Books, Journals, and Parchment
During the course of their travels the party has acquired a number of books, journals, scrolls, scraps of parchment, and other reference materials that contain a wide collection of useful (and not-so useful) information. The collection ranges from scraps of parchment found in cultist’s lairs to complete volumes of the works of Janos Grit, a famous Eladrin explorer and historian from the age of the Nerathian Empire.
- Lineage of the Primordials
A book listing the names of several prominent Primordial entities. Some entries are merely names, while other entries include a breakdown of hierarchies in the order, including various lieutenants and known practices of mortal servants.
- Recipes of the Karthian Nations
Retrieved by Searos in a breach to the Far Realms in the Avgard Mage’s Quarters. A collection of popular recipes from various races of the Karthian Nations, including Elven quith-pa, Nerathan spice loaf, and orcish black lizard pie. Several pages have been torn out from the middle.
- Janos Grit’s Guide To Desert Travel – Braving the Windshear, Part I
Volume XXXI: Taken by Geoffrei from the desk of the Fire Cultist leader. The final published volume of Janos Grit’s Guides. This volume describes the preparations taken by Janos Grit and his exploration team before venturing far into the Windshear Desert. An ancient font of knowledge is hinted at as the ultimate goal of the journey, hidden and buried somewhere in the sandy dunes. Alas, that was the last anyone else ever saw or heard from Janos Grit. None from the expedition ever returned, and so the second part of Braving the Windshear was never written.
- The Eleventh Sigil
Taken by Geoffrei from the desk of the Fire Cultist leader. This is a research collection gathered from many wizards and scholars concerning the existence of another teleportation rune outside of the standard 10 runes that make up the runic alphabet. Various theories are presented, claimed, and countered. No clear consensus is reached whether an eleventh rune could exist or not.
- Steelclaw Prisoner’s Journal
This journal was recovered from the jails of the old Tarmikos estate’s dungeon. It belonged to an imprisoned dragonborn diplomat who was left to die in his cell
- Janos Grit’s Guide To Paganism
Volume XXVI: Recovered from the library of the Tarmikos estate. Contains terminology, beliefs and customs of the early civilizations, before the Gods as we know them today were widely worshipped.
- Janos Grit’s Guide to Beefdust, Hardtack, and Other (In)Palatable Sustenance
Volume XVII: One of the books taken at random by Geoffrei from the Tarmikos library. This book contains descriptions of and recipes for numerous exotic, bland, spicy, foul, and ultimately long-lasting foods that can be made from plants and animals indigenous to the remote regions of the world.
- Torin, as told by Sprig
One of the books taken at random by Geoffrei from the Tarmikos library. Torin was a powerful half-orc druid in ages past who united a number of warring nations and tribes and stood against a devil-led horde. The great leader fell in the last battle at the hands of an arch-devil, but in that final moment his wrath and nature’s were one. The earth itself rose up against the invaders, heaving and churning, crushing thousands of them, and creating a series of twisted canyons. A single tall mountain rose up at the exact place of his death. The mountain and resulting waterfall were named in his honour, and to this day remain a place of natural harmony. This account was written by Sprig, one of Torin’s druidic companions.
- Dealing with Dwarves
One of the books taken at random by Geoffrei from the Tarmikos library. This book claims to hold the key to understanding dwarven society for outsiders, but it quickly becomes apparent when reading that the author was extremely prejudiced against dwarves, and the book is more of a rant on their “backwards traditions” than anything else.
- Tales of Earf
One of the books taken at random by Geoffrei from the Tarmikos library. An assortment of illustrated children’s stories that take place in a strange, alternate fantasy world called ‘Earf’. Only humans, animals, and constructs appear in these stories.
- Becoming a Ghentmaster
One of the books taken at random by Geoffrei from the Tarmikos library. A guide to mastering the war strategy boardgame Ghent, a very popular pasttime amongst the Nerathan nobility. Includes an analysis of the playing pieces, some basic tactics and more advanced strategies and scenarios.
- Kordan’s March, Volume IV
An ancient, worn book given to Salemar by Illyana. The book is an account of various military campaigns undertaken by General Kordan and his army, whom would later join with the Nerathian empire. Illyana has bookmarked several pages that make reference to various regions and some specific locations within by their old Arkhosian names; Sar Kelethas, Sar Noridas, Sar Balistras, and Sar Thorcras among them.
- Minds of the Godless
A collection of works from various anarchists, given to Paradox by Illyana. She believes that amongst the rambling, poorly flowing words of these men there is a great deal of insight that can be gleaned about the strange beams of light that sprung forth from the ground to the heavens.
- Troglodytes: A Study of the Grotesque, by Corlen Darkmallet
One of the books taken at random by Geoffrei from the underground ruins beneath a bandit camp. This book contains a description of the physical traits, tactics and nature of troglodytes.
- The Collected Works of Alafinar
One of the books taken at random by Geoffrei from the underground ruins beneath a bandit camp. This is a small, paperback collection of poems and verses written by an Eladrin poet, Alafinar. It is quite worn around the edges and creased, as if it has been hidden hastily behind other, thicker books on multiple occasions.
- The End of Nerath; Another Human Plot, Another Empire’s Splot
One of the books taken at random by Geoffrei from the underground ruins beneath a bandit camp. This thin book contains a short history of events around the breaking of the Nerathian Empire, by an unknown dwarven historian. In proper dwarven form for topics related to human (i.e. non-dwarven) business, the account is short and full of criticism. A rough timeline is given, and a brief mention of suspected nobles that conspired to bring about the failed coup. Named conspirators include Vergas Tarmikos and Fordinand Barristan.
One of the books taken by Scord from the underground ruins beneath a bandit camp. This book is marked with a seal depicting two horns and a scepter, contained within a diamond in a circle. The words are written in the elven script, but not in a language any of you are familiar with. There is no listed author.
- Dragonstones: The Sar Balistras Expedition
One of the books taken by Salemar from the underground ruins beneath a bandit camp. The official report of Ordan Thurgold, Excavator, on an extended search undertaken centuries ago by a league of dwarves from the Spinebreaker mountains. They set out following a number of clues and potential leads searching for what they called ‘dragonstones’; a set of matching stone dragon statues. The expedition was ultimately unsuccessful, but Thurgold is convinced they had found the right area before being forced out by massing orc armies.
- Scrolls and papers from the kruthik kitchen
A collection of scrolls and books taken from the underground ruins beneath a bandit camp. These papers were found in a kitchen-turned-experimental-laboratory, full of dissected kruthiks. The scrolls are remarkably similar to the Minds of the Godless that Paradox once carried, full of ramblings about prophetic personages (such as ‘the Bargainer’, ‘the Exile’, ‘the Gambler’, and others). Most of the pages are not extra die roll benefits in an incomprehensible language, but a few pages are written in common; possibly translated copies of other pages. One such passage concerning ‘the Bargainer’ has numerous scrawled notes in the margins and on the backside; a list of races have been written down, and then all of them have been crossed out except for two: ‘half-elf’, with two question marks beside it, and ‘human’, which is circled and underlined emphatically.