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« on: 09 December 2002, 17:42:00 »

Overview:
The Book of Knowledge, Great Book, or Dead Lord's Book, is one of the most intriguing of artifacts. Created and maintained by great magic, the book can tell you anything, and everything you may want to know. However, as with most artifacts of such great power, there is a price.

Description:
The Book is quite large. Being .5 ped tall, by .35 peds wide. The hinged binding his made of beaten gold. On the cover is the image of a horned demon skull with ivory eyes.



(It looks somthing like this, but this picture cannot be used in the entry as I have no-clue who created it.)

Usage:
The Book is a scholar's dream. When it is first gazed upon, it might seem like some arcane grimoire, or perhaps even a troll's diary, but when it is opened, each and every page is completly blank. This has cuased the book to be shunned by many who are unaware of it's powers. When a question is posed to the tome; the pages become full. The answers held within the book are always correct, and can reveal things of the past, present, and even thingsof the future. But, each qeustion can lead to other qeustions, and soon, it becomes difficult, even impossible to leave the book. Those who do manage to pull themselves away (or be pulled away by others) dream obsessivly of the book, and the weaker willed may even kill themselves if they are unable to get back. It is also rumored that the book can absorb the reader... literally.

History
The History behind the Dead Lord's book is ancient and fragmented. Legends say the book was created by Alteth the Tyrant; the first Eilenachian emperor, and infamous sorcerer of northen Sarvonia. Along with the twin swords, he created this book, so he would never forget any components of his magnificent intellect. It's current whereabouts are widely debated. Some say it is still in Alteths castle in the wasteland known as Modocia. Others that it is hidden in a vault in Linhir, and still others in the private Library of the Santharian King.

Myth/Lore
As mentioned earlier, the book was created by Alteth the Tyrant (Known as Alteth the Honorable to Eilenachians) , one of the most infamous figures in the history of Northern Sarvonia. When creating the twin swords; The Gift of the Dragon and The Forsaken Blade, he also created another artifact; one to use as a storage place for his vast knowledge. But legends of this book are not limited to it's creation. Tharion Thulmock, former Archmage of Fire at Ximax, was a regular consulter of the book during the time it was in his possesion. When he went mad, leaving the city and abducting the leading apprentice of the Archmage of Life magic, it was the book, not Thulmock himself that was largely blamed. (Note: Thulmock has not been found to this day).

Masterbard Judith of Bardavos tells of the Book:

"This Book has been known to absorb would-be masters and sages - literally. It is rumoured that in the artifact's earliest days more than one mage who closeted himself with the Book never came out of his tower. After the Book was moved to the Tower of Tomes in Ximax and guarded more closely, it was actually observed in the process of siphoning out an unwary fifth-ranker's consciousness. The mage in question had spent days mesmerized by the Book of Knowledge, moving only his hand to write down some of the answers to his questions, and swallowing reflexively as assistant wizards poured liquids down his throat to keep him hydrated.

Late in the evening of the sixth day, the mage ceased all movement but eye flickers, and it was suggested that he be roused. It was found to be impossible. Not only could he not be woken, he could not be moved, nor could the attendant wizards close or shield the book to break eye contact. Just past the middle of the night, as mages kept vigil, his form was seen to shake violently, shimmer, and dissolve into a shower of silvery dust which was pulled downwards into the centre of the Book, to vanish into the surface of the pages.

It was claimed by the mages who were on vigil that the Book was thicker by a nailsbreath or so than it had been, but as no one had thought to take its dimensions prior to this horrific incident, this claim could not be verified.

Currently, all questioners are strongly admonished of the dangers, required to swear that they will ask only one question of the Book, and contact is broken off through magical shielding after one candlehour of immersion. Despite these safety precautions, there have been further deaths attributed to the Book of Knowledge. Nonetheless, there will always be seekers who believe the Book to hold their only answers..."  

