This guide describes the contents of all 100 Lore Pages in Forewarned.
The Lore Pages are divided into blocks with 10 pages each for easy navigation, but you can also scroll from top to bottom and read them in order if you want the full story.
Lore pages 1-10
During the Eighteenth Dynasty, Pharaoh Petemet II grew paranoid of conspiracies forming to overthrow his rule.
With snakes lurking in every corner of his temple, Petemet only confided trust with Totoun, his top general.
The pharaoh summoned the general to his quarters, demanding he provide a solution to quell all threats against his power.
Around this time, the elite Mejai force had reached its peak of strength throughout Egypt. Guardians of royal crypts, palaces, borders and pharaohs themselves, the Mejai were tactfully placed to serve protection where needed.
They served honorably with unparalleled skill in battle. As such, General Totoun quickly gathered seven of the most powerful Mejai across Egypt, bringing them to the court chamber of Petemet to gain audience at nightfall.
Entering the chamber, The general exclaimed “Great Pharaoh, these warriors will protect you with their lives and strike down all who dare oppose you.
They are the most powerful Mejai of the land, though each of them follow rather unconventional means of battle.
The pharaoh stirred in his throne and said “Unconventional? Present them to me so that I may know who guards my life.”
The general cued for the Mejai to align themselves for the pharaoh to bear witness to their might.
Rathos approached the throne first, bowing to the pharaoh while meeting his gaze.
Lore pages 11-20
“Move closer to the torch light,” the pharaoh commanded, “I cannot discern your face from the shadows!”
When Rathos hesitated, the pharaoh prepared to dismiss him in anger, but Totoun interjected: “Great Pharaoh, Rathos has suffered great burns in battle; proximity to fire is not his strength.”
Rathos suddenly took a large step closer to the pharaoh’s throne regardless, revealing his full form in the torchlight, covered entirely in linen wraps.
“He’s mummified?” asked the shocked Pharaoh. “How can he possibly be swift in battle?”
“As I had said Great Pharaoh, the burns were great,” answered Totoun, “…but his bindings do not slow him down.”
It is said that Rathos was ordered to find and kill a group of merchants who hired assassins to eliminate competing merchants.
When he had successfully discovered their hideout, Rathos soon realized he walked into a trap as the ground and walls were covered in cedar oil and the doors became blocked off with large stone slabs behind him.
Suddenly, a lit torch was squeezed through a small window space, igniting flames around him. Townsfolk had said they could hear Rathos screaming while smoke erupted from the house.
Mystery shrouds the events surrounding what happened next, but it is believed Rathos called upon the strength of the Ogdoad, the eight primal deities of the Old Kingdom.
A primordial roar was heard from inside the entrapment, and as quickly as the flames had ignited, they extinguished with an abrupt hiss.
Lore pages 21-30
Next to approach was Dekan, famed for his physical strength and accuracy in battle.
While he did bow to the pharaoh, Dekan did not lift his head to meet the pharaoh’s gaze as Rathos had.
“Look at me,” ordered Petemet. “My king, Dekan is blind and cannot see you,” Totoun quickly clarified.
Greatly insulted by this offering of a warrior, the irate Petemet roared, “You dare suggest this sightless mongrel defend me?”
The pharaoh then hurled his chalice of wine directly at Dekan, who caught it midair and growled.
The pharaoh noticed Dekan’s eyes possessed a dull haze as he lifted his head to reveal his face.
General Totoun then explained, “Great Pharaoh, while Dekan does not see as you and I do, his awareness of the environment around him exceeds that of any warrior I’ve ever known.”
Dekan believed all of his power derived from Ra, deity of the sun.
He had often stripped himself of his garments and stood under the hot Saharan sun, seeking more from Ra.
This eventually led to boils forming across his skin, as well as blindness as he would stare directly into what he believed to be Ra himself.
Lore pages 31-40
Ouphris presented himself before the pharaoh next, boldly appearing in the torch light to reveal his figure.
The pharaoh, dismayed, asked, “What sort of trickery is this?” For what Petemet had seen was a replica of his own self looking back at him.
Ouphris briefly took a step outside the torch light, returning into view then with the liking of General Totoun.
