(If you want to follow Graian and investigate information regarding Ramathia, post actions here.)
TAKASHI, not being the most studied of individuals, will accompany GRAIAN in his studies. If nothing else, he could perhaps help him look for information.
ATACIUS will go with GRAIAN and TAKASHI.
GRAIAN: Pulling out some coins, "To save time I will pay the entrance fee, thank you."
The clerk eyes all three of you. "1 gold 5 silver" he says in a singsong voice and accepts GRAIAN's coins. He then points to the stairs. "Fourth floor, a librarian will greet you." He hands GRAIAN three wood discs.
After ascending the stairs, you come to a set of doors with one woman and two men, all looking bored, sitting in chairs. They all jump up as you approach, each of them talking over the other.
"Welcome to the library!" they all say and then each, again talking over the other, ask if you require assistance.
GRAIAN: Obviously the library was not used by many people.... speaking to all three of them "I am researching Ramathia and would like to see what information is held in the library that would help me."
All three clerks' eyes widen at Graian's statement and they excitedly begin to talk over each other.
"Ramathia! Are you part of the elves who want to go there? We had a couple of visitors after the Conclave started. Of course we know about Ramathia, that's why Skalfier was built..."
"Oh Ramathia, that's the biggest pirate haven ever. Nobody goes there, but it was a wonderful place. Very dangerous now.."
"ENOUGH!" the woman bellows at the two men and they clamp their mouths shut.
"You two twits are going to drive them off and then what will the Master say?!" she snaps and she then turns back to Graian with a smile.
"Yes, Sir Elf, we have records on Ramathia and old texts on the city itself. I don't know that we have an index to their library, as it was the largest aside from the library in the King's City. Please come in and I (she shoots a glare to the two men) will assist you."
She extends her hands for the disks while another hand pulls a huge key from under her tunic. She looks at all three carefully, hands them to one of the other men and turns to the door. To Graian's trained eye and Atacius's observant eye, the key seems to glow with an arcane power for the briefest of moments as it touches the lock. She pushes it in, twists it back and forth in what appears to be a deliberate manner. The sounds of bolts and gears comes from behind the door and eventually it seems to loosen.
"If you'll follow me, gentlemen." she says with a smile and opens the door.
TAKASHI boogles at the sounds that emenate from the door as it slowly opens.
TAKASHI: "Most interesting, indeed."
GRAIAN: Looking questioningly at Atacius he replies "Thank you Ma'am, we truly appreciate your help and guidance. I see the library is well protected."
ATACIUS returns the look with a slight nod. "Ma'am, do you know when was the last expedition from here that made it back? Maybe there's someone in town we can speak to."
Beyond the door is a small antechamber, just barely big enough for the four of you. As you enter, GRAIAN and ATACIUS feel a distinct difference in the air. GRAIAN would recognize it as an arcane energy in this small room. There is a small door opposite the large vault-like door, looks very ordinary.
The woman hands you your discs back.
"Keep these on you at all times. If you lose them or drop them... the results could be unpleasant." she explains. "Oh, and my name is Kellina. Now, just a moment."
She reaches out and shuts the vault door behind you. A candle flickers into being lit, casting a very dim glow into the room. She then takes a different key, unlocks the smaller door and opens it.
Beyond is a heaven for a bibliophile. The ceiling is probably twelve feet high, and there are shelves along the walls and interspersed around the room that are crammed full of books, ledgers, scrolls, papers, folios, journals and all sorts of loosely bound and tightly bound books. The smell is a thick musty odor. There are reading chairs and tables spread out in the middle. Crystals in the ceiling let the sunlight in, and enclosed globes of radiant light act as lamps and lightsources for the tables and chairs. A man sits at one table, a woman sits at another, both accompanied by a librarian. One is setting several scrolls in front of the woman and murmuring to her.
"So, my friends, welcome to the Guild Library of Skalfier. Now, you said you were looking for information on Ramathia. We have general historical information and maps, we have some of the old shipping records from the founding of Skalfier to the present, we have various personal collections from people in Ramathia left here, or people in Skalfier who went to Ramathia left their writings here. Quite a bit of mundane information."
TAKASHI is stunned by the magnificense of the room, and the sum total of all knowledge contained in the shelves and shelves of books.
She listens to your questions.
To GRAIAN: "Yes, it is. The Guild recognizes that the true currency of a civilized society is knowledge and information. Some is here. If you can imagine many buildings containing this same library, that was the library of Ramathia. Truly a wonderful thing. I would give so much to see it. But yes, the library is well protected." she sighs.
To ATACIUS: "Not since the Doom, I'm afraid. There were refugees that made it back to the mainland after the volcano erupted next to Ramathia, but aside from a few foolish fishermen who sailed within visual view of the island, nobody has been brave enough to fight the monsters and pirates to get there. The King and Marshalls have had their attention to here, and the Guild hasn't seen need to spend the money to go back."
GRAIAN: Looking around the room, he determines that he must come back and spend many hours reading and learning in this great room. "Kellina, I am interested in understanding more about the history of the island, what it used to be like to live there. Also you mention monsters and pirates, what knowledge is there of them?. I would happily spend many an hour in this place researching, but at this time I would appreciate some guidance on finding the information quickly."
She nods and smiles.
"Of course, Sir Elf. There are many treatsie's and biographical accounts that share what it was like to live in Ramathia. Were you looking for something closer to the Doom, or further back in history? We have few of the more older texts, but a great many of more recent writings."
She thinks for a moment. "There was only the one account, of a wrecked ship that was found further up the coast at Rainbow Point. I believe Notebana, a littleling scholar and sage who lives here in Skalfier, wrote the account. I can locate that one right away, Sir Elf, if you wish. Just let me know about your history preferences and I'll find both."
