This overview serves as a list of Unique Books and Tomes found in
Caelereth holds many myths, stories,
fables and narrations that are found in books; the intention of this overview is
to list the unique physical books that may be one-of-a-kind or special in some
way. Some of these books are collections of information, spells, or stories
while others are actual magical objects
themselves. The books and tomes known to the
Santharian Compendium at this time are as follows:
The Elemene Tabulata is a constantly updated tome, started in ancient times by
an unknown Daran gnome, and dedicated
to the recording of all things related to the practice of alchemy. It was begun
by gnomes long ago and is still being rapidly
expanded on by today’s gnomish alchemists.
Contained in its pages is a detailed list of all the known basic elements,
sorted in to the Trej Blaks, or the three Main Elements - the castes of
categorization - along with a fourth for Gnuuth (Fire),
which is not considered an actual element, but as a catalyst or bonding agent
between the different elements (as is the common view in the similar
elven and human
concepts). Generally, solid elements belong to Behta (Earth),
liquids belong to Bassha (Water) and
gaseous-like elements belong to Giagula (Air).
Around the year 1540 a.S., long before the
Great Compendium was published by
Sage Artimidor Federkiel 1660 a.S.,
old letters dating back over more than thousand years were rediscovered in
the remains of the Great Library. What are now called the Hammersfeld
Parchments are the last proof that the direct royal line of
Santhros the Wise of the House of
Salazath had not die out with the supposed death of the son of King
Thaenos and his Queen Mererra of Harvinsbrook in 167 a.S. They had been
found and lost again in the flux of the last millennium. Their recovery in
the ruins of the Great Library in the early years of the Age of Reunion
definitely helped Grothunc the Wise to ascend the throne.
The Quaelhoirhim Tomes are ancient scripts, written about 400 b.S., though
possibly compiled over hundreds of years. The Tomes are part description
and census of the Santharian world
at that time, part detailed history, part literature and poetry and part
lore and myth though its descriptions of events prior to and during the
First Santharian War are considered to be some of the most accurate
Santharian Compendium (in newer editions also called "The Santharian Dream") is
probably the most gigantic and comprehensive
universal encyclopedia existing in
our world. Information you can find in these massive
tomes (10 at the moment) were and still are being
gathered for future versions by the
royal archivist Artimidor Federkiel (1593-) with the help of many of his scholars.
It was finally published for the
first time at the
year 1660 after centuries of work, covering not only
Santharian matters, but also comprises
many details of the world of Caelereth
as a whole everyone interested in profound knowledge, be it beasts, plants,
history or philosophy shouldn't miss.
The Book of Knowledge, the
Great Book ("Garnesh-Rhun"), or Dead Lord's Book, definitely is
among the most intriguing artifacts
known to Santharian scholars.
Whether it really ever existed is heavily debated of course
like at most very powerful artifacts, but this Book espeically always seems to
have been the reason for many curious people to start adventuring in the most
dangerous places possible in order to retrieve it from forsaken ruins or the
claws of a monster. - What is so special about this Book is that the Book of
Knowledge obviously was created with and
still is maintained by extremely
It is said to be capable
the reader practically
anything - everything the reader
knows, but has forgotten, what he/she will once know or
might want to know. However, as with most
artifacts of such great power, there is a price.
The book is said to instigate a plethora of strange magical abilities,
unexplainable even by scholars, though many theories have been proposed.
The most famous of these is the ability for the owner to bestow elongated
life, the attribute from which the artifact derives its name, upon those
he wishes. Though the tome's pages are filled with many ancient
incantations that are nearly undecipherable and are believed to predate
the catastrophic war of the chosen, providing a promising glimpse at the
power of the past.
The Book of Aheh, also
called The Book of the First One, has a
place of considerable importance in Brownie
beliefs. Respected by almost all Brownies,
it is the centerpiece of stories told on The Rememberance, and is thus
remembered everywhere that there are Brownies.
Its entire text is also, along with other things, tattooed on the bodies of
Brownie Shamans living in Akdor. The strange history of The Book of Aheh
stretches back almost to the time of the dispersal of the
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The Daedhir is one of the
most mysterious and weird books in Nybelmarian
history, written by the exiled and very secretive
Venlaken mages. More than a
century before the Year of Darkness an internal conflict broke the Mage Guild
of the Nybelmarian nation of
Anis-Anpagan in two main branches.
One of these branches started to focus their researches towards modifying the
essence of things and towards the possibility of transgression for such
essences. Eventually they ended up by searching a means to preserve one's
spirit even after the body is dead. After the
Anpagan Republican Wars these mages
were all exiled in the western swamplands, which are now named the
"Venlaken Enclave". The "Daedhir"
or the "Book of All Fears" is their most treasured writing, actually the very
thing which, they claim, stands at the foundation of their beliefs. However,
the book's exact purpose still remains to a large extent absolutely unknown and
a topic for speculation...
The "Rock Tales" are a compilation of
dwarven religious writings, tales of Trum-Baroll, and "Unsthommerons"
("Stone Fathers"). It is their only "holy" book and physical copies of the
book are revered in an almost talismanic sense among the older
dwarves. The original was literally
carved in stone, contemporary copies can still be checked against it!
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