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Candlekeep was a towered fortress library that stood on a crag overlooking the Sea of Swords. The library was filled with books and scrolls of knowledge. 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][note 1] The shrewd gatekeepers accepted tomes of no less than 1,000 gp.[3]

The path to Candlekeep was called the Way of the Lion.[4]

HistoryEdit

Although some sources stated that Candlekeep was originally the citadel of Alaundo,[5] having grown around his small and humble tower,[6] the keep actually predated the seer by some hundred years, having been founded c. -200 DR.[7]

In 75 DR, Alaundo arrived in Candlekeep to study the writings kept there and got a reputation for his visions into the future.[8] Legends said 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".[9]

The Monks of CandlekeepEdit

The monks of Candlekeep referred to themselves as The Avowed. As of 1372 DR, the Avowed were ruled by the Keeper of the Tomes, Ulraunt, and his assistant, First Reader Tethtoril.[10]

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

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  1. Some said as much as 10,000 gp or even more.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), pp. 32–33. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 74–77. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  3. 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.
  4. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  5. 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.
  6. Ed Greenwood (2004). An Introduction to Candlekeep (in English). Candlekeep. Retrieved on 2011-05-05.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Franc Penca. Alaundo's Prophecies (Word) (in English). Candlekeep. p. 2. Retrieved on 2011-05-05.
  10. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 32. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.