THE BOOKS AND TOMES OF CAELERETH

REFERENCE COMPILATIONS AND HISTORICAL BOOKS - MAGICAL BOOKS
BOOKS OF BELIEFS, CULTURE AND RELIGION

This overview serves as a list of Unique Books and Tomes found in Caelereth. While 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:

I. REFERENCE COMPILATIONS AND HISTORICAL BOOKS

The Elemene Tabulata

ELEMENE TABULATA, THE
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). Return to the top
 

HAMMERSFELD PARCHMENTS, THE
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. Return to the top
 

QUAELHOIRHIM TOMES, THE
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 existing descriptions. Return to the top
 

The Santharian Compendium

SANTHARIAN COMPENDIUM, THE
The 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. Return to the top
 

II. MAGICAL BOOKS

The Book of Knowledge

BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE, THE ("GARNESH-RHUN")
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 powerful magic. It is said to be capable of telling 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.
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TOME OF TIME, THE
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.
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III. BOOKS OF BELIEFS, CULTURE AND RELIGION

BOOK OF AHEH, THE
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 Brownies people.
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DAEDHIR, THE ("BOOK OF ALL FEARS")
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... Return to the top
 

ROCK TALES, THE ("TRUMESDROMMERONS")
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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 Date of last edit 5th Rising Sun 1670 a.S.

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