TAKASHI: "Ah yes, we have had the pleasure of meeting Notebana very recently ourselves. Perhaps that would be a good place to start."
ATACIUS: "Any maps of the area surrounding Skalfier, from the coast to the Keep? What about of Ramathia?"
"Oh, aye, Master... Littleling." she answers. "Many different maps of the surrounding area, and of Ramathia, at least as it stood prior to the Doom. What exactly were you interested in seeing?"
ATACIUS: "I'm looking for the location of former settlements in the near lands. As for Ramathia, it would be nice to know what lays in the surrounding waters."
GRAIAN: "I am interested in the shipwreck account and pre Doom history woould be a good starting point I think. thank you."
She smiles. "Of course! Let me see what I can find to start you off with." and she goes running off.
The clerk darts from shelf to shelf, flipping through papers, opening books, dismissing a couple, holding onto a few and depositing them in front of you. She finishes up with two maps.
"I have brought you the book written by Sage Notebana on 'Various Accounts of Mysteries Surrounding the Skalfier Point." she says. "It has the story of the fishermen who saw Ramathia after the Doom."
"I've also brought you a book that is a diary of life in Ramathia, a merchant who liked to write about himself."
"Finally, here is a popular map of Ramathia, that was widely reproduced. It's basic, but gives you the layout of the city and island. I have the most recent map and survey of Skalfier and surrounding lands, but it is 56 years out of date, it was completed only tendays before the Doom. None have updated it since."
She takes a deep breath. "So, is there anything else I can get you?"
GRAIAN: "Thank you Kellina, I think this will keep us busy for a little while. Is this the only copy of the map, we may be travelling the area somewhat and could update it as we go?"
Kellina frowns. "Unfortunately, it is the only copy. A copy could be scribed for 10 gold, it would take halften to finish."
GRAIAN: "Hmm a little steep given it may be wrong and we will be updating it for the Guild."
TAKASHI: "Perhaps we could make a rough sketch of the map, enough to navigate by and note anything important?"
"True." Kellina answers. "But I have no doubt you'd be rewarded for updates." She smiles. "I'd love... I mean, we'd love for you to come back and help us get the best information possible!"
This is the map that Kellina has found for you of Skalfier and the areas surrounding (as it was recorded prior to the Doom)
Here is the map of Ramathia - it looks, for lack of other description, like a tourist or visitor map.
GRAIAN: Looking at the map of Skalfier "Let's see when we were attacked it was South of the Inn and we met Athuna before that and his nest was North West in ruined buildings, close by, maybe Athenum?" he asks the others. "Takashi, I agree we just need a roough sketch of this to guide us."
TAKASHI: "Perhaps we could first journey to Meadow Watch, and once investigated, we could make our way from that area to the places further out, such as Athenum.
Kellina, do you know anything about these settlements marked on the map around Skalfier?"
ATACIUS: "Apsuna's nest is either in Meadow Watch or Athenum, most probably the last one. It wouldn't hurt took pass by Meadow Watch first on our way to Athenum. As for the Orcs my bet is they are to the East, either this unnamed tower (points in the map) or Dawn's Keep.", he says to his friends.
Speaking to Kellina, "Do you know if there was a library also in Athenum?"
"If you'll give me a bit of time, I can tell you what has been written about Athenum." Kellina answers. "In the meantime, if you have paper and ink available (or wish to purchase it...), you may make a copy of these maps." With that, she goes off and starts pulling out books and reading.
The light from the Sun coming through ceiling crystals is dimming quickly as Kellina finally returns.
"OK, it was an odd reference, but I finally found a scrap of something written. It seems that Athenum might have been owned by the old Mage's Guild before the Shriving!" she exclaims excitedly. She passes the old book to you, which is not in good shape. You can barely make out the writing...
"... Grand Master F'shal hosted a symposium on the efficacies of hostile magicks versus more passive magicks. The symposium, held at Mage Shalesh's new library located north of Skalfier, featured some of Shalesh's apprentices demonstrating several of his newer techniques. Shalesh has been known to dabble into more dark magicks thank F'shal is comfortable with, but it was an impressive demonstration, and more impressive were the number of tomes located at this "Athenum". Skalfier, the port city to Ramathia, has never been known as a hub of magickal knowledge, that belonging to the Diamond City of Irecia, and the Kingdom Center, but Shalesh has clearly established a fascinating repository of knowledge. I will be returning to investigate some of his new directions ..."
"And with that, gentlemen, I must inform you that the library is closing." Kellina says. "If you want to come back to finish your copies of maps, I'd be happy to keep them accessible. Thank you for such a wonderful afternoon of research!"
TAKASHI: "You have been most helpful, Kellina. Thank you very much."
TAKASHI (to others): "I bet that Athenum is the nesting area Apsuna spoke of!"
GRAIAN: "Yes, thank you Kellina, this has been most enlightening, I am sure we will be back to look through the other information you found earlier on Ramathia." turning, "Takashi, Atacius I think it is time to go and meet Callin, we have much to discuss."
ATACIUS: "You've been most helpful Kellina, thanks. Should we find any book, tome or scroll in our endeavors, we'll gladly bring it to the Guild, knowing they'll be taken care by such an enthusiast as yourself." he tells her. "I think I'd like a copy of the Skalfier map scribed. How much you said it was?, he adds with a smile.
Then to his friends, "Agreed, Takashi, that's what I think. Yes Graian, let's go find Callin and tell him of our findings."
"Ten gold." she says, blushing at your words. "But... I'll make sure it's done in four days, instead of five! Lazy sluggards... " she grins.