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 small leaflet to an Aesthetic standing by you. You note the spine bears the word 'Leonhardt' scribed in dark purple ink. As you glance down at the page you read..

From the pages of Leonhardt's book..

Author: Leonhardt Date: Sat Aug 7 02:16:28 2010 Subject Leonhardt background Leonhardt uth Roslin was born to Roslin and Karina Whitemantle in the small village of Gander in the solamnic province of Coastlund. His father a retired solamnic knight of the rose and his mother the daughter of the local smith were coming home from a trip to Elkholm with their son when two bandits fell upon them. Roslin told his wife to take their son and hide in the wagon Karina grabbed Leonhardt by the arm and ran for the wagon. Roslin dispatched one of the bandits with a parry and countered with a slash to the abdomen while looking for the second he heard a scream. He turned to see Karina lying over the edge of the wagon with a crossbow bolt protruding from her back. Running to the wagon he saw his wife shielding their child glancing around he saw the bandit who shot her fleeing on horseback he moved to follow when he heard his wife gasp and returned to her. As she lay in the wagon life slipping away from her she made Roslin vow to protect their child and ensure he grows to be an honorable man like his father. Leonhardt spent his childhood days working in his fathers forge delivering shipments to customers around town and attending his school lessons. But by far his greatest pleasure was the time each day his father alloted to his martial training. Today his father had decided they would begin with the sword tossing his son a wooden training sword he saluted and began to advance. Leonhardt circled his father studying him looking for any weakness or opening to exploit, he saw one such opening about half way up his fathers left leg and attacked. His father easily dodged the assault and slapped him on the backside with the flat of his sword saying "Think first boy if the opening looks too tempting its probably for a reason." Moving away from his father he began to circle again seeing another similar opening on his fathers left arm he began to lunge for it. His father sighed and moved to block the attack only to find his son had dove forward rolling behind him as he turned he came face to face with his sons sword swinging up at him. He managed to parry the attack just in time and kicked his son in the chest knocking him to the ground. Laughing he said "Much better boy your starting to learn to how to use that thing." Offering his son a hand he helped him to his feet and they began again. The years passed and as all things do Roslin had grown old as he lay in his bed preparing for his final journey Leonhard sat beside him holding his hand. "Father please dont die." said Leonhardt Roslin looked up at his son smiling and said "Worry not son death is a debt we all must pay and your mother needs me more than you do you have grown into a fine man I am proud of you." his hand slips from Leonhardts and he is gone. Author: Leonhardt Date: Wed Aug 11 07:34:42 2010 Subject The path to knighthood. The rain was falling heavily on the head of Leonhardt today matching his somber mood. In the small cemetary of Gander today his father Roslin is being laid to rest beside his wife Karina. The simple wooden casket in which he now sleeps is covered with beautiful carvings of two entwined golden roses. Leonhardt stands over the casket silently thinking of all the times he shared with his father and a tear slides down his cheek. After everyone has said their goodbyes and Roslin is buried Leonhardt places a rose on his parents grave says a prayer for them and turns to leave. As he approaches the cemetary gate he hears someone say you look so much like him. Turning he sees a man wearing the armor of a solamnic knight. The man introduces himself as Gareth uth Bronan Roslins brother. He says he came to visit his brother and arrived last night after hearing about Roslins death he felt he should speak with Leonhardt. He tells Leonhardt that when his father retired he gave the family sword and shield to Gareth wanting to keep him safe. He asks what Leonhardt plans to do now will he stay and remain the village smith or is there something else he wants to do. Leonhardt says he honestly does not know what he is going to do now that his family is gone. Leonhardt sighs and says he would like to see more of the world as he has never left Coastlund but a part of him is afraid. Gareth asks if he has ever given any thought to following in his fathers footsteps and joining the knighthood. Leonhardt says he admits he has thought of doing that before but he could not leave his father and now that his father is gone he would not know how to go about it. Gareth smiles saying I will be setting off for Palanthas in two days if you like you can accompany me. Leonhardt looks up into the sky for a moment and says he needs to give it some thought and he will give Gareth his decision in the morning. Leonhardt awakens as the sun shines in on him through the window of his home. Standing up he gets dressed and packs up some supplies and a few momentoes of his life here. Opening his front door he leaves his home to meet Gareth and head for Palanthas to begin his new life. After about four weeks of travel he gazes in awe at the size and beauty of the city of Palanthas for the first time. Author: Leonhardt Date: Thu Sep 2 10:08:42 2010 Subject The unknown past. Sitting at a table in the Broken Blade inn Leonhardt and Gareth were talking over a meal. "Why have we stopped uncle we are almost in Palanthas?" Leonhardt asked. "How much do you know about our family line Leonhardt?" asked Gareth. "What do you mean? I know father was a respected knight but I did not even know father had a brother untill I met you." Replied Leonhardt. Gareth chuckles "I see, He never did like to talk about it but you father was a noble and so am I and so are you." Leonhardt looked at his uncle with an expression of shock "What do you mean father was a noble he never said anything about it?" "I mean just what I said our family has blood ties to the Crownguard family. said Gareth. "Why did father never mention this? Leonhardt asked. "Your father never really liked the idea of being a noble he felt it had no bearing on a mans worth." Gareth said with a chuckle. "But if you really want to follow in your fathers footsteps and become a knight of the rose you will need to know." said Gareth. Handing Leonhardt a small bundle wrapped in cloth he said "Present this to the knighthood when we meet them and above all be respectful." Nodding Leonhardt opened the bundle to reveal a small disk marked with a coat of arms he had never seen before. What is this? Asked Leonhardt. "Its the Crownguard family seal it will establish your bloodline put it away untill we arive. Answered Gareth Nodding Leonhardt wrapped up the seal and placed it into his pack. Gareth drop a few coins on the table and stood saying "Alright lets be on our way."

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