The Great Library of Palanthas

Astinus' Office

Dominating the center of this room is a massive birch desk. Legend claims this desk has supported the thousands of volumes of history Astinus has recorded. A large pot of ink, a container of sharpened quills, and a candelabra complete the desks decorations. Small windows line the room, allowing light to trickle in and gently illuminate the entire room. A comfortable couch rests against the west wall. Tapestries hang on the walls between the windows. Shelves line the walls, filled with tomes of the more recent records of heroes and villians upon the face of Krynn.

The librarian notices you aren't reading anything... Astinus hands a large tome gilt in gold to an Aesthetic standing by you. You note the spine bears the word 'Zandra' scribed in glowing green ink. As you glance down at the page you read..

From the pages of Zandra's book..

Author: Zandra Date: Sat Jul 5 14:05:58 2008 Subject Another quiet day The building sat empty, the doors closed tight. A solirary figures approached the building, pushing open the doors. An old table stood in the center of the cleaing, just as it had been the day before. The smell of drying herbs drifted on the air. Zandra stepped into the building, closing her eyes and tilting her head back. She giggled silently, opening her eyes as she twirled in a circles, her arms outstretched. She enjoyed the smell of the fresh herbs. She walked to the table, removing the bag she slung over her chest. She laid the bag on the table. Walking across the room, she picked up herbs that were drying on racks nearby. With little sound, she carried the herbs to the table, quietly working with a boiling pot of water, she mixed the herbs and water, filling bottles with the mixture. A human man wearing long robes of light blue in color walked by the opening of the building, looking into it. "So young Zandra, this is where you got to after the commotion from your father this morning. You know he will be none to pleased to find you playing with those things again. You know how he feels about you fiddling with anything with the slightest hint of magic," he said, nodding at her. She sighed, nodding quietly. The man watched with a shake of his head as the girl known as Zandra carefully cleaned everything and put what she had used back into its proper place. He stepped back as she closed the door to the building and walked away, her head hung low. After she had left the building, the man walked into it, looking around. He smiled, noting that the book that he had left on the table days ago had disappeared. He nodded. "She is a mage, just like her mother. Too bad her father is so hard on her following her mother's footsteps," he said, closing the doors. "I wonder if she will be able to do much more than boil water and mix herbs in it. She says very little to anyone," he commented, picking up a basket and a digging tool before setting off into the forest in search of more herbs. Author: Zandra Date: Sat Jul 5 23:04:27 2008 Subject The notebook The day started out so seemingly innocent. Zandra spent time in the building that the older man had said she could, then she headed into the center of town. She spent her time in the shop that her father owned, selling goods from behind the counter, her quiet voice giving only the briefest of answers on question that customers asked. She felt her father's gaze on her as she sold supplies to a man wearing robes marking him a practitioner of the magical arts. When the man left, her father sent her to the back to check the storeroom and sort supplies. Over an hour later, her father stomped to the back. He pushed her to the ground, yelling at her and accusing her of meeting with the mage and learning what he termed as a "useless profession" from him. She cringed against the wall, trying to hide from him. When he finished his rant, he stomped back out of the stockroom, leaving Zandra alone. She took deep breaths and returned to her feet. She glanced back toward the front of the store, sighing as she picked up her bag and looped it over her shoulder. With another glance, she opened the back door and stepped out into the light. She walked through the town, trying to avoid everyone. She slipped into the building, closing it firmly behind her. With silent feet, she walked to the darkest corner of the room. Sitting down, she quietly whispered a strange word. With no other movement or sound, a small ball of light started glowing just over Zandra's head. She looked up at it with a wistful look as she pulled the book that the man in blue robes had left. Opening it, she started reading where she had left off.

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