Unlocking the World
Scholar's Secret Library
Built several hundred years ago within a swampy region just north of what was once the Howling Valley, this library was a place where the elves of Silverwind, the halflings of the Dark Oak Woods, and the gnomes of Neppli could gather. They shared the histories of their people, along with the information that they had gathered far and wide of the various lands around them. There were many scholars who sat for years, writing down every story, tale, historical event, myth, legend, and poem that they could remember or collect from wandering travelers. They would also send out apprentices that would travel to nearby towns and villages to pen anything that they could hear of interest. Eventually though, they needed more.
After a couple hundred years of gathering all of these aural traditions and putting them to parchment, they wanted more. Soon, this library became a collection point for ancient texts and writings, along with modern works of both fictional literature and modern history. Once they began gathering books, scrolls, scripts, and even single strips of velum they began excavating the area around them so that they could expand their storage capacity. After the final Dark War, when the entrances to the library were sealed from the inside so that none of the works could be used by the dark armies (as there were detailed architectural drawings of cities, and detailed maps of specific areas of the settled lands) or destroyed, it had become a near labyrinth of corridors, reading rooms, scipting areas and restoration departments.
The last living people to watch over the library were the scholars who died within its confines after sealing the entrances, many many years ago.