Quest Log: The End
A NEW MOON; A NEW AGE. Speculation on the origin of a new moon in the sky has led to unrest among the citizens of Ritenus. Many have called begun calling it “The Blue Dawn,” due to its tendency to hover near the horizon at both day and night. The High Council has not yet released a statement on the connection between the new moon and a recent invasion of the Library of Jakardia by a White Dragon (now missing). But one thing is for certain: the strange fluctuations in magic seem to have decreased, crops are flourishing, and the wars that seemed to grow by the day have suddenly ceased. While the Dragonborn Empire claims this to be Ouranos’s reincarnation, the religion has splintered into…
A cool, dry air smells of old parchment paper in the echoing room before you. Endless stacks of books reaching 30 ft above your head tower in dark rows beyond. Platforms hover at different locations along the stacks, each one hanging from tracks in the ceiling. In the distance, yellow desklamps curve over polished wooden tables made for standing height, just above a Goblin’s eye level. You hear a ticking sound from the walls and the sound of water trickling in a fountain beyond, but everything else is in silence.
White marble floors are painted with the shards of color from the light flooding in from stained glass windows that stretch from floor to ceiling. Even the bookshelves have been painted white to hold onto this illusion of a shifting aurora. But this illusion is broken when you glance around the space. Half of the windows have shattered, leaving behind only the metal casements that held them. The carapaces of stunned hellwasps blacken the floor, an insult to the perfect sacrament to the beauty of knowledge. A figure made of glass leaps down from the top of a bookshelf and pierces the body of a stunned hellwasp with a sharp ringing noise. When it turns to look at you with clear, sightless eyes, it mouths unheard words, then bends to pounce again on the next wasp. The war has begun.