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 dirty book showing much wear to an Aesthetic standing by you. You note the spine bears the word 'Venosh' scribed in faded red ink. As you glance down at the page you read..

From the pages of Venosh's book..

Author: Venosh Date: Fri Dec 24 05:22:56 2010 Subject Another Chance Venosh had been a mercenary. His family was neither rich nor poor but he needed to make his own way in the world. He had been in charge of a company of men and women that had been ordered to raze and ransack a town owned by a rival of his employer to send a message. It was raining out and the fires were burning fiercely. The smoke was choking. Venosh was walking through the middle of the town when he heard a cry. A small girl was trapped in the upstairs of a house. He started to continue walking when she screamed again. The flames were starting to attack her in force now. She was looking out the window, looking right at him, screaming for help. He stopped thinking about the money and acted on his instinct. Venosh cut off his armor as much as he could and scaled up onto the eve of the house under the window. He shattered the glass to try to get to the girl but there was a backdraft. He caused the whole upper floor of the house to explode and burst into flame. The girl was killed instantly and he was thrown from the overhang into the mud. Near death and badly burnt Venosh lapsed into unconsciousness. Tears flowing down his cheeks for the girl he never knew. While he was unconscious he had a spiritual awakening, a vision, a miracle. One of the Old Gods came to him. When Venosh looked right at the god he looked like a common soldier, but out of the corner of his eye Venosh saw him as either a massive minotaur or a heavenly knight. But always, when he looked right at him, he was a common foot soldier. The god bade Venosh to walk with him for a time, and before he had a chance to say anything they were already strolling through a quiet garden. The god told Venosh about his impending death. That he was severely burned and would perish because his men had left him for dead. So the soldier/god gave him an ultimatum because of the way he acted throughout his life, and especially in the end. He had showed great courage, staying steadfast to his beliefs whatever they had been. At the end he showed with complete selflessness in trying to save the girl and dieing for it, for he with would surely die. The ultimatum was this, the soldier god would heal Venosh and allow him to continue to live if he agreed to follow certain principals. Or he would be granted a painless death. The god would take his spirit from his body early and spare him from the agony to come. Venosh agreed to the terms of life. He would follow the principals of the god in exchange for another chance. His body was completely healed. Everything. Every scar every ache every pain. His body was remade as perfect as any human could be made. Even with his body healed the true god did not send him back yet. Instead he wished to personally instruct Venosh in the Codes and Measures of the Order of Solamnic Knights. After he had spent years studying and learning, then he sent him back to his plane. The only thing he had to do now was to join the order and live an honorable life by the grace of his patron god, Kiri-Jolith.

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Astinus points to the massive wall of books behind him and bids you to make a selection.

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Astinus says 'There are 28 authors starting with the letter V who have stories in the Palanthas library.'