The Legend Reborn

Session 62

Session 62

11 Uktar 2525 / 4 Jan 2014

We enter the atrium; it is huge and Lusi is entranced by the astrolabe in the ceiling and the floor. She is completely absorbed in it.
There are lines in the astrolabe that all intersect at the very center where there is a small glowing orb.
The dome overhead is of crystal and the night sky is visible. There are other swirls of color unlike anything we’ve seen (nebulae). There are archways all the way around the room. One on the right leads to a mecantile area. Another has the smells of food coming from it.
On the upper levels there are balconies and Lusi can see rows and rows of bookshelves from floor to ceiling on multiple floors; there are innumerable levels of books but the ceiling appears to be a hundred feet above the ground.
There are multiple races here, still more humans than others. There is a reptilian one, a hairless person with glowing white eyes and fluffy wings. There are a couple of people with amulets and a holy symbol.
One brushes by Muri and she gets a sense of immense power, like talking to Lara or Ao.
The archways appear to be different sizes, like one large enough for a dragon to go through…
There is a person every half dozen archways that looks exactly alike; they’re dressed in an odd grayish matte armor that is totally unfamiliar but looks more ceremonial than anything but we’re not sure. Each has a glowing pike and they are all bald with red eyes. Their lips are black-ish (no idea if that’s natural or not) and so are their nails.

One of them approaches us and asks us to move from the doorway. Severin has to guide Lusi away; she doesn’t even hear the person ask us to move (rolled a 1 earlier). He gives Muri some directions. There is apparently one door that is off limits to us since we’re not gods.
There is a guide to the Library available in the shop if we want one. There are librarians on each level of the library.

Aubrey suggests that we get a guidebook to the Library so we know where the books for various topics are. He says there is a timepiece available that will tell us what time it is on whatever world we are on. Muri is impressed and wants to know how much it is.

We head to the shop; it’s pretty much the same kind of shop we’ve seen just with different merchandise. The very center has a large crystal case that has a being with 10 or 12 arms, 3 sets of eyes and it is dealing with a half dozen people at once. There is a set of odd looking bracelets – we do recognize the timepiece similar to one a gnome had. These are much more complicated looking.
The being demonstrates one of the watches for a customer; an illusion of the universe appears and it homes in on the world the customer wants. There is other jewelry (souvenirs) and a massive rack of guidebooks for the Library. It’s 1000 gp.
There are other items: endless journals, endless ink pens, laptops (though we have no idea what those are), etc…
The journals cost 500 gp and the pens 200 pg.
Lusi decides to buy one of each.
There is a book that can be ordered specially that has every spell the Library has that was created on our own world.
TImes to receive the items ordered vary.

We are to pretty much be respectful and kind to all and we’ll avoid trouble.
Lusi asks about the race of the 12 armed being… It’s name is Dodecarus Moo.

Muri wants to know how much for the watches – it depends on the functions. 10K for the one that will tell us the times on Toril and the Library. We can find that in the book as well. There are plane shifting stones available if we can’t plane shift. It can be mounted or integrated into a magic item we already have.

Lusi pays in gems for the 1700 gp; the lady places the gems in a box that seems to count the gems and gets a receipt for the purchases.

Lusi asks if there is anything else we need to know or she thinks we should know. She says that we should learn by experience anything else.

We start looking for stuff on the dragon souls. Historicxal records, soul gems, etc. THe book is a lot bigger than it appears from the outside. The first few pages have a map of the Library. Doors that we have access to are shown, any we don’t are just a little hash mark of red.
The levels are shown individually and the topic will be shown in the area the books are in. There is an index that is huge and there is a search function that we eventually figure out we need to use. The search page has a bunch of different options that we use to narrow down what we’re looking for.

Breadcrumbs: Toril, 2025, disappearance of dragons, soul gems, Anskarard

On the planet display is the time of the place we choose. The differential is each hour in the LIbrary is 10 minutes on Toril.

