I could see this fleshed out into some lucky company's product list. My favorite part is the mix of old and new. An ancient ruined city slowly being restored, and everyone seems to have their own agendas and purposes. There is a sense of energy here, a touch of the Gold Rush, along with the stank of dark secrets and decay. And really, who doesn't like a good whiff of that??? Thanks!
I already voted and commented on this, but on second glance, i also like the clever use of the "real" and or the "fictional" combined with your ideas. Contes de la Mere Oye (Mother Goose!), Trebatius Testa, Unaussprechlichen Kulten (REH!). I'm impressed with that.
Here's some ideas that may help you out.
Bestiary or Ecology describing different lore about a monster or monsters than is generally accepted.
Perhaps too cliche, but a mytho-narrative about a deity's affairs that differ from accepted wisdom.
My personal favorite, schocking love letters about two famous or infamous personages not known to have had a relationship.
Of course, salicious diaries of notable courtiers and courtesans are also fun.
The ever popular alternate cosmogony (creation myth) which differs from the most commonly known or accepted.
Another popular archetype is the pre-censored satirical play/story/song which defamed the government or ruler(s) of the period.
Secret martial techniques currently unknown.
Political narratives which expose new information about the motives of the involved power groups (nobility, guilds, criminal organizations, magical or religious bodies are popular choices).
Information about past cults which have been erased from history.
Exposure to the classic world domination secret society conspiracy (go Illuminati!).
What appears to be the original manuscript for a commonly known children's book turns out to actually be something else entirely (prophecy, religious doctrine, magical knowledge, alchemical formulae, medical cures, a satirical look at a famous personage, the history of an infamous criminal, etc.).
The complete history of a well-known "dungeon" which details previously undiscovered areas.
A bestiary, ecology, or other book which covers one or more previously unknown species.
The client and target list of an assassination group.
A diary detailing the theft of several well-known works of art, magical artifacts, crown jewels, etc. which have not been known to be stolen.
Waterscribe's Aquaharp manual
A book from a water genasi who wrote under a false name. It describes a form of music making that can also be utilized in sex magic realting to the seduction of human sailors or other humans who might have a reason to be at sea. Notable is the section of the female anatomy, referencing athe existance of a nation that only uses female sailors. The section of men is fairly short and conscise, as if the author abuhored 'the vile creatures'.
Everyone has the same old Lost Books of Lore, and they're all pretty much the same, barring the ones that are Cursed Cthulhu Mythos Books of Lore. I wanted archetypes of lost lore with a little twist beyond the "Oh, cool, ancient secrets!" riff.
Credit where credit is due: my wife Amanda enthusiastically pitched in and came up with several of these. Beyond that, the names attached to many of the archetypes come from real books of the appropriate archetypes - Cardenio, for instance, was one of the two "lost plays" of Shakespeare, until a (somewhat suspect) text was unearthed in the 70s. As is the case with the Cardenio entry above, some of the flavor text quotations come from either the books named or other examples of the genre.
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I was aiming at 30, but fell a bit short without getting into the aforementioned hackneyed Lost Books of Lore. If someone can come up with some to fill it out, terrific!
Why, thankew, folks. Heaven knows if I'll get to the magic number 30 with these, but I think I'll ask a couple more of my players to take a swing at it and see if there are any offbeat archetypes I've overlooked. I'm certainly open to suggestions!