Pirates of the Forgotten Realms
Penkus' dying curse
(In ragged letters, as if the writer had difficulty holding the pen, with many ink blotches)
“These bones once be Penkus, so if ye read this, I be dead, laid low by the sick put on me by that foul dead thing! Yet even as my flesh wracks know twas not the dead what brought my doom, but one I til recently called friend. Vanthus Vanderboren! Yer name fills me with bile! Spineless, treacherous cur! You left us here to die. You left ME here to die, after all what I done to get ye into the Lotus! yer designs on the Lady of the Lotus be clear now, and with meself out of the way…ye doubtless move even now into power, slithering amid my vacancy like a hermit crab in a shell or a cadaver worm to still-warm flesh. CURSE UPON YE!
To the one what reads this, if ye have any honor or vengeance in yer soul, know that Vanthus must die. He dwells in the lap o’ the Lotus, ‘neath the Taxidermist’s Hall. Seek him there. But ’fore he dies, he must know it were Penkus what undid him and guides yer killing blow.
And, if by some cruel spite of fate, it be ye what reads this, Vanthus: Know with certainty I wait for ye in Hell, where I intend to rival the Pit itself in yer torment!”