Timeras of Remusiat, lord of the White Citidel.If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again. Then give up. There's no use being a damned fool about it." - W.C.Fields (1880 - 1946)



Edited by: Timeras at: 12/15/02 11:46:19 pm
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« Reply #1 on: 09 December 2002, 20:11:00 »

A person not wanting to pull away, reminded me of Narcissus in Greek Mythology. Instead of a reflection we have a book.

It seems intriguing.

I can't wait for the completion. :)  

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« Reply #2 on: 10 December 2002, 10:23:00 »

Hmmmph.....

sounds like the Internet to me.....















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« Reply #3 on: 10 December 2002, 10:32:00 »

:lol  Judith.
It does sound cool though... can anyone else see the picture though?



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« Reply #4 on: 10 December 2002, 17:10:00 »

Hmmmm.... yesterday i saw the picture.



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« Reply #5 on: 10 December 2002, 21:20:00 »

no...


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« Reply #6 on: 10 December 2002, 22:24:00 »

Click on the X, and find the source. Then go to the place where it's stored. Come back, and it will be there. I think it's a cookies thing.


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« Reply #7 on: 11 December 2002, 06:30:00 »

I have some concerns here:
First, it is too huge, the resources needed for it are not easily gained, even if it is somehow magical.There is no need to make it this huge. From what material is it made - leather?Describe it more detailed!
As an artefact, I would say it has to be a script role, the binding of a book was a more recent invention..I think

Where from did you get this idea,it is somehow familiar to me, just can#t recall it.

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« Reply #8 on: 11 December 2002, 07:17:00 »

Book binding is quite "ancient" in magic worlds.... sorcerers would be able to make one. I think.



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« Reply #9 on: 11 December 2002, 15:54:00 »

Yup, Talia, the idea sounds indeed very familíar, but I can't allocate it either to a source.

Anyway, the idea is interesting, but because of what the book can do there would be masses of legends associated with it, so I propose to especially expand that part a bit more (regents who looked into the book to reveal secrets they wanted to know, or wanted to learn more about the future, whatever, and paid dearly for it etc.) Though many things up north are still very unclear, so maybe a Places description here would be quite helpful sooner or later.


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« Reply #10 on: 11 December 2002, 20:13:00 »

Bah... I swear, I am an inch and a half away from switching ISPs. Verizon is really getting on my nerves...

You say this is familiar? Crap... I thought this was pretty original. Well anyway, my connection got messed up yesterday and I haven't been able to get on and therefor, haven't been able to add more details. I'm gonna go and get some food, but as soon as I get back I'll add more details. Also, my hosting site was down all of yesterday so thats why the picture was gone. It's back. (for now...)

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Edited by: Timeras at: 12/11/02 2:15:08 am
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« Reply #11 on: 12 December 2002, 09:04:00 »

Is it jus me or is teh html messed up?



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« Reply #12 on: 12 December 2002, 14:02:00 »

Yup... need to select the html button on the formatting section when posting.




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« Reply #13 on: 12 December 2002, 14:57:00 »

Well the Book that fills itsself with text is the Neverending story from  Michael Ende but anything closer I do not recall...

What is the point of the book? What is its story? why could someone create something like it? So I guess the myth section of such a book needs to be fleshed out quite a bit...

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« Reply #14 on: 14 December 2002, 01:14:00 »

Glinda the Good Witch possesses such an artifact - a Book that can tell her what is happening to anyone, at any time, in any place - even outside of Oz! (the Oz books, L.Frank Baum)

The Good Magician Humphrey has a Tome of Knowledge which tells him the answer to any question that a seeker might ask.  The seeker has to perform a year's service in repayment, but this doesn't seem to stop a lot of people  (the Xanth fantasy series by Piers Anthony)

Folk tales and fairy stories often contain the concept of an omniscient artifact, whether it be a book, a beast, or some other item.  I'm not surprised it seems familiar.

If I had an objection, it wouldn't be that this is a plagiarized idea (no offense!) but rather that it is too powerful to actually exist in Santharia.  Note that the two Books mentioned above are both under the ultimate and sole control of a very powerful and ethical magician.  

Hmmm......Would YOU trust Xarl with this baby? :lol

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