Perhaps also the way they are crafted has as much to do with their effectivness as the feather. A craftsman might only be able to use a knife made from an exotic steel or forged in an exotic manner or shape to cut the quill. Or only at certain times, like when the birds are getting ready to migrate. Their feathers may be getting stronger and more effective in the last few days before the migration, after that, they've migrated to who knows where and are no longer available. Go to Comment
Why now? Why didn't the spirits awake earlier?
What will they find? Lots of undead?
What happened to the boiling oil? (Actually that all seeped away into the ground of the catacombs)
History: why was the King persecuting the Lamezzites? Why did the priests have sympathy for them?
I thought there I'd written too much already, so these are just left as open questions. Go to Comment
Invariably, in any persecution/genocide, some escape. Could this small band of decendants be the ones motavating the excavations or even the purpetraitors?
The Lamezzites likely had thier own beliefs and had at least one spiritual leader with them, perhaps they beseeched thier gods as they were being slaughtered and now are acting to avenge thier murder. Go to Comment
Perhaps, as the King and his henchmen prepared the oil, a shaman from within the catacombs was casting an incantation of resurrection. This could entail the dead coming back in corporal form and possess the current King, Cardinal, and other political, spiritual, and military leaders.
History: Maybe the Lamezzites are a scape-goat for failures of the King. Historically speaking, there have been many ethnical cultural, and economical reasons given to execute the Jews, Gypsies, Poles, and Irish; to name a few. Thus, the king could merely be averting attention from his own failures in policy driven decrees. Go to Comment
I forgot to mention that Lamezzites could only come back to life when the crypt was reopened. This would spur fear amongst the current regime, and temptation from a younger, more disbelieving generation. Go to Comment