The Library

The Books


Brother Calbhach's Herbal


Brother Calbhach, an 8th century Irish monk, was a deeply pious man, but he saw no harm in learning from the pagan lore which herbs could be made into potent charms, or which plants would help keep insects and blight away from his cultivars.


The Cyphers


Named by a former member of the Serpent's Hand, it is a collection of seemingly random quotes and musings, most of it handwritten. Based on the styles of handwriting found, the original authors number in the dozens. Some of these quotes have been deliberately arranged to form dialogues or storylike proses.


The Book of Eleven Hours


A ten volume series of tomes written in nearly a dozen languages, this series was begun as the repository of magical knowledge of Roxana the Helot and Badr al-Rashid ibn Ya'fir ibn Abdulaziz al-Miṣrī. Though the first five volumes were written mostly by these two individuals and their descendants, soon material was introduced by apprentices and other scholars, and the history of the tomes becomes nearly impossible to track. It is of note that there is a significant gap in time between volumes VI and VII, which were written in the early 11th century and 1890, respectively. The books contain alchemical processes, written accounts on contact with supernatural entities, and magic rites and rituals.


Hidden Trails and Distant Shores: The Travels of Transitive Norton, Explorer


A travelogue written by the adventurist Transitive Norton, a Victorian-era big game hunter who traveled throughout the world (and occasionally beyond it) in search of bigger and more dangerous game.

Collected Excerpts


Howe's Bestiary


The Bestiary, started by a certain Branden Howe, details various beasts and animals of supernormal origin. The Bestiary is work supplemented by both contemporary material as well as ancient sources.


Journal of the Walk


As best as is known, this Journal is still currently being updated remotely by its author. The author remains anonymous, but recounts his travels throughout what seem to be places in reality.


Book of Long Shadows


A collection of anonymous works complied by an unknown editor, mainly composed of rhyming poems expressing human misery. Several sections are prefaced with a warning not to read the poems within out loud. Every midwinter at sunset several new pages with poems are added to the book.


Manuscript of Mt. Mandara


An ancient text of found on Mt. Mandara, written in Vedic Sanskrit and offering no clue as to its origins, this text remains one of the most enigmatic texts to date. The text contains a series of fables, parables, and illustrative riddles.


Book Of Saints and Demons


This Greek Codex of Macedonian-Era Egypt is a compilation of the descriptions of various entities and personages. This book was clearly authored by many different persons, but translation efforts were clearly made to fit all narratives into Greek. The majority of the collected stories seem to be from the Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern, and North-African regions, though some stories are thought to originate as far as Northern Europe or Mongolia. Certain members of the Hand have taken upon themselves to translate the original to English, as well as add modern articles.



Tales of the Unknown Tribes


A compilation of folktales and traditional stories. After much research, it is concluded that some stories do not match any known ethnographic style.


The Files of Lady Margo DeWolde


DeWolde's was the largest collection of writings, drawings, and arcana in known history. Only a small portion has been recovered in the Library so far, but more is being found on a regular basis.


The Book of Ur


An influential work chronicling the history of the world of Ur, written by a single author with a distinctive style. Four sections have been recovered within the Library thus far.


The Spirit World


An assembled collection on non-corporeal or obscure entities, their properties, and their relationships with various worlds. The volumes constituting it have been contributed to heavily and irregularly since its first publication in 1038 CE, being updated whenever new information becomes relevant. Sources have varied greatly, causing some degree of contradiction: writers have included members of the Catholic and Anglican Churches at alternate stages in their history, early cultists, unaffiliated university scholars, otherworldly immigrants, hermits, and several of the entities of the subject matter themselves.

Most volumes have been heavily annotated and edited by other authors working after the initial publication. Certain Hand members have produced, appended, updated and acted as editors for several of the texts.


The Journal of Aframos Longjourney


A journal kept by a pilgrim travelling through the Ravelwoods, annotated by a scholar of the Rheve Library.

Collected Excerpts


The Haskhakian Inscriptions


The Haskhahian Inscriptions are a group of clay tablets found in Northern Iran by Archaeologist Arayn Haskhak, which were the holy dogma of a religious group which was prevalent in the area from 2500 BCE to 1800 BCE. It has rules and guidelines for everyday worship, myths, religious ceremonies, social codes, and astronomical charts. It is written in a local dialect of Sumerian.


Elementals


Several fragments of this particular work have been found and added to the Library by members of the Serpent's Hand.


The Collective Works of Lycadia Arcaon


A variety of journals, papers, fragments and other documents, orginally gathered by renowned theologist Lycadia Arcaon. The collection is now maintained by several members of the Serpent's Hand, including a few of his descendants. The works in this collection are of a primarily religious, mythological and philosophical nature.


The Book of Potential


A collection of reports, stories, logs, and videos concerning the future of Earth and humanity. The content is highly variable and often contradictory, and is most likely a collection of works, possibly from many alternate futures, rather than the work of a singular author.


Orbis Arcana Pictus


A volume of printed illustrations in various mediums and styles, arranged to resemble a child’s picturebook. Any text is brief and narrative in style; some pages feature images with only a title and a few ambiguous lines.

Subjects are erratically arranged, following no particular theme or storyline. Images of outer space, gods, folkloric figures, extinct or unidentifiable creatures, mythological beings from cultures known and unknown, maps of rumored civilizations, and more are mingled together.

Collected Excerpts


Planasthai


Planasthai is a weekly news magazine that has circulated in at least ten different formats under dozens of different names and has won scores of accolades. The hundreds of editors that guided the publications to billions of ocular receptors took great pride in the job of honest thorough reporting. Readers clung to its wisdom and enjoyed its vaguely melony scent. The publication performed numerous inventive duties not envisioned by the editorial staff (ex: birdcage lining). Planasthai's motto "Sunlight clears the rot" has adorned everything from t-shirts to treaties, always with love and reverence. However, the once sterling reputation of Planasthai has been tarnished in recent years due to poor oversight, unsavory editorial decisions and losses of ad revenue.

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