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The Ancient Library
by CrazedPorcupine and CupcakeTrap
This is from the second round of island explorations.
A great library, obviously enchanted, stands in the wilderness of Monsku. Its walls are covered in centuries of plant growth, and its doors are sealed with magic. It is likely that the tomes stored within will be difficult to decipher, but they may hold valuable secrets.
Who gets to try to decipher them? Ionia does.
“A most intriguing seal,” Karma remarked, tracing her fingertips along its embossed face. “The magic that binds it in place is strong. I sense it runs all the way through this building’s very structure.”
She noticed a curious purple gemstone set in the metal. “One could no sooner wrench the seal apart with brute force than one could, so to speak,” she brushed her fingertips over the gemstone, “tear the building itself from the ground.”
The gemstone illuminated. She felt the intricacies of the arcane luck drift along her hand, only a little too quickly for her to follow. The scraping sound of stone drew her attention away to an alcove embedded in the wall. The door covering it had sunken down into a recessed groove, revealing a thick tome with pages of gold leaf.
“Perhaps the mystery of this seal may be unraveled within these pages,” she remarked, stepping over and gently lifting the ancient book’s cover with a soft buffet of air magic.
Her eyes fell on the words etched on the metallic page. “Fascinati—”
She only had an instant to shield herself before the blast hit. She awoke from her trance nearly a week later, speaking of the word-dreams that had flowed through her mind in this time. She had journeyed through the entire contents of that wondrous book, and now understood the riddle posed by its seal.
She was dismayed to learn that, unfortunately, neither the seal nor the library still stood.
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