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Candlekeep
Geographical information
Area Sword Coast
Societal information
Religion Oghma, Milil, Deneir, Gond
Imports Books
Exports Knowledge
Alignment Neutral
Political information
Ruler's type Keeper of the Tomes
Ruler Ulraunt in 1372 DR

Inhabitants of Candlekeep

Candlekeep is a many towered fortress library that stands on a crag, looking down upon the Sea of Swords. The library is filled with books and scrolls of knowledge, and it was the home of the great seer Alaundo, who foresaw the coming of the Bhaalspawn. To gain entry to the halls of wisdom, a visitor must gift the library collection with a new tome of immense value.[1] The shrewd gatekeepers accept tomes of no less than 1,000gp.[2]

The path to Candlekeep is called the Way of the Lion.[3]

HistoryEdit

Although some sources state that Candlekeep was originally the citadel of Alaundo,[4] grew around his small and humble tower,[5] the keep actually predates the seer by some hundred years, having been founded in c. -200 DR.[6]

In 75 DR, Alaundo arrived in Candlekeep to study the writings kept there and got a reputation for his visions into the future.[7] Legends say that he foresaw his own demise, and journeyed to Candlekeep to donate his records. He died the year after. By 82 DR, the sages had become so impressed by the accuracy of his predictions that they assigned thirty monks to a never-ending "Chant of the Unfulfilled Prophecies".[8]

The Monks of CandlekeepEdit

The Avowed is the name the monks of Candlekeep call themselves. As of 1372 DR, the Avowed are ruled by the Keeper of the Tomes, Ulraunt, and his assistant, First Reader Tethtoril.[9]

The small community of monks and scholars residing in Candlekeep mainly favors Oghma, the god of knowledge, as well as the deities Deneir, Gond, and Milil.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast, p. 32. TSR, IncISBN 1-5607-6940-1. - Some say as much as 10,000gp or even more
  2. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast, p. 27. TSR, IncISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  4. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms), p. 29. TSR, IncISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  5. Ed Greenwood (2004). An Introduction to Candlekeep (English). Candlekeep. Retrieved on 2011-05-05.
  6. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms, p. 53. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  7. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms, p. 61. Wizards of the CoastISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  8. Franc Penca. Alaundo's Prophecies (English) (Word) p. 2. Candlekeep. Retrieved on 2011-05-05.
  9. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast, p. 32. TSR, IncISBN 1-5607-6940-1.

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