The Record of Truan Iolavai is an ancient text that catalogues the journeys of Truan Iolavai, an explorer who completed a fantastic journey from the Taldan capital of Oppara all the way across Avistan and Casmaron to the distance province of Yen-Shuan in Kaladay.
Near the beginning of their journey, Truan and his companions discovered the ancient edifice of Hask-Ultharan in the pine forests of Iobaria. A gigantic stone cairn, it was marked with the weathered script of the cyclopes who ruled the land during the Age of Legend, and served travelers in that land as a way marker. When their guides refused to approach it, Truan investigated, but was stopped by a howling mob of malformed giants. These creatures were said to have been led by the demon lord Kostchtchie himself, who crushed more than a dozen strong warriors before the humans fled for safety.
Even though elements of this story has been critiqued by scholars throughout the centuries, its basic facts remain uncontested.
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