Soul gems comes in a different section of the Library than the rest of the history we got on the disappearance. Lusi asks Aubrey to check out the soul gems.
He shows us how to use the Library first.
We go through the archway and end up on a platform: we can state where we want to go, touch the area in the book we want, or touch a glass wall that we’re surrounded by that has glowing circles that correspond to the area we want go to (Aubrey’s hand had to go close to the wall before the circles showed up).
Lusi touches the part of the book we want. There is a small sound then Aubrey tells us to step out: lots of books and shelves. The guidebook has an arrow to guide us.
We’re in the section for Torillian dragons.

Lusi goes to the card catalog; looking up Anskarad. One book is on art, one her autobiography, and one that she is listed on as a dragon and one on art by her.

Alika looks up the disappearance of dragons there too. There are a number of books on the history of the time, some of just speculation on it as well.

Muri is looking up info on the group members and anything on prophecies for us.

Alika checks the particular text that speculates on the disappearance; the prevalent theory is a mass exodus to another part of Toril. Some other scholars think these are nuts – citing living that close to each other would be difficult. One speculates a magical illness that killed only dragons almost overnight. Maybe they left Toril entirely. Maybe they were finally hunted to extinction. They’re just hiding, maybe… They renounced their draconic heritage and now exist only in human forms. Ao decided to get rid of the dragons. Their connections to magic failed and they died off. Someone captured them and has them imprisoned somewhere.
Facts: before 2025 dragons were seen occasionally; the dragons went nuts just after the Time of Troubles; massive hunts were done to kill them off – the draconic council stomped on the ones destroying towns to stop the slaughter; some humans would capture and kill dragons for their parts; after 2025 no one saw dragons at all; draconic items became unobtainable.

Lusi finds: pictures of some of Anskarard’s art in one and tons of them in her book on art.
Her autobiography is full of self-aggrandizing, so it’s a good thing that Lusi can speed read. One day a dragon showed up and said he was an envoy from the Enclave of Shadows and wanted her to join them; she turned them down when she found that they were associated with The Olenar Mentis (they would make her a lackey and no damn way would she put up with that). She was going to dedicate herself to her art.
Shortly after that she noticed a huge decline in the dragons clamoring for her art; her contacts to other dragons went unanswered. WHile she was looking for more subjects for her art she looked for them but apparently no one knew what happened to them. One day she was working on the piece we want from her she was interrupted by someone appearing in her lair and informed her that she needed to guard this chest and discover what happened to the dragons and restore them. He just dumped this massive chest on her with tons of softly glowing gems in general settings of different metals ready to mount on other pieces. She speculates that it was a deity because no one else would have the presence to intimidate her so much. Touching them she got a feeling that the draconic soul was inside. She was informed that she was not to use them into her art under pain of severe consequences to her artistic abilities. Since she had no idea what to do with them she set the chest aside and forgot about them. In the back of the book are full color pictures of all her art pieces… OMG.

Muri’s research: Two versions of the prophecy

In the time of the Watchful Guardian there will come two sisters of spirit, each born at the height of the moon, united by love, purpose and the light within their hearts.

The Daughter of Chance shall be the chosen of the Smiling Lady and Beloved of the High Lord of Magic. She shall inspire the greatness of an Empire with her radiance, remaining at the right hand of magic for the balance of her life.

Her sister, beloved of the Forest Queen and Shadowed Protector of Lands of Silver, shall stand with her sister before the hidden darkness where the Fight of Eternity will begin and end. By her side will be the Forsaken Son, upons whose choice reality will be shaped forever. Only the purity of his beloved’s heart can save him and everything that is or shall be from destruction.

In the end shall they be joined by the Unnamed Warrior, whose heritage stretches beyond time and will reignite the Fires of Light and Magic with the vitality of his purpose and steadfast resolve. Only he shall possess the strength of will to save All from Nothing and restore the balance of Light and Dark.

