ensured that only one question at a time was asked. Occasionally a second query was put to Moe before the first reply was delivered, which triggered a restarting sequence where the device would buzz, meep thrice, focus its purple eyes off and on and then say, “Hello.” At this, the question had to be restated.

    Master Orson commented, "Moe's a bit sassy fer a construct.” and "Broad questions will get broad answers.” This was verified as interesting but irrelevant information was revealed by the golem, such as in answer to sera Taite’s question about Renart’s weaknesses. "Renart has a particular fondness for raspberry parfait, without actual raspberries. He does not like the seed-like grit in his teeth crevices. One would consider that a weakness, as raspberries are healthy for you."

    Since preparations were well underway for the quest to the Underworld on the night of the full moon, the eighteenth day, most questions sought information about the golem’s creator, the Triangle Alchemist Renart, and about dragons. Dame Galatea provided an excellent summary of information gleaned from Moe:

    Dragons don't truly shapeshift, they project their consciousness into a portion of their essence which takes any living form they desire, meanwhile their dragon body goes dormant into a comatose state; like when the Rememberers and Faith hold dream seances and leave their physical bodies behind. Thousands of years ago, Rhumielle and Dresborne were trapped in these projection forms by Marrach and cursed to forget where their true bodies were, as a means of winning whatever conflict Marrach and the dragons were engaged in. Fast forward a few millennia, the Triangle member Ubraxas was in secret contact with Haylee, who he was using to manipulate Renart into creating the Philosopher's Stone. Renart's plan back then was to take one of the dragons to Elysium, in the Heart of the Mountain, to drink from the River Mnemosyne, which holds magics powers that can restore lost memories. Once the dragon drank from this river, they would remember where their true form was stored, and Renart would use them to locate their true body and extract the Essence of Dragon from it, completing the Philosopher's Stone.
    There were many more questions and answers which are beyond the scope of this chronicle. For further information, contact one of those present. In addition to those mentioned above, also present were Mistress Adeline, seras Diana, Elora, Kona, sers Gareth, and Halvard, Serjeant Marcellius and this chronicler.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections. I humbly ask all readers to please indicate to me discreetly, 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.

    Sera Tine
    Senior Chronicler

    Mistress Tine
    Chronicler of the Court
    Squire to Sir Edstave
    Junior Equerry to Lord Dolph Li'astri