Tall, ornate double doors swing open to reveal a huge library. Shelves full of books and scrolls fill the room, reaching from floor to ceiling, some three levels overhead. Work tables and comfortable chairs are spaced around the area with spiral staircases leading to the upper shelves. Glowing orbs of soft light hover quietly around the room, providing proper illumination for reading. The place smells of dust and musty pages.
Round 1 skill checks: Perception (DC 25)
2 Successes: Luz 30, Quinn 32
3 Failures: Almorien 20, Leenah 14, Niall 23
The party spreads out across the stacks searching for key references among multitude of labeled and unlabeled writings. Luz is first to strike upon historical recordings the Dawn War; her keen eyes spot a tidy collection of scrolls. With some cross-referencing, Quinn also finds some obscured texts with references to artifacts of the gods and primordials. With a sense for the library layout in mind, the scholars dig in for some reading on the topics gleaned thus far:
A divine engine is a type of artifact, although one of godlike power and origin. At least a dozen divine engines were crafted during the Dawn War. Piranoth’s Bane is one such artifact.
Round 2 skill checks: Arcana (DC 25), History (DC 20) or Religion (DC 25)
3 Successes: Almorien (History) 24, Leenah (History) 34, Niall (History) 23
2 Failures: Luz (History) 13, Quinn (History) 12
It is obvious early on that Luz and Quinn contribute very little to the scholarly pursuits. Leenah’s visions of a past life guide the research. Niall and Almorien strike up an especially relevant conversation on the roles of the various races in the Dawn War. As a group they uncover a good baseline of information:
As the Dawn War was drawing to a close, the gods crafted a divine engine with the specific purpose of defeating and imprisoning the primordial known as Piranoth. It was successful in its use and Piranoth was banished for all eternity.
Bonus Round skill checks: Perception (DC 25) or Thievery (DC 20)
4 Successes: Almorien (Perception) 28, Luz (Thievery) 33, Niall (Perception) 27, Quinn (Thievery) 24
1 Failure: Leenah 24
Some writings hint at other texts and tomes elsewhere in this library, though they are not accounted for. This triggers a renewed search for hidden compartments and forgotten bookshelves. Luz and Quinn find their legs in this endeavor, uncovering secret tomes and concealed stores of scrolls.
Round 3 skill checks: Arcana (DC 25), History (DC 20) or Religion (DC 25)
2 Successes: Leenah (History) 34, Niall (History) 30
3 Failures: Almorien (History) 16, Luz (History) 16, Quinn (History) 12
With many of the unaccounted writings now in hand, the scholars delve deeper for illumination. A few more relevant passages are revealed:
Piranoth’s Bane, a divine engine also called Klar’ekku, was designed by Erathis, the god of invention and Torog, the god of imprisonment. Moradin, the god of creation and artisans, constructed the artifact and gave it form and substance. It had to be used after Piranoth was defeated, while he was in an unconscioius state. After it was used, Kord, the god of strength and battle, shattered the divine engine into five pieces, each of which flew off to a different corner of the multiverse. One such piece was found by the champion named Deekon, who gave it to the guardian of Argent for safe keeping. This piece is stored in the vaults beneath the Guardian’s Tower. [Currently untrue]