They shall be divided by no man, no woman, or beast, nor shall they be apart until the last when light and dark shall meet to determine the fate of All. Unified by their purpose, they will find and restore the Shining Stars of Magic and return balance to the worlds above and below. They shall be protected by the Shining Silver and the Silent Blade, guided by the heir to the Lady of Magic.

But beware the shadowed heart of the Empty Man, who has stepped upon a path that threatens the universe with its dark import, for if Void stands at the Origin, then all will fall to darkness and the Elements of Magic will fail. Light will find a way to return life to his heart, but only if the Shadowed Ones fail in their task. Protect the Stars, for their light is the only thing that can stop the darkness.

2nd version

In the time of the Watchful Guardian there will come two sisters of spirit, each born at the height of the moon, united by love, purpose and the light within their hearts.

The Daughter of Chance shall be the chosen of the Smiling Lady and Beloved of the High Lord of Magic. She shall inspire the greatness of an Empire with her radiance, remaining at the right hand of magic for the balance of her life.

Her sister, beloved of the Forest Queen and Shadowed Protector of Lands of Silver, shall stand with her sister before the hidden darkness where the Fight of Eternity will begin and end. By their side will be the Forsaken Son, upon whose choice reality will be shaped forever. Only the purity of his soul can save him and everything that is or shall be from destruction.

In the end shall they be joined by the Unnamed Warrior, whose heritage stretches beyond time and will reignite the Fires of Light and Magic with the vitality of his purpose and steadfast resolve. Only he shall possess the strength of will to save All from Nothing and restore the balance of Light and Dark.

They shall be divided by no man, no woman, or beast, nor shall they be apart until the last when light and dark shall meet to determine the fate of All. Unified by their purpose, they will find and restore the Shining Stars of Magic and return balance to the worlds above and below. They shall be protected by the Shining Silver and the Silent Blade, guided by the heir to the Lady of Magic.

But beware the shadowed heart of the Empty Man, who has stepped upon a path that threatens the universe with its dark import, for if Void stands at the Origin, then all will fall to darkness and the Elements of Magic will fail. Light will find a way to return life to his heart, but only if the Shadowed Ones fail in their task. Protect the Stars, for their light is the only thing that can stop the darkness.

Aubrey found that we either need to find the bodies of the dragons or the item or device that turned them all into gems or break them all and let them go.

We’re going to get a private study room; Lusi goes to the floor librarian. The floor librarian appears to be a woman made of mithril and wearing gold glasses reading a book. The key she gives Lusi guides her to the room. The key is a simple square of some material.
The room is a nicely appointed meeting room. Good conference chairs.
We have a seat and open the chest. They are gems about two inches across in an intricate setting in one of any number of metals – the first one is sapphire in platinum. Lusi wonders if they might correspond to one another, the type of gem to the metal used. Maybe nothing, but maybe?
In any case we’re trying to read the runes and find out what kind of spell was used to create these so we know how to free them.
There are very few mithril settings in the bunch, a few adamantine, some steel, copper, dark steel. 2-3% of them are in mithril settings of hundreds of the soul gems. All the gems are the same size, the settings are a bit different – some are sharp edges, some more fluid, some elegant.
The runes one the back of the gems are draconic names and fairly easy to read.
There are some runes in the gems that Lusi’s never seen before. These change, morph and flow into different runes.
(Rolled a one on an Int check) Dammit.
(Chris rolled a nat 20 on Bardic Knowledge) Muri is thinking and finds that she’s seen it somewhere before – big red stone on a bald man’s chest. Valas Thann’s amulet… Fucking hell. Aubrey is floored and just saying Wow. He got the impression that it was a power gem. He’s got some inkling of something but it’s just not coming to him at the moment. He looks him up in the guide book.
Valas Thann’s amulet is portable node of magic and the mages control the world (Arcadia) absolutely with an iron fist.
We have to get to the level with the books that are available on him…

To Be Continued…

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