It is a name I hoped never to hear again.
But if reports be true, Carzag the Necromancer once again walks the sod of Doron.
Carzag was last seen three hundred years ago, when his undead armies swarmed up from the Southern Desert and attempted to invade the city of Yikove. The river was no barrier to such as they, and the cliff walls even less so. Hundreds were dislodged as they climbed, but there were hundreds more to take their place. Carzag’s ability to raise this unholy army seemed unlimited.
But it was his overreach that seemed to doom him. The other evil powers of his day resented his rapid rise to power and his interference in their plans. Carn the dragon-lord, in particular, was incensed that Carzag would dare assault Yikove. Carn has an affinity – nay, an obsession – for slow, long-range plots. His plans for Quana span generations. Carzag, through his frontal assault, reignited the fading faith of Quana and spurred them back into the arms of the Eternal. Ironically, they now face the same situation.
Many believed that Carn had slain Carzag outright for his audacity. Others insisted that the necromancer’s power was too great for even Carn to end so easily – that he had to ally himself with another (perhaps his cousin Regan or the underworld creature Gison Thorelon). Perhaps instead of slaying him outright, Carn merely imprisoned him, holding back his power for some future purpose only the dragon-lord perceives. Then is Carzag’s return orchestrated by Carn himself, or some other, unknown party?
If he is indeed returned, it seems likely that Carzag will make his way to Yara Castle in the south. He will undoubtedly be welcomed by Cark’s leaders. The threat to Quana and the north will escalate immensely.
It cannot be stressed enough that the sightings of Carzag heretofore are rumor only. Yet I felt a tremor in my heart a few days ago, and I cannot deny the cold chill that followed it. I have few doubts remaining. Carzag has returned.
-from the memoirs of Machaira Ktistes, elven smith