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The Emperor's Edict


In response to the Spellplague ravaging Faerun in the wake of Mystra's death, and the recent discontent toward the Imperial Library the Emperor, Aarhus Merovin XV, shall be giving a speech in the Tribune.

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Aarus Merovin gathered together his council of Barons, and the Lords, merchants, and scholars of Avendel. There a witness to Magister Fettik's murders, Vera Smith, was questioned before many witnesses. They seemed sympathetic to the plight of the spirit, and fallen Magister Belinus.

He then began his speech...

"Honored citizens and defenders of Avendel, and esteemed guests from afar, you are all no doubt aware that a storm rages on distant shores. On the 29th of Tarsakh Mystra, goddess of magic, fell silent and the leylines have Toril have begun to unravel. The arcane power wizards once commanded with ease now ravages the land, unchecked, and untamed.

This has happened twice before in the history of the world. Once when Karsus slew Mystryl in a misguided attempt to save Old Netheril. And again when wicked, wicked Helm struck down Mystra during the time of troubles. It took years for wizards to once again reign in the weave’s power.

My ancestor, Aarus of Netheril, saw this would happen three times. He swore never again would the petty games of gods bring death and misery to man. The stars guided him to this place, to this temple-city built by the Witch-Kings and Fomorians of old, to create a sanctuary from the coming storm. A place where men would be free of gods and their games.

I, and my trusted advisors, will soon go forth into Toril to heal its wounds and bring the Exile’s vision to life. It is with a heavy heart I do this, as I am loath to leave you. In my stead I wish my loyal advisor, Baron Gilgamesh Corwin, to rule Avendel - and to welcome any and all who seek refuge here.

It is also with great sadness that I must address another matter. The Imperial Library was founded centuries ago as a meeting of the greatest minds of the Empire: wizards and scholars who would elevate us to new heights with their science and wisdom. Despite their efforts to bring about the Exile’s vision, a vile taint has grown within them.

Magister Fettik’s cruel attempts to capture and enslave the kind and peaceful Orchard-tender, Ilygoden, is a prime example of this corruption. I have gathered together my most trusted Magisters and it has been agreed that the Library, and its military efforts, are to be disbanded. In its place The Seekers of Truth will serve our Empire, but as teachers and scholars, not as conquerors. Magisters Blacktooth, Tanelee, and Tanaquil shall oversee this effort."


Enraged at the Library's disbandment, several Librarians attacked the Emperor with summoned monsters and fled into their tower. Avendel has since erupted into civil war: the Empire's ancient nobility imposing heavy-handed rule to maintain order. Many more citizens than expected rally to the Library's aid, ever-loyal for the allure of medicine, education, and arcana.

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As a demonstration of their importance to the city, several rogue Librarians sabotaged a furnace beneath the city - vital providing heat and water flow during the Winter Months. As a result Morgan's Pier was flooded with steam for some hours. A band of adventurers lead by Vera Smith and Melinda Davis managed to repair the furnace.

Nonetheless, the Librarians barricaded in the Spire seem willing to hold Avendel, and the machinery below, hostage for the duration of this conflict.

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