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Candlekeep is a 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. The shrewd gatekeepers accept tomes of no less than 1,000gp.
Although some sources state that Candlekeep was originally the citadel of Alaundo, grew around his small and humble tower, the keep actually predates the seer by some hundred years, having been founded in c. -200 DR.
In 75 DR, Alaundo arrived in Candlekeep to study the writings kept there and got a reputation for his visions into the future. 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".
The Monks of CandlekeepEdit
- Candlekeep is the starting location for the protagonist in the CRPG Baldur's Gate. Likewise, it is the starting point for the novel based on the game.
- In Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad, Candlekeep is besieged by followers of Cyric as they strive to obtain the Cyrinishad carried by the paladin Gwydion Fleetfoot.
- In The Lost Library of Cormanthyr, Candlekeep is the seat of an expedition to seek the lost library of Cormanthyr led by Baylee Arnvold.
- In the Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion pack, Mask of the Betrayer, the developers developed a new Prestige class for players called the Arcane Scholar of Candlekeep, which allowed a spellcasting character to better focus their metamagic.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 32. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1. - Some say as much as 10,000gp or even more
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
- ↑ Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (2004). An Introduction to Candlekeep (English). Candlekeep. Retrieved on 2011-05-05.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 53. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Franc Penca. Alaundo's Prophecies (English) (Word) p. 2. Candlekeep. Retrieved on 2011-05-05.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 32. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
Ed Greenwood (2014). The Herald.