Qezzit Qire, an elf scholar who valued his privacy, built a library in the marshes. It was the subject of considerable derision—it stood in the shadow of the Great Library of Friula, and the damp location seemed antithetical to maintaining books. It enraged the library’s head administrator, who schemed to end the rival library’s existence. Rumors about forbidden and vile tomes sequestered in the elf’s library spread quickly. The reclusive elf never refuted the rumors, and, eventually, an armed mob marched toward the library to burn it down.
Faced with the threat of losing everything he had procured and despairing at the impact to his studies, Qezzit performed a ritual to consign himself and the librarians into undeath and sink the library. Hidden by magic, the library remained untouched, as many figured all its books had been destroyed by the explosion or the swamp’s muck, and its existence passed into the realm of myth.
Thus, it was a surprise when a Floating Roads work crew from Tolmezo uncovered the top of the library, which slowly rose to the surface. The work crew discovered the library was sealed against the ravages of the swamp and impenetrable to them. They had little time to attempt to gain access, as a rampaging hydra devoured all but one crewmember, who escaped to Tolmezo to report on the library and the attack.
Perhaps a more heavily-armed party will have better luck in investigating the place?
This adventure for the 5th Edition of the world’s first RPG is meant for four 5th-level characters. Designed by Mike Welham, it features cartography by Dyson Logos and art by Phil Stone.