Friday, June 9, 2017

Two Tome of Tomes

Puttering away at some OSRIC modules today and realized it's been a while since the last Tome of tomes, so here are two more.

A Comprehensive Draconic Dictionary
Author: Unknown
Race: Unknown
Dimensions: 16x16x5
Weight: 25 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, vellum, brass corners and clasps
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: None
Value: 250 gp

This massive dictionary to all of the draconic languages is an exceedingly rare example of organizational scholarship at its best. The dictionary is divided into sections based upon language (black, blue, brass, etc.) and each entry includes the page number of all the same entries in all the other languages. The book is rounded off by a final shared dictionary: a dictionary of words that are the same in every draconic language.

A Manual on Siegecraft and Fortification
Author: Marquis Tauvan
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x10x0.5
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, vellum
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Physical universe
Special Knowledge Categories: Architecture & engineering
Value: 500 gp

A tome not more than a decade old, the terse and direct A Manual on Siegecraft and Fortification has taken the military world by storm. Tauvan precisely lays out his effective method of investiture, and towards the end of the work puts forth a new form of fortification: the star-shaped castle. Marquis Tauvan has gained international attention as the Siege Master for the armies of the greatly-dwindled Hefestian Empire, and it is he who is primarily responsible for its newly-found strength and vigor. The manual has been distributed throughout the Empire, and a few copies have found their ways into the hands of enemies, ensuring a more difficult expansionary future for the Hefestians.

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