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CaptainPenguin
November 15, 2005
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Don Han, by Don Hazhizhab Takl    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

Among the Centasi, especially those of the northern regions (a peculiar debased form of opera is performed among the islands of the north of which we shall not speak), there is no more beloved, ancient, and respected art than opera, that wondrous blending of theater, song, and orchestra. And there are no more respected composers of opera among the Centasi, whether ancient or contemporary opera, than the late masters Signore Anlar Parlat and Don Hazhizhab Takl. Their masterpieces, Phantom Snake and Don Han, respectively, are iconic to all Centasi.

CaptainPenguin
November 15, 2005
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Phantom Serpent, by Signore Anlar Parlat    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

Among the Centasi, especially those of the northern regions (a peculiar debased form of opera is performed among the islands of the north of which we shall not speak), there is no more beloved, ancient, and respected art than opera, that wondrous blending of theater, song, and orchestra. And there are no more respected composers of opera among the Centasi, whether ancient or contemporary opera, than the late masters Signore Anlar Parlat and Don Hazhizhab Takl. Their masterpieces, Phantom Snake and Don Han, respectively, are iconic to all Centasi.

MoonHunter
November 15, 2005
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A Book of Cookrye    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

Do you know what people should be eating at the social and technological level of your historical analog/ fantasy world?  Do you know what people were eating in the real world at the same cultural/ technological level? Well here is your chance. Did you also know one of the main contributing factors to nationalism and the nation states, post printing press, was the creation of national cuisine through books?

MoonHunter
November 15, 2005
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The Good Housewife's Jewell    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

This work is a real book. It should give you an idea of what people in your historical analog/ fantasy worlds should be expecting to eat. (Or at least if they are English.(

MoonHunter
November 15, 2005
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Utopia    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

A depiction of a island society and it compares that land’s unusual political ideas with the contemporary politics of the Known World. The book is a collection of letters between a known minister and a king of a few centuries ago. They discuss the state of things there and the known world. It is sometimes a biting discussion/ condemnation that has caused the book to be disavowed in many places.

MoonHunter
November 15, 2005
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Records of the Grand Historian    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

This was the magnum opus of Dougus RecordSmith d’Archerous who had written a number of lesser historical pieces. In this work he recounted history of The Known World and Imperium from mythic and pre-imperial times to his present (a mere 130 years ago).

MoonHunter
November 15, 2005
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Encyclopedia Geographica    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

The Encyclopedia Geographica is the seminal work of Civilization. The Geographic Green books include maps of every place in the known world and articles about the things in those places. One can honestly say, you are holding the known world in your hand when holding this book.

Strolen
November 15, 2005
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The Hilbus Series    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

Penned by a famed artist/naturalist who was known for his wide travels is a series of illustrated books detailing vegetation, animals, and insects that he had studied. Each manuscript has a very detailed picture of the subject with appropriate labelings accompanied by a recourse on the observations and/or uses of the subject.

MoonHunter
November 12, 2005
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On True Power    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

I know the ultimate weapon. Humans commit folly after folly because they are afraid. Fear was once Humankind’s most powerful ally, giving enormous potency to the instinct for suvival. Now, fear has become Humankind’s greatest enemy, and such is the obtusemenss of my species that is members do not realize it is the most powerful element of Human existance.

MoonHunter
November 12, 2005
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An Old Codex    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

This Codex is sealed in either a tube or box, containing some works of great age. The scrolls and papers will be of a language of great antiquity.  These scrolls are cut up and pressed flat into a leafed book, called a codex. While the works are not magical, they might as well be, for they can change the world.

Iain
November 11, 2005
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Codex Seraphinianus    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

A fictional encyclopedia, depicting the bizarre fauna, flora, geography, culture and history of an imaginary world. (Actually a real-world book.)

manfred
November 11, 2005
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Books    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

Books of all kinds and purposes, their short summaries as well as wide descriptions, come and enjoy.

MoonHunter
November 11, 2005
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Votes: 3 / 3.666667
Antioch Books    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

In Antioch, since the invention of the impressor (the printing press), books have been the “in thing”. Here are some of the most common ones.

Kinslayer
November 11, 2005
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Midian Books    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

There are a number of important, influential, or interesting books of Midian

MoonHunter
November 11, 2005
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DogBounds    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

DogBounds are the pulp magazines and books of their day: cheap, lurid, with a charm of their own.

MoonHunter
November 2, 2005
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The Red Hand's Guide    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

It is a simple book, a codex, a few dozen loose folios bound together. The cover is heavy stock with a simple red hand that one hopes is impressed in red ink rather than blood.

MoonHunter
October 27, 2005
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The Tome of Klorak -The Book    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

It was the first true “scientific” book of healing arts. Thus the clerical establisment decided it was heretical and all the copies and the author were burned.

Monument
August 9, 2005
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The Strange Parchment    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

The bureaucrat in the Office of Interior Development expects us to solve a riddle before he will even SEE us?  You’re kidding me right?  Oh, you’re not kidding…

ephemeralstability
August 5, 2004
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Trivulo's Compendium    Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)

A dangerous book of maps…

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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