“That is enough Ouphris,” said the general. “Great Pharaoh, as you can see, this warrior flourishes in the skill of depicting those around him.”
“Interesting,” stated Petemet. “But what use does this have in guarding me? Surely my enemies will recognize the deception rather quickly.”
Totoun explained, “Ouphris is a master of infiltration, my king, and will snuff out dangers before they even manifest themselves.”
Totoun was correct in his description of Ouphris, for the warrior had deterred many threats against the royal family and upper-class aristocrats throughout his service.
One such instance was during the plot against Shakir, a silk trader from Nagaa Ash Shalabab.
Shakir’s twin brother, Herben, had grown envious of his accumulated wealth and success, so he planned to murder his brother and take his place.
One day, Herben led Shakir outside of a bazaar in Nagaa Ash Shalabab, promising to introduce him to an interested buyer of silks in bulk.
Lore pages 41-50
When far enough from the bazaar and isolated in an alley, Herben moved to stab Shakir with a serrated blade, but the attack was blocked by Shakir with a smile on his face.
Herben suddenly witnessed who he thought to be his brother transform into Ouphris. Herben was found with large puncture wounds, slayed in the alley.
The pharaoh leaned forward in his throne, scanning the chamber around him. “You told me I would have seven guardian Mejai, General, but I only see six.”
Just then, a face appeared seemingly out of thin air from the shadows, mere feet from the pharaoh’s throne.
Speechless, the pharaoh looked towards the general for an explanation, who smiled proudly and said, “This warrior is known as Necreph the Shadow.”
The general continued, “Necreph uses darkness to his advantage to strike enemies from the shadows. His stealth is unmatched, and by the time his foes see him, it is too late for them.”
It remains unclear as to how Necreph gained his power. Rumors suggest Necreph entered an unholy covenant with a dark priesthood of Setekh worshippers.
The priesthood offered Necreph the speed of a jackal and strength of an ox, so long as he moves in darkness. However, they demanded the life of Necreph’s lover in exchange for these powers.
Necreph, thinking he could trick the priests, brought forth a sarcophagus with a long-rotting corpse from a nearby crypt. After his powers were granted, the Setekh worshippers became privy to the deception, and bound the false sarcophagus to his back with chains with a permanent spell.
Despite this, Necreph had grown so powerful that the extra burden did not slow him down. He slay the priests for their transgression and continued his service as Mejai.
Lore pages 51-60
After these events transpired, Necreph’s foes always heard the rattling of chains shortly before their demise, although they still could never quite see him coming.
“Allow me to introduce the fifth Mejai,” started Totoun, but Petemet interrupted, “I’ve seen enough, these warriors will do.”
Just then, a knock on the chamber door echoed throughout the hall, and each Mejai turned, posed for battle.
From the darkness crept in Akar, high priest and ritual master of the pharaoh. The general gave a signal and the Mejai stood down.
“What is it, priest, that you should interrupt this audience?” demanded Petemet.
Akar answered, “My king, as skilled as these warriors may be, they are still mortal coils made but of flesh and bone.”
He continued, “Allow me to perform a ritual that will extend their lives to protect you for eternity, at the cost of one drop of your royal blood. So long as your blood flows, these warriors will not fall.”
Totoun remarked in anger, “No Akar, I am aware of your reputation in blood magic, and I will not allow these warriors to undergo your abominable ritual!”
Pharaoh Petemet arose from his throne, and roared “Silence general! I will hear what this ceremony entails.”
Akar proceeded to explain, “Each of these Mejai are to bring their most prized possession to the ritual chamber. A circle of protection shall be marked on the ground, with one rune per warrior.”
Lore pages 61-70
Akar then withdrew an ancient dagger from his robes, presenting it as well as golden chalice to the pharaoh.
He continued, “Performing this rite with their beloved possessions will ensure their bodies are bound to our physical realm, while the drop of your blood will ensure their souls remain in service to you.”
Before the general could argue, Petemet exclaimed “These Mejai will be granted immortality so long as I breathe, a blessing and honor. We shall proceed with this ritual and I will not be overtaken by usurpers!”
The Mejai returned the next evening, each bringing their own most treasured relic, placing it atop the pre-drawn rune in Akar’s ritual chamber.
They organized themselves around the circle, and the pharaoh’s blood was drawn from the tip of his finger with the dagger into the chalice.
Akar began to chant, at which point the general almost interceded if not for the raised hand of the pharaoh.
The circle around them began to glow a faint red, growing brighter as the blood from the chalice was poured into the crevices of each rune on the ground.
The torches in the chamber suddenly extinguished, and each Mejai let out a blood-curdling scream…
The general quickly relit a torch to find the warriors looking taller, fuller, and bowing their heads to the pharaoh.
And so the seven warrior’s destinies were sealed with the pharaoh’s life, sworn by blood and bound to the world by their relics.
Lore pages 71-80
After this even transpired, General Totoun remained wary of Akar’s intentions, as well as the warriors themselves.
Therefore, Toutoun had founded the Order of the Mejai, tasked with keeping track of the warriors whereabouts and routines.
We who write these pages belong to this sacred order. For a time, there was peace.
The Mejai had thwarted all threats against Petemet, and even assisted in reinforcing and expanding control throughout Egypt.
As Pharaoh Petemet lived out a long life during his reign, his bloodline had spread far and wide. So did the mortality of the cursed Mejai.
The duty of our Order has persisted through generations; seven centuries have passed since the dark ritual took place, with Pharaoh Petemet long deceased, yet the Mejai still live…
As the general suspected, the ritual was not a blessing, but a curse. During the ritual, Akar had said to the pharaoh, “So long as your blood flows, these warriors will not fall…”
The ritual bound the Mejai to this plane so that even if the blood of the pharaoh’s kin still flowed, the warriors were cursed to serve and protect them.
For centuries, the seven Mejai continued to fight for the descendants of Petemet, although the lineage continued to proliferate, the Mejai seemed to feel the burden of immortality on their bodies and minds.
It wasn’t too noticeable at first, but each Mejai grew increasingly grotesque in appearance, with some commonfolk claiming the warriors took on a monstrous appearance during battles.
Lore pages 81-90
The battles themselves were fought more fiercely and mercilessly, until eventually the cursed Mejai struck down innocent civilians.
We believe that having lived hundreds of years as servants protecting the pharaoh’s kin, the Mejai were driven mad.
Some in the Order believe it was due to living beneath the hot Sahara sun for too long.
Some say the human mind is not meant to bear witness to centuries of death.
Regardless of the cause, the cursed warriors began slaying those to whom they were blood-sworn to protect, perhaps in hopes of ending their cursed existence.
While on their unholy crusade, they brought death and ruin to all who stood in their way, regardless of bloodline.
Therefore, for the safety of Egypt and its citizens, it was the undertaking of our Order to seal the Mejai away from society so they could not continue their bloodrage.
Unfortunately, without the [NO TRANSLATION], we could not completely lay these once great warriors to rest, and instead needed to trap them.
Seven of us were assigned to recover the Mejai’s relics from the burial site of Akar, and hastily depart to distinct locations to lead the cursed beings away from populated areas.
We had received word that the Mejai were aware of this transgression and were on their way to take back their respective relic, as we had hoped.
Lore pages 91-100
Each of the seven of us traveled to remote abandoned temples previously used for dark rituals in service of Apep, Lord of Chaos.
We had each taken the relic to the innermost chamber and placed them in a sarcophagus.
Now, we each wait for the cursed Mejai to descend upon us, a sacrifice we’re willing to make to save humanity from their evil.
If everything goes according to plan, once the Mejai enter the temples, others in our Order will seal each entrance behind them with a Haka spell of warding to prevent the Mejai from escaping.
Once done, the Order will be tasked with burying the temples deep in the Sahara sand so that no one will enter or unleash the Mejai within.
It won’t be long now. I hope these pages will never be read and these temples will remain buried for all eternity.
If someone is reading this, it means something went wrong and the temples were uncovered…
It means the Mejai will have been sulking in rage, yearning for the opportunity to wreak havoc on humanity as revenge for their physical and spiritual imprisonment.
If you have unsealed the temples of the Mejai and freed them, civilization is about to face unparalleled destruction.
It is now your responsibility to gather all seven relics and [NO TRANSLATION].
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