The Godless Continent
Dear Sir or Madame,
Recently while traveling along the stretch of river south of the Stratus Sound known as the Mud I noticed a faint magical energy thrumming through the very air. Similar to the power one feels from tapping into a ley line, but this instead indeed felt more akin to waves washing upon a shore, a tide of magical energy passing over and then receding. I have heard from with others here at the University of Mystra that have felt these energies, but none have explored to find their cause. Luckily, my ship soon became beswamped, and so while the good captain pulled his ship from the muck I gathered a few strapping sailors and decided to seek the source of this energy. I came across a small oasis only a mile inland from the Mud, and while the sailors claimed to have heard of this oasis they said it has never been filled with a dark red and viscous fluid that I could only assume is blood. I wished to discover the significance of this phenomenon but cowardly sailors refused stay and act as my guards against whatever dangers are sure to accompany such a macabre omen, and beside the ship would be ready to go soon. Alas I had to leave it behind. Therefor I am willing to fund a successful research expedition back to the oasis for as long as it might take to study its origins. I will pay 200 gold per person, or 5 gold per person per day, whichever amount is greater. Additionally if there are any treasures or magical items to be found, you may divide them up amongst yourself once their connection to the mystery